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The TV's always been a tricky piece of technology to blend into any home. Because of its passive media consumptive nature, we've always considered its placement best when it's not drawing attention to itself, but only when called upon. What'd we think when Emma placed her TV in the most underutilized space in the home - the staircase? Well, let's just say it feels just right. The TV sits in a downstairs office area right below the main living room. It's a cozy little den area maximizes function and space, utilizing custom-made shelves that blend into the stairs and also serving as extra support. A long, wall-mounted desk, where the TV sits on, incorporates smart wire management to keep a clean look while leaving plenty of room to do work. We especially like the fact that natural light is still able to leak in from the streets, removing the whole 'Basement' feel altogether and creating a perfect space get productive with the ability to occasionally glance up to check out what's going on the TV. Emma Balch of M Design is an interior decorator in Buenos Aires. Her recent works includes guiding Anthropologie's Keith Johnson around Argentina on Man Shop's Globe, unique projects for clients, and exports of her designs. You can check out the rest of the incredible tour of her commercial space turned residential over at Design*Sponge online.

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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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Umbrella-ella-ella...There's long been a superstition that opening an umbrella inside brings bad luck, but we're gonna have to cast that fear aside if it brings a fun decor idea like this one! While perusing some of the entries over at Domino's Decorating Contest, we came across this entry by 'Shannon from Gresham, OR.' She put up a vintage outdoor umbrella and stuck it in the middle of her dining table. Now, personally, we don't think we could sacrifice a real vintage danish modern table by drilling a hole in it, but we love the concept, and you could easily do it to, say, a less expensive table, or one you got at thrift store. We love this idea of bringing the outdoors in and if you've got a a liking for more exotic decor, adding in some candles or string lights above could make your next dinner party all the more intimate and fun.

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Kitchen with wood cabinets

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Modern kitchen

Though a tiny space under a staircase is probably not the best place for your eleven-year-old, it's just right for a little chihuahua. Redditor Fatisbac's aunt recently renovated her house, and one unique feature included was a room for her little chihuahua under the staircase, Harry Potter style. The tiled space includes a dresser, brass dog bed, toys, food and water bowls, a miniature of dogs playing poker, and even a place to hang a teeny hat. Of course, the pup has a doggie door for 24/7 access.

Red kitchen

The bedroom, a spot that we usually want to be calm and soothing, may seem like an unusual place for a gallery wall. Lately I've been spotting lots of bedrooms that make this dynamic decoration work. You can keep everything else in the room fairly simple to let the artwork shine... or just go for broke and make your bedroom a place where you're excited to wake up in the morning. Keeping the furnishings and bedding minimal really lets the other items sing. Above: colorful art enlivens a bedroom in a home by Resolution: 4 Architecture. Matching the frames to the color of the wall keeps the overall look relaxing. As this bedroom from Lonny proves, dark colors in a bedroom can be just as relaxing as light ones. A gallery wall like this one, arranged over a comfy upholstered headboard, would be a good option for those who love the look but still want to be able to read in bed without bumping frames. Not a gallery wall, strictly speaking... but I love the idea of hanging a shelf over a bed and filling it with assorted framed art. The huge, framed print over the bed definitely makes a statement.

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When I got back to Baltimore after a long holiday visit with family, my bedroom greeted me with its disarray. I am only good about putting clean laundry away if I do it when the clothes are fresh out of the dryer; otherwise, they sit in the basket in my bedroom. My husband, who does his own laundry, completely avoids putting his clean clothes away entirely. As organization took a total back seat to the holidays this year, the clothes just never made it from the laundry basket to the dresser or closet-although some did make it to the floor. While of course there's another end to this organization game, in 2014 I want to be more on top of getting things from dryer to drawers. For my bedroom's sake, I'm committing to taking ten minutes whenever a laundry load finishes to put that stuff away-right away.

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Who says chandeliers have to be saved for big, grand rooms? Think of how much more of an impact they make used in a smaller space, like a bathroom. Break some rules and consider hanging a chandelier in your bathroom for extra drama. Although it may seem a bit over the top here are ten fabulous bathrooms proving that a chandelier can add the perfect amount of glam to a bathroom of any size or style. Whether you're using a traditional antique chandelier as contrast in a modern space or a modern take on a classic look, they all add some extra drama and luxe to your bathroom. Go big or go home with a large chandelier like this one spotted on HGTV. Add some whimsy along with the glam by choosing a chandelier with color. What's better than one chandelier in a bathroom? Two of course. Use two hanging chandeliers instead of pendants for task lighting, like this sample by Walter Powell Architects via Decor Pad. If you still want some glam but toned down a bit, try a fabulous chandelier-like pendant.

Minimalist kitchen and dining room

With Thanksgiving later this week, you've no doubt already cemented your design and logistical plans if you're hosting a dinner. Perhaps you've been having some insecurity over your design choices. We've rounded up 10 gorgeous and eclectic dining spaces to banish any doubt that a varied space full of personality is the perfect complement to a home full of good food and friends. Eclectic dining rooms work when they are filled with things you love, and elements are balanced. Eclectic dining spaces pack a mean punch of personality because they mix and match contrasting styles, play with bold colors and introduce details that might not normally be seen together. They are especially useful when a packed house for the holidays means you might not have quite enough chairs or plates or napkins for everyone to use ones that match; in an already mixed and matched space-no one will notice! Just don't confuse eclectic with 'Cluttered' or 'Messy;' there are plenty of ways of creating an eclectic dining space using a carefully curated combination of items from different styles. It's your dining room, and you're in control of how much art and accessories go into your eclectic space. Don't feel like you have to add more than you need! What do you think about eclectic dining spaces? Cozy and comforting for the holidays? Or just a little too bohemian for your tastes? Let us know!

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This white, modern, chunky coffee table is pretty darn cool and seems to be a very versatile based on the current owner's digs. 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 were tipped off to Nancy Bauch's White Forest Pottery by a friend who said that walking into her studio was like walking into another world. We haven't been there, but her website and her pottery makes this seem very possible. These are special pieces that define the intersection of simplicity and beauty. This is what she says.... In addition to using natural elements, she actively strives to simulate the imperfection and impermanence of nature itself. Each hand-made piece reflects the philosophy of 'Wabi sabi' an aesthetic that honors the beauty of imperfection. Her work is a reflection to the variability that is nature, and just as no two snowflakes are alike, so too are each of her pieces unique in their beauty. Most of the pieces are made of porcelain and range from bowls to cups to mugs to tiny vases to bells. Most are also white, though there is a bit of color in there on occasion.

Contemporary large kitchen

Are you staring at the blank wall above your sofa with hammer in hand, afraid to punch the first hole to hang your art? Or maybe you've already hung art above your sofa, but every time you look at your handiwork, something feels 'Off.' Hanging art isn't rocket science, but with so many different variables, it can sometimes be difficult to get just right. This post is filled with examples of rooms that have nailed the placement of art hanging above their sofa-use this as visual inspiration to hang art in your own space. Below, find a sofa + wall situation that most matches the one in your home, and use the photo as a visual example of how you might hang art in your space. Pay attention to the size of the art, how far it hangs above the sofa and the amount of room between the top of the art piece and the ceiling. The art in the above photo could have been hung a little higher, in my opinion, but because of the low hanging chandelier, the lower art hanging placement makes perfect sense in the room's overall composition. If your sofa is in front of a window and the wall space above it is split up like the above photo, take a cue from Alison and Jeff's living room and hang art on either side of your window. If the art above Alex's sofa had been a canvas or framed photo, I would have hung it lower. This art piece could have been too big/overwhelming for this sofa and room, but the wall was painted a dark hue, and that helps the art feel like it fits just right. Julie's living room shows off an excellently hung art gallery wall. Evenly spaced, the gallery wall is balanced and creates a great shape-a shape that acts like one individual art piece. Don't let architectural details give you a hang-up about hanging art above your sofa; either work around them...or completely ignore them and hang art where you want to anyway.

Minimalist kitchen and dining room

Wow, I thought my minimalist modern tendencies had faded away since my days in college studying to become an architect. Then every once in awhile I see a residential structure like this and I think I might be able to live in a concrete box.... The big box, known as the House kn, is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and designed by Kazuyasu Kochi and Mana Kochi of Kochi Architect's Studio. Also below is their Shinkawasaki Infill condominium, which has a stunning white washed interior space with a most curious crawl space only reachable by ladder.