Fast Fix: Living Rooms

A Living Room for the Whole Family

Sarah Richardson, host of Sarah 101, shares five ingredients for a living room that satisfies kids and parents.

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Family Room 101

As the ultimate common area, a family room has to offer something for everyone: space for playing, working and, of course, TV watching. Sarah's family room, a light-filled rectangular space on the bottom floor of her Toronto home, is where daughters Robin, 6, and Fiona, 4, have playdates and do art projects. It's also where the family gathers for movies and reading time. The comfy sectional has room for everyone. She says to steer clear of too-large sectionals that take over the room. Hers measures 9 feet across and 6 feet long (at the chaise). The cushions are covered in white denim cases, which zip off and go in the wash.


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