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Even when you think there's no possible place to plop a proper home office-residing you to a life of sofa-desking-you'll get creative and squeeze a workspace into one of these 4 areas of your home. BONUS IDEA: You'll get great use out of multi-tasking your kitchen and office storage. The Dining RoomAgain, for the folks who's idea of 'Home cooking' is eating Chinese takeout on the sofa, use any available eating space-whether it's a formal table or just a tiny nook-as an office. The ClosetKill two birds with one stone: Donate a bunch of your lesser-worn clothes to charity and make room to transform your closet into a home office. BONUS IDEA: If your closet is less walk-in and more peek-and-feel-around, try a desk on casters, like in this rolling hideaway closet office. The PorchIf you've got an outdoor space, chances are it's the least-used room in your home. What's that? That's because it's below freezing outside right now? Well close it in with walls or super-thick curtains and wire up a few space heaters to get a cozy home office.

Small living room red couch and striped rug

With the glorious onset of Daylight Savings time, and the first official day of Spring happening this coming Sunday, I am determined to remind myself of the things I like about my apartment in the winter, before I get swept up in wide-open windows & sundress weather.... One of the very best things about living in San Francisco is that I can have at least one window open for most of the year. The chilly months of the year allow for the best of both worlds. I will admit to still cracking the window many nights, just to get a teeny bit of fresh air, but it makes getting out of bed in the morning rather painful. Cozying up in my chair, strategically positioned between the bookshelf and the window, is one of the joys of winter. It's foggy and rainy and miserable out there, and I can just sit here staring out at it. Ah. Nevermind all the cold wet days when I was out there. I've really loved living with my sparkly mirror garland all winter. In San Francisco even the greyest days of February are brightened by blooming cherry and magnolia trees, anemone, narcissus, and bleeding hearts. When cabin fever gets the best of me and I go for long rambling walks, the unexpected blossoms save my day. If you can see a flowering tree from your window, or if you have a little garden, you know what I mean. What aspects of winter have you enjoyed in your home? Let's all meet back here in the late autumn, when the days are getting shorter and the fog is rolling in, and remind ourselves that there's hope.

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It's a room that's better dressed for utility than for elegance and it takes a lot of time and money to turn an unfinished laundry room into the sort of glamorous 'Mud room' we all pin from Pottery Barn on Pinterest. In real life, it might have bare concrete floors, exposed pipes and insulation, and a massive rusting water heater commanding attention in the corner. In the meantime, here's an easy fix for an unfinished laundry room, using just paint and fabric. Tayna from Dans le Townhouse has a partially finished basement. That means part of it was a totally livable space to hang out, and the other part, the laundry room, was a semi-walled off eyesore. Tanya painted the walls in the unfinished space to match the rest of the basement, then cleaned and coated the concrete floors with Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor enamel in a turquoise color. The fresh colors make a formerly grungy space look clean and new. Step 2: Hide the Machines & Exposed UglinessTo hide the 'Really old' washer and dryer, water tank and slop sink, Tanya made use of an easy and inexpensive solution: curtains. Curtains made from her old duvet cover were hung from IKEA curtain rods and hardware to keep the appliances and utilities hidden from the adjacent room.

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.

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We love the look of open shelves in the kitchen and enjoy the staged versions in design magazines. When we spotted this real life kitchen with open shelves we wanted to share it with you. We especially love.... ...the groupings of texture and color. The wood bowls on one shelf and the green glass on the other adds additional visual interest to the space. Open shelves provide an opportunity to showcase your wares while creating a design element in your home. Of course keeping everything organized becomes more of a process with open shelves but it's worth it. What are your kitchen shelves like? Do you have open shelves?

Bookshelf

We love paint and wallpaper, but you can achieve a colorful room with plain white walls. These two rooms show us how, even with the whitest of walls, one can still have a room resplendent with color. Bold, beautiful accessories in the form of carpeting, textiles and artwork add depth and texture to the rooms. Striking blasts of color can come from the furniture as well. The best part is, when you want to redecorate, you can begin anew with totally blank canvas. Images from HGTV. See their slideshow of kids rooms here.

Funky living room with modern red chairs

Last week we featured a gallery of dark bedrooms, moody, cocoonlike spaces full of fluffy blankets and somber hues. This week, we're looking at bedrooms that are just the opposite of that: light, bright spaces decorated all in white. Pictured above: a beautiful, bright bedroom from Kinfolk. If you like this look, the whole apartment, which is decorated completely in shades of white, is worth checking out. The key to making this work, I think, is adding a little texture. Since we're talking bedrooms here, this is easy to acheieve with rugs, quilts, and bedding in textured fabrics like linen. Here, the floor covering adds just enough texture to a super-minimal space. A white floor, too - these folks are really dedicated. I love the layers of different textures on the bed - and on the floor. Finally, a romantic space from Stadshem, via Nordic Design - proof that monochromatic spaces can be far from boring.

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Mismatching in any discipline - from food to fashion - is an art, and not a science. So while I can't exactly give you a formula for getting a mismatched dining room look right, I can give you nearly 20 different examples and tell you why they work so well. Click through to each tour for more photos of each space. All you've got to do is get your figurative paint brush and try it out at home. Why it Works: Consistency; the wood tones and leg shapes are almost perfectly similar.

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A way of breathing new life into them a taller order. The introduction of fine 18thC French textiles seemed an interesting bet. These fabrics, placed behind and through the glass, combine to create a subtle balance between mirror, light and reflection. So the story goes with London-based Textile Mirrors, something we discovered in Vogue Living magazine. Prices range from 250-2000 GBP; visit Textile Mirrors online.

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Soft colors living room

It's up for debate for sure but I think for many, the living room-especially for apartment or condo dwellers-is the most used space in their home. It's where you relax, entertain, get some work done and maybe even have a bite in front of the T.V. Having a small space doesn't mean you can't do all that and still have a stylish and functional living room. If you like neutrals with a sprinkle of personality and dash of modern style, then you're going to love this living room and we'er going to show you how it's possible on any budget. The original inspiration for this look came from this fabulous home tour we spotted on Apartment 34. This living room is a perfect example of a space that is filled with neutrals but doesn't lack any personality with lots of interesting textures, styles and finishes plus some fun art to make it both relaxed yet modern.

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Living room

Even though the loft is very large, we saw so many smart and space saving design ideas used that it inspired us to look to it for solutions that would translate to small spaces, too. From the main photo above the jump - Good ideas for the kitchen: Back lit open kitchen shelving and a simple, single prep table keep the kitchen looking visually interesting yet clean, professional, uncluttered and far from 'Kitchen-y', which is a bonus since it is completely open to the rest of the space, an issue that studio dwellers often deal with. Good ideas for the bedroom: The bed sits behind a wall that doesn't reach the ceiling, which functions as a privacy partition, but doesn't interrupt the flow of the space. The floor to ceiling white drapes accentuate ceiling height, always a good thing, both in open lofts for playing up the drama and in small spaces for accentuating the vertical space, thus relieving the feeling of a confined area. Good ideas for the bath: the glass partition is functional yet adds no bulk or visual clutter to the space, while the floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink and vanity expands and modernizes the space. Good idea for storage: squeeze it in wherever you can! Bookshelves and boxed storage sit up above the living room, where the ceiling is dropped to a lower level. A series of up lights celebrate the good looking idea and the ingenuity rather than hiding it, as well as providing another source of illumination for the space. Good idea for a sink area: The sinks are installed on a 'Floating' vanity, with clever towel racks installed underneath. The towel placement would be good in a small bathroom for several reasons - they are close at hand, they hide the plumbing pipes underneath and are not taking up wall space.

Living room with black rug

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