What makes a great room? For some, it’s splashes of bold color and striking pattern. For others, it’s a timeless aesthetic that exudes elegance for years to come. But for most, it’s a feeling of comfort and familiarity. We’ve published a diverse array of rooms over the years and we thought it was about time to take a look back. It wasn’t easy to curate the best ones so we enlisted a panel of industry insiders to help us debate the merits and narrow things down. Here’s a taste of our favorite spaces from our latest special issue,
100 Best Rooms: pick your copy up on newsstands August 19 to see all 100.
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Take a sneak peek with H&H‘s editor-in-chief, Emma Reddington, to see how the 100 Best Rooms were chosen.
Dinner party invites are hot commodities when it means sitting on fashionable Gubi Beetle chairs and gazing at a painting by Hunt Slonem. The stain-resistant chairs and Bolon area rug make red wine spills a nonevent.
Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
Source: House & Home December 2018
Designer: Anne Hepfer
This little girl’s bedroom has a subtle surfside feel, thanks to textures such as the handwoven macramé drum light and rattan rocking chair, and a sparing use of floral wallpaper on one wall.
Photographer: Kim Jeffery
Source: House & Home March 2019
Designer: Sam Sacks
Book-matched Calacatta marble slabs create a dramatic backdrop for the principal bedroom’s sculptural tub. The window is set low enough to see the view while enjoying a relaxing soak, and a decorative bench adds to the indoor-outdoor feeling.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford
Source: House & Home August 2018
Designer: Allison Willson
This guest bedroom needed drama, so Snob founder Denise Zidel papered the walls in black grasscloth from Schumacher. Ugandan baskets create an eye-catching 3D display.
Photographer: Stacey Brandford
Source: House & Home February 2019
Designer: Denise Zidel and Stephanie Lees
Designer Ines Mazzottaa chose sculptural lighting for every room of the house, and in the principal bedroom, a jet-black pendant updates the traditional elements and artwork.
Photographer: Robin Stubbert
Source: House & Home June 2017
Designer: Ines Mazzotta, Kelly Hopter Interiors
“The hood fan is the focal point of kitchens these days,” says designer Nam Dang-Mitchell of this
sophisticated family home. “We decided to hide all the seams with polished nickel and a riveted detail,” balancing classic craftsmanship and clean-lined design. A mix of dark-stained walnut and white cabinetry is crisp and tailored.
Photographer: Colin Way
Source: House & Home May 2017
Designer: Nam Dang-Mitchell
The living room is fine-tuned for entertaining. Apart from the custom tuxedo sofa, the furnishings can be moved around for intimate conversation areas or an open plan. The rich blue and green palette was influenced by the scheme in designer Colette van den Thillart’s childhood home. The prevailing style, she says, is “international” — an assortment of pieces from travels to Turkey, Morocco and France that she mixes with confidence.
Photographer: Chris Tubbs
Source: House & Home October 2014
Designer: Colette van den Thillart
Tall arched windows and handsome panelling create a grand backdrop in the living room. Pillows in assorted prints lend the formal architecture a lighthearted attitude.
Photographer: Alex Lukey
Source: House & Home January 2016
Designer: Samantha Farjo
To see more of our favorite spaces, pick up our latest special issue, 100 Best Rooms, on newsstands August 19, or order it online
Author: Victoria Christie