Inside, the entire lower level is open to maximize flexibility for hosting different size groups. The same approach is used here with the furnishings to claim areas for living functions. The living room furniture is set on an area rug and clustered around the fireplace and television, located within the cabinet above the fireplace. The informal corner table and Windsor chairs easily become part of the living room’s interactions if used for assembling puzzles or playing cards, or because of its proximity to the kitchen, it can be yet another space for dining. The bright aqua stools at the kitchen bar serve as an additional informal dining area or just a place to sit and visit with the chefs in the streamlined, bright-white kitchen.