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Can you believe we're into Week Four already? I don't know about you, but I feel like these last 3 weeks have flown by. I've been working on my own projects, focused primarily on clearing out my closets. See, we do pretty well keeping our apartment clean and clutter-free on the outside, but the insides -those dark hidden spaces called 'Closets' that whisper 'Psst! You don't know where to put that, so give it to me! I'll keep it secret, keep it safe...'- had developed a life of their own, and it wasn't looking very pretty.... My upper kitchen cabinets after I took off the cupboard doors. A few weeks ago I decided to switch to open shelving in my kitchen. In the process of making all the top cabinets look nice and neat, the lower cabinets got the spillover. A couple months of this and suddenly it was complete chaos: pans falling out on my toes when I opened the door, bowls and random storage containers toppled every which way, appliances I couldn't reach anymore. I'm still not accustomed to opening the doors and not having things fall out! In addition to clearing out the kitchen, I cleared out bags worth of clothes, shoes, and other household items and took it to Housing Works. This week is all about decluttering your living room. We've already gotten a bit of a jumpstart on the living room when my husband cleared out our 'Media cabinet' a few weeks ago and turned it into his bar mixology station!

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Our college-style 'Make-whatever's-in-the-fridge' culinary habits don't really facilitate the need to own an egg cup. If we ever had to get one, we'd get this to soothe our gadget-loving souls: the eiPOTT. 'Ei' is German for egg and 'Pott' is German for pot. So we have to imagine there was much confusion in Germany when Apple's music-playing iPod arrived on the scene. The little kinder thought they were getting egg cups for their birthdays! Well now the wrong has been right-ed and we have officially found the eiPOTT egg cup. From German design group qed*design, this little guy keeps all the Apple iPod styling-rectangle shape with a circular 'click wheel'-with an Ei-appropriate twist. If you're a geek who needs someplace to stick your boiled egg, we've found it.

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Contemporary kitchen

Bright white kitchens are quite popular right now - but today we're going over to the dark side. These 11 kitchens have dark cabinets, or dark walls, or both, making for a deliciously moody cooking space. This kitchen from Peppermint Bliss is one of my favorites - there's a beautiful contrast between the white subway tile and the shiny dark cabinets, and the marble-topped open island is a perfect finishing touch. This kitchen by Royal Roulotte has dark walls and dark appliances balanced by white cabinetry. A kitchen from Coco Lapine Design rocks deep green cabinets. Navy blue cabinets adds a pleasing visual weight to this kitchen by British Standard. Matte black contertops pair nicely with dark grey cabinets in a space from Pella Hedeby. This kitchen, spotted on French by Design, has dark walls and dark cabinets, but plenty of light to keep it from feeling dreary. There's no need to go super dark to get the look - even just a dark backsplash will do.

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I have a passion for collecting large format geometric and hardedge art from 60's and 70's. Displaying large format pieces in a small apartment creates an interesting space. We live in downtown Brooklyn, where there are a lot of new luxury condos. We chose a building that had less bells and whistles, but with the large savings, we were able to make changes and add details that are more to our tastes; including glass walls to let more light in and new kitchen and baths. HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.

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Designed by Central Design Studio, it feels less like a restaurant and more like a stylish friend's home. There are some design details in this space that inspire. The aim with Evelyn's Café and Bar was to create a neighbourhood restaurant, which instantly felt like a local favourite. Replace the chairs on one side of your dining room table with a sofa. Table cloths and cloth napkins don't have to feel fussy or formal-DIY decor to add color and pattern to your table. Furniture made of natural materials like wicker and rattan add great texture to an eating space, especially in the presence of a lot of solid dining furniture. Turn those overhead lights off when entertaining in your dining area! Table lamps and candles bring the light lower to where the eating action is.

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We love an unexpected splash of color, and one of our favorite places to see it is the front door. In general we consider our taste pretty classic when it comes to exterior paint colors, but all bets are off when it comes to accent colors. This door and stair combo is refreshing but not overwhelming. As renters, we can't paint our own door, but we like applying the same idea to our home by keeping the overall palette pretty neutral and adding a few bursts of unexpected color. Do you prefer a classic palette, eclectic, or a mix of the two? Images: Yellow door via: ...Tim; Orange door via: Mayhem; Turquoise door via: Robem.

Kitchen with pink backsplash

As a lover of mid-century design, I've long been familiar with the work of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, and Eero Sarinen. I confess that it was only recently-thanks, Pinterest!-that I became acquainted with the works of another mid-century great, the Italian designer Gio Ponti. Like a lot of furniture designers of that era, Gio Ponti was also an architect. In addition to that he worked as a professor and an editor, most notably at the Italian design magazine Domus. Ponti also designed this elegant espresso maker, called La Cornuta. Ponti began his career as a designer of household objects by working with 18th-century Italian ceramics manufacturer Richard Ginori, which gave him an appreciation for beautiful colors, fine craftsmanship and luxurious materials. In the latter part of his career, his designs became much more minimal, but they still retained a certain touch of the luxurious. To test his creation, Ponti threw one out of the window of a fourth floor apartment. Even now, after numerous decades, these pieces are still fresh and modern, especially being that designers and interiors are again beginning to embrace luxurious materials, albeit in minimalist forms. Ponti's designs feel particularly right for the interiors of today, and, if the past is any indication, will continue to grace beautiful years for years to come.

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Country kitchen

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Kitchen with red details

This is our Kitchen Remodel! We moved into our very 90s house 3 years ago... complete with wallpaper, vinyl, linoleum and office lighting. We worked with a crew to do the labor but chose everything ourselves. Our kitchen is in the middle of the house so although that is very cozy, it can be somewhat dark. We decided to go with white cabinets to brighten everything up and choose dark floors. I love color so I added splashes with the island and the hardware as well as the textiles! All of the sources are listen on my blog. Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovating project with the Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form.

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NAME: MeganLOCATION: Woodstock, New York COLOR INSPIRATION: Nature and the contrast of pop art. GO TO MEGAN'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!

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It seems like only yesterday that our favorite LA landmark, the Griffith Park Observatory, closed for its four year renovation/ makeover. For us, the Observatory is the go-to destination for out- of-towners, with its Hollywood history and its stunning views. Now, almost ready and due to open in the fall, the media is being led through to get a peak.