There’s something very serene about an uncluttered bedroom. The Nordic design ethos puts a lot of significance on the beauty of an un-fussy space. This quaint bedroom with twin beds is a perfect example with its thick, inviting blankets and accessories you can count on one hand. It’s just enough to feel “lived in” but spare enough to keep your mind quiet and primed for a great night’s sleep.
As seen on HGTV's Good Bones, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak removed a wall to enlarge this kitchen and bring it forward in the floor plan. The team added new, bright cabinets for plenty of storage and stainless steel appliances and dining table to make this space clean and modern. To give the kitchen a little color, teal dining chairs and live flowers were put in place, creating a warm, inviting contemporary kitchen.
A balcony overlooks this open concept dining, living and kitchen space, which takes maximum advantage of its two-story central area with an oversized dining table that invites guests to linger over the table for relaxed conversation. Dual staircases add distinction to the entry, framing the doorway and creating a nice view on both sides of this coastal home.
This coastal style living room features a bamboo shade and floral patterned curtains framing a lovely picture window revealing a beachy setting. A cottage style side table displays a quaint lamp, coral, and vintage glass bottles, lending to the coastal vibe of the space. A comfy sofa with white throw and floral and solid pillows invites guests to relax and enjoy the setting.
The first room enters from the grand foyer. The living room is designed for social gatherings whether it’s a weekly book club, a knitting circle or a wine tasting. But far from formal, the space – thanks to a soothing color palette and whimsical, unexpected touches – invites all those who enter to grab a seat, kick off their shoes and relax.
Designer Kerrie Kelly's creative juices were flowing when she designed this ultra-cool living room in shades of yellow, gray and white. The room is reminiscent of a 1950's lounge, but with a slightly industrial flair, given the lighting fixtures, table and chairs and whitewashed brick accent wall. The space invites one to sit down, relax and have a cup of joe.
The owners of this 1930s historic home in Phoenix, Arizona wanted to redesign their space to be fun, eclectic and durable. They needed storage solutions to help keep the family of five organized, so designers added built-in shelves and a built-in drop station to help with that. To add charm to the home, designers brought in trim to finish out the fireplace and the windows, while a brown leather sofa and other simple, fun furniture pieces help to make the space livable and inviting for parents and kids alike.
For a family with three boys under the age of 12, a sprawling family center that opens out to the backyard was just the ticket. “An open-plan living made sense to them as they really wanted a room that would be the "heart" of the home and where they could all gather together and interact with each other, even if they are doing different activities,” says designer Nelly Reffet of Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design. To give the space an inviting feel, Reffet took care with her choices of color and material. “One of the possible downsides of open-plan living, especially in contemporary homes, is that the room may feel a little cold and impersonal,” she says. “Using ‘warm’ or earthy materials and/or colors, as well as a mix of textures is a great way to balance this, and to create a more lived-in space.”
Designer Kerrie Kelly updated this living space with a club-like look using color, texture and modern furnishings. The sitting area, created with four matching accent chairs in yellow and a center coffee table in wood, invites family and guests to gather for good conversation or perhaps a night of games. The cool gray tones of the tray ceiling, industrial light fixtures and whitewashed brick add dimension and contrast against the sleek furnishings.
The new owners of this five year-old single-family home in the Ukrainian Village area of Chicago sought a more expansive, casual and contemporary feel. Being a professional chef, the husband found the existing kitchen stifling and wanted to infuse it with light, efficiency and room to move.
By eliminating the wall separating the kitchen and the living room, the design allows natural light to flow in. The sleek new finishes and lighting in the kitchen, along with the modern cabinetry, stovetop and hood, achieve a more contemporary feel. The bold transformation creates an expansive new space that is easy and bright, inviting a chef to casually create and family and friends to join in the fun.
Wool rugs are easy to clean and have fibers that contain lanolin, a natural stain repellent. They're a smart choice for family rooms, where kids and pets spend most of their time. "This open, second floor media room overlooks the living room below. We needed a strong anchor to be the foundation of the space and to define the character of the room. Merida's classic buffalo check was the perfect solution — boldly inviting guests to gather for conversation, nestle in with a book or cluster for watching movies. The check pattern instantly conveys a sense of warmth and familiarity. Additionally, our clients planned to using this space to watch sporting events — so we needed something to withstand rowdy sports fans and the beautiful, quality wool construction of this rug meant it was the perfect yet practical fit," says the designers at Foley & Cox Interiors.