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Decorate Family Room to be Comfortable, Fexible
In many homes, the family room is the primary gathering place.
It’s important to make the best use of the space.


Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Herald - South Florida Home
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargeant

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Family Room - A suspended gray, rift-cut oak wall unit with an 85-inch TV screen and lighting beneath is the centerpiece of the family room.




In many homes, the family room is the primary gathering place. It’s important to make the best use of the space.

The room should be cozy, comfortable and accessible. Think about who will be using the room. Will it be family with kids and pets? Will they be lounging, watching movies, or will the kids be playing there?

Make the room stand out. One way is to define the ceiling: “Wood beams add warmth and texture and give a layering effect to the room,” said interior designer Eloise Kubli, owner of Collective Construction and Design in Plantation. “Faux is okay,” she added.

Family rooms are often adjacent to kitchens. “A bar or island with pendant lights above can help define the space,” Kubli said.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Herald - South Florida Home
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargeant

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Family Room - An ottoman can serve as a coffee table, a footstool and for storage.




ON THE WALLS

What wall colors will be pleasing? “Wallpaper is back in a big way,” Kubli said.” It’s durable and can add texture.”

THE TV

In many homes, the television is an important feature in the family room. “Everybody wants a large-screen TV now, so you need a big wall for it,” Kubli said.” Will you put it into a built-in unit? Will it be an architectural focal point? We’re doing a lot of gas or electric ribbon fireplaces under TVs.”

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Herald - South Florida Home
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Kim Sargeant

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Family Room - Facing the suspended TV and overlooking the ocean, the family room is a more casual space. A motorized screen divides the space when privacy is desired in the adjacent office.




KIDS AND PETS

Are there small children and pets in the family? “Crypton® fabrics are pet friendly,” Kubli said. “Pet accidents won’t penetrate them, and they’re odor resistant. We’re also using Sunbrella® fabrics—they’re gorgeous and very durable.”

GETTING COZY

Kubli chooses window treatments according to the size of the windows and the view. “If you don’t have a good view, you may want shutters,” she said. “If the view is good, you might go for a sunshade that disappears when you don’t need it.”

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Herald - South Florida Home
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Randall Cordero

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Family Room - A wood coffered ceiling makes the room sophisticated and cozy and also makes the Family Room and Kitchen flow together. The existing drywall ceiling had height variations.




MAKE IT FUNCTIONAL

“Will you want a work station?” Kubli said. “You’ll need to think about electrical outlets and data ports for your computer and cell phone. You may want a pull-top table for your computer.”

MAKE IT MOBILE

Kubli prefers a cocktail table. “A large, gorgeous cocktail table is always a focal point of the room,” she said.

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Designer: Eloise Kubli, ASID Publication: Miami Herald - South Florida Home
Text: Jana Soeldner Danger Photographer: Randall Cordero

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Family Room - The television is the focal point in the family room. To add more interest, linear stacked stone was installed above the custom built-in. Durable fabrics were used on all the upholstered pieces.




 

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Eloise Kubli is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Arthur Kubli is a General Contractor licensed in Florida and numerous other states. Both Kublis have received numerous industry awards for their work. Established in 1983, Collective Construction & Design, Inc. is proud to be certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a Women's Business Enterprise.

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