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They've packed a lot of functionality into this stylish table. The inside has movable dividers for storage and the underside of the top is chalkboard. The cut-out in the chair backs make them easy for kids to grab and move.

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Christina on the Upper East Side has a Knoll Half Round Office Desk that's in great shape and a perfect space saving office solution for someone's apartment. Knoll is top quality, so you can be sure this is solid and will last a good long time. Apartment Therapy New York Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. They are local and JUST DECOR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll highlight you here on the front page.

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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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So - how about a little Friday afternoon politics? We've been following the passage-veto-override of the new Farm Bill with some interest. The infighting amongst our two major political parties has been interesting to watch, as the Republicans helped override a presidential veto to pass a bill that sets our nation's food and agricultural policy for the next five years. The U.S. farm bill is an omnibus bill that sets the agricultural and food policy of the federal government; it's reworked and passed every several years. What exactly is in this bill? We didn't have time to read through and digest all 700-plus pages of the bill, but we found a cheat sheeet. Domestic nutrition programs make up the largest portion of the estimated $300 billion farm bill. Foreign food aid would make up less than 1 percent of the bill, costing less than $200 million. It feels very, very difficult to weed through all the competing opinions and points of view on the Farm Bill, especially when it's so huge and unwieldy. Back to the garden.... You can read the full bill here: H. R. 2419 - Farm Bill - It's 742 pages long and about 1MB in size.

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Got a large load of recyclables and want to drop it off all at once somewhere to be processed? Or would you rather have them come and pick it up right from your curb at a scheduled time? We've sometimes found our apartment building's city recycling bins completely jam packed with materials, and having an alternate route to recycle would be welcome. The Recycling Center combines Google Ajax Search and Google Maps to help locate recycling centers that can provide these services, alongside possibly providing a free recycling bin for your effort. Try it...it's like Yelp and quite easy to use.

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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.

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We've only got a week and a half left before the end of October's Color Month, so why not pick up this pair of bright yellow chairs, and only for $100 for both! Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..

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I've seen lots of upholstered headboard projects over the years, so my eyes often glaze over when they cross my desktop. Not so with this recent one from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue. There's something about the vertical tufting - and that green - that really appeals to me. It's also wider than most headboards, making it more statement piece than furniture. Mandy used a photo of another custom bed for inspiration and figured out how to create the look she wanted. All told, all the supplies, excluding the tools and paint that she already had, came out to just under $200 - not shabby at all for a custom headboard that fits perfectly under the sloped ceilings in her bedroom.

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Around here we certainly love color, but that doesn't exclude some of the more subtle hues. Especially in the bedroom, some of us need something a bit more subdued, but in no way boring or unstylish. It's all about gray and white in Eric and Lauren's Reborn Bungalow. The white really pops against the gray walls, and of course we like that there isn't too much going on on the walls besides the gray in Polly and Ben's Shangri-LA Bedroom. A dressed up classic with bits of red and gold: Turquoise's Luxury Hotel Bedroom. We put together these 2 images from Domino because we loved the way the white, black and turquoise mixed with incredible textures make the gray feel so inviting and warm. If these didn't float your boat, check out some brighter colors options like adding some orange to your palette, or simply check out the psychology behind the colors you love.

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To be honest, we never really gave much thought about our kitchen sponges nor what goes into making them. We just recently realized while replacing our ragged old sponge that the odor fighting germ protection feature is formulated with a chemical additive we're trying to avoid: triclosan. That's the very same antibacterial additive that is contributing to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria that eat up antibiotics like it was an afternoon snack.... So what to do? A simple change is just avoiding sponges with germ-odor protection. There are natural kitchen sponges on the market, like Natural Value's scrubber sponge, which are made with 50% post-consumer recycled material and are even certified kosher if you want to go the eco-recycled route. We're also considering switching to using a natural loofah sponge...maybe the larger natural shaped style used in the bath/shower, cut in half. The funny thing is we just saw the real vegetable this past weekend at the Alhambra farmer's market and purchased one for dinner without realizing its other use besides being a delicious veggie.

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Wrapping up Escapes Month here at AT, we wanted to share this tiny balcony getaway. Even just a small private outdoor space can make for a special escape.... This Montreal apartment's balcony is made into a special escape with a few simple moves: that little candelabra chandelier, a tiny table for two for intimate outdoor dining. We love this elaboration of a pretty standard balcony. Just picture serving up a special dinner straight through the kitchen window.

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Q: I found this bathroom image via Bright Bazaar's Pinterest board. At first I thought it might be a vintage find, but if you look closely at the side, there appears to be a contemporary logo in an oval, but I cannot make out the brand. Does anyone know where I can find this sink? It will be PERFECT for my bathroom renovation! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ginger in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.