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White dining room

Short on closet space? This can help make up for it. The Skagerak Teak Cutter Wardrobe is an ingenious solution for additional wardrobe space or bathroom storage. We love how the clothing rod is integrated into the slatted shelf and robe hooks are inset in the wood at the back of the shelf. This really could store your wardrobe if you didn't have a closet. Or it makes a really ample towel shelf with robe hooks in the bathroom.

Living room and dining room

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Maybe I'm just a bit jealous, but it seems a bit excessive that people are now hiring interior designers to makeover their laundry rooms with limestone floors, built-in television screens, and even warming drawers 'For clothes too dainty for dryers'. According to the LA Times's 'Fluff piece', Laundry rooms clean up nicely, the newest home renovation status symbol trend has moved beyond restaurant quality kitchens and spa-style bathrooms, into the utilitarian realm of laundry rooms. Of course, you'd have to be amongst the 56.7% of households fortunate enough to have a separate laundry room. The last time I tried to give decor advice to the local laundry mat, they asked me to take my soiled drawers, issue of Elle Decor UK, and high-falutin' ideas elsewhere.

Glass table dining room

Talk about a Box office smash! Here's a stylish option to those that need an office space but don't have the room, or like the aesthetic of conventional desks. This contemporary unit looks like a small cabinet or sideboard, but it actually opens up to a fully functioning work station. It comes complete with pull out keyboard tray, file cabinet, and additional shelves. When you're done, simply fold it back up! We could see this being quite functional and non descript in a living room, dining room or loft space. Available online at Target More images after the jump.....

Dining table

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I need some ideas for a sideboard to go with my rustic table and white chair combo. Do I go rustic with the sideboard or white and modern to match the chairs or something else? Editor: What design direction would you suggest to Nancy? Let us know in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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We have a white bathroom that we love, but we've been considering ways to add a little bit of color without detracting from the crispness of our blank canvas. When we found this bathroom on the website of British publication Easy Living Magazine, we were struck by how colorful this all-white space became through the addition of just a few key pieces. Dissecting the image, we came up with some easy ways to add color to our own blank bathroom.... The key to this bright, graphic look is to keep all accents in the same color family. Our favorite detail is the teardrop pattern, created using paint stencils. Bathmats and towels in a bold hue add color and texture. A small, mossy green cabinet creates extra storage space. Plastic stools or chairs are both colorful and waterproof. Containers and bottles in the same color appear as a cohesive collection. Using the same hue in different patterns keeps the bathroom from being boring. Easy Living Magazine provides a full list of sources for this bathroom, as well as 4 other jewel-toned rooms to inspire you.

Open to the oudoor living room

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A while back we took a look at Apartment Bathrooms from Around the World which was fun to put together, but is was not necessarily a group of 'Style conscious' rooms. We decided to go for another 'round the world type post, but this time, go for a geographically varied group of rooms that all show an eye for design. We dove into Normal Room this afternoon and were not disappointed with what we found - we're always amazed at all the countries represented on the site. All photos found on Normal Room, a site where people from across the globe post photos of their own 'Normal' rooms - endlessly interesting!

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Modern dining table

Last year we watched good friends of ours struggle over decorating their new son's room. They wanted something that was appropriate for him that wouldn't look like fingernails on a chalkboard for them. As his mom said, 'What the heck is the deal with little animals on everything?'. We definitely think that manufacturers like Modern Seed and Sparkability are clueing in to the needs of new families that don't want 'little chickens' on everything. These are modern parents, who want modern kid's design. We cut this page out of Dwell two years ago because we loved the graphic nature in which these homeowners dealt with melding their child's bedroom in with their own style. Apparently a riff on a German painter Gerhard Richter, it reminds us of our favorite Pantone reference books and is an idea we plan to bookmark until the time comes.

Kitchen and dining room

We've had questions on here before regarding the protocol for mixing wood tones. It's a subject that can cause people quite a bit of torment when decorating a home.... We usually feel that decorating 'Rules' are meant to be broken, and this is no exception. Sticking to one wood tone can easily end up looking bland or matchy-matchy, whereas different types of wood and finishes can create major interest in a home, as these interiors from architect and designer Andre Rothblatt clearly show. Do you stick to one type/finish of wood in a room or do you mix it up?

Kitchen and dining room

We love this tiny kitchen counter in the center of S & S's Arlington bungalow. It's the perfect size space for opening mail, eating a bowl of cereal or taking a short break from work to catch a little daytime TV. The roundabout layout of the house also makes this the ideal vantage point to keep tabs on almost every other room in the house.... The large, graphic art makes this small island feel much more substantial and the simple metal wall organizer keeps clutter off the counter. It's also great to see those old school mini TVs get some love. Check out the full house tour of S & S's Live/Work Bungalow here.

Kitchen and dining booth

Contemporary furniture abounds at this local shop Utah shop, Manhattan Loft. Our favorite is the Kiss leather platform bed, which would be great for a studio apartment, functioning as a bed, seating area, and small laptop workspace. They also have some 'Loft design tips' on the site.

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Every little thing about the dining room in Thomas and Stephanie's Comfortably Modern Home comes together beautifully. From the rug to the light fixture, this room pulls together different textures to great effect. Check out the source list after the jump to achieve the look in your own home. Scoop Back Chair from West Elm While not the exact chairs seen in Thomas and Stephanie's home, these chairs have the same shape. 249Kite Wool Kilim Rug from West Elm It's a bit spendy but this rug looks amazing int he room. 699 for an 8' x 10'.PS 2012 Candlestick from IKEA - OK, so these are the exact candlesticks used on Thomas and Stephanie's table but they would be a really cute and affordable addition to this room. You can shop around for cheaper alternatives or pick and choose pieces you think would work your own home.

Dining room

If you're in the market for a unique coffee table, take a look at this Kagan-style option currently on sale. Featuring a starburst wooden base and a glass surfboard top, this table would be a nice addition to any modern home.