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Friday, 15 October 2010
07:27:47 AM (GMT)
ust because you have a big room to decorate, it doesn't give you the go-ahead to
dump a bunch of stuff in there without purpose.

Interior designer and staging expert Deborah Muccillo of Laguna Beach-based Interiors
Within Reach regularly contributes to the Laguna Beach Homes blog to provide readers
with do-it-yourself decorating ideas.

Here are her latest tips on decorating a great room from her recent Emerald Bay home

"Granted this home is beautiful…but many of us in Orange County own homes with
large great rooms! So, how many of you have decorated your large, great room by
placing all of the furniture around the perimeter of the space?

And with all of the furniture placed on the walls….the middle of the space

It's always best for the traffic flow of the space to create walking paths around the
outside of the conversation areas. When you allot this space as "traffic flow," you
can then create functional conversation areas that will promote "conversations" in
the smaller space remaining….what a concept!

Just pretend the room is smaller than it is using those new imaginary walls to place
your furniture on.

Place your sofa or chairs on the "imaginary walls" with your end tables. Place your
coffee table in the correct location so that it sits about 15" to 18" from the edges
of your sofa and/or your chairs. You will have ample space for traffic flow around
the coffee table. And you can book some oil painting from to decorate
your wall, make it looks tasty.

Note: By placing your upholstered pieces only 15" to 18" away from the coffee table,
you'll promote conversation as the conversation will be heard.

Notice this room has several points of entry from the outside perimeter's traffic
flow space into the conversation area. This design invites your family or guests to
enter the conversation area and be a part of the activities. Add your accessories,
accent pillows, lamps, and artwork, etc. You're done!

While this room is decorated in a contemporary style, the rules are the same for any

Remember form is one thing…but without function, it matters not!

For those of you who will begin moving furniture as soon as you read this, be sure to
go out and get those fabulous furniture glides for both wood and carpeted floors
before you start!"

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