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Designed by Central Design Studio, it feels less like a restaurant and more like a stylish friend's home. There are some design details in this space that inspire. The aim with Evelyn's Café and Bar was to create a neighbourhood restaurant, which instantly felt like a local favourite. Replace the chairs on one side of your dining room table with a sofa. Table cloths and cloth napkins don't have to feel fussy or formal-DIY decor to add color and pattern to your table. Furniture made of natural materials like wicker and rattan add great texture to an eating space, especially in the presence of a lot of solid dining furniture. Turn those overhead lights off when entertaining in your dining area! Table lamps and candles bring the light lower to where the eating action is.

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It was imperative for me to create a space that we could all enjoy. My boys are very young and I want them to feel like they are welcome to play throughout our home. I needed to mix and balance mature textures like the leather and seagrass and layer those with the more playful patterns and textures found in the hop scotch rug and bright pillows.

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What about the opposite: those who flourish in a more orderly office? Get a glimpse at few desks whose occupants stay on task by staying tidy - then leave us a comment to let us know what kind of space keeps you motivated, and why. Designer Jonathan Lo's weekend workspace in the San Diego area finds order not only in its cleanliness, but also its color scheme. The home office of Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Garrett Murray includes an especially tidy Airia desk and Mirra Chair combo. The work of interior designer Jayne Michaels of 2Michaels is known for its spare, undecorated style - and it shows in her personal desk space in Manhattan. Streamlined bookcases and neatly organized office accessories surround this desk and Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair pairing at Treehouse Design Partnership in Los Angeles. The lack of extra 'Stuff' in graphic designer David Airey's workspace in Northern Ireland can be explained by a lifetime of moving houses. 'That'll be why there's not a lot in my office - you tend to shed the junk each time you move.' Designer Matt Singer's laptop shares a few trinkets and a set of speakers with an otherwise clean-topped desk space. Three white Eames Molded Plastic Armchairs line up all in a row at one long wood desktop at the creative agency Juliet Zulu in Portland, OR. Former Unplggd contributor, Mike Tyson, was a devout practitioner of the clean desk. Then there's this 'Meticulously modern' corner home office where everything seems to have its place, a post complete with a sourcing list so you can follow Lungho's footsteps.

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Sure we've thought about decorating a room with book covers, but what about decorating a room guided by a book? Like many, we love digging in to a good book bursting with visual details. Along with the rest of all y'all visual folk out there, we sometimes applaud, but more often cringe when we see those rooms come to life on screen. That said, we were intrigued by the premise of Elle Decor's goal of creating illustrations of rooms based on passages from some well known novels. Too bad we can't say we're all that impressed. It's a fun concept, and we like the compare and contrast of having the passage and the illustrations to look at side by side, but these illustrations are perhaps a bit too wimpy to really get us going. We wonder if it wouldn't be more fun to design a room around a character from a book rather than literally translating a room.... Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. Anyone ever approach decorating a room from this angle? What books or characters would you use for inspiration?

Living room extended to the outdoors

Today's small space solution doesn't come from a home, but rather from a coffee bar wedged between two escalators in a Michigan Avenue mall. With just a couple of counter bars, the King Café at 900 N. Michigan made such good use of its limited space that it won an Interior Architecture Award from the AIA.... Esyn Design Architects created seating space for 10 people with a set of slim stools, two narrow bars, and cutout storage: all great ideas for a galley kitchen. If you're thinking of trying a similar setup in a home, check out these kitchen counter bars from AT, as well as our roundup of the top ten bar stools.

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Q: We are getting ready to renovate our upstairs attic into a master suite - bedroom and bathroom. I love this wood vanity with Parsons-style surround from a Candice Olson episode. Most of her furniture is custom made - can anyone tell me where I can get a vanity like this?

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Q: I am wondering if anyone has any tips on how best to decorate the walls in this room. The room is part of a flat in a friend's lovely Victorian house that's I'm moving into. The ceilings are high and the windows are fairly big. I am finding it a bit of a challenge because the bed has to be pushed into a corner, and the wall next to the window to the right of the bed is fairly dark. I would like to hang a large print somewhere in the room, also but need opinions as to where best to place it without the room appearing overcrowded, as it's not the largest of rooms. The photo taken is the view from the door as you walk into the room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Bluetiger in the comments - thanks!

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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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Can you have too much of a good thing? Apparently not. These 10 homes from our House Tours prove that seriously woodsy rooms can still look modern, rustic and everything in between. There's a lot to love about Shena and George's Formerly Blighted, Beautifully Salvaged New Orleans Home, including the wood-indulgent kitchen and the beautiful stairs. In decorating Peggy & Chris' Los Angeles Modern, they were inspired by 'The fearless use of wood in traditional Japanese homes.' All the wood paneling makes this converted space, David's Warm and Modern Studio in a Former Garage, homier. Renters craving a wood look can take a cue from the store-bought room divider screens flanking the bed in Erick's Modern Organic Burbank Mix. The salvaged wood wall in Jove's Bright Home with Inventive Features serves as a focal point for the entire lofty space. Mark and his wife Pamela had to work hard to uncover the shiplap paneling in Mark Maček's Modern, Warm & Woodsy. All the wood in Jodi & Michael's Sunny Hideaway in the Wilderness makes you feel like they're living in a magical treehouse. All the natural light from the windows keeps Natalie's Peaceful & Free-Spirited Tiny Home on Wheels feeling big and bright.

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I need help with my bathroom! In the spirit of kitchen and bath month, I offer my space to you, AT readers, to transform. What I'm left with is a tiny space that's completely covered in yellow wall tile and clay red industrial kitchen floor tile. The claw foot tub is in decent condition, but the outside has been painted many colors and is now silver with black feet. A new and much larger mirror is going to replace the existing one, so I'll probably move the bamboo floating shelf down. I'm afraid that since the bathroom is so small, colored or patterned shower curtains will be overwhelming...but I'm open to suggestions. What colors would work in the space? What else can I do to improve what I'm stuck with? Thanks, kiddo katsu.

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We like taking inspiration from teenage bedrooms because they tend to feature an intensely concentrated mix of personal choices. While the new bedding collection isn't exactly our vibe, we love what Tori Mellott did with it in the context of the space. Teen Vogue participated in the launch of a new bedding line at JCPenney by redecorating the bedrooms of three lucky teen readers. For Paola Henriquez, whose space is featured in these pictures, Mellott used lots of Paola's favorite color - pink, but kept the room from feeling too girly with bold pops of neon and ultramodern accessories.

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