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    Tatum Cruz
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    Hi Mr. Kate!
    I’m in the process of making a big life change and moving from Seattle to LA! My new apartment has an interesting layout – it is kind of like a narrow rectangle. I’m wondering if you have some ideas for furniture arrangements & decor in a narrow space with not much room for a dining area. I’m just looking for a fresh start.
    Thanks so much for your help!

    #70610

    Mr. Kate
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    Hi Tatum!
    Welcome to the forums! And welcome to LA!
    Narrow spaces can be challenging but there is always a way to have a well designed space.
    I think the main trap people fall into when decorating or laying out a long narrow room is the “wall hugging disorder” or that’s what I call it. That’s when you let the shape of the room dictate your layout and you just line the walls instead of taking advantage of the center of the room. People also tend to mimic the shape of the room and bring in long narrow furniture like benches, etc. because they think it’s all that fits. When really, you want to bring in round and oval items to offset the rectangular shape.
    If you don’t have a dining room, I’d embrace your living area as a dining room and lounge space and get a large round coffee table to inhabit the center of the room in front of your couch. Then you can get some poufs, (I love these http://rstyle.me/n/bn6bg9hi9w or these cotton ones: http://rstyle.me/n/bn6bc9hi9w ) and have meals on your coffee table sitting on the poufs! That’s literally how Joey and I eat every dinner and we even have a dining table!

    Yaaas: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AbW4-4VYBlrxV-ElSe6s1W_-wvcKW6MB9IbMrwlc-pOBC1mLsZMs7ww/
    VIbes: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AShrKbIjSpE_P1bldMHTghaB_3B-aoiYEUjCc4q34KVQijN-nXb-f2o/
    Round coffee table with furniture around it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541909767633117960/ – but I think get something bigger than this so it feels more inviting for food.
    Or store the poufs under a rectangle coffee table https://www.pinterest.com/pin/435652963925060286/
    Layout and I love the picture ledge! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/247698048229415051/ Ikea has a cheap one
    Good long narrow layout with coffee table and chairs in center to break up rectangle https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AZsMjxW0IiZoelkhka3U7FzLCI58jEEoqVPrue7ELifKw0wyvZikz2c/
    Add a table cloth and it’s a dinner party! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541065342711134579/

    Something I always tell people too is to remember that decorating is a 360 degree experience. So don’t forget about your walls and windows and even ceilings. Hanging a cool light fixture over your coffee table or hanging plants in the corner. The human eye is trained to scan its surroundings so give it stuff to look at!
    Hope that helps and best of luck with the move! We’d love to see pics of your space! Keep posting in this thread with photos or any more questions or comments.
    XO!
    – mr. kate

    #70676

    Tatum Cruz
    Participant

    Thanks so much, looking forward to the challenge 😉

    #70835
    Dannie Fountain
    Dannie Fountain
    Participant

    oh man! Love this! Decorating smaller spaces is definitely fun, because you have to be way more creative! <3

    #72340
    Brittany Smith
    Brittany Smith
    Participant

    I sold my house and am living back at home with my parents (womp womp…a not so fun heartbreak story that I will leave out!), and it is challenging to come up with ways to work my furniture into a much smaller space. These ideas are helpful!

    #72342
    Stephanie Call
    Stephanie Call
    Participant

    I was super inspired by these ikea layouts. They seem an unlikely perfect solution to a narrow space.

    #77227

    carlo barr
    Participant

    Just like living in tiny house, but anyway, if you have that little space, you can also use small furniture to work with it. Try these teak furniture set that are on sale at http://www.javateakoutdoorfurniture.com/specials/, these are perfect solution for your concern.

    #83866

    Jane Antony
    Participant

    Looks pretty good.

    #83909

    Gloria Morgan
    Participant

    Great idea!! It looks pretty and amazing.

    #83947

    Diana Welch
    Participant

    Why not try a minimalist design?

    Try to play with lights to make your space look bigger and don’t be afraid to use a couple of big furnitures.

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