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Q: I am about to move into this super cool apartment, and I am not quite sure on how to arrange everything in this one room. The room is large; 373 square feet with 2 large windows. The kitchen is separate, so what I need to do in this room is: sleep, work, live. I have a pretty large working desk and need plenty of shelf space, also because I have tons of books. I also have a Karlstad bed sofa, a queen sized bed and will have to buy a lot of shelves. I was thinking about putting the bed in the right corner and adding some shelves in front of it in order to create a 'Bedroom' in the room, but I am not sure about that. If you've got any ideas, I'd be glad to hear them! Thanks! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ida in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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Chair and library

Is it Spring yet? This bedroom, from Australian company Salvation Jane, screams out warmer weather, school vacation, and just good old plain fun. Luckily, it's also really easy to achieve in your own home. Just choose three bright bold colors, and find a balance of furniture and decor in those solid shades.

Dark furniture living room and library

Last month, we mentioned that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked LA residents to do their part to help conserve water this Summer. Since summer is officially here and this is also Green Home month here at AT, we thought we could all use a reminder. If any of you caught the LIVE EARTH concerts on tv this weekend, there were a lot of website links given, one of which, is from an Arizona based site called Water...use it wisely. It's a great and easy-to-navigate website that covers all the bases regarding water conservation. Here is a great link to a list of 100 water saving ideas for those of us that live in the Southwest. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you, not the drain. Water your garden during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter. Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partiall filled with water, instead of running water from the tap.

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For me, nothing beats my favorite perfume for a hint of luxury that lasts &mdash even if I'm standing, sweaty from walking to work. At home, that feeling comes from my Garnet Hill linens, which are delightfully crisp. In this economy, and in the cozy fall season, small luxuries like this make us feel rich. Another luxury of mine is my Jasper Conran glossy white china, which I use every day. What is yours? Fresh flowers from the market on Fridays? A Saturday latte and a walk? Antique tea cups for afternoon tea? Whatever it is, I believe these small things, even though material, help us all feel more blessed, refined and luxurious - even if we're eating PB&Js on our fine bone china!

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Q: After months of looking we've finally found the table for the dining space in our new apartment, Zuo Modern's Universe Dining Table. Now we're trying to figure out what chairs to pair it with. We're looking for something every-day and affordable - something with clean lines similar to the 9 Dragons would be more our speed. We've also looked at some Eiffel Chairs, but would we do wood or chrome, fiberglass or acrylic, color or clear? Editor: Leave your chair suggestions for Joelle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Living room sun ray mirror

Hello AT,. Could you by any chance recommend a nice sleek minimalist piano lamp? I liked the looks of this one from Target, but sadly it's out of stock. I'd especially love one that's tiltable, so I can adjust the light when I play.

Colorful living room

Sitting at a desk all day long is not our idea of fun. See Jane Work makes it more bearable with their great selection of stylish office goods. One of our favorite things about the site is the Desk of the Month feature. Every month, See Jane Work assembles a lovely look for us to drool over. All of the components are listed out so you can easily pick and choose items that might work well on your own desk. This month's look, shown above, is called 'Classic Brown.' If you're looking for more bursts of color, check out the June 2006 desk, 'Modern.' For those in a cubicle, September 2006's 'Cubicle Chic' is inspiring. Having a workspace like this just might make the 9-to-5 grind more enjoyable! We're looking forward to seeing what Jane comes up with for August. Check the site next Wednesday for a new Desk of the Month.

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Over at AT Los Angeles, our writer Beth has an interest with home offices inside closets, something us small space dwellers can all appreciate: We're a big fan of taking a closet and transforming it into a work space. Not only does this suggestion make great use of a teeny space, it also evokes a cozy vibe that we're attached to.... Not to mention, Maxine is a kindred sprit with her organized office space. She also puts to use a shelf riser for her phone to make use of the area below for extra storage. We also love her thoughtful idea to stack the printer on a stool below the desk. To make the nook feel roomier, square mirrors are placed side by side as the office backdrop. The best part of an office closet-the space can be hidden from view when not in use. We always remember this wonderful February Jumpstart office in a closet post, Shawn & Callie 's February Jumpstart Project 2009, which reminds us colour is an important element, just as much as organization. Crafter Paula Prass had us envious of her organization and use of colour showcased in her closet space office from this past Final Frame. Justin's Office in a Closet is an example of how to use a larger walk-in style closet as an office.

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So your kids have always wanted their name in lights? Will they settle for just their initial? We love the old-timey quality of these large, metal lights reminiscent of Vaudeville, Broadway, or even the circus. All in a bold, weathered red they'd make quite an impact in a room. They look dim enough to function as an ambient night light, too.

Minimalist living room and dining room

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Leather chair

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Living room with fireplace

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COLOR PALETTE: Neutrals with Orange Pops - grays, orange, black, brown, wheatbread. GO TO JOY'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Living room with sea inspired art work

In the market for a kids' table and chairs set? There are some great choices out there and we're adding another one to your list. We really like the look of this simple Chalk Table set. The table top includes an insert with a chalkboard surface. The insert can be flipped to reveal a regular table surface. Instead of chairs, the set includes two bench chairs. Who can resist the bright orange color? Get it here for $90. Image: Giggle.

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It's good to also be reminded that taking a room from neutral to bright doesn't mean that the overall design 'Story' of the room needs to change. A long ago featured home from Domino illustrates this perfectly.... No matter which version of the room you prefer, I think you will agree that on a basic level, the design of this sitting room works in both incarnations; whether quietly interesting or colorfully playful. The overall good design of the room rings true in both instances thanks to the basic strong design decisions and details that are maintained. The firmly mid-20th century style chandelier in a room that architecturally echoes a much earlier era is good touch, independent of the color story - it works in both schemes because it is a strong decor concept, well executed. This room has a basic sofa that clearly works in both rooms - the light neutral upholstery color is part of the reason it functions in either case, but that is only part of the story. What is more important is that a) It is the right size for the room, b) it is in a good location, and c) it is clean lined enough to work with whatever decorative accents you throw at it. Both the highly textured fur and leather accessories in the neutral room and the bright pillows in the colorful room are at home on the sofa - adding flair to the room without competing with the sofa.