No room for a full bar? No problem! Flip a clear cylindrical stand upside down, fill it with something seasonal, then top it off with a small tray. Next, with a sturdy foundation to start with, layering spirits and glassware on top of the tray to create a makeshift tabletop cocktail bar.
Contemporary Built-In Bar is Perfect for Entertaining
Making the most of this open hallway, an alcove is turned into a cool bar area with a back lit backsplash and glass shelving for storing bottles. Wood and frosted glass doors add a rustic quality to the contemporary space.
Contemporary Hallway Features Beautiful Sculptures
Making the most of the wide hallway, beautiful black sculptures sit in a little inset in a mosaic accent wall. Gray-and-white tile floor grounds the space, while wood and frosted glass doors lead to other rooms of the house.
The beautiful navy sofa accompanied by lustrous vinyl gray ottoman creates a neutral base for this playroom to come to life. Bursts of hot pink throughout the space-from the artwork to the accessories-bring in a lively, feminine feel, while orange zigzag poufs bring out the orange accents in the artwork, adding to the dimension of the room.
Pineapples are not only great to eat but even better as decor. Have a fear of homemade floral arrangements? Try a fresh pineapple; it makes an affordable and simple display that even a novice hostess can handle. When you are done using the pineapple for display, add them to your menu for another meal or add to the bar for a specialty cocktail. If you are up for it, find a unique way to cut them into fun shapes, and if you need a little help, this can be an activity to do with your guests.
"Colorful produce is a fragrant and easy way to add style to the entry," stylist Matthew Mead says. "Inexpensive fruits like green apples, tangelos and lemons" add interest everywhere, from centerpieces to the staircase, and create engaging focal points, he says. "Berries and sprigs of evergreen add a festive touch." Photo courtesy of Matthew Mead
In the sunroom, designers went for a classic blue and white palette mixed with natural linens, cotton canvases, materials that are durable and forgiving for this family's active lifestyle, and a sisal area rug to create a timeless, casual environment with an open, airy feel.
Interior Sight Lines Create Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Living
Designers were careful to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces by taking advantage of sight lines from the home's interior design. The plants in the front courtyard and the back yard can be seen from the living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Here, a sculptural cactus provides a backdrop for art inside the home.