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They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and the living room is its soul. Living room, family room, or great room, no matter what you call them, they are essential in every home and they are so much fun to design. 

This is the room where we gather with our family to connect, relax and recharge. As we’ve shared before, when our clients tell us their wishes and dreams about how they’d like to live in their home, we start to imagine right along with them. We love picturing family movie nights lounging together on a sectional, cozy throws on their laps, their dog curled up next to their feet. In every project we do, we invite our clients to visualize the lifestyle they want to create in their home and we carefully consider every detail to bring their vision to life.

The first decision we make when designing a family room, is to determine the focal point of the room. Usually this is the TV or the fireplace, or both if they are on the same wall. Once we decide on the focal point, we create a space plan around it to maximize the functionality. Then we move onto the aesthetics. In every room we design, we think it’s important to enhance the shell by adding interior architecture like millwork and built-ins. These have a huge impact on the overall design, while adding long-term value to the home. The next step is to create a floor plan for the furniture, with a seating arrangement where everyone can see the TV and/or fireplace and also able to have conversations throughout the room. We love to use sectional sofas and swivel chairs to maximize the space and functionality. Since these are usually casual gathering spaces, we think they should be stress-free and easy to maintain. We recommend pet-friendly/child-friendly stain resistant fabrics on all the furniture. These come in hundreds of colors, textures, and patterns and are perfect for sofas, chairs, stools and ottomans. Another essential foundation piece in a family room is a large rug to anchor the room and pull it all together. We choose rugs made for high traffic areas in wool, hide, or a textured indoor/outdoor material.  

As we’ve shared in previous posts, our design philosophy and formula is the same for everything we do … a neutral color palette, timeless furniture, natural materials, mixed metals, layers and layers of textures, and a few pops of color on pillows, throws and art. We bring in character and personalize the space with meaningful souvenirs, heirlooms, books, accessories and vintage items, while keeping things fresh with potted plants and trees. We spend a lot of time with our clients to get it just right. We believe an intentionally designed space is the foundation for an intentionally designed life.

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Kristen Thomas