We have lived with a traditional dining room forever, but only use it several times a year. In brainstorming about the space adjacent to our kitchen, I decided the idea of a lounge would be a good fit for our family. We love gathering at dinnertime, catching up, playing games, and watching the chef. Lots of energy in our home, especially during this past year! There is always a puzzle or game going on. Chess is a big hit right now! Cribbage, Backgammon, and of course, music and Netflix in the background. Jeff loves to cook and we love to eat so it is great to be able to hang out all together without crowding our chef. As we removed our load bearing wall between the old dining room and kitchen, this concept was possible. I consulted with Ramona Williamson at The Closet Factory to conceptualize the built in, which would frame the room. Next, I needed a comfortable sitting area and decided on the Versa sectional by American Leather. Seva Home in Seattle was my source. I used the same Ashley Norton hardware that it is my kitchen and new bathroom to show consistency in flow and design. It is a walnut wood circular fixture, gorgeous! I ordered pillows from Susan Connor (NY) and One Affirmation. Accents from boutiques all over the Seattle area.
The entire project from concept to install took 12 weeks. Very rewarding to have it all come together! My next project is a built in banquette which will go on the opposite side of the kitchen in a smaller nook. A casual place for us to sit for dinner or office time. Photos to come! Concept and design is coming together.
The before is below.