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Making large-scale prints for your wall can be a very expensive endeavor, but Elsie at A Beautiful Mess discovered a way to blow up her favorite photos on the cheap: black and white engineer prints, also known as draft prints or blueprint copies. The prints aren't perfect, but for prices ranging from $0.75 per square foot to $4.99 per print at places like FedEx Kinko's and Staples, one shouldn't expect them to be. For the right image, that grainy, streaky, vintage-looking print might be just the look and feel you're going for. I think these work especially well with old family photos that already have that time-worn appearance.

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You never know what you're going to get with old houses sometimes. In this turn of the century house for sale featured on Vintage Seattle, you get a clawfoot bathtub that's been sunken into the floor. The listing explains that the bathtub is in the guest suite, as opposed to the master bathroom. Don't know about you, but we think this would be incredibly unnerving to discover and bathe in as a guest in this house. We wonder what else is between the floor we can see and the floor the clawfeet are standing on. It's rather beautiful actually - note the mullions.

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Q: I have a 6' x 9' room in the corner of my apartment, and I'm just not sure how to make best use of the space. The room has a stunning view, and lots of beautiful sunlight, but obviously, not a lot of square footage. The idea my husband and I are currently considering is making it a relaxing space to enjoy the view. I taped out the space for two lounge chairs, but I fear it's too crowded, especially if we also added a light fixture and accent table. Another idea is to make it an arts and crafts space for the kids, but does making this room a workspace 'Waste' the view? What other ideas should we consider for this room? The second shows the view from this room into the adjacent living room, and the third shows the orientation of the room relative to the rest of the apartment. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Theresa in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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One thing you might think you don't have control over is the view from your rooms. While it's true you can't always choose what your rooms' windows overlook, there are things you can do to improve a view. This weekend, choose a view you don't love and see if you can make it a little more lovely! Choose a room you love spending time in, but that has a view you don't adore. It could be the alley view you get from the living room sofa. It doesn't even have to be a window; it could be a view of your utility room from your bedroom. The point is, if you have a window or door that you don't love looking out of, you can get creative to alter that view so that it's a little more appealing to the eyes.

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It's time to stop the excuses and recognize that you can have a beautiful office without painting a thing. Whether you're working with eggshell, ivory or cream, check out these gorgeous images for inspiration.

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'Oh, and by the way, I threw away all your little throw pillows. Yea. Cuz throw pillows suck. They serve no purpose. They're purely decorative.' Yeah, I know some people are huge fans of throw pillows in multitude, but even a decor-friendly gent like myself has to agree with Reuben on this one. One or two throw pillows are attractive and aid in comfort. When you start inching into numbers that require stacking and layering them upon the bed or couch, it becomes a serious case of overindulgence that provides neither comfort or practical use. At least that's how I personally feel when surrounded by an army of pillows. Noting a past survey, I think I'm in the minority though...I'm surprised to see people with upwards of 9 pillows on their bed.

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Q: I just moved into a loft with my partner, and the opening to the bedroom is right next to the kitchen / living area. There is no door and there is another opening to let light in across the top of the wall. As you can imagine, these openings also let in a lot of sound. A. What is a good way to solve the noise / privacy issue regarding the door while working around the pipes and 18 ft ceilings? B. What is a good way to solve the noise issue regarding the 'Window' at the top? Also trying to figure out a way to let light in when we want it during the day, but not while I'm trying to sleep at night and he's in the common area with lights on? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Meg in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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It holds three shelves and the door doesn't close all the way. Don't get us wrong, we love that we have a medicine cabinet that stores all of our toiletries. If we could have any medicine cabinet we would definitely go for the one pictured above. We spotted this mirrored medicine cabinet online and thought it was cool. After closer inspection we noticed that this medicine cabinet was like no other we had seen before-it has cold storage! This medicine cabinet is part of the M Series line from Robern and can be surface mounted or semi-recessed. It would be great for storing nail polish, cremes, medicines that need to be chilled and even the convenient bottle of water. Luckily, this luxury medicine cabinet is temperature zoned so your toothbrushes aren't subject to the chilly conditions.

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Project by: Jennifer Wagner SchmidtLocation: Washington D.C. Looking for a style that's slightly glamorous, full of graphic pattern but still casual enough to be comfortable? You'll find some inspiration in the home of this young couple who hired Jennifer Wagner Schmidt to design their condo to give them a style that work with both of their tastes. From the designer: Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors was hired to help a 20 something couple design their new condo's only dining area and entryway. A challenge to make the most of the small space, JWS Interiors chose a graphic wallpaper to make a statement in the narrow entrance and found the perfect foyer table that was just narrow enough to hold keys and a few items. As you walk in, a beautiful custom gray buffet serves as the perfect entertaining spot when family and friends come over. Ample storage provides for necessary china and serving pieces. Adjacent to the serving area is the eat-in kitchen and the only dining area in the home. JWS Interiors decided to use a banquette to maximize seating and give the space a cozy feel. The cowhide rug is a modern touch along with the acrylic chairs. A large painting found on Joss & Main fills the wall space and completes the fresh, modern look. Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.

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'Parker sent us a good question:'I need some help. I put nice hardwood floors in my place this past year but the wooden chairs i have in my dining room are not meant to be on hardwood so i placed those sticky fuzzy bottom things on the bottom of the legs. 'Problem is that those things really suck. If people move around a little, they fall off and then leave the sticky gunk all over the floor. Is there a better alternative to these things?'. We know what Parker is talking about - we use those felt things on our desk chair and they are a bit of a pain and just don't stay sticky. We've heard that these 'Slipsick' floor protectors work well. The packaging says that they are 'Perfect for wood floors' and 'Guaranteed to never fall off or wear out for five years'. There are also nail-on 'Glides' in various shapes and sizes. The possible downside to all of these is that are pretty permanently attached, which may or may not be a problem, depending on how you feel about nailing something to the bottom of your chair legs.... Anyone else have any tips for Parker?

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Name: Rosa Location: San Francisco, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: My bedroom is a collection of objects and pieces that my partner and I have found, repurposed or made ourselves. I love our bedroom because there is a certain feeling, reason and memory attached to each item in it.