Alex Cooper, founder of Spotify's #1 female-focused podcast Call Her Daddy has worked hard for her success.
One of Forbes 30 Under 30 top creators in 2022, she established her own media company, Unwell Network in 2023. Alex has already signed top social media stars like Alix Earle and Madeline Argy. Every day, she interviews household names on her dating and relationships podcast. Notable guests include Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler, John Mayer, and Anna Delvey.
It makes sense that for someone as industrious as Alexandra Cooper, home should be a relaxing oasis.
Architectural Digest profiled the Los Angeles home she shares with fiancé Matt Kaplan, and, as predicted, it serves as an ultra-serene escape from the city. The design is minimal, warm, and primed for relaxation.
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Designers are especially intrigued by Alex's unique dining room idea that turns her eating space into a second living room. Cooper told AD, 'When you walk into our home, you will not feel out of place in sweats.'
This casual vibe is evident in the open-concept kitchen/dining room space. An extra large kitchen island forms the focal point of the white and exposed wood kitchen.
In the corner, Cooper and Snyder have built an extra cozy dining room space complete with three comfy armchairs and a large sectional arranged around an oblong wooden table. This mid-century modern decor idea creates the perfect space for socializing.
Interior designers love how the cozy sectional creates a space for spending time with loved ones. 'Just like a living room has all the comforts and harmonies of design, if a
dining room has the same, it can pretty much become the hub of all the best
town gossip, sarcastic conversations, and heart-to-heart talks,' says Simran Kaur, interior design expert at Room You Love.
Simran Kaur is a furniture expert from Room You Love, where she helps clients design both functional and beautiful rooms. Her expertise is frequently featured in design publications both nationally and internationally.
She continues, 'After all, what's more fun than having delicious food and interesting conversations? This can only happen when the dining room is comfortable.'
'Giving the dining room a living room-esque feel is a bold and daring move that can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for your guests,' adds Jacky Chou, design expert at Archute. 'Adding some soft and plush elements, such as rugs, pillows, throws, and curtains, to contrast with the hard and formal furniture in a dining room can make your meals more relaxed and enjoyable, as well as encourage conversation and connection,' he continues.
The experts also love the sectional that Alex Cooper decided to use as dining table seating. 'Using a sectional as seating at the table in a large dining room can benefit the room in several ways,' says Jacky Chou.
'First of all, it can save you some space and money, as you don't need to buy as many chairs or stools. Second, it can create a more casual and comfortable vibe, as you can lounge and recline on the sectional while eating. Third, it can accommodate more people, as you can squeeze in more guests on the sectional than on individual seats. A sectional can also add some visual interest and contrast to the room, especially if you choose one that has a different color or style from the table,' he states.
Jacky Chou is the principal and director at Laurel & Wolf online interior design agency. Jacky is also the principal and director at Archute, an editorial magazine about architecture, homes and gardens. They have been referenced by The New York Times, Bustle, House & Home, Bloomberg, and Angi.
For more advice on how to create an unconventional dining room, our list of modern dining room ideas is the perfect place to start.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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