About The Episode
For Debbie Millman, host of the podcast Design Matters, design is everywhere. She joins host Manoush Zomorodi to explore ideas and curate talks about the role of design in our lives.
About Debbie Millman
Designer, author, artist and educator Debbie Millman hosts the podcast Design Matters. Over the past 15 years she has interviewed hundreds of artists and thought leaders—from performance artist Marina Abramović to psychologist Steven Pinker.
Millman is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that explore how design impacts our lives: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. She is currently working on an illustrated book for HarperCollins titled Why Design Matters. Millman is president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, one of only five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history, and she was
“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” -Albert Einstein
The family room. The name alone conjures up memories of a warm, welcoming space to hang out with those you love most. A family room should be cozy and comfortable, but most of all, casual. Save the formal furniture for the living room. You should love your family room as much as your favorite pair of jeans, and it should fit you equally as well.
Achieving this level of accidental intention is easier when you see what others have done. Let our favorite family room ideas serve as a springboard to design your family’s favorite space.
1. Modern Family Room Ideas
Modern style can be the primary focus of your living room idea, or you may prefer to accent the room with modern design touches. For example, set a minimalist black floor lamp next to a traditional style
Tips and tricks from interior designers to make your family room design functional for the whole family.
Next to the kitchen, the family room is the most occupied space in any home. Choosing a family room design that works for everyone in the house can be a challenge, but Kelly Edwards, designer and host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, suggests choosing the right design doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. What makes for a great family room design? “Ample seating, comfortable textiles, organization and great lighting,” says Edwards. “With those four things you can’t go wrong.”
Jillian Summers, award-winning interior designer with Upstaging Limited, suggests that “a great functional space works well when you can utilize the full space and can create a functional conversation area as well as room for TV viewing. Furniture placement is vital. Often times you can choose items that are multipurpose. For
In search of fresh decor ideas? Bring on bold colors, beautiful patterns and luxe textures with the latest trends in furniture, fabric and more. Whether you’re thinking about a minor refresh or a total renovation, you’ll find inspiration for your interior design update.
Velvet adds a cozy, high-end look to upholstered furniture and home accents, and it’s not going away anytime soon. If you’re worried that velvet is too formal or impractical to clean, don’t fret! Today’s velvet offerings have a high-quality look with modern performance qualities.
Elevate your space with a statement sofa upholstered in jewel-tone velvet, or try trendy throw pillows to quickly add an elegant touch.
2. Caned furniture
Caning is having a moment (again). This decorative technique has been around for centuries, with various surges in popularity throughout history. As with many trends, the timeless weave has circled back around with an updated look