Question:

This reader has a 18 x 18 ft living room with a fireplace in the center of the back wall. She is  interested in doing matching sofas and is having a hard time with a space plan.  She wants to know if matching sofas are a decorating "do" or "don't". 

Solution:

Personally, I love symmetry so I would position the sofas facing each other in front of the fireplace.  This space plan works particularly well in a sq room.  I've illustrated in the rendering below this configuration. 

Free advice friday July 15 09