Designer Benjamin Dhong balanced the "masculine strength" of the custom bed in a San Francisco row house with a vintage Curtis Jere brass porthole mirror and gold Murano glass lamps by Steve Jensen from William Switzer: "I like the geometry of clean, straight lines and hard angles, but it can be oppressive. Circular elements are compelling and very human. - HouseBeautiful.com
Intimate spaces make for a warmer, happier home, according to Dhong. The key to getting one right? Make sure that every chair or sofa has an accompanying side table. "When you walk into a room and you see a little table or a stool pulled up to a chair, you immediately imagine curling up with a cup of coffee or a drink," he says.