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How do you fit a computer workstation, a small library of books, and your files into an entry hall? Click below to find out.... This entryway closet has been repurposed into a functional workspace. Overhead lights and a sliding door make the space feel less like a closet and more like an office, a corner desk takes up a sliver of space, and there's just enough room left over for a chair, some wall shelves, and a bulletin board. This photo comes from the Raumplus closet company, a German manufacturer of sliding doors. Like most catalog photos, it's a very staged shot, but it offers a lot of ideas for designing a home office in a small space. Our favorite detail is the ceiling shelves, which incorporate under-shelf lighting to illuminate the doorway and closet.

Studio kitchen and living room

It's not everyday that you stumble upon a blog from an actual practicing interior designer. Patricia is an award winning, highly recognized interior designer from Vancouver Canada, who finds time in her busy schedule to update her blog almost daily! Her blog features inspiration she finds via the internet, including other designers and architects that she admires not to mention sneak peeks of her work. I then went on to study History of Architecture and Decorative Arts in Paris through Parsons School of Design. What's your favorite color to work with and why?I usually start with a neutral palette and get all the elements of the space correct, and then I add in color through materials & paint. What are your greatest sources of inspiration?The ocean, art galleries and SHOPPING. Which interior or furniture designers, past or present, do you most admire?Francis Elkins - she was the epitome of the evolution of the American Style in Interior Design and was the inspiration for such Interior Design luminaries as Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley & Michael Taylor. What 5 things does a well designed home need?- welcoming entry. If you hadn't become a designer, what do you think you would be doing now?Working in Paris at Chanel as a fashion designer.

Living room zebra carpet

COLOR INSPIRATION: I have always been a fan of pop art - I guess I wanted to make the room feel like I was living inside a Warhol print. GO TO CAROLINE'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!

Sofa with bright fabric

Hello AT,. I have a lot of black-and-white photographs. I'm looking for a good neutral wall color so that they'll really stand out. We've used Donald Kaufman Color DKC13 in two apartments, and we've been really pleased. Of course, colors can look completely different in different spaces. We recommend always trying samples and then looking at the color on the wall throughout the day before committing to painting a large space. More information on the Donald Kaufman Color Collection can be found here.

Family room study and library

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Chair

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?

Living room

GO TO SACHA'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!

Rich fabric sofa

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Living room with green chairs

We love mirrors, and try to put them in as many rooms as possible in our house. No, not because we're vain, but because of the way they reflect light and their surroundings. This Golden Lilypad Mirror would do the job beautifully, and is somewhat of an art object in itself.

Classic living room

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Union jack living room

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Living room with fireplace

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Black leather chair

Inspired by Apple's unique Cover Flow design, Li Jianye decided to cut a few corners in functionality in order to create the ultimate homage to clever interface that all us iTunes users know so well and love. If you're willing to sacrifice a little actual CD storage space, the iShelf may just be the perfect fit in helping create the ultimate Apple-decked out bachelor pad. We would have preferred a little more thought into creating an actual animated Cover Flow effect, but we understand that keeping hundreds of CD cases on a thin little wall plate might not be the greatest idea if you're looking to keep your sheetrock intact. The iShelf is still a prototype design for now, but we're sure Li Jianye would love to hear a little feedback if the art display lovers out there enjoy the design as much as we did in showcasing old CD art.

Living room

I always imagined I would end up an archaeologist when I grew up, or perhaps a scientist, so it was quite the surprise that I ended up a writer and interior designer. Because of my love of science, old things and other cultures, my dream living room would be a bold mix of bright colors, global patterns, modern accessories, Mid-Century Modern-inspired furniture pieces and more.