AT Style Cure #14: Learning to Go With the Flow

One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#14: Make your room a nicer place to be.

Imagine you open the door and let in a river of water. How will it flow? Will it rush right in and through or will it get stuck and swirl around in dead corners? Ideally it should meander around your furniture, creating paths that allow the most movement possible throughout the whole room. It should not, for example, run along one side of the room that is kept clear, while getting stuck and stagnating along the other side among furniture, clutter, and boxes.

Ummm…wat? Who is Maxwell, and what is this flow mumbo-jumbo?? Am I supposed to put my bed in the middle of the room like some sort of island? The two sample pictures they provide in the assignment don’t even use the same furniture. The “flow along one side only” image looks like it might be a living room with a random dining room table thrown in…and a love seat? Does that even make sense? Who has a room like that? What is the purpose of that love seat?! Is that a TV in the bottom left – why is it so far away from the sectional?!? I’M FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW.

Yes, the “flow throughout room” pictures makes more sense…kind of. But that is totally different furniture. The rectangle in the upper right appears to be the same, and the little oval has moved. That might be the same love seat? But why would you have two sectioned-off seating areas in one room? Do people do that? WHAT SORT OF MADNESS IS THIS?!

Meh – I don’t care for this. There isn’t much we can do with the layout of our bedroom. It’s not a large room, and there are many doors. We’ve put our bed against the two viable walls, and the one it’s against is the best – I promise. There is only one place for our dresser to go – I promise. There is only one place for my desk to go – I promise. So…get your feng out of my shui. This is how it’s gonna be.


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