Let these formal rooms inspire you to create entertaining spaces that encourage conversation, music and games

I recently worked on a story about a home with throwback grandeur — and a drawing room. After talking with the designer, I realized that in my thousands of interviews with design pros over the years, it was the first time the term drawing room had been mentioned. The drawing room is a concept mostly from a bygone era, found in grand homes designed for entertaining (think of the after-dinner socializing on Downton Abbey). But there are many elements in these well-thought-out spaces that we can apply to our homes today.