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Tobi’s Top 10 Entertaining Spaces

Here are a few of my favorite entertaining spaces that I’ve designed for my clients (and even one just for my family)

By Tobi Fairley
  • My clients and I have one thing in common—we love to entertain! Whether it’s a big family dinner, or a few friends over for wine, or even a cookout with the neighbors, entertaining at home is something we really enjoy!

    This big open family room was recently featured in Traditional Home, and I designed it for a large family with kids. It’s the perfect space for them to gather because it has a lot of seating, with plenty of surfaces for drinks and plates. Plus great views of the TV in the built-ins on the left from just about any seat when it’s fall football time. 

  • Turquoise Great Room

    Designed for another large family with children, this open-plan room lets the family gather for dinner, TV, board games, or any other fun occasion! And since the kitchen is designed to be a part of the overall space, no one gets left out as they prepare a meal or snacks.

  • Bold Space

    This sophisticated penthouse living room was designed for conversation, and I selected that stunning Aerin cocktail table because it has a unique inset center that works perfectly for drinks and mixers! It gives a whole new meaning to “cocktail” table. 

  • Game On

    I always create zones in the larger rooms I design to get the most function out of every space, like in this large media room I created for one of my favorite clients! One area is dedicated to a game table that’s perfect for cards or board games with friends. And on the other end of the room, a pair of comfy sofas for movie night. 

  • Sunny Bar Area

    Another zone in this same media room includes a refreshment center, with snacks and its own drinks refrigerator. That keeps your guests from having to travel up and down stairs whenever they need a bite or a beverage.

  • Cheerful Dining Room

    A party of six is supposed to be the perfect size for a dinner party, so this dining room is ideal. Plus, dinner parties are much more fun when the details include comfortable chairs, a perfectly shaped oval dining table for conversation, and a bright color to kick the mood into high gear! I’m still crazy about that lavender ceiling I added in for fun. At night it gives the room a lovely glow when light bounces off the crystal chandelier. 

  • Outdoor Entertainment 

    When weather permits, the great outdoors are the perfect place for a party, and my clients love this outdoor kitchen I designed for them. With all the chic details, it’s a fabulous location for a wine dinner in the Spring, alfresco BBQs in the summer, or fall football gatherings around the TV over the kitchen bar and the adjoining sitting space with a fireplace and larger TV to the left. 

  • Peppy Pool Deck

    At my own home, my new patio and pool area is a great place for my daughter to entertain her friends, or for us to just spend some quality fun-time together with our family and our pups!

  • Neutral Kitchen

    When friends or family come over, where’s the one place in your home that they all seem to gather? That’s right—the kitchen! So I created a kitchen for this client that has enough seating to let them congregate comfortably. And if the meal is going to be served buffet-style, there’s plenty of room for everyone to move around the island.

  • Teenage Den

    If you have teenagers (and I am very close to having one myself!), it’s great to give them their own space for entertaining their friends. I designed this loft-like area for a client with several teens in her family, and they love having a place to call their own.