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“No matter where Iserve my guests, itseems they like my kitchen best.”This saying has adorned wall plaques inmany people’s kitchens, and for most indi-viduals the sentiment is quite true. The kitch-en tends to be the gathering place for thefamily. When thinking about renovating thekitchen, it pays to have entertaining in mind.It is widely known that improvementsto kitchens and bathrooms often reap thegreatest return on investment. When mak-ing changes to the kitchen, paying atten-tion to the trend of kitchen entertaining canmake the room even more valuable -- shoulda homeowner choose to sell at a later pointin time. Gearing renovations around kitchenentertaining also can make the space desire-able for current homeowners.Here are some renovation decisions toconsider that can make the kitchen an idealgathering spot for family and friends.* Space: The best kitchens for entertain-
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When presented with an empty room ina new home or apartment, most people are abit apprehensive about where to start. It can
be difcult to picture where to place a sofa or
how to arrange a chaise lounge.Although interior decorators may seem tohave the knack for knowing where to placefurniture, arranging items that are alreadyowned or new furniture is something justabout anyone can master.Before furniture can be placed, certainquestions should be answered and room lay-outs examined. Consider the following:* Is the room used to travel through to an-other room? If so, a pathway will need to beleft so that walking unhindered is possible.* Where are the doors and windows lo-cated? Furniture should not be placed whereit can interfere with a door being opened fullyor block too much light.* How is the room used? For example,furniture shouldn’t be placed in a familyroom so that individuals constantly have towalk past the television and block watchers’views. If a room is used as a sitting space, fur-niture should be geared around bookshelves
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* What space is available? Too much fur-niture in a room can create the appearance of clutter. It can also make maneuvering around
the room difcult. Keep furniture scale and
quantity in mind when decorating. It may bewise to remove some pieces if the room isoverrun with items.Once the general idea of where furniturewill be placed is decided, it helps to take
measurements to ensure everything will t.
There’s little point hefting around heavyfurniture only to move it back to its starting
position if something doesn’t t correctly.
Making a reduced-scale model of the roomand moving paper cut-outs of the furnitureis much easier on the back than moving thefurniture itself. There also is software thatcan be installed on the computer that enableshomeowners to see how furniture will lookonce arranged.Now that the time has come to place thefurniture, follow these guidelines.* Coffee tables or ottomans should be set14 to 18 inches away from the couch. Adjustaccordingly to meet the needs of homeown-ers.* Televisions should be placed at a dis-tance three-times the size of the screen. How-ever, some of the very-large televisions willsimply have to be placed closer. Otherwisethey could very well be in the next room.* The average adult requires 20 inches of breathing room for dining room chairs. Allowan additional 16 inches of room for pushingthe chairs out to get up from the seat.
Furniture arranging 101

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