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The Nature Collection from Italian manufacturer Teorema incorporates the shapes of trees into their faucet forms. Levers and knobs form branches and even the wall-mounted designs resemble knots on trees. Tree Chic! Via: Trendir.... If trees aren't your thing, maybe you'll like their Duck inspired faucets, also in the Nature Collection. The website is mostly in Italian, so we're unsure of U.S. distributors.

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So you love to craft but don't think you have enough room in your home to store the necessary supplies? Even if you don't have an entire room dedicated to craft, it doesn't mean you can't make room for the hobbies and activities that bring you creative joy. These five secrets are some of our favorite ideas we've seen around the web on how to fit more craft into your home and life! Of course it's not just a lack of space that can be a hinderance to crafting in a small space, it's keeping it all organized, too. Maximize the storage you do haveWe love the idea of using clothing hangers in your craft supply storage. Craft Storage Ideas lists a ton of ways in which hangers can help organize, from hanging ribbons, to separating fabric and more. Especially when you're mixing your craft supplies with other storage items. This won't just make it easier to find your craft supplies, you'll be more likely to remember what you have and use them more! We spotted some smart labeling ideas in a craft room on Uncommon Designs. Dedicate a whole piece of furniture to the craft causeIf you don't have a whole room to give over to craft but do think you could spare an entire piece of furniture, you'll be better for it! You'll enjoy returning to this piece of furniture and feel inspired when you open it up. Behind the door, shelves above the door, under the bed - if you live in a small home consider those peculiar but still viable storage spots for your craft supplies. Get very detailed with your organizationNo matter if you have an entire room, a furniture piece or are mixing your craft storage with other things in areas of your small home, you want to get pretty detailed with your craft needs to maximize space and make it functional so you can use it. What are the most useful craft storage supply ideas for small spaces that you've ever used or come across? Share in the comments below!

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Recently I have been on the hunt for the perfect dining chair and can't find anything I like. I think this is a sign - bench seating might be the solution! I have always loved the Windsor inspired communal bench. The bench seating would look great paired with a long table and other chairs as well. Or the bench could be pushed against the wall and brought out for additional seating when entertaining. I could think of many different reasons to convince myself that I need a bench seat.

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My design style is usually punctuated with color, however lately I have wanted to it all strip away and live in a house filled entirely with black and white furnishings. While this may sound stark and cold, I think personal effects, soft fabrics and a plush rug would warm up the space. Here is the living room of my vision - a luxe interpretation of black and white. Regency Bullseye Fireplace made out of limestone, English Fireplaces3.

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It's the first weekend of our new home project series, and Apartment Therapy blogger Lauren is here to show you her process on this weekend's assignment: Filling a blank wall in your home! From Lauren: Some people might appreciate the fact that their small space doesn't offer much wall space for art, but I'm not one of them. When I saw this assignment, a space didn't immediately come to mind - until I remembered the odd bit of wall space between the chair and bookshelf in our family room. Art used to hang here, but I ended up stealing 95% of it to use in another art wall that I created elsewhere in the space. The wall has a strange layout due to a sconce and light switch that prevents one large piece of artwork from being properly hung. So I decided to cobble together my collection of vagrant artwork and see if I could create another gallery wall of sorts. First I measured out the wall and rolled out a large section of craft paper that had about the same dimensions. I used a Sharpie to draw on the furniture items and light fixtures that were already taking up space on the wall. After I found a layout that worked, I traced the frames and prints onto the craft paper, cut them out, and taped the craft paper up on the wall in the same way that I had laid it out on the floor, just to be sure it would work in reality.

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Did you guess? Yesterday's Guess the Decade post asked the AT design minds to vote on which decade the photo of this colorful, silver-ceilinged geometric motif kitchen is from. The correct answer is.... The Seventies. Nice work, design detectives! The majority of you are tough to beat - you came through with the right decade. It brought back memories for E.I.F. who said, 'Well i'm guessing the late 60's early 70's only because growing up i had a set of sheets with that stripe design. I remember the stripes had red, orange, yellow, and brown. the fridge also looks new for that time.' Following right behind the correct voters who said the Seventies, were two groups pretty evenly split between the Sixties and the Eighties. The Nineties and Now both got a smaller split of votes...the cable suspended table DOES seem far ahead of it's time and is most likely the element that sent the handful of votes to recent and current times. The fifties brought up the rear, with the smallest amount of votes, but you never know - it could have been the kitchen of a suburban family who were really fashion forward! Thanks to all who voted and played along on the original post.

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We grew up in a 30's era building that had lots of built-ins, including a metal laundry hamper flush with the tiled bathroom wall. So we didn't wrestle with the uninspiring options for standalone hampers - nay, we didn't even really know that there was such a thing as a standalone laundry hamper - until adulthood. We may be slow on the laundry hamper scene, but after years of searching for a decent one, we just came across Bodie and Fou's Birch Bin, and we feel like we've found the Holy Grail. Evocative of a hand-crafted round Shaker box, the Birch Bin has a roll-back lid and a floaty, contemporary look. Elegance has its price: in this case about $270, plus shipping from the UK...but it's the next best thing to built-in.

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Yesterday we took a look at the fall bedding collections from Dwell. Today we're getting a sneak peek at their new wall art and toys. Duplicating graphic motifs in their bedding, they've collaborated with British wall covering manufacturer Graham & Brown to produce hand-screened canvases which are bright and playful. Marrying design and play, Dwell's new Mind Blocks offer opportunities for discovery and learning. This 9-piece set of soft blocks with a puzzle-like configuration will please an inquisitive child. Updating the classic stacking rings, Dwell has also made them interactive by adding a rattle, bell and crinkly fabric. All of these toys have a traditional element, but we love then for their softness and for their use of modern prints. The color palette is warm and comforting without being syrupy sweet. As with the bedding collections, Dwell's new wall art and toys will debut in stores in November.

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It's silly, I know, but I can't write this without thinking of Chris Farley saying 'Fat guy in a little coat'. Large as it may be, the pendant takes up no floor space since it's suspended overhead. What it does do is introduce an entirely new scale, creating a dynamic feeling that livens a small space. What do you think? Would you do this in a small room of your own? Or have you already?

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I love all the space, but my living room/kitchen is just one big open square, and I don't know what furniture to get or where to put it! The space is an approximaetly 15'x18' open area. One wall is all floor-to-ceiling windows and opens to a balcony, and the opposite side is an entrance to the room and then counter area/open to the kitchen. The furniture: I have one couch that I plan to replace in the next year. I don't own a kitchen table or media stand yet, so I could get anything. The ideas: I thought of putting a long kitchen table to the left, having a couch in the middle of the room, and entertainment center on the right wall, but I think that could just be too much furniture/ too cramped with no room to walk. Another idea was to get a round kitchen table and have the couch on one wall and the table/entertainment center on the other wall, but then the couch is way too far from the entertainment center and I have a lot of awkward space in the middle of the room. There's also no real division of the eating area from living area. I am not really happy with either solution I've come up with, so does anyone have tips on how to make this work? Or any creative people out there who can think outside the box and help me find a fabulous solution that makes the most of the lofty space and divides the room in a way that flows and makes sense? Please help!

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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.....