A spiral staircase winds down from the yard to this hidden outdoor living room space. Stone walls enclose the space while an open ceiling allows sunshine down into the area. Circular shaped furniture creates a beautiful and interesting aesthetic. The sofa features a red weaved bottom, mating the four coffee tables, and a purple cushion adding bright color to the design. Large planters bring plant life into the space to connect it to the yard above.
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.
As seen on HGTV's Good Bones, designers Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine wanted to make the best use of the natural light that streams into this living room from the bay window. A neutral color palette reflects that light, complementing the beauty of nature instead of competing with it. To give the space a bit of personality, a brightly colored ottoman that could double as a coffee table was selected for this space. They also hung a vintage ladder below the window to add interest in the space, as well to serve as a book shelf.
Spools of sisal rope inspired the design of these end tables and can add a clever touch to living rooms or family rooms. While many manufacturers sell these, a do-it-yourself version can be made by picking up discarded spools from salvage yards, then purchasing rope by the foot from a local home improvement store.
This contemporary living room, designed by Buying and Selling hosts, Drew and Jonathan Scott, is open and bright. They have added stylish, contemporary furniture to spruce up the space. The luxury suede couch provides comfortable seating, while the throw pillows and accents provide some color to the space. The end tables and lamps help to add light to the space and further the brothers' contemporary design.
When you’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful setting and have outdoor dining areas to enjoy, there’s no reason to keep your entertaining indoors. A wintery outdoor dinner party can be a truly magical experience for guests, so take care to set a table that plays up the special surroundings, complete with candlelight, flowers, a show-stopping centerpiece, and, of course, all the chilled bubbly.
"We sold our big house with a bonus room 15 years ago so that we could afford to start over and do what we love for a living," says designer Christina Britt Lewis of The Redesign Company. "This is a choice we never regret, but we make big boys and they have big friends. When they needed more space, we redesigned our garage. We used what we already had—a ping pong table we bartered for, the twin beds our teenage boys had outgrown for seating—and saved by considering it a three-season space and not installing heat or air conditioning. We hung trail maps of mountains we have conquered and set lists from concerts we loved in cheap frames for 'art' that brings back fun family memories."
This elegant, understated living room gives the homeowners a comfortable space to relax with family and friends. Providing plenty of seating, a white, sectional sofa complements the neutral design of the space. Two contemporary chair and a halfs and white bench add extra seating. A large coffee table gives all guests a place to set their drinks or put their feet up. At the front of the space, a gas fireplace gives warmth to the room, and a television is centered along the front wall to meet the family's entertainment needs. To add color, a soft gray and purple painting hangs opposite a wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light, illuminating the space, completing the elegant feel.
A glass table takes up less visual space than a wooden one while still providing ample room for cereal and homework. A vase of pink tulips provides a lively and welcoming contrast to the neutral decor chosen for the breakfast nook by Tiffany Brooks, Boris Eckey and Jeribai Tascoe for HGTV Star Season 8. Rustic wooden shelves make use of an empty corner and provide much-needed storage space.
What was once a small cold entryway and sunroom is now a new dining room that sits behind the Miller family's living room. Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, from HGTV's Cousins On Call, tore down the old wall and french doors that separated the two rooms, as well as the old ceiling. With a taller ceiling, and new wooden support beam, this room is not only twice the size, but it makes the whole house feel larger and brighter. The dining room table was made by the cousins themselves, and the chairs and accessories are CB2.
As seen on HGTVâ€™s Love It Or List It Too, Designer Jillian Harris took was what once a dark and oversized master bedroom and turned it into a warm and cozy space. Jillian extended the tiny ensuite into the bedroom and created two much need walk-in closets. The paint color (upper wall) is Behr Breezeway, MQ3-21 and the color on bead board (lower wall) is Behr Ultra White, 1850. The night tables are custom from Shilo Living and the wallpaper on the drawers is from Crown Wall covering Clarke and Clarke Clarisse, in color Duck Egg. The crystal handles on night table by Berenson hardware. The bed is custom Queen sized bed in fabric Robson Silver by Van Gogh. The chair is the Janet Chair in fabric Utopia Oyster by Van Gogh. The storage ottoman at foot of bed is completely custom, as is the monogrammed initial pillows; both were made by Window Works.
The Francis family asked the crew of Elbow Room for a flowing and functional kitchen and family room. To make this happen, Chip Wade and his crew enclosed the back deck and demolished several walls. To make up for lost space, the crew installed an oversized island to hold appliances and supply extra storage. They also added seating in the kitchen by building a banquette to wrap around the kitchen table and adding bar stools to the end of the countertop. The kitchen, then flows into the living room where the crew added comfort in two oversized chairs looking onto the fireplace.
This couple was eager to create a space that is great for entertaining, so Jillian designed this contemporary space for the couple. The huge windows behind the sofa allow natural light into the room, while the plush furniture and chairs provide plenty of seating. The shelves and many tables in the living room provide several places for guests to set dishes and beverages, making this space the ultimate place for entertaining.
The couple’s home features a number of built-ins, including shelving for a reading nook in the living area. The shelves are home to the couple’s collection of favorite reads. Floating shelves were installed in the nook to display art and special reads that both Camille and Joe find inspiring. The nook also features a pop of color with a pink Martini Side Table from West Elm.
The open floor plan of this contemporary living space is ideal for entertaining. A putting green on the balcony is easily accessed through chic sliding doors that provide an exquisite view of the urban surroundings while bathing the space in natural light. Two sofas and matching ottomans, along with clusters of octagon tables, allow for flexible arrangements, accommodating gatherings from intimate to grand. A graphic area rug in blacks and browns anchors the room, while a modern gray built-in bookcase with custom shelving anchors the wall near the entrance.
What kid wouldn't love his or her own teepee! Striking and bright colors create a lively environment for this fort-among-forts. Benches double as tables and pillows also work as seats. Kids have easy access to books on a nearby shelf, keeping them organized and not underfoot. A door covered with erasable chalkboard paint provides space for drawing over and over again.
Cindy loves her West Village location because of its relaxed atmosphere and nearby parks for the kids. "You can actually smell fresh air in the city, which is wonderful for New York," she says." The reality star is currently transforming her outdoor living space — a rare find in New York — from a party place to a play area for the kids, adding a swing, cushioned cement, an outdoor kitchen and tables for family meals.
Venetian plastered walls, cypress beams and custom-made wrought iron lighting set an elegant tone upon entering this traditional living room. Designer Troy Beasley mixes contemporary chairs, tables and accessories with charming Moorish art and rich, Tuscan hues. Tuscan style is known for its natural, earth-toned colors, like golden yellow, terra cotta and green for an airy effect in warm-weather places, and this ivory and gold color scheme provides just that.