Downstairs, a velvet sofa and matching armchairs create a comfortable lounge area. When they're not catching up on their favorite TV programs, the owners can enjoy a game of chess or explore the wine cellar.
Stone columns carry that Mediterranean feel into the living room. Here, a cushioned chaise and leather ottoman invite the owners to put their feet up, while a table and chairs allow for a quick game of chess.
A custom sectional with a cutout in the middle provides seating in this living room without completely dividing the space. Guests can relax on the sofa and simultaneously chat with chess players at the nearby game table.
This sharp game room features white walls and ceiling, modern black game tables and a glass chess set. A coffered ceiling mimics the geometric patterns of the game tables and cabinet molding. A light wood built-in bookshelf breaks up the white walls and provides ample storage space.
Stone crowns atop columns lead the way to a giant chess board made of prefab 2x2 concrete squares with exposed pebbles. Taking inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, designer Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates. Inc., has red roses on one side and white roses on the other. Fourth of July roses, which are speckled and look like they're being painted for the Queen, are in pots behind the benches. "If it's your fantasy, just go there," says Grace. "Don't do it by halves."