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Office with pretty wallpaper

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Library and study desk

'We moved to our loft space one year ago and with its white walls, white appliances and gray Formica countertops, we just had to jazz it up with some color. Because we're leasing, permanent remodeling of the kitchen was out of the question, so we went to our local Scandinavian department store for the essentials - pantry, cabinets,shelves, organizers and workspace/island. Then, working with some of the artwork we had collected, I painted the walls each a different color - an orange/rust, a pale celery green and a grayed olive green. These colors all show off our paintings and collection of linens and pottery.' Color Resources:As a garden designer and vintage shop owner, my color selections as well as texture influences are mostly taken from what I see in nature. As a former color stylist in animation, we studied old illustration art for ideas in combining colors.

Wood work desk

This 'Dark and dreary' dining room just begged for a makeover to not only brighten it up, but also to make it a space that might actually get used. Inhabited by folks who love to entertain, this small room needed more seating and storage as well as a redesign to utilize space better. The first thing we did was sell all the existing furniture on Craigslist. Then my Dad mentioned the idea of a custom banquette and it was the perfect idea to add comfortable seating and extra storage space. The rest of the pieces were all found at local thrift stores. The solid wood table was sanded and refinished with a darker stain, the chairs were re-upholstered with a geometric fabric and a large mirror and chandelier were added to soften the space. The new space is much more functional and comfortable; it's my new favorite spot in the house.

Work desk

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Study desk and book case

Q: I installed new windows and am now ready for window treatment as the blankets I've been using for privacy is reminding me a bit of my college days. Since this room gets afternoon light and is street facing - it would be nice to get something for privacy - and for light blockage when watching movies. This room also had sunshades - which I could reinstall for privacy but I would ideally like something that helps complement the wall colors, and the couch. Also - I'm in need of a rug - but boggled by the number of options. Ideally something that feels nice when hanging out near the fireplace. Editor: Please share your suggestions and ideas with Shaun in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Reused storage green

We just learned a trick from a friend about how to remove finger prints from stainless steel appliance doors. Even when using soap/cleaner and water, fingerprints are difficult to wash off and usually just blur into a noticeable darker mark on your shiny new fridge or stove top. Add a dab of baby oil or mineral oil, wipe with a soft cloth, and those fingerprints disappear quickly. This additive can also work for removing sticker adhesive on stainless steel appliance products and other glues. Too bad we don't have any stainless steel appliances except our toaster and waffle maker.

Small work desk

Q: I have a very brightly colored Turkish carpet that only fits in my living room, and I am having trouble thinking of wall art and other accents in the room that will work with it. Replacing the couch isn't an option at this point, and although I don't love the coffee table, it will probably stay too unless I see something brilliant and affordable.... I painted the walls BM Linen White and pretty much have a blank canvas, apart from the bright blue and pink/red carpet... Help from your readers with decorating ideas? -Sent by Allison. Editor: First of all, thank you for the puppy picture! Second of all, that rug is really fabulous. Third of all, what do you think, readers? Any artwork or wall decor that you think would work with this rug? How about some window treatment ideas? Any colors or materials that you recommend using as accents? Dream decorate away! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

Blue teen bedroom

How does your furniture fit in the living room, and how should you orient the room? Experimenting with layout yields interesting, yet practical, rooms that work on multiple levels. BALANCEThink how strange it would look to have all the furniture on one side of the room, and a huge expansive blank space on the other side. Divide the room in sections and make sure the furniture is distributed equally across all areas. FUNCTION Your living room might be as pretty as can be, but if you can't find a spot to put your water glass, or have to crane your neck to spot the television, then your furniture isn't working for you. SYMMETRYMirroring furniture on either side of an imaginary axis is a nice ways to make your eyeballs happy. It feels nice, and always an easy approach to laying out your furniture, even when furniture doesn't perfectly match. TRAFFIC FLOWIf you have to walk almost 360 degrees around the sofa in order to make it to the kitchen, your furniture placement isn't working. Create natural paths around the room that take you everywhere you want to go. It just creates weird dead space in the middle of the room, and doesn't feel very cozy. FOCAL POINTIf you have a framed Burt Reynolds poster you are in love with, and want to acknowledge at every turn, make sure your furniture is oriented to pay homage to that cherished feature. Any secrets you've learned that you'd like to share?

Office desk

I recently stopped by a friend's new apartment and was delighted to see how she decorated her bedroom. For a small room she knew exactly what to do with color and furnishings to make it work. The playful red duvet paired with the blue walls and mirrored bedside table made me rethink my overly white bedroom.

Small work desk

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Study desk

All the buzz about suitable home sizes got us thinking about what really makes a house a place of luxury and refuge. After the recession, we might start broadening our scope.... And you? What makes your home divine?

Study desk and wallpaper

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Study desk

This would be right at home in the living room and definitely gives the Mac mini a run in the looks department. Click through for more pictures and what I think is the best feature of this design.... As I am currently in the market for a good looking living room computer to house all of my media and for casual web browsing, the Merium instantly caught my eye. Customizable covers along with HDMI and optical toslink outputs make sure that what is on your TV looks as good as what is under your TV. The best design feature in my opinion though is the foot stand. By raising the PC, a space is created that allows for the cables that usually end up all over the floor to be neatly tucked away, out of sight. It seems that this is only available in Scandinavia right now but hopefully a North American distributor will jump on this one.

Work desk

Q: I live in a charming old one bedroom apartment with a very small kitchen. My living room serves as my entry way, living room, dining room and office/storage. It also serves as the hallway to the other areas of my apartment. I'm trying to figure out the best way to lay out the room. I would like to create a better living room situation - the table and desk just need to be worked in somewhere that makes sense. Pictured is what I've been living with for a while now. Starting from the right wall and going clockwise:- 2 large 40 inch windows and an 8 foot baseboard heater- door to the bedroom, table, couch, door to closet. Entryway to kitchen, chest of drawers/tv/entry landing strip, entryway door. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Alison in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Study desk

The furniture made by OHIO Design is breathtaking - from their clever Primco Table, to their book matched and clean lined Sophia 30 Credenza. All OHIO furniture is made with recycled and FSC woods, and environmentally friendly substances and techniques whenever possible. The wood is then finished with all natural beeswax and orange oil. OHIO's got a great collection of bedroom furniture, check the pieces out after the jump.

Study table

Name: Kathy & Jared Location: Brooklyn, NY Square Feet: 820 Division: Small What I Love About My Small Home: We knew the apartment was perfect for us from all the natural lighting and the open floor plan. Although we are only on the third floor of our apartment building, we live on a hill that gives us great elevation so we can see the Manhattan skyline and the bay. The second bedroom that we decided to utilize as our living room gives us the space to accommodate guests, and there is never a shortage of guests when you live in NYC..