After we have examined and analyzed provided documents and photographs, we made a few decisions in respect to your wishes.
One of the first things we did was completely reorganize the angular layout scheme of the rooms. Our goal was to create a circle-like path and interconnect all given rooms. We did mostly because you stated that you like to frequently entertain, and we wanted to create a space which would accommodate the following:
- creation of space which is suitable entertaining for several occasions (formal, semi-formal or larger family gatherings)
- interconnected spaces, which would allow a person working in the kitchen to communicate with guests in either the living room, bar or dining room.
- provide enough storage for cooking supplies (new pantry, and extended kitchen cabinets)
- make all spaces suit larger gathering, in terms of both the space and overall design
Foyer is opened to several sides, and with bigger openings it “picture frames” the Living Room.
We rearranged the layout to better accommodate the bar space and space for books. Bar is now located toward the kitchen, and the liquor cabinets under the countertop can be accessed from both the Living Room and the Kitchen. Also the bar space which opens into the kitchen can be closed by simple roman shades as requested. Extra shelving was added, as a book/art display as you wished!
Adjacent to the kitchen we added the pantry, which is easily accessed from the kitchen, but out of sight from more formal areas. But we also provided additional storage in forms of ceiling height cabinets, and under the counter cabinets as well. We also wanted to free up the Formal Dining Room so it would be able to accommodate more guests.
In terms of colors, you have mentioned that you do have a collection of African art, and that you prefer bolder colors, therefore we decided on a earth-tone pallette and wood treatments which looks both luxurious and would compliment any art collection in terms of colors and shapes. Having the artworks in mind we also decided on a cleaner lines for furniture to achieve an overall “exhibition” feeling to the space.
Our overall approach was aimed to add more space, and make a person less isolated in case you are entertaining guests, but still have some cooking or garnishing to tend to in the kitchen. With the kitchen as a focal point, we arranged the space, so you are visually connected to every room, as guests tend to disperse in larger gatherings.
We hope we fulfilled your expectations...
LOT13 design team :)