Entertaining Spaces

Need design inspo for your holiday gatherings and beyond? Local interior designers share their favorite entertaining spaces and tips to make these welcoming looks your own.


Photos courtesy of Suzan J Designs - Decorating Den Interiors

Suzan J Designs - Decorating Den Interiors
According to Suzan Wemlinger, principal at Suzan J Designs - Decorating Den Interiors, the most important aspect to hosting is seating, illustrated by the two long sofas, two swivel chairs (not pictured) and custom stools hidden under the coffee table in the living room shown left, as well as the dining table above that can expand to comfortably seat eight. To add some easy flair to your decor, Wemlinger suggests clear vases filled with ornaments and ribbons. “For a cohesive look, choose ornaments that fit the existing color scheme of your home (blush pink is used here to play off of the velvet dining chairs),” Wemlinger explains of decorative touches like the ones shown here. “[Coordinating] linen napkins can be wrapped in a sparkly napkin ring adorned with a little sprig of anything with a white flower or berry. Add some pine branches and the table is perfectly festive!”

Photos courtesy of Fringe Interior Design and Home Furnishings

Fringe Interior Design and Home Furnishings
“Both of these holiday spaces make use of monochromatic color schemes and a lot of texture,” says Jessica Bertoni, interior designer at Fringe Interior Design and Home Furnishings. “Holiday decor doesn’t have to be loud — in fact, less is usually more. Using a variety of materials, from natural woods to sparkling sequins, in a peaceful palette can create a sophisticated feel. During the holidays, comfort and generosity bring joy. Always have hostess gifts on hand for spur of the moment parties, including cozy throw blankets and festive candles. If you want to gift yourself something useful, how about a bar cabinet? It will keep you organized and prepared for hosting, but also provide peace of mind so the guests aren’t swarming about the kitchen!”

Photos courtesy of Past Basket

Past Basket
“Make a statement even before dinner is served,” says Jessica McFadden, marketing manager for Past Basket. “A versatile platter and carving set are must-haves for your holiday entertaining, and the platter can be displayed year-round in a glass cabinet or open shelving to maximize its decorative potential.” The Past Basket team also suggests inviting Mother Nature to assist in your seasonal decor. The store’s owner, Linda McFadden, loves incorporating ferns, flowers, gourds, holiday greens, herbs and real or faux bittersweet. “Having a variety of vessels on hand makes for an appealing display,” Jessica adds. “You can mix proportions, color and texture.”

Photo courtesy of Warren Barnett Interiors

Warren Barnett Interiors
“Layers of cream, black, charcoal and gray provide a really warm [and] inviting contrast to the large amount of wood in this den,” says Emily Ebben, director of design and marketing for Warren Barnett Interiors, of this space created by Warren Barnett’s Jenny Merline. “The space is warm and masculine, yet sleek and modern, with a play on textures in a monochromatic setting. This room’s versatility makes the perfect escape to snuggle up by yourself, as well as a more intimate space for small gatherings!"