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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 elevated style that both children and parents can enjoy worry-free.”

Bold floral chairs aren’t just playful; they serve a subtle secret purpose: “I find that intricate, colorful patterns tend to hide spills and stains better than solid textiles,” says designer Emily Spanos of Emily June Designs.

If you’ve been staring at white shiplap walls for far too long and are desperate for a change, consider a total 180. Sherwin-Williams declared Urbane Bronze, a shade one designer referred to as “melted dark chocolate,” the 2021 Color of the Year for the way it instantly makes a space feel cozy and enveloping.

A sand-colored sofa may seem impossible when you have toddlers roaming the house, but it’s totally doable when it’s slipcovered. And slipcovered doesn’t have to equate grandma—or grandmillennial. For proof, just check out the Keane style Amber Lewis (aka Kristen Bell’s go-to designer) created for Anthropologie. You can’t deny that

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xCloud service still has room for improvements, as users share their experience

After several months of testing that generated favourable feedback, Microsoft launched its xCloud gaming streaming service in September bundled with its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. This allowed consumers and gaming industry journalists enough time to fully test its performance and capabilities without restrictions. So far, it seems to generate a mixed bag of feedback from those who have played it for close to a month now.

For now, a major gripe that gamers have with the cloud-gaming platform is its limited device compatibility. Although it is considered to be no longer in beta, there are still some missing features that will be eventually added down the line. In its current state, many agree that it still has the potential to beat its rivals such as Google’s Stadia, Amazon’s Luna, Sony’s PlayStation Now, and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, reports The Verge.

However, it is difficult for reviewers to make a solid conclusion when it is only accessible on Android devices. Microsoft plans to make it available for iOS hardware soon via a web-based portal in order to circumvent certain restrictions Apple has established for game streaming apps on its App Store. xCloud was originally envisioned to bridge the gap between mobile devices, game consoles, and PC.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently replied to a Twitter post by @Vyyyper asking when users can expect to have the game streaming service on PC and supported game systems. “Yes, we want to do this. It’s in the long list of cool things the xCloud team is working on, just a bit further down the list. But we want console and PC players to be able to browse as easily as mobile players, it’s a good gamepass feature,” he wrote.

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Lorella design offers spacious living room | Current Prices

An intriguing three-step hipped roof crowns the Lorella, a small home with a surprisingly spacious living room. Its stately brick column works with the brick detailing on the garage to create an attractive frame for the front door and sidelight.

This plan’s narrow footprint, a mere 40 feet in width, allows for construction on a small lot, deeper than it is wide.

Parents with young children will appreciate the close proximity of the bedrooms, all on the right. Bathrooms, utilities, and closets placed down the middle do double duty, serving as sound buffers between the sleeping rooms and the typically noisier active living areas.

Standing in front of the living room’s gas fireplace, you can gaze outside in three directions. Wide multipaned windows fill most of the front wall, sliders at the rear look out across a patio, and another set of windows flanks the fireplace. On days when you don’t want to be reminded of the weather, you can lift your spirits by shifting focus to the colorful flames in the fireplace.

The kitchen is large enough to provide plenty of cupboard and counter space, yet small enough to be efficient. Counter space wraps around all four sides. The peninsula bordering the dining room could be outfitted as an eating bar, and the partially covered patio outside the sliding glass doors could be screened in, if desired.

Luxury touches in the Lorella’s owners’ suite include a roomy walk-in closet, and a private bathroom with oversized shower, double vanity, and display shelves. Utilities are close to both bedrooms and the garage, located in a pass-through space that also serves as a mud room.

Associated Designs is the original source for the Lorella 30-154. For more information or to view other designs, visit www.AssociatedDesigns.com or call 800-634-0123.

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Gardens McDonald’s reopens dining room after $450,000 renovation

Jodie Wagner
 
| Palm Beach Post

PALM BEACH GARDENS — COVID-conscious and color-coordinated, the McDonald’s restaurant on Alternate A1A in the Promenade Shopping Plaza welcomed back customers to its newly renovated dining room last month.

Owner Ricky Wade, who operates 30 McDonald’s restaurants in Palm Beach and Martin counties, including a second Palm Beach Gardens location at 3805 Northlake Blvd., transformed the eatery at 9880 Alternate A1A from a traditional look into a contemporary one.

The $450,000 renovation includes a modernized dining room with locally inspired decor, remodeled counters, digital menu boards, new furniture, privacy seating, curbside and in-store pickup through mobile order and pay, and remodeled bathrooms.

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“The new look is much more relevant to millennials and those ages 18-to-36,” said Wade, who has remodeled all but one of his McDonald’s restaurants. Work on the last location, at 181 N. U.S. 1 in Jupiter, is expected to begin later this month. “Our seniors also love it. It’s calmer.”

Construction began in June and was complete in late August, Wade said. The dining room, which was closed in mid-March amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, remained shuttered during construction. The drive-thru stayed open.

Wade is taking significant steps to keep customers and employees safe as the virus continues to circulate.

The restaurant is sanitized and disinfected every 30 minutes, Wade said. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the restaurant for customers’ convenience.

Partitions separate employees from customers and from each other. Tables that are available for use are staggered throughout the restaurant, and customers can place their orders through mobile pay.

The self-service beverage station has been removed for now, and masks are required in the restaurant unless when

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Harveys Lake Tahoe Completes Room Renovation As Part Of $41 Million Total Investment

The renowned resort now offers 519 redesigned guest rooms in the Tahoe Tower, in addition to the previously remodeled balcony suites in 2018, as well as the new Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE, Nev., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Harveys Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino has completed the renovation of all 519 guest rooms in the famed resort’s Tahoe Tower as part of a $41 million total property investment over the past two years. The tower’s balcony suites, with incredible views of the lake, were also remodeled in 2018.

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“First opened in 1944, Harveys Lake Tahoe is an iconic resort on the South Shore and continues to offer enhanced amenities for guests to enjoy, including the newly redesigned rooms,” said John Koster, senior vice president and general manager for Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe. “The completion of this major investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to elevating guest experiences at our resorts and advancing the Lake Tahoe tourism economy.”

According to Las Vegas-based architect and designer DEZMOTIF Studios, the renovated Tahoe Tower rooms at Harveys provide guests with a comfortable, relaxing environment with a fresh and modern appeal. Inspired by nature and the seasons, the new rooms feature a spacious layout with the use of natural textures in a warm, neutral palette. Wood accents are contrasted by linen textures throughout the room. Additionally, the plush carpeting in a deep blue chevron pattern is reminiscent of the stunning lake waters, creating a sense of calmness to the space.

The redesigned bathroom provides the highest level of amenities for modern travelers, with neutral walls contrasted by dark quartz and dark metal accents that create a timeless and clean atmosphere. Guests may also unwind in a comfortable room

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