Designer Kerrie Kelly designed an unusual retreat for this living room by setting a dining area against the back brick wall of the room, complete with chairs and a built-in banquette. The table, chairs and light fixture have an industrial feel but work well with the more modern chairs and coffee table that reside on the other side of the room. The look is reminiscent of a 1950s supper club, which produces a whimsical feeling for family and friends.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, designer Jillian Harris created a more open space by ripping out the wall that divided the kitchen and living space and putting in a large island with white quartz countertops and lots of new storage. The previous countertops were so outdated, their width did not accommodate a dishwasher. The hardware and lighting was replaced, Edison lights hang above the island, hardwood floors were put down.
To showcase the collector's items in the living room, designers chose a neutral color palette to make the bold colors of the statues and other antiques pop. The bold, rich colors of the trunks, statues and the fireplace mantle bring warmth to the space, all the while being spotlighted by the large windows that allow in tons of natural light. This lights reflects off the white sofas and neutral walls, making these special pieces the focal points of the room.
Filtered through a thin gold curtain, this dining area is able to receive some natural light from the large living room windows. The screen divides the rooms without sacrificing the open floor plan. A dark dining table with an interesting glass top filled with rocks sits beneath a rectangular candle chandelier. The table, a stone bench seat and ornate wood dining chairs provide contrast to the light yellow wall and create an intimate dining area.
The "treehouse feel" of the HGTV Dream Home 2011 is especially evident in this room with its abundance of wood and autumn-inspired colors. Floor-to-ceiling windows and maple flooring lend an air of the outdoors, while modern furniture and a steel wall sculpture make it a comfortable and lively space for entertaining.
Though the living room is an undoubted showstopper, the dining room might be the purest example of a design style that Tamara describes as, “Edgy modern with a rustic undertone and pops of fun color.” This room has all of that and more from the funky paint job on the walls to the metallic tabletop adorned with bowls of grass. And if that isn’t '80s punk rock enough for you, there’s the snake plant propped atop the bottom half of a mannequin to complete this awesome, unique picture.
To make the space feel larger, designers created the front of the home with an open concept design. The design includes white shiplap on the walls and ceilings, which lends to the feeling of a beach cottage, and high pitched ceiling that adds a feeling of openness. The front spaces include a living room with a beautiful beach view, a dining area and a functional kitchen.
Created by J. Cohler Mason Design for a family who loves to entertain at home, this room is glam but livable. “I wanted to give [it] some touches of glam without going over the top,” explains Jennifer. The textured walls (by Benjamin Moore) and a yellow channeled back sofa bring her vision to life.
The Craftsman style of the home remains evident in the trim, front door and cabinets in the kitchen and dining room, yet contemporary style is infused into the space through sleek light fixtures and furnishings. A slate wall divides the entryway from the living spaces without losing the open feel of the floor plan. A large kitchen island not only provides more counter space, but also a spot to eat and extra storage.
This room is staged with cozy, kid-friendly furniture and a coffee table that spells out the word "LIVE". The coffee table adds an artsy, inspiration touch to compliment the inviting design. A bold orange throw pillow matches the colorful patterned rug that livens up the pale blue wall color and striped blue sofa with ruffled skirt.
Your bathroom should reflect you, the homeowner. In this quirky bathroom, a collage of newspapers and photographs papers the walls, layering personal memorabilia with crisp, white hand towels hung on a traditional brass bar. The homeowners used wallpaper paste and clippings that related to their work, lives and interests to create the attention-grabbing (and informative) effect.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the dining room was once a closed in room at the front of the home, but Chip and Joanna reversed the setup and moved removed the walls that enclosed the first floor, creating an open concept floor plan on the first level of the home. The focal point in this space is the restored fireplace that matches the funky gray trim on the windows, molding and baseboards and looks out across the new dining room table and into the living room.
Whether you can paint your walls or not, you can always embrace color and pattern through your furnishings. Use rugs, textiles and furniture to create a dynamic home no matter how long you live there. "Choose colors that are on the opposite sides of the color wheel to ensure they balance each other," says designer Emily Henderson.
Build manager Dan Faires found the vintage sign that sits above the bench from a local sheet metal company that went out of business in 1931. The eye-catching sign with a bold mustard-colored background and custom frame decorates the wall and adds local flavor. A fun black ceramic boots-shaped umbrella stand with a glossy finish offers a way to keep wet umbrellas out of the home’s main living spaces.
White shelves and walls create a clean aesthetic in a minimalist live-work loft for a photographer in New York City. The floors are American white oak. The project by Desai Chia Architecture won a 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award for interior architecture.
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.
"Smartly, the headboard allows the men's team to orient the bed to the view of the city versus back to the living room as the women and Dan have done," said Vern Yip, judge on HGTV's Design Star. The unique headboard is a shelving structure of open cubbies, perfect for displaying decor. The green striped bed cover adds color to the white shelves, walls and sheets. The shelving unit acts as a room divider, but the see-through element creates a spacious feel.