Open floor plans are the perfect setting for a great big Southern party.

"The chocolate-colored floors directed the home's warmer palette," says Harper. Bronze windows and doors that "look more expensive and command attention" line both sides of the living room. To keep the browns from falling flat, Harper splashed out with a fern-print sofa fabric. "It's not for the timid, but it carries the room," she says. The "big but relaxed" printed sofa sets the living area apart in the house's open floor plan. A traditional English roll arm frame by CR Laine checks the sofa's wildness. A bodacious green ottoman that's for "sitting or plopping feet," says Harper, balances the room's composition and grounds the corals. A sweep of vintage rattan and brass accessories completes the room's look.
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

We Southerners love to entertain our family and friends, and an open floor plan is the perfect setting to do just that! Join Lindsey Coral Harper, the designer of the 2017 Southern Living Idea House, as she leads the 360˚ tour through the family room, dining space, and kitchen. To take this tour, simply click and drag the video to see your surroundings. If you'd like to jump to another room, click on the footprints.

The family room is complete with a wild printed sofa that really helps to anchor the vast space of the room. Brand new custom made furniture and more classic vintage pieces complete the cozy and welcoming atmosphere of the family room. The open floor plan of the dining space is the ideal location for fun dinner parties! Over scaled chairs, a traditional dark brown center table, and striped seat cushions create a fresh and fun room that's great for entertaining party guests.

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Similarly, the large island in the Idea House kitchen is a great space for preparing meals for large groups of people. The countertop color matches with the color of the cabinetry; this gives the space a unified look. The open floor plan allows for each of these remarkable rooms to seamlessly lead into each other!