• Great Room: Bayfront Cape Cod in Ocean City, Md.

    The great room hosts a smaller second kitchen with bar flanked by a separate sitting area. Although full of luxurious amenities, the spectacular back deck remains the focal point of the room,…   See the Image

  • Entryway: Eddie Murphy's Former Compound in Granite Bay, Calif.

    Twin curved stairways lead from the great room, which also features floor-to-ceiling windows and a rotunda ceiling.   See the Image

  • Mezzanine: Private Mansion in Paris, France

    The narrow mezzanine looks onto the two-story great room and makes an ideal spot for a library thanks to built-in bookshelves and natural light from a wall of stained glass windows.   See the Image

  • Great Room: Private Mansion in Paris, France

    The majestic double-height great room features a wall of stained glass, parquet floors and stately fireplace. A spiral staircase leads to the third-floor mezzanine, a bedroom with en-suite bath and a…   See the Image

  • Great Hall: Tulira Castle in Ardrahan, Ireland

    The castle centers around the monumental great hall. Architectural details include a 40-foot-high timber ceiling, marble columns, carved stone capitals and a stained glass window. The…   See the Image

  • Great Room: Lakefront Contemporary in Zephyr Cove, Nev.

    Cherry floors look seamless in the open-concept great room, which blends living and dining areas. The custom fireplace with Soapstone slab surround echoes the kitchen countertops.   See the Image

  • Vaulted Ceiling: Lakefront Contemporary in Zephyr Cove, Nev.

    In the great room, large picture windows frame the spectacular vistas, and the soaring vaulted ceiling showcases open trusses and expansive retractable skylights.   See the Image

  • Breakfast Bar: Serenity Room in Wilton, Conn.

    The large, well-lit kitchen opens to the great room with stone fireplace. An oversize island with breakfast bar makes a great space for casual dining.   See the Image

  • Fitz: Washington, D.C., Homes for the Characters of 'Scandal'

    Fitz already has a pretty nice home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but he needs a place to retreat to when he's in one of his I'm-quitting-the-presidency moods. This contemporary home in Great Falls,…   See the Image

  • Fiji Private Island Estate Great Room

    The Lawedua estate's A-frame main house features a spacious kitchen with a large great room that extends out to a covered west-facing veranda.   See the Image