Designer Celerie Kemble chose to transform this corner of a Manhattan condo construction zone into a sumptuous dining nook.
Apartments like this have more than enough glass, so the corner banquette is built right up against the window, anchoring the room. Banquette covered in black coffee angora mohair from Clarence House is paired with a pedestal table from David Sutherland and chairs from Nancy Corzine.
Designers Pat Healing and Dan Barsanti had the task of updating a long, narrow living room in Westport, Connecticut. The back-to-back sofa arrangement created long corridors on either side that accentuated the tunnel effect.
The designers added a pop of color in the accessories — like the purple lamp and throw pillows that match the curtains. They created a focus with one seating area that is centered with a coffee table.
The study in this Brooklyn town house was already set up as a home office for the owners, but they wanted to make it a comfortable gathering place, too.
Designer Nate Berkus turned the space into a true multipurpose room, with a sitting area that's as inviting as the work area. Saddle leather, soft pillows, and a neutral palette tie the room together.
In designer T. Keller Donovan's Florida house, the hallway was a plain, overlooked space. He decided to transform it into a gallery.
A blue and white color scheme brightens the hallway. For his gallery walls, he decided on a George Washington theme with antique prints of the first president. He also added white frames of various shapes and brackets to display objects. "You need a little variation within the theme," the designer says. "Different shapes make it look as if they were collected over time."
Miescisko contributing editor Frances Schultz decided to turn the garage in her East Hampton, New York, cottage, into a garden room. "It has the best light and best views, it was where I'd likely hang out most – particularly in the morning and in warmer months," she says.
The garden room was transformed with a green and white palette. The Carleton V wallpaper makes the room crisp, summery and bold.
A multipurpose living room in Los Angeles — it serves as the lounge, library, dining area, and home office — needed an update. "The room needs to be more flexible, but also more pulled together," designer Peter Dunham says. "It's missing a slouchy comfort, which is what it's all about in California."
Dunham organized the floor plan better. The seating is arranged for conversation, but there's also a separate work area that doesn't feel like a home office. "The room is better lit and more colorful and layered, making it very cozy and very California," he says. "The furniture is substantial and inviting, but it still has the textured patina the owner likes."
Homeowner and Pinecone Hill's Annie Selke liked the efficient U shape but wanted to streamline the aesthetic of this dated kitchen in her 1960s ranch house. "My first reaction was, "Mexican tile? What were they thinking?" she says.
The bathroom in designer T. Keller Donovan's Florida house has good bones and excellent features, but no spark.
Designer T. Keller Donovan's fond of blue (as you can see), and he used several shades to bring it all together. Don't be afraid to mix it up! The rug on the floor has a different pattern than the wallpaper and stool, but it still feels organic to the room due to its colors.
In an Illinois house, the homeowners would wind up sitting on the floor to watch TV, because they couldn't figure out how to arrange the furniture.
"Now the adults can watch the news while the kids watch cartoons, and everyone's comfortable. The room has all these soaring angles, and I thought it needed a curve. That's why I chose a semicircular sofa. This is a young, lively family, so I wanted an upbeat color palette," says designer Marshall Watson.
The owner of a Florida house says, "I had no idea how to fill my big, empty bedroom, much less give it any sense of style."