A comfortable conversation grouping blends traditional furniture forms with clean-lined cushions and a contemporary rug, creating a pleasant spot for poolside entertaining. Large ottomans are multifunctional for lounging or dining.
A comfortable conversation grouping blends traditional furniture forms with clean-lined cushions and a contemporary rug, while large ottomans are multifunctional for lounging or dining. This transitional vignette leads the way to a pool house with an open yet sheltered design that's perfect for a poolside party.
“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.”
Multiple seating areas serve different functions to take maximum advantage of this oceanside patio. An outdoor rug grounds a conversation area with a modern wood sofa and chair. Nearby, a grouping of slatted wood chairs surround a fire table, providing warmth and inviting conversation.
A built-in window seat is situated in the corner of this elegant living room, creating a relaxing spot full of natural light. Built-in bookshelves flank the traditional fireplace, while a grouping of comfortable, oversized furniture makes for great conversation and entertaining space.
A minimalist color scheme brings a light and airy quality to this living room, while a grouping of four cozy chairs creates an intimate seating area for conversations. Sheer gray draperies are hung right below the molding to heighten the room and add softness to the windows.
Bright white walls and four windows featuring waterfront views create a breezy, airy atmosphere for this seating area. Four comfortable armchairs are grouped close together to encourage intimate conversation.
Over the years, it's likely you'll inherit seasonal items or family heirlooms. Put them on display as a charming collection by grouping them together on your dining room sideboard. This will honor family tradition and also spark conversation among party guests.
Red cushioned furniture grouped around a stone table creates an inviting conversation area on this spacious deck nestled in a wooded landscape. A large arbor offers shade and another eye-catching element.
A grouping of nautical balls hangs in place of a chandelier in this colorful, eclectic courtyard. Mesh screening filters light and provides privacy, and various seating options offer a quirky, comfortable haven for conversation. Functional accent tables feature a range of sizes and colors, but their round shapes provide continuity.
Sophisticated and elegant, this living room features three areas: an intimate grouping of chairs for conversation, an oversized sectional for relaxing and watching TV, and a table and chairs for playing games. Vibrant throw pillows and a striped ottoman provide color in the otherwise neutral living space.
The open concept plan and contemporary design of the living room create an industrial — yet also light and airy — feel. Across the broad expanse of floor, small groupings of furniture make intimate conversation areas.
Two separate groupings of furniture allow for more intimate conversation areas in this cozy family room. Vibrant accents in jewel tones of ruby red and turquoise blue pop against the neutral walls and furniture.
A mix of white, beige and brown decor lends a calming tone to this transitional living room. The contemporary sofa, wingback chairs, chaise longue and ottomans are grouped together to create a welcoming conversation area.