In a world of vast open concept floor plans, this living room goes completely against trend and evokes a time when graceful rooms were specifically designed for intimate entertaining.

Celebrating the home’s original turn-of-the-century design, the owners wanted to maintain the living room’s formal appeal while incorporating their own modern style. As busy young parents, they looked forward to creating a space where they could host cocktail parties and stylish gatherings.

The designer started by creating a furniture plan that welcomes lively conversation. The selected pieces present a modern take on traditional lines and curves.

Located just off the front foyer, this vibrant colorful space sets the tone for the entire home. With bright colors, the vibe is youthful, fresh and classic.

Brushed gold metals, featured in the lighting, add warmth, while a stone top coffee table and acrylic side table offer an unexpected mix of materials.

The crystal chandelier is centered on the seating group and provides a sense of glamour. The large-scale Ikat rug anchors the room while delicate prints dot the surrounding space. The soft metallic cabinet adds height to the back of the room and features dramatic agate hardware.

To solidify this scheme, the designer commissioned artist, Jo Lum, to create a custom pastel, featuring the room’s sunny color palette, and showcased over the fireplace.

Thrilled with the design, the homeowners now affectionately refer to their new living room as, “our happy place,” a title this cheerful space has more than earned.

Alise O’Brien Photography

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