Editors’ 50 Favorite Rooms

See our top spaces and find out the decorating details we love.

Editor's Favorite Rooms: Dramatic Hideaway

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Coastal Bedroom Hideaway

“I adore swags of fabric in similar prints—especially crisp navy and white. It’s not too matchy and has the ultimate statement-making power.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

Editors' Favorite Rooms: Preppy Dining Room

Photographer Tria Giovan

Preppy Dining Room

“A beach house wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential pretty color combo: green and pink. The touches of bamboo and coral add to the cheery coastal vibe.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

“There’s something so innocent and effortless, yet sexy, about an open-air room with high-beam ceilings and breezy mosquito nets. Makes me want to sleep all day.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

Photographer Tom McWilliam

Breezy Bedroom

“There’s something so innocent and effortless, yet sexy, about an open-air room with high-beam ceilings and breezy mosquito nets. Makes me want to sleep all day.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

“The best way to achieve the cool factor is to not achieve it at all. I love how the books, art, and knickknacks are casually scattered throughout. It’s so intriguing—if this room were a person, I’d want to have dinner with her.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

Photographer Sophie Munro

Haphazard Storage

“The best way to achieve the cool factor is to not achieve it at all. I love how the books, art, and knickknacks are casually scattered throughout. It’s so intriguing—if this room were a person, I’d want to have dinner with her.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

“I’m in love with this fabric. It gives the look of a bamboo-caning bed frame, yet comes from from upholstery. The garden stools and pops of yellow add to the cheeriness.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Bamboo-Inspired Bedroom

“I’m in love with this fabric. It gives the look of a bamboo-caning bed frame, yet comes from from upholstery. The garden stools and pops of yellow add to the cheeriness.” —Bradley Nesbitt, assistant market editor

“I’m drawn to outdoor living areas. In fact, I’ve spent more time on my outdoor sofa than the one in my living room. With two young children, I’m keen on tough, stain-resistant fabrics, too.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

Photographer Troy Campbell

Al Fresco Living Room

“I’m drawn to outdoor living areas. In fact, I’ve spent more time on my outdoor sofa than the one in my living room. With two young children, I’m keen on tough, stain-resistant fabrics, too.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

 

“What a dream kitchen—everything at your fingertips for creating a delicious dinner party. I like the horseshoe design—both the cook and guests get a great view.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Outdoor Coastal Kitchen

“What a dream kitchen—everything at your fingertips for creating a delicious dinner party. I like the horseshoe design—both the cook and guests get a great view.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

 

 

“Ah, the power of paint. Crisp white floors and screened walls bounce light all around. The striped awning and kelly-green ceiling add color without overpowering the view.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Crisp, Clean Porch

“Ah, the power of paint. Crisp white floors and screened walls bounce light all around. The striped awning and kelly-green ceiling add color without overpowering the view.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

“I love to cook so I stay in my kitchen practically all day. If this happy place were mine, I'd be tempted to sleep there, too. I love retro but need modern colors and technology. The sky blue stove and refrigerator put the "fun" in functional.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

Photographer Richard Leo Johnson

Retro Kitchen

“I love to cook so I stay in my kitchen practically all day. If this happy place were mine, I'd be tempted to sleep there, too. I love retro but need modern colors and technology. The sky blue stove and refrigerator put the 'fun' in functional.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

 

 

“Clearly I'm a huge fan of the cozy retro look that's modernized where it counts. There's loads of texture that make it interesting from the smooth painted floors to the notched bead board walls and plank ceiling.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

Photographer Deborah Whitalw Llewellyn

Pastel Kitchen

“Clearly I'm a huge fan of the cozy retro look that's modernized where it counts. There's loads of texture that make it interesting from the smooth painted floors to the notched bead board walls and plank ceiling.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

 

“The iridescent tile backsplash and soft blue cabinets set a relaxing tone for this South Carolina beach house. I love that the island can hide a mess when entertaining!” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Blue Southern Kitchen

“The iridescent tile backsplash and soft blue cabinets set a relaxing tone for this South Carolina beach house. I love that the island can hide a mess when entertaining!” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

“It’s the details that make this living room—the nailhead trim on the sofa, the subtle stripe in the sand-colored rug, and the coffee table’s driftwood base. Basic, but far from boring.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Meaningful Details

“It’s the details that make this living room—the nailhead trim on the sofa, the subtle stripe in the sand-colored rug, and the coffee table’s driftwood base. Basic, but far from boring.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

“On the coast, outdoor rooms are just as important as interior spaces. This porch, with its simple furniture and breathtaking view, would be my dining room.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Outdoor Dining Room

“On the coast, outdoor rooms are just as important as interior spaces. This porch, with its simple furniture and breathtaking view, would be my dining room.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

“I love that these homeowners embraced the 1970s architecture and kept the built-in sofas. (They provide ease in furniture arranging—none!). You can’t go wrong with the classic nautical color scheme.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

Photographer Tria Giovan

Vintage Appeal

“I love that these homeowners embraced the 1970s architecture and kept the built-in sofas. (They provide ease in furniture arranging—none!). You can’t go wrong with the classic nautical color scheme.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

“These built-in twin beds make the best use of a tiny bedroom. A light palette and minimal pattern keeps the small space feeling airy.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

Photographer Roger Davies

Space-Saving Bedroom

“These built-in twin beds make the best use of a tiny bedroom. A light palette and minimal pattern keeps the small space feeling airy.” —Amy Mitchell, managing editor

“I love the tone of this kitchen: slightly sophisticated and modern. My favorite element? That fabulous tile that covers a whole wall! The brass pendant lamps and open shelving tie for second place.” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

Photographer Tria Giovan

Modern Kitchen

“I love the tone of this kitchen: slightly sophisticated and modern. My favorite element? That fabulous tile that covers a whole wall! The brass pendant lamps and open shelving tie for second place.” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

“In an otherwise neutral space, this Chesterfield sofa—covered in a great striped linen—draws me in. What a fun and decidedly not everyday use of the space! In my (far-off) future beach house, I’m definitely throwing a cool sofa at the end of my bed.” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Sofa Statement

“In an otherwise neutral space, this Chesterfield sofa—covered in a great striped linen—draws me in. What a fun and decidedly not everyday use of the space! In my (far-off) future beach house, I’m definitely throwing a cool sofa at the end of my bed.” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

“The best bedrooms invite you to chill out—sandy feet and all—but there’s no rule that says they can’t be buttoned-up. Crisp whites, dreamy blues, and a sweet woven texture make this a classic yet casual bedroom.” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

Photographer David Tsay

Classic, Causal Bedroom

“The best bedrooms invite you to chill out—sandy feet and all—but there’s no rule that says they can’t be buttoned-up. Crisp whites, dreamy blues, and a sweet woven texture make this a classic yet casual bedroom.” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

“From the ocean view to the classic Eames chair set on new bases, everything about this room screams favorite. Not only is this a great use of the space, but there are so many decorating ideas: I want that chandelier!” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Elegant Dining Arrangement

“From the ocean view to the classic Eames chair set on new bases, everything about this room screams favorite. Not only is this a great use of the space, but there are so many decorating ideas: I want that chandelier!” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

“My mom’s going to die, but I actually like a little bit of clutter and disorganization. This room has that perfect mix of undone-ness. I love the idea of pulling up a sofa to the table, and the hit of yellow on the chairs just makes the blue that much more appealing!” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

Photographer Peter Murdock

Colorful Chaos

“My mom’s going to die, but I actually like a little bit of clutter and disorganization. This room has that perfect mix of undone-ness. I love the idea of pulling up a sofa to the table, and the hit of yellow on the chairs just makes the blue that much more appealing!” —Kristen Fielder, assistant photo editor

“Every piece in this room has a story to tell. From the open shell book to the surfboard overhead, you know these people are adventurous, and they like to have fun.” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

Photographer Paul Costello

Adventurous Living Area

“Every piece in this room has a story to tell. From the open shell book to the surfboard overhead, you know these people are adventurous, and they like to have fun.” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

“This eco-friendly surf shack is incredible! It’s so organized and flawless, yet it feels comfortable. Also, the dog seems really happy in the space which is the sign of great design.” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

Photographer Michael Hanson

Chill Hangout

“This eco-friendly surf shack is incredible! It’s so organized and flawless, yet it feels comfortable. Also, the dog seems really happy in the space which is the sign of great design.” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

“This view of St. Croix makes me want to hop a plane like yesterday, sit in that adorable chair, and watch the world go by with a cup of green tea.” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

Photographer Annie Schlechter

Sea View

“This view of St. Croix makes me want to hop a plane like yesterday, sit in that adorable chair, and watch the world go by with a cup of green tea.” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

“This amazing concrete structure suddenly becomes warm and inviting thanks to the brilliant blue lap pool. It makes you want to exercise!” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Outdoor Haven

“This amazing concrete structure suddenly becomes warm and inviting thanks to the brilliant blue lap pool. It makes you want to exercise!” —Jacquelyne Froeber, travel editor

“The design of the bath is multipurpose: You can relax in the tub, open the window and enjoy the outdoors, or yell to your significant other to get you whatever you need. Genius!” —Jacquelyne Froeber, Travel Editor

Photographer Roger Davies

Open Air Bathroom

“The design of the bath is multipurpose: You can relax in the tub, open the window and enjoy the outdoors, or yell to your significant other to get you whatever you need. Genius!” —Jacquelyne Froeber, Travel Editor

 

Caribbean Blue & White Bedroom

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Classic Caribbean Bedroom

“Dressed in crisp white linens and Caribbean blues, this island retreat makes me dream of a permanent vacation.” —Sara Peterson, Editor

Modern Casual Coastal Living Area

Photographer David Tsay

Casual Coastal Living Room

“Subtle greens and blues add to the total chill-out factor. Love the corner seating surrounded by the view—it’s so intimate and relaxing!” —Sara Peterson, Editor

Modern Dining Room with Ocean Views

Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Ocean Haven

“Wide open to the tropical breeze and endless vista, the only thing this room is missing is me!” —Sara Peterson, Editor

Casual Open Beach Kitchen

Photographer Roger Davies

Open Beach Kitchen

“It’s a beautiful marriage of form and function, especially for entertaining. Everything goes with white—anything you put on the open shelving instantly becomes art.” —Sara Peterson, Editor

Master bedroom with natural materials

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Beach Chic Bedroom

“Natural textures and pops of tropical green create my perfect haven after a long day at the office; just add my favorite novel!” —Sara Peterson, Editor

Modern Beach Dining Room

Photographer David Tsay

Dining Room Statement

“I think decorating your home is a lot like accessorizing an outfit—you need something that stands out. In this room it’s the statement-making light fixture that sets a cool, casual vibe. The bench, wicker chairs, and rug-free plank floors keep things breezy and allow the view to command the attention.” —Alison Miller, Associate Editor

Whitewashed Beach Living Room

Photographer Roger Davies

Surfer Pad

“In my next life, I want to be a Gidget-type, who marries Moondoogie and lives in a laid-back bungalow like this one. From the oversize artwork and bamboo blinds to the whitewashed everything, this open living room is quintessentially shack-chic. I can imagine an intimate party here at sunset with margaritas and the music turned up high.” —Alison Miller, Associate Editor

Sleeping Porch with Daybed

Photographer Tria Giovan

Ideal Porch

“I’m a sucker for a daybed, be it to accommodate a catnap or as a spot to curl up and read a book. This nook, on the sleeping porch with a shiplap wall, is super-inviting because of its oversize monogrammed pillows, as well as the calming sandy, white, and sea-green tones.” —Alison Miller, Associate Editor

Coastal Formal Master Bedroom

Photographer Tria Giovan

Pattern Pretty

“This room is proof that coastal and formal styles aren’t mutually exclusive. A vintage rattan headboard grounds the deep ocean-blue silk canopy, and the vibrant print fabric reminds me of a favorite tunic. I’d love to have this master bedroom, with its nod to the coast, in my landlocked home.” —Alison Miller, Associate Editor

Dining Room with Green Accents

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Outdoor Accents

“I love the cheerful leaf-green-and-white palette of this cottage dining room, not to mention the ocean view. The room feels crisp and sophisticated, but the sea-grass rug, butted-board walls, and pops of coral give it a lot of warmth and keep it totally coastal.” —Alison Miller, Associate Editor

Modern Bedroom with Grasscloth Walls

Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Sunny Bedroom

“There is so much to love here that I don’t even know where to begin. The antler wall sconces (once brown, then painted white), the textured grasscloth walls by Ralph Lauren that instantly make me breathe easy, and the fireplace bed turned into a sparkling museum of sea glass are perfection. It’s definitely a high contender on my dream bedroom list.” —Sarah Latta, Assistant Features Editor

Pink wallpapered half-bath

Photographer Laura Moss

Feminine Half Bath

“The Cole & Son Alpana wallpaper is to die for—and the fact that it’s paired with an ornate 1940s French Art Deco mirror and a modular Ann Sacks sink makes it even more fabulous.” —Sarah Latta, Assistant Features Editor

Modern Kitchen With Hanging Basket Lights

Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Modern Island Kitchen

“I famously don’t like to cook, but the relaxed, airy feel of this kitchen might just inspire me. The cowry-shell fruit bowl, woven baskets, and hanging lamps give the space a cool, ethnic feel.” —Sarah Latta, Assistant Features Editor

Idea House Reading Nook

Photographer Tria Giovan

Fine Design

“This is the definition of smart design. The decorator took an extra closet and turned it into a chic reading nook with a built-in twin bed, wall sconces, and inspiring eggplant-colored fabric. How do I take a time-out here?” —Sarah Latta, Assistant Features Editor

Coastal Bedroom with Pet Photo

Photographer David Tsay

Pet-Friendly Bedroom

“The photo of the family’s dog makes me laugh. How could you ever go to bed angry with a surfing pup hanging above your head?” —Sarah Latta, Assistant Features Editor

Neutral Living Room with Ocean Views

Photographer Roger Davies

Awe-Inspiring Living Room

“This room has it all: charming architecture, casual-yet-sophisticated furnishings, and French doors that open right up to the sky and sea. With those plush chairs and that jaw-dropping view, I can’t imagine a more tranquil place to relax and catch up with friends.” —Steele Marcoux, Design Editor

Caribbean Outdoor Living Room

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Fresh Air Retreat

“Sometimes, the best rooms are outside—especially at the beach, where outdoor living rooms have all the comforts of indoor spaces plus coastal sights, sounds, and smells that reinforce that sense of escape.” —Steele Marcoux, Design Editor

Coastal Living Room With Built-In Banquette

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Nautical Style

“This room defines my personal beach style: slick modern finishes meet classic nautical stripes in an almost-all-white palette that truly lets the ocean take center stage.” —Steele Marcoux, Design Editor

Colorful Coastal Living Room in Green and Pink

Photographer Tria Giovan

Whimisical Family Room

“Every beach house needs a dose of Sister Parish’s classic combination of color, pattern, and whimsy.” —Steele Marcoux, Design Editor

Black & White Modern Master Bedroom

Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Black and White Master Suite

“You can never go wrong with black and white plus a little woven texture—especially in an island bedroom (or at home where you dream of escaping to the islands!).” —Steele Marcoux, Design Editor

Neutral Master Bathroom with Natural Materials

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Lllewellyn

All-Natural Bath

“The use of different textures makes this monochromatic bath more interesting. I love the moat of river rocks around the tub. It’s a stylish but natural touch.” —Kelly Tomas, Web/Production Associate

White Dining Room Bamboo Furniture

Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Pop Art

“There’s something about a simple, streamlined look that really appeals to me. You can hardly get a cleaner look than white floors, walls, and furniture. A single painted wall, seat cushions, and artwork add a little warmth so the room doesn’t feel cold.” —Kelly Tomas, Web/Production Associate

Pink Porch with Built-In Banquette

Photographer Roger Davies

Pink Retreat

“This enclosed porch provides picture-perfect views of the water and a comfortable banquette from which to soak it all in. What more could you ask for?” —Kelly Tomas, Web/Production Associate

Turquoise and Green Living Room

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Comfortable Seating Arrangement

“I love the European elegance of this living room. It pulls together a rich palette of emerald green, turquoise, and marine blue and pairs them with different patterns. The result is simply beautiful.” —Kelly Tomas, Web/Production Associate

Beachy Master Bedroom with Bamboo Chandelier

Photographer Grey Crawford

Tied Together

“This is my ideal bedroom. It starts with a great neutral base and uses bold and beautiful accessories to introduce pops of color. I also love how the rug ties the whole look together.” —Kelly Tomas, Web/Production Associate

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