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Living room

Purple couch

The cart features a garden hose sink that drains into a watering can, two small shelves for storage and a chopping board that forms an extra surface for food prep. This project is not for the faint hearted do-it-yourself-er, but if you'd like to take a crack at it you can download FREE instructions to make the Outdoor Kitchen Cart at Studiomama's online shop.

Living room

One of the challenges of living in a small space is that often, your living room is doing a lot of work: as workspace, lounge space, dining room, and maybe even guest room when the occasion demands. If you need a little inspiration for fitting it all in, look no further than these five apartments, where clever homeowners have managed to squeeze a lot of living into a little space. The living room of this New York apartment from Homepolish has a small space solution that we love: a wall-mounted console that runs the length of the room and serves as desk and storage. This living room from Design Sponge is quite narrow but still manages to get a lot done. Jessica and Milo's little apartment is only 325 square feet, but they've managed to fit a lot of living into their little space. Their coffee table is actually two tables that come apart as needed, which is useful for dining in the living room. The chairs can be moved around the room as needed, so the living room actually seats quite a few people, while maintaining a spacious feel. The living room of this Paris apartment, from IKEA Family Live via Apartment Therapy, is so packed with solutions it's hard to know where to start. It takes advantage of a sectional sofa, which can be quite a good solution if you need a lot of seating in a tight space. You can see the full floor plan of the apartment here.

Colorful living room

I'll admit it's been a spotty week, but today, I'm going to make up for it. I got handy last weekend and hung our new mirror, completing the dining room, right above the table up top. It really transforms the room and I have a few tips for how to use mirrors like this along with proper hanging.... Stay on the pulse with a double shot: blog + email. Click below for past emails.... AT EMAIL ARCHIVE. to full AT Email archive.

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Bedroom fireplaces are an uncommon luxury in homes built after the invention of electric heat. If the fireplace is non-working, there's an added question of how to use it. Click below for homes that utilize bedroom mantels in four different ways.... This bedroom has a working fireplace, but no closet. The renter transformed the built-in storage space next to the mantel into an unconvential approach to clothes storage. This non-working bedroom fireplace from Living Etc becomes a focal point with decorated mantelpiece and a sculptural floor vase. Fireplace bedrooms are common in homes built before the advent of electric heat - this bedroom is from a traditional cottage in County Donegal, Ireland. The mirror above the fireplace reflects the window and creates the illusion of a larger space. Leah from AT:DC took an antique mantelpiece and transformed it into a beautiful upholstered headboard.

Living room

Don't you hate it when you fill you last piece of wall space. Just as I thought that we had all the perfect items of furniture to suit our needs, our walls were appropriately filled but overly stuffed and then we see an amazing shelving unit. Strangely enough the unit was complete with DIY instructions. In this months Inside Out magazine it advertises the above storage unit for Seletti but then gives the full instructions on how to make your own. Just take some heavy-duty straps, some wine boxes or crates and some wall paper or paint.... After decorating the boxes, lay the straps on the floor and place the boxes on top in your desired arrangement. Tighten the straps and ta dah! You saved yourself $1,800 and earned yourself extra shelving space. Have you made your own similar unit or found something perfect after filling all your wall space?

Living room and dining room

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TV unit

When we put up a post last week about barn conversions, AT Reader citizengreen included a link to his own barn renovation in the Catskills. John says, 'I've moved an old barn beam structure to a new concrete pad and built my house around it.' 'I've made it through this winter heating only with wood. I've used whatever old barn siding was still in solid shape for some interior walls and the heavy plank barn flooring for everything from kitchen counters to stairs and benches.' 'In the winter months, I slide the bed up next to the back of the masonry heater which pops through the wall into my bedroom. It's my dutch wife. It's a bit minimalist, but the monochromatic color scheme and lack of window treatments forces the view to be the main focus. And at night, there is not even that distraction from falling fast asleep.' What an incredible labor of love! Thanks for sharing your home with the AT community, John. To watch John's house as it continues to grow, check out the blog.

Living room with fireplace

GO TO ASHLEY & KEVIN'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Classic living room

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Living room chair and mirror

Irene sent us a good question by email: 'My husband and I just bought 100 year old house in Evanston. The house is great and has a lot of character. Unfortunately, in one of the bathrooms, there is a window above the sink. Any suggestions on how to hang a mirror above the sink without remodeling the bathroom?'. Please share your ideas and suggestions for this design challenge in the comments.....

Study desk

Earlier this week, we mentioned our friend who moved downtown and is enjoying a whole new perspective and vibe in Los Angeles. While they were setting up shop, they decided to use a simple trick to make their bedroom closet look and feel great. They used the same wooden hangers in their closet for all of their clothes. What seems like a no brainer to some was something this couple had never considered and they are glad they did. Before their closet felt like a jumbled mess, with mis-matched hangers, including wire hangers. We love the idea of using simple tricks to make a room or space look and feel better.

Living room with fireplace

We might consider Tokyo living the ultimate small-space challenge. Where many people live in one or two rooms roughly 12' x 7' plus a tiny kitchen and bathroom area, small space solutions are de rigueur. This one spotted in a subway department store gave us pause. It's a fabric basket hanging under a kitchen stool, a concept not too difficult to reproduce on this side of the pond. While clever in an out-of-the-box way, we wonder how practical it would be: does it swing or otherwise interfere with scooting back and forth? What kind of item would be appropriate to store in this way? Does it even look, well, right? Like so many things spotted in Tokyo, we're just not sure.

TV unit

Q: I love our newly remodeled kitchen but, as soon as it was finished, I realized how much work the rest of the house needed - particularly our living space. The floor plan doesn't seem to lend itself well to proper, traditional placement of the furniture. The front door opens right in front of the only wall where it makes sense to place the TV. We do plan on eventually mounting the TV and hopefully getting a more narrow media stand. Would love any ideas on what type of furniture to buy for this room and where to place it. Would also like ideas on what to do on the large, bare wall behind the TV. We have 3 kids 5 and under so we would prefer furniture that can stand up to some wear. Editor: Leave your suggestions for rach4136 in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.