Zen Vibe Inspires Kitchen

A wide open floor plan makes room for multiple dining areas with Japanese influences.

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This renovated kitchen area with a large island is big enough for formal and casual entertaining.

Lindsey and David Kramer bought their home for its beautiful design and landscape but since the kitchen didn't flow with the rest of the house they decided a big renovation was in order. The result? A sleek new kitchen with Japanese influences.

What was once a narrow and very white room is now a wide open kitchen with three distinct areas for dining. According to kitchen designer Chrissie Menefee, a large island like this is becoming a must-have for those who like to interact with their guests while hosting parties.

Two additional seating areas, one for formal dinners and another for casual get-togethers, are surrounded by walls of windows.

Above the range is a simple hood set off with a tile backsplash that reinforces the minimalist look. Shoji screens on the windows create privacy without eliminating the natural light.

The working part of the island contains a microwave, wine refrigerator and prep sink. The countertop looks like granite but is actually a man-made material made with quartz.

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