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Ask Flipped: What Should I Do With This Guy Who Still Hasn't Left My New Year's Party?

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Dear Flipped,

I had a small New Year's Eve gathering at my apartment, and the next morning while cleaning up, I discovered that one the guests had not left. He says his name is Declan and he is friends with one of my coworkers. He seems to have carved himself out a little space in the corner of the living room, in between the couch and the wall, and he makes little noise except for the occasional song request. I'm not sure what do with him, though—he doesn't really go with any of my furniture, which is mostly simple and modern. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Perplexed Party Host
Dear PPH,

This is a tricky one. Your first instinct might be to carry him outside and place him on the curb—after all, he's not your friend, and like you said, he doesn't match the theme you've already established for your space. However, I would caution against that. Over time, he may begin to grow on you, and you will discover that he lends an air of charm or whimsy to your home. I once had a similar experience with an exposed brick wall.

I would suggest really leaning in and embracing Declan's new place in your home. Try repainting the wall behind him white—so that he really pops. Get a lamp to light up his corner, or maybe even try some multicolored lights if he starts to seem a little boring, or cut flowers if he starts to get stale. And don't be afraid to throw a little paint on Declan himself. Really make him your own.

The other approach that I would recommend is to find pieces that complement your new permanent houseguest. Is Declan long and thin? Try placing a short, round end table next to him. If he is short and squat, you can do the same with some sort of tall, fern-like plant. Get creative!

If after all that, it still doesn't feel right but you can't bear to get rid of him, you could just hang some artwork on him to mask him a bit. No shame in that!

Hope that helps,
Flipped