Homeowners’ request: A family-friendly, functional kitchen that doesn’t compromise on beauty or style. Designer Melanie Coddington had walls knocked down to create an open great-room layout with a large island at the center.
Grand gesture: Waterfall marble slab countertop for the island; geometric marble tile backsplash with metal inlay; brushed brass finishes
Other special features: Beverage bar with a backsplash of gold and agate mosaic tile
Designer secret: “The homeowner had her eye on bar stools that were out of budget,” Coddington says. “We came across these stools at a retail site, but they were the wrong fabric choice. We had them reupholstered in an affordable, durable faux leather [in] dark, dusky blue. Don’t overlook your local upholstery workroom to transform your affordable furniture finds.”
“Uh-oh” moment: “Originally we had pocket bi-fold doors to close off the bar and maintain the continuity of the long cabinet wall,” Coddington says. “Ultimately, however, we had to eliminate the doors because we couldn’t stand by their questionable longevity and high cost. We compromised by hiding the wine fridge and beverage fridge behind cabinet doors, and letting the gold mosaic tile shine. We are very pleased with the final result. The bar stands on its own as one of many focal points in the space without commanding all of your attention.”
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By Mitchell Parker.