How can a home be cozy for a family of three but big enough to entertain 30 at the holidays? With an open floor plan that allows people to see what’s going on from multiple spaces.

How can a home be cozy for a family of three but big enough to entertain 30 at the holidays?


With an open floor plan that allows people to see what’s going on from multiple spaces: the kitchen, the chairs by the fireplace, the living room and the bar.


A light hardwood floor unifies all the pieces. And because each space has a function or grouping, the area does not feel too big or too small.


“It just works! Guests can be around me but not standing around,” said the owner, who lives there with her husband and youngest daughter, a teenager.


The five-minute tour


City: Rockford, Ill.


Built in: 1990, and lived in by current family ever since


Square feet: 3,700 (originally was 2,600 until adding on started 15 years ago)


Style: Two-story open floor plan


Quote: “You don’t have to be so matchy-matchy. It’s what makes a home a home.” — Lori Bonelli, designer who worked with the homeowner on paint, tile and lighting


Tips you can use from this home


1. Buy upholstered pieces in neutral colors so you are not married to something you won’t like for 20 years; you can always change the accessories.


2. Take a necklace from the jewelry box and put it on display.


3. Try green for a fresh accent color.


4. Freshen up a room with floral arrangements, even in your own vases.


5. Park your blender and coffee maker in an appliance garage: Yep, it works like it sounds. Also, if a room lacks windows, put lights behind cabinet glass to give the illusion of illumination.


Bonus tip: Move furniture around to redesign without much work.


Rockford Woman, Rockford Register Star