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Good Idea: Put Sconces Over the Sofa

Good Idea: Put Sconces Over the Sofa

Good Idea: Put Sconces Over the Sofa Keep end tables free of clutter and always have an effective reading light with a pair of wall-mounted light fixtures Click "Embed" to display a personal ideabook on your own website or blog. Beth Bourque Design Studio EmailSave 5 Recently I was looking for an effective reading light for my sofa. The end-table-and-lamp combination won’t work in my small apartment, and sometimes a floor lamp is just too much. Enter the wall sconce. This is a great solution if you don’t have end tables or want to keep your end tables free of clutter....

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Sotry: 4 Bathroom Vanity Ideas for Compact Spaces

Sotry: 4 Bathroom Vanity Ideas for Compact Spaces

4 Bathroom Vanity Ideas for Compact Spaces Consider these solutions from this week’s stories to maximize storage and aesthetics Rebecca Hay Designs 1. Single cabinet with doors. A single cabinet box can sometimes offer the most storage space, depending on how the plumbing is routed and the available area surrounding it. (Remember that the box needs to sit away from the wall on either side so that the cabinet door can swing far enough open.) This solution also affords you usable countertop space. In the Toronto powder room seen here, a rough-hewn wood cabinet topped with Carrara marble is efficient in the room’s 40...

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Story: Throw Pillow Master Class: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro

Story: Throw Pillow Master Class: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro

Throw Pillow Master Class: How to Choose and Style Like a Pro An interior designer reveals the secrets to mixing colorful and patterned pillows on your sofa and bed Click "Embed" to display an article on your own website or blog. Brightly colored and patterned pillows are a fabulous way to jazz up your sofa or bed, but getting the combination just right can be harder than it looks. Mixing patterns, hues and sizes in a cohesive way is an art in itself, whether you’re decorating a casual living room or a more formal space. Sarah Muir, interior designer at Coco...

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Guides: Master Bedroom Decor That Can Move From the Suburbs to the City

Guides: Master Bedroom Decor That Can Move From the Suburbs to the City

Bedroom at a GlanceWho lives here: A couple Location: San Carlos, California Size: 187 square feet (17.4 square meters)Designer: Sabrina AlfinThis high-powered couple will soon have their home to themselves: Their oldest child is away at college and the other is a high school senior. The home is in the suburbs, but they recently purchased a condo in a modern building in San Francisco with plans to live there full time in a few years. “They wanted the furnishings to be more clean and contemporary, knowing that in the not-too-distant future they would be moving to the city full time,” interior designer Sabrina Alfin says. “If they were going...

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Guides: A Fixed Beam Doesn’t Thwart This Kitchen Face-Lift

Guides: A Fixed Beam Doesn’t Thwart This Kitchen Face-Lift

When faced with an immovable beam and the need to keep the same cabinetry footprint, SpaceCraft Joinery came up with a solution that adds to the functionality and beauty of this kitchen. Kitchen at a GlanceWho lives here: A coupleLocation: Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaSize: About 215 square feet (20 square meters) within an open-plan kitchen, living and dining areaDesigner: SpaceCraft Joinery The backstory: The clients wanted SpaceCraft Joinery to redesign the kitchen space while retaining the footprint and slate floor. They also wanted a modern kitchen with warm and earthy tones that complement the existing flooring and cabinetry. Color and materials palette: “For the solution, we just...

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