Downsize without sacrificing style or function
Plain walls are underachievers. Helgerson lined the one that separates the living room and bathroom end-to-end with shelves for the Menconis’ books. In the kitchen, a bump-out separates the kitchen and living area, while open shelves and a counter are the perfect spot to set out a buffet or drinks. “I’ve worked in restaurants, and I like the flow of cooking and reaching up, grabbing a plate, and putting food on it,” Monique says.