With a sitting area, formal dining space and a kitchen with two islands, this home in Minneapolis, Minn., has everything the owners need for entertaining. Pendant lights and large picture windows fill the space with light as well.
Truly an outdoor paradise, this garden steps down 75 feet from the main house via several terraces, each with their own dedicated use. There's a pool, a dining area, a great lawn and a formal parterre garden with a central fountain.
This bluestone patio is equally prepared to handle formal gatherings and family fun. A ping pong table sits in the middle of a wide open space between dining area and fireplace lounge. Bluestone pavers continue the look over to the pool.
Because the home's floor plan is so open, designer Kerra Michelle Huerta also used the couple's sectional to separate the living room from the formal dining space. A large area rug softens the floor below and complements the bright pops of coral, too.
This great room can easily accommodate a crowd, what with its open kitchen, formal dining space and nearby sitting area. Wood paneling overhead draws the eye to the mountain views and helps the modern interior feel a little more connected to the wilderness.
Who needs a dedicated formal dining room when an open plan kitchen can serve all functional purposes? The dining area in this lovely open kitchen is airy and sophisticated with its glass-top table, contemporary upholstered dining chairs, and old-world chandelier, but best of all, it features an inset fireplace that helps set the mood for conversation and fun. Design by AB Design Elements.
The ground-level patio area of the HGTV Dream Home 2013 features all-weather woven chairs that cozy up to a glass-topped table, ideal for both formal dinners or a table surface to focus on family craft projects.A makeshift chandelier of zinc hexagon-shaped lanterns illuminates the table top. The romance of candlelight elevates the dining experience in this casual gathering area.
This large, open space offers the homeowner and his guests a little bit of everything-an alcove with small table and two barstools adds privacy, a large sectional creates a comfortable sitting area, a full bar makes the space perfect for entertaining, and a table in the back adds a formal dining option.
With its bistro lights, hydrangea bushes and views of the balcony above, this patio becomes a romantic retreat right in the owners' backyard. Here, a traditional wood table and set of chairs encourage dining al fresco, while the formal sitting area waits at the ready for drinks.
The Winter Park, Fla., home doesn't have a formal dining room, so a custom leather banquette acts as a cozy eating area off the kitchen. Above the kitchen island is a large, rectangular crystal chandelier. Each crystal was hand-tied around the fixture, and as one of the first elements to greet guest when they enter the home, the chandelier makes for a jaw-dropping design.
This living space is full of life and color with a pink and green color palette. Floral accent chairs flank a sleek fireplace, while a neutral area rug and printed throw pillows add more pattern to the mix. An acrylic side table and framed photo above the mantel give the room a fresh, updated look. The living room opens up in to a formal dining room complete with a decorative mirror and chandelier.
To give the open space just off the entry a purpose, yet keep the center of the area open for traffic flow in and out of this apartment, two pairs of ready-made bookshelves purchased from an office supply store were placed back-to-back to act as room dividers. On one side, a private office is separated from the formal dining space and family room on the other side. The apartment's walls were painted peacock blue, which helps the walls recede so that accents of white and apple green stand out.