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When you're sharing an apartment with a roommate, compromise and settling on 'Safe' colors and design tend to come with the territory. While it's good to expand your creative tastes and try new and different ideas, it's also important to have at least one place that is 100% your own; a place that just fits you. I chose colors that I respond well to, both physically and emotionally, and turned a room that's mainly viewed as a place of rest and peace into a place where I have complete and absolute freedom. Everyone always says 'Don't be afraid of color!' I prefer to say 'Stop pretending!'. There's usually a good reason for thinking that you're afraid of color, but it's usually not a bad fear. It's best to assess your apprehensions in order to determine exactly a.) WHY you are afraid of color and b.) WHAT the best way is to incorporate color into your life, while removing the fear of it, instead of just ignoring it. In fashion, they say you'll never TRULY know if you like something until you 'Try it on.' The same goes with color. If you think you like a certain shade of pink, but are wary about designing a whole room around the color or even just painting one wall that color, find a decent size decorative object in the same shade of pink and place it in that room or on/against that wall for a couple of weeks and see how much you like it, how well it gets along with the surrounding objects/area, and most importantly how it makes you feel. I'm used to painting rooms with plain old flat matte paint, but we just painted our entrance hallway with a satin finish paint and I'm in love with it! It's a great alternative to flat matte when you really want a wall to hold its own in a room. I'm more concerned with finding the exact color that I want.

Colorful throw pillows

The Jaclo Lumiere shower head is all about double duty, combining a 252 jets rain shower head with a LED lighting system decorated in decorative damask, so you can pretend you're showering in the living room. We're not quite sure about the overall impression, but we like bringing in some overhead lighting in an area of the home often lacking proper illumination.... We'd like to one day see something similar, but in a decorative chandelier for a complete decadent effect. Unfortunately in our household, all we can afford is a hand shower and a flashlight strung up with some string.

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Name: Minetta Location: New York , NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love that I took the opportunity to allow the space to evolve over time to what it is today. My room has had many incarnations before this point, but none felt right. My goal ultimately was to create a warm, comfortable, luxurious and layered space that would be my refuge from the urban chaos outside my doors. I've incorporated items that really provide a sense of calm to me; family photos, mementos of cultural significance, souvenirs-things that put a smile on my face every time I enter the room... I have to admit a fabulous mattress and amazing bed linens don't hurt either.

Colorful bean bags

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Living room with wallpaper and fireplace

If we could, we would buy this Stainless Steel Kitchen Island - and then rip out the awful cabinetry in our tiny, tiny pseudo-kitchen, and replace it with this. Please buy it before we embark on yet another project in a rented apartment. 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..

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Pink wall and white couch

Let's help her our with space suggestions as well as recommending a storage furniture piece and drape solutions. To the right of the window, we have installed a long desk that runs the length of the wall. Lately I'm thinking that the ideal piece would be a long unit with some added height for shelving on the left that could run up the wall to the left of the window. The evil window that lends a lovely 'Jail cell' feel to the whole space - any ideas for a treatment/solution? I was thinking of a rod and then curtains that double the window in height to fake a more attractive architecture, but worry that it might look ridiculous when they're open. As far as the small(ish) windows you could do a number of things. Some say accentuate the imperfection by using fabric that covers only the windows while others want to hide the imperfection. Possibly something with a pattern to focus on-so you aren't focusing so much on the windows.

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Bradley will probably end up helping out a fellow design fan. His Cappellini sofa has a price point that, while still a significant chunk of change to a lot of folks, is well below that of most other designer furniture. The sofa itself is apartment sized, which eliminates the dismay of getting a couch up the stairs, only to have it get stuck in your door. 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!

Blue sofas living room

There are tons of tricks to make your small space feel bigger. Aside from mirrors, great lighting and floating furniture, consider using glass in your small space. We spotted.... ...this pretty glass cart-turned-console table at the new Tobi Tobin shop in Los Angeles and thought it was a great idea for small spaces. The glass provides a nice texture and allows a clear view to the decor items stored away, in this case, a collection of books. The idea of allowing the eye to expand beyond the furniture adds depth to small spaces.

Living room and dining room

For your Monday morning inspiration- we've rounded up a few beautiful kitchens. Even if you're not in the position to overhaul your whole kitchen, there are plenty of family-friendly ideas here that you can easily integrate. Think colorful bunting, chalkboard walls, or open shelving. Kitchen with Bunting: No need to save the bunting for birthdays or other celebrations. Open Kitchen Shelves: Out of reach of the little hands of course! But just taking off some of your cabinet doors can breathe new life into the kitchen and highlight some of your prettier dishes. Modern Country Kitchen: We love this style: a white background with a chalkboard somewhere and shelving that stores all of the glass jars and pieces that make this feel country. Family Kitchen Diner: We have a large map in our kitchen in full view from our table and we love it. Second Row: Family Kitchen with Central Island: Don't forget to add photos and artwork. Vibrant Kitchen Diner: We love the look of a bench for a family kitchen. A Kitchen/Dining Room Combo from House to Home: Just adding pops of color can really update the room. A Springlike Kitchen: Three islands in this kitchen!

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It's not too early to plan for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. In our house, we always like to make a fun dessert to celebrate the occasion. We're all set now that I found this red, white and blue layered dessert. This fun concoction is the creation of the fabulous Megan of Penny Carnival. Of course you can make this layered jello dessert anytime of year in all different color combinations! For the complete recipe, check out her blog Penny Carnival.

Living room many throw pillows

We love the classic look of black and white, diamond-patterned kitchen floors. They're very 1950s diner but can look clean and modern, too. Well, this is an eco-friendly riff on that idea, with sustainable cork laid out in contrasting shades.... This space is part of a before-and-after story over at Country Living, a really beautiful renovation of a dated kitchen that the owners did themselves. We've been in a kitchen with cork floors before, and walking on them is definitely different than walking on hard stone, wood, or linoleum. The cork has some give and cushion, almost like rubber. The earthy brown color is also a nice contrast to all of the icy blue and white details in this kitchen. The cork tiles, which the homeowners laid themselves, are from Expanko. Does anyone have cork flooring in the kitchen? Is it more comfortable?

Contemporary living room

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.

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