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by Cristin Bisbee Priest

As a mother of two young children, Cristin understands the desire for a home to be functional, yet beautiful. Blending the two disciplines of home organization and interior design resonated with her and thus Simplified Bee® was born. She believes that surrounding yourself with lovely, organized spaces reduces stress, makes you happier, and inspires healthier living.

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  • There is no getting around it -- the position of a sofa in the living room defines the space. Up against the wall is usually the first option, but in some instances (creating symmetry, allowing for traffic patterns or maximizing functionality in the space)  a sofa is best positioned in the middle of the room.

    If your sofa is destined to live in the middle of the room, you may be struggling with what to do with the space behind it. While it's not  'bad' or 'wrong' to leave it bare, it's a great opportunity for additional seating, storage and lighting.

    Here are some ideas to maximize the real estate in back of your sofa:
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    sofa or console table is a classic choice (for a good reason -- it works), but here I love how it is flanked with additional chairs and topped with colorful accent lamps to create a more finished tableau.

  • I love how New York-based interior designer, Amanda Nisbet places a small scale stone side table with upholstered bench seating. It's a perfect spot for a game of chess or cup of coffee.

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    In line with the mid-century style living room, San Francisco interior designer, Palmer Weiss places a buffet console allowing the homeowner additional storage. Brilliant use of space!

  • Need additional work space? Placing a desk behind a sofa may be a solution. Here a glass top desk is elegant, yet functional in this living room.

  • You know I love storage options and was instantly drawn to this living room with a bookcase placed behind a sofa. Not only does it house books, but it helps define the living room from the dining room. Great design trick for open floor plans!

    What's behind your sofa?

    - Cristin
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