Family Rooms 14 Stories

Long commutes to Seattle were eating up time that the members of this family of four...
Long commutes to Seattle were eating up time that the members of this family of four would have preferred to spend together. So they made a life-changing decision to trade home size for location, moving to a much smaller house in a walkable neighborhood...
Room of the Day: Adding Comfort and Style to a New Jersey Family Room
Lindsey and Chris Amery were expecting a baby and had just moved from New York City to a newly built home in northern New Jersey. The first-time homeowners hired interior designer Cory Connor to add comfort, style and warmth to their minimally furnished...
A Busy London Kitchen Gets a New England–Style Makeover
A passion for theater and books had left Fiona Gunn’s kitchen drowning in clutter and in need of a thoughtful renovation. Gunn and her three kids love theater and books, and “everything they’d accumulated over the years had ended up in the...
Take Your Cue: Planning a Pool Table Room
For many people the clack of colliding pool balls recalls happy times. That’s one reason pool tables are a classic addition to the game room, basement, garage, family room, loft, man cave or even dining room. But planning for a pool table requires more...
15 Cool Rooms and the TV Shows They Want You to Watch
It’s finally time for our “stories” (as my friend Michael calls sudsy TV shows, in honor of his grandmother) to pick up with new episodes again. With ever-changing technology, fall premieres may not have exactly the same urgency they did back when...
Room of the Day: Elegance and Comfort Strike a Balance
This Philadelphia family room needed to stand up to two adults, four children and a dog tramping through it on their way to the backyard and back staircase. One of the homeowners also wanted it to evoke the serene feeling of her family’s favorite vacation...
Room of the Day: Nautical Chic Brings the Cozy to a Family Room
This long, narrow room in a historic home once belonging to a sea captain needed to work extra hard. Interior designer Jocelyn Chiappone of Digs Design Company was hired to create...
Room of the Day: Playing Up Color in a California Lounge
Who wants to hang out at the mall? Not these teens. They relax with their friends in a colorful former family room off the entrance of their parents’ updated Danville, California, ranch home. Designer Kristin Rowell and her team from ScavulloDesign...
Room of the Day: A New Family Room’s Natural Connection
Creating a family room that could stand up to two young boys was “pretty easy” here, says interior designer Sophia Reay — these clients are very down-to-earth, laid-back and fuss free. Bringing architectural interest and natural elements into the...
Room of the Day: Balancing Rustic and Glam in North Carolina
When a young couple moved into this Tudor-style house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina he was really happy with the rustic finishes, but she was looking to glam them up a bit. They also needed items that could stand up to their 1-year-old and their three...
Room of the Day: Contrasts Catch the Eye in a Beachy Family Room
When this couple and their two young children moved from California to Oregon, they carried north a love of relaxed California midcentury modern style. “This was a true collaboration with our clients, Paula and Mike, who had a very specific design aesthetic,”...
The Cure for Houzz Envy: Family Room Touches Anyone Can Do
The family room is where you unwind, play, chat, enjoy the fire and have dinner in front of a movie on the weekends. It’s also the room that often becomes a messy afterthought compared with other rooms. If you’re feeling blah about...
Room of the Day: As Comfy As a Favorite Pair of Jeans
Having worked on a number of movie sets over the years (My Cousin Vinny and The Legend of Bagger Vance, to name two), designer Julia Starr Sanford knows something about mastering the art of...
Double Take: The Disappearing Home Office
“Every mother needs a cockpit," says architect Elizabeth Emerson of E/L Studio. In this case the cockpit includes her client's long and linear office, extensive craft and wrapping paper storage, and a...
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