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Kitchen and dining room

Q: Help! We just moved into a great new place, all except for this kind of weird bathroom sink situation. The bathroom has slanted ceilings, so the sink cabinet was built extra long so that you don't bump your head when you're brushing your teeth. That means you also end up with this unwieldy wide space behind the sink, and no mirror. We need a mirror here somehow - and are pondering standing mirrors, but haven't gone for it yet. I thought I'd ask you wise folks for advice...how to install a functional mirror? And how to use all of that odd counter space behind the sink? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kristin in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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Q: Help! We just moved into a great new place, all except for this kind of weird bathroom sink situation. The bathroom has slanted ceilings, so the sink cabinet was built extra long so that you don't bump your head when you're brushing your teeth. That means you also end up with this unwieldy wide space behind the sink, and no mirror. We need a mirror here somehow - and are pondering standing mirrors, but haven't gone for it yet. I thought I'd ask you wise folks for advice...how to install a functional mirror? And how to use all of that odd counter space behind the sink? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kristin in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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It's a tricky space to strike the right lighting balance, thanks to the many different functions the living room serves. The first step when lighting any room is to ask yourself: what happens here? Different activities require different types and levels of light. A well-lit living room will have three different types of lighting: general, task and accent. These are used at different times of day and for different purposes, and key to a functional lighting scheme it to know how and when to mix and use them. Not all homes have a ceiling fitting in the living room, and if you have lots of natural light during the day, you might not need overhead light at all. If you watch TV in the living room, choose the surrounding lights carefully to avoid television glare. It can be distracting to have a bright overhead light above or in front of a TV set, so ensure ceiling lights are dimmable, or use offset wall sconces or floor lamps instead. Task. Specific task lighting, such as reading lamps, are important if you read frequently, have low levels of natural light, and especially if you ever work in your living room.

Dining room with white table and yellow chairs

'Buy swatches of paint and test them out before painting the whole wall and always paint the dark and lightest part of the room.Group similar colors together - whether it be red or orange or green to give it a punch of color. Incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.' Color Resources:Current or vintage magazines or books.

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Orange dining room

The classic glam bathroom is a retreat fit for royalty. To get the look, swap out a builder-grade mirror for something Venetian inspired, opt for plush bathmats and, of course, top off the space with a glistening chandelier. Oh, and don't forget to treat your fabulous self with a luxe fragrant candle and bath oils.

Dining room with big lamp and leather chairs

Above the bed is artwork that I produced with the help from a local artist. Each piece of artwork is from the blueprint of the house the bedroom is in. The Artist is Francesco Agresti the artwork was influenced by Richard Dibenkorn's work Ocean Park Series.

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Round coffee tables are so easy and low-maintenance. When you need an open floor plan, round coffee tables can be temporarily pushed aside or placed next to the sofa, without a crooked angle in sight. They move easily for cleaning and are excellent for small spaces where mobile furniture makes for a quick shift from party mode to office mode. In addition to round coffee tables, oval and organic shapes work nicely in situations where the conventional square or rectangle won't do.

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Wallpaper in the bedroom might seem like a bit of an odd choice - why would you add such a heavy dose of pattern to a space that you want to be calm and relaxing? But as these 10 sleeping spaces show, the right pattern can serve as the perfect foundation for a bedroom that's restful but also energizing. Above: In this home from Marie Claire Maison, continuing the wallpaper pattern from the bedroom into the hallway gives the two spaces a pleasing feeling of cohesiveness. In the bedroom, the other elements in the room are relatively simple, which balances out the pattern and keeps it from becoming too overwhelming. A cozy bedroom with a dark floral print, from Skona Hem. A leafy print adds a touch of nature to a bedroom from Vtwonen. A master bedroom with a beautiful floral print, spotted on Domino. A simple black and white print in Alexis and Josh's California home. This delicate print is a perfect choice for a bedroom.

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Peter and Molly's light-flooded West Village studio was perfect for the two of them plus Hugo, their dog. When they were preparing for a new baby, they successfully reorganized the space and added a sliding door, creating a comfortable and calm one-bedroom.

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Check out this vintage Fainting Couch from the '20s. It was reupholstered last year 'In a beautiful and dramatic upholstery fabric.' See more info in our classifieds. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..

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Classic blue dining furniture

Hidden over the hill in Studio City is a wonderful new home d├ęcor store called The Black Door. Owner and interior designer Jessica Nakata opened her doors just a few months ago. The store is filled with an assortment of bedding, candles, home furnishings and a variety of accessories. The Black Door also carries Martha Stewart's signature high-end furniture line, and most of the line can be seen at the store. We recommend a visit to her store, hidden just behind Le Pain restaurant just off Ventura and Coldwater.

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If mid century is your thing and you want to complete the look with period electronics then there is no better icon than the Predicta television. While the originals are still around if you look hard enough, actually watching TV on one is a little too retro in our opinion. Fortunately Predicta is reproducing these exact sets once again, but with color tube components and all new materials. We quite like the chalet model with its rotating and swivelling stand. These are not 1080p high definition televisions by any means, but rather a decorative piece for your living room that has found new life in 2007.

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