One of the Palmer’s biggest projects was adding a wall to separate the living room from the kitchen and dining space. “Most people are tearing down walls, but we put up a wall,” Layla admits with a laugh. “We wanted that cottage style and to me cottage-style rooms are cozier; they aren’t so much the open floor plan, so we wanted a cozy little living room.” With the help of their carpenter friend, they also added a country-cottage flair to several walls by installing wide wooden planks.
The combined kitchen and dining room is sunny and bright, maintaining the signature blue color palette, and is anchored by a cheerful marble tile backsplash. The dining room table belonged to Layla’s great-great grandfather, who originally purchased it as a wedding gift in 1900. The table boasts 10 leaves, perfect for when the Palmer’s entertain—though some resourceful flea market scouting was needed to add a few extra chairs to the set’s original six.