When space is at a premium in an open floor plan, consider what kind of activities you’ll use the dining space for beyond eating and entertaining. This smart set up includes some shelf space under the table while storage ottomans serve as compact, multi-functional seating allowing easy access to board games and books.
A staycation is not complete without downtime, and even as the hostess, you can sneak away for a few minutes to write down your thoughts and drink a glass of sweet tea or champagne. To inspire your guests in their own journaling activity, put up some of your favorite inspirational quotes around the house on chalkboards. You can even ask your guests to add some of their words throughout the weekend.
This green-and-white activity rooms offers a great place to do work, homework and art. White bookshelves offer plenty of storage for books and decor, while an over-stuffed green sofa creates the perfect place to relax.
A Parsons-style desk paired with stylish stools creates a space-saving and versatile option for a bedroom that functions as a sleep, lounge and homework space. This layout also leaves room for more fun seating options, such as hanging hammock chairs.
A birds-eye view of this contemporary garden shows just how many different uses the space encompasses. Take a dip in the pool, relax by the fire pit, or soak in the hot tub - there's something for everyone in this sleek and sun-soaked space.
A bright kids' room features a play station made by cutting down an old kitchen table and adding a mixing bowl to the center for art supplies and pencils. A fresh coat of green paint and child-sized chairs decoupaged with maps complete the space.
This homeowner created a clever, crafty activity station from an old wooden dining table and a mixing bowl that serves as a place for storing crayons and other items. White wooden chairs decoupaged in repurposed maps add an interesting vibe to the otherwise neutral space.
There are seven new fenced-in horse paddocks that cover most of the home's acreage. These new spaces allow for several riders and their horses to graze, train or simply enjoy a day of casual riding without disturbing one another.
At the opposite end of this family's basement, a recreation area contains a pool table, above which is an elegant, modern chandelier. This gives the family three different options for activities while still remaining connected to each other in their basement space: working out, relaxing and watching tv or playing pool.
A wallpaper lion walks along a green chalkboard lawn in designer Lauren Liess's home. This activity center is a perfect small-space solution. Instead of taking up precious wall space, use the closet doors to make a chalkboard for the kids.
To set up a Thanksgiving snack station for the kids, fill small bowls with candy, pretzels, popcorn and any other items that would be yummy in the mix. Use a tiered tray for pretty presentation and to make it easier for several kids to fill their favor cups at once. Tip: Try to stick with treats that come in fall colors.
Start with a simple shelf then dress it up with creepy decor — furry spiders, black crows, plastic skulls and skeletons are all good choices. You could also drape the shelf with cheesecloth or spider webs for an added frightening effect.