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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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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