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After a weekend jaunt through CB2, we will stand behind our initial reaction to the Alchemy Table and Stool! These are beautiful pieces in person. After the post initially went up, both pieces temporarily disappeared from the CB2 website. While there was some concern that they were discontinued, they're back!.... Check out our initial post on these unique pieces here. Also in the picture are the Bauhaus lamps in gravel, a brownish gray color. Check out the discussion here, for more about metal-shade lamps.

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Wrapping up Escapes Month here at AT, we wanted to share this tiny balcony getaway. Even just a small private outdoor space can make for a special escape.... This Montreal apartment's balcony is made into a special escape with a few simple moves: that little candelabra chandelier, a tiny table for two for intimate outdoor dining. We love this elaboration of a pretty standard balcony. Just picture serving up a special dinner straight through the kitchen window.

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Modern kitchen cabinet

As bathroom month comes to a close and we think ahead to Smallest, Coolest, here's a bathroom idea that maximizes a small space by combining the sink and the tub. 'It works by employing a removable sink insert that empties into the tub, which is in turn angled to help drainage. The lip of the tub, and thus the edge of the sink, is tall enough that it comes within range of the height of a standard sink basin, about 32'. The sink reminds us of tub covers we've seen in Japanese bathrooms. The design could also facilitate greywater use, if you use a mild, plant friendly hand soap.

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Kitchen with large fridge

How do you make the most of a small space you've turned into a bedroom, despite the small square footage? A Redditer found ways to maximize space when they turned the solarium of their small Toronto condo into a 8.5' x 8' bedroom by adding a wall. They came up with some simple but smart ways to make the small space feel peaceful and not overcrowded. It's not within every budget to buy a bed that has built-in storage, but in this small and closet-less space, it appears to have been a vital element to ensure this small space actually functioned the way they needed it. Another fun storage feature? Not just one nightstand, but three, on each side! Floating nightstands have long been a smart choice for small spaces, but here, the addition of even more wall-mounted ledges means more room for both needed and decorative objects. We all know that wall-mounted reflective surfaces like mirrors work magic in small spaces, and in here it's no different. They chose to add the mirror to the wall opposite the door, which is a smart move since it'll reflect an image of the other room, making it feel a little more open than it actually is. For saving space and adding privacy, you can't beat a sliding door, which they made here themselves using mostly items found at Home Depot. Keep the side of the drapes that face the bedroom a light color, preferably a similar color to the wall. This will help them blend in and expand the look of the space visually. It just makes sense - small spaces need less stuff, and keeping the decorative elements to a minimum will help keep a small space from feeling cluttered. As this small bedroom proves, you can find a good balance between art, decorative elements and more and still have a room that feels spacious for its size.

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This is the first house that my friends and I moved into last year. It is a 1,150 square foot townhouse, with three bedrooms. I love it because it is within walking distance of my workplace, the grocery store and pretty much anything else I need to do. The three of us were pretty excited to get to decorate an entire house ourselves. We got a lot of hand-me-downs from people to keep the budget low, but we were able to imbue it with our own style as well. The pheasant patterned sofas were actually my Grandparents from the 1970s! The thing that I love most about our home, is that it has an eclectic vintage feel, while still being incredibly personal. Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.

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After seeing a handful of mirrors in the kitchen, we understand some reservation about the material in such a heavy-use space. Mirrors can show everything, from small smudges to cooking splatters. Which is what intrigued us with the mirror used in this kitchen in the Tarpon Run Southern Living Idea House. The mirrored backsplash is of antiqued 12x12 mirror tiles. Its worn surface warms the space and adds patina and a sense of age. The bonus? The antiquing disguises imperfections when the mirror isn't perfectly clean. If you like this home's design as much as we do, see more from the architects and interior designer.

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Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was all, 'Damn you, Ione Skye! Open shelving just ain't my jam!'? Well, now Elle Interiør is making me give open shelving another look because LOOK HOW AWESOME THIS IS. It's a shadow boxes mounted on a wall, all made of bamboo. One of my gripes about open shelves was that I didn't have that many dishes and such, so invariably, my kitchen would look a bit...sparse. This option is all about the mixing of dishes with vases and cookbooks la art gallery, which is pretty nice. No matter how cool this looks, the idea of dusting that many shelves makes me shudder. For what it's worth this kitchen is pretty, pretty, PRETTY good. See the rest of the kitchen over at Elle Interiør.

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Letting go of this giant, 60'x60' mirror we have in our apartment is like cutting our perceived square-footage in half. The mirror is borrowed, and we enjoyed it while it lasted. We're on the hunt for affordable replacements. Costco actually caught our eye, with their Joan Wall Mirror. It's 40'x50' and costs $440. That includes shipping, which really counts for something on an item of this size and fragility. The mirror has beveled edges and is set in a walnut frame. This baby might just ease the pain of letting go of our old giant.

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Narrow kitchen

Creating beautiful multifunction rooms is a skill; you have to be able to look at a space and visualize it's potential as a home office, carving room for your computer, printer and research library out of unused space, like an alchemist turning straw into gold. The KitchenIn a short, unofficial survey of everyone we know, it seems like the kitchen is the front-runner for multi-purpose home office rooms. The Laundry RoomLess common than the kitchen, your home's laundry or mud room might also offer a great place to work from home. There's often a bit of unused space in laundry rooms or laundry closets that can accommodate a computer and chair. The BedroomWe love this shot from Jennifer's Creative Closet Home Office because it makes room for a storage-filled workspace without stealing any square footage from the bedroom itself-the whole office is built into an existing closet. If you need your office to share floor space with the bedroom, try a thin, compact desk like this one, or downsize the bed to a futon, like in Garrett Murray's LA Master Bedroom Home Office for 2. A Guest BedroomAnother option for sharing an office with a bed is to create some space in a guest room for your own workspace.

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Dear AT: Boston, I have electric baseboard heating underneath the three windows in my living room. What length curtain should I have? I do not want the curtains to fall too close to the heat but worry that shorter curtains. Will make the walls look short.... Hey Boston! Have a good question for us? Email us with QUESTION in the subject line to boston(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com. Curtain length is definitely a matter of preference but your heating issue might rule out floor length window coverings. You could always go with a roman shade and avoid the length issue altogether. Anyone with an idea for Mary's curtain conundrum?