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We and a bunch of our friends and aquaintances will be selling everything we possibly can in order to clean out OUR apartments. You are welcome to visit, take your own table and participate in the selling.... 'TABLES: 8'x30' tables are $20 for a table, or $12 for half a table. RACKS: coat racks are $30 for a coat rack or $17 for half a rack.

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Plants in the bedroom is a highly debated topic - is it good or bad feng shui, do the benefits of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and benzene filtering outweigh the potential allergens, etc. We happen to fall into the pro-plants camp, and this example from a Chicago home might even inspire us to install a special plant shelf. Matt's plant shelf brings color and life into his simple, serene bedroom. The shelf approach is also a great solution for small rooms without space for plants on a bedside or standing shelf. What do you think? Do you keep plants in your bedroom for aesthetic or air quality reasons?

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How do you fit a computer workstation, a small library of books, and your files into an entry hall? Click below to find out.... This entryway closet has been repurposed into a functional workspace. Overhead lights and a sliding door make the space feel less like a closet and more like an office, a corner desk takes up a sliver of space, and there's just enough room left over for a chair, some wall shelves, and a bulletin board. This photo comes from the Raumplus closet company, a German manufacturer of sliding doors. Like most catalog photos, it's a very staged shot, but it offers a lot of ideas for designing a home office in a small space. Our favorite detail is the ceiling shelves, which incorporate under-shelf lighting to illuminate the doorway and closet.

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Pictured above is an ongoing project I've been working with in Upstate New York. In this instance, we inserted a little drama into the kitchen by painting the woodwork behind the stove a dark color. That's Nightshade, a dark brown without any red, green or yellow in it. It helps create a hearth-like atmosphere, and links the textures of the wood beams, brick, and tiles. I was surprised at how much it unified the broad kitchen and dining areas, and created a moment of special intimacy - it creates a corner you want to curl up in, and eliminates all the free-floating bald white space. Once that was up, I settled on my customary White Dove alkyd Satin Impervo on the rest of the millwork, and painted the rest of the walls simply White, as everything else seemed like more than enough.

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While they look fabulous outdoors - do you remember this green wall with DIY felt planters? - there is something so much more dynamic about green walls inside. Regardless of the impact, I've always felt a bit hesitant about essentially making a planter out of my walls. Luckily, this DIY project makes it easy to add green to your walls without accidentally 'Greening' your walls. By simply placing a saucer inside of the shadow box and then adding clippings, one can easily replicate this look. The background of the shadow box can easily be customized to coordinate with your room. If you are worried about refilling the water, don't be - that's what a turkey baster is for! Or better yet, use tillandsias and other air plants to fill your shadowboxes.

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We've featured an indoor playhouse and an indoor treehouse to inspire you. If you haven't yet drawn up your plans, hold off a bit to ponder this - an indoor playhouse built under the stairs. This work of genius was created by Marcie and her husband. Rather than take up space elsewhere in the room, they built a charming playhouse right under the staircase. The location makes it clever but the details make it special. We love the shingles, the Dutch door, flower box, and lantern. Want to know what's inside? Run over to Marcie's blog Mossy for more details.

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Old houses tend to come with a ton of charm and personality. Sometimes they come with less charming surprises, like a red ceiling! Christina made over the master bedroom in her 1902 Victorian, turning it into a calm, welcoming oasis! From Christina: We are renovating a 1902 Victorian home. The master bedroom used to have floral wallpaper, broken windows, a RED CEILING, and one very small closet. We worked hard to transform this room into a bright & airy space! You can learn more about her renovation at her website, Christina's Adventures.

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Living in a small living room, like living in a small home, is a delicate balance of aesthetics and sacrifice. Your living room is often the central hub of your home, and so should have special attention paid to it, particularly if it's on the small side. Instead of a wall collage of art, use mirrors to expand the space, reflect light and make the space feel livelier. Leggy furniture - furniture that doesn't sit flat and low on the floor - makes a room feel airier. It can be the difference between a comfortable living room and a claustrophobic one. Whether you choose one that's upholstered so you can use it as extra seating, or you find a coffee table that offers up extra storage for your space, it doesn't make sense to put a big piece of furniture in the center of a small living room and not get extra function out of it. If you find yourself in a corner situation where you might naturally put a side table next to a chair or sofa and between a wall, why not replace that side table with a tall shelf that offers up more storage space and style? Hey, when all else fails, really emphasize the cozy aspect of your small living room, from choosing extra-plush furniture to filling the space with throw pillows, sumptuous textures and more.

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Pottery Barn just introduced a modular set of stainless steel items, one of which is a pseudo-backsplash. The stainless steel magnetic backsplash is 36'x18', costs $79 and can be used by itself or in a line to go across the top of a long counter.

Black and white bedroom

I really like these chairs - traditional French bistro chairs. >> Maison Gatti Bistro Chairs: Made by Maison Gatti since 1920 these are constructed out of rattan and Rilsan, a natural polymer made of castor oil. They come in tons of shapes from stool to chair to armchair to lounge and in any color or weave you want. >> Poitoux Rattan Chairs: These are also one of the top brands in France. Made of nylon and rattan, these come in many different shapes and color combinations. >> French Bistro Chairs by American Rag: 'Bring that French cafe feeling into your home' with these French style chairs made in Italy! From Los Angeles' American Rag's French shop, Masion Midi, with cane wood and nylon, these simple copies aren't bad for $200. -----. They stock a complete line of these chairs in many styles and colors which substitute a soft plastic for the seat material. >> Bistro Rattan Chair: These only come in two colors and are made for commerical customers. >> Aluminum Bamboo Look Bistro Chair: Here you go, lowballing it and super strong with a metal frame. How about a rattan bistro high chair? this was is Paris - custom made for this bistro near Les Halles.

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Idaho teen, Kara Haupt, keeps her bedroom clean and organized. Unlike most her age, Kara understands the importance of decor. She is able to celebrate her age while adding sophisticated DIY elements to her space. In this tour from N.E.E.T. Magazine, we are shown intimate details of Kara's whimsical space. My favorite part of Kara's space is her amazing dresser. She paired an upcycled piece with mis-matched knobs and painted on adorable sayings. It's such a nice change from the laundry filled, cluttered rooms of most teens. See more from Kara's bedroom on the N.E.E.T. blog!

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One of our favorite house tours this spring came from Julie and Iker, who live in an iconic Bertrand Goldberg high-rise along the Chicago River. They've kept the interiors simple, clean, and minimal-a nice way to showcase the unique architectural details. If you like their style, we've compiled a guide to high and low resources for a similar look. The difference in price between sofas usually has to do with the materials used, the size and features, and the quality of the frame. Both of these sofas have wood frames, but one is a larger sleeper with built-in storage. We're not sure, but we think Julie and Iker's media stand is a discontinued model from CB2. If you're looking for something similar, there are a bunch of high-gloss, low, white media stands ranging from budget to high-end versions. Julie and Iker have a classic adjustable-height Eileen Gray side table. Shell chairs were really popular in the 1950s and 60s and the same basic idea has been picked up and reinterpreted by many contemporary designers-both well known names and lesser known designers working within big companies. The globe lamp is such a simple design that any difference in price really comes from materials, small details, and designer branding. When you're shopping for shades and blinds, prices vary according to quality of materials, how well they block light and UV rays, and whether they're custom or standard sizes.

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How do you fit a computer workstation, a small library of books, and your files into an entry hall? Click below to find out.... This entryway closet has been repurposed into a functional workspace. Overhead lights and a sliding door make the space feel less like a closet and more like an office, a corner desk takes up a sliver of space, and there's just enough room left over for a chair, some wall shelves, and a bulletin board. This photo comes from the Raumplus closet company, a German manufacturer of sliding doors. Like most catalog photos, it's a very staged shot, but it offers a lot of ideas for designing a home office in a small space. Our favorite detail is the ceiling shelves, which incorporate under-shelf lighting to illuminate the doorway and closet.