Kristen Fencl
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July 18, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Have some fun with the family room

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Family rooms, by their very name are for the family! And when most of us think of family, we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly “let our hair down.” It demands space for our hobbies, be they reading, watching TV or needlework. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly “their” room.

Believe it or not, the concept of family rooms has been around for centuries. Many years ago, they were called second parlors, and allowed families to informally entertain while the front parlors were reserved for special guests.

Here are some tips you might consider in furnishing your family room.

1. Look for large or small tables, perhaps folded or stacked (nesting tables) to allow you the opportunity to increase table space.

2. Comfort is KEY in the selection of your upholstered furniture pieces — cushy deep seats — large and oversized are a most welcome retreat.

3. A game table may also be an important addition to this room — be sure to allow for adequate lighting when you select it’s place in your room.

Since many great rooms center around a fireplace, be sure to arrange your furniture to “take in the view” and the warmth of this wonderful architectural feature. And how about changing your mantle accessories with the seasons? A grapevine wreath for the fall, Christmas candles and greenery for the holidays, and a beautiful spring bouquet for the summer.

Careful planning of your family room is a must. Be sure to make a list of all the activities and functions that the room will encompass. Only then, can you make the truly wise decisions about furniture purchases and placements.

— Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Dens. Learn more at, or call 775-832-8012.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2012 03:30PM Published Jul 18, 2012 03:29PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.