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  • Sharon Brown of Palatine dreams of getting updated furniture for her living room.

      Sharon Brown of Palatine dreams of getting updated furniture for her living room.

  • This cocktail table has a top that lifts up to allow you to work at a comfortable level with your laptop.

      This cocktail table has a top that lifts up to allow you to work at a comfortable level with your laptop.
    photos Courtesy of O'Reilly's

  • A fabric swivel chair as you enter the room is inviting.

      A fabric swivel chair as you enter the room is inviting.

  • A low base to support an HDTV is 60 inches wide.

      A low base to support an HDTV is 60 inches wide.

  • This oversized sofa reclines at both ends.

      This oversized sofa reclines at both ends.

  • This oversized love seat also reclines.

      This oversized love seat also reclines.

 
By Sharon Brown of Palatine

The house is more than 100 years old and has an unusual set up. The set up of the family room makes arranging furniture a challenge. It's a room everyone sees when they visit our home because it's in the middle of the house. The room hasn't been updated since I moved in more than 15 years ago. The furniture we moved in at that time was already old. One couch is a hand-me-down given more than 25 years ago. My daughter spilled White-Out on it when she was 2; she is now 21. From the bright orange color, I'm guessing it was new in the '70s. The other furniture in the room is an unmatched collection of hand-me-downs and garage sale finds. The TV is borrowed from my dad. Four kids, a dog, and a cat have taken a toll on the carpet; it won't come clean anymore. I work full time, sometimes up to 50 hours a week. I'm caregiver to my 80-year-old father in the mornings before work, nights, and weekends. He lives in our basement. I'm a single mom of four wonderful children. The oldest and only girl, is away at college; the three teenage boys are very active in school activities. We spend a lot of time in the family room. At the holidays my family meets at our house because my dad can't travel. I love when the boys invite their friends over. On a regular basis the team drops by for food. I would love a room we felt comfortable sharing with our family and friends. A family room update would be a wonderful gift and blessing.

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• Budget: $5,000

Needs a major update! Let's try to make this a room the kids want to hang out in.

• Nice oversized leather sofa and love seat that reclines on all four ends.

• Nice lift-top cocktail table, where the top lifts up to work at with your laptop.

• Fabric swivel chair as you enter the room.

• New low HDTV base, about 60 inches wide, will open up the room a lot. Less is more today.

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