How To Be Original in "Cookie Cutter" Apartment?

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Q: Many of the house tours and posts on Apartment Therapy are of apartments with unique layouts or structural components. As a young renter, my options are limited as to what I can afford. Unfortunately, that leads me to renting an apartment in a ginormous complex with an awful, boring layout. There seems to be only one way to set up the furniture, which is the foundation of the room. How do people battle these "cookie cutter" apartment layouts to show some originality?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children 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.