The living room or family room is the most lived-in room in the house/condo. It’s where everyone hangs out or crashes to watch TV. It’s also a place for gathering and entertaining. Making it comfortable and stylish are key.
I’m in love with designer Kelly Wearstler’s (her cool kids in photo) living room! So much personality and style!
Our new old house was built in the early 1960’s. It has a great room and another other bonus room on the first floor which we converted into a family room. We haven’t done much to it because based on our experience, it’s best to live in the space for some time and find out how the family uses the room before decorating. It’s been a year since we moved in and it’s time to conquer our family room.
My goal is to decorate with intention—giving every single item in the home thought and purpose. I want our family room to be both functional and fun!
Being a shopper and collector, I will never become a minimalist but, I do like an organized space. I love living rooms and family rooms with personality and tons of seating too. I’m attracted to eclectic living spaces because they exude originality and style.
Here are some of my decorating inspos (I apologize for the lack of source links as I have been saving these photos for inspiration for years):
I consider this as minimalist glamour. Great proportions, colors and textures in this room!
Miles Redd is one of my design heroes. I love his old-world charm infused with new-school vitality! I live for this iconic blue and white room in his Houston home. Everything that defines Miles Redd’s style: lacquered paint, high contrasts and over-sized prints are used to create a truly unique home.
Jonathan Adler’s Palm Beach condo is pure fun and function! The bold graphic prints mixed with neutrals and pops of colors make a happy space.
Yellow, not mellow. As I said, I love Kelly Wearstler! She’s a genius when it comes to combining glamour and cool in her designs.
You don’t need a big space to make a big impact. Check out the two-tone curtains that mimic wainscoting. Genius! Fab mix of furniture!
By now, you probably noticed my affinity to blue and green. They’re my favorite combo!
Small space with big personality! What a super fun living space!
Plains & prints. Printed rugs and carpets give life to the neutral-colored furniture.
The moment I saw Nina Garcia’s living room in a magazine, I fell in love with it! Her home exudes elegance without being stuffy. A chaise lounge has the power to open up a room.
A study in multiple seating areas. Designer Miles Redd has a knack for creating tons of elegant seating nooks that are also cozy.
Vibrant and elegant. This space is conducive for wasting the day away and just relaxing.
Fashion mogul Tory Burch’s apartment makes me want to pull out my hair because of how beautiful it is, haha! The olive walls, the blue and white antique ginger jars, the tortoise-shell coffee table and French fabric upholstery are divine! AAAAAAAAHHH!!!
Another angle of Tory Burch’s apartment. Check out the green velvet sofa and leopard print poufs!!! I super like that there are many seating areas.
Don’t get me started with Aerin Lauder’s living room. The purple velvet couch and the blue and white antique porcelain are TDF! I also admire her use of sea-grass carpeting to make this traditional space look updated and fresh.
Aerin Lauder’s East Hampton home that she inherited from her grandmother Estee Lauder. Glamour overload!
I’m drawn to resort-themed home accessories. Corals and seashells love!
Life is a beach! This space looks homey and comfy but has a touch of elegance.
Oscar dela Renta’s PR Girl has her fashion and home game on! I’m in love with this living room! It’s fabulous!
Check out the Tiffany blue curtains and colorful furniture!
I’ve been dreaming of Pedro Friedeberg’s “Hand-Chair” like forever! Whimsical touches and pops of colors liven up an all-white interior.
To be enveloped in books is everything! Designer and style icon Diane Von Frustenberg’s library/living room is heaven.
My love for Bahamas style spaces! This screams “TAKE ME TO THE ISLANDS!”
The living room that fashion built. YES!!!
Eclectic and elegant. This area can seat tons of guests!
No frame? No problem! I’m seriously considering projecting art on the walls of our family room.
Fashion photographer Mario Testino’s living room is goals!
It’s all about velvet upholstery and lamps when it comes to creating a cozy ambiance.
China chic. Check out the back of the slipper chair! Fierce portrait too.
If I could, I would cocoon our family room in Martinique banana wall covering! Throw in some bean bag chairs, orb chandelier and wisteria rug and I’m a happy camper.
Designer Valentino’s Chinoiserie garden room in his Chateau in Paris is so inspiring!
Mixing up furniture and adding personal momentous create an eclectic family room or living room. It just does not need to be systematic of some kind, complementary – yes, but not necessarily correlated to one another.
Whatever your design style, the living room or family room is a place to gather together with those you love. Have fun decorating it and always put your personal stamp on your space!