As winter arrives and local residents prepare for the long and frigid season, three Central Ohio homeowners talk about beloved spaces within the privacy of their homes.

As winter arrives and local residents prepare for the long and frigid season, three Central Ohio homeowners talk about beloved spaces within the privacy of their homes.

Sharing Spaces

Rita Fuller-Yates, an interior designer and lifestyle expert who teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design, says she designed the Downtown space where she and her husband live so that she could "bring social home."

Fuller-Yates and her husband sold their suburban home earlier this year and chose a place in the middle of the city at the new Highpoint on Columbus Commons. Bringing social home is important to Fuller-Yates, whose business is called Ydecorate. After witnessing the effect that social media has had on society, she is concerned that so many people are connected through screens but do not connect as deeply offline.

"We want to encourage looking in eyes, shaking hands, and building community and fostering care for others," she explains. If created spaces are welcoming and comfortable, people will want to spend time together in their homes, she adds.

For the upcoming holidays, her new space will offer fresh opportunities. This year, Fuller-Yates is embracing her new home as she is "enjoying the flow of space," she says. She has decorated her city center space with glitter and rustic elements, two design extremes she enjoys working with throughout her kitchen, dining, living and family rooms-all spaces where family and friends congregate during the holiday season.

In the past, she has experimented with other trends. For example, in some years, her decor has remained classic with silver, gold and glitter accents. A more traditional look and feel would include green and red, with gold as an accent.

Certainly, Fuller-Yates also embraces social media. Ydecorate has its own YouTube channel offering advice and instruction on hosting social gatherings. The interior designer also leads workshops about how to "build confidence in home entertainment," she says. As the holiday season approaches, check out ydecorate.com for tips.–Taylor Swope

Diving Deep

When John and Lynne Wichtner received an inheritance several years ago, they immediately considered how they would use that money to improve their Lancaster home, where they have lived for nearly 15 years. The couple quickly reached the decision to create an indoor lap pool, which they knew would be a big hit with family and friends who love to swim, especially their grandchildren. They agreed that an indoor pool was the right choice because it could be used year-round.

The finished swimming pool has created a well-appreciated social space. Measuring a little less than five feet deep, it certainly impressed family and friends. "They were amazed at what we had done," says Lynne. One of her favorite, recent memories is one winter night when she turned off the ceiling lights in the pool room, leaving on only the underwater lights, and went for a swim during an evening snowstorm.

The Wichtners enlisted NJW Construction for the project upon a recommendation from a neighbor. (The company has also built a detached garage for the couple.) Lynne says there was great collaboration between the construction company and the swimming pool vendor, Endless Pools. Both companies worked directly with the couple to determine the best use of space and budget.–Taylor Swope

Pump up the Volume

We're not saying Sam Shamansky has the nicest stereo in town. We didn't take a poll. But being one of the most respected and successful defense lawyers has afforded him some nice things, and his sound system is one of them.

Three amplifiers, a CD player and a turntable are stacked rather inconspicuously in the corner of an average-sized room that's dominated by the large, rectangular toy box-Shamansky's toy box as a kid-that sits front and center in the room, flanked by two speakers that look like a pair of upright ironing boards.

But the inconspicuousness of the setup and Shamansky's dismissal of the system as "fit for the Beverly Hillbillies" is belied when he slips on a clean vinyl LP of the Allman Brothers' "At Fillmore East." I initially wonder why he needs all of this top-flight high fidelity equipment when he rarely turns this classic rock album up past "2" on the volume knob. But, alas, it's not my house, and I don't have to deal with the neighbors' complaints. Still, even at 2, the crystal clear sounds of the band, on an album recorded 45 years ago, shine through.

Shamansky scoffs when pressed for the makes and models and price tags, so I plop down in front of the components and start jotting down names: a gorgeous VPI Classic 2 turntable on a walnut base; an Audio Research PH5 phono stage, or preamp; a Musical Fidelity M6 CD player; an Audio Research LS17 line-stage preamp amp; and a Classe Audio Delta CA-2100 stereo amplifier. If someone were to price out these five pieces on the internet-and maybe I did-the cost would be sizable. Those pieces all push glorious sound through a pair of Wilson Audio Sophia speakers, worth about $15,000. There is also a projection video system mounted to the ceiling that plays DVDs through this sound system.

He furnishes the room with great, retro-style chairs and a sofa, complete with a throw-pillow emblazoned with a photo of his girlfriend's shapely derriere. That sits beside the large, framed Beatles poster from a 1963 London Palladium show-signed by each of the Fab Four-across from a framed black-and-white photo of Frank Zappa in the passenger's side of a car, waving and smiling at Shamansky, who took the photo on his first visit to Los Angeles.

While it's a great, comfortable room, it's not Shamansky's favorite spot in his Bexley home. That's reserved for his back porch in nice weather, near the "cement pond" as he calls his swimming pool, advancing the "Beverly Hillbillies" analogy.

"But when the weather turns, I like it here," Shamansky says. This is where he comes to do nothing but listen to music or watch a movie. "I don't do background noise," he says. "I've got enough noise in my head as it is."–Eric Lyttle