Help! Living Room Challenge

A few weeks ago on a Saturday morning I received this 911 text and photo from a friend who had recently relocated to St.Louis and chose to downsize when buying their new home. With downsizing often comes furniture placement challenges like this one.

“Help! I’m attempting to rearrange this room. It is small and set up kind of awkward. I get like I needed to open it up more. I just can’t figure it out, especially with the bar and stools. There are just two.”

Chris Living Room


Chris Living Room by Nancy Korbet





Me: Try moving the floral chair to the corner of the rug



           Chris:  You mean like this?Chris Living room by Nancy KorbetMe:  Yes! At some point you might want to think about getting a round coffee table, which would create a little more space to move around.  Also, I would pull the rug away from under the couch and show some hardwood.

Rug Tip: When opting for a smaller rug, keeping all legs of the furniture off and positioned around the edges of the rug is best. Rules were meant to be broken,but I think it’s good strategy for this situation.

Later that day……..

Chris Living Room- After by Nancy Korbet


  Chris: I’ve been wanting to get rid of that old table, so we went shopping and found this one at Pier One!

Now that is what I call instant gratification! See how even just moving a couple of things around in a room can make a big difference. If you have some ”stuck” areas, contact me and I lets see how we can work together virtually.

  14 comments for “Help! Living Room Challenge

  1. Juliette
    October 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Clever girl Nancy. Love it!


  2. October 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks Juliette! It was fun to do a quick fix virtually! 🙂


  3. Vicki
    October 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    What a fantastic change and with minimal effort and cost!!!!
    Way to go!!!!


    • October 26, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I know! She did such a great job and so quickly!


  4. Val
    October 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Awesome job Nancy! Looks fantastic with just simple rearranging ❤️ It!


    • October 26, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Val! Even just moving one chair can make such a difference!


  5. October 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I love it! I need this kind of help. Sadly, I don’t have Chris’ quick wit.


    • October 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Terri! I just responded to your email, I bet we can get your space challenges solved. 🙂


  6. Charlotte Beyer-Olsen
    October 27, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Fantastic! Loved the suggestions and changes…you inspired me:)


  7. October 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Simple changes, easy to execute. That’s my kind of redecorating! I would have never thought about replacing the rectangle table for a round one. It fits the space so much better and makes the room look more inviting. Great tips, Nancy!


  8. Rosie Brown
    October 28, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Rosie Brown October 29th 2017

    Nancy, your talent to ‘see’ things in a fresh perspective is so clever. You bring a bright new concept and energy to a space, without necessarily costing a fortune. Magic!


    • October 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you Rosie! I love when a small change makes a big difference. 🙂


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