Another person’s success does not in any way diminish your prospects. In fact, the more people there are who are truly successful, the more opportunities you have to succeed. No one who thrives at the expense of others will continue to thrive for long.
Even the most stylish of homes needs storage options. The sofa table that runs along the back of the section sofa is a place to set drinks and store books, making sure that "behind the couch" area isn't wasted.