To create a separate living space for the homeowners, designers used floor rugs to define the boundaries of the sitting room. In this smaller space, a stylish sofa and wingback chairs provide seating, while a coffee table and end table give guests somewhere to set plate and cups. To add warmth to the space, designers used rich wood trim and added a fireplace to give off heat on cool nights. For pops of color and a touch of personality, blue artwork was added to the space.
This breakfast nook provides a cozy space to wake up and enjoy your morning cup of coffee. The large unobstructed window fills the area with light while the bench, built into the corner, gives ample seating and tons of pillows to lean on. The traditional Mediterranean style of the kitchen is modernized with a neutral gray wall color. Storage isn't a problem in the eating area, the bench has been outfitted with concealed storage for dishes or linens.
The living room in Jillian's design is bright and clean. With a neutral color on the walls and the sofa, the space gets a bright feel as the light reflects from the large windows in the room. She uses the natural stone and wood of the fireplace and coffee table to warm up the space and give it personality. The family now has a warm, bright space for gathering and entertaining.
For the family room designers brought in plenty of seating with the blue sectional, which adds a pop of color, white armchairs and a neutral colored ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. The white color palette and large windows throughout the space keep the room feeling bright and open, while the fireplace adds a touch of warmth. On either side of the fireplace, storage was added with a set of modern cabinets that can be moved in case the homeowners decide to rearrange their family's space.
This room was intended to be a space for dad and was created with his input and vision. The design is a bit more masculine, but it still had enough style to fit in with the rest of the home. Designers used the same neutral colors as the rest of the home, but they used darker, warmer shades to bring the masculine feel about. The furniture is made of dark, soft fabrics, perfect for relaxing and watching the game, while natural elements, such as the wood coffee table, made the space a bit more masculine.
A terra-cotta-color wall brings in warmth year-round. “The tone shifts over the course of the day, like a sunset,” says Katie. The oversize art from Four Hands Art Studio makes it even more glorious. For seating, the dated brown sectional that dominated the space got replaced with a chic blue wool-blend sofa by American Leather, a curvy armchair by Taylor King, and two leather slingback chairs from Wisteria. Friends at the couple’s giant potluck dinners spill into here, so the large coffee table by Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture comes in handy. The rug is by Jaipur Living.
As seen on HGTV's Good Bones, designers Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine wanted to make the best use of the natural light that streams into this living room from the bay window. A neutral color palette reflects that light, complementing the beauty of nature instead of competing with it. To give the space a bit of personality, a brightly colored ottoman that could double as a coffee table was selected for this space. They also hung a vintage ladder below the window to add interest in the space, as well to serve as a book shelf.
Here, a sitting area sits underneath a window in front of some exposed brick. To the right, a built-in set of steel bookshelves houses books, magazines and pieces of Antonio Martins' collections. A modern, wood chair sits to the front right of this space, complemented by a set of modern coffee tables in the center of the area. A colorful chair sits to the left of the space, while an elegant brown sofa provides the space with more seating. To the immediate left of this space, two 17th Century Portuguese paintings hang, giving the space more personality.
Don't shy away from moving indoor furniture in your home outside. I love adding pieces of my home decor to my outdoor dinner parties. If you happen to have a glass table—even a coffee table—in your home, bring it outside. A glass table showcases the beauty of the outdoors without overpowering it. I would suggest keeping decor simple but colorful for an easy way to stand out without having to set a full table outside.
“Designed for wine lovers who enjoy entertaining often, this wet bar was installed in the dining room where they host dinner parties, holiday meals and entertain most of the time,” says designer Nathan J. Reynolds. “Next to the kitchen, it’s a convenient place for additional counter space for mixing drinks, plating desserts, or serving coffee and after-dinner drinks.” The design includes a Kohler sink, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator. “Glass cabinets above the wet bar distinguish it from the rest of the workspace and showcase handsome glassware and collectibles,” he adds.
The vision for the space was to create a livable, functional space for the homeowners. Their love for modern design paired perfectly with the quaint cottage architecture and geography of the home. By removing the one wall in the space that used to define the kitchen, the designers were able to open the floor plan up and maximize the square footage and natural lighting. The living area features a comfy gray sectional paired with modern black chairs and coffee table. A geometric rug anchors the space and adds interest and dimension.
The multi-purpose design of the Mimico Storage Ottoman from Gus* Modern allows you to use this flexible piece of furniture as a bench, coffee table or ottoman in an entryway, bedroom or living room. It includes an upholstered top for comfortable seating, a hard surface top for resting items like sunglasses, and an open cubby for display storage of books and magazines.
A mermaid party wouldn't be complete without a little sand. Kate Landers used a tarp and sandbox from a home improvement store as the ocean floor. She set the coffee table on top and placed cushions around the table for the guests. Seashells and other ocean-inspired objects make guests feel as if they're dining under the sea. Photo by Open Shade Studios
The Asbury Hotel on the New Jersey Shore was once the local Salvation Army. Today, it’s a hip beach retreat that has preserved functional elements of its past. The lobby, which doubles as a greenhouse, has conserved the original brick and pillars while adding colorful new furnishings including the inviting pit sofa with a blue velvet base and playful hand-sewn cushions, custom designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture. The practical grey oak coffee table is from Restoration Hardware.
After grabbing a bushel of oysters from your local seafood market, be sure to stash a few away for decor on your table. You can place them in a few of your favorite coffee mugs or even a champagne glass to dress them up as a centerpiece. For added fun, put a few flower petals or lace some ribbon in the container for a unique display of the main dish.
To add life to the living room, the area rug was replaced with colorful carpet squares that also added pattern to the space. The brown pillows were swapped for colorful prints picked up on the cheap from a show house sample sale. To help accommodate up to three guests comfortably, the tiny coffee table was placed into the storage space to make room for a trio of modern nesting tables. For a wallpapered look, an 8-foot-by-4-foot sheet of 3/4-inch foam board was covered with wallpaper and fastened to the wall using double-sided tape.
This home is a visual feast. Strong patterns and saturated colors are showcased throughout. The living room is grounded by a cream and red rug that brings an instant dose of color. For more pops, David and Rumaan have topped it with a bright yellow coffee table. An eclectic mix that is also vibrant and fun. Bringing the various shades together, a gallery wall above the television includes several pieces painted by David’s grandfather.
This bedroom brings the outdoors inside. A chandelier over the bed is made from painted antlers, and the furniture is rough-hewn. Tan, white, and green plaids in the bed linens and window treatment lend to the rustic feel of the space. A rustic wood chair and coffee table offer the perfect sitting area for relaxing and enjoying a good book. Houseplants lend to the natural element while a green glass bedside lamp helps illuminate the space and tie in the color scheme. A natural jute throw rug anchors the entire area.