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Living room christmas tree

We recently stumbled on these storage solutions for small bathrooms without a lot of floor space. While it's common to install hooks and even towel bars on bathroom doors, the door above is really taken advantage of with a little magnetic paint. Small magnetic containers can then be kept on the surface for holding rubberbands, cotton swabs, etc. The door also features kitchen rails for holding small storage bins.... This is another small footprint catchall: it's a plant stand used to hold stacked ceramic bowls. The larger bowl at the bottom can hold somewhat larger items like rolled towels and extra bottles, while the smaller bowls toward the top can hold wash cloths, soap bars, jewelry. For a few more bathroom storage ideas, see Modern Home Storage.

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Ryan's bedroom was starting to feel way too dark and he was even having trouble sleeping, so he started a major overhaul of his space attempting a modern organic bedroom that was open, airy and refreshing. I wasn't finding any inexpensive, good quality euro shams, so I decided to sew my own. I took the train up to the fabric district in downtown LA and found all the fabric for the pillows for under $20. I also found that all of the bedskirts I'd buy from Linens 'n Things, Target, etc. All appeared dingy and see-through, so I decided to make my own. While at the fabric district, I picked up some heavy, thick white fabric and created my own bedskirt to my liking. The lights above my night stands are just grapevine balls that I found at a Michaels craft store. I kept my desk in the same space as before, however found a sofa console so the desk wasn't sticking out further than the curtains anymore. The curtains above both the window and the desk hang from a stick of bamboo attached to the ceiling with more pieces of hemp, creating a more natural feel.

Living room white sofa wallpaper

When I saw Lindsey Bond's modern day Birmingham cottage featured in House Beautiful, I fell in love. A mix of various shades of white with small pops of color, it's a nice example of calm decor. She's created a live/work nook that provides a surface to write a letter without taking up too much space.

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If you're dedicated to preserving your record collection in tact, there are some good storage options at all price points - here are eight. Dual Based out of San Francisco, Dual makes and sells DJ furniture, including consoles, platforms, and LP storage. Everything is manufactured in the USA, including this Portland Record Storage Cabinet, $625. Storage capacity is approximately 600 records. VandM.com Vintage is always a good option when you're shopping for record storage, and you can find pieces ranging from $10 at garage sales to thousands at antique stores. IKEA If you're looking for budget options, IKEA's $99 PS Cabinet has adjustable shelves that can be removed to fit albums, and it's made from powdercoated steel, which - unlike fiberboard - is strong enough to hold records without warping over time. Etsy Another inexpensive option, particularly if you're looking for small storage pieces, is Etsy. It's easy to find vintage LP carrying cases and mid-century wire storage racks on their site: Shown: Faux Alligator Record Case, $22 from Etsy seller PhatDog.

Sofa with throw pillows

'Hazel wrote to say:'Please help! I am having a terrible case of decorator's block on the color to paint my kitchen. I'm getting a lot of good ideas from your color contest but nothing has clicked so far. Must look good with the deep red in my adjacent kitchen dining room. I was considering cream for awhile but was talked out of it because of cooking spatter. Must look good with my trim & cabinet color and other cabinets. I'm not afraid of color generally but I am still too sober or traditional in design sense to want a vivid green or orange. Any ideas for Hazel, who looks deep into her kitchen remodel?

Living room with wallsticker and red curtains

Ugly appliances are so commonplace that we sometimes find ourselves accepting them then trying to forget about the way they look. Why not do something about it by changing out the handles? There is a range of appliance handles available for purchase at Kitchen Cabinet Hardware. We found a couple of stainless steel bar handles that we really liked, though they aren't cheap. A quick look at our own oven looks like handle replacement would be a simple job. This small project could have a huge impact on the appearance of the kitchen.

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My room makeover:: When we bought this condo,the room that serves as a living, dining and office space was dark, dated and dingy. It measures 22' x 15', has a 7'6' ceiling and one source of natural light. Our first order of business was to visually lift the ceiling, push the vertical boundaries, and brighten the area without doing structural modifications. We re-plastered the scrolled ceiling to a smooth finish and painted both the ceiling and walls in a super white with a high light reflectance value. We removed the beige carpeting at the living room end and the vinyl flooring at the dining end of the room and ran solid oak throughout. New recessed LED lights and a see-through chandelier replaced the old off-centered, brass/glass pendant. White slipcovers, mirrors, and furniture that does not visually take up a lot of space helps to keep our multifunction space looking spacious and bright. What I love most about my new space:: We love living small and being surrounded by only those things that have significance and meaning to us.

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Why is it that every new piece of electronics has to have an integrated iPod dock? There are the typical ipod stereo solutions, even iPod toilet paper holder docks. Now continuing the trend, Auvi has the iBar home theater surround sound system. Deatils are still quite sparse on this, but spec wise it has a built in card reader, usb ports, and AM/FM radio. Should be available in May for $399 but we think you would be better off with just getting a nice home theater in a box setup and using the line out from the iPod dock to achieve the same effect.

Living room with fireplace

Alright Angela....if you don't get unseated by lunch tomorrow, start thinking about which prize you want. This is the way we do it: 1st place gets first choice, 2nd place gets 2nd choice, and so on... down until there is nothing left. A wonderful Wusthof all-stainless pairing knife An excellent Microplane coarse grater An awesome 14x10 Michigan Maple cutting board A Fancy French red-stripe dishtowel Two handy French wooden spoons One unique French wooden cooking spoon from France.

Living room with red sofa

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Living room with fireplace

When Jamie and his wife started looking for their first house four years ago, they really narrowed down what they were looking for so they could keep the price down. They bought 'a decade old cookie-cutter suburban house.' They didn't want to pour a lot of money into a house that they weren't sure how long they'd live in, but they did want to make their mark. So they took their time, got creative, budgeted and slowly took a boring, beige living room with oversize furniture into the fresh and comfy modern space that matches their personality better! One of the biggest areas for improvement in this first house was the living room. It was a decent size but lacked any sense of personality: Harboring beige walls, a dated CRT TV nook, lifeless windows, and wall to wall carpet, it was truly a blank slate with nothing we were worried about keeping or working around. Sticking to a strict monthly budget that was also partially earmarked for other projects across the rest of our house, we worked on developing this room over a few years, replacing our decor item-by-item as we found the perfect pieces to suit our overall vision. In truth there are still a few small things we want to change or tweak but we are satisfied with how far it has come. We feel it is bright, cheerful, and modern while still meshing with the overall transitional style of the house. While it may not be our dream living room, it has been an enjoyable makeover process and we are happy to come home to this room after work each day. Love the transformation! Looks like an entirely new house! See more photos of this fresh living room on their blog.

Living room wall sticker

Anyway, mother dearest has an absolutely beautiful blue bedroom that we just adore. Why do we love it? Zero-VOC paint, bed she made herself, great art from a local artist named Ogi... it was designed very inexpensively, and it's still absolutely gorgeous. Plus, it suits my mom, which is all that really matters, isn't it?

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