A fireplace surround from R.T. Facts in Kent makes a stunning focal point for the living room.
Thoughtful additions like a game table in the bay window make the family room welcoming for all ages. Even the dogs love the comfortable chairs upholstered in a paisley fabric by Jasper.
Chairs in the snug library wear a subdued Fortuny fabric, while pillows are clad in a contemporary Madeline Weinrib pattern.
The ceiling casts a rosy glow, thanks to a coat of Pantone Creole Pink paint.
A love of Moorish and Moroccan design inspired the home’s vivid colors, brilliant patterns, global accents, and eclectic blend of traditional, modern, and midcentury silhouettes. The great room sports a round sofa from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams outfitted in a bold Fabricut fabric.
The library can be made cozier by closing it off from the adjacent living room via sliding barn doors.
The windows that wrap the sitting area reference traditional style, but their oversized proportions offer a view a farmer could only dream of. Belgian-linen upholstery, soft throws, and ample pillows plump up the comfort.
The metal serpentine-front buffet is one of Seitz’s favorite pieces, followed closely by the two standing lamps and the metal antelope’s-horn stool. The painting of the rabbit above is by Patrice Lombardi, a longtime friend of the homeowner.
The kitchen’s broad, granite-topped island provides plenty of space to cook and entertain.
Inside the connecting wing, structural beams wrapped in reclaimed wood, an industrial-style ceiling fixture, and a portrait of an inquisitive steer offer subtle reminders of life in the country.
On the lowest level, a pull-down bed lets the family room double as a comfortable private suite for the homeowner’s son.
Neutral-toned swivel chairs by Kravet share an ottoman, creating a cozy reading niche in the master bedroom.
The boldly patterned Phillip Jeffries wallpaper delights the homeowner, who admits she would never have chosen such an assertive design in her previous abode.
A contemporary Avrett pendant and butterfly-print pillows lend a youthful feel to the breakfast area.
The dining room’s eye-catching abstract painting by Boston artist Trevor Watson reflects the surroundings in its high-gloss surface.
Hogarty used space-saving tricks, like stationing stools under the living room console to act as extra seating.
The classic trellis design of the Zoffany wallpaper and the handsome Barclay sink bring personality to the powder room.
Designer Nicole Hogarty orchestrated the view from the front door as a welcoming vignette that hints at the unexpected with the inclusion of the bright-red coffee tables and bulbous pendants. “There’s no foyer, so it was important for me to create a small moment there,” she says.
Designer Andrew J. Paraskos let the view take the starring role in the family room, complementing it with furniture in sandy neutrals and grounding it with a textured rug that has a horizontal pattern to echo the transoms and subtle colors that speak to the water.
Footballs—each with a personal meaning for the homeowners—heighten the study’s intimate tone. An Urban Electric chandelier and a streamlined coffee table from the Bright Group lend a masculine feel.
Turquoise, Amber’s favorite color, was the ideal choice for the family room’s attention-getting sectional. Accessories in various shades of blue, like the Stephen Gerould lamp and oomph tray, add an additional layer of beachy interest.
The living room’s simple palette of creamy whites, soft silvers, and sophisticated shades of gray is soothing and serene. It sets the stage for a pleasing blend of ease and formality.
A broad window with a transom lets light wash over a cozy sitting area defined by tapered stone columns.
Wood, stone, glass, and an abundance of natural light define the living room, where a Dash and Albert rug delineates a seating area that includes Christian Liaigre sofas and Holly Hunt drum chairs.
Striped his-and-hers chairs and ottomans inhabit a cheerful and sunny reading lounge in the living room—one of many nooks created with a family
of book-lovers in mind.
An antique American flag anchors the airy living space and serves as an inspiration for the home’s color scheme. Modern accents, like the custom floor cubes, create an appealing contrast to the more traditional decor and neutral carpet and walls.
The walls of the family room glow with Benjamin Moore’s jewel-toned Ray of Light, a color that celebrates summer in the warm season, yet—especially when the limestone fireplace is lit—feels cozy in winter. The zippy zigzag pattern of the Stark area rug picks up on the texture of the woven Walters Wicker sofas.
“The window walls slide to the left and the right to connect the room to the landscape,” explains Hutker, who set the horizontal muntins high and low to spare the view.
An assemblage of ottomans from the husbandâs former home were recovered to create a large coffee table for the family room.
Two families blended their lives and their belongings in this home. Designer Susan Acton helped the new husband and wife forge a sense of togetherness by mixing favorite pieces (his chandelier and her Elizabeth Eakins rug) with new furniture and accessories.
A ficus from Winston Flowers echoes both a fluted column and the circular windows.
Interior designer Susan Reddick created three seating areas in sync with the rhythms of the three arched doors and skylights.
A bird’s eye view of the living room from the third level.
Designer Lucie Beauchemin installed sheer curtains that filter in light even when drawn.
A cozy book loft featuring floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves overlooks a living area with eighteen-foot windows that flood the space with sunlight.
The living room has a coastal vibe with its furniture, rug, and fabrics in varying shades of sand. “We wanted rooms that were simple and restful. Nothing that distracted from the gorgeous views,” says interior designer Jennifer Palumbo.
Artwork adds a spark of color to the living room’s serene palette of sea and sand hues.
The study, where Kramer and Celeste often take their morning coffee, shows off Murphy’s deft blending of the couple’s tastes—her preference for traditional and his for a more bohemian look.
The bed was one of the last things the couple found while working on the
decoration of the house. A multicolored woven blanket and pillows by John
Robshaw are finishing touches.
The large living room, outfitted to accommodate the homeowners and their six children as well as plenty of friends, has multiple seating areas scattered around a fireplace conceived and built by stone artist Lew French.
A half-wall and columns separate the large living room into two more intimate seating areas.
Casual comfort reigns in the more rustic family room.
The living room plays out a simple, neutral palette with a black-accented vie.
A deep Jacobean brown stains all the floors. The marbleized globe ceiling fixture was brought in from the front porch ceiling.
The pale palette is broken only by an accent wall in green, a custom color chosen to reflect a bit of the outdoors.
Interior designer Nance Vigneau styled the intimate living room with a monochromatic beige-and-tan color scheme.
Some of the bookcases architect McKee Patterson designed wear a cover of ornamental wire.
A rough-sawn oak timbered ceiling lends the kitchen and adjacent sitting area a rustic look.
The family room, part of the home’s addition, combines comfort and chic, coastal New England style with ease.
“If you’re here for a cocktail or a dinner party, you definitely play pool,” says designer Parker
Rogers, so it was important for the billiard room to make a statement. Drapes of richly colored plaid fabric lend a men’s club touch.
The living room has a formal feel without sacrificing comfort. The landscape that hangs above the mantel, which echoes the pretty palette of blues and greens, is another Vineyard find.
After admitting that her family room “just didn’t work,” Volpone took Hirsch’s advice and replaced a small coffee table with a large custom-designed painted table to better anchor the room. Twin sculptural lamps help define the room’s -sitting area.
A vintage garden trellis makes a compelling background for objects and art in the living room. Connecticut, Fairfield County,
Dranow carved out a restful sitting nook in the large living room.
Dranow carved out a restful sitting nook in the large living room.
Splashes of vivid color were a must for Volpone.
Muse used a soothing gray-blue paint in the family room to create a backdrop for a host of lively fabrics including pillows dressed in a blue-and-taupe leaf motif from Zoffany and geometric stripes by Christopher Farr Cloth. New Lucite hardware and a freshly lacquered mantel increase modernity.
The living room’s high level of -interest stems in great part from all “the varied elements of texture,” says the designer. The metal side table is topped with petrified wood, while two stools flaunt velvet-clad bases to complement their seats of striped fabric by Duralee. Pale linen curtains afford privacy and soften the windows. The arresting painting is by Patrick Wilson.
The living room’s comfortable furnishings echo the sand, sea-blue and corals of the beach outside.
The window seat wraps the perimeter of the living room.
A whale carving that once hung on the outside of a Sconset house dominates the living room with its whitewashed walls.
A tête-à-tête settee by A. Rudin sits in the cased opening in the double living room. The window seat to the left is another spot to lounge and enjoy a pretty harbor view.
A pair of sleek sconces flank an abstract artwork by Doug Kennedy above the fireplace, with its custom-designed mosaic surround. Glass-front built-ins hold accents and collections.
A neutral backdrop lets the homeowner’s art collection pop; a painting by Sierra Urich (Mitra’s daughter) hangs above an antique dry sink in the living room.
A rug of silk and wool anchors the living room space, where the focal point is a sculptural fireplace of concrete and steel. Floating shelves made from salvaged wood and a farmhouse-style coffee table add softness to the room.
The living room’s white slipcovers make for easy maintenance, while throw pillows add texture and color. The blue-velvet ottoman doubles as a stool when extra seating is needed.
The TV room is layered with textures.
Comfort and a go-with-anything palette rule. Punches of color, exaggerated patterns, and touches of wood, rattan, and wicker jazz up the living room. The living room’s Balou lounge chair from JANUS et Cie is a favorite perch.
The main house family room was fashioned around neutral seating from Restoration Hardware.
A sloped ceiling and paneling are classic New England touches—the perfect contrasts to the family room’s custom console and attention-getting artwork from Natural Curiosities.
French doors flanking an indoor-outdoor fireplace open to a deck to ensure a strong connection between the living room and the outdoors. Armchairs swivel to provide comfortable viewing of the pool or, in another direction, the television. A two-tiered coffee table affords room for books, games, and puzzles.
The living room features two custom-designed brushed-iron and silver-leaf coffee tables, a leather daybed, a crescent sofa, and a glazed mosaic tile fireplace.
Meeting the new owners’ request for a home that was “joyful and stylish” required gutting the interior and creating spaces, such as this first-floor living room, that are light-filled, elegant, and family-friendly.
A novel sculptural swing is the focal point of the fourth-floor family room, which opens to an expansive patio.
A modern L-shaped sofa perfectly complements the large corner windows, which nicely bridge outdoors and in.
A seating area focused on the stacked-stone fireplace is one of two arrangements, separated by a game table and bar area, that Cappoli designed to bring the 1,200-square-foot family room down to a comfortable size.
Comfort was the directive in the keeping room, located just off the kitchen, where a well-stocked bar, cozy club chairs, a fireplace, and warm, chocolate-brown walls make the room a welcoming spot for evening cocktails.
An ornate Baroque mirror from Minton-Spidell is a memorable foil to the living room’s classic mantel. The gray-blue for the interior of the shelves was chosen to echo the blue of the Lentsch painting on the opposite wall.
The original home had no fireplace, so the owners installed one in the connector that serves a family room and links the old house with the addition.
After falling in love with the long-neglected Vermont village house, interior designer Phyllis Higgerson and her husband decided to renovate it instead of tearing it down. Her elegantly simple design scheme features a neutral palette and Swedish-influenced furniture to give the renovated home a feeling of calmness and serenity.
Following their design edict of "less is more," the owners added subtle crown moldings throughout the house and opted for furniture, walls, and drapes in muted beiges.
The living and dining rooms are one, with a comfortable, eclectic mix of furnishings chosen for visual and textural interest.
A few modern moves make all the difference in this townhouse transformation. In the living room, a log trough adds an artistic as well as functional touch to the fireplace wall.
The midcentury aesthetic is in full swing in the living room, where a lamp by Serge Mouille stands behind Ligne Roset’s Feng sectional by Didier Gomez and the Tati sofa table by Broberg & Ridderstråle from Asplund.
A photograph by Massimo Listri of the Strahov Library in Prague is a nod to the clients’ Czech roots and a rococo counterpoint to the apartment’s clean lines.
The clients’ books and collections are displayed on the Ubiqua shelving system by Porada.
The Friday Lounge Chair by Zeitraum stands on an abstract, hand-knotted silk rug from Fort Street Studio.
The TV "floats" on a sleek stand that lets the homeowners watch from any number of vantage points but never interrupts the views of downtown Boston. A multi-arm, raw-brass light fixture by Apparatus Studio hovers over the Knowlton Brothers dining table (custom-painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mexicana) and vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar chairs.
Pilgrimage, a wall sculpture by Heather Allen Hietala, speaks to the homeowners’ love of the outdoors.
Designer Kristen Rivoli took cues from Kathy Soles’s vivid painting Deep Water to form the palette for the living room and dining area. The homeowners’ own discoveries, like the gold and jade Thai vessel on the coffee table, bring a personal touch to the space.
The designers incorporated indoor/outdoor fabric on the sofa and ottomans in the TV room, making them family- and pet-friendly.
The eye-catching triptych above the sofa is by Darien artist Andrea Bonfils.
An oversize walnut coffee table with sculptural legs anchors the large family room.
To tie the color palette together in the living room, Deb Nicoud designed a custom, hand-woven rug.
In the family room, the designer satisfied the wife’s penchant for neutrals by washing the space in shades of taupe.
Pops of purple and a fiery painting brought back from Italy add a little kick to the living room’s palette of soft grays.
Silvery chairs frame a view of the sofa and a sculpture in the window overlooking the front lawn.
In the family room, Julian Chichester shelves provide a home for a growing collection of books and mementoes. In addition to providing light, the stylish metal lanterns hanging from the ceiling help unify the space.
The living room features seating design by Scalo.
The living room’s polished-metal mirror adds another jolt of interest, as does the sculptural lamp.
"Timeless but also livable and fresh," is how designer Lynne Scalo defines the elegant living room and its medley of handsome textures. Silver sconces flank a piece of contemporary art, while a more classic painting and a rustic mirror hang nearby-a perfect example of the designer’s keen eye for mixing and matching.
The armchairs in the living room wear a commercial-grade fabric that looks elegant but is still durable, a must for this family
Coffered ceilings forge unity between the family room and kitchen.
Restful aqua mixed with neutrals forms the palette for the main living spaces.
The libraryâs dark wood paneling was lightened up with a coat of luscious butterscotch-colored paint.
Furniture is simple and clean-lined.
A once awkward space off the main entrance now functions as a sitting room.
Original details such as coffered ceilings and dark-stained floors blend with modern elements like the fireplaceâs stone facing.
Davis says she chose materials that look as though they belong here, as in this cozy retreat behind the living room.
Davis and Owens designed the rectangular steel fireplace surround and log carrier.
The resurrected old Dutch barn already had the lofty heights and massive oak beams with a patina only time can impart.
Other hues, such as the shell-pink accents, are also drawn from nature.
With an eye toward geometric shapes, Ouellette painted all of the artwork in the house.
Homeowner/designer Margo Ouellette chose a palette of blues and greens to represent the ocean and sky.
Architect Dean Telfer designed the paneling in the "snug." The nautical painting comes via London.
Homeowner Dolores Halpern designed the drawing room’s sofas and coffee table.
The double-height living room's neutral color palette serves as a backdrop to dramatic artwork.
Rafael Barrios's seemingly weightless sculpture is a focal point of the living room.
In the living room, colorful twin cocktail tables by French artist Yves Klein are set against a lush white alpaca rug from Peru.
The garden room adds hints of pale lavender and green to the gray that unites the first-floor rooms.
The ikat-covered lounge chairs swivel.
Designer Karen Quinn created an intimate sitting area focused on the spacious family roomâs stone fireplace. The palette takes its cue from the honey-toned paneling.
Light spills in on a second, smaller Âsitting area in the family room.
A front parlor makes a cozy space for low-key entertaining.
The sunroom is Rudermanâs go-to space for relaxation and reflection.
The paneled library is classically styled, with both masculine and feminine touches.
A sitting area surrounds an antique mantel in the living room.
The living room’s soft color schemcomplements the rustic house and its woodsy, lakefront locale. The husbandâs study sits off the living room.
Cheerful, bright colors furnish the downstairs family room.
The real drama of the space, however, is outside the windows, which are scaled to the make the most of the view.
A persimmon-hued ottoman and lamp add spark to the living room’s neutral palette.
Blue and taupe form a consistent thread throughout the first-floor rooms. The parlorâs bookcases and tin ceiling were preserved, but lightened with cream-colored paint.
The new family room, outfitted with contemporary pieces, anchors the addition to the historic home.
A sea of blues and taupes washes the living room of the remodeled Victorian in softness. Designer Kristen Rivoli mixed traditional and contemporary furnishings and art.
The sleek living room has a contemporary slate fireplace.
Weathered wood and linen wear well in the family room, where the boys hang out to watch television.
Antiques and contemporary pieces mix in the elegant living roomâa space the homeownerâs two young sons know is off limits when it comes to roughhousing.
The antique secretary that anchors one end of the living room holds a collection of sea-inspired objects.
The masculine holds sway in the handsome library with its cherry paneling. Honey-colored onyx surrounds the fireplace, and a weighty blue-velvet chaise and horn sconces lend a bit of manly gravitas.
The family roomâs fireplace speaks to New England's ubiquitous stone walls. Durable furniture, like the Cordoba Cognac sectional from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, keeps the room kid-friendly.
A circular tête-a-tête is an organizing element for the living room's seating arrangements. "Sacred Fig" by Jennifer Amadeo-Holl hangs above the mantel.
Dramatic Linea chandeliers by Boyd Light illuminate the open living-room area where seating, including a leather-covered accent chair by Holly Hunt, surrounds a versatile Madam X cocktail table. The sofa is covered in a taupe Larsen fabric that wears as beautifully as it looks.
Stephen Mueller’s buoyant watercolors, from Boston’s Obelisk Gallery, hang by the living room’s new fireplace.
In the attic loft, a large zinc-topped desk overlooks an L-shaped sofa that can fold together into a king-size bed for overnight guests.
An antique lamp in the corner inspired the living room’s green accent color.
The formal living room is an elegant balance of light and dark, with lacquered charcoal-gray walls offset by silvery drapes, lighting fixtures bedecked in crystals and fabrics that boast a reflective sheen. The stone fireplace is original to the house and retains Asher Benjamin’s signature fretwork.
Gray leather sofas invite relaxing in the TV room.
A calming palette of creams and blues envelops the living room, which gets a touch of extra drama from the glints of light bouncing off the starburst ceiling fixture and the convex mirror over the fireplace.
A cozy library off the kitchen sports club chairs covered in Lee Jofa fabric and a coffee table from Bungalow 5.
Like his mentor Albert Hadley, Rogers is skilled at blending styles and eras. The living roomâs lookalike French Chesterfield couches came via a local estate. The custom pillows are by John Robshaw.
When the wall came down between the old entry and what had been a solarium, the house gained openness and light. Today’s new dining area links the kitchen and family room with the living room. For continuity, transom spindles mimic original spindles found elsewhere in the house.
A vibrant painting by America Martin hangs above the fireplace. Designer James Light campaigned to save the wood box during the revamping of the fireplace. âIt provides symmetry, which I like,â he explains.
The chevron fabric on chair and hassock makes a bold companion for the curtains.
Contemporary abstract art and animal-print upholstery share space with a traditional exposed-beam ceiling and paneled walls in the family room.
Gracious archways by architect Sally Weston recall New England elegance of the past, while LDa Architecture & Interiorsâ clean-lined furnishings open the rooms to modernity.
The airy living room has a casual, breezy feel that reminds the homeowners of California, where they previously lived.
Clear designed the sitting-area chairs, inspired by a pair she spied in an antiques shop.
The raised circles in the custom J.D. Staron rug evoke the stones one might collect during a walk on the nearby beach.
Pendant lights help make a focal point of the family roomâs seating arrangement.
The family room is in the new addition at the rear of the house. Reflective surfaces in the coffee table, side tables and lamps spark a room thatâs all about comfort. Soft neutral tones and traditionally designed furniture promote relaxation.
The living roomâs calm personality speaks with soft brown walls and unfussy window treatments.
Saturated colors in carpet and upholstery, dark blue silk window treatments, mahogany paneling and an emphasis on warmth and comfort create what designer and homeowner Katherine Hodge calls her âwinter room.â Pops of color enliven the small space.
The living room gets its modern, industrial feel from the wall of aluminum-framed windows and concrete flooring. Upholstered seating and a Chilewich rug soften the commercial feel of the flooring and define the sitting area, while the views bring in all the color the homeowners need.
Rotenberg’s sitting room takes on a decidedly feminine persona.
The living room is a mix of muted blues and grays and features furniture, like the gray linen Verellen sofa, that is elegant yet comfortable.
To give this light-filled family room a feeling of ârelaxed elegance,â designers Noelle Micek and Tricia Roberts kept accessories, such as the custom lighting fixture and garden stools, to a minimum and opted for a neutral color palette featuring blues and grays. The soft, muted beachy tones, says Roberts, âbring a little bit of California to New England.
A sitting room adheres to the same neutral palette and simple window treatments as the rest of the home.
The living room's curvaceous but clean-lined furniture forms a seating group with the fireplace as a focal point. The fireplace screen's sea-life motif hints at the home's Cape Cod location.
Barnes gave the living room a neutral backdrop and added pops of blue, including an arresting water photograph by Tamara Bahry Paterson.
An oil painting by American artist Megan Hinton, a focal point of a seating area in the living room, picks up the blue of the ottomans and accessories.
The designer combined bold texture with a serene color palette inspired by the coastline, picking up the tones of the fieldstone fireplace and the pickled beams. Objects collected from the sea (coral, shells, sea sponges) and the marine motif of the upholstery are reminders of the home’s island location.
Stone floors, clean, modern furniture and timeless fabrics suit a house that serves up maximum drama.
The owners bought the striking hall sculpture because, says the wife, "It makes us smile." Shallow Rumford fireplaces like the one in the living room are classic features in old houses.
"Generous portals help keep the kitchen and family room area connected," says designer Jim Gauthier. The homeowners’ collection of antique blue bottles-along with a painting they commissioned of some of their favorites that hangs over the mantel-adds color to the quiet palette.
Comfy seating surrounds an antique chest turned coffee table in the sitting room adjacent to the kitchen.
Throughout the home, bleached oak floors and natural rugs help create an updated beach-house look.
A low vintage coffee table is the perfect height for sitting on the living room’s plush striped rug and playing board games by a roaring fire.
The Ligne Roset sideboard in the family room is new, but the chair is a vintage 1st Dibs find.
Tau Ceramica wraps the living room fireplace in style. The raised hearth accommodates wood storage and seating.
Conversation (or kicking back) is encouraged, thanks to a custom sectional and reupholstered vintage Italian armchairs.
An inviting sitting area is grounded by a custom hide rug and leather ottoman.
The family room features a purple settee designed by Suzy Azadi that’s perfect for relaxing. The embossed fabric at the windows is by Pierre Frey.
The lack of curtains lets the view be part of the living room’s decor no matter the season.
The designer’s choices play off the Zebrino marble fireplace surround and bronze mantel designed by Kaehler.
The custom hair-on-hide coffee table/ottoman by Kyle Bunting makes the living room a kick-off-your-shoes space, where the owners watch football games or have cocktails by the fire.
Roseff furnished the living room with textured neutrals, adding patterned pillows for visual interest.
Somewhat more rustic in tone than the rest of the house, the enclosed porch is a haven no matter the weather.
Designer Nannette Lewis paired plush upholstered pieces and cherished antiques, such as the French desk, to infuse her home’s interiors with comfort and sophistication.
The designer favors a neutral palette both for its soothing qualities and to showcase her antiques.
A cupboard opens to a bar area.
A quilted paper art piece by Nantucket artist Mellie Cooper hangs above the family room fireplace. The family room is open to the living room, but maintains a more casual character.
Bold blues and lively botanical print fabrics animate the historic Nantucket home’s formal living room. Period antiques mix with newer pieces to keep the home from feeling too rooted in the past.
Nancy Serafini found the English chair at Janis Aldridge and the antique embroidered fire screen at Rafael Osona Auctions, two on-island resources popular with interior designers.
Shannon Feeney introduced audacious color to the family room with textiles and accessories.
The living room’s original marble hearth and mantel surround the new wood-burning fireplace.
A palette of soft blue, taupe and ivory creates elegant comfort in a living room seating area.
Nearby, a handcrafted wood seat joins a medley of textures.
Diverse elements unite happily in the living room, where striking charcoal-on-paper drawings set off a steer’s head cunningly crafted of metal washers. The herringbone-patterned hide sofa pillows hail from Dovecote in Westport.
An antique mantel from the Salks’ previous home provides a sense of history, and a fire screen from Pergola in New Preston adds sparkle.