Blogger Tasha Agruso of Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body creates a family room that’s stylish for adults and comfortable for kids. By mixing patterns and colors, she keeps the vibe happy and cozy. Get inspired with her picks for seating, accents, and more.
A Growing Family Means Needs Change
When you’re raising young kids, you realize early on that how you use your home changes almost as quickly as your kids do! I’m a firm believer that you should always strive to make your home work for you and that you should love every single room in your house. (Yes, even the laundry room and garage.)
So, when we realized we needed to separate our twin girls’ bedrooms, it meant their former playroom needed to be combined with our family room. A lot of people think you can’t successfully create a space for adults and kids without it looking cluttered or cutesy. Well I disagree! We created a functional and beautiful space that’s perfect for our entire family.
Creating a Layout that Works
In order to move the contents of our girls’ playroom into the family room, we needed to revisit the entire furniture layout and realized quickly that two full-sized sofas would work far better than the love seat and chaise lounges we had been living with. When I found the Belham Living Milo sofas, I fell in love immediately. The color and scale was perfect, but what captured my design-loving heart were the exposed seams. So unique!
The sofas create a perfect adult conversation area and are ideal for laying down on to watch the TV (or falling down on the sofas after a long day of work and wrangling young kids to bed) above our solid walnut mantle that we also found at Hayneedle. There is enough space behind the far sofa to fit our old desk, which we had to relocate in order to accommodate the girls’ play area.
Adding Personality with Decor
To ground the entire “adult area” we knew we wanted a rug with a vintage, overdyed look. We hit the lottery when we found the nuLOOM Kellum Vintage Indoor Rug. It has exactly the look we wanted and it’s so soft under our feet.
We had made the mistake of buying table lamps that were much too small for the room in the past, so we decided to upgrade our lighting. The Pacific Coast Lighting Axis Table Lamps fit the bill perfectly. They’re large, and the black metal finish of them plays so nicely off of the industrial sliding fireplace screen door we made for our concrete fireplace.
And then, of course, there are the finishing touches. I have started trying to bring more plants into our home, but I’m not great at keeping them alive, so when I found the Nearly Natural Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, I had to have it. It pairs perfectly with the gorgeous IMAX Cascade Woven Water Hyacinth Basket. And no room is complete without the little touches, right?! I wanted to play off the turquoise in the DIY artwork we hung, so I was thrilled when we found the Surya Troy Smooth Stripe throw and that ADORABLE turquoise owl.
We love how sophisticated the space looks, and the “adult” space balances perfectly with the “playroom” portion of the room. Now we have a family room that our entire family can enjoy at the same time and we didn’t have to compromise style in the process!
-Tasha Agruso, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body