A conversational area near the three-sided fireplace serves either as a sunny spot to read a book or overflow seating for guests when the homeowners are hosting a crowd. The sitting area is adjacent to the seating at the kitchen island.
No only does the sleek kitchen island offer a ton of extra counter space, there is also space for several stools that give the family an additional dining option or act as overflow seating for the breakfast nook.
To give the homeowners an additional dining option, designers added four barstools to the kitchen island. This space can function as a breakfast bar for the family or as overflow seating from the breakfast nook when they entertain friends and family.
A mix of bold patterns and colors dominates this Mediterranean-inspired sunroom. The streamlined sofa is upholstered in a bold blue hue that gets deeper as it falls to a waterfall skirt. A large, striped ottoman is multifunctional, serving as a coffee table or as overflow seating when the homeowners entertain.
A fun, outdoor kitchen area provides a functional space for the homeowners to hang out and entertain guests. A large grill, mini-fridge and prep sink allow for grilling out with easy cleanup, while the bar makes food serving easier. It also provides casual seating for smaller gatherings or overflow seating for larger parties.
While the view is spacious and an ever-changing source of entertainment, the furnishings address the comforts of the family. A curved sofa seats larger groups and has a custom curved bookcase that snugs into the back of it. A swivel side chair can be used for reading or easily rotated to gaze out at the view, and a large ottoman creates overflow seating.
During the holidays it's likely you'll have impromptu guests whether you're entertaining indoors or outdoors. Instead of splurging on extra main seating like armchairs, rockers or sofas, simply keep a few stackable chairs on-hand to handle overflow for extra guests. Chairs can also be used for extra serving space.
Water is overflowing out of this hexagonal hot tub creating a beautiful reflective finish over the iridescent blue, turquoise and brown tiles. Three levels create a descending shape and built in bench seating within the tub. The concrete patio frames one side of the hot tub while the other opens into the swimming pool.
To create a multifunctional seating area in an attorney’s home office, designer Tim Barber chose a flexible mix of vintage and reproduction pieces. “For a room versatile enough to prepare a brief, host tea with friends, steer fundraising projects, help with homework and occasionally accommodate overflow guests, we designed a plan with pieces light enough to be moved easily — and durable enough to survive frequent rearranging (nothing too precious here),” he says. “The sofa is a Lino Comfort sleeper from Design Within Reach, which makes the office a convertible guest bedroom in a pinch. We love the deep seat cushions and low flat arms: perfect for a power nap. The chairs are vintage 1957 Knoll Saarinen armchairs, reupholstered in Kravet fabric. The Saarinen cocktail table is a reproduction from Room & Board.”