Cartersville, GA — 30 minutes or so north of Atlanta — is one of those towns where entertaining is everything. “It’s what everybody does on the weekends — we have people over,” says local interior designer Beverly Baribault, whose work has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Renovation Style and Southern Living over the years.
For this kitchen redo, Beverly gave the homeowners a sophisticated farmhouse look that can accommodate both large cocktail parties and smaller family dinners. To create that ideal open floor plan, she took four existing spaces — the previous kitchen, a small eating area, a “weird sunroom” and unusable storage — and combined them into one big, open space. “The homeowners really wanted more seating, as well as a bar and flat surfaces for putting out a spread of food,” says the designer.
Beverly came up with a design that incorporated custom cabinetry and an oversize island, special storage for entertaining essentials, a large farmhouse table and chairs, and last, but not least, a clever bar area that includes a pass-through window to the side yard. Dark-stained ceiling beams, glass pendant lights and counter-to-ceiling subway tiles add even more layers of interest.
The designer placed a large, custom, vent hood as a focal point on the wall of tile. “When I made the room bigger, I didn’t want it to look heavy,” says Beverly. “Since there was so much storage included with the new design, I gained the luxury of creating a ‘wow wall.'”
Thank you to Dara Lowman for her ability to capture the spirit and style of this home with her amazing photographs.
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