Dining Rooms for Entertaining

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. We agree. However, when it comes to entertaining, the dining room definitely gets to join the party. Whether it’s a bright and cheerful breakfast room or a glam and sophisticated formal space, dining rooms are made for entertaining. Here are a few designs that have recently captured our attention.

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Modern meets rustic in this open light-filled dining room with lots of space for entertaining. We love all the pale woods, don’t you?

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Guests will be delighted to sit down for dinner in this warm and inviting dining room with wide windows and cozy fireplace.

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Stunning in contemporary neutrals, this dining room offers an elegant setting for dinner, while the view begs guests to linger over coffee and good conversation.

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Creamy tones and sophisticated furnishings set the stage for entertaining in this large dining room. From contemporary botanical rug to sleek modern chandelier, this lovely space offers guests an evening to remember.

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From living room to dining room and the kitchen beyond, this wide-open space is perfectly suited to entertaining a large group or hosting a family holiday gathering. With so many exciting elements, there’s something to captures the eye at every turn.

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Irresistible in gray, this sophisticated dining room is a quintessential glamorous room for entertaining. Pattern, texture and massive lighting fixture–all contribute to this exciting dining space.

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A perfect setting for Sunday brunch, this cheerful dining room offers easy access to the adjoining kitchen–a big plus when waffles and omelets made to order are on the menu. What a lovely array of blues are seen in this design.

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Though it’s set up outdoors, this is none the less, a most captivating dining room. With comfortable chairs and exquisite table setting it will surely captivate guests and family alike.

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Want to see more from the designers of these spaces? Just click on the photos and you’ll be taken to their portfolios.

 

 

 

Focus on Foyers

Foyers are such intriguing little rooms, don’t you think. They can showcase your design style or your family’s interests while offering a warm and friendly welcome to guests. Done right, with a few of your favorite pieces, the space just inside your front door can easily become one of the most visually appealing spots in your home.

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Welcome visitors with a fabulous eclectic style. A massive mirror and slightly glam lamps can work a beautiful kind of magic in foyers, large and small. Personal touches can offer a glimpse into the look you love. 

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An inlaid chest is always appropriate for a foyer or hallway niche. Top it with an oversize clear glass vase of fresh flowers and an ornate mirror and you have instant design success.

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One more example of the versatility of a chest with drawers–these great pieces are perfect for the foyer of any style home, from French Country to sleek contemporary and everything in between.

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Have art? Create your very own fabulous gallery in the foyer. Whether wall art, glass or sculpture, you’ll love being able to enjoy your collection every time you walk in or out the door.

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Line a foyer hallway with floor to ceiling twin mirrors and bask in their reflective beauty. Trimmed in gold, these paned mirrors are both elegant and captivating.

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A not so wide entryway is the perfect spot for a long narrow console table with oversized art hung above. Consider hanging smaller artwork or mirrors on the opposite wall.

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A large white on white foyer offers the opportunity to create a sophisticate gallery. Framed or unframed each piece takes on more importance when hung alone on a wall of its own. Add an interesting bench and a console table and it’s foyer perfection.

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Easy does it in this open and airy foyer. A clear acrylic console table contributes to that breezy look and a zebra portrait adds a lively vibe.

We are so glad these designers shared their work with us on Design Shuffle. Want to check out their portfolios? Click on the photos above to see more.

 

8 Great Guest Room Ideas You'll Love

Want to make overnight visitors feel special? Welcome them with a guest room that goes far beyond just a place to sleep and stash their luggage. From whole room makeovers to a few thoughtfully chosen touches, you can pamper guests and make their stay a time to remember. For your design inspiration, here are eight great guest room ideas you (and your guests) will love. Enjoy!

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Twin beds are especially suited to the guest room as they offer versatile sleeping arrangements for overnight visitors. A chic upholstered double wide headboard takes these beds to a new level of visual interest. Contemporary benches offer both beauty and functionality.

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A chaise lounge in the corner offers a comfortable spot for guests to curl up with a good book or just sit back and relax for a few minutes before dinner.

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Pamper guests with a room they’ll never want to leave. This glam space is at once serene in pale hues and gorgeous with its mirrored bed and velvet armchair.

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Piles of pillows can add lots of interest to a guest room, but here thoughtful hosts also provide a convenient place to stash them overnight at the foot of the bed.

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Even a simple guest room can be made special with the unexpected addition of a dramatic light fixture. Pretty wall lamps are perfect for reading in bed and free up space on nightstands.

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This interesting and glam space says to guests “You’re special to us and we’re so glad you’ve come to visit.” There is nothing here that indicates spare room for sleeping only. Isn’t it beautiful?

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To make a space for overnight visitors feel warm and inviting, the style of a home should be carried through into the guest room. Here, a light and airy modern country look flows seamlessly from the rest of the house into the guest room showing it is anything but an after thought.

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Whether a guest room has its own en-suite or shares the family bath down the hall, the bathroom is an important extension of the sleeping space provided for guests. Make visitors feel pampered by providing more than the necessities. Lots of fluffy towels and a basket of travel size toiletries make a stay more comfortable.

If you enjoyed these guest room ideas, click on the room images to see more of each designer’s work.

 

 

Elegant Coastal Chic by Cindy Ray

Working out of Cindy Ray Interiors, Inc. in West Palm Beach, South Florida interior designer Cindy West Ray knows a thing or two about successful design projects and so do her clients from the northeastern to the southeastern United States. Her style is “classical with a twist.” Cindy says she “turns dreams into decor.” We think she did just that in this Palm Beach residence done with a light touch and elegant coastal chic design.

Coastal Chic

The foyer and central hallway is all about that classical style with a twist. Beautifully merging traditional elements with high contemporary furnishings and accessories, this welcoming space is the best of both worlds. 

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The white living room with a wrap-around view, has the same restrained coastal chic look seen throughout this ocean-side home.

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The elegant white dining room does not shout “beach house.” After all, the ocean can be seen just outside through floor to ceiling glass.

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We’ve fallen for this stunning little kitchen with subtle touches of watery blue. The fabric on the elegant barstools is coastal chic perfection. 

Coastal Chic

The master bedroom is all elegant design with a few contemporary touches. A bit of glamour is introduced with metallic elements. 

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This bedroom is filled with coastal references that would please a boy of any age, from a grade-schooler to a college student.  

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A pale girl’s bedroom is both chic and feminine, with barely there coastal style–just a few watery touches.

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With an ocean backdrop, there’s no need for subtle coastal style here. This captivating patio is all about the water. From the irresistibly plump cushions to the massive glass and metal lanterns, this outdoor space is meant for relaxing and entertaining in elegant coastal chic style.

Do you love it? Check out more of Cindy Ray Interiors, Inc. on Design Shuffle

 

Interior Design Ideas: The Versatile Ghost Chair

Whether it’s a coveted original Louis Ghost Chair designed in 2002 by Philippe Starck or one of the more budget-friendly acrylic versions, see-through chairs work beautifully in just about any space. Just like a television or movie ghost moving from room to room in an eerie mansion, see-through chairs can move easily from style to style. Definitely nothing eerie about that–only other worldly beauty in a crystal clear form.

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Simply perfect with Mid-Century pieces, Ghost chairs seem to float around this tulip table, just as light and airy as the sheer curtain panels that serve as a romantic backdrop beyond.

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We love crystal clear chairs in warm eclectic spaces of all sorts. Here they are used to great effect with upholstered chairs around a modern Parsons table. 

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Never hesitate to place a Louis Ghost Chair beside an antique table. Aged wood and crystal clear chairs seem to have a great affinity for each other.

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This inviting space shows how seamlessly Ghost chairs merge with traditional, Mid-Century and even industrial pieces to create appealing eclectic rooms.

Ghost Chairs

An armless acrylic chair can work well with just about any style desk from traditional to contemporary. 

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Beyond the iconic Louis Ghost Chair, brilliantly clear chairs appear in many forms. This one mimics the traditional wingback chair. What a great design choice for this glam space.

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Stunning contemporary Lucite chairs bring an updated elegance to this open dining room. Brilliantly clear see-through chairs seem perfectly at ease wherever they reside. 

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The versatile Ghost chair can also bring its graceful form and beautiful style to outdoor dining spaces with ease and elegance.

We enjoyed searching the designer portfolios here on Design Shuffle to discover just how versatile the Ghost Chair is and some of the beautiful ways in can be used in all sorts of interior designs. We hope you are inspired to bring one or more of these great chairs into your home.