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With its exposed brick wall, sculptural rug, sleek drapes and tonal palette of soothing grays and taupes, this dining room in a Central West End loft strikes a warm, modern vibe. But when Joni Spear of Joni Spear Interior Design first saw her client’s space, it was a bit plain Jane. “It was pleasant, but it looked almost like a model home—it lacked pizzazz,” she explains.

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Irish Island Escape
By Christine Soucy. Photography courtesy of Gordon and Mary Gregg

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Architecturally Stunning in Morocco

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It’s hard to imagine that the 415-square-foot Old World kitchen was once a dining room, but a few years ago it was where the family gathered to eat their meals, not cook them. After living with their dining room addition for several years, the homeowners decided a room swap was in order to better utilize their space. With the idea to flip the dining room and kitchen, they would create an open, connected space.

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The French Door refrigerator has two doors placed side by side with a freezer unit on the bottom giving it a sleek and industrial look. Frequently used items are at a convenient height when opening one of the fridge doors. Flexible storing options can allow for a party platter to safely be kept without rearranging the entire fridge, carefully stacking other items to make room. Not only does the fridge have a stylish look, but also it is energy efficient ,keeping more cold air inside because you only open one door at a time.

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Relegated to a scullery or outbuilding, the kitchen has gradually evolved into one of the most important rooms of the home. Today’s open floor plans have transformed the kitchen into a space for entertaining, as well as preparing meals – a gathering place where style now rivals function.

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