The contemporary living room of this converted, historic firehouse features fun colors and functional seating that works equally well for reading and relaxing as it does for entertaining large groups. Boiled wool ottomans and a shag rug add texture to the sleek space. The "Simple Chemistry" table by James De Wulf is a great conversation piece.
Two white pillar candles in matching hurricane glasses and other well-chosen accessories help dress up the mantel in this transitional living room from designer Elizabeth P. Clarke. Tips from the designer: The fireplace is one of the most striking features in a room and should be a focal point. The mantel is a great place to accessorize. Small groupings of artwork can be added above the mantel for some punch, and smaller accessories on the mantel help tie in the fireplace with the art. Lighting and candles are another fabulous way to create visual focal points.