Best Space for a Party

Open layouts and conversation-starting touches make these spaces the toast of any celebration.

And the award goes to... Katie Marvin, winner of the best space for a party category.

Katie Marvin

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Oversized Kitchen Island With White Quartz Countertop

This oversized kitchen island features a waterfall white quartz countertop and streamlined cabinetry.

Modern Pendant Lights Over Island In Loft Kitchen

The unique and modern pendant lights over the large kitchen island make the space a focal point in the open floor plan of this eclectic downtown loft.

Old Meets New in Eclectic Urban Loft

Blown glass chandeliers, acrylic chairs and a row of cosmic pendants bring a feeling of lightness to this open, modern loft. Carved from the top floor of a century-old St. Louis warehouse, the 7,500-square-foot loft features 18-foot ceilings, original arched windows and industrial elements like exposed brick, concrete columns and metal piping. The open concept design is ideal for entertaining.

Gray Porcelain Tile and Fireplace With Purple Accent Wall

Gray porcelain tile creates a beautiful accent and fireplace wall in this purple eclectic living room.

Industrial-Style Modern Loft Living Room

This converted St. Louis loft represents no-holds-barred decorating at its best, with lush velvet sofas, a zebra-striped rug and mirrored tables that give Studio 54 a run for its money. A white leather sofa encircles a structural column to offer extra seating in this modern open living space.

Kristianne Watts

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Midcentury Modern Marvel

The California home marries modern and midcentury design for a simple and functional yet beautiful entertaining space. Neutral colors and layered lighting make it easy to transform the mood for whatever occasion may arise.

Midcentury Modern Wooden Barstools

Guests can saddle up to the kitchen island on midcentury modern barstools, complete with molded seats and tapered legs. The open nature of the kitchen allows the chef to interact with guests while taking care of last-minute prep.

Midcentury Modern Wet Bar

A wet bar is pared down with suspended shelves, under-cabinet lighting and a patchwork of marble tiles. The textured cabinet doors add visual interest alongside the slim wine cooler.

Huge Sliding Glass Door Leading to Patio

The homeowners' vision for indoor-outdoor entertaining was fulfilled thanks to a sizable sliding glass door that treats the patio like just another room of the house.

Jenny Guggenheim

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Modern Dining Table & Chandelier

A bare-bones chandelier dresses up the open dining room with urban simplicity. The glass-top dining table and gray chairs mesh with the modern surroundings.

Contemporary Built-Ins With Under-Shelf Lighting

The modular design of the pale wood built-ins contributes to the contemporary feel of the open living space. Recessed lighting and glass shelves set the stage for colorful artwork and accessories.

Photo By: Jenny Guggenheim

Cabinetry Opens to Reveal Bar Area

A drop-down door in the sleek, modern built-in cabinetry opens to reveal a tucked-away bar ready for any impromptu gatherings.

Photo By: Jenny Guggenheim

Modern Dining Room With Glass-Topped X-Base Table

A dining table with a modified x-base design provides stylish seating for six in this open dining room. The gray chairs complement the table's design while completing the space's modern aesthetic.

Contemporary Living Room With High Vaulted Ceiling

A casual elegance characterizes this contemporary penthouse living room awash with tone-on-tone neutrals. From the soaring ceiling and the breezy curtains to the modern furniture, the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting.

Tara Benet

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A Light-Filled Modern White Loft Living Room With Tin Ceiling

This white loft apartment in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood is loaded with architectural detail, including a painted tin ceiling and oversized windows that bring in ample natural light. A sleek modular sofa and low-profile coffee table, both by B&B Italia, create a nice spot for TV viewing and conversation. The chandelier is by Moooi.

Modern Tribeca Apartment White Living Room

A sleek modular sofa by B&B Italia has a view of large-scale, modern artwork and a wall-mounted TV in this bright white living room. The two-toned modern TV console is by Ligne Roset. This home in the heart of Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood retains its character with an exposed brick wall, tin ceiling and oversized windows that let in loads of natural light.

Modern White Dining Room With Exposed Brick Wall

Modern furnishings tread lightly on the distinctive architecture of this white loft apartment in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. A sleek steel dining table is surrounded by sinuous leather chairs from Ligne Roset. The whimsical, leaf-like chandelier is by Moooi.

A Modern White Lounge in a Lower Manhattan Loft

A sleek desk built into a wall of custom shelves is a space-saving feature in this Tribeca loft lounge. Smoky oak floors, white walls and a white tin ceiling create a clean, neutral envelope for this modern space. A rocking chair by Cassina rests on a cowhide rug.

Anna Braund

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Small and Serene Neutral Traditional Living Room

What it lacks in square footage this Atlanta home makes up for in flawless style. A delicate blend of serene neutrals and elegant furnishings define the small traditional living room. A vaulted ceiling draws the eye upward and frames the neutral space.

Traditional Living Room Adjacent to Small Kitchen

A peninsula juts out from behind a comfy armchair, dividing the traditional living room from the small, gleaming kitchen. A shared neutral color palette creates a seamless feel between the two rooms.

Elegant, Traditional Sofa Topped With Plump Pillows

A bit of color and pattern goes a long way in this small traditional living room, where a serene symmetry keeps the look unified and sophisticated. Throw pillows contribute to the symmetry as well as the room's neutral color palette.

Multicolored Throw Pillows With Mixed Patterns

The lofty layering of multicolored throw pillows keeps the living room feeling inviting and luxurious. The scale of the pillows' patterns don't compete with one another, making it a mix-and-match success.

Photo By: Iran Watson

SuzAnn Kletzien

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Entertaining In Eclectic Chicago Game Room

In this Chicago game room, a mix of vintage furniture and eclectic accessories gives the space a vibrant personality –– the life of any party. Multiple seating areas and a custom bar anchor the space with functionality and style.

Eclectic Game Room With Large Sectional

A grandly sized leather sectional invites guests to congregate in comfort, while game tables line the perimeter of the room for additional diversion.

Framed Posters in Stylish Game Room

Artwork is a focal point in this Windy City game room. The owners’ collection of posters from the New Orleans jazz festival –– framed and displayed on every wall –– served as colorful inspiration for the room’s eclectic design.

Eclectic Bar With Vintage Cabinets

Vintage medicine cabinets with glass panes house the goods behind the bar. The mounted deer head lends a rustic, wild-west feel to the vintage-inspired space.

Vintage Corner Bar With Wine Cooler

The L-shaped bar is ready to play host, equipped with a wine cooler, prep sink and small microwave. The tiered countertops delineate space for prepping and serving drinks. Real pennies collected by the homeowners add shine to the floor and backsplash.

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