With a little imagination—and an oil-based permanent marker—Levai turned dollar-store plates into truly one-of-a-kind tableware. Her simple vine pattern is a standout in gold on the plain white chargers.
These chairs are dressy yet casual with rich brown wood and red and white patterned fabric. Big red cushions with button detail add comfort to the space and the unique wood table in between offers character making this rec room fun and fabulous.
On a two-acre property in Glenco, Ill., a modern barn is built for year-round entertaining. A pitched roof, beams and skylights make for a stunning architectural display overhead in the open floor plan entertainment room. A low sectional and curvy chairs gather together for a chic conversation area, and around the perimeter of the room are fun recreations, like ping pong and foosball.
Children have active imaginations and can create their own form of play and art with nothing more than sticks, rocks, mud or other natural elements found in their outdoor surroundings. Take, for example, this trio of kids who are entertaining themselves with something as simple as a tree log.
Using careful groupings of furniture and objects, you can create distinct niches, even in smaller spaces. Designer Michel Boyd uses an ultrasuede-covered couch and bookcase to create a reading nook in his home, and this chair and pillows framed by a cut-out portion of wall is its own unique vignette.
A modern lounge space is centered under a trio of pendant lights in this converted double-car garage. Modern gray sofas and matching wood coffee tables creates plenty of room to relax and connect with friends and family.
Instantly make your outdoor living room feel larger by outfitting adjacent spaces with furnishings in the same style and color scheme. While the covered area is meant for lounging and grilling out, the narrow area beside it has been designated for conversations in full sun.
For a fall picnic, creating a cozy atmosphere is key. All of the eclectic elements-fuzzy textures like flannels and wools, serving up fall treats like apple cider and apple cider doughnuts-come together to create that coziness. If the space permits, a bonfire would be the icing on the coziness cake!
“My favorite part of the room is definitely the chair wreaths made of out free clippings I picked up from the local tree lot,” Nathey says. “I love how they turned out and feel like they bring warmth and whimsy into the space.”
A simple pattern repeated can make a striking statement on a wall. Look for tiles with built-in motifs or create your own with different shapes, sizes and textures. This pattern gives a bold look to the wall; however, using less contrast between tiles will soften the look.
An old farm table with faded wood on top and distressed teal paint on the legs was cut in half long ways and affixed to the wall, to create the mudroom console table. The table provides a place to rest keys, sunglasses and other daily essentials.