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I had decided on dark tile floors, but now I am wavering and thinking about something light colored....apartmenttherapy(dot)com). Can you tell me will dark floors make my tiny place look bigger or smaller? The overall effect that I want is it to be airy and organic. In general, the lighter the floors the airier the space. Check out the rooms in today's earlier post on Stellan Herner's interior photographs. We pulled another example of a bright, simple, organic space - Andreas's Greektown Loft house tour. He chose to paint his floors black throughout rooms otherwise committed to white and off-white. What to AT-ers think? Should Karen go bold with dark tiles or emphasize openness with light floors? Karen, whatever you decide, please send in some photos!

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On a recent long-distance move, I was perplexed when it came to moving a large drum shade from A to point B. It would have taken a gargantuan box to enclose and protect it. I suspended the shade overhead. Tying a line from side to side near the top of the cargo area provides a place to suspend fragile items, thus preventing them being smooshed or knocked around during the move. That upper-most space in moving trucks is often unused and this is a way to put it to use. To keep the shade clean, I wrapped it in a large 55-gallon trash bag before hanging it. On arriving at the destination, I opened the bag and found the shade in perfect condition. It was perfectly safe hanging from above, dangling and swinging its way across the miles!

Living room and library

Maybe the bathroom isn't the first place that comes to mind for hanging art. What better place for a few pieces that will lift your spirits, or just distract you while you're doing your business? A gallery wall is a great pick-me-up for a boring bathroom, and a way that even renters can make their space stand out. Above: A glimpse of a gallery wall in a bathroom from Houzz. A powder room is a great place to display postcards and magazine clippings, as seen on Poppytalk. In this bathroom spotted on Keltainen Talo Rannalla, gold frames bring unity to an eclectic collection. Black frames and black and white art yeild a sophisticated look, as seeon on BHG. This bathroom from Elements of Style is filled with a funky assortment of antique frames. A gallery wall take a bathroom from Domestic Arts to the next level. White frames complement an all-white bathroom from OOTD Magazine. A bathroom gallery wall from The Vault Files gets a little extra kick thanks to a black background.

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Chairs by the fireplace

When my ship comes in.... We've used Brownstone Brothers with clients and they were GOOD. They make the nervewrackingness of moving fade away with their calm, precision and expert service. Call them on the phone and someone will pick up after one ring. MUG has recommended them, NY Magazine has named them best mover of the year, and The Franklin Report gives them a top rating along with the tip that 'Many decorators and the carriage trade have been longtime customers of Brownstone Brothers.' While not stuffy, Brownstone Brothers is a long time Upper East Side moving company that recently relocated their offices to the South Bronx. All you need to know is that if you have a big move, a difficult move or a fragile move and you are willing to pay a high amount for high end service, you only need to make one call to arrange for a free estimate.

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Living room wood panels

Are you staring at the blank wall above your sofa with hammer in hand, afraid to punch the first hole to hang your art? Or maybe you've already hung art above your sofa, but every time you look at your handiwork, something feels 'Off.' Hanging art isn't rocket science, but with so many different variables, it can sometimes be difficult to get just right. This post is filled with examples of rooms that have nailed the placement of art hanging above their sofa-use this as visual inspiration to hang art in your own space. Below, find a sofa + wall situation that most matches the one in your home, and use the photo as a visual example of how you might hang art in your space. Pay attention to the size of the art, how far it hangs above the sofa and the amount of room between the top of the art piece and the ceiling. The art in the above photo could have been hung a little higher, in my opinion, but because of the low hanging chandelier, the lower art hanging placement makes perfect sense in the room's overall composition. If your sofa is in front of a window and the wall space above it is split up like the above photo, take a cue from Alison and Jeff's living room and hang art on either side of your window. If the art above Alex's sofa had been a canvas or framed photo, I would have hung it lower. This art piece could have been too big/overwhelming for this sofa and room, but the wall was painted a dark hue, and that helps the art feel like it fits just right. Julie's living room shows off an excellently hung art gallery wall. Evenly spaced, the gallery wall is balanced and creates a great shape-a shape that acts like one individual art piece. Don't let architectural details give you a hang-up about hanging art above your sofa; either work around them...or completely ignore them and hang art where you want to anyway.

Living room with yellow details and large lamp

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For most people, the refrigerator is probably the most power-hungry appliance in the house, so looking for ways to reduce that consumption is essential.... If you are in the market for a new fridge, top-freezer models are the most energy-efficient and repair-free, followed by bottom-freezer models. Though many people tout the convenience of side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, they are more likely to need repair and can use roughly 7 to 13 percent more energy than top-freezer models. The Sun Frost RF-12 refrigerator pictured above was The National Georgraphic Green Guide's choice for greenest product: with an energy star rating of 51% and an annual operating cost of just $17.78, it is well worth the $2,279 asking price. Refrigerators should be kept between 37 and 40 degrees and freezers at 5 degrees. In the freezer, place a thermometer among packs of frozen food. Frozen blocks of food keep freezer temperatures more stable. Don't put your refrigerator in direct sunlight or next to an oven or dishwasher. Defrost the freezer regularly and avoid frost build-ups of more than a quarter-inch.

Bright living room

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 with large art piece

Though I generally find myself drawn to fabric drapes, my love of textiles falls down when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms. All my previous homes have featured privacy glass in the bathroom and small kitchen windows whose location afforded privacy. I have a guest bathroom with a regular glass window and a kitchen with a giant picture window, and both windows are on the front of the house looking right onto the street. Right now I have a curtain up in the guest bathroom but since the window is right next to the tiny shower stall area, it gets soaked anytime the shower gets used. The kitchen has a giant wooden blind that seemed like a good idea but isn't- grease and moisture and the ever-present sand make keeping the white blind clean a disaster, especially since I have to climb onto the kitchen counters and stetch over the sink to reach most of it. My personal preference is for no window treatments in the kitchen and bathroom but that just isn't an option here. I'm looking for advice - what are the best solutions for window treatments in the moist and messy environments of the kitchen and bathroom?

TV unit

We've been shopping for more casual, colorful file cabinets for our offices for the past six months and purchased a few AND returned them. Six colors, solid metal construction and not too high so that they fit easily under all of our desks!

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Most people with radiators try to cover them up, but really we think vintage cast iron radiators can be really lovely! Even if you have a modern heating system, but want to keep a few vintage radiators around and out of the landfill, you're in luck - simply put a piece of glass on top, and voilĂ , you have a coffee table! We saw this radiator coffee table at speakeasy style Chicago restaurant, Gilt Bar. While some folks are selling radiator tables online, we think it'd be really easy to make your own.

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