Whimsy and Games in a Kips Bay Family Room by Eve Robinson Associates

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We suspect this family room by Eve Robinson Associates, in the Kips Bay Show House, is a space most families might enjoy — especially since it’s a facelift of what the designers call “a drab, run-down space” that is now “a mix of chic vintage and contemporary furniture with rich and lush finishes.” The intent of the designers was a room that “speaks to our senses and comforts our soul.” Designed with entertaining in mind, it has room to play board games, watch TV, or even just curl up for a chat over snacks and beverages. The colors are a variation on the “usual suspect” neutrals: instead of endless sand colors or cream tones, we get soft gray and lavender — just different enough to be cheerful, just neutral enough to be contemporary.

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You’ve got to love the use of pattern here, too — especially in the rug, featuring a staggered array of rectangles that adds interesting texture. Note the injection of other colors by way of a bright painting over the couch, a striped album on the coffee table, and flowers in red, fuchsia, orange, and yellow. Don’t forget the entire outdoor area that is “part” of this room as well; French doors make it easy to move from conversation or a movie, to lounging outside. And how about that reflective ceiling that brightens it all? Perhaps the best stroke of fun is how the theme — “modern family” — is literally rendered as part of the design (although not readily visible in these images): in a bowl of marshmallows, several bear letters spelling out those very words!

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