Decorating Dilemmas: Karen’s Family Room

Decorating Karen's family room for maximum seating and family time

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear How to Decorate,

We need to refresh our family room. All the chairs are old and worn. The sofa is leather from Ethan Allen and is about 7 years old. It and the ottoman can stay or go.

We were thinking of mounting the TV on the wall over the fireplace. My problem is that we need more seating in the room. We aren’t sure if we should get a large sectional or keep the sofa and ottoman and replace the chairs. If we replace the chairs, what kind and how many?

We really are going for a casual, comfy vibe for entertaining and TV watching.

Thanks for your help,






We are so happy that you have selected us to help with your “refresh.” Here are our suggestions for achieving your comfy, causal vibe.

Layering the Lewis Rug on your carpet will create the foundation for our color story. To accomplish the more seating goal, the Slipcovered Davenport Sectional in Natural Linen is perfect. Pair the sectional with two Shiloh Chairs and one Ottoman in Darby Poppy. Place the chair and ottoman next to the fireplace and the other next to the sectional. Repeating the Darby Poppy fabric on the Hayes Round Ottoman will distribute the fabric around the space plus adding a tray will make the ottoman serve dual purpose, as a coffee table.

The adjustable Allen Side Table between the sectional and chair – topped with the Luciana Table Lamp – will give you great lighting. It is so important to distribute light around the space and placing the Ananda Serving Table behind the sofa allows you to relocate your existing lamps. We do suggest mounting the television above the fireplace allowing you to move the tall curio cabinet next the fireplace for a visual balance of the Shiloh chair. Keeping in mind how important lighting is in a space, we have placed the Bradley Floor Lamp next to the fireplace Shiloh Chair.

Lastly … to pull more pattern and color from the rug, we suggest pillows, pillows and more pillows, Darby Poppy, Buffalo Check Taupe, Tennyson and Zebra.

We know your family and friends enjoy your refreshed comfy, casual family room.

Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Decorating Karen's family room for maximum seating and family time

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