This media room is what designer Linda Woodrum calls \"the heart of the house,\" in part because it's where she expects the home's owners to spend much of their time. The large, multi-purpose room is built for the comfort of a busy family, and is perfect for casual entertaining. The room seats up to 10 people and features a TV tucked into the wall. This party-friendly space even has its own kitchen to make serving guests easier.
The deep-cushioned, pale jade of the sofa provides the room's brightest color. It folds out to sleep two comfortably, and the bedclothes can be stashed in the nearby wicker chest.
The stacked-stone fireplace features a mantel made from a worn-wood beam and a cubby that houses the room's 72-inch widescreen TV. While the TV is the focal point of the room, Linda tucks it away so it doesn't dominate the room's stylish furniture and design elements.
Because a busy rec room can get cluttered, Linda planned for a lot of extra storage. The club chairs have a slope-sided wicker basket for a side table, perfect for storing board games and extra pillows.
The room is filled with fun and funky wildlife art. A trio of wood-carved antelope heads bursts through the fireplace mantel in a homage to hunting lodges. Frogs, oxen and other animals are depicted in ink prints in hues of black and brown. A pine-trimmed picture ledge runs the length of the kitchen area and displays etchings and other artwork.
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The fully-equipped kitchenette next to the stairs has its own dishwasher, under-counter refrigerator and plenty of cabinets for dishware and snacks. \"If you have a home with both a living room and a family room, I think it's important to make them very different from one another,\" Linda says.