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  • Nina Kindelin Hoffman Estates needs some decorating help after moving into a house from a condo with her husband and two children.

      Nina Kindelin Hoffman Estates needs some decorating help after moving into a house from a condo with her husband and two children.

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By Nina Kindelin Hoffman Estates

Our family room needs an update! We recently moved into a house after living in a small condo, and we brought all of our old furniture with us. My husband and I have a 2-year-old son and 8-month-old daughter. We were thrilled to move into a house with more space but do not know where to begin decorating the inside of the house, which has not been painted since it was built 15 years ago. I would like our family room to have some character that reflects our family life. Let me tell you about the room as it currently is: My husband had purchased the couch and brown recliner before we met. The couch is a sleeper sofa and sinks in the middle when you sit on it. The cushions are also showing signs of wear and I think it is just too plain. Our coffee table, end table and green recliner were purchased new after my husband and I married five years ago. I have struggled to find decorations to put on the coffee and end tables that are safe for the kids so the tables are bare except for a few framed photos. The window treatments were left behind by the previous owners and although I do not like them, I do not know what to replace them with. I am at a total loss with what to put on or above the mantel, and I think the current items look too small. I want this to be a room where the kids can play and watch TV, and where we can invite guests to relax with us. Please save this boring old family room!

Design by Treetime of Lake Barrington

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• Budget: $920

The family room space is very neutral and perfect for updating with a splash of color for the Christmas season. Christmas decorations are a great way to add warmth and color to a living space. This family has two small children so we wanted to create a room that would be fun and whimsical. We want the children to remember this room when they reflect upon their childhood memories of Christmas.

The theme of the room is Elf Whimsy.

• A 7-foot pre-lit artificial Geneva Fir Christmas tree with clear lights to place in the corner. The tree is easy to assemble and very realistic due to the mixed needle styles and layers. It is decorated with trim in red and apple green, which continues to be the most popular shade of green. Some of the decorations include pixie elves and floral picks with hanging "Ho-Ho-Ho" lettering providing a very whimsical feel. These ornaments will add the whimsical feel to the families existing ornaments and give the tree a more cohesive look.

• For the mantel, a green pre-lit garland decorated with green and red glitter ball ornaments add sparkle to the area. Three lit "presents" and red and white stockings hung from the mantel complete the look.

• Above the sofa is a 30-inch pre-lit wreath decorated with a 6-inch red ball garland and an elf in the center

• Accents include colorful holiday pillows, battery-lit glitter cone trees and another elf perched on the coffee table.

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