Designer’s Family-Friendly Kitchen and Great Room
In this episode of Houzz TV Live, designer Amy Elbaum of AE Design gives a virtual tour of the open-plan great room in her recently renovated 1960s ranch home in Sherman Oaks, California. In the family room, a built-in cabinet system spans an entire wall, providing storage for kids’ toys and display space for antiques. A long pillowy sofa and two armchairs create a comfortable spot for watching TV. In the kitchen, Elbaum took down a wall and added a structural beam to open the space to the family room and fit a large island. Warm greige cabinets (Mindful Gray by Sherwin-Williams) and a small-scale white tile backsplash in a herringbone pattern create classic, inviting style.
What an eye for detail. Not a thing out of place. The wall of built in cabinets is especially beautiful and I love the balance in the way Amy arranged her kitchen cabinets, some with doors and some with glass. The wall tile and your sweet breakfast nook are icing on the cake!
Can you shed some light on the "serous" wood stain technique? I find nothing when I google the term. Is there a particular type of stain you use? Thanks!
I wonder what the wall paint color is? It’s important to make sure wall color and cabinet color work nicely together.
GORGEOUS. You can watch the TV from the kitchen eating area and the living space! I want it!!!
stacyrobi Thanks for your question! The correct spelling is "cerused" wood, and we've fixed the misspelling in the subtitle. Here's an article about the technique.
I like many of the ideas here. We have a late 1950s ranch and we want to keep the kitchen separate, plus the longest wall in the living room is all sliding glass doors, but many of the ideas here would work for us too.
Can you tell me the walkway distance between the island and the perimeter cabinetry? Thank you!
Thank you, Anne Colby!
I really love the video and going over the needs of the whole family w/each of the changes for practicality and more. I have the same shape as the video had Before now. and i am ready for a change. the couch leaning back in to the Island is a good option for me. Our Sliding door to the back yard is almost the same, or course my square footage is less than this kitchen. Is so challenging to try to make it work, yet accommodate a good size couch in a small Family room. This helped me a lot, thank you so much. Choices choices!
Also, Cesar Stone is a bit pricey for my Budget!, even though I love it
Such a lovely kitchen! We really love the continuation of the tiles over the pantry doors, a great but subtle way to connect to two areas of the kitchen.