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Living room

Open plan living room and kitchen

Q: Hello! I need some help with a strange kitchen / dining nook / landing strip area that has subway tiles extending past the upper kitchen cabinets. There's an overhang of the kitchen counter that is meant to be a breakfast bar, but it's not deep enough to sit at. We've tucked a table under there to create a place to sit and eat. My first and only thought on how to deal with this space is to put some shelves along the wall. The lowest shelf would butt up against the kitchen cabinet and run along the subway tile out to the edge of the wall. There could be two more shelves above it at equal intervals. How deep should the shelves be? Should they run to the edge of the wall? Is there a better solution? Basically, I want the kitchen cabinets to blend in more seamlessly and connect to the dining nook and entrance zone. Also it would be great to have a dining area that doesn't look like it's crammed into the space, so perhaps a long, skinny table would fit well here?

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About 5 years ago Faith had the pleasure of working with David Ellison, the man behind the Lorimer Workshop in Rhode Island, to build a farm table for her house. This huge, lovely table is now the centerpiece of her home, constructed of salvaged wood from an old train station, with all the character that brings. She can't speak highly enough of David, who considers the kitchen table to be the heart of the home; building these tables for people's homes is akin to a mission for him - not just a business. His prices are very reasonable, and he builds heirlooms to treasure.

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Whether you have a washer and dryer in your building or if you haul your hamper to a laundromat, laundry can be one of those chores you just don't want to deal with. Clean laundry can be so...delicious. For us, clean sheets for us are one of life's great little luxuries and it makes dealing with laundry worth it. Here are some tips and tricks from the archives that seek to help keep laundry simple, help build habits, inspire and just help git 'er done. DIY scented laundry booster made out of things you probably already have on hand. Vinegar,Tennis Balls and Hydrogen Peroxide are Danny Seo's Green Advice go to's for clean, green laundry: add vinegar to the wash to cut down on soap residue, add tennis balls to the dryer in place of fabric softener sheets and use hydrogen peroxide on loads of white to keep them fresh. In our old apartment, each tenant pitched in to keep the common area clean and organized which went a long way towards actually wanting to go and do laundry. Always leave a basket near your laundry if you're in a shared space. For Inspiration: Stylish Laundry Room Gallery Get inspired by this gallery of clean and organized laundry rooms. You might need to psych yourself into laundry, so if it's in your own space, try painting a bright bold color behind the set.

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These stainless steel cabinets take the stainless steel kitchen appliance trend to the next level by incorporating the storage into the mix. They'd look nice in a loft space or other area where there's light to bounce around. MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!

Classic 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

Graham sent in a good question:I recently moved into my first apartment, and since I am now completely on my own with no roommates, I have had to buy all my own furniture. Long story short; I live in a building where I am not permitted to paint, so I am stuck with white walls. I purchased the walnut CB2 Movie Sofa over the weekend and I would like a chair that goes with it.... ...I'm not opposed to Ikea, but I'd rather spend money on something that has a name attached to it for resale value. We're thinking this sounds like a good place to inject some vintage style to the room. The Movie Sofa is a nice choice - a flexible piece that will work with most styles. So we'd hit the Scavengers each day and go for something a bit unusual that really speaks to you. For the price of one new lower-end armchair, you could add two used Bertoia side chairs to the mix, which would definitely retain some value. Readers, what do you suggest? Share your ideas with Graham in the comments.....

Large living room with library and fireplace

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Modern shelf

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TV unit

We tend to have a million little things rolling around our bathroom - makeup brushes, Q-tips, bobby pins, nail clippers - all essential things that we could never seem to find when we needed them. So we came up with a solution using a combination of jars and small dishes on top of a tray - everything stays separate, easy to find, and looks nice to boot.

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A fan of black? Like shiny things? Don't have that much money, but looking for the very best? We've got you covered. For this roundup, we have our budget-savvy glossy black edition for college students looking to get more broke or those who have too much white in their living room and want some darkside. With the Toshiba LCD television, you get a budget set with great contrast ratio and luscious blacks, and when you pair it up with the Playstation 3, high definition gaming and media streaming will be at your fingertips. Grab any type of receiver laying around and plug them into the Pinnacle speakers to get jaw dropping speakers that not only look good - they sound great! Lastly, the IKEA tv stand is muted black, which gives more shine to the rest of your electronics and the remote control lets you program every last piece of tech until the only remote control you have laying on the coffee table is the Logitech One. Got more shiny blackness to share? Let us know in the comments!

Open living room dining room and library

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Living room with great view

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Open plan living room and kitchen

Ikea's multi-tonal LED lighting strips have proven to be one of the easiest ways to brighten up your home tech. From highlighting home office desks to adding ambient lighting behind speakers, the $50 LEDs sure are versatile. Installed within a Lack TV unit, that was already modded with frosted glass sliding doors, the media unit now changes colors depending on the owner's mood or movie night choice.... More Dioder Projects.

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This apartment is located in the center of Moscow - only a five minute walk from the Red Square and Kremlin. It is located in a historic building and its surface is 65 square meters/700 square feet. My clients were a young couple - they travel a lot and wanted me to recreate a mixture of French and Scandinavian looks. I used lots of natural materials - the stump table was handmade, the headboard was covered with a linen slip cover, large windows were treated with semi transparent linen curtains that created a very light, relaxing and cozy feel. I didn't want to introduce lots of color, as this apartment has a very serene and relaxing feel and I didn't want to interrupt it. Despite its central location, the building is hidden in a very quiet corner, surrounded by lush vegetation. The walls were painted white to give the room additional space and light. The bedroom has very long square shape, so I decided to correct it using the mirrors - we attached several of them in the a sort of abstract mosaic. The living room was decorated with the photographs of the buildings that are located in the same street as this apartment. Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovating project with the Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form.

Living room with fireplace

We haven't seen many nurseries covered in stripes. A few stripes and lines here and there but nothing full on like this one. The wallpaper makes a great backdrop for the butterfly patterned voile canopy and window treatment.