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Along with family game night, creating a night for family movies is a great way to bring the entire family together. With today’s busy go-go-go lifestyle, getting everyone into the same place at the same time can seem impossible. Setting aside a night once a week or even once a month for a family activity like playing games or watching a movie is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Family movie night is much more economical than going out to the movies so this is a budget friendly option too.
Family movie nights can take place in the living room, family room or even in mom and dad’s bed. If you have a home theater, even better! Or if you have surround sound and a big flat screen you can create the feeling of a home theater in the living room. A sectional sofa comes in really handy for family movie nights so everyone can sit together. Or kids can sit and sprawl out on the floor. Cushions and pillows can be piled on the floor (a must for hardwood or tile floors) for extra seating. Throws and blankets are great for cuddling and can also be spread out on the floor for an impromptu picnic of movie snacks.
Movies can range from current kid friendly films to classic family films like Sound of Music or Wizard of Oz. Rotate who gets to choose the movie so everyone feels included. And don’t forget the popcorn and sweets!
Here’s one fun idea that you can plan no matter what kind of weather you’re facing – a night of camping indoors.
Start with a tent that doesn’t need any posts to set up – no risk to your nice flooring. Bring some houseplants into sight and turn off all the lights.
Candles are too risky for children, but today’s LED lights are made to mimic candles of all sizes.
Have your children pack their own knapsacks with snacks and favorite toys. Add a few surprises for each child, including their own flashlights. Spread out sleeping bags if you have them or a pile of pillows, cushions and blankets will work.
Hotdogs and beans make for good camping fare. You may want to head outside to the grill for smores before bundling back to the tent for scary ghost stories before turning in. One of the best lessons you can teach your children is how to make their own fun rather than relying on movies, television and video games.
Have your children make a plan for the next at-home event. They’re not only developing their imaginations and planning skills, they’re making memories that will last a lifetime.
A baby grand piano adds a beautiful feel to a living space. It provides the impression that the homeowners play fairly well, or their children do. However, any true piano player knows with one look that no player lives here.
What’s the obvious clue? It’s the lighting. Any player would want the piano keys facing the window to get unshadowed light on the sheet music. And at night, a pianist needs a good light source landing on the front of the piano to read the sheet music. In this house, the piano is simply an extravagant piece of furniture.
The rest of the room works well on the basics, but there are a few other iffy decisions. Let’s consider the window treatment behind the piano. The draping and the rosettes are a bit over the top, but the fabric doo-dad that drops from the middle of the window is a true error in judgment. The multiple colors and trims, along with the pink tones, add a bit too much frou-frou to what is otherwise a classic room design. This look is echoed in the throw pillow on the left and the rug. With simpler curtains the room would feel more elegant.