Floor-to-ceiling windows allows tons of natural light to stream into this contemporary living room. A large beveled mirror bounces the light around the room, helping the space look large and open. A small seating group surrounds a mirrored ottoman for intimate conversations.
Wine and cheese parties are all about enjoying the fine things in life with family and friends over conversation. Turn your coffee table into a wine pairing station by laying out cheeses, breads and wine glasses for your friends to serve and sample as a group.
Festive lighting and ample seating make this traditional backyard pool a fantastic spot to entertain. Seating is grouped into zones for conversation, dining and poolside lounging. Ample terraces connect the indoor and outdoor spaces and give the home great views of its retreat-like backyard.
This outdoor space is perfect for entertaining guests day or night. The stone patio and wood beams on the deck create a rustic feel that makes the space cozy and inviting. An outdoor bar and seating area along with the outdoor room attached to the home provides multiple touch points for group conversations.
To give your room a cozy feel for free, rethink how you arrange the furniture. For example, is there a spare chair in another room that you can pull beside the fireplace? For this room, Mosaic Group [Architects and Remodelers] positioned the furniture to address the fireplace, creating a salon effect where several people could settle in for conversation.
The contemporary living room of this converted, historic firehouse features fun colors and functional seating that works equally well for reading and relaxing as it does for entertaining large groups. Boiled wool ottomans and a shag rug add texture to the sleek space. The "Simple Chemistry" table by James De Wulf is a great conversation piece.
Kelly & Co. Design showed great finesse in a barn renovation that now boasts an interesting venue for musical entertainment. The lounge, bar area and loft are great places to have cocktails while enjoying conversation and the rotating group of musicians that play the room. Murphy beds, tucked away for overnight guests, are available at the far end of the loft.
Before the brisk weather becomes too cold, take advantage of al fresco dining with practical furniture groupings. Round tables make for better conversation as guests can chat fluidly across from one another or when seated side by side. Instead of buying matching sets, try pairing vintage chairs with new, modern tables or vice versa.