Living Rooms and Family Rooms
Ideas and tips for living rooms ad family rooms: Farmhouse, modern, country, casual, budget and everything inbetween!
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In the back living area of this home, which was once a schoolhouse, the den incorporates a section of original 1800s brickwork and studs discovered during demolition, as well as an exposed steel ceiling beam. The homeowner paired the rugged elements with a sleek new wood-burning fireplace and a leather sofa that echoes other glossy black finishes.
In the serene front living room, a mod light fixture pairs with painted vintage millwork. The homeowner found the wall-mounted rug while traveling in Nepal; she and her son pinned it to a backboard and framed it with two-by-fours. The sizable sofa caters to crashing. "As my son can tell you, it's comfortable, and I could swear it can sleep about eight at night," she says.
A young designer and her husband bought a turnkey flip outside Chicago--then painted, tiled and decorated their way to cottage character. One of designer Maggie Getz's tips for the living room: Hang drapes as high as you can and match the fabric to the walls to keep the eye moving.
The family calls this mostly white living room “the tumble room” because the kids horse around and jump all over the furniture. (Yes, really, Sarah says: Shoes stay by the door. Food stays in the kitchen. Bright room stays bright.) Toys hide in the leather-clad credenza, originally made to house stereo equipment.— Designer and homeowner Sarah Sherman Samuel