As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed a dark and cramped basement into a bright recreation room full of amenities for a growing family of four. Neutral blues, grays and whites are used throughout the space's decor for a style that's beautiful yet functional for all. A chevron-patterned area rug is the perfect complement to the vintage herringbone wood coffee table and its blue and gray decorative accessories.
An expanse of wenge wood plays with the recesses in the drywall to create a voluminous and open airy space with grand geometric elements. Eye-catching pendant lights, hung at assorted heights to create a mobile-like chandelier, are prominent centerpieces hung over assorted seating, from sofas and chairs to a long, leather bench around a chic glass coffee table, ideal for casual conversation or quiet reflection in this peaceful living environment.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
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.
Eye-catching pendant lights, hung at assorted heights to create a mobile-like chandelier, are prominent centerpieces for this geometric and striking contemporary living room. Constructing walls on different planes and reveals along the ceiling create different depths within the space, creating an effortless flow and adding to the home's peaceful living environment. Assorted seating, from sofas to banquette, around a chic glass coffee table is ideal for casual conversation or quiet reflection.
Homeowners wanted a functional, yet stylish living room that connected with the style of the rest of their 1920s Spanish home, but had a more modern and whimsical feel, so designers added a sectional sofa to provide plenty of seating. Then, they brought in an ottoman that serves a dual purpose-a coffee table and extra seating. This piece is covered in lime green faux leather, which adds a splash of bold color, while creates a surface that is easily wipeable-perfect for a home with a teenage boy.
As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna wanted to create a new space for the family inside the home they already own, so they replaced the family's outdated furniture with some new pieces: two gray couches and two leather recliners. This gives the space plenty of seating for entertaining or just relaxing. To add color to the space, a blue striped rug lies on the floor and blue pillows adorn the couch. Nesting coffee tables and the frame of a boat hung on the wall complete the space.
The right furniture configuration can mediate any number of design challenges, creating multiple zones in a large, open space, for example. “This open-concept family room/kitchen has a long, narrow configuration,” say the designers. “We created a cozy seating area near the TV and opted for smaller-scale furniture to keep the space from feeling cramped. The airy lightweight coffee table from Blu Dot is easy to move aside for train or Lego marathons.” Tip for tight spaces: “If you are squeezing a lot of furniture into a smaller space, choose pieces that your eye can see under. This helps make the room feel visually lighter. Higher furniture legs or box frame tables like this one are both great options.”
Whether you are renting or owning, in a city or town for one year or in a forever home, there is no reason you can't personalize and customize your space. Emily Henderson advises you "go into your attic or box of mementoes" for artwork and sculptural elements in your home in place of expensive, original artworks. "If it's two-dimension and means something to you, it can become a piece of art." The living room coffee table is a repurposed circus elephant stand painted with black spray paint, as is the etagere in the far corner. Circular forms that bring in a hip, Eighties vibe repeat in the couch and mantel mirror and peacock blue and natural wood side tables in the room to bring cohesion and purpose.
When specifying upholstery for a beachfront house belonging to an active family, designers Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey of Burnham Design opted to cover all the furniture in indoor-outdoor fabric. "Every piece is done in Sunbrella fabric — even the pillows and the custom area rug underneath. Outdoor fabric was the perfect choice for this room, which is "command central" for TV-watching and game playing.” And, they note, “In terms of the furniture plan, sometimes it’s dramatic to do fewer pieces and keep the scale large of each and bold; that’s the case here. We selected the largest sectional we could fit in the space and made sure it was super deep and comfy. We paired it with a large upholstered ottoman, which serves double duty as a coffee table and great place for everyone to kick up their feet.”
This stunning vintage white sofa is the one thing I might have tried to run out the door with. The woven upholstery fabric immediately adds an air of sophistication to a wall color that might otherwise come across as juvenile. The sleek curve of the arm that transitions into a fully upholstered leg, housing a floating bench cushion is a work of art with a clear mid-century reference. The only way to address a piece this special is to accent it with sleek black floor lamps, a classic black and white marble coffee table, and graphic drapery fabric by the talented Kelly Wearstler. I really enjoy seeing a successful relationship between the primary colors in the artwork and the tertiary wall color. Angela definitely took risks, but her artistic eye served her well.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”