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I’m moving into a new (to Me) house-the living room is long and has
a fireplace at the end with two large bookcases on each side that take up the whole wall- i need help in arranging furniture, is there anyone that does this? I am not good at it- the tv has to be at that end of the room also. Help

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  1. marina klima wrote on :

    please send pictures and question to marinaklima@gmail.com, I will be glad to help!

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  2. Cheryl Wilson wrote on :

    We had the EXACT same problem in our new home in our den! We ended up angling the television between one of the bookcases and against the adjacent blank wall. We put our recliners on the opposite blank wall along with a table between our recliners. We put a sofa on the side opposite the two bookcases. We used standing lamps, rather than table lamps, as the table lamps take up too much room and make everything look cluttered. Worked beautifully! We’re big readers so we wanted to keep all the bookcases. Our tv was 52″ and huge, btw. It was new and we had no intention of buying yet another tv to put over the fireplace. Good luck to you and congratulations on your new home! (Even if the house is 100 years old, it’s a new home to you and that’s what matters!)

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  3. marina klima wrote on :

    Hi there! I am interior designer and furniture arrangement is what I do for over ten years. I can certainly help you but I need pictures and measurements. Cheers!

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    • ctrygrl65 wrote on :

      I have some pictures now, but how do I get you to see them, do you have an email that I could send them to?

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    • marina klima wrote on :

      it is marinaklima@gmail.com, please post your questions and pictures.thank you. i will be glad to help.

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  4. nancy meadows wrote on :

    Congratulations on your new home. It’s always exciting but can also be somewhat daunting figuring out what fits best where. I don’t know the dimensions of your living room, but it sounds like what we refer to in design as the “bowling alley.” The trick is to break the space up into different areas. For instance, a T.V. area, a conversation area, a desk and/or reading area.

    It’s not as difficult as it may seem. Figuring out how you want to live in and use this room is the best place to start. Then you know what you need to buy and what you already own that can work perfectly.

    Your fireplace and book case wall is a wonderful focal point. Just be sure to address the wall at the opposite end of the room by having something of visual weight so the room doesn’t appear top heavy. I hope this helps!

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  5. Helen Kenney-Poore wrote on :

    You say it’s a long room, but how wide is it? Several idea’s regarding decorating a long room. First off, does the TV have to go on the exact same wall as the bookcase and fireplace or just that end of the room? I like to add a TV on a side wall so the room doesn’t get too heavy. Also, use area rugs to break up the space, instead of 1 or 2 large rugs, as well as several different defined areas, perhaps a small table with chairs in one section, 2 sofa’s facing each other in another and 2 large chairs with ottoman’s at another. This will help the room from looking to “bowling alley’ish”. Mirrors on the side walls can help expand the space too, especially if one wall has outdoor views.

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  6. twb design wrote on :

    Hello – fireplaces and tv’s are not always best friends but there are ways to work around it. Mountiing the tv above the fireplace is sometimes the only solution but not my first choice since it makes you tilt you neck up to watch tv. I agree with Kathy Hayes, investigating if you could remove a few of the shelves in the bookcase would be my first thought. You can mount the tv on a tilt/swivel mechanism and then easily be able to adjust the angle for viewing. You can also tuck it back flat when not in use. Another option is putting the tv on a mobile cart in front of the bookshelves might. If you store more long term items – say decorative boxes filled with old photos? – behind the cart you don’t give any storage space and accommodate the tv. Uf you feel you need more help, happy to talk to you about a remote consultation…. good luck and congrats on your new home.

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  7. Rosemarie Sussex wrote on :

    Can you hang a flat screen over the fireplace? If so they have some beautiful frames that go around a flat screen. You could position a sofa in front of the tv/fireplace with an area rug in front of the sofa. A sofa table in back of the sofa could be used for lamps. You will need some kind of console near the tv for cabel, dvd player etc. You could then use the rest of the room as a reading area or a new idea is putting a bar in a room for entertaining.
    The built in bookcases are a plus. Don’t overload and use decorative pieces to brake it up.

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  8. Kathy Hayes wrote on :

    Your living room has more potential than you think! A long room can be perfect for creating two seating areas. Here’s what I would suggest: place a sofa or loveseat facing the fireplace/bookcase wall. Remove a shelf or two from the bookcase and mount your tv there, either on a swiveling arm or, if there are cabinets at the bottom of the bookcases, on top of those. Because I don’t like to be too tv-centric, I would place two swiveling chairs in front of the fireplace/bookcase wall, in front of the sofa. You can swivel to be near the fire, or to look at the tv screen. Meanwhile, place a console table behind the sofa/loveseat. This can hold objects, a light if you can put a plug in the floor, and reading material. Two chairs facing the other side of the room, perhaps with a small round table between them, makes this a reading nook, a place for quiet conversation, or a cup of tea.Many decorators advide on placing furniture–I do it frequently. Often, they will be willing to charge for an hour or two. You can also look for people who specialize in interior arrangement, or “use what you have” decorating. The right placement makes the room. If you are able to buy new furniture, a design/decorating pro can also help you choose the right scale, which is crucial to making the room both look and work well.

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    • ctrygrl65 wrote on :

      I will check on the part of removing shelves, good idea-thank you so much

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  9. Shamanic wrote on :

    I’d love to help but all I have is more questions at this point. Is there space above the fireplace to mount your television. (It’d have to be a flat screen) What are the dimensions of the room? What furniture MUST you find room for? To be able to combine the tv and the fireplace to make twin focal points would allow tv viewing or fireplace watching…or both!

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    • ctrygrl65 wrote on :

      Thank you, i have to go on a short trip ,but when i get back if it is alright i could email you some pictures, it will have new furniture. L

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