Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

What Makes a Great Family Room? 6 Tips You Need to Know

By: Nina Asusa

What Makes a Great Family Room? 6 Tips You Need to Know

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Your family room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s a place for the whole family to relax, get comfortable and spend quality time together, so you want it to be a space that caters to your lifestyle. A combination of style and beauty mixed with warmth and comfort isn’t always easy to achieve, but you can create the perfect family room by keeping a few key tips in mind. Read on to find out the 6 things that make a great family room. 
 
1. Lots of Seating
Your family room should be a space where your family can spend quality time hanging out together. Whether you’re having a movie night, playing board games or catching up over wine and a charcuterie board, having plenty of seating is key to a great family room. There should be lots of comfortable seating- enough for your family, plus a few guests. A sectional is a great option for a smaller space, and never underestimate lush, comfy floor pillows. 
 
2. Plenty of Natural Light 
Natural light flowing into your family room will make your space feel peaceful and bright. Open up your blinds and curtains whenever you’re spending time in your family room, so you can enjoy as much natural light as possible. Natural light fosters the art of living, helping you feel less stressed and overwhelmed by everyday tasks, and more calm and relaxed. Your family room should be a place of comfort and well-being, and natural light is one of the best ways to create a Zen, feel-good vibe.
 
3. Think Warmth 
Your family room should radiate warmth- both visually and physically. Fill seating areas with lots of blankets and throw pillows, make sure you have a soft underfoot, such as a carpet or area rug, and if you have a fireplace, that’s the cherry on top! There’s nothing better than cozying up by the fire on a cool fall or winter night. 
 
4. Colour
Colour is an important feature of any family room. It fills the space with personality and can help you convey different feelings. Do you want your family room to feel relaxed and calm? A combination of soft greens and blues is a great way to do this. On the flip side, pinks and oranges can make your room feel energized, fun and cheerful. If you’d rather not do colour on the walls, keep them neutral and bring in colour with your furniture, accessories and decor. A velvet blue couch, a few house plants or a colourful Moroccan rug can work wonders for you space. 
 
5. Storage
Another very important feature of your family room should be storage. Make sure there’s a place to hide games, toys, books and magazines out of sight. You want to keep your space tidy, but you also want these things to be easily accessible when your family wants to use them. There are lots of options for family room storage, from bookcases tocabinets to wicker baskets for your favourite throws. 
 
6. Table Tops 
Since your family will be spending lots of quality time in the family room, it’s important to have table space. From tables at the side of your couch to a gorgeous coffee table and accent tables, table tops ensure you have room to place board games, books, drinks and food platters when you’re hanging out in the space.
 
Ready to upgrade your family room? These are the 6 things that will make your family room great!