As seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room, Chip Wade and his team designed a space where the Zappas could gather and entertain as a family. The space is complete with a dining area and multiple relaxation areas, as well as space for playing with the life-size chess board.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed this once cramped and dated basement into a modern, multi-purpose family room. Rustic, functional decor in sleek blue and gray hues perfectly complements the home's original, wood-burning stone fireplace. For easy entertaining, Sarah added extra storage, plenty of seating and mounted a large flat-screen TV above the mantel.
Nicola and Michael are looking for a space where they can entertain friends and relax with their family. Jillian designed a space that is light, flowing and functional. The windows all around the room allow plenty of light into the space, while the canned lighting in the ceiling helps to add light. The neutral wall color helps to reflect the light, while the grey sofa and its pillows adds color to the space and softens it. The natural beam that crosses the room, the chandelier in the dining room and other wood accents add a rustic flare to the room.
For areas where you spend the most time entertaining, like family rooms and dens, wool and sisal rugs are the best options, says Merida Studio, because they are incredibly durable. The texture and depth of this rug from Merida's Wander Collection adds a counterpoint to the clean, angular, powerful lines and black-and-white composition of the space. This rug is a wool/sisal blend, which is not only durable but also sound absorbing and sustainable.
The inspiration for this room is the bright and vibrant piece of art in the background. The clients used to live in South America and picked this piece of art while living there. It immediately gave the color direction for the space and bridged the taste of the husband who loves calm neutral colors and the wife who loves bright and vibrant color schemes. With two adorable little girls in the house, and the parents who entertain often, this room needed to be family friendly while still having a sophisticated feel for their guests.
To give the family another dining option, designers created a casual eating area with access to the home's wine cellar. This space is a little more fun, with a more modern table and chairs and colorful floor tiles. The space also has access to the home's al fresco entertaining space through a set of French doors, which could be left open so the room could serve as overflow space for a large party.
The swings-as-barstools idea in this modern kitchen came from the family's travels – they saw similar swings in a bar and never forgot them. The kitchen was designed to be a fun space for the parents, their kids and their friends. Since they often entertain, the goal was to make the kitchen and living room one open, flexible space with an airy feel and a strong connection to the outdoor view.
This classic, black and white family room uses elegant French doors with matching transoms to create a bright, white space. These features allow plenty of natural light to flow into this large room, creating a spacious and vibrant look. To warm the white space, black accents were added, creating a warm, inviting place to relax and entertain. Patterned curtains and chairs were used to soften the contrasting black and white color palette, while a white, high armed sofa and a black and white coffee table anchor the space.
As seen on HGTV's Love It Or List It, Too, designer Jillian Harris gave the homeowners a modern dining space. With a table that seats up to six, there is plenty of space for the family to enjoy or to entertain their friends. She then added a modern chandelier to help bring light to the room. The walls are painted a neutral color and are accented by the dark picture frames and the metal of the chandelier.
As seen on HGTV's Buying and Selling, Cameron and Krystal wanted a grown up space to entertain their friends and family, so Drew and Jonathan brought in some modern furniture and updated the details of their outdated home. The neutral colors of the walls sofa, and chairs are complimented by natural elements around the doors and windows. The brothers then added color to the space by choosing warm blue and copper accent pillows and chrome candlesticks, chandelier and table lamps to help reflect light into the room.
Designer Justine Sterling set out to modernize this young bachelor's open living and dining areas, but in a thoughtful way that would respect the location and also provide the client with a functional design. The narrow living room space was one of the biggest challenges in the space planning. By creating a wall hung entertainment unit and bookcase, with a large area rug and small cocktail tables, the narrow space was visually widened.
Sterling's client has a great sense of nostalgia for his old collections of passed down family treasures and many were custom framed, placed in museum style boxes or simply placed under a cloche, like his Red Sox signed ball collection. What could have been cliche sports memorabilia now looks tasteful and purposeful.
This elegant backyard is secluded and elegant, making it the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining. The large, canvas sofa can accommodate four comfortably, and the two wicker chairs add extra seating, giving the space plenty of room for people to take a load off. The casual fabrics used in this space, such as the wicker chairs, the canvas cushions and the sealed wood tables, give the space a warm, inviting feeling, while retaining the ability to stand up to the wear and tear, making this backyard space an extra oasis for the family and their guests.
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.”
As seen on Love It Or List It, Too the room was previously open on the garden facing wall, but had a shoebox for a kitchen and an underused bathroom. Jillian's solution was to blow out the bathroom entirely and insert a 30ft steel beam to support the already vaulted ceiling. With an extra 10 inches of space found in the renovation Jillian's team added a coffered ceiling to delineate the space adding intimacy and definition. The grid prints are of traditional Italian hunting scenes often found in family homes of Italian expats and are a nod to the grid design of the ceiling. A custom sectional was designed so that the homeowners could entertain many guests and take in a football game or two. The wrought iron wall hanging is actually from Egypt, but Jillian felt it gave a country feeling to the home. The components console is custom made. New french doors have been added to the patin entrance and a new gas insert sits on the far wall made of Venetian plaster and box posts, designed to draw the eye upwards into the grand vaulted space.