Designer Jil Sonia McDonald mixes funky patterns with unique pieces to create comfortable and eclectic dining spaces. In this one, a wide window seat offers banquette seating in a dining nook. Remove the breakfast table and its the perfect spot to sit and read. A mix of throw pillows, in orange, white and solid green, and a bold orange bench cushion animate the space, while built-in drawers offer extra storage below. An orange and white chevron throw adds the finishing touch.
This home in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta has five boys all under the age of 5, which means lots of mess. Designer Gina Sims solved that "problem" by creating an adult nook in the kitchen where the boys' art supplies are hidden away in the buffet. Sims advising going up when it comes to design and other elements you want to keep out of kids' reach. "The wine storage went up the wall out of reach, and we added impactful art, lighting and window treatments to draw the eye up," says Sims. Sims was also strategic in her choice of materials for the seating. "The plastic molded chairs are easily wiped down (or hosed off!) and the machine made (read: inexpensive) rug has lots of color and pattern which hide stains," notes Sims.