The Grand Dame Modern Open Space Living

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The Grand Dame in Athens, Greece designed by . A love of entertainment and gracious ambiance sums up this living area nicely. It’s sleek and contemporary, yet warm and welcoming. High ceilings and crisp white walls create a free flowing effect throughout the home. This type of living space incorporates two concepts; an open living plan combined with privacy. The two work well together within the space. There are very few doors within an open living plan concept; however, walls and columns provide the right amount of privacy and divides the space flawlessly.

The Ionic columns are uniquely placed creating a majestic appeal in the space. In fact, this type of column was developed in ancient Greece. It’s slender appeal and ornate design, a pair of volutes decorates the capital or top, adds just the right amount of pizzazz while also remaining subtle and refined.

Comfort has no limitations in modern living. Huge, open, airy living spaces are perfect in a time where family and friends move about freely through indoor spaces. An interior archway adds to the beauty of the space and French pane windows opens up the area creating an inviting ambiance.

Nothing beats herringbone hardwood floors. The beauty of these stunning floors have been spared in this home, as there are no accent rugs to hide it! Previously, herringbone wood floors were only used in high-traffic areas in homes. Installing such an intricate floor in such a wide area was unheard of. But today, this gorgeous type of flooring is used in every room in the home even bathrooms and kitchens.

The herringbone flooring is complemented by glistening cabinets, tiled floors in other areas of the home, with stark white furnishing balanced by hints of deep rich color like the blood-orange sofa. Subtly, this home’s décor glides effortlessly through various eras of furnishings and home design. You will find hints of the 50s and 60s right through to the contemporary furnishing designs of today. The kitchen looks like a well-designed high-tech office with the bathroom emulating the same type of vibe.

Producing rooms that are more spacious by taking away doors and knocking down walls gives a magnificent view and superb sense of positive flow, especially during those cool summer evenings where the French windows are opened and a cool breeze of fresh air can waft from room to room. The balancing of various styles and textures is uniquely inviting in this residence. Suspended light fixtures are mildly bodacious and only illuminate just enough without distracting from the pristine white walls, and cast a stunning effect by bouncing from the high ceilings onto the entire living area. Open space living is the popular choice for today’s newer homes, and it’s easy to see why with this striking abode.

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Melina Divani

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