Designer Nathalie Tremblay opened up and moved walls to create this L-shaped kitchen/dining area for clients who love to entertain. An L shape keeps the hosts near their guests while cooking, and still allows guests to eat without feeling like they're on top of the stove.
You can choose to eat at the dining area inside or dine alfresco at this waterfront home in Tampa, Fla. A dark wood dining table and benches on either side offers casual outdoor dining with a trio of candles as the centerpiece. A built-in grill and mini fridge makes it convenient to entertain guests here.
The open air pavilion serves as an entertainment hub complete with premium grilling area, central fireplace and comfortable seating. The open fireplace features a textural rock surround that extend up into the wood ceiling. Because the space is covered and protected from the elements, the outdoor dining space is elevated with an elegant set up and large pendant lighting.
Large glass sliding doors with clerestory windows above stretch across the whole rear elevation of this open-plan space, maximizing daylight in the kitchen, living, dining and study areas. “Light cascading through from the rear of the property lends an airy and fresh feeling, creating an enjoyable space to entertain family and friends,” says architect Robert Wilson.
As seen on HGTV and DIY Network's House Crashers, licensed contractor Josh Temple takes a quick break from assembling a game table in front of Jason Melius' and Tiffany Price's Burbank, California, home. Temple and his team transformed the under-utilized sunroom off of the back of the home into a beautiful space for entertaining with custom pebble flooring, slat wall treatments, and a custom bar and lounge area.
From this point of view you can see how the newly designed courtyard on the lower level of the yard is a self-contained outdoor room with a fireplace, raised beds, and a center area for entertaining. The stunning stonework along the right side is both decorative and functional and features an open archway with a view into the lower lot where a small Greek temple is situated.
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.
HGTV fan EastTN2 converted their seldom-used attic into a sprawling master suite complete with a spa-like bathroom, entertainment lounge and bedroom proper. The suite's three areas are clearly defined yet still feel connected, courtesy of partial wall dividers like the floor-to-ceiling draperies separating the bedroom from the rest of the suite.
Stone and wood accents in this rustic living room give a nod to the mountainside setting of this luxury ski cabin in Avon, Colorado. A loft space overlooks the living room via a wrought iron balcony. In the living room itself, comfortable seating creates a cozy conversation area, while a wet bar in one corner adds to the home's many entertainment options.
Entertaining space was important to these homeowners, so designers made sure to add ample dining space both inside the house and outside. One such space is this home's breezeway that accommodates two tables that seat four people. The tables are sturdy, weatherproof wicker with outdoor cushions for comfort, and, since they are protected by the breezeway roof, homeowners can use this space in rain or shine. To top off the elegance of the space, this outdoor dining area is situated directly in front of beautiful ocean views, making it the perfect location for a sunset dinner or sunrise breakfast.
Another option for entertainment space is the Florida room just off the living room. In one corner of the space, a leather sofa and two chairs provide plenty of seating in this space, while a bar area in the other corner provides easy access to food, drinks and serving ware, creating the perfect place for a casual get together.
The homeowners love to entertain, so designers brought in a long dining table and comfortable modern chairs. The table seats eight and provides plenty of room for a dinner party. To define the open space, a tan rug and modern pendant light chandelier highlights the dining area and creates a separation between it, the living room and the kitchen.
Asked to make this once bland and boring pool area into a relaxing, inviting destination to entertain friends and family, designer Debbie Perez transformed it into a tropical paradise. She kept the homeowners vintage iron chairs and table and we added a new wicker coffee table, sofa, bar top table and stools, along with decorative spiral topiary wall art and mirror.
The Williams family asked Chip of HGTV's Elbow Room to design them a family friendly, functional kitchen. Chip included a ton of seating for this family to entertain, a study area for the kids to do their homework, as well as a beautiful muted brick fireplace. The natural elements in the room, such as the exposed wood beams and molding as well as the natural light that pours into the room through the spacious windows in the sitting area help to create the rustic, natural look the family was hoping for.
The wooden deck and stairs were problematic for the homeowners in terms of maintenance and also entertaining. So, it was replaced by a new stained concrete deck featuring steel railing and supporting columns to coordinate with other site elements. Designer Heather Garrett and her team increased the deck's footprint by a few feet to allow for additional seating and a convenient grilling space right off of the main living area. The new structure was designed to keep rain out of the patio below, so Garrett and her team seized the opportunity to improve the ground-level patio space by adding motorized screens, five ceiling fans, wood storage for the fire pit and an outdoor television. The aging patio slab was replaced by a new contemporary paver system and its footprint was enlarged to create more area for lounging.
Although this open-plan kitchen and dining area actually is in a loft — in a converted bag factory in Nashville — the principles designer Jason Arnold followed will work in any setting. He says: “The kitchen is opposite the living area, in a large, open space that automatically lends itself to entertaining and family living. We painted the walls, trim, and cabinets the same soft grey to make the spaces feel as one. Because it is essentially a large room with a kitchen at one end, I wanted the kitchen to blend seamlessly into the space which is why there are no upper cabinets and instead, there is a large pantry armoire to the right. The dining table acts as the visual separation from kitchen to living.”
This charming kitchen expertly maintains the warmth and traditional elegance of the 1935 Federal-style manor in which it resides. Designer Ken Kelly's goal on the project was to create a comfortable, functional kitchen for a large family who loves to entertain. A separate butler's pantry for catering is attached to the main kitchen, and a cozy dining area is situated nearby for casual dining.
This spacious living room includes a cozy fireplace seating area and plush sectional facing the mounted flatscreen. A sloped ceiling makes the room cozy, while a skylight, un-curtained windows and recessed lighting keep it bright and welcoming. A cowhide piece functions as ottoman or table in front of brown leather armchairs. A wooden cabinet below the TV allows for entertainment storage to be concealed and organized.