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This stylish storage solution might be worth checking out for those of us resolving to be more organized in the new year. These two open bookcases can be placed in a corner or even act as a room divider. Originally retailing for $175 each, this seller is pricing each bookcase at $89 a pop.

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There are tons of tricks to make your small space feel bigger. Aside from mirrors, great lighting and floating furniture, consider using glass in your small space. We spotted.... ...this pretty glass cart-turned-console table at the new Tobi Tobin shop in Los Angeles and thought it was a great idea for small spaces. The glass provides a nice texture and allows a clear view to the decor items stored away, in this case, a collection of books. The idea of allowing the eye to expand beyond the furniture adds depth to small spaces.

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Wouldn't it be neat if there was some sort of laundry fairy? This laundry fairy would quietly tiptoe into your home while you're asleep, pull all of your dirty clothes out of the hamper, and magically wash, dry and fold it all. Since the laundry fairy is still just a dream, here are 11 tips for making your laundry day a little easier. You can use a product specifically designed for stains, like Shout or a Tide pen, or you can pour a small drop of laundry detergent on the stain. Presorting your laundry will help eliminate the red-sock-in-a-load-of-whites mistake. Forget about the dryer! Hang those jeans to dry. Keep a can of tennis balls around for drying down-filled items. Soak an old towel or flour cloth in your favorite liquid fabric softener, wring out excess and let dry. While you're working through that box of dryer sheets before you make your own, you can give the used sheets a little extra life. Borax is a natural laundry booster and it also softens hard water. There are a whole host of other uses for Borax outside the laundry room, too. Of course the best way to lighten the load on laundry day is to wear your clothes a little longer.

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Q: I recently got extremely lucky and scored three Eames black leather soft pad executive chairs for an amazing price...don't be jealous! My husband and I are opening a very small office space soon, and I wasn't planning on black leather desk chairs, but now I've got to work them into the style since they are classic.... But the black leather, while classic, seems a little harsh. I'd like to soften the look without getting too feminine, and not make the office look so 'Office-y'. We currently have a Herman Miller table with an ash top that also needs to work with the space. What type of desk would look good with the the black leather chairs? Any other pieces or links to pictures that would help me visualize how to warm up the space? We can only fit about two average sized desks, the Herman Miller table and a bookcase in the space. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Karla in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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It's not just handy to have them out in the open. Sometimes kitchen utensils are just plain beautiful. It's no wonder many kitchen designs now incorporate rails, racks, and open shelves that both store and display such wares.... The utensils pictured up top are well-used and pretty run-of-the mill. It doesn't take expensive 'Design-y' utensils or unrealistic standards of cleanliness to make for a beautiful display of these common household items. We touch and use and clean many standard kitchen utensils every single day. Why not elevate them to a position of display within our kitchens? Image: Library of Congress.

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There are quite a few things of beauty in this world, but none of them are in the shape of this fireplace, which simply looks amazing. Naturally, this design will split opinions, but all in all, we like it a lot. Actually, the Gyrofocus fireplace isn't just the world's most beautiful fireplace, it's been voted the world's most beautiful object by the World's Most Beautiful Object 2008-2009 in the Pulchra design competition. This design competition is the first beauty contest exclusively reserved for objects, whatever that means. Needless to say that this is one incredibly beautiful fireplace. Gyrofocus is made by the French fireplace maker Focus. It can pivot 360° and has been exhibited in several contemporary museums, including the prestigious Guggenheim. For it to work well, you'd need a massive space though, with really high ceilings.

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Stepping out of the ordinary, we thought to show some goings on in our Craigslist world. Advertised in Paris Craigslist, this Chinese merchant is looking for a partner to import this treasure trove to Europe. Much of the listings in the new foreign cities are like this. Vendors from the far corners of the world are stepping out and using Craigslist to do it. 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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We haven't found too many freestanding shelves we like, but we do love the repurposed kitchen cabinet shelving we've seen in a couple of AT House Tours. Reas used kitchen cabinets to create a floating credenza in his Greektown loft. We love how the top shelf shows off his favorite books, while the bottom cabinets conceal storage. Christy and John used kitchen cabinet shelving to make a custom cabinet that runs the length of their entire second floor, from the hallway through the bedroom. In the bedroom, the closed cabinets conceal laundry storage. For affordable kitchen cabinet shelving, IKEA is the go-to source, but we're wondering if anyone has other suggestions.

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We would guess most people are familiar enough with their bathroom layout to be able to locate the light switch in their sleep. For those who aren't or are frequent visitors to the bathroom in the middle of the night, Robern has a new bathroom cabinet with an integrated night light. The in handle LED and a built in light sensor illuminates the under side of the cabinet automatically when the light conditions are dark enough to warrant it. Now your midnight bathroom trips can happen discreetly without having to wake your partner by turning on all the bathroom lights.

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Q: Marsha and Javier's house tour made me drool and it also raised a question: I love art and have a lot of it. I am about to move into a new home that has some large wall spaces. My art, even if arranged gallery-style, will be dwarfed. I am eager to find BIG contemporary art pieces like Marsha and Javier have. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jennie in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Taking a gander at Target's new items we came across these dandy looking Brady barstools. If you have the common bar counter area and have been looking for a stool that was something other than wrought iron or wicker based and that didn't break the bank this might be your ticket.

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If you don't have enough space to dedicate a full room to a home office, making a closet home office is the way to go. The trouble is that it's not that easy to come up with a closet home office that looks good. That's why we really like the idea of renovating closet home offices. Rwotten and his wife converted a closet into a mini-office, however they were unhappy with the clutter and the general feel of it, so they decided to remodel it. They kind of pulled a clean sweep on their little home office and the result is pretty amazing. Rwotten confides that it took a few weekends, some paint, an unfinished filing cabinet, some plywood and pre-made cabinet doors to pull this remodel together. The actual lower drawers have a false front in order to hide a filing cabinet. The cabinets above the desk hide the computer and its peripherals.