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It started as an idea to add columns in the foyer.

The Cedar Falls homeowners consulted with registered interior designer Kathy Flack, ASID, and discovered they couldn't change the foyer without intruding on the kitchen.

They fell in love with Flack's design concept and decided to undertake the transformational remodeling project.

At the end, this young family has been rewarded with an elegant, modern and practical kitchen, formal dining room and family room with urban appeal that is as perfect for entertaining as it is for kicking back with family and friends.

Work in the kitchen began by removing a wall and extending the back wall to enlarge the footprint and improve traffic flow while making room for multiple work surfaces. Klunder Homes was the general contractor.

Striking soft white custom Omega cabinetry from Moeller and Walter — with crystal knobs and chrome pulls — and white quartz countertops flow throughout the kitchen. It's a visually stunning contrast to the 24- by 24-inch glazed porcelain floor tiles in a metallic patina called Alchemy.

But clearly the kitchen's focal point is the island which can be seen from the front door. The quartz-topped furniture-like piece sits below a dropped tres ceiling trimmed in crown molding that mimics the width and length of the island. It creates an illusion of height, and a trio of contemporary LED chandeliers and painted metallic finish add glamour.

In the adjacent family room, a contemporary long, narrow fireplace emphasizes the room's horizontal lines. It is surrounded by subtly gleaming slate veneer — actual slate shaved paper thin that is both washable and fireproof. A chenille upholstered sectional and a pair of gray velvet ottomans add to the inviting feel.

"The homeowners love all the different textures layered to make the rooms as timeless as possible, but still be of the moment," Flack explains. "The overall look is neat and trim and beautiful, but the surfaces are all very practical for a family."

For genuine drama, step into the dining room. Here, a second tres ceiling with a metallic painted finish and crown molding showcases a pair of gorgeous chandeliers in silver leaf with ropes of sparkling crystal beads. Satin damask draperies flank the windows.

Also part of the project was a first-floor bath and the foyer, including new stairs and railing. Steps into the sunken living room were adjusted to fit the new flooring and prepare for the next phase in the project.

"The decisions and choices the homeowners made were very important because they didn't want a 'do-over' a few years from now," Flack adds.

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