Living and dining room
Two functions combine in this formal space.
The custom-designed tables that flank the entry to the room can be separated, as shown, or rolled together to form one table, seating eight or more. “A big table blocks the entry,” says designer Susan Fredman, ASID, owner of Susan Fredman and Associates. “Splitting it in two helps guests access the space easily. It pulls people into the room.” The bay windows on the far wall of the room frame leafy green city street views. Natural light filters through open-weave shades to silhouette the sculptural accent chairs. An antique curio table holds mementos safely under its glass top.
Kitchen and family room
“This is a small space with many different uses―it’s a cook’s kitchen, an eating space, a work center, and a place for watching TV,” Fredman says. “It’s meant to be lived in.”
The multipurpose functions of the kitchen/family room area mean practicality is paramount. Thoughtful, user-friendly elements include the following:
• Professional-grade Jenn-Air appliances are arrayed in a classic work triangle, with the sink, refrigerator, and range at each corner. There’s no need to walk more than three steps in any direction when cooking.
• The 48-inch range contains two side-by-side ovens. This allows the homeowner to enjoy the versatility of two ovens without sacrificing the wall space stackable units require.
• Locating electrical outlets in strips along the bottom of top-mount cabinets keeps the backsplash from being cluttered with outlet facings.
• Countertops are made of sealed honed quartzite, a durable natural stone. Marble, which requires more care, is used as an accent on the island’s end caps.
• The multilevel island provides bountiful workspace on the kitchen side and seating to the rear. Its various heights accommodate users whether they’re standing or seated.
• Walls beneath the cabinets and above the range are coated with chalkboard paint and can serve as message boards, places to list grocery items, or areas to write recipe notes.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a comfortable place to relax.
The kitchen occupies one end of this room; the rest is devoted to family space, shown here. It has several seating areas:
• A banquette and table provide space for casual meals or homework.
• A soft orange corduroy sectional sofa injects color. “It balances the darker earth tones used in the kitchen with a natural playfulness,” Fredman says. (The island’s barstools and other seats pick up the color, too.)
Add the fireplace and built-in television complemented by practical built-in cabinetry, and the room becomes an inviting space in which the rest of the family can keep the cook (or cooks) company.