A pillow from Pier 1 enlivens an old settee from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams that Susanna reupholstered in an ikat fabric from Ballard Designs.
A vibrant red chinoiserie bar from a consignment shop has a bold, sculptural presence.
The formal living and dining room.
To keep the leather sectional from dominating the room, Hiltz papered the family room walls in Cowtan & Tout metallic paper, added a modern chair in an eye-popping yellow, and was generous with the toss pillows.
The shimmer of silk and velvet adds a posh factor to the living room’s serene sitting area.
A pile of granite at a local quarry provided just the right stones for the massive, soaring, four-sided fireplace.
Windows rise to the Douglas fir-paneled cathedral ceilings to ensure stellar views.
Leather-clad walls, oversize furniture, and a soaring fireplace make the new family room both grand and cozy.
A living room seating area employs quiet hues jazzed up with texture and pattern.
A Russian painting called "Peasants after the Harvest" hangs above the fireplace. The collection on the mantel includes a cluster of vintage alabaster grapes.
A Russian painting called "Peasants after the Harvest" hangs above the fireplace. The collection on the mantel includes a cluster of vintage alabaster grapes.
The parlor, with its inviting Robert Allen camelback sofa, is the place to be when temperatures drop. Frank McBournie crafted the luxurious throw from vintage coats.
Mixed with the industrial sensibility, bits of whimsy include a Terzani light fixture and gilded branches in the frame surrounding the sofa and on the built-in shelves.
Magnificent views of the Charles River and Back Bay attracted the homeowner to the lofty condominium.
The family room decor began with the blue-and-cream abstract rug that is, says Elms, "a total wow."
The Boston apartment wears a contemporary palette of grays, taupes, and gold. Vintage lamps add a layer of history to new pieces, such as the richly textured gold sofa by Paul Gaucher of Icon Group.
Glorious city views take center stage, thanks to a design plan that keeps the living room furniture below windowsill height. A pale color scheme gets interest from textured fabrics such as linen velvet on the sofa and chenille on the lounge chair, geometric patterns in rug and pillows, and a smattering of animal prints.
A custom wood-veneer shade tops the midcentury Scandinavian lamp that sits on the Natuzzi sideboard in the study.
Heirloom lithographs depicting farm scenes hang above the study’s fireplace.
A colorful Oushak carpet sets the library’s welcoming tone. The George Nelson pendant lamp adds a modern note, while classic articulating brass lamps from Michele Varian aid nighttime reading.
Some of the fieldstone for the central hearth was taken from the property.
Vintage orange chairs complement Kerri’s artwork with a bit of extra punch in the television room. The ottoman is another custom D2 Interieurs design.
Colorful accessories pop in the living room, where walls of Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black set off the crisp white trim and shelves.
Silver travertine replaced the red-brick surround of the fireplace in the family room. Glick redid the cocktail table with walnut stain, stripped the sofa of its fussy skirted upholstery, and added a new sisal rug and gray velvet lounge chair from Lillian August.
Designer and homeowner Susan Glick replaced the cozy dark tones of her living room with dusty grays and amethysts. A sofa that once wore olive-colored fabric was reupholstered in gray velvet and paired with new custom-made wing chairs.
A hefty coffee table lends the airy living room gravitas.
Keeping the original Craftsman-style paneling in the den and papering above it was another way of retaining the home’s quirky charm. Lots of texture-leather, basket weave, linen, and grasscloth-enhance the room’s coziness. Chiappone found the vintage leather chair at Cottage & Garden in Newport.
A shag rug and a Josh Urso resin coffee table bring a 1970s vibe to the living room.
Living room seating by B&B Italia is suitable for large crowds or intimate groups. The chairs, featuring a sculptural shape and sexy zipper up the back, were chosen for good looks when seen from any angle.
The horizontal paneling, gray grasscloth, pale upholstery, and vivid turquoise accessories give this home its beachy-casual feel.
Refurbished pieces like a French settee look right at home on the antique-finished oak floor of the sitting room.
A variety of fine fabrics (Kravet, Brentano, Robert Allen, and Osborne & Little) coexist happily in a living room awash in tones of soft gray and silvery blue. Artwork, hand-blown glass pebble lamps by Porta Romana, and a few well-chosen beachy touches add a casual vibe.
The architects designed the living room’s Gothic-style bookcases and the mantel with its inset quatrefoils.
A large digital print adds depth to the sofa.
The garden level pulls triple-duty as a music room, family hangout, and guest suite.
The graphite-hued media room is a favorite gathering spot for the family.
In the parlor, designer Meichi Peng chose transitional furniture with clean lines and comfort to suit both the room’s rich architectural detail and the homeowners’ modern sensibilities.
The living areas are on the second floor of the "upside-down" house, where the interesting angles and pinched corners reflect the exterior roof planes. Horizontal shiplap walls give the cottage an appropriately maritime feel.
Bold orange and navy accents add zip to the white built-in shelves, cabinets, and queen-size daybed of the family room.
The living room’s wool rug looks like sisal but is softer on the feet and easier to clean. Natural materials, such as the water hyacinth used for a swivel chair and the woven rush surface under the glass on top of the coffee table, add texture.
The sun-washed living room epitomizes the owners’ wish for a traditional seaside house with a modern air.
A variety of patterns-from herringbone to stripes to circles-mix it up against the dark walls of the music room.
Original beams from the barn provide structural support and visual appeal.
Stephanie’s husband, Harald, bought the nautical painting above the fireplace as a surprise for his wife.
Arranged just so, a cluster of paintings collected over the years wound up a perfect fit for the family room.
A few well-placed black accents in the family room spice up the quiet palette.
Bold textiles and a contemporary coffee table from Jonathan Adler add energy to the "teen room," where the family’s three children can do homework or hang out with friends.
Pale gray walls lend the living room a calm feeling; an old iron gate topped with glass serves as a coffee table.
The wife’s favorite shade of blue and a soft-underfoot jute rug bring a casual vibe to the family room.
A mix of antiques, high-quality reproductions, and new upholstered pieces give the living room its comfortable, traditional feel.
To accommodate additional seating, one end of the great room was bumped out to create a niche for a second sofa. The tiered chandelier from Restoration Hardware and Pheasant Feather table lamps by Bunny -Williams complement the room’s scale.
Designer Amy Aidinis Hirsch gave the living room a more spacious feel by adding the white paneling.
The sunroom’s custom chairs and ottoman wear sturdy, but pretty, fabric by Perennials.
A spectacular tapestry by Pae White is displayed above the living room sofa. To the right of the sofa hangs the intriguing Proposal 15, a painting by Los Angeles artist Alex Olson.
Original decorative molding frames the living room’s new energy-efficient windows. Laid-back accessories like furry pillows and a tribal-patterned ottoman dispel formality and make the space comfortable and fun for the family when they watch television. The vibrant upholstery on an armchair harmonizes happily with a western flair the wife favors.
The chandelier’s crown shape adds a playful note, while the cowhide rug injects warmth and texture.
Designer Andra Birkerts married furniture the owners already had, like this marble-topped piece in the sitting room, with newer finds, such as the mirrored coffee table.
The great room still hints at its lodge-style history, but new French doors on the ground floor and interior windows above bring in more light.
The starting point for decorating the great room began with the armchair fabric-a classic English floral from Lee Jofa. The antique model ship draws the eye up to the tall ceiling with its antique copper lanterns imported from London.
Both fireplaces (here in the great room and on the screened porch) incorporate a large granite lintel stone that spans the opening as a traditional architectural design element.
The "man cave" has a jazzy striped Missoni carpet and eye-catching purple velvet chairs.
A custom carpet from J.D. Staron grounds the warm, bright family room, where designer Carey Karlan made use of luxurious fabrics, such as creamy Holly Hunt chenille on the Ralph Lauren sofas, a cotton-mohair blend from Schumacher on the bench, and taupe leather on the Lee Industries armchairs. The midcentury painting by Irene Zevon is one of several in the owners’ collection.
Local stone also sheaths the fireplace in the living room, where linen-clad sofas sit among a trove of antiques.
Tailored furnishings in quiet hues predominate in the tranquil living room. A window-lined tower holds the secondary stairway.
The home’s pale color scheme of grays and whites gives way to rich, warm blues in the sitting room.
Vivacious tones of fuchsia, orange, and chartreuse add excitement to the soothing palette of gray and white in the media room.
Antique pieces and a quiet palette make for a peaceful master suite.
In the living room, masculine fabrics in stripes and wool plaids make for a clubby atmosphere.
Wood and stone are a constant refrain throughout the house. The original marble floor is softened with a cowhide rug in the sunroom.
Fabric from Skok’s Ikat Crazy collection adds a dash of color and fun to the relaxed family room.
Silk and velvet fabrics give the living room a luxurious formality.
As a foil to the era-appropriate mural, the couple cleverly introduced a Brunschwig & Fils sofa and a Moroccan rug.
The family room features a bluestone fireplace topped by a bronze-finished steel panel system that hides a television.
The homeowners opted for a dressier look for the intimate living room.
Wooden lattice screens close the dining room off from the family room.
The study, which the homeowner uses more for relaxing than for work, features a sofa from Casa Design outfitted in Donghia mohair in the same hue as the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper. The mixed-media artwork is by the contemporary Argentine artist Claudio Roncoli.
The living room’s second sitting area plays host to a Kyle Bunting coffee table and armless chairs upholstered in cashmere velvet.
In a living room sitting area that looks out on Boston Common, B&B Italia high-back chairs with long-hair Mongolian cushions keep company with a tub chair and sofa from Holly Hunt. The bronze sculpture, Blade II, is by Guy Dill.
CJ Katz layered colorful furniture and accessories with modern appeal over the front parlor’s original woodwork. The John Rosselli chandelier is, says Cheryl Katz, "a way to think about a chandelier that has power, but isn’t crystal."
The rear parlor offers echoes of its front-room neighbor, but conveys a more casual feel.
The great room’s massive hearth features stone pulled from the property as well as from nearby quarries.
The ombré drapery panels inspired the choice of the deep silvery-gray furniture and rug for the family room.
The quiet palette is energized with pieces upholstered in pale lavender and a Claudia Mengel painting with bold hues.
Soft, earthy tones of mocha, taupe, silver, and ivory ward off winter’s chill in the living room.
The living room was designed on a horizontal plane, with seat heights, side table, and bottom drape panels all on a similar line to give the space a more open feel.
A collection of books fills the fireplace, lending a whimsical touch to the living room.
The living room bids welcome with an easy formality. Herringbone floors, a traditional wood mantel, and ornate plasterwork on the ceiling nod to the past but share space with modern sofas, throw pillows, and artwork.
Plentiful windows and a wide door lead to a large terrace off the living room, marrying indoor and outdoor spaces.
A painting by Vermont artist Craig Mooney helped kick-start the family room’s palette. The custom ottoman can serve as seating or as a table.
Original pocket doors open to the sitting room, where unmatched but similar vintage oriental rugs separate the two seating areas. The cut crystal chandelier at the fireplace end of the room is original to the house.
A vintage sofa and Salon chairs by Barbara Barry surround a distinctive Baker cocktail table in the sunny sitting room.
In the opposite corner of the living room the designer paired antique intaglios with a scalloped chest and embroidered drapery panels.
The living room displays touches of Hollywood glamour, including curved back-to-back sofas that Stefanon designed.
Gorgeous lake views and an ever-changing natural backdrop provide all the color that’s needed.
Modern furnishings in a neutral hue give the living room a calming vibe.
Interior designer Kerry Wilson recommended paint colors and furniture arrangements.
The high-ceilinged family room strikes a nautical tone with shades of blue and sand.
The wallcovering from the dining room makes a repeat appearance-now in a different color-at the back of the family room bookshelves.
The living room’s neutral palette suits husband John’s classic tastes, while vivid accents satisfy wife Susie’s love of color.
Fearless about mixing styles and textures, Bee outfitted the sitting area off the kitchen with a distressed iron daybed, a plush upholstered Empire-style chair, and a rustic stone-topped table, above which hangs a painting by New York artist Eliska Smiley.
An antiques forager, Bee was mindful of creating homes for his collections of small things. Here, a niche accommodates everything from teacups to tiny china houses. Litchfield County Cottage
The daybed designed by Bee with utility and comfort in mind sits below a cardboard wall hanging by Millerton, New York-based artist Henry C. Klimowicz.
His friends thought he was crazy to hang toile shades in the living room, but Bee thinks they’re a perfect companion to the grasscloth wallcovering.
Reclaimed wood on one wall, silk grasscloth on another, the furnishings a joyful mix of old and older. This is Jonathan Bee’s living room, where the homeowner’s love of eclecticism welcomes visitors like that first breath of fresh spring air.
A massive window wall opens the great room to garden and water views.
In the den, luxury translates to a cream-and-brown Tibetan wool carpet from the Stephanie Odegard Collection.
The handsome beamed ceiling and stone hearth provide gravitas. In this setting, explains the architect, the ashlar pattern of the fireplace granite comes across as "more organic than rustic."
The family room is unabashedly bold with its cerulean grasscloth walls and candy-apple-red sofa.
Nineteenth-century architectural details, such as the living room’s fireplace, stand in counterpoint to modern pieces like the abstract painting and a hammered-metal sconce.
The draperies, made from a tea-stained, blue-green Jasper floral fabric with birds, set the color palette for the living room.
The heirloom sofa is from Janice’s grandmother’s house, while the bookshelves hold John’s bevy of -Baedekers and Janice’s collection of creamware and mercury glass.
The open staircase was fabricated using metal grates.
Mariani kept the old-fashioned radiators as a reminder of her home’s history.
A windowed dormer transformed the attic into a light-filled office space. A rooftop deck extends the connection to the outdoors.
Casual yet elegant was the desired vibe in the living room, where a neutral palette reflects the natural beauty of sand, sea, and sky outside the windows.
Lovely millwork and quietly elegant furnishings in the living room mesh, providing a setting that’s both comfortable and beautiful.
Nestled into the hill and oriented toward the water, the house is mostly hidden from town despite being in the middle of it. The landscape plan is lush and natural looking.
Wicker, rattan, and sisal are summerhouse staples in this Martha’s Vineyard vacation home that overlooks the water. Designer Parker Rogers softened the formal architectural touches by adding fun touches like a zebra-print rug.
Timber and stick framing gives the boathouse its barn-like look and feel. The reproduction trunk serving as a coffee table references the sort of luggage summer people toted to the lake in days of old.
The coffered ceiling is an illustration of the home’s high-quality craftsmanship.
The great room’s sitting area balances light, texture, color, and function.
Nailhead-trimmed armchairs make a cozy pairing in front of the master bedroom’s marble fireplace.
Nooks and crannies were put to good use, like this space under a stairway that became a wet bar.
A powder room was expunged in favor of a window seat with a view.
The homeowners’ rugs, art, and objects from their travels come together beautifully with the palette and furniture interior designer Nancy Taylor selected.
What better spot to greet the day than the morning room, with its east-facing water view?
Thick walls and triple-pane windows contribute to net-zero energy use.
The kitchen opens to a family room that has a paneled ceiling and beams of reclaimed lumber.
The main room in the guesthouse is clearly rustic, with a handful of contemporary touches.
The living room’s large fireplace threatened to overpower the living room, so Kalur used her signature "chic neutrals" to scale back its imposing size.
Walls of windows in the family room provide generous outside views.
The abstract painting in the living room is by artist Steven Miller.
The custom windows were fabricated by Marvin to mimic the originals.
"We picked the antique rug before we even knew what we were going to do with the family room," says Westcott. An antique map and leather chair also boost the room’s cozy spirit.
Half-timbering, stone, and steeply pitched roofs reflect the home’s unique Tudor style.
Goldberg has a sure hand, right down to choosing accessories, when it comes to melding colors. In the family room, toss pillows pull together the vivid yellow of the draperies, the bold orange of the sofa, and the brilliant blue of the Dunes & Duchess candelabra.
Color, pattern, and texture happily mix in the living room. Above the fireplace, double-armed sconces flank a painting by local artist John Vinton. The custom-cut and -bound rug hails from Faber’s Rug Company in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The graphic throw is by Jonathan Adler.
Twin Lucille floor lamps by Oly bring an additional measure of symmetry to the open and airy living room. The lively Christopher Farr drapery fabric inspired the bold green wall color.
In the family room, a geometric-patterned rug, a circular design on the chairs’ upholstery, and wave artwork offer an echo of the pool area, which sits outside the room through a set of French doors.
Exposed ceiling beams add character to a living room painted in serene white and accented with bold blues.
Although the owner worried that the original wood paneling made the living room too dark, a color palette of light blues, greens, and creams and a generous supply of table lamps and wall sconces helped brighten the once "gloomy" room. Minimal window treatments also let in lots of light from Commonwealth Avenue.
The owner (with input from his sister and mother) chose the modern furnishings.
A glass wall of windows and doors opens the living room to the yard.
Leather chairs and handsome paneling give the billiard room club-like ambience.
On the living room wall, an abstract wood sculpture by Jeremy Holmes nods to the fluid movement of the home’s central staircase and railing.
The family room offers two seating areas; this one, closest to the kitchen, is a popular gathering spot during prep time.
The owner, who oversaw the interior design process, introduced color throughout. "I wanted it to feel like it’s a warm house," she says.
The living room glows with her choice of a rich palette of golds and yellows highlighted by the geometric-floral wallpaper by Osborne & Little.
Mahogany on the floor and ceiling bring a boathouse sensibility to the one large interior room, which is furnished with comfortable, hard-wearing fabrics in colors that coordinate with the outdoors.