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A Minnesota Casual Home – The Living Room

A MN casual living room - love that geometric rug (and the layers)

Welcome to Room 3 in our Minnesota Casual Home series!

This beautiful, yet relaxed, living room is the definition of Minnesota Casual.   The warm woods, casual finishes, natural materials, stylish (but simple) furniture, and a great blend of texture and pattern all combine to make a space that is very approachable and livable.

And if you’re a fan of neutrals, but you’ve always been a little unsure as to how to put them together in a way that’s not boring, you’re sure to be inspired.  (We’re giving you 3 take-away tips below.)

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Arranging Furniture: Let it Float

Use an area rug to anchor floating furniture
SHOP THIS LOOK:
sectional | ottoman | rug

First let us say that placing furniture next to the walls is not a bad thing.  In fact, in many cases, it’s the best choice for your living or family room.

But there are times, more often than you might think, that floating your furniture will help your space look and function much better.

Close enough for conversation.

The goal for arranging a seating area (or more than one, if space allows) is to be able to:

a) carry on a conversation without raising your voice,
b) easily move around the furniture,
c) have a space that looks pulled together – not disjointed.

Sometimes that just can’t happen if you’re pushing all of the furniture back against the walls.

Case in point, the Lakeside Cottage that we posted about earlier this week.
Floating furniture was the best option in our Lakeside Cottage living room
The living room was a little wide for this furniture placement, so we automatically just tweaked it in, away from the walls.  It was a small change really but you can see how it resulted in a much cozier conversation area in front of the fireplace.

Float, but anchor.

Anchoring your seating area with an area rug is almost always a good idea, but even more so when you’re floating furniture.

Add a rug (or two – love layers!) to firmly define the seating area, make the room more comfortable, and give it a finished look.

Give it a try.

When you’re used to having all of your furniture against the walls, it may feel awkward to all of sudden start floating furniture around in your space.

Play with the placement until you get it where you think it might work, and then live with it for a few days.  You may be surprised at how much better it looks and how well it functions!

For more ideas on how to arrange furniture in your living spaces, you can check out this post.

Back to School: Kids Study Spaces

Create a kids study space in an unused corner of your living or family room
KIDS STUDY SPACES:
desk | chair | add this cute cabinet

For most kids, school will start in a little less than a month. The anticipation of new classes and teachers is starting to kick in, along with the excitement of being able to reconnect with friends they haven’t seen over the summer.  School supplies are being purchased.

Another reality will soon be setting in as well –– H.O.M.E.W.O.R.K.

While homework demands and space needs vary by family, most would agree that they need kids study spaces that are as versatile and functional as possible.

We’ve pulled together a few options that prove just how easy that can be to achieve.
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