Living in the Living Room

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Our living rooms are often more than just a place to watch television and entertain guests.  For many of us, we do most of our living at home in the living room. These rooms become a media room, home office, dining room and sometimes even a guest room.  While we might not admit it, many Americans eat dinner while watching TV in the living room or family room.  The design trend to open concept spaces that incorporate kitchen, dining and living spaces means more and more of us are spending most of our time at home in one room.

Creating a décor that can work with all these different activities is key.  Furniture arrangements, flooring and materials should all be selected to stand up to the heavy use and high traffic of today’s living rooms. Sectional sofas allow seating for many in a single piece of furniture. Coffee tables that are also ottomans can multi-task as game tables, dining tables and extra seating.

Wireless routers and laptops mean we can telecommute from any room in the home. And more than one family member can be online at a time… so the sofa can become a home office, socializing center and homework space.

Living room flooring should be durable to stand up to all the demands we place on the room.  Stain resistant and stain repellant are key for carpets in high traffic areas.  Hardwood and other hard surfaces are durable but it is nice to have something softer for impromptu lounging on the floor. If you do have hard surfaced flooring, try adding an area rug.

Creating Family Traditions

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Creating traditions is important for a family, especially in today’s busy go-go-go lifestyle. Simple things like a movie or game night can bring the family together in the same room at the same time.  Weekly family nights are great for checking in and creating memories.  Another wonderful suggestion for a family focused activity is cooking together.

Even if you are not a chef, making a meal together is a great way to bring the family together.  Making something in the kitchen can be cooking a full meal or baking cookies. Coming together and doing an activity is what is most important.  Sharing recipes that have been handed down in your family makes these moments even more special.  Making grandma’s lasagna or an aunt’s famous oatmeal cookies is a nice way to keep memories alive.

Today’s kitchen designs are great for family cooking nights.  The kitchen countertops–the island–can be a great prep area as well as a place to sit and watch the action.  Gathering everyone together in the kitchen to eat the meal or sweets extends the togetherness.

For little kids, they can help with prep or dough making.  If you are making something messy, you might want to put down something like a drop cloth or plastic to protect the kitchen floor. If messes do occur, wipe them up before they set to avoid stains.

Once a week or once a month, a family cooking night can a shared event that everyone looks forward to. Making your own tacos or pizzas is a good place to start for the non-chefs.