Differing Decor Between Roommates?

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Q - I just moved into an apartment with a roommate and was so excited at the prospect of decorating from scratch since she had no furniture. After signing the lease my roommate’s mother gave her a bunch of furniture for free. Horrible furniture (image below). I’m completely at a loss at how to decorate...

I like the Danish modern style with clean lines, something the tables don’t offer. I would be perfectly happy buying all new furniture but my roommate doesn’t want me to replace the tables or anything. Any suggestions out there on how I could combine the Danish modern, warm and cozy look that I love with this furniture and that tv? Thanks!

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ED - Readers, alongside any of your ideas for Melissa's design dilemma, we think it would be great for you to all share your thoughts on making decor work with a roommate and differing design styles. Seems like this might be a case of one person's sentimental feelings versus another's design sensibility, but we think both parties need to compromise. Perhaps replacing the sofa, but keeping the tables, while reupholstering the chair with a more suitable Danish modern fabrics.

Photo: Hans Wegner Table from Mod Living

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