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Small living room with blue couch

Finally! Hanging a curtain at the front door is something I've long considered for my home, but I haven't seen much precedent for doing it. My reasoning for wanting to hang a curtain like this is that the front door leaks cold air in like crazy, as does the adjacent mail slot. Sure, I could just improve the weather stripping on both. Hanging a curtain too couldn't hurt: it would help to stop drafts and looks great while doing it! Has anyone else out there considered hanging a curtain at the front door? Do you like this particular execution of the idea?

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Fireplace

Okay, now that we know how to clean it, we want to take a closer look at Kartell's Jolly side table. It's available in crystal clear and transparent colors like gray, yellow, orange, blue, and green. 'The table's a perfect 15.75' cube, made of a single sheet of 'Folded' plastic. Use one as an end table or two or three as a coffee table. Using such transparent furniture in a small space does a lot for continuity. It lets your floor or area rug show right through the tabletop, doesn't break up fields of material, making your place look more spacious. We like these simple little guys for their clarity, playfulness, and versatility.

Classic small living room

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We were checking out the new Room and Board catalog and were admiring the new Anders Bed which reminds us of a sturdier and more updated version of the case study bed that we happen to own. What we noticed was how great the bed looks with all the blankets neatly tucked with such precision. We admit that we'd love to be able to keep up a look like this, especially since it so goes with the style of our bed, but it just isn't practical. First off, we like down comforters which, by nature, do not tuck. Third, our better half is very tall and his legs stick right of the end of the bed so it's very uncomfortable if it's all tight and tucked in. What's your take? Is it wrong to sully a perfectly good modern bed with mussed up sheets? Do you have the patience, resolve, correct bedding to do the tuck? How are you warm enough? Do you hide extra bedding that you put on the bed when it's time to go to sleep? Do you untuck everything before getting into bed? Or do you let it all hang out? And does anyone actually get the corners looking as good as the above photo?

Living room fluffy rugs

Name: Erin Location: Kingston Canada Division: International Inspiration for my palette: I recently moved and had the opportunity to start with a blank canvas. Since the room is fairly small I wanted to keep it cozy and inviting, while infusing a bit of a boutique style feel. Most of the items in the room were DIY, including the headboard which was the starting point for the design. I chose a gray linen to match my custom chair and the paint colour followed suit. Overall it's quite dramatic, but I love the white elements and pops of turquoise and green which offset the rest of the room!

Leather couch

We think Pottery Barn's Shayne Dining table would be a great addition for small space dwellers. The table comes complete with a traditional style, a place for storage baskets underneath and an option to fold the 2 side leaves up or down for more or less space - perfect for those of us that need pieces of furniture that function when we are using them and store away when we are done.

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Spotted this in the latest issue of Vogue Living: Rather than a traditional vanity made of wood for her bathroom, Betsy Morgan opted for a more glamorous option. Her mirrored vanity with its Anthropologie drawer pulls picks up the shine from her chrome-edged shower and fixtures, giving her 1850s bathroom an updated look without compromising its vintage charm. The rest of the apartment is done up in a soft, traditional color palette with antique furnishings like the clawfoot tub and a set of beautiful gold end tables repurposed in the bathroom as plant and TV stands.

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I love how good design can transform something humble - like a bathroom sink - into something breathtaking. I first spotted this sink by Gore Design Co on Design Milk years ago, and I've been in love with it ever since. A gorgeous modern sink from Jamie Hayon's collection for Bisazza. There's something so appealing about the simplicity of this square black stone vessel sink. You've probably realized by now that I have a bit of a thing for marble sinks. Who knew a sink in a humble material like concrete could be such a showstopper? It's all in the execution - the deep basin, the wall-mounted faucet, that nifty shelf thing on the back of the sink. Finally, from architect Oziel Contreras via Archilovers, a sink that's as counfounding as it is beautiful. Obviously the water exits the cantilevered sink on the right side, which connects to the wall, but where does it come from? We're guessing the the pipes that support the mirror also supply the water.

Bottle art on side table

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Not only would I have loved to live in these girls rooms when I was a kid...I wouldn't mind living in some of them now! Full of color, pattern or soft and soothing, these spaces for girls are packed with inspiration and fun! Love these spaces and want to see more? Click the links below the photos to see the full tour of each house. Check out the growing collection of our favorite posts from the past year.

Living room white sofa

We learned on vacation why the inflatable Baby Spa Bath by Go Home could be useful. At the time he'd never been in a full-sized tub and wasn't willing at the hotel. The Baby Spa Bath would have been a great way to keep him comfortable while remaining portable for travel. The Baby Spa Bath has four suction cups on the underside for added stability and the bottom of the tub has ribbed sections so baby won't slip.

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Got your interior designer hat on? Because it's time for another round of Fill in the Design !. What rug would YOU choose for this bedroom? Would you add a punch of color? Keep in low key and muted? Just for fun we photoshopped out what the designer actually chose, so you can pick your favorite floor covering, and vote for your selection after the jump.

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Sofa and large art work

As a lover of both pegboards and Shaker style, I immediately pinned this picture when it popped up in my Pinterest feed. I love the natural, unfinished wood, but how great would it be painted white or even a dark, chalkboard slate gray color? This particular pegboard setup was created by stylist Jessica Hanson, and photographed by Amanda Prior.

Contemporary living room with fireplace and art work

The bedroom at Monkey Cottage made us want to live in an attic. What did we do but go in search of more lovely attic bedrooms? There are lots of them out there, as many an attic has been converted into a spare room for guests, cozy kids' room, or even a lofty master bedroom. The one pictured up top is from Veronika & Sebastian's London House Tour. Many more after the jump.... via Marie Claire Maison via Living Etc. An attic bedroom in Kansas City via Projectionist Accommodation at the Needleworkers Cottage Accommodation at the Glenturret Mill in Scotland Storage in the Eaves at Monkey Cottage An attic bedroom in the West Carie Cottage in Scotland via House to Home An attic bedroom at the Dingle Cottage.