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Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Family Room

Since we just came from spending time with family and friends, I am compelled to post about family rooms. House Beautiful did a nice spread on designer family rooms. I picked out a few of my favorites.

Designed by Robert Stilin. Featured in February 2009.

Designer Fern Santini. Featured in December 2007.

Designer Jacqueline Derrey Segura. Featured in July 2007.

Designer Chantal Dussouchaud. Featured in January 2006.

When I look at these rooms, I imagine comfort and gatherings. I enjoy the soothing neutral palettes. Many of the family room in the HB story seemed very formal or uncomfortable. A couple had beautiful but trendy palettes that I know I would tire of.

The greatest compliment I received this holiday season was from my brother, John. He said to me and my husband at different times, "Your home is so comfortable." My brother was here with his lovely wife, Laura, and their three boys Steven (age 20), Matthew (age 17), and Daniel (age 15). My mom was also here. John's comment I'm sure came from the fact that all could sit comfortably with their feet up and a drink shelf behind them in either of our family rooms (main and lower levels). If the girls wanted to watch something on TV, the boys retreated to the lower level to watch their show or play on the Wii. I took great joy in seeing my family all lined up on the sectional eating themselves silly. That's what a family room is all about to me. My family room??!! I only have a picture of the main level one....

Mrs. Limestone wanted to see pictures of my home in 2010 ~ click here to leave a comment of you would like to see on my blog in 2010. Well, here's your first installment, Mrs. L! The sectional is family friendly with easy to clean Ultrasuede on the cushions and leather on the frame. Here is a post I did a while ago using my family room design to illustrate the principles and elements of interior design (it was actually my very first blog post).

Of course, I am linking with Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday as my first blog post chronicles the development of my family room. Join in the fun!

Happy 2010 beginning!


  1. Your family room looks very warm and comfortable. Love the colors that were used.

  2. Your family room is so cozy and welcoming. Love the color choices. I've enjoyed visiting your blog...hugs ~lynne~

  3. Your home is beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

  4. Your home is very comfortable and cozy. As you saw I love just walking around and looking .. there is interest at every turn. Thank you for brunch yesterday! I'll come back any time :-)

  5. What a wonderful Family Room you have! Totally agree with the comfort factor, that it needs to work for the whole family.

  6. I love your home! You've done a great job! It's warm and inviting, just like a family room should be!

  7. Oooo! I haven't seen a post on family rooms -- this is perfect, especially since, for many families, the family room occupies so much of their time together. (as does the kitchen) I really like the one by designer Chantal Dussouchaud, featured in January 2006. The punches of green looks very fresh and inviting. A great space...as is yours! Your entire home looks very inviting :)

  8. I love this post and links to your other posts! I'll definately be back to see the progress of your room and pick up more design tips! TFS ~Lisa

  9. Love the rooms you selected, and love the video as well. Your work looks beautiful!


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