A large square leather ottoman doubles as a coffee table in this comfy family room. A sectional sofa is covered in fabric that will stand the test of time -- and kids. Pillows and throws are readily available for snuggling up to enjoy some quality time.
This spacious living room is divided into several sitting areas, including one anchored by a sectional, and two small tables surrounded by upholstered chairs. Two quaint window seats flank the stone fireplace and are within arm's reach of the wooden built-in bookshelves.
Homeowners Ron and Jane Bladon bought their dream home in Ellijay, Ga., and decorated it to look classic and timeless. From the pine-clad walls to ample natural light, the house is light, bright and packed with country charm.
A taupe wall color paired with a white built-in bookshelf and cabinet enhance this cozy family room. Designer Rachel Oliver included a red and tan upholstered slipper chair and accessorized the shelves with books, candles, vases and other items to complete the look of the space.
A stylish spiral staircase provides access from the first floor great room sitting area to the upper gallery where the majority of the room's books are kept. The gallery allows the space to maintain its grand feel-true to its original intent, while the contemporary-chic design of the space helps to bring the room into the 21st Century.
Matching batik armchairs are flea market finds that add a collected, bohemian look. Ladder shelves fill in a large blank wall with sculptural, thrifted finds that inject whimsy and personality into this space.
Dark-stained wood ceilings, floors and trim give this space a true Craftsman look. The enormous stacked stone fireplace services both this room and an outdoor living space on the porch. On the far wall, a bar divides the kitchen and great room.
This spacious family room features blue and green tones throughout to reflect the room's oceanfront views. Three arched doorways with glass-paneled doors give way to the outdoor area, while multiple sitting areas provide comfy places to relax.
Though this contemporary home is designed with an open plan in mind, the great room is still divided into easily distinguished areas thanks to smart architectural features. The steel fireplace helps define two sitting zones, while the second-floor hallway helps demark the kitchen and dining areas.
During this colonial home's renovation, a screened porch was added to the rear elevation. The porch, which is connected to the family room by sliding French doors, features a sitting area, fireplace and dining area for 10. Both side yards — one housing the kids' play area and the other boasting an open terrace — are visible from the porch.