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Fireplace and awsome chairs

It's not just handy to have them out in the open. Sometimes kitchen utensils are just plain beautiful. It's no wonder many kitchen designs now incorporate rails, racks, and open shelves that both store and display such wares.... The utensils pictured up top are well-used and pretty run-of-the mill. It doesn't take expensive 'Design-y' utensils or unrealistic standards of cleanliness to make for a beautiful display of these common household items. We touch and use and clean many standard kitchen utensils every single day. Why not elevate them to a position of display within our kitchens? Image: Library of Congress.

Contemporary living room

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If you like a nice, big flat shower head that dumps a lot of water on you AND you like filtered water running down your sexy body, this is for you. These ShowerUp shower head filters are some of the nicest we've ever seen. Available with a double or single arm extension for 40' or 20' adjustment range, these elegant thinks will get up and out of your way and then dump the good water straight down from the top. Filters come in different capacities, finishes come in satin nickel or chrome and prices range from $55-$152..

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Living room with fireplace

I am a very, very light sleeper and every once in a while I spend a night tossing and turning and swearing to myself that I will smother my husband with a pillow if he moves just One. The next morning, bleary-eyed, I'll complain of my troubles to my well-rested husband and he inevitably says something that has me reaching for that pillow again: 'You know, this could all be solved if we just slept in separate beds.' The very idea of sleeping in separate beds seems to me to be a recipe for the quick unraveling our marriage. On one of my favorite episodes of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, Marshall and Lily decide to give twin beds a try and - much to their surprise - they love it! Until, that is, they hear a friend recount the tail of his divorce and learn that the first step to the eventual downfall of his marriage was sleeping in separate beds. Horrified, Marshall and Lily quickly revert to their old double-bed set-up. I have to admit that whenever my husband and I are forced, through lack of other accommodations, to sleep in twin beds, I sleep like a baby. Still, I can't imagine bringing twin beds into our lives - and not least of all because it would throw off the design of the whole bedroom! Am I overreacting? Do you think sleeping in the same bed, as your partner is an important part of your relationship? Have you had success with separate beds, or even separate bedrooms? Tell us about it!

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Last night we were at a party where two designers were raving about... hangers. Organizational nerds unite! These are hangers that completely changed the closet of the most organized person we know.... Bed Bath & Beyond describes them like this: The ultra slim shape of these hangers provides three times the amount of closet space. Best of all, the velvety surface prevents clothing from slipping. Each hanger features indents for slips and similar items. A set of 10 is $9.99 here and a set of 50 is $39.99 here. Also available in camel and light blue, and as pants hangers.

Living room with great view

Q: I've got some dead space across from my TV in my room, and I'd love to fill it with a sofa so when friends come over, they'll have somewhere to sit. The sofa can't be too deep, because if it protrudes out from the wall too much, it'll get in the way of my office chair. So I'm looking for a very small couch for a relatively cheap price. The one from Muji seemed to be a good pick, but since I'm in California, shipping would cost an extra $100 and that kind of kills the deal for me. I also considered this UO one, but I've done some research on it and it seems like the general consensus is that it'll disintegrate in a few years. I included pictures just for size and style reference, because I definitely like them both, but between price and quality, it seems like I can't go with either. I've also already looked into IKEA, but their offerings are either too long or too deep. AT, where can I find a small, cheap couch? Does one even exist? Thanks! Editor: Please help Gordon out with your suggestions for small scale sofa with a small pricetag to match - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Farm themed wall art

We were checking in at Product Dose, and found their Micro-Appliances for the Tiny Kitchen post. What does every tiny kitchen need? A small and cool gadget. From combo-microwaves to at home composters, they've compiled a good list of the latest gadgets for your kitchen. For those of us living in small spaces, they all could fit in with minimal effort. We're not sure if we'd actually use any of the combo-microwave products, but they certainly help save some space. We did like the trash/recycling compactor that helps minimize our recycling's impact on our space.

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Just recently, Google unleashed what many Britons had been waiting for: their streets have officially been immortalized on Google Maps' Google Street View. Since it was a long overdue event, plenty of residents got wind of what was going on long before those funny-looking camera cars wound up and down their streets. Only this time, it looks like Google is behind some of it. The Daily Mail did a little round up of some of the great vignettes captured when Google Street View went live for the UK yesterday. Either Google knows a lot more about everyone in the world that non-conspiracy theorists would think, or the Goog'ster was in on this: They asked Britons to find Waldo somewhere on their streets. This morning, someone on Twitter did spot Waldo on Putney High Street. Waldo leaning on his trademark cane outside one of London's O2 cell phone stores. A Google Street Car is captured as it is being repaired in Coventry. A woman crosses the street at Abbey Road, unintentionally recreating the album cover for The Beatles' album of the same name. The Daily Mail claims Google planted the characters Paddington Bear in where else but Paddington, Sherlock Holmes in Oxford and a female Tower of London guard or 'Beefeater' in Birmingham.

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Hi AT,. Virtually everything I read about arranging bedroom furniture insists that that the bed should face the bedroom entrance, and especially that you don't want to present a side view of the bed. I am not willing to be shredded by shards of falling glass when the next earthquake comes, and I have windows opposite the bedroom door. If I put the bed against one of the side walls, then my husband and I have to play leapfrog to get in and out of bed. Email questions & pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: sf(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)comLink To All Good Questions. You might find it interesting that Feng Shui adherents prefer to keep the doorway within sight while sleeping, but the end of the bed must be out of doorway alignment. Lying in bed with your soles directly facing the door is called the coffin position....because the dead were traditionally carried out feet first. We're not slaves to Feng Shui or any other space planning philosophy, but we do find that the 'Coffin position' can give us the heebeejeebees. It seems your problem is its own solution: sleep sideways, be earthquake safe, and don't worry about anyone's rules,.

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For some time now, white has been the color of choice for kitchen cabinets. Above: mint green cabinets in a kitchen by Petra Bindel. A beautiful blue kitchen by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri. This gorgeous minimal kitchen is from an apartment for sale by Scandinavian firm Entrance. Blue lowers and white open shelving, spotted on SF Girl by Bay. More mint green - can't get enough of this color. When I first spotted them, I completely fell in love with these grey kitchens from Karlavagen 76, a luxury apartment building in Stockholm. A seafoamy green and navy blue, all in the same space. Sage green is lovely in a small kitchen from Estilos Deco. Dark grey plays nice with white in a kitchen from Femina.

Living room with bold fabric and wallpaper

Irene sent us a good question by email: 'My husband and I just bought 100 year old house in Evanston. The house is great and has a lot of character. Unfortunately, in one of the bathrooms, there is a window above the sink. Any suggestions on how to hang a mirror above the sink without remodeling the bathroom?'. Please share your ideas and suggestions for this design challenge in the comments.....

Black and white living room

Tipped off by our mom, we hereby post a good resource for your NYC radiator woes. Started in 1990 by Tom and Peg Kennedy, who found wood radiator covers WAY too expensive, The Wooden Radiator Company offers three general styles at affordable prices. They have also recently added bookcases and baseboard covers to match. While modernistas may not find these designs immediately pleasing, The Wooden Radiator Company can paint, stain or tone down their designs to fit in with most decors and the shaker is pretty plain. The covers are strong enough to stand on and the finishes are heat resistant. Orders can be transmitted online, by fax or in person in the cities that they visit. They make the rounds of the Northeast every few months and are in NYC this month.

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Before Fall Colors starts, we just wanted to get this black wall out of our system. We're loving the idea of using black on bumpy, imperfect walls like the ones pictured here.... Black also seems soothing and mellow - a perfectly suitable finish for a bedroom. We would lose the majority of those pillows on the bed, but otherwise we like this room very much. The white cove wrapping down from the ceiling helps a lot to lighten the weight of the black walls. What do you think? Could you go with black in any particular room of your home?

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We debated on posting this very lovely murphy bed for our readers for one reason only, the price. Before we give away the goods though we wanted to point out what a fantastic idea this is in general. A stylish couch and living area and a stashed away bed. If you were living in a studio apartment this would be genius or if you wanted to have a place for friends to crash when they came into town. So drum roll please...this lovely piece of furniture can be yours for a mere $18,770 we're sure shipping and installation isn't included, so plan ahead with your pennies. Secretly, we're hoping our favorite Swedes are watching and figure out how to make this happen for $299. Slightly serious here, slightly kidding... if you have the dollars to make this happen we applaud you-if not, we can only hope to be this efficient with our space someday soon.