If you're going to set your springtime soiree outside, be sure to orient the furniture around a focal point. This will offer guests a common point of reference to help provoke conversation. Here, the set up for six is oriented near the swimming pool and lush green grass of the backyard.
Before committing to a space plan, first consider the best focal point to enjoy from the comfort of your outdoor living room. The modern pool here is definitely the star of the backyard, so by orienting the furniture to look out at it, friends and family have an instant conversation starter for breaking the ice. Plus it's great for encouraging interaction between those lounging and those taking a plunge in the pool.
What interior designer Tiffany Brooks calls one of her favorite pieces in the home, she sourced a local artist to create the large 5’ by 5’ foot custom piece of wall art above the buffet that serves as one of the focal points of the room.
When it's time to start arranging furniture, a large open room can seem pretty intimidating. Let the room's focal point guide you. If you have a fabulous fireplace or awesome gallery wall, start there. Arrange larger furniture pieces around the focal point, then work your way out from there.
The raw, rambling third floor had one well-sized room, but the rest of the space was a jungle of trusses and HVAC ducts. The designers turned that space into a home office, wet bar, two bedrooms, a full bath and an elevator lobby. Here, the largest room was created into a home office. To create a focal point, the bottom section of the ornate fireplace (originally in the great room) was placed on a wall that is flanked by bookcases. The fireplace is not functional, but it creates a handsome backdrop behind the homeowner’s desk.
Exotic stone is an unexpected treat on the countertop of this transitional master bath. Contemporary cabinetry features carved knobs in a red hue that blends with the wood. Clean lines and minimal detail in the space let the stone countertop take a starring role.