Tip #2: The large table with banquette and chairs serves as a dining area when the couple entertains. The shorter side of the banquette has an extra-deep cushion, making the corner a cozy spot to recline and watch TV, read, or work on a laptop.
The project started with the demolition of the existing spaces—a 1970s-era kitchen that had been elevated a few steps higher than the adjoining dining area. “I’m not entirely sure why the kitchen was up a level,” muses D.C. architect Michael Rouse, who collaborated on the project with Cavin-Winfrey and kitchen designer Nadia Subaran. The new plan put the kitchen and dining area on the same level, with an island acting as a divider.