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  • Veronica Mascote of Elgin is looking for a special place to spend time with her children.

    Veronica Mascote of Elgin is looking for a special place to spend time with her children.

  • Courtesy of Treetime

  • Courtesy of Treetime

  • Courtesy of Treetime

  • Courtesy of Treetime

  • Courtesy of Treetime

By Veronica Mascote of Elgin

I would like my family room to be remodeled to have a special place for me and my kids to spend more time together in. A year ago my husband and I separated. I have become a single parent raising two great and understanding pre-teenage children. I now maintain our home inside and out by myself with a single income to pay for all household expenses and needs. At work, like many other people, my hours have been cut, resulting in a very limited budget. We are unable to afford to do any family outings, but do enjoy spending time at home.

My house is a Victorian house in Elgin. The family room is very plain and feels cold, with no style to it. I think my family room has a lot of potential to become a beautiful living area with the right touch. The room could use some color or wallpaper on the walls to give it a true Victorian feel, but with some of today's updates and furnishings. The room has large picture window that brings in the beautiful sunlight in the mornings. It's my favorite place to have coffee on weekend mornings while reading the Daily Herald. The room is a combination family and living room, and is the only room in the house large enough for a gathering place.

Family time spent together is very important in my culture. Remodeling of the family/living room would make our home and or lives more enjoyable.

Design by: Treetime of Lake Barrington

• Budget: $560

The house is a Victorian style home. In keeping with this style the holiday theme is Vintage with lots of sparkle, silver and hints of red.

The theme of the room is Victorian Vintage:

• A slim Nordic Pine pre-lit artificial Christmas tree was placed near the entry. A slim tree was chosen to save space but still provide the holiday spirit as soon as you enter the room. The tree is decorated with silver glitter floral picks and vintage looking crystals and snowflakes. The tree is topped with lots of silver picks for a different and eye catching tree topper.

• A pre-lit green garland was placed on the banister. A lacy silver decorative garland is laid on top of the green garland, a very easy way to add a big punch of sparkle. Three Victorian-inspired stockings with buttons down the side are hung from the railing.

• An heirloom quality needlework Santa pillow is placed on the chair.

• On the coffee table is a battery operated paper Victorian house and two battery operated mercury glass inspired candles.

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