Q: I've been lucky enough to get a position as a resident adviser in a student dorm, and I was looking for tips on how to set up my place. Specifically, should I buy a couch? If I did, I think I would be forced to block the non-functional fireplace, as I don't see where else I would put it without compromising easy passage though the room…
Sent by Isobel
…My other option is to buy one or two armchairs. Also, I feel like my room is very lopsided: the bulk of my belongings are on one end of the room. I'd love to hear some opinions on how to fix this without blocking the entrance or the bedroom door.
I'm open to any and all other suggestions as well! I'm saving a lot of money by living here, so I have a larger budget to devote to decorating.
Editor: I think a sofa is a great idea — and it will help make a welcoming environment for your residents. Right now, everything is pushed up against the exterior walls and there is no focal point. The addition of a sofa and rug in front of the fireplace could be the focal point your looking for.
Who has suggestions for Isobel?