Family Room
Dining Room
Family Room

The Bright Side

Walking into their new clients’ home, the team at Katherine Elizabeth Designs immediately recognized three distinct challenges. The house felt dark. The focus was split between an unappealing 1970s fireplace and a tired entertainment cabinet. And third, the great room and the kitchen were disconnected entities. It was time to brighten things up for the busy working parents and their active young children.

What We Created

The heavy mullions on the grand window were the first to go. A spectacular triple-tier chandelier, mother-of-pearl sconces, and a unique sea-glass, crystal and mirrored light fixture replaced the dwarfed floor lamps and track lighting. Suddenly, light and airiness took center stage over dark and somber.

Katie Wozniak, founder and president of Katherine Elizabeth Designs, and team made this project a true collaboration. The designers extended the ochre wall all the way up to the cavernous ceiling and darkened the beams for added drama. Chiseling out the fireplace brick, they inset the TV into a new wall of travertine and grass cloth and flanked it with lofty antique glass alder bookcases. To add substance, they outlined the fireplace with a limestone frame and an attractive hearth.

The designers created a welcoming sectional sofa for the family of five. A “feet up” cocktail ottoman was outfitted with a removable tray—perfect for drinks and popcorn. The entire family could now cuddle into the ample sofa for movie night and games. Chartreuse and teal were focused on to provide vibrant pops of color amid the handsome background of durable fabrics. The designers created a custom leaf-themed area rug to echo the beautiful vista outside.

Next challenge: the reclusive kitchen

A postage-size kitchen window was transformed into a panoramic patio door that overlooked the expansive entertaining deck. Colonial oak cabinetry was happily traded for painted white with a warm coffee glaze. Both excellent cooks, the owners loved the expanded storage space and fresh, sensible layout for their dishes and pots and pans.

Above the stove, a whimsical backsplash was created from memorable topaz, tigers eye, aquamarine and mother-of-pearl. Best of all, the entire kitchen was reconfigured by removing a wall and creating a special oasis by the great room, complete with beverage refrigerator, sink and storage to greet the kids when they returned home from school. A reoriented island topped in natural quartzite and rimmed with saddle-style leather stools tied into the character and color palette of the great room, creating a seamless transition. The lively, bold fabric in the dining area featured comfortable banquettes punctuated with teal buttons and cascading curtains of faux silk, an embroidered overlay and glass trim.

At long last, the two rooms could function as one.

Winners of American Society of Interior Designers design excellence, multi-international window treatment awards and much more, the team at Katherine Elizabeth Designs has yet another challenge on the horizon—creating more innovative ideas for that same family at their new home in Connecticut.

The future looks certainly bright indeed!

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