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9 Tips for Arranging Furniture in a Living Room or Family Room

Beautiful living room - arranging furniture around stone fireplace and TV.

One of the things that we suggested in our post on Furniture Shopping Tips was to measure your room and try out different furniture placement scenarios – either on paper or using a room planner – prior to shopping.

We still think that’s pretty great advice, but what if arranging furniture isn’t one of your strong points?  Or you’ve never had to do it before?

We’ve got some tips and general guidelines that will help:

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Before and After: How A Color Change Transformed This Dining Room


We rent a variety of spaces for our room shoots, and there are typically not window treatments in any of the rooms. So when a room has curtains, we’re pretty happy.

Even when there are curtains, though, we don’t usually have any control over the style or color of curtains. Our designers have learned to adapt accordingly, and they do a great job.

But I thought it might be fun to do a little experiment with this dining room from a recent shoot. How much of an impact would it have to change the curtain color?  Let’s see…

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5 Design Ideas That Will Transform Your Outdoor Dining Space

Outdoor dining room by the lake. Beautiful neutrals - such a pretty dining set!

When we’re designing our dining rooms the goal is pretty simple: Create a comfortable, welcoming space where we can enjoy great food and good company.

And when it comes to designing outdoor dining spaces, the goal should be the same, right?   But because outdoor decorating is a little different, or so we think, it can leave us feeling unsure of what to do. So we either a) do nothing at all, or b) plop a table and chairs down and call it good.

If a. or b. describes you but you’d like something more, here are 5 ways to make your outdoor dining space more comfy, welcoming, and unique:

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