Before: This neutral living room is a great backdrop for an entertaining-ready winter space. With the right luxurious details and designer touches, it can be inexpensively transformed into a welcoming gathering place for friends and family.
Open floor space between the living room and dining room keep the spaces separate while still feeling connected in the open floor plan. A green leather sofa compliments the sage green velvet cushioning of the dining chairs. An animal hide rug and upholstered chairs bring unique texture to the living room. Above the dining table, a petaled light fixture creates a flower shape on the ceiling.
Built in 1905, this two-story masonry house outside of Chicago had a lot going for it before its renovation. The residence featured numerous architectural details designed by turn-of-the-century architect Frederick Lehmer, including beautiful wood carvings that sat atop masonry columns on the porch. However, the home’s original porch steps made it difficult to enter – one of the main reasons the homeowners decided to remodel. They wanted the front porch rebuilt and a large porch landing constructed, yet they also wanted to maintain the historical character of their home.
"We had the contractor put white oak on the ceiling to embrace the architectural detail" says designer Rebecca Cartwright, of this detail chosen to emphasize the peaked ceiling in the hallway leading from the first to the second level.
All-white decor keeps this transitional open plan kitchen and living area feeling fresh and light, while dark wood elements like the hardwood floor help ground the space. The windows are one of the beautiful original details the designer kept.
By using clean lines and blending natural and industrial materials, the space is both masculine and inviting. A wall of windows gives this compact loft a spacious feel by opening it to the outdoors and the gorgeous view. Wood details appear in each section of the open design with a wood dining table, wood barstools and wood cabinet below the television.
An open floor plan and a stunning vaulted ceiling with exposed beams create an inviting living area at this lake house. Wooden details, Craftsman design and a mix of neutral and brown furnishings seamlessly tie together for a beautiful and warm look.
When you have a bathroom with gorgeous wallpaper, like this chinoiserie print, you don’t have to splurge on the countertop or sink details. Atlanta designer Michele Gratch installed a faucet from a home improvement store with an antique bronze finish and a tiny vase with fresh roses to match the wall’s pink palette.
By cutting the center of the cabinet door fronts out with a jigsaw, painting the back panel fire engine red, then inserting chicken wire as decorative detail, the designer added both extra storage space and a high-energy focal point in this bathroom. Chalkboard-painted walls provide a perfect way to leave notes for guests.
What a difference the details make. Designer Alice Cramer recommends tucking bits of evergreen onto gift wrapped packages. "I love a simply wrapped gift with a sprig of greenery which adds a personal touch," says Cramer. And in this keeping room, design firm Shayelyn Woodbery Interiors uses that same idea at a table setting, tying a bit of evergreen with a pretty gold bow and bringing out the festive gold utensils to further amplify the holiday mood.
This tiny house is big on style! We enter into the kitchen and are immediately struck by the simple yet bold palette of cobalt blue, crisp white, and gray. Its contemporary vibe is grounded by the use of classic rustic elements. The brass details (current design trend), chunky shelves, cantilevered tables and the tufted sofa help to create an undeniably elevated look in this tiny home. I especially admire the restraint practiced by matching the white sink to the white counter to the white walls. It seems simple but it creates visual space, which is always valuable in a tiny home.
Varied fabrics and textures in shades of blue come together to provide a look of beauty and feeling of peace in this open dining space.The ten-light chandelier casts a warm glow over the eclectic mix of seating.
White columns wrapped at the bases with stone and soft-blue siding come together beautifully on the exterior of this coastal-inspired home. Walkway landscaping and a covered entryway with traditional white columns create inviting curb appeal.