This homeowner wanted the walk down into her condominium's basement to take her far away — all the way to Europe. "The owner wanted to create a cozy Mediterranean wine cellar look," says Lisa Whelan of M.J. Whelan Construction. A series of elliptical archways separate the spaces, and warm neutrals,
The homeowner is an interior designer, so she had a lot of the materials and finishes picked out before construction began. A ceramic tile floor with a stone look, a French country–style dining table and chairs, and a chandelier fashioned from green wine bottles add to the South European wine cellar
"The homeowner has friends over frequently for cards, wine tastings and Bunko," Whelan says. A bar with comfortable bar stools between the dining area and kitchen provides a good perch for tastings.