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Small spaces are our focus, but even we flinched at this narrow landmark house in Greenwich Village.... At nine-and-a-half feet in width and about 950 total square feet, it's full of small space solutions suited for even the very high end of NYC's market. Judging from the above photo and the floorplan, it looks like the kitchen burners are set in a very shallow countertop. We're thinking it's a single row of burners instead of the typical two-deep we see on most off-the-shelf cooktops. The house just hit the market: See the full listing here. Read up on the notorious house's history at New York Architecture.

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Katie and Ian Walker's Buckhead home was profiled in this month's Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, and we thought the place was the epitome of eclectic glamor. Katie told reporter Clinton Smith that the architecture was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Italian villas, and 'a more streamlined international style,' while the landscaping has elements of South Beach and Long Island. See some examples of what we mean after the jump.... For more images and detailed descriptions, check out Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine.

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If you don't want to paint your whole apartment black, but would like to darken things up a bit. The subject of black moldings has come up before on AT, but it's actually surprisingly difficult to find good photos of them. So we were thrilled to stumble on this photo in the recent Living Etc. magazine. We've actually done this ourselves, a few years ago, and we were pleased with the results. Even in our tiny one-bedroom, the black moldings added depth and visual interest to the space. The home pictured here is located in central Marseilles and is a renovated printing factory.

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When my ship comes in.... We've used Brownstone Brothers with clients and they were GOOD. They make the nervewrackingness of moving fade away with their calm, precision and expert service. Call them on the phone and someone will pick up after one ring. MUG has recommended them, NY Magazine has named them best mover of the year, and The Franklin Report gives them a top rating along with the tip that 'Many decorators and the carriage trade have been longtime customers of Brownstone Brothers.' While not stuffy, Brownstone Brothers is a long time Upper East Side moving company that recently relocated their offices to the South Bronx. All you need to know is that if you have a big move, a difficult move or a fragile move and you are willing to pay a high amount for high end service, you only need to make one call to arrange for a free estimate.

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Bathrooms are one of the sanctuaries of our homes, but unfortunately they can also be one of the most water and energy consuming and mold prone areas of the house. Use water-resistant flooring: Do not install carpet and instead use materials such as recycled content tile or finished concrete that can withstand consistent water contact without deteriorating or causing mold to form. Gray Water: Use gray water to supply water for toilets and to irrigate landscaping. Gray water can come from other several in the house, even as close at the sink in the bathroom. Check with your local code for gray water use restrictions. Efficient Hot Water Distribution: If you are building new or renovating, locate all of your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and mechanical rooms as close together as possible. Try to design the floor plan so that plumbing walls are shared and are as close to the water heater as possible. Inclusion of a recirculating pump will provide more consistent hot water availability, particularly for fixtures furthest from the water heater. The LEED minimum water usage rate is as follows: The average flow rate for all sink faucets should be 1.5-2.0 gpm, b) Showers must be 1.75-2.0 gpm, c) Toilets must be 1.1-1.3 gpf, dual-flush or be U.S. EPA WaterSense certified. Pipe Insulation: All hot water piping should have R-4 insulation and insulation should be installed on all piping elbows to adequately insulate the 90-degree bend. If your water heater is warm to the touch wrap it in an insulation blanket or jacket and wrap all incoming and outgoing pipes with insulation to a minimum of 4-feet from the water heater.

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It seems like only yesterday that our favorite LA landmark, the Griffith Park Observatory, closed for its four year renovation/ makeover. For us, the Observatory is the go-to destination for out- of-towners, with its Hollywood history and its stunning views. Now, almost ready and due to open in the fall, the media is being led through to get a peak.

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After creating this roundup of beautiful bedrooms with wallpaper, I was inspired to search for wallpapers that would be especially suited to the bedroom. The requirements: beautiful patterns with a little bit of movement that add atmosphere without being overwhelming. Wish upon a star wallpaper, $198 from Anthropologie. For those with a bit of a sense of humor - Vigilant Floral wallpaper from Flavor Paper, starting at $300 a roll. Lines wallpaper in dark blue, €64.80/roll from Ferm Living. L'eckwa wallpaper in celadon, $275/roll from Eskayel. Diamante wallpaper in gold, $140/roll from Hygge & West.

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Re-nest reader Kristin is looking to replace this chandelier in her entry. She wants it to be green, and able to use CFLs. Our first idea was paper lanterns. Other readers have suggested grouping pendants, or choosing a well-made fixture from Rejuvenation. We're also making progress on our quest for lightweight, portable containers for packed lunches. We've got a great DIY on how to reduce odor from your cat's litter box. Don't miss the latest two installments of our inspiring Green People series, which profile architect Eric Corey Freed and consultant Aaron Winer. Does mixing these two litters result in the perfect blend? Green consultant Aaron Winer tells about helping others to go green. We thought these well-designed recycled plastic food containers would be the perfect portable complement to our vintage Pyrex. Re-nest readers tell us to watch out.... Green architect Eric Corey Freed not only has an amazing scarf, but also an agenda that includes attacking government subsidies to the oil and coal industries.

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The Bratsera Hotel on the Greek island of Hydra lived its first life as a 19th-century sponge factory before it was reincarnated into a 26-room inn during the 1990s. The rooms, described as 'Typical Hydriot architecture,' are full of interesting details like the platform bed and step stool shown above. For more, click below.... Wide plank wood is used for the floorboards, steps, loft and ceiling. White fabric casually draped over the canopy bed softens the room. A mosquito net can cover the bed or be swept to the side.