What do you do when your family outgrows the current family room? According to designer Jo Alcorn, the first thing you need is a sprawling sectional sofa that can accommodate two adults, two kids, and occasionally the family dog. To balance out the weight of an L-shaped sectional, Alcorn beefed up the fireplace mantel with crown moulding and installed a flat-screen TV above the electric insert. Get her tips on brightening up a space without recessed lighting, and see where she added personal touches to make her clients’ family room feel warm and inviting.

Video and photography: James Bombales

Producer and editor: Kelsey Pudloski

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