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A piece of art-striking, memorable and, especially, big-can be the focal centerpiece of a room. You know you've done it right when your friends refer to 'The horse picture room.' Although often more expensive to acquire, the investment can go a long way in setting the mood and attracting the eye the moment you walk in. Check out this collection of children's rooms that use large-scale art to create a bold impression.

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Over seven years have gone by and I still haven't attempted this project...but maybe you will? Though I am usually such a plain Jane, the cheerful, simple, graphic nature of rickrack really appeals to me...though I think I would use grey rickrack, if such a thing exists. Grey would evoke clouds, and white or cream would be pretty dreamy, too. Then every time I look at that photo above I think, 'Red! So cute!'. 'The article recommends Masterstroke Canada and Hancock Fabrics as good sources for rickrack, but it looks like Purl Soho currently has the best selection of the 3/4' size. In San Francisco I've seen giant rickrack at Fabric Outlet SF on Mission at 17th. In the magazine, the same instructions are given for embellishing pillowcases and stocking, so please see these instructions if you'd like to attempt this project. Please tell us how it goes! Perhaps your triumph will encourage me to get over my fear of sewing projects and finally, finally make these my own.

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This room is special to my husband and me because it is where we met! Since then, we got married, I moved in and a lot of things changed! Just about every detail of the room has our special touch on it making it a place where we love to spend time. I reupholstered and changed the shape of our couch with a beautiful grey fabric from West Elm to make it a little more modern. It is so deep and comfortable that it is almost impossible to sit down without taking a nap! We like to mix modern with bohemian along with relaxed accessories to make it a cozy space. Most of the accessories in the room were a DIY and the rug was found after hours and hours of scouring the internet for the perfect rug. We love the way this room has come together to be a place that is peaceful, comfortable and reflective of our laid back style. Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.

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Volkswagen is publicizing initiatives that get people to make changes for the better by having more fun doing everyday activities. The Fun Theory shows many of these projects, and also sponsors an award for the most effective of the bunch. At a subway station in Stockholm, an amazing 66% increase in taking the stairs over the escalator was recorded, simply because the activity was made fun by adding musical notes to each step. This had the benefit of not only giving stair-takers some physical activity, but it also put big smiles on their faces. Do you think about the fun theory when planning a space?

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We'd like to know the story behind this white leather side chair. Anthony says it would go great in your apartment or loft, and considering the chair's simple modern design, he's most likely correct. Given the color, we'd see it surviving best in a home that doesn't have various and sundry stain causing variables. 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!

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It's tempting to focus on the money being spent on these elaborate bedrooms and 'Teen lounges,' but what I find much more interesting is the reason many parents cite for creating these teen havens at home and how it may affect kids and the family dynamic. The spaces Jackson describes range from designer bedrooms to hangout rooms or 'Teen lounges' with video games, karaoke, indoor basketball courts, etc. Contrived to keep kids home where parents can keep an eye on them. This theme emerged with many parents Jackson spoke to: wanting to keep kids home and, presumably, safe. I don't have a teen yet, but I'm sympathetic to the underlying desire to keep them close and safe. Perhaps more than any other demographic, there just aren't enough public places where teens are welcome. I used to be a Young Adult Librarian and teens often told me that aside from sports or school groups, they didn't have anywhere to go after school. In the face of society at large not providing enough safe public spaces for teens, in the way that we do with playgrounds for young children the instinct to entice your children to stay at home, under your watchful eye is understandable. Our teen years, as we're budding into responsible adults, are when we most need to interact with the world, get our feet wet for college or life beyond our parents' home and these home-based teen hangouts seem quite counter to this notion.

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The jumping off point for the entire room was bright ikat fabric that was used for the custom drapes and my daughter's desire for a canopy bed. I selected a subdued color for the wall so the room would age with her as she grows into a teenager. The bright red dresser brings a fun surprise element to the room, and touches of black keep the overall look from being too sweet. The bed is a copy of the more expensive Maison canopy bed from Pottery Barn Teen that I painted gold. I selected different shades of cream and gold for her bedding to make it look more collected. I had a small lumbar pillow made from the leftover drapery fabric to give the room a custom look. The lamps are especially dear, since they belonged to Paige's great-grandmother.

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Name: My Le Location: Toronto Canada Square Feet: 800 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: I love the fact that it is an old house from the outside, but we have fixed it up completely on the inside. We built doors and furniture for the house after the renovation and that was how we started our little custom door and furniture business, 1925Workbench. Even though it's a small house, there's a window in every room.

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Hello AT,. We have been slowly working on updating our living room, and now we are at a point where we are very happy with the wall color, the floor and the furniture. We can't for the life of us choose new curtains. You have enough dark furniture and A LOT of putty color on the walls, so brighten it up with nice, simple white or slightly off-white cotton or linen curtains that go down to the floor. What would make a big difference as well is a RUG! That and the curtains you will be living in a totally different environment.

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Just about anything will look great in a high-ceilinged, light-flooded space, but despite what Pinterest tells us, style does exist in spaces 8' and under. In the kitchen from Simple Colorful above, white walls, ceilings, and furnishings keep things airy, while gracefully draped cords draw the eye up. Same goes for kitchen cabinets: that useless gap above upper cabinets looks especially silly in a shorter room, so take everything up to the ceiling. Older homes don't shy away from paneled or bead board ceilings, even when their ceilings are low. Keeping the ceiling, barn door, and bathroom vanity the same material creates flow and serenity, while the rustic wood itself is a cool feature. While shelving can happily climb short walls, if you're looking to visually increase the height of a space, keep the big, heavy pieces of furniture nice and low. Conventional design wisdom says that white paint will make a small space feel larger, but without lots of natural daylight, that just isn't the case. Cozy colors are often best in smaller rooms, and that goes for height-challenged ones as well. The bedroom above, featured on Lonny, proves that adding color on the ceiling can work to create a chic cocoon. No one's looking at the ceiling in this fun bedroom on Houzz.

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The only way is up! Trying to entertain with a small table can be a challenge. We loved this idea spotted in the latest In-Style Home magazine. They suggested stacking different sized cake stands, inspired by those old tiered tea trays, but with a decidedly more contemporary look. It also allows more table space for dinner plates, and keeps other items up and away, but still accessible. What do you think of this idea? Has anyone tried this?