21 Family Room Decorating Ideas, Ranging from a Quick Refresh to a Total Overhaul

The kitchen’s reign as the heart of the home has gone on long enough. This year, it’s time to reclaim your family room—or living room, den or whatever you call the space where your sofa and coziest armchair reside—as the ultimate hangout. Whether you’re looking for a quick refresh or a total overhaul, we’ve got the inspo you need. These family room decorating ideas run the gamut, with options for every skill level and style.

You should feel totally comfortable living in your living room, which is why Maydan Architects did some strategic splurging when designing this San Francisco home. “We selected a fabric for the sofa that can be cleaned easily. The floors are porcelain ceramic, which is almost indestructible and looks particularly elegant,” says founder and principal Mary Maydan. “By using high-end materials that are easy to clean and have excellent durability, we created a home with an … Read More

Into the arms of her family: released French hostage returns home

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with French aid worker Sophie Petronin who was freed from captivity in the hands of Islamist insurgents upon her arrival at the Villacoublay military airport near Paris, France October 9, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool

VILLACOUBLAY, France (Reuters) – French aid worker Sophie Petronin, released from captivity in the Mali desert, walked down the steps of a military plane that brought her home on Friday and was swept up in the embrace of family members she had not seen for four years.

French President Emmanuel Macron, at the foot of the steps to greet 75-year-old Petronin, exchanged a few words with her but then stood aside while family members, some in tears, formed a tight huddle around Petronin, hugging her and each other.

Petronin was one of four hostages being held by jihadist militants who were released this week. She had been kidnapped near the desert city

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Window installer spied on N.J. family with camera he hid in bathroom, cops say

A home-improvement contractor was arrested after a Bergen County family he worked for said they found a small camera hidden in the wall of their bathroom, authorities said Wednesday.

Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York, was hired to replace a window in the family’s Paramus home in August, according to Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.

After working in the home, Sanchez told family members he would return another time to finish putting in the window, Ehrenberg said.

One of the family members called police on Aug. 25 to report “they had found a suspicious electronic device” in the bathroom, Ehrenberg said.

“The device was later determined to be a micro camera with a micro SD memory card that had been secreted in the bathroom wall,” Ehrenberg said.

A police detective accessed the memory card and found video clips of the family’s bathroom along with videos of a bathroom in another

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California family claims child star murderer haunted their home 30 years later

A family that lives in a home where a child star was murdered 32 years ago believes the girl’s murderer has been haunting their house since they moved in.

The Bernal family moved into their home in Canoga Park, California, in 2001, not knowing anything about the home’s former residents until a neighbor told them.

In 1988, 10-year-old Judith Barsi — who starred in countless commercials and movies like “Jaws: The Revenge,” “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” and “The Land Before Time” — was murdered in her bed by her father, Jozsef Barsi, who went on to kill his wife Maria and then himself, according to an episode of Quibi’s “Murder House Flip.”

Soon after the Bernals moved into their home, they said they started experiencing strange phenomena.

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“The house had a bad energy when we moved in,”

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Family of 7 loses home in fire, then contracts COVID-19

A Washington state family faced a life-altering challenge after losing their home in a fire on Sept. 7 — but the tough times weren’t over. Days later, all seven of the Grahams contracted the coronavirus.

Jessica Graham told NBC News that she, her husband and their kids had left their home to visit family when they got a call from a friend who lives in the same town, Malden, Washington, saying there was a fire nearby. Graham started to monitor Facebook for updates and later learned that 60 to 70% of houses in the town were on fire, her husband, Matthew Graham, recalled to NBC News.

The couple decided to find a safe place to stay and landed on Graham’s parents’. As they arrived with their five kids, all between the ages of 5 and 10, in tow, they learned the news.

“Everything was gone. … All day, that was

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Family snaps up stunning East Geelong renovation without inspection

A young family from Melbourne has paid close to a suburb record price for a renovated East Geelong house without making a physical inspection.

The four-bedroom house at 15 Anderson Street sold for $1.32 million after the buyers made the bold play for the extended california bungalow early in the auction campaign.

Buxton, East Geelong agent Carl McCann said the strong early offer attracted competition from other hopeful purchasers, pushing the sale price $45,000 above the top of the quoted range.

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The competition moved the selling agents to skip the October 17 auction and wrap up the sale early.

“They’re a young family coming out of Melbourne. They’ve bought it without seeing it,” Mr McCann said.

“But they were pretty confident with the video that we provided them and

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Family loses home to wildfire, then gets virus

Jessica and Matthew Graham have had the kind of month that could be described as 2020 in a nutshell: They lost their home to wildfires that pretty much wiped their hometown of Malden, Washington, off the map. Then they got Covid-19.

Luckily, Jessica and Matthew; their five children, ages 5 to 10; her parents; and his mother all survived the coronavirus, and the couple are already on the hunt for a new home. But it wasn’t easy.

They fled the Sept. 7 Babbs-Malden Fire and sought refuge at the home of Jessica’s parents before moving on to stay with friends.

“As we drove to my in-laws, my kids all excitedly got out of the minivan to go in to see Grandma,” Matthew, 36, said Saturday. “And Jessica informed me that everything was gone.”

Then, in a matter of days, the Grahams contracted the coronavirus.

IMAGE: Matthew and Jessica Graham (NBC News)
IMAGE: Matthew and Jessica Graham (NBC
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Washington state family loses home to wildfire, then gets Covid-19

Jessica and Matthew Graham have had the kind of month that could be described as 2020 in a nutshell: They lost their home to wildfires that pretty much wiped their hometown of Malden, Washington, off the map. Then they got Covid-19.

Luckily, Jessica and Matthew; their five children, ages 5 to 10; her parents; and his mother all survived the coronavirus, and the couple are already on the hunt for a new home. But it wasn’t easy.

They fled the Sept. 7 Babbs-Malden Fire and sought refuge at the home of Jessica’s parents before moving on to stay with friends.

“As we drove to my in-laws, my kids all excitedly got out of the minivan to go in to see Grandma,” Matthew, 36, said Saturday. “And Jessica informed me that everything was gone.”

Then, in a matter of days, the Grahams contracted the coronavirus.

Matthew and Jessica Graham during a
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Habitat for Humanity builds home for Bradenton family with Bank of America grant

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To address the need for affordable, sustainable housing for working families, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Bank of America to construct a home for a deserving family. A $10,000 grant from Bank of America will support the completion of a new Bradenton home for aspiring nurse Jasmine Sittig, her daughter and son.

“We are committed to building safe, affordable homes that enrich our community,” said Diana Shoemaker, president and CEO of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. “Our long-term partnership with Bank of America helps further our organization’s mission to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

For 26 years, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity has built new homes for Habitat homebuyers and has provided critical home repairs for existing homeowners so they can stay safe and secure in their own homes and communities. As the coronavirus pandemic continues

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discover the secrets of an artist’s family home

In part six of our Switch it Up series, we explore the gentle approach that artist Isobel Henihan has taken to a ‘living renovation’ in her home. Nestled in an idyllic setting near the sea in South County Dublin, Isobel lives here with husband Ben and their three children.

Moving into a new house is one of the most exciting milestones there is, and it’s not unusual to get caught up in the enthusiasm, going for the ‘what suits right now’ property without considering how the house may need to work differently down the line.

“When we first moved in our understanding of what we needed in a house was different to how it has transpired with three kids”

As children come along, space is at a premium, but there are ways that you can make your spaces grow and evolve with you, and you don’t have to spend too

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