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Contemporary kitchen

Since sleeping is one of the main things that happens in your bedroom, above all things, you want it to be cozy. What could be cozier than being surrounded by tons of books? From around the web, here are ten of our favorite bedrooms, chock-full of delicious books. Above: a wall of books behind the bed, from Noemi's Romantic Biedermeier Apartment in Berlin. Shelves in a traditional bedroom from Period Living. Shelves under the eaves in a space from Home Beautiful, via Style Carrot. No room for shelves? Hang 'em up high above the bed. Cozy built-ins in the home of architect Vincent van Duysen, spotted on Latte Lisa.

Original kitchen cabinets

A few weeks ago on AT:LA I wrote a post that 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. They're 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.

COuntry kitchen

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.

Small modern kitchen

One thing you might think you don't have control over is the view from your rooms. While it's true you can't always choose what your rooms' windows overlook, there are things you can do to improve a view. This weekend, choose a view you don't love and see if you can make it a little more lovely! Choose a room you love spending time in, but that has a view you don't adore. It could be the alley view you get from the living room sofa. It doesn't even have to be a window; it could be a view of your utility room from your bedroom. The point is, if you have a window or door that you don't love looking out of, you can get creative to alter that view so that it's a little more appealing to the eyes.

White kitchen

A few weeks ago on AT:LA I wrote a post that 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. They're 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.

Modern black kitchen cabinets

We write about small homes and small rooms throughout the year, but it's our special focus this month so look for tips, solutions and inspiration for happy family living in small spaces. Do you have a Good Question about coping in small homes? Maybe you have some answers - a smart way you've divided or shared space in your home? A product that has made life infinitely easier? Tell us how you're livin' large in small homes - ways to contact us below. Email us at ohdeedoh(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com use our contact form tag a photo on Flickr with 'Ohdeedoh' leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Small scadinavian cabin kitchen

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Open plan kitchen

Well, this is a similar concept, taken a step further: Bedrooms in Boxes are coordinating kits of bedding and accessories. It's kind of a lazy-man's way of decorating.... Bedrooms in Boxes is a complete kit of bedding and accessories. The bedding consists of sheet sets, duvet cover, and pillow cases. Then the accessories are things like candles, candle holders, wall banners. One set even has a masquerade mask, which is a little, eh, wierd. We don't really want themed decoration like this, but think this could be a fun way for children, teens, or the completely helpless to 'Decorate' their own spaces. What do you think? How does a kit like this stack up against more creative, individual design of interiors?

Kitchen with marble breakfast table

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White and wood kitchen cabinets

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Small modern kitchen with stainless steel

What exactly does NY/NJ mean? This fellow has tons of listings on Craigslist each day, and he/she locates all his/her furniture in NY/NJ, which can only mean that he/she is close to you whether you live in NY or NJ. 'This Danish Modern dresser is a nice one, and the price is good. It looks to be in very good condition, and has no annoying decoration or over design details. It is a classic. He/she says it is'from a 1960's NNJ super cool Modern home... measuring only 57'w x 31'h x 17'd. Call for easy pick up or delivery arrangements. 908-313-4212.' Now, you can't beat that. MGR. Got a good item for Scavenger? Know anything about these sellers? Leave a comment below.....

Country kitchen with island

Gimme some spinach! We all know that spinach gave Popeye his power, but did you know it could also power your house? Inhabitat featured this fascinating piece about a house designed by Matthew Coates & Tim Meldrum that was the winner of the Cradle to Cradle contest. The house gets its electricity from spinach! Well, to be percise, it actually gets its power by solar energy, via a 'Solid-state photosynthetic solar based skin, who's main component for generating electricity from the sun is a protein called Photosystem 1, which is derived from spinach.' Posted originally from: AT:LA. The system also includes grey and black water recycling and the excess energy developed by the spinach based skin can be used to help power other sources or sent back to the grid. A fascinating concept that will definitely be something to watch as it continues to develop.

Small farm kitchen

A friend sent us this home office image, knowing we love the science-lab aesthetic, and we can't help admiring how perfectly organized and decorated this space is. The only thing we'd change are the task chairs; those two would quickly bring the 'URGHH!' in 'Ergonomics'.

Red cabinets kitchen

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Small farm kitchen

Who says you have to go the route of tradition and put up a typical Christmas tree? For those looking for a more minimal and modern contemporary spin on the old yuletide decoration, why not take a cue from this IKEA catalog setup where they've taken a trimmed tree branch and decorated it with a striking monochromatic selection of ornaments. Our only qualm is that presents don't look hardly as nice under this as a traditional tree, but it could be executed as a smaller complimentary holiday decor detail with smaller vases also instead of a replacement for a traditional tree. A good friend created something similar for her wedding reception centerpieces, and they were such a big hit, attendees fought over who could take them. Either way, it's a great way to recycle and reuse some wintertime yard trimmings.

Large farm kitchen

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