July/August 2016

About the Cover A living room can be whatever the homeowner wants it to be, but the experts say it should be comfortable, low-maintenance, and a place for family and friends to gather. All the better if you can change the aesthetics with a few simple changes, such as throw pillows. Image courtesy Brewtser Wallcoverings. 

Living Room Designs

“Living room, great room, family room, den, game room—some families have one, while some have all six. No matter what you call it or whether it’s used by two people or extended families, the space should be comfortable and functional—that’s when it truly deserves to be called a living room,” says Gail Adkins of Change Magic Interior Consulting. “The formal living room is fading away,” says Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. “Most people have such a space in their home modified to be something else—a music room, home office, den or library. I would call this room a flex …

Children’s Room Designs

Creating a quality space that will stand the test of children at play and be timeless so children can grow in the space is the goal, according to Sara Ray of Sara Ray Interior Design. “This can be achieved by using a variety of textures, mixing sophisticated hues with vibrant patterns and colors,” says Ray. “It’s important to consider the child’s personality and style. They should feel comfortable and happy in their space.” Candace Sone of Sone Design, Inc., says, “We are designing nurseries and children’s rooms to be more transitional as they grow. Invest in adaptable furniture and classic …

January/February 2016

About the Cover  Parents today often use neutral backgrounds for children’s rooms, settling for splashes of color in bedding, rugs, wall art, and so forth. The natural shades of gray found in the floor and walls are accented by classic patterns starring bright fuchsia and chartreuse combined with black, white, and grey. Designer showhouses are a great place to get ideas. For the article in this issue about children’s room design trends click here. The room show features the Pippen bedding collection from Glenna Jean. www.glennajean.com.

A Teenage Girl’s Room

A Teenage Girl’s Room Q. I would like help thinking long-term for my 13 year old daughter’s room so that I don’t have to decorate her room twice. We are about to move into a home that we plan to stay in for at least 11 years which will be when our youngest completes college.