Good Questions: Fixing a Not-So-Friendly Family Room?

Good Questions: Fixing a Not-So-Friendly Family Room?

Colleen Quinn
Jun 23, 2009

Apartment Therapy DC reader Jackie needs help rescuing her family room: "I live in a 120 year old Victorian house in Philadelphia with a second floor parlor that functions as the family room where we spend most of our time. The room has a large bay window area, three doorways, a huge woodburning stove which is our main heat source in the winter, and the majority of our young childrens' toys. After four years and many different arrangements, I haven't been able to find a set up that appeals to me. With the stove (and the very necessary surrounding gate) taking up an entire wall I don't know what to do with the room. Any advice about furniture arrangement, lighting solutions, window treatments, wall art, or color would be appreciated to help us fix the most disjointed room in the house..."

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"My husband built the TV stand (which has glass doors that we've not attached because we've been unable to find hardware we like) and bookshelf, and the train table with toy storage in the center of the room. I am open to painting the walls, but would prefer not to paint the woodwork, as there is entirely too much of it and it is the same color as the woodwork throughout the house- Benjamin Moore Linen White. And I hate the black fireplace mantel behind the woodstove. Thanks, Jackie"

Wow that stove is big Jackie! Does anyone have advice for Jackie on revamping her family room?

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