9 Tips for Arranging Furniture in a Living Room or Family Room – Schneiderman’s {the blog}

Beautiful living room - arranging furniture around stone fireplace and TV.

One of the things that we suggested in our post on Furniture Shopping Tips was to measure your room and try out different furniture placement scenarios – either on paper or using a room planner – prior to shopping.

We still think that’s pretty great advice, but what if arranging furniture isn’t one of your strong points?  Or you’ve never had to do it before?

We’ve got some tips and general guidelines that will help:


1. Determine function.

Think about how you want this room to function. What activities will be taking place in the space (TV viewing, games, conversation, work, etc.)?

How many people do you need to comfortably seat?  Will your family always be sitting or will you need a spot to lay or lounge?  Or more than one?

Arranging furniture in a living room | Scarsdale Project - Elements of Style Blog

Answering questions like these will give you a better feel for the type, quantity, and size

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Sustainable Design | GSA

Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.

Sustainable design principles include the ability to:

  • optimize site potential;
  • minimize non-renewable energy consumption;
  • use environmentally preferable products;
  • protect and conserve water;
  • enhance indoor environmental quality; and
  • optimize operational and maintenance practices.

Utilizing a sustainable design philosophy encourages decisions at each phase of the design process that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and the health of the occupants, without compromising the bottom line. It is an integrated, holistic approach that encourages compromise and tradeoffs. Such an integrated approach positively impacts all phases of a building’s life-cycle, including design, construction, operation and decommissioning. For more information, contact Lance Davis (lance.davis@gsa.gov).

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How to Design Exterior Concrete Stairs | Home Guides

Design concrete stairs carefully so everyone can use them safely.

Design concrete stairs carefully so everyone can use them safely.

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Besides sturdiness and easy maintenance, new concrete steps can make a home look clean and fresh. Always design concrete stairs before building them, especially to meet safety guidelines, which suggest minimum and maximum landing depth, riser height and tread depth. Knowing the right way to design your concrete stairs will ensure that they will be safe to use for years to come.


Drive a wooden stake into the ground where the base of the bottom step will fall. Attach a string to the foundation of the house, approximately 1 inch below the bottom of the threshold of the door. Tie the string to the stake, then level the string with a line level.


Measure the length of the string with a tape measure. Write down the distance, which will be the overall depth of

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Bold Family Room Makeover | HGTV

Before: Boring Beige

The owners of this home recently added on a loft area, hoping it would become the go-to room for family fun and entertaining. They wanted bold colors for the walls to make the room pop, but their current color choice just fades into the background.

After: Bold Red

After its makeover, the room’s red walls give the space a clear beginning and end. Part of the room is open to the front-door entryway, and to help define the area, hanging artwork mimics the look of the windows.

Before: Too Much Light

Mixing warm colors like red with neutrals is a great way to make a room feel cozy. The couple tried to brighten their sterile family room with small accents of color, but since the room is so big, the red accessories got lost in a sea of beige. Another reason the red didn’t pop was that

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Kid-Friendly Family Room Design! | Designertrapped.com

LOVE this family room design! Such a great way to combine a playroom and family room the whole family can enjoy into one space. Super smart design choices! #spon

Thank you to Hayneedle for partnering with me on my family room makeover!

Y’all, the room shuffling in our house is ALMOST COMPLETE! In case you haven’t heard, a few months ago we decided that we needed to separate our twin girls’ into separate bedrooms because one of our sweet girls wakes up earlier in the morning than the other one and it was causing issues. Since my home office was in the spare bedroom, I had to relocate it to what was the girls’ playroom. That meant we had to move their playroom to a section of our family room, which meant we had to rearrange things to accommodate the playroom content and that wasn’t really possible with our old furniture layout. So, the room shuffling sparked a brand new family room design and full room makeover! We partnered with Hayneedle for our family room design and makeover, and

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Eva Design System

Eva Design System

Eva Design System has implementations for React Native and Angular UI libraries that are Open Source and free! You just need to get one package for both software solutions without overcharge.

EVA based on Atomic Design Principles. All components are built on basic elements with shared styles, connected with a single visual language. It provides a simple way to customize it for your product, but preserve consistency between all components.

No need to spend thousands of hours for implementation, testing and maintenance. Eva is supported by well known Angular and React Native UI component libraries. More to come.

Web Components

Nebular is an Angular UI Library with 40+ UI components, 4 visual themes, Auth and Security modules.

Mobile Components

UI Kitten is a React Native UI Library that allows you creating stunning multi-brand cross-platform mobile applications.

Tired of simple color change taking weeks to communicate it across

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Minimalist Family Room | HGTV

Suzanne and Les have an exceptionally beautiful Japanese-inspired backyard garden. It’s a wonderful expression of their Asian heritage- he’s Japanese, she’s Chinese and their daughters Amy and Leanne were adopted from China. Beautifully sculpted trees and greenery, stone walks and soothing waterfalls have made it a popular stop on the neighborhood garden tour. But if the garden is the perfect combination of yin and yang, the outdated sunken family room looking out onto it was far from being in balance. It was a mishmash of styles and inspiration-modern, shabby chic and even French country, with a dash of kid-toy overload thrown in.

Suzanne and Les asked me to bring the serenity of their Japanese minimalist garden into the family room while still accommodating their need for modern North American convenience and room for all the kids’ toys. Kids and minimalism?! I took some deep, meditative breaths and called in my

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Design Templates | TemplateMonster

Design Templates and Themes

When you’re in the business of design, your goal is to show people you’ve got good taste. What’s a good way to make an impression?

Employing any one of these Design Templates and Themes can help you achieve that image.

If you’re going for a specific design for you website, you don’t have to worry about making one from scratch. Just choose from this wide collection of Design Templates and Themes and pick one that’s closest to what you imagined. These are all made from the latest in design trends using very simple coding, so that altering a few details of the design is easy. You also get access to lots of good quality stock photos to make your website more appealing.

Whether you’re featuring the latest in fashion design or working on new house plans, these templates are equipped to showcase your latest concepts and

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Studio 7 Interior Design

I’m thrilled to be sharing my new dining room with you today.  We moved into our “new-to-us” home this past summer.  One of the rooms I was most excited about was a formal dining room.  I know these rooms are on the out with most new builds, but for me this was one of the top three things I needed in a home.  I grew up with the best memories around dining tables.  I remember holiday and Sunday dinners with extended family and friends.  I knew in this stage of life my family is in I wanted this room to hopefully create the same special memories I had for my own children.

So you can imagine how my creative juices just came flowing to me for this room the minute we got the keys.  This was the first room I wanted to design, and what a joy it was to

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