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Q: We were just transferred overseas and moved into a furnished rental apartment. We need a new vision to work with, since the furniture is all dark and heavy and too big for the space. We bought a cheap cow rug and a bargain small coffee table, added some pillows from home, and found a cute wooden deer head to give it a fun twist, but the already existing brown leather coach and cream walls and curtains are still too formal for us.

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We are thinking about getting two new cheap side sofas, small and light, at a bazaar or antiques shop and upholstering them with a nice different pattern in the fabric, but are open to ideas. Now, it is too beige, dark wood and cream for me! Any suggestions?

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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.