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Here's an idea we saw this weekend that we're inspired to emulate for our own gardening project. Using wall planters to grow herbs or other plants is an efficient use of space normally ignored as gardening space, but perfectly suited for apartment dwellers with only a balcony to grow flora. Here are some instructions for making your own wall or hanging garden baskets.

Glass work desk

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Suspended chair and small work desk

One of the projects on our to-do list for fall involves cleaning and organizing our pantry. We found some extra motivation when we spotted Anna's renovated pantry at Door Sixteen. Click below for links to this inspiring project.... Anna has amazing style - even the shelves in her pantry look cool. Our favorite part of the project is the Bindweed wallpaper covering the shelves. It's a smart use of pattern, and not too difficult for other DIY-ers to try at home.

Small study desk

One of our favorite tours from the past year, Alan's Andersonville Loft, features a very dramatic dining room. A mix of high and low, vintage and new...IKEA table surrounded by vintage original Arne Jacobsen Series 7 and Emeco aluminum chairs. Nice definition of space for the dining area in an open loft by the back wall of the kitchen and raised platform flooring. The feeling of a stage set is enhanced by the step up - making dinner parties that much more dramatic. The personal touch of original artworkLow profile white shelving provides an additional serving surface plus storage. Memorable pieces such as the Deer wall sculpture and the Gold Pig centerpieceLarge scale natural arrangement of dried foliage in a rustic wooden vessel. Super unique religious wall pieces from a closed church on the Southside. Check out Alan's entire loft in his house tour.

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We were surprised to see this French country dining set this morning...not your typical Craigslist find and not what we typically get excited about. This set is so bright and light, perhaps the perfect springtime transformation for a dark kitchen. We'd love to see how this set would look with a simple rug, a lighter wall color, and in the right home. 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...(like the first item on our list, a Black Le Corbusier leather chair from Tom.

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Home office

Pitch:My daughter Darcie and I moved into our new apartment in April 2005; in December, all our art still was leaning in a huge pile against a wall. It's hard to decide where to hang many things, especially after getting rid of many walls. Decided six eyes were better than four and hired another recent art grad who had worked in a gallery. Are those birds or leaves in the background? The red nudes definitely had to go on the wall above the couch, but it was hard to find a wall for Eve, which is 3-3/4' x 6'. The wall between the bedrooms was the choiceAt first I was disappointed because the beams holding the kitchen island block the painting. The bad photography doesn't show how the orange in this painting picks up the orange kitchen tiles. I got very cheap clip frames for Darcie's artlooks great. It's such a high quality print that it looks originalI couldn't resist the beautiful arts and crafts frame which cost about 15 times the price of the print. On the other side of the column are two prints by an old friend of mine Doug Hartman and Darcie. To the left: a tiny b/w print my uncle owned, and a really beautiful silhouette of two children playing in a swing on a big tree, which I bought for $75 at the annual Hancock Shaker Village folk art show about 15 years ago. '4. To the right of the bathroom are two numbered wood cuts by an artist named Francisco LinnaBargain of the century $50 at a garage sale. On the opposite wall Darcie poses under her collageIn the bathroom itself, three more Darcie artworks: the multimedia star with sparkles and swirls. Can you see the orange in these two pieces picks up the orange of the tile? To the right, another Darcie painting'Every child has the right to go to school).

Attic office

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Office and wallpaper

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Small work desk

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.

Office with fireplace and wallpaper

Classically handsome hand carved stone 'Portrait' wall tile from Artistic Tile. Artistic Tile's designer, Nancy Epstein, was inspired by tiles she sees each year while visiting Verona.

Study desk

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.

Work desk

Remember those avocado green appliances of yesteryear? Since stainless steel has been the trend in modern kitchens for the past few years, we're wondering what's next. Another white? Cruising through any appliance store, there are three basic color options for appliances: stainless steel, black and white. Like many trends, stainless steel appliances started on the high end, with the likes of Viking and Wolf, and trickled down to the masses. A number of years ago outfitting your kitchen with stainless steel appliances was like saying I have arrived. I have mid-price stainless steel appliances in my kitchen. I don't want to replace them for purely aesthetic reasons so I probably won't be seeing new appliances until I move. I'm ready for a new appliance trend but when I really try to envision what that would be I come up blank.

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We love sharing real life room makeovers because they are such a wonderful source of inspiration. Many of the makeovers we highlight involve renovations from the ground up, but for those of us who rent, it is always great to find a project that doesn't involve any structural changes. This master bedroom makeover demonstrates the impact a few well-planned changes can have on any room. Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick has long been struggling with a bed that just didn't measure up to her expectations. After a careful assessment of the problems, she set out to transform her space with new bedding, making careful choices from start to finish. Though Sarah's old bedding was lovely,Sarah wanted a change and the new bedding is both beautiful and functional. By gradually assembling a collection of pieces from a variety of sources, Sarah created a unique look that captures her personality and sets the tone for her bedroom. Thanks for sharing Sarah - we'll be keeping an eye out for Part Two!

Home office

I live in a small one bedroom apartment, with a tiny bathroom. After reading the old postings/ debates about tub vs. shower- I've decided to take the plunge to remove the tub and have a walk-in shower instead. I was thinking about using glass mosaic tiles hakatai carter series, jade blend for the floor and perhaps pale yellow for the shower surround. When I told him that I want to use small mosaic glass tiles for the bathroom, he was pretty against it- saying that I should go with larger tiles, granite or marble....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. He thinks that small tiles would cheapen the value of the bathroom. I had thought that smaller tiles would make the bathroom seem larger. p.s. a little about my bathroom- the tub/shower area is at the far wall when you enter, next to the shower closer to the door is the vanity. The wall mount vanity would be tiled the same color as the floor, the same tile then would extend into the shower area, creating a contrasting band around the shower.

Corner office

July 4th is the unofficial holiday of the paper plate. While many believe there's no such thing as disposable dinnerware that's green, Verterra offers the lazy but semi-conscious an intriguing, compostable alternative made of fallen leaves. According to Verterra company lore, the founder came upon the idea in India. He saw a woman make an on-the-spot plate by pressing water-soaked leaves in a waffle-iron contraption, then serve a meal on it. In this version, fallen leaves from Southeast Asia are collected, steamed, heated and pressurized under fair worker conditions. While they are reusable, they also biodegrade within 2 months. Unlike many conventional alternatives, they are also free of artificial chemicals and toxins. The process isn't all that's unconventional. Plates are square or hexagonal, and joined by several serving platter options as well as a round bowl. A 10-pack of 6-inch bowls or plates is $8.99; 100 for $70. Nine-inch plates are 10 for $11.99 or 100 for $90. The platters are 12 for $12.99; also available in different shapes.