How to Pick the Best Living Room Decor for a Busy Family

If you have a large family, you know how much wear and tear the bustle of everyday life can cause. Whether you have a number of small children, teenagers, adults, or a group of multiple ages, a large and busy family needs furniture that can stand up to heavy use and stay good looking in the face of a hectic lifestyle. This is especially true when you’re talking about your living room, which is the room where families spend the majority of their time. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can decorate your living room in a way that will meet your busy family’s needs.

First, prioritize the uses and needs of your family, and choose your furniture to reflect the lifestyle you lead. For example, if you all like to sit and watch television together as a family, organize the seating in a way that allows the maximum number of people to face the screen. This will make family movie nights more comfortable and fun. On the other hand, if you’re a family that makes music or hosts parties together, arrange your furniture to that end.

As for the color scheme, take a somewhat democratic approach. Try to find a decor that appeals to everyone in the family, or at least does not repel anyone. Choose colors that promote calm and relaxation, which can minimize friction in a large household. Cool colors with an undertone of blue are the best to promote peace in a busy, hustling house. Add decorative elements that also lend a relaxing air, like potted plants, and a small, soothing fountain. This will help to make your living room a more comfortable and cozy place.

Finally, make sure that the furniture you choose is high quality. A large family takes a heavy toll on furniture, and quality pieces are less expensive in the long run. Choose tasteful, well-made collections like Donny Osmond Home from a reputable company like Kerbys Furniture for furniture that will last. Pick neutral colors and fabrics that can hide wear and tear, and take care of your furniture with regular cleanings. Good living room furniture can be an investment in the quality of your home.

Your family deserves to have a living room where they can relax and enjoy themselves. The right decor and furniture will make it happen.

Review of 7th Grade Curriculum

By the grace of God, we’ve finished our 7th year of homeschooling.  I shared the different curriculum we’ve used for the school year 2016-2017. Here’s a rundown of how it went for our 7th Grade Curriculum:

  • Teaching Textbooks Math 7 – was the biggest discovery of our school year. My daughter who previously couldn’t work on Math by herself and least loved Math is now able to do Math independently and nows understands the concepts better. I see her looking forward to doing her Math lessons now. It probably has to do with the fact that she is a very visual learner and Singapore Math just wasn’t the curriculum that fit her learning style.
  • Voyages in English 7 – She continued working on Voyages in English specifically the grammar part. She continually enjoys the sentence diagramming part and is challenged by the grammar lessons she goes through. We don’t do the Writing part of Voyages as she uses another program for that.
  • Writing with Skill 1 – She completed her lessons in Writing with Skill 1 and finds it challenging. I see a tremendous improvement in the way she writes and I like how Writing with Skill is very organized in the way it teaches outlining and other components of writing.
  • Bob Jones Explorations in Literature – This is our first year to use Bob Jones Literature and I can honestly say that it is a very rich curriculum. We weren’t able to finish reading all stories and discussing everything. I find the Teacher’s Guide complete and sometimes overwhelming.  The literary pieces were interesting and covers a variety of  literary forms.
  • Mystery of History volume 3 –  This is the subject that we do multi-level. I read aloud to them and we discuss the stories together. Each child does their own notebook and try to do activities together to enrich learning.
  • Apologia Young Explorer’s Chemistry and Physics – We’ve finished all the Young Explorer books and this is the last in the series. My daughter learned so much about how things work and made fun notes for every topic. She isn’t a very “Science” person so I am thankful that Apologia Young Explorer series was a good fit for her.
  • Bible Study Guide for All Ages Unit 4 – After 4-5 years of using Bible Study Guide for All Ages, we’ve finished going through all the units. This is also a subject that we do multi-level and this curriculum helped us walk through the entire Bible in chunks that was just appropriate for the ages of my kids. We read through the whole Bible together and discussed the different lessons we learn from every story. There were coloring activities, mapping activities and a timeline of the events in the Bible.
  • Rex Publishing’s Asian History for Social Studies – We only used this textbook as a spine. My daughter read the historical portions but for majority of the lessons, I asked her to use the book as a guide upon which topics to research on. She was able to learn about the different countries in Asia and know more about historical details of the Asian countries.
  • Jo-es Publishing’s Parola for Filipino – This is an easy reading textbook and also has up to date contents about the present condition of our country. It also has Ibong Adarna at the last quarter. We are used to Jo-es Publishing’s Binhi for Elementary students so Parola was a good fit for us.
  • Middlebury Middleschool German – Even after our review of Middlebury Middleschool German, my daughter continued on learning German and is almost finished with the full year course of German 1. She is enjoying and actually learning German!
  • Calligraphy practice set for Arts – She didn’t finish the brush calligraphy worksheets that I bought for her, but she attended a workshop instead.  She also watched several videos from SkillShare for arts. She also attended a painting workshop over the summer and joined the exhibit.
  • Daily exercises for PE – She jogs at least 3x a week.
  • Music – plays the keyboard and learns new songs.
  • TLE – she sew clothes and worked on some crochet projects

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