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We've written a lot about how to deal with a small bedroom, but what if you have the opposite problem? A giant, cavernous space can feel just as oppressive as a tiny, cramped one. With that in mind, we've rounded up some ideas for making your big bedroom feel cozy. Above: a big fluff comforter will go a long way towards making a big space feel homey. An oversized headboard makes a big statement... and makes a room feel fuller without being overcrowded. Make a big room feel cozier with thick rugs and lots of layered textiles. A sitting area in your bedroom is a nice way to relax before bed - and a nice way to fill up a little extra space. If you don't mind working in the bedroom, adding a desk at the foot of your bed is a great way to fill a little extra space. How cozy is this ceiling-hung canopy? Perfect for a big bedroom - or any bedroom.

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One of my oldest friends from college celebrated his birthday this past week, and we threw him a dinner on Saturday night with a long table on a bluff by the bay. The table was simple, and inspired a bit by these pics from HOST in Copenhagen and the food was delicious take-out from a local Mexican restaurant. THE TABLE. We've used this style of table for years. Horses are assembled and legs cut to 28' in height. Table tops are made out of sheets of 3/4' plywood cut in half, so that they are 2'x8' long each. Each table sits four comfortably on a side with room on the ends for two more. Tablecloths are standard cotton 12'x15' canvas dropcloths. THE BARMargaritas and Gin & Tonics.... Rosé for the dinner... Music was provided by an iPhone connected via Bluetooth to an awesome new find - Stelle Audio Pillar. THE DINNERWe decided for this dinner NOT to cook, which was a novel concept and much appreciated by everyone with children who would have had to cook it and then clean up. The whole meal came from an amazing Mexican restaurant nearby called La Fondita.

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'La Malle Feu', or translated for us English speakers, the 'Travel Trunk of Fire', is one conversation piece sure to set the room aflame with curious wonder when opened. The modern white trunk opens up to reveal a mirrored top with a two flame bio-ethanol fireplace inside.... For more details about this $5,400 Pandora's box of earthly warmth at Atria's website.

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How do you make the most of a small space you've turned into a bedroom, despite the small square footage? A Redditer found ways to maximize space when they turned the solarium of their small Toronto condo into a 8.5' x 8' bedroom by adding a wall. They came up with some simple but smart ways to make the small space feel peaceful and not overcrowded. It's not within every budget to buy a bed that has built-in storage, but in this small and closet-less space, it appears to have been a vital element to ensure this small space actually functioned the way they needed it. Another fun storage feature? Not just one nightstand, but three, on each side! Floating nightstands have long been a smart choice for small spaces, but here, the addition of even more wall-mounted ledges means more room for both needed and decorative objects. We all know that wall-mounted reflective surfaces like mirrors work magic in small spaces, and in here it's no different. They chose to add the mirror to the wall opposite the door, which is a smart move since it'll reflect an image of the other room, making it feel a little more open than it actually is. For saving space and adding privacy, you can't beat a sliding door, which they made here themselves using mostly items found at Home Depot. Keep the side of the drapes that face the bedroom a light color, preferably a similar color to the wall. This will help them blend in and expand the look of the space visually. It just makes sense - small spaces need less stuff, and keeping the decorative elements to a minimum will help keep a small space from feeling cluttered. As this small bedroom proves, you can find a good balance between art, decorative elements and more and still have a room that feels spacious for its size.

Open plan living room and kitchen

COLOR PALETTE: Light & Sweet - silver half dollar, traffic cone orange, lime green. GO TO ELIZABETH'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!

Open plan living room and kitchen

Salvaged building materials often find new homes that revitalize every abstract piece. We'll be heading there this weekend to have some wine and cheese around this completely salvaged and restored garden retreat. The columns were salvaged when their matching counterparts rotted out and had to be replaced-these four of the eight were still strong enough to use. Even the table is built entirely from scrapped wood, and the bench is refurbished with a new(er) plank. The pair of chairs was bought at a thrift store and given new seats. To top it off, the chandelier was salvaged from a junk shop, burnt-out lightbulbs still hinting at its former life. For a little extra flair, a vintage bead garland is draped across the chandelier. The photo predates a rainy spring and flourishing summer: now, after a healthy season or two for gardening, the foliage has grown up all around the back and created a Secret Garden-like feel. The overall effect of this D-I-Y project is rustic and elegant, and it's the perfect place to enjoy a late summer evening.

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As Home Hacks month comes to a close here at Apartment Therapy, we're reminded again how sometimes the easiest and most affordable hacks are the best ones. We're also reminded of a story involving the arrangement of that oh so versatile home decor item: the throw pillow. Once when house sitting for a friend, we inadvertently rearranged their throw pillows. Upon their arrival, they were completely dumbstruck with the results. Having always rearranged their pillows in one certain way, they felt their new pillow arrangement gave their couch and living room a whole new look. In what could arguably be called the easiest and cheapest home hack, do you regularly rearrange your throw pillows for a fresh look every now and then, or do you stick to one tried-and-true arrangement? Do you like a couple of pillows at each corner, or are you more of a bohemian pile in just one spot? Do you like them all lined up single file, perfectly aligned? Do you even think about how your pillows are arranged?

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We literally live just up the street from Living Room on Sunset Blvd., so how could we not pass along the news that our neighbors down the street are throwing their first ever storewide sale, which includes all of our upholstery, case goods, accessories, lighting, and more, up to 50% off. Sale begins Friday, October 26th at 10 a.m. and ends Monday at 8 p.m., with extended sale hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Living Room.3531 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90026.

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This photo most definitely goes in our 'Bathrooms we covet' file. Just look at that fabulous marble counter/sink/backsplash, and the built-in shelf that's just big enough for a small vase, and, perhaps, a treasured object or two.... Image: Ngoc Minh Ngo.

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Are your couches geeky enough? The 'USB Sofa' is a concept created for OFFF Lisbon 2008, the International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture, which looks and functions like a leather couch with the added feature of providing a USB-connected living room network. Perfect for impromptu study sessions and group project workshops, these couches would find a perfect home in a college student's apartment. Everyone could plug their laptops into one of the seven USB cables that poke out from the couch cushions and everyone will be able to share common files stored on the sofa. In the age we're in now, with WiFi and flash drives, you really don't need a special sofa to share files. The novelty of knowing your sofa is geeked out is priceless.

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I'm still not through with my black is beautiful phase and I promise some color explosions soon. The base coat is Ralph Lauren Tea Kettle Black - my new favorite color ever - in matte. It runs a bit blue, which makes it especially invigorating for decorative painting, alone or in groups. The stripe is a transparent glaze in a satin finish. First-timers may choose to tape, but I'd rather die than go through all that trouble. What's the difference between this and wallpaper? It's completely bespoke and easy to get rid of once you're ready for something new. My lovely client says she's too hopelessly square to ever live up to her chic stripes, but I must remonstrate: my dear, it's the other way around - you're a real class act. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter. Re-edited from a post originally published 2.10.09 - JL..

Living room with fireplace

A friend sold her house last year and the hardest thing to leave behind was the kitchen floor which she had so beautifully hand-stencilled. The photo above is from Domino magazine where you can also find a detailed floor stencilling 'How to'. This floor stencil is so striking that, for the first time, our eye didn't immediately gravitate toward the Eames rocker. Other AT sites have some great stencil resources for you to check out:Stencil the floor.

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One of the projects on our to-do list for fall involves cleaning and organizing our pantry. We found some extra motivation when we spotted Anna's renovated pantry at Door Sixteen. Click below for links to this inspiring project.... Anna has amazing style - even the shelves in her pantry look cool. Our favorite part of the project is the Bindweed wallpaper covering the shelves. It's a smart use of pattern, and not too difficult for other DIY-ers to try at home.

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Name: Zemeer Location: Seattle, WA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love my bedrooms to have dark walls. I particularly enjoy the way candlelight is muted against a matte black wall. It makes every night feel exotic and special, a very welcome retreat after long days spent with our newborn, toddler and menagerie of pets!

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