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Let's help her our with space suggestions as well as recommending a storage furniture piece and drape solutions. To the right of the window, we have installed a long desk that runs the length of the wall. Lately I'm thinking that the ideal piece would be a long unit with some added height for shelving on the left that could run up the wall to the left of the window. The evil window that lends a lovely 'Jail cell' feel to the whole space - any ideas for a treatment/solution? I was thinking of a rod and then curtains that double the window in height to fake a more attractive architecture, but worry that it might look ridiculous when they're open. As far as the small(ish) windows you could do a number of things. Some say accentuate the imperfection by using fabric that covers only the windows while others want to hide the imperfection. Possibly something with a pattern to focus on-so you aren't focusing so much on the windows.

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Name: Jennifer Location: Richardson , TX Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: The unchangeable trim, granite and floor colors are so warm; we really wanted a cool color contrast for our dining area. I think the hint of warmth in this blue was a nice compliment to all the golden tones of the apartment and our added furniture/accessories. We chose to wrap the color through the arched doorway and into the entryway so we're always greeted by this great shot of color. When we move out, we'll have to pay a fee to have each painted wall covered over, so we wanted to be bold with the small amount of painting we were willing to do.

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Minimalist dining room

Last minute Labor Day barbecue? Snag these cheery orange-and-yellow patio chairs for some extra seating around the pool or the fire pit. Four identical chairs in good condition-and only $90! 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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We might consider Tokyo living the ultimate small-space challenge. Where many people live in one or two rooms roughly 12' x 7' plus a tiny kitchen and bathroom area, small space solutions are de rigueur. This one spotted in a subway department store gave us pause. It's a fabric basket hanging under a kitchen stool, a concept not too difficult to reproduce on this side of the pond. While clever in an out-of-the-box way, we wonder how practical it would be: does it swing or otherwise interfere with scooting back and forth? What kind of item would be appropriate to store in this way? Does it even look, well, right? Like so many things spotted in Tokyo, we're just not sure.

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Finally! Hanging a curtain at the front door is something I've long considered for my home, but I haven't seen much precedent for doing it. My reasoning for wanting to hang a curtain like this is that the front door leaks cold air in like crazy, as does the adjacent mail slot. Sure, I could just improve the weather stripping on both. Hanging a curtain too couldn't hurt: it would help to stop drafts and looks great while doing it! Has anyone else out there considered hanging a curtain at the front door? Do you like this particular execution of the idea?

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Rustic dining room

Countertops can make or break a kitchen, not only in terms of their use and durability, but in how they look, feel, and mesh with the overall look of the space. Leaving aside the more practical considerations for a moment, I'm considering what feels truly modern in a kitchen these days. Currently, I'm all about a smooth but natural feel and uniformity of colour. That leaves plastic-y solid surfaces, heavily veined marble, and rustic butcher block-as much as I may like them-out of the running. Paper CompositePaper composite surfaces-as seen in the Dwell kitchen, above-like Paperstone and Richite have made waves in the market in recent years, and with good reason. The enamelled volcanic stone is extremely durable and comes in a huge range of colors, which, in an otherwise neutral kitchen, feels fresh. SoapstoneThis one's been around for awhile, but I still love the way soapstone's smooth, matte grey appearance toes the line between traditional and contemporary. ConcreteIt doesn't matter how long this idea hangs around, concrete in a kitchen will always feel modern to me, thanks to its pared-back look and industrial connotations. These countertops do require maintenance and can stain easily, but for those who like a worn look, concrete is great. La Maison d'Anna G. via ambiaiinterijeri.

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We love the architecture and details of many older homes, despite the smaller square footage and more interior walls than we'd like. There are no family rooms, recreation rooms or bonus rooms to speak of. There often is a formal dining area adjacent to the main living area, perfectly-situated for a playroom. We love to entertain but we find that more and more we're doing it in a less formal way - buffet style sitting on various surfaces throughout the house. The dining room definitely is handy for Thanksgiving dinner, but a playroom would be great the other 364 days of the year. We need some paint, new lighting, new floor coverings and some storage space for our dining table. Has anyone done this in their own home? Please share with us in the comments.

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Parents seem to shy away from using purple in their children's rooms. We can understand why - it's a strong color and if not done carefully could look like you hired Barney as your decorator. This room by Amie Weitzman is a perfect example of how purple, in small and subtle doses, can be really lovely for kids. Notice how Weitzman, an interior decorator, used different shades of purple ranging from lavender to periwinkle to avoid a predictable matchy-matchy look. Purple paint on the ceiling and part of the wall are muted enough not to interfere with the airy feel of the room and the purple backdrop to the bold silhouette is unexpected and memorable. You can see this room here and more of Weitzman's work in her portfolio gallery.

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Valentine's Day might have come and gone, but we've still got red on our brain. We think a touch of red is always welcome, especially in an accent table. We love a tiny table's usefulness - for holding a drink, a cup of tea, or our laptop - the way we prefer a tiny token of love. Some of these we've blogged before, but here's a list of our favorite red accent tables.... Capellini Org table by Fabio Novembre.

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If you're looking for a new dining table, you might want to take a deep breath and splurge on the one Jennifer is offering up for sale in our classifieds over to the right. Sure, $3,000 is a lot of money no matter how you slice it, but it hurts a little bit less when it's a worthy investment. MM. 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.Thanks, Craig!