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Home Trends for Family Rooms

The family room is the place in the house where people can relax and gather together. This is the space where people spend their downtime together, whether it is for a movie night, a lazy Saturday morning reading a book, or gathering for a family holiday. Outside the kitchen, this is the space where the living and connecting really happen in a home. The family room is the place where you relax, where you entertain, and where you do fun activities together. If you are looking to update your family room, here are six things to consider for maximizing your space and making the room feel especially like home. 

1. Use Your Interests As Inspiration

"Geometric Metal Wall Decorations" by Gamze Genc Celik

When you are planning out your family room, it is a great idea to consider how your family will use the space. Figure out if there is anything that is unique to your family activities that might inform the design of the space. Your family's interests might be in music, sports, art, books, or games.

You can use these as family interests to tie the decor to what is meaningful to your family and make it really feel like home. You can use your interests as a decorative focal point in the room, or even as color inspiration for the space. The key to making this effective is to not theme it too heavily, but rather to give meaningful hints as to what is important to your family.

2. Design For Your Favorite Activities

"Modern Geo Living" by Maruf Madiyarov 

When it comes to family rooms, you might first think of a big tv and a large enough seating area to fit everyone plus a few guests. This is a great start to a space, especially for lounging together and entertaining. Consider maximizing your use of the space by creating multiple areas for activities and enjoyment.

If your family enjoys music, you might have a corner of the room dedicated to musical instruments or your musical collection. Maybe your family loves puzzles or board games, consider putting in a table for those nights where everyone is up late playing a game of cards together.

3. Add Versatile Seating

"Living room" by Blizarde

A family room is often more than a space for your family, it is where you entertain guests, throw a party, and have a friend or two over. You might consider adding in versatile seating to accommodate a wide range of guests. You can use your main seating area of a sectional or a couple of sofas as the focal point for seating, but consider adding in a reading nook or built-in bench for a small conversation area, adding an ottoman that can double as seating or a few smaller side chairs that are an inviting alternative.

These added seating areas allow you to accommodate for various crowds, and it also makes your guests comfortable to find a seat that works for them. Some people might prefer to be a part of the crowd in the main seating area, while others might prefer a spot off to the side. 

4. Get Creative With Storage

The family room is where living really happens, and with that comes the need for storage. If you have young children, this might be the spot where toys are front and center, it might be where a gaming console or two hangs out, or it might be where a collection of throw blankets reside. Nearly every family room needs some form of storage in order to reduce clutter and make the space feel inviting.

You can get creative with storage by adding doors to bookshelves for toys or board games, using a built-in bench as a toy chest, or putting a throw blanket collection into a storage ottoman. If the family room feels overwhelmed with clutter from a specific activity, you could pare down some of the items, move the majority of the activity or toys to another room in the house, or add more dedicated storage to your family room. It all depends on what works best for you.

5. Plan For Food and Drinks


There is nothing like grabbing a snack and settling down with the people you love for a movie night in the family room. As you design your space, consider how food and drink might be handled in that space. For example, if you have a large sectional sofa, plan out where hard surfaces will be within reaching distance to each seat.

Some ideas include adding a sofa table behind your sectional or adding a coffee table that is in proportion to the size of your sofa. You might also want to think about adding a specific side table for snacks and drinks. This a small bar cart or drink cabinet for adult beverages, or simply a dedicated surface for food and drinks. 

6. Design The Space To Grow With Your Family

"Eclectic kids room" by Eleni Psyllaki

The way a family uses a space often changes as the family grows and ages. If your family room is also the playroom for small children, know that the way your family uses this room will change with every age. As you plan your family room, consider night just how you use it now, but also how you might use it in two, five, or even ten years. What do you expect to stay the same? What do you expect to change? You can map out how you might shift the floor plan, the storage solutions, the type of furniture you invest in, and the activities that you make space for by considering how your room with grow with you.

Overall, a family room is where you make memories with the people that you love. More often than not it is either the kitchen or the family room that serves as the heart of the home. Because of that, it is important to make your family room represent who your family is and how you spend your time together. Build a space that feels like home, and fill it with the activities that you love to do together. 

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To Our Valued Clients, Agents, Partners and the Communities We Serve,

In these unprecedented times, we understand that people will continue to buy and sell real estate for many reasons.  The health and well -being of our clients, agents, employees and community is of paramount importance. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and are taking the necessary steps regarding our work environment and business practices so that we can continue to provide extraordinary support and unparalleled service. 

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We respect your space and your concerns, therefore we have implemented the following precautions to address the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus: 

  • Adhering to all CDC protocols and guidelines, at a minimum. We are balancing the needs of our clients who have housing needs, while eliminating open houses, avoiding large gatherings and encouraging creative, efficient ways of exposing or showing homes during this crisis. 
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  • Advising our employees and agents to work from home 
  • Conducting fewer face to face meetings and leveraging technology to reduce the opportunities to spread the virus further.

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We are fully prepared to move our business online, from virtual meetings, video tours, FaceTime/Skype showings, digital signatures, and online transaction management systems. We understand that there are many concerns around COVID-19 and we want to assure you that we are working hard to protect our clients, agents, staff, tenants, and landlords to prevent the spread of disease, while doing our best to continue helping you buy, sell or rent homes.

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If you have recently traveled outside the US, are not feeling well, or have run a fever in the past forty-eight hours, please make us aware and we can schedule a virtual showing or alternate plan. We ask that you not come to our office or any of our properties if you are feeling unwell to help mitigate the potential spread of any illness. 

Thank you for your understanding.  We are still seeing strong demand, low-interest rates and an early spring season that necessitates the careful balancing of needs in such unprecedented times. We hope that you all stay well and healthy, and appreciate your patience and good spirits as we navigate this event. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us, our associates or our office if you have any concerns. 

We are here to listen, be a trusted resource and to help with any of your concerns. Together, we will get through this stronger than ever.


Phyllis, Mike, Shari, and Julie

Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty Partners



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Home Trends: Kids Rooms

When it comes to decorating for a kid's room, it can be hard to find a balance between what is practical and what is beautiful and bring about solutions for those two things to marry in a single space. Current trends in decor for a kid's room vary greatly,  and this is simply because the ages of kids and their interests are so different. There are some trends that are universal, and some ways to develop design solutions in any bedroom for the youngest members of your household. Here are a few ideas for you to use in your home.

1. Storage is Key

"Custom Closet Designs" by George Chowanec  

Regardless of whether you are decorating a room for a newborn or a teenager, you are going to need innovative ways to store clothing, toys, and books. You can take traditional storage like bookshelves, dressers, toy chests, and closet space to find ways to bring in a lot of style and still serve as a functional storage piece.

As you fill a bookshelf, add in a little visual breathing room, with small stuffed animals or kid-safe trinkets nestled in with the books. When setting up a closet for your child, consider getting storage solutions that can change and grow with your kids. Baskets and bins that hold wooden blocks might one day hold tiny Lego pieces; any closet system might hold tiny shirts or pants and one day be needed for teenaged-sized outfits. It is important to let the storage grow and change with your kids. 

One of the biggest trends in kid room design is allowing things to hide in plain sight. If your child has a growing collection of stuffed animals, consider getting a bean bag chair cover made for storing them, You can fill it up, reduce clutter, and add comfortable seating to the room. Any furniture pieces that can serve multiple functions such as cribs that transform into a full-size bed, or an ottoman that also serves as toy storage, is a great way to bring in style and save on space.

2. Scandinavian and Holistic Educational Design Influences

"Posters for Kenay Home" by Laia Arriols | Apanona 

Many current design trends for children's rooms have a few clear influences that lead to a room with soft colors, warm woods, and natural materials. The first of this is Scandinavian design, ever since the introduction of this style into the greater aesthetic in the mid-century, it has had a subset dedicated to designing children's furniture. But with the advent of affordable stores like IKEA, it has had a more mainstream appeal. When you pair this with the more recent influence of early educational styles, such as Waldorf and Montessori, that celebrate a similar aesthetic, it is now a very popular design direction in bedrooms for the preschool age. Because of the neutral tones and white backdrop of this style, it is easy to age it up with bright pops of color and more personalized design elements for older kids. 

3. Metallics

"Owen's Bedroom" by Jennifer Ward 

With the trends in rose gold and sequined pillows, metallics are a favorite in a kid's room. Consider anchoring any metallic designs with furniture pieces that can transition between a variety of styles, chrome-based furniture is a great way to go with this. For a more subtle look, graphite is a great metallic that is not overpowering and can be used in a variety of ways throughout a space. You can use metallics in an abundance or simply bring in a few elements as visual interest. You can also play with different textures across a single metallic color, such as using rose gold in glittered, brushed, chrome, or some other texture like suede or fur. It will bring a common visual thread across multiple textures.

4. Patterns and Textures

"KidsROOMS" by alan kravchenko, scratched cube

Another big trend is something that has already shown up in fashion trends and is starting to filter into home design, and that is the upswing in influences from the 1980s and 1990s. Geometric patterns, neon colors, and layered organic shapes are popping up in bedding and accessories. If you grew up in that era, the trends in your child's room will be a nostalgic but new take on patterns and textures from when you were younger. Consider using these patterns in areas that are easily changeable such as window treatments, throw rugs, linens, artwork or posters, and throw pillows. That way as this trend continues to shift, your bedroom design can easily shift with it.

5. Motifs

"bedroom for 3 boys - Lisbon 2008" by Lu Barradas 

When it comes to decorating a kid's room, it is important to choose designs that match their interests. To make it feel like home, they will want to take some ownership of their space. Whether they are interested in a specific character, a certain game or sport, a favorite color, or a type of animal you can celebrate their interest by building a design around that motif. Some popular motifs right now are video games (like Minecraft), magical animals (unicorns, llamacorns, and mermaids), as well as any favorite Disney character.

To bring these into a kid's room,  incorporate them in with things that are easily changeable, but you can also incorporate some temporary big picture pieces that feel like a great transformation. One example of this would be to use removable wallpaper. There are a lot of options out there for removable wallpaper, many of which can either look like traditional wallpaper or more of a wall mural. By adding this to create a feature wall, it will have a big impact on the feel of the room and still allow for changes to the space in the future.

Overall, there are many trends to choose from in designing a kid's room. Whichever direction you go in, staying versatile is key to making the space grow with your child. The added bonus to this method is the ability for you as a homeowner to transform it into a different space altogether when your children become adults or when you are ready to sell your home. Growing and adjusting the space to what your kids and your home needs is a great solution for any home. 




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