The number one design mistake people make in their homes? "When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, says Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.
This home was designed to be grand enough to impress, but low-key enough to make people feel at home. The underlying theme of this home was to make it so wonderful that when the clients' extended family came to visit they would never want to leave, and with the home's flowing spaces large enough for over 100 people while maintaining more intimate spaces for 10 people or less, designers have achieved their goal.
A sleek gourmet grill encased in manufactured stone sits center stage in the home's outdoor kitchen area next to the lanai. "It's great because it's right off where all the people are seating, so people can speak to whoever is cooking," says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
In general, the biggest mistake in backyard design is one oversized patio with plantings on the borders. When you're designing outdoor space you have to think about how people socialize. As soon as you have more than four people over they break into different groups, and that's how your yard should be divided, too.
A study of architect Julia Morgan's work is lightly concealed by sheer curtains at the far end of the guest room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Designer Glenda Flaim selected the artwork as a nod to how people live in home design. "It is contrasting how an architect creates the space and how people live in that space," Flaim says.