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Q: I've lived in the same apartment for four years now, and I'm finally getting tired of the sun. My apartment has floor to ceiling windows, and the blinds that are on the windows do not block the sun at all. I generally sleep from 4 A.M. to 12 P.M., so much of my sleep consists of the sun beaming in. How could I possibly block the sun with these huge windows? I've searched the internet extensively and have been unable to find a solution. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Cody in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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Q: Overall, there is too much free space in our master bedroom. Currently, there's a standard 5-piece bedroom set. I am considering changing the layout by removing the dresser and adding a lounge area, defining zones with rugs and with panel curtains along the long wall with different colors on each side. Our master bedroom is approximately 15' x 21', with all doors opening into the room. We have 6 windows: 3 full height along the shorter wall, and 3 'skylights'. Both sets of windows are positioned symmetrically from the center of their respective wall. There are already full length curtain panels on the other window wall. You see the bedroom set chest between the french door and entry door, and a console table in the corner behind the chaise lounge. The bed shown is queen - we would like to keep this size. Does this flow/definition of rooms work? Would you recommend a different layout? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Olga in the comments - thanks!

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Here's a color combo you don't often see much of anymore - white appliances against a natural birch palette. Especially in a day in age where everyone wants that stainless steel, it's a refreshing take on traditional modern that we can definitely dig. Of course, that's not to rag on anyone who appreciates that moody stainless steel look. Combined with natural light and some of my favorite tech gadgets.... Tivoli Radio One. White is certainly not out this year - if anything, we might start seeing its mean comeback.

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Kenny Lao is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. His bright red home kitchen looks suspiciously normal, but look a little closer, and you'll find plenty of rewards. Can you spot a hippopotamus, a taxicab, and an amphibious beast? You can also see plenty of dumpling fixings; we have a tutorial from Kenny on how to make perfect potstickers too.

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Even though my Ikea was getting grungy and the customer service is uneven at best, you just can't not deny Ikea's often occasional brilliance. Useful in the kitchen and many other places besides, Ikea's Grundtal collection of kitchen accessories were used in our latest episode of Mission Organization on HGTV, and we think they are destined to become classics. We use the bar as a towel rack in the bathroom, while the beautiful horizontal bars are stunning for exposed plate storage.

Bedroom with wallpaper

Q: I recently saw this sink in a magazine article and want to put it in my house. Does anyone have any ideas on who manufactures it? Any suggestions/ information on something similar would be greatly appreciated. Editor: These kinds of sinks are becoming more popular for family bathrooms - but this one appears to be a older, salvaged school sink repurposed for home use. Who can suggest sources for new double sinks or salvaged sinks?

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It can come as a nasty surprise when your beloved workstation desk no longer fits in the space you have available. This is also the case when you thought your desk would fit flush but you're left with some extra space. When we moved into our new home, it was apparent that the IKEA Galant super desk that we had with extensions wouldn't fit at all in the new home office. The Galant is a nice desk, when you have room for it, but in our experience they are magnets for clutter, at least in our case. Gary from Germany was in the opposite situation when he was looking for a desk that would fit the entire width of his home office. The Expedits aren't deep enough to fit the entire tabletop, so there is some space for cable management as well as LED lighting strips. Lastly, he added a third Expedit with two drawers on the right side of the desk. Since the desk is set up against a wall, some LED strips would work very well. We like how the Expedit with drawers adds some desk real estate, without making the desk too large.

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During the Room for Color Contest, many readers learn that one of the best ways to experiment and add color without painting or spending a lot money is to add throw pillows. Good throw pillows are hard to find and it's nice to find ones that offer unique patterning, rich colors and something that you just won't see in any one else's home. Ta da! I'm here to help, with my updated Best Of list complete with sources and picks in a range of prices and styles. The pillows above are from Rob, who sent this in: 'I spoke to my mom and told her about the amazing needle-point pillows that Jonathan Adler created. Knowing she was a needle-pointing maven in the 70's, I asked her if she could make some for my red leather couch. We decided on Andy Warhol icon's and we had an artist in Cincinnati paint the images for us onto a canvas. While each took months to complete, the pillows are the centerpiece of my apartment and speak for themselves. Thanks, MOM!!!'.

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Pink bedroom

Mixing up iconic designs can bring out the best in both styles. This pairing of a tulip table and original Bertoia chairs from Chris and Jenna's Collection in the Castro was achieved by patiently perusing Craigslist. For those of us without patience, we've rounded up resources to make this dining space happen with a few clicks of a mouse.

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Inspired by our weekend adventure, we've been dreaming of having a home office in a tree house. It's basically the classic one tree tree house. You can download plans for a 50 square foot tree house that you build in around 14 days. The download only costs $29 and it walks you through each step of the process. All materials and tools are readily available in major hardware stores and the plans feature two window seats and a covered balcony section. We'd love to retreat up to our tree house to get some work done, maybe lay down, or just get away from it all.....

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Q: I recently got extremely lucky and scored three Eames black leather soft pad executive chairs for an amazing price...don't be jealous! My husband and I are opening a very small office space soon, and I wasn't planning on black leather desk chairs, but now I've got to work them into the style since they are classic.... But the black leather, while classic, seems a little harsh. I'd like to soften the look without getting too feminine, and not make the office look so 'Office-y'. We currently have a Herman Miller table with an ash top that also needs to work with the space. What type of desk would look good with the the black leather chairs? Any other pieces or links to pictures that would help me visualize how to warm up the space? We can only fit about two average sized desks, the Herman Miller table and a bookcase in the space. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Karla in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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They say that bathrooms are the biggest money pits right now. Whereas people used to sink cash into kitchens and living areas, bathrooms are getting the most upgrade attention lately. This bathroom would certainly be a case in point, but the ideas could be adapted. We found this bathroom by Connie Braemer, a Canadian interior designer, and we liked the raw stone trough sink with the faucets coming out of the wall.