Family Room Decorating Dilemma

Dear Style Studio,

I am thoroughly stumped as to how to furnish and decorate our family room!

Our flooring and built-in bookcase are new and we have to live with our sofa for a while but we can move the large chair to another room.

My goal is figure out what to do with the half of the room that is pretty empty right now.

Also, I don’t know where to begin with more seating, tables, rugs and decorative accessories. I want to bring a warm, inviting and classic feeling to the room using coastal colors.

I keep looking at the room and feel really helpless.

Thanks in advance for your help. I have my Ballard catalog ready … just tell me what to buy!



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Beautiful bookcases and gorgeous floors are fabulous elements around which you can build a relaxing space. We think your sofa provides a great building block for the room as well.

Let’s define your two spaces with Braided Jute Rugs or our Vineyard Stripe rug … one in front of your sofa and then one near your chair.

In the empty corner, let’s keep your chair and angle it a bit.

Now place the Piave Console in a limed finish under your artwork. The console will be the perfect spot for a unique lamp.

Stack three of our fabulous Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Mirrors to the left of your window to reflect light into the corner.

How about placing our ever popular Leyland Armless chair in Balboa Ikat to the right of your existing chair for a pop of coastal color?

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The best way to freshen up a sofa or sectional is to add new pillows. We recommend doing just that to add another dimension of color to your space. Use various size pillows in Balboa Ikat, Cream Pintuck, Velvet Apple. Using various shades of blue and turquoise can really freshen your space as well.

Also, we recommend reusing your existing coffee table as a side table and then you can add our Carrington Coffee Table in rustic pine in front of your sofa.

Tuck our Cote D’Ivoire Floor Lamp behind the sofa to bring an organic element to your space.


Mix in a few more accessories to really define your space … maybe our Suzanne Kasler baskets for a place to tuck your blankets and the Sunday paper? And, how about a large Clam Shell for your shelves?

Remember to add a variety of textures and shapes in your accessories to keep everything fresh.

Happy Decorating!

Style Studio Team

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