Inspiration board: Free space


Living on an island comes with limited space, especially those waterfront properties. This oceanfront home in Port Royal has many characteristics of a classic Hilton Head beach house, including excellent views and unique paneling detail. However, the homeowners felt their family room was too small to hold their family and guests, and the kitchen was too closed off. They wanted to open up and update their space while maintaining ties to the home’s unique features. To make their vision a reality, they enlisted the help of Arlene Williams of Arlene Williams Kitchen Design. “We opened the kitchen completely to the family room,” Williams said. “We made the family room larger by moving the laundry to the first floor and capturing that space and by opening the family room further to the all-weather porch overlooking the beach.” Williams shared a few highlights from the project to inspire readers who are considering a renovation.

Cool down

Use under-counter space with a combination wine cooler and beverage center. This 24-inch unit by Zephyr does just that.

Treat yourself

Create a coffee station outside of the primary kitchen workspace. Why not treat yourself to an espresso machine? The Breville Barista Pro is a fun addition in blue.

Make a splash

Set a backsplash tile that complements the look and feel of your space. The Petals tile by Stone Impressions is a timeless pattern that introduces just the right amount of color.

Pull your weight

Complement your cabinet style with the perfect hardware. The Kinney Pull in honey bronze adds just the right color and style.

Masquerade Party

Disguise your appliances with the application of custom cabinet panels. Panels can be applied to a wide variety of appliances.

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