Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2018

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Specialty Projects Elegant Great Room LAUREN TOLLES Maison Birmingham, Birmingham, MA As part of a new-construction home, this modern and elegant great room needed to provide a light and airy feel while visually connecting the space with the kitchen and informal dining area. To do this, designer Lauren Tolles of Maison Birmingham selected a neutral color palette for the 300-sq.-ft. great room and then repeating finishes in different forms to unify the space. The homeowners also wanted a TV in the space, but instead of going with the expected placement over the fireplace, Tolles designed the room symmetrically to focus on the fire- place and artwork above. The sidewall with Maison Birmingham custom cabinetry and wainscoting houses the TV behind sliding walnut panels, allowing the TV to be concealed when not in use. The wainscot features a very slim frame profile, according to the designer, which complements the slab walnut doors. Custom cabinetry blends elements of both modern and tran- sitional styling, with inset arched glass black cabinets featuring solid door bottoms to hide children's toys. The upper portion pro- vides well-lit display space for the clients' photos and collectibles. The Visual Comfort Melange elongated sconces in Antique- Burnished Brass add an elegant note, and a soft, textured rug en- hances the sense of warmth and coziness within the open space. Two light-colored sofas provide visual anchors for the living area, while two darker Donghia tub chairs define the border of the space. Coffee tables in varying heights and materials mirror those used in the kitchen cabinetry and countertops, further tying the spaces together for a more cohesive feel. GOLD Photos: Martin Vecchio Photography 78 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2018

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