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Q: I'm Amy, from Milwaukee, and I have a problem with my apartment's living room. Like a lot of apartments, it has an L-shaped living/dining room area, but the corner along the bend from living to dining is completely useless! I have all my furniture up against the walls right now and it feels very uninspired. Attached are pictures of the layout, my sectional sofa (which I cannot part with) and the focal piece of the room - my parents' rug that I have on loan.

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The sofa that I have is very nearly the same color as what's in the picture, just a touch more brown than tan, so that it contrasts slightly with the walls, which are plain, neutral, "apartment color". The carpet is pretty much the same color as the walls, and in good shape, just blah. Other furniture to note: one pie safe I use as a bookcase (about 48" wide and 54" tall), one 55" TV & battered TV stand that my boyfriend will not separate with, an old green wrought-iron coffee table, side table, floor lamp, table lamp. I'm going for a bit of an eclectic/transitional feel, with mostly neutral pieces and some standout pieces here & there.

Let me know what you think! I'm open to any suggestions to make this feel more like home!

Sent by Amy

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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.

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