Cynthia Dorfman and her husband, Jonathan Dorfman, have owned their North Bethesda, Md., home since 1987. Cynthia told us about her favorite room in the house: the family room.
Growing up in old homes — my grandmother’s Victorian-style, my mother’s Federal-style — I knew the tending of such, so we opted for a house built by Kettler Brothers in the 1960s, which follows the footprint of a New England farmhouse. The family room has hosted my children, parents and siblings. It also has gathered distant relatives through my grandmother’s Davenport sofa, my great-grandfather’s chair and a maiden godmother’s Pembroke table, marred and scarred into its third century. This room holds the purchases of my youthful paychecks: a secretary bought at the Waterford Apple Butter Festival and a coffee table from a Danish artist.