A round pedestal table holding an Asian tree is used as a living room divider and is flanked by a large beige sofa and a contemporary seating area with modern turquoise blue arm chairs. Arched window shades cover the large windows above three sets of French doors. The contemporary seating area features a zebra print rug and glass coffee table while both sections are accented with red throw pillows.
A curved, upholstered gray bench, a toile ottoman and luxurious gray curtains are paired with decorative bamboo sticks, a stone and candle centerpiece and low rectangular bench seating to create a harmonious blend of varying styles. A trio of metallic mirrors and metallic pedestal table bring a touch of glamor to the space. Potted hydrangeas bring a traditional flair to the space and complement the green banquette pillows.
Designer Jennifer Gilmer wanted a large freestanding tub and a shower in her master bath, but lacked the room to put them side by side. A trip to Japan inspired her to combine the two in an open space — this arrangement is common there. The light-flooded modern bathroom, with black mosaic tiled floor and insets and tan subway tile walls, features a deep sink, ceiling-mounted rain shower and oval-shaped pedestal bathtub.
The master bath was dark, had no storage and just didn’t function well for this growing family.
A floating white vanity was selected versus a traditional sink cabinet to give the illusion of more space. The new vanity with drawers already provided so much more storage than the old pedestal sink, but designer Susie Herr and her team gave them even more storage with an extra wide inset medicine cabinet.
If you're dining on a smaller table, try adding depth by stacking elements. On this round pedestal table which seats four comfortably, most of the decorative elements were also chosen for their round shapes. The lack of corners saves room, and by stacking different materials from the chargers to the salad plates and varying the finishes, visual depth is created.
A larger footprint made room for a double vanity (before, there was only a pedestal sink). The cabinets are dark blue to fit in with the blues throughout the rest of the house, while graphic porcelain tiles from TileBar keep things lively. “James makes fun of me for using this bathroom instead of the one in our master suite, but it’s just so new and nice,” says Cristina.
Topography Home furnished this glamorous room with unforgettable details like a pair of Caracole Glimmer of Hope chairs, cast in solid brass to mimic the look of coral branching up from the ocean floor. Lighter-than-air Caracole pieces like the acrylic All Clear pedestal side table and the vintage-gold-bracelet-inspired Bijoux coffee table add entertaining space without contributing visual weight, and chromed display cabinets and Regina Andrew Modern Silver Tree lamps extend the room’s sumptuous symmetry.
Interior designer Jonathan Savage likes to use coffee tables that can serve multiple functions. This one serves as a small bar, with a tray with an ice bucket and glasses on one side. Then on the other side, a faux bois container on a pedestal adds height. "I don’t think a coffee table necessarily has to be home to coffee table books. You can set it up as a bar; you can set it up as a game table," he says.
Durable quartz countertops grace both the kitchen perimeter and the twin islands, creating practical and abundant work spaces for multiple users. A local woodworker created an original butcher block pedestal from a fallen local tree, with a removable chopping block set into it.
This creates a functional and beautiful detail at the end of the kitchen space - and truly celebrates Lauren Levant’s innovative approach to designing a healthy, environmentally-friendly Craftsman kitchen design.
The light-filled breakfast nook in this modern-Victorian kitchen features a playful mix of bentwood chairs that evoke the mood of a Parisian sidewalk cafe and a built-in, space-saving, farmhouse-style bench. The table combines styles, too, with a modern pedestal base and a reclaimed wood and industrial metal top. The oversized pendant fixture adds drama and its own industrial flair.
Celebrate the start of spring with an inviting nature-inspired tablescape. "A simple blossom-themed wrapping paper is the inspiration for this table setting to welcome spring. A variety of candles and a pedestal holding an egg-filled bowl add to the fresh feel of the table," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. For a subtle contrast and touch of drama, black place mats are added beneath simple aqua dishes.
For the bathroom of a longtime customer-turned-friend, designer Katie Gagnon created a unique storage unit for the space between a pair of pedestal sinks. “This was a long-term project, and we spent a lot of time curating the perfect pieces for her ever-evolving space,” says Gagnon. “This storage cabinet was one we had custom made by an artisan we work with. The door is a vintage salvaged piece that had the original paint sanded off and we added an iron cremone bolt for some contrast and visual interest.”
The bedroom is at once a serene oasis and a beautiful juxtaposition of shapes, textures and patterns. From the C-shaped night table to the wonderfully geometric table lamp, and the improbably shaped pedestal that holds the room’s only plant, Gladys continues to make artistically inspired furniture choices. The unique look of her rooms is an important goal and she collects pieces with that in mind. “Between my large abstract artworks and all my vintage finds, it isn’t something anyone can just run to the store and buy off the shelf to recreate the exact look,” she explains.
This modern dining room features a table that can open to seat 16 comfortably. Stainless steel banding accents the ultra-suede padded and upholstered walls. The custom wool area rug adds a pop of color and brings life to the highly-styled furnishings. The sleek buffet seems to float even though it has legs, giving it a lighter and cleaner appearance. By using a pedestal table, one is able to maximize seating because two place settings can be used at each end of the table. This space may be contemporary but the sculpture is pure Art Deco sophistication.
My practical approach to dining room design is to choose amazing chairs with an understated table or just the opposite so that they aren’t competing to be the focal point. Here we selected a classic double pedestal table to compliment ten plush chairs with metallic woven interiors and soft white leather backs. The drapery is as clean as the chair’s design and the bar cabinet is intentionally white to allow the 72”x72” abstract painting to become the star of the show. It was one of the pieces from our client’s existing collection that I insisted we keep. This room is also an example of how well classics and contemporary marry. The chandelier, inspired by the painting, mimics the repetition in the panels and is shaped like the table to which it’s perpendicular. Harmony is a key ingredient to successfully designed rooms.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”
In HGTV Design Star season 4, Dan and Nathan painted an unexpected and bold graphical design across the walls and floor of this dining room. “I don't know if it's a pixelated map of the islands, stylized crime-scene outlines or a macro image of popcorn but I loveeeeeet!” says designer Candice Olson. “This room is a testament to the power of paint and how it can easily and inexpensively transform a space. We’re not talking simply color on the walls here but rather a big, bold powerful image (of something) that engulfs this space; walls, floor and all – wow! The lumber on the far wall is a brilliant design stroke adding warmth to the cool grays. The uniform, vertical application brings visual order, contrasting the great graphic chaos happening around the table. A Parsons-style table like this looks great but really doesn’t function well for seating lots of people. I would have liked to see a hollow pedestal table with the hole in the center used for low greens/grasses, or as a built-in ice bucket for wine and cold drinks. Right now the tall leaves in the center mean fighting your way through the jungle to see who you’re dining with. A round paper-lantern pendant or two over the table would provide beautiful light for dining and speak to the shapes of the ingenious wall-mounted light fixtures beyond. Small criticism for a room that is truly inspiring.”