Can I Decorate Around Omnipresent Emerald Green Carpet?

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Q: My partner and I will be moving into a huge, new apartment in the cutest of areas which happens to be priced ridiculously low. It has three walk-in closets, one with a built-in vanity area, and beautiful original light fixtures from the 1920's. Oh, and did I mention, every wall is covered in gigantic French windows? Now, I can tell you that I'm not bragging because all of these wonderful things come with nauseating wall-to-wall EMERALD GREEN carpet in EVERY room but the kitchen and bathroom (which actually boast lovely original tile work).Most of our furniture is mid-century, balanced with a lot of quirky vintage touches - it's a constant battle balancing feminine and masculine - but, as we're moving from 500 to 1000 sq. ft., we have a lot of room to adapt (and a lot of furniture to buy).

So, I've been thinking about this a lot, as the move-in date will not be until November 1, and I have absolutely considered many, many options. Some of these include: requesting to remove and replace this carpet at our expense, covering it with Flor tiles, and offering to refinish the hardwood I suspect lies beneath it (I noticed the closets are beautiful hardwood)... But, if none of these things are possible, does anyone have any ideas how to decorate AROUND the hideous carpet? I just can't wrap my head around any design ideas that involve EMBRACING this carpet. HELP?

Disclaimer: This is merely a googled image of the exact shade of carpet I'm dealing with. The former tenant is currently moving out, so I can't get in to take pictures.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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