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The Beauty of Entertaining Spaces

"As a mom, I understand the desire for interiors that look nice but also are kid- and dog-proof. Things happen and furniture will wear over time, so I tend to mix durable upholstered items with some kid-friendly pieces: poufs, floor pillows, inexpensive accent tables…and strong surfaces such as stone.”

—Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

“Invest in high-quality, comfortable upholstered furniture and original art. Items from O’Henry House or A. Rudin will last a lifetime—and I have yet to meet a client who has ever lost a piece of art to a rambunctious toddler.”

—Josh Hildreth, Josh Hildreth Interiors

Design Services: Interiors and Architecture | PHOTO: Josh Hildreth Interiors

“I rely on hard-working performance fabrics. Not only do they look beautiful, but they clean up with water against red wine, ink and anything else. It’s like insurance for your furniture.”

—Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH


PHOTO: Robert Radifera Photography

“Convertibility is key in rec rooms. Opt for cocktail ottomans that double as tables or seating; I like tables that can expand to seat more for meals and be made smaller for games or puzzles. Consider flow, as rec rooms need circulation for activities. Also, closed storage will make a rec room feel cohesive rather than like a mixed-use environment.”

—Annie Kersey, Purple Cherry Architects


PHOTO: David Burroughs

“The best trick for family-friendly spaces is durable fabric. We use outdoor fabrics and put faux leather on chair seats with a sophisticated pattern or texture on the outside where there’s less wear-and-tear. In all family-oriented spaces, we focus the impact on unreachable spots like walls and ceilings where wall treatments, art and lighting can take center stage.”

 —Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio

Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors

Joyce Pearl, Interior Concepts, Inc.


PHOTO: Geoffrey Hodgdon Photography

Sarita Simpson and Jason Claire, Interior Matter

Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors


PHOTO: Stylish Productions

Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors


PHOTO: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography


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