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We've loved this long, narrow shelf ever since we came across it months ago. It's just nice and simple - and you'll probably have noticed that we're suckers for nice, simple shelves.... Image: Skona Hem via Purple Area.

Colorful living room

How do you fit a computer workstation, a small library of books, and your files into an entry hall? Click below to find out.... This entryway closet has been repurposed into a functional workspace. Overhead lights and a sliding door make the space feel less like a closet and more like an office, a corner desk takes up a sliver of space, and there's just enough room left over for a chair, some wall shelves, and a bulletin board. This photo comes from the Raumplus closet company, a German manufacturer of sliding doors. Like most catalog photos, it's a very staged shot, but it offers a lot of ideas for designing a home office in a small space. Our favorite detail is the ceiling shelves, which incorporate under-shelf lighting to illuminate the doorway and closet.

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If you're remodeling a smaller bathroom and feel a bit hemmed in, then take a look at these blah tiny bathrooms that still manage to pack in plenty of style. Blogger Emily from The Pink House didn't let the small size of her upstairs bathroom keep her from pulling off a gorgeous remodel. Showers are a popular choice for smaller bathrooms because they take up less space. Opting for a minimal glass enclosure can mean that the shower almost disappears, like in this bathroom from Studio LS. The clever setup of this bathroom from Apartment 34 means that there's no need for a bulky shower curtain. Minimal detailing and simple colors give this bathroom from Homedit a spaciousness that belies its small size. A clawfoot tub can actually be a good choice for a small bathroom, like this one from Domino. Although this modern bathroom from Homes to Love isn't particularly small compared to some of the others, it is a great example of how you can fit both a tub and a shower into relatively little space. Bold color can be a great choice for a small space, as evidenced by this small bathroom from Katie Martinez.

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Two pounds of pages and pages of day-glo space age decor. Robert Harling's 1971 Modern Furniture and Decoration is a flashback exploration of the plastic fantastic era in all its eye squinting inducing glory. There's something really wonderful about how adventurous interior decorators and furniture designers set out to be in the late 60's and early 70's. Acrylic, fiberglass, moulded plastics and organic geometrics were boldly paired with primary colours that still resonate today as being 'Modern'. Love it or hate it, this book's 208 pages are filled with unforgettable interiors. If you've got a great decor photo/image or design idea from an out-of-print source, please send it to la(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com, including the title and publication information. Not sure about the geometric bedding that matches the wallpaper, but I love the bed with low matching side tables. The setting totally screams 'Coffee, tea or me?'. I think Kelly Wearstler purchased this loveseat and made an outfit with the Pucci print upholstery.

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I use their plastic grass 'Daisy Doormat' in front of the kitchen sink. Pitch:When I bought this apartment about a year ago, the kitchen was sad afterthought, crammed into one side of a large room. DIY Ikea Island: I wanted to have a kitchen island on wheels to move around as needed. I can't tell you how convenient it is to have a computer in the kitchen, whether it's for looking up quick recipes or checking emails while you're waiting for the water to boil. To create our highly functional, versatile kitchen space, I hired an up-and-coming designer/architect. Since moving in, we've hosted about four dinner parties for ten people, and the kitchen always receives rave reviews. M. I hope my kitchen makeover is helpful to some of you.

Living room and dining room

So - how about a little Friday afternoon politics? We've been following the passage-veto-override of the new Farm Bill with some interest. The infighting amongst our two major political parties has been interesting to watch, as the Republicans helped override a presidential veto to pass a bill that sets our nation's food and agricultural policy for the next five years. The U.S. farm bill is an omnibus bill that sets the agricultural and food policy of the federal government; it's reworked and passed every several years. What exactly is in this bill? We didn't have time to read through and digest all 700-plus pages of the bill, but we found a cheat sheeet. Domestic nutrition programs make up the largest portion of the estimated $300 billion farm bill. Foreign food aid would make up less than 1 percent of the bill, costing less than $200 million. It feels very, very difficult to weed through all the competing opinions and points of view on the Farm Bill, especially when it's so huge and unwieldy. Back to the garden.... You can read the full bill here: H. R. 2419 - Farm Bill - It's 742 pages long and about 1MB in size.

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Living room with fireplace

Surely we've all known our share of closet-deprived apartments. Creative solutions for increasing storage space are always welcome, and we just love this elegant execution of a simple idea from local designer Anastasia Faiella. Faiella's client's loft, while blessed with gorgeously high ceilings and windows, was sorely lacking in closet and storage space. So she went looking for a part of the home where there might be space to spare, and landed on the large foyer. By installing a curved drapery with a rail running under an overhang, Faiella and seamstress Doreen Leong created a closet out of an otherwise awkward empty space. The heavy gold fabric was an elegant choice, and because of its weight and texture it will do nicely for hiding the stacks of stuff behind it. Lovely, isn't it? To see more of Faiella's work, check out her portfolio. A bit more inspiration for those considering curtained storage solutions: Small Space Solution: Curtained Storage How To: Make an Instant Closet With a Curtain Look! DIY Closet.

Classic living room

There's something quite soothing about Erin's teal walls with pops of red and brown accents. Having just recently purchased the house, Erin and her husband are slowly turning the former bachelor pad into a remarkable home.... The living room is the first area they decided to conquer and we think they've done a spectacular job. Erin tells us their goal is to make their space bright and comfy but also to do it as inexpensively as possible. They accomplish this by purchasing furniture at second hand stores and finding roadside treasures. We can't wait to see what they have in store for the rest of their home!

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I've been thinking about re-painting the guest bathroom for the past six months or so, and I've committed to do it this weekend. The only problem is that I can't quite seem to make a decision on the actual color. The bathroom has classic, simple white furnishings-but there's definitely a catch: the tile around the tub is light pink, edged with maroon. Initially, I considered going light: a soothing taupe or beige to keep the room neutral. Now I'm hankering to make the bathroom a bit more dramatic with a dark hue, and I initially considered painting the room a rich espresso. After some consideration, I'm worried that with the pink tiles and white sink and tub, the bathroom will look like Neapolitan ice cream. A friend of mine suggested that I try a dark grey instead: 'I think it'll go well with all the white pedestal sink and vintage style hardware. Keep the trim white, paint the walls grey, and then you can play with a wide range of pink and reds as accent colors.'

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You love things that are feminine, but not too girly. Sound familiar? Then this Dorm Style guide is for you. Table lamp, $20.Acrylic side chair, $90.Velvet cushion, $32.Peel n' stick headboard in Twin, $40.Twin Duvet Cover, $89, and sham, $19.Metal side table, $20. MORE AFFORDABLE DORM STYLE:Grey and Yellow for $138Scandinavian Modern for $238Moroccan Inspiration for $403. Images: As linked above. Re-edited from a post originally published 8.16.2011.

Living room chair and mirror

Bedroom art is so interesting - specifically the art that people hang directly over their heads. Maybe it's just us but the selection of what to hang over one's head while sleeping offers a much more intimate glimpse into one's personality than any other art in any other room. Over our own bed is an old, cut paper collage made by a family member in a lovely ornate frame. To us, this personal piece simply could not reside anywhere else. We've rounded up a variety of over-bed art selections from across AT Boston - follow the jump to check them out.... House Tour: Jeanine's Sun-Filled House. What do you have hanging over your bed and why did you choose it?

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Living room with fireplace

Has anyone had success sanding and staining parquet a dark ebony color? I'm not sure if it will look weird or take stain irregularly b/c I'll bet the floor guys will lay the stain down in only 1 direction. Otherwise, I would float dark 'click' boards over it. Any advice on anything to put in between to help cut down on floor noise for my downstairs neighbor?Thank you! ALMDear ALM: You can absolutely sand and stain parquet floors. The only problem is that if in order for the stain to get into the wood you need to sand down far enough to remove all the old polyurethane. I have even stained over an old floor that had some poly still in it, let it dry, and then successfully laid new layers of polyurethane. It really depends on your floor and if your floor guy is good.

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Back in the beginning of August we posted Paul Ybarbo's house tour. Although we absolutely adore and love the entire apartment, we were most smitten by his black and white bathroom. Paul didn't change anything from the original bathroom and it's a great example of the architecture and design you see in Nob Hill.