By ROSE BENNETT
Q: I am at a loss about furniture arranging. Our living room has a fireplace in the center of one wall - windows opposite - and open doorways on both ends leading from the hallway to the sun porch. We are about to buy a new sofa, but there's no wall. Where should I put it? I love the warmth and formality of traditional-style decorating. Can you help?
A: Don't buy just "a sofa," buy two! Ditto for other furnishings you're adding to your new home. A well-balanced, symmetrical furniture arrangement is a sure way to anchor a room where traffic runs through. Face the matching sofas (or love seats if your space is small) in front of the fireplace with a low cocktail table between; the room will look and feel "established."
Symmetry also conjures a feeling of formality. It bespeaks order and calm, which is the overall attitude of the formal - but warm and inviting - pictured sitting room. Look closely and you'll see that the room is a mirror image with the fireplace at its epicenter: two sofas, two cocktail tables, two armchairs, two lamps on the mantel, two side tables under two large wall hangings.