The gentlemen of the house will certainly find this game room and bar up to par. Black walls make the space feel utterly masculine, while leather stools serve as comfortable seating after a round of pool.
Rustic Wooden Breakfast Bar with Fur-Covered Barstools
After taking down a kitchen wall, designers added a breakfast bar for additional seating. Soft sheepskin throws cover old wooden stools for a cool look and extra comfort, while taupe colored painted cabinets complete the neutral look of the space.
A loft above the bar offers a place for guests to rest after a long night of jam sessions. This amazing soundproof space designed by Kelly and Co. also includes a cozy seating area and a music corner, which made it perfect for the client, who loves to entertain.
Old World Bar Features Tin Ceiling & Built-In Wine Cooler
The bar offers seating for four to enjoy drinks with the host before or after dinner. A built-in wine cooler is conveniently located next to the counter to serve guests their favorite white wine. Above, a tin ceiling insert and wrought iron pendant lights bring a sense of Old World style to the space.
Elevated Deck on the Lake With Swings & Al Fresco Dining
Enjoy al fresco dining on this elevated, lakeside deck. After dining, relax on one of the swings. Many of the residential properties on this lake have a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
The best way to judge the quality of a sofa—as well as its comfort—is to spend some time with it in person. Sit on it for several minutes. Try different positions: Lean against the arm to see if it digs into your neck or back uncomfortably; test each end of the seat, as well as the middle; bounce a bit on the seat to see how firm and supportive it is; stand up and see how much fluffing the pillows require after you’ve sat on them. Hold onto a corner of the sofa and wiggle the frame: It should feel solid and firm, with no give in the joints. Lift up one leg to feel whether the sofa is heavy and substantial or lightweight. Examine all the stitching and upholstery from top to bottom. “The fabric should lie smoothly across the frame, without puckering, and the seams and any decorative welting or trim should be tight and straight,” says Bar-Nahum.