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White kitchen islands

We're all looking for extra storage in our homes and sometimes it's extremely hard to find any spare room. If you have a large family or you're a struggling graduate student in the smallest studio ever made - you certainly know the importance of concealed storage. Of course we've all seen under stair storage before, after all, isn't that exactly where Harry Potter lived at one point? We definitely aren't recommending putting your nieces or nephews in there; but we do think it's a great use of unused space to turn into storage! If you have an older home, you can still keep the integrity of the home in mind by disguising the cabinets. Have built in handles made so at first glance guests would have no idea that was actually storage. There are hundreds of ways to go about adding under stair storage, but we think this one is especially great.

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It has stainless steel appliances, including an under cabinet microwave. In all we will have 3 base units: one cabinet under the sink, a drawer unit under the microwave and drawers to the right of the stainless stove. The floor is southern yellow pine, the back splash will be white beveled subway tile and the opposite wall will be white with a stainless pot rack and magnetic knife holder. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lucie in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Kitchen with stainless steel benchtop and cabinets

Even though Red has somewhat monopolized the hue to designate products that donate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we still find red reminiscent of the 80s. Maybe it's just us, but we remember red being the color of the decade that brought us Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Devo, and Mikhail Gorbachev. So to honor the time we grew up in, we give you gadgets of all types in corvette red, blood red, Cabernet, and every saturation thereafter.

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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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My kids call our dining room the 'Thanksgiving Room.' My husband says that we should put caution tape at its entrance because I don't let anyone in there. I guess that tells you what you need to know about how often we use our formal dining room! I love our dining room and I'm glad we have it, but truthfully, it's mostly a showpiece, and I think I'm an exception among a generation that has mostly said goodbye to the formal dining room. The coffee table in the living room, the dresser in our master bedroom, even a chest of drawers in our master bath are showstoppers from another era and beloved to me because of whose they were. My entire dining room is an inheritance, from the intricate and once-plush velvet chairs to the custom-made table of mahogany and ebony. I even have the blueprint of the table - how awesome is that?? The head and foot chairs are not only part of my grandparents' set, but were the chairs used by the bride and groom at the wedding of some of our dearest friends. The china and silver that fill the absolutely gorgeous credenza are also passed down to me. We have an expanding table in our kitchen, where we eat all our meals. Even when we have guests, we open up the table and eat there. It's more comfortable, more informal, and much easier to clean. I don't have to stress about water marks on the table or food spilling on antique upholstery.

Kitchen with island

There's nothing that can freshen up your space or brighten your day like a bouquet of flowers. We've all heard of different tips and tricks to help our flowers stay fresh as long as possible, and I thought I would put some of the common options to the test. Keep reading to see the results and the big winner! All flower ends were cut at an angle before placing in vases. PENNY: 1 clean copper pennyTHEORY: copper acts as antibacterial agent. ASPIRIN: 1 crushed tablet per literTHEORY: mimics effects of traditional flower food. BLEACH: 2 caps full per literTHEORY: kills mold & bacteria. FRIDGE: placed in fridge over night each day THEORY: like fruits & veg, keeps them fresh. CIDER VINEGAR: 2 tsp cider vinegar + 2 tsp sugar per literTHEORY: encourages buds to open and last longer. Just by popping your bouquet in the fridge when you go to bed will help them stay fresh and last much longer and there's no fussing. As you can see, these tulips still have life in them and if you're someone who likes to buy fresh flowers every week, this may even save you the cost of one bouquet a month.

Black dining room with huge lamp

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Emma wrote to us: 'I just moved into the most lovely fourplex, and while the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all roomier and nicer than any apartment I've ever lived in... the bedroom is the smallest I've ever inhabited in my entire life! While I have no problems with size, I'd like for it to look really great and be as functional as possible.' 'I've already decided to combine black and white with my current favorite color, yellow, to brighten it up... but something still seems a bit plain about it. What would you guys do to spruce it up and give it more room for my huge collection of clothing?'. Especially my super boring 'Ikea birch' dresser!! 'Some specs: it is approx. 7.5 by 9 feet, with eensy teeny but very tall closet. There are two doors - one leads to our back foyer, the other to another bedroom, and one window.' 1) Great looking room, we love the colors and honestly it doesn't give the impression of being too small or cramped in the photos. Since the room is not large, we'd go with one over-sized piece, rather than a bunch of small pieces. Artwork that is big and bold and colorful on one of the walls would be spectacular. Since it was reasonably priced, you can give this a try without too much anxiety - and if you just cover the wood, the clear inserts on the drawers would be a nice a nice visual break in the pattern. Ok, AT-at-home designers...take it away.... Wallpaper Dresser image from Cote Maison via: Another Shade of Grey.

Green kitchen

Liane says this Beautiful Red Leather 3 Piece Living Room Set is just a year old and in excellent condition. If you're looking for a couch, loveseat, and chair - and are brave enough for that much color - check out the ad in our classifieds. 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..

Modern kitchen and dining room

These were the requirements for Design Sponge's own sofa search, which is shown step-by-step here at House and Garden. The search toured through too-expensive modern designer classics, sleeper sofas for those without a guest room, and even traditional designs. The search zeroed in on Room and Board's Andre sofa for its tufted back, affordable price tag, and slim dimensions. Design Sponge's search is a help to us all, as pinning down the right sofa can be a challenge.

Large kitchen

To celebrate Fort Point Arts Community's 35th Annual Open Studios, a giant foam pyramid will float in the Boston channel. The 16-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall polystyrene pyramid resembles cobblestones, a nod to the city's rich history.

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We've seen card files as coffee tables, consoles and in craft rooms, but this kitchen island is proof that every idea has not yet been exhausted for using this much sought-after vintage find. We especially like the smaller footprint afforded by this particular card file, which we may have otherwise passed up for its odd dimensions. The shape of the drawers tells us that this isn't a library card file exactly, but perhaps storage for some other kind of document or supplies. We wish we could find more pictures of how those drawers are being used in this kitchen. Towels, cutting boards or other vertical storage perhaps? What would you use them for?

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How do you design a small-space desk to give you maximum use of space? If you're DesignSpray, you just hack off it's back legs and get a much-needed assist from the wall to create a minimal, modern standing desk. The ConSOUL desk from DesignSpray leaves you with no wasted space. It gets a little help from being hinged into the wall, leaving you with a minimalist workspace-and a whole lot more floor than if you'd gone the traditional route. If you're a guy with a lot of desktop 'I-love-looking-at-them' trinkets, then look away. If you're a light computer user in the market for a small, beautiful standing desk, then the ConSOUL is definitely it-if you've got almost a grand to shell out.

Large kitchen

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Stone kitchen bench

We just found some pages that we tore out from the Feb. '07 Vogue article titled, 'Behind the Seams: Five designers reveal how their lives inspire the very individual looks of their dresses.' Katie Nehra of Simone selected these ultra-feminine blue glass canisters from L.A.'s Grace Home Furnishings, and we really loved the color and the ornate design - even though we typically go for more streamlined angles and textures. Other designers featured include Samantha Sung of s-sung and Alice Ritter, both of whom rounded out the feminine picks of Nehra with their master painter influences and love of '60s Mod.

Green kitchen

A small bathroom though ... a small bathroom is a different story. One small bathroom for two women - two relatively low-maintenance women, at that. Still, for us, a small bathroom is often not cool; sometimes it's a pain. Perhaps, I'm overly sensitive today because another plastic shower caddy broke last week and we've been storing our shampoo, etc. Shaving our legs is nearly impossible in our tiny shower- Storing the basics in the shower has become and issue - the suction cup caddies don't stick and most of them take up too much space. Obviously, these inconveniences we suffer are minor and, for the most part, we've adapted. We often shave our legs over a bucket of warm water now - rather than doing it in the shower. We're getting by ... and some days ... the bathroom does feel just ever so slightly cozy. Do you have a small bathroom? Do you do anything creative to cope with the space limitations?