Modern Family Living Room: Get the Look

Modern Family Living Room: Get the Look

Sarah Coffey
Jun 15, 2010

Store owners Ralph and Michelle Montemurro are experts at merging modern style with kid-friendly decor. Their own Toronto home, where they live with their four kids, is an example of how to make room for children without sacrificing your own sense of style.

Child-Sized Chairs

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In their store, Ralph and Michelle sell the Cubino Chair and Loveseat, a soft, cushy set that's simple and stylish enough to leave out in the living room. It's also affordably priced at $109 - $139.

Adult-Sized Seating

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Ralph and Michelle bought their family-sized sectional sofa at IKEA and replaced the legs to make it look more custom. This is the Karlstad, which starts around $800 for fabric and $900 for leather. For more options, see this post.

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In addition to children's furniture, they sell several gliders and recliners that are sleek enough to pass for modern armchairs. In their own living room, they have the $1,195 Grano Glider Recliner.

Bright Rugs and Pillows

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A bright rug is a simple way to enliven a neutral modern color scheme. This Dippy Pink Rug by Suzanne Sharp is a sophisticated, deep pinkish red. (Maxwell has it in his home.)

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This Chicago-based company has a collection of pillows and textiles inspired by Scandinavian simplicity. Their fabrics are durable and go well in a modern home. This is the $39 Track Pillow.

Coffee and Occasional Tables

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Furniture with rounded corners is more kid-friendly, since it minimizes the sharp edges that a kid can bump into. This Botanist Bench by Orange 22 is made of heavy-duty powder coated steel and costs $1,075.

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A classic curved design is the Saarinen Side Table, available in a white laminate finish and starting for $550.

To see the full tour of Ralph and Michelle's home, click here.

Photo: Monte Design

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