We need "Room for Living" for our masculine dominated family of nine -- dad, mom, and seven sons ages ranging from 24 to 6. We have a small TV room (with a huge hand-me-down TV) where sports can be viewed at any time from one of our six seats. The seating choices consist of two clearance couches from Montgomery Ward purchased when it was announced the store was closing in 2000. The couches, where you could find anything from dirty socks, Goldfish crackers, to pacifiers under the cushions, have withstood gymnastic routines, supported sweaty football players after summer double workouts, soaked up liquids from baby formula to craft beers and have served as beds for sleepers descending downstairs seeking relief from hot summer nights, and countless untold tales. These couches need to go! As the gender majority rules on seating and viewing preference in our present situation, mom finds herself sitting in the adjacent room at the computer looking for home decorating ideas. We dream of a space where all nine of us can sit down to watch a game/ movie with refreshments, entertain, play a board game, read The Daily Herald/books, and surf the web.
Design by Treetime of Lake Barrington
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• Budget: $800
We choose an updated woodland theme to decorate the room for the holiday season, festive with a masculine touch. To achieve this look we used accents with a natural feel, adding red berries for a pop of color. Reindeer and lanterns add an outdoor element to the room. The theme of the room is Woodland Warmth.
• A 7½-foot Pre-lit Slim Rustic Pine artificial Christmas tree was placed in the corner. The tree is a slim shape to fit in the space with small pine cones. It is decorated with frosted pine floral picks, red berries, and other natural looking stems. An unexpected item is the placement of a lantern and battery-operated candle in the tree.
• "FAMILY" blocks in brown tones were placed on the mantel as this room is about gathering. The blocks could also be used as a year-round accent. On each side of the blocks is a red berry topiary tree. Simple and festive.
• Accents include a brown tweed embroidered pillow with a pine cone and a red holiday pillow. On the coffee table are two reindeer figures and a matching lantern with a candle.