Jordan Project Reveal: Living Room, Kitchen, and Dining Room

Part Two of the Jordan Whole-Home Renovation & Addition

Today, we continue on to part two of our Jordan whole-home project reveal: the living room, kitchen, and dining room. Our clients wanted a clean look and an open floor plan for their busy family. Read on for details on how we transformed these spaces from cramped and outdated to fresh, inviting, and oh-so-chic.

Living Room

BEFORE

In the original home, the entry to the living room felt cramped and confined, flanked by outdated columns.
In the original home, the entry to the living room felt cramped and confined, flanked by outdated columns.
The home’s original stone fireplace was too overpowering for the space and needed a contemporary upgrade.
The home’s original stone fireplace was too overpowering for the space and needed a contemporary upgrade.
While we loved the vaulted ceilings, the beams for our new design needed to have a sleeker look, and the lighting needed an upgrade and a personality.
While we loved the vaulted ceilings, the beams for our new design needed to have a sleeker look, and the lighting needed an upgrade and a personality.

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AFTER

A bright, light, and airy living room was the result of a freshly renovated fireplace, an oversized chandelier, all-new wood floors, and deep-stained ceiling beams.
A bright, light, and airy living room was the result of a freshly renovated fireplace, an oversized chandelier, all-new wood floors, and deep-stained ceiling beams.
By removing the wall separating the adjoining kitchen and foyer, this living room instantly felt more open and inviting, providing the perfect space for conversation and entertaining.
By removing the wall separating the adjoining kitchen and foyer, this living room instantly felt more open and inviting, providing the perfect space for conversation and entertaining. Design by Carla Bast Design
This modular ring chandelier by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort perfectly balanced a modern and traditional aesthetic, upgrading the look of the overall space and balancing out the grand ceiling.
This modular ring chandelier by Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort perfectly balanced a modern and traditional aesthetic, upgrading the look of the overall space and balancing out the grand ceiling.

Structurally, the original living room had beautiful vaulted ceilings, charming windows, and a grand fireplace. The only issue was that it was not our client’s style, and the room itself was closed off from the adjoining kitchen.

To solve the issues, we first opened up the wall to the kitchen and foyer, making for a much more spacious great room. Then, we gave the ceiling beams a darker stain finish for a more contemporary look, and replaced the recessed cans with a large hanging chandelier for a lighting solution that was much more to scale in the space. Finally, we replaced the fireplace and stone, topping it all off with a beautiful abstract art piece from a local artist. All furniture, window treatments, and decor were sourced for the room as well.

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Kitchen

BEFORE

The kitchen initially had an oddly-placed island, which was not functional for our client’s needs and had the effect of closing off the space.
The kitchen initially had an oddly-placed island, which was not functional for our client’s needs and had the effect of closing off the space.

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The light fixtures in the original kitchen were outdated and not in line with our new aesthetic.
The light fixtures in the original kitchen were outdated and not in line with our new aesthetic.

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The doors to the existing deck were covered with heavy blinds, closing the space off and blocking the light.
The doors to the existing deck were covered with heavy blinds, closing the space off and blocking the light.

AFTER

A spacious kitchen island was created to allow for plenty of room for the entire family to socialize, prep food, and eat.
A spacious kitchen island was created to allow for plenty of room for the entire family to socialize, prep food, and eat. Design by Carla Bast Design
Brand new appliances and crisp white cabinets gave this kitchen an instant style upgrade.
Brand new appliances and crisp white cabinets gave this kitchen an instant style upgrade.
With new sliding glass doors, the kitchen immediately felt more open and accessible to the rest of the home.
With new sliding glass doors, the kitchen immediately felt more open and accessible to the rest of the home.
A bright white herringbone tile backsplash added subtle texture and interest to the space, popping against the grey countertops.
A bright white herringbone tile backsplash added subtle texture and interest to the space, popping against the grey countertops.
A marbled Cambria countertop topped the spacious kitchen island, making for a beautiful anchor point in the room.
A marbled Cambria countertop topped the spacious kitchen island, making for a beautiful anchor point in the room.

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Sleek grey bar stools paired style with comfort, allowing the family to relax together around the kitchen island.
Sleek grey bar stools paired style with comfort, allowing the family to relax together around the kitchen island.

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When our clients purchased this home, the kitchen was functional, but felt isolated from the rest of the house (and by effect, felt much smaller in size, too). With the walls to the living room and foyer removed during the remodel, it suddenly opened everything up, and we knew that same feeling of openness was necessary in the entire space.

To achieve this, we upgraded the old doors to the new screened porch to contemporary sliding doors that made the kitchen feel as though it were continuing into the porch area. Additionally, we opted for a white shade on both the cabinets and backsplash to continue the clean and bright feel our clients were after. And finally, the kitchen island became the anchor of the space, large enough to comfortably seat up to five people and to simultaneously prepare meals throughout the day. With state-of-the-art appliances and fixtures, it instantly became a kitchen outfitted for both day-to-day activities and top-notch style.

Dining Room

BEFORE

The original dining room was closed off and only accessible via double doors.
The original dining room was closed off and only accessible via double doors.
Far from the kitchen, this dining space was difficult to access to bring food in and out during meals.
Far from the kitchen, this dining space was difficult to access to bring food in and out during meals.
With only one window and heavy wood blinds, the dining area felt perpetually dark and cramped.
With only one window and heavy wood blinds, the dining area felt perpetually dark and cramped.

AFTER

An open and colorful dining space was made possible after removing its original walls, creating a built-in buffet, and installing furniture and fixtures that felt contemporary and chic.
An open and colorful dining space was made possible after removing its original walls, creating a built-in buffet, and installing furniture and fixtures that felt contemporary and chic.

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Similar to the kitchen and living room areas, the dining room was separate from the other areas altogether. In fact, it was located in an area of the home that felt completely counterintuitive to hosting a dinner since it was so far away from the kitchen and prep area.

With a goal of an open and connected area, we knocked down the surrounding walls of the space, installed a built-in buffet space for storage and serving, and paired a beautiful dining table and chairs with a large chandelier. The result was a dining area that was more than ready to host both a casual family dinner or a celebratory party.

From sectioned-off and isolated rooms to a cohesive and open “great room,” this main level quickly became filled with wow factor once the remodel was complete. By strategically removing a few walls, opting for fixtures, finishes, and furnishings that serve our client’s lifestyle, and blending the original elements of the home with a contemporary aesthetic, the main level’s transformation was a resounding success.

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In Case You Missed It…

Jordan Reveal Part One: Exterior & Entryway

Full Jordan Project Photos

A White & Bright Kitchen Remodel

Modern & Refined Kitchen with Dark Cabinetry

Contemporary Kitchen with Lake Views

Vendor Details

Builder: R|House Design Build

Photography: Alyssa Lee Photography

Dining Room Buffet Wall: Grass Cloth Wallpaper by Thibaut

Dining Room Chandelier: Kuzco

Dining Room Sconce Lighting: Robert Abbey

Fireplace Stone: Boral

Wood Flooring: Kentwood Floors

Kitchen Countertops: Cambria

Kitchen Pendant Lights: Seagull

Cabinet & Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore

Cooktop, Microwave Drawer, Cup Warming Drawer & Coffee System, Double Wall Oven: Wolf

Dishwasher: Bosch

Refrigerator & Freezer Columns, Beverage Center: Subzero

Sink & Faucet: Moen

Backsplash: Ceramica Casabella

Interior Door Hardware: Emtek

Cabinets: Custom

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design

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