Zen Vibe Inspires Kitchen

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

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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.

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

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

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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