When we asked Next Wave design duo Toledo Geller—a.k.a. Virginia Toledo and Jessica Geller—how they'd transform a room without spending any money, we thought they'd be stumped. But the New Jersey-based pair didn't hesitate with an answer: Move your furniture!
"So often a space can be improved simply by rearranging existing pieces in a more cohesive way," explains Toledo. To illustrate, she pointed to an empty-nester couple whose home she and Geller had decorated several years previously. They'd recently downsized, moving into a condo nearby, so the designers helped them choose which pieces from the big house would be making the move. While they had all the right pieces, the way the couple arranged them in their new, smaller living-slash-dining room was making it feel more cramped than it really was. So Toledo and Geller came in to do some rearranging, pulling pieces from different rooms that were more appropriately scaled and removing others that didn't work as well.
The result: a space that feels totally different—in a good way! Watch the video above to see how Toledo and Geller accomplished a living room makeover without major expense, just a bit of (literal) heavy lifting.
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