Designed by Design Platform, this sitting room, situated adjacent to the kitchen, features custom built-ins with bookcases, white lacquer media storage and a bar hidden behind push-to-open cabinet doors. The furnishings here are comfortable and inviting for family and guests alike.
Designer Lisa Bakemis chose contemporary inset bookshelves to counterbalance the roundness of the cove ceilings and turret windows of this Victorian home. An updated midcentury modern table and chairs and eclectic accents also create an updated sophistication to the space.
"When you're working on a strict budget, cash doesn't usually extend to custom-made built-in cabinetry," says designer Anna Williams. "Instead, I've used a set of affordable and modern white bookshelves to create plenty of storage, without the expense." A bright abstract is a colorful focal point, while wicker baskets provide some hidden storage options.
This living room has a couple high-impact design ideas that anyone can do on a budget. Terracotta Design Build often adds wallpaper to the backs of bookshelves. "It’s a way to give depth and really set off any collection," says interior designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson. With wallpaper behind it, even a collection of inexpensive white vases can look amazingly expensive, she says. Then you can customize store-bought curtains by sewing a trim in another color.
Inset bookshelves flank the ornate fireplace of this authentic Victorian home. A transitional chair, antique rug and assorted eclectic accents are inviting and sophisticated for the space. A large mirror on a pedestal base is an exquisite and eye-catching addition over the fireplace.
The reception area showcases a hot rolled daybed with burlap mattress. Attached to this bed is a set of bookshelves that house several pieces of Han Dynasty pottery. On the wall above the daybed is a piece of artwork that adds a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space.
A pair of sliding doors is set wide enough so as not to obscure the arched doorway, the bold blue walls or the sunny windows of the home office but are easily closed when privacy is needed, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.
Designers wanted to create a reception area that feels very connected, but also has clearly defined spaces, so they chose to incorporate elements into their design that would visually separate each one. In the waiting area, built-in bookshelves wrap around the chairs for waiting clients; in the reception space, wood paneling and artwork provides definition. Finally, the main office space is hidden behind a set of pocket doors that can be opened or closed, per the needs of the situation.
Architectural details, like the board-and-batten walls and exposed wood ceiling, set the stage for this cozy, cottage bedroom. A comfortable bed is flanked by simple white nightstands, adjustable lights and built-in bookshelves.
Whimsical bird-and-cloud wallpaper set the scene and the color palette for this dreamy girl's bedroom. A new take on classic bookshelves, these look like a chic cityscape when the doors are closed, adding an extra element of fun.
Striped white-and-cream wallpaper sets the scene for this sophisticated home office for the lady of the house. Built-in bookshelves flank the window that has lovely views of Boston, while a simple wood desk sits in front.
Black and white pattern walls set a stylish yet playful backdrop for this children's room. A white chair provides a cozy reading spot on the graphic rug. Floating bookshelves create a book display, while a gallery wall above adds character.
Whimsical Hygge & West wallpaper sets the scene for this serene girly bedroom. Adding to the playfulness, a hanging chair makes for a fun reading spot. Bookshelves that look like a cityscape keep the space organized and a lilac area rug adds style underfoot.