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Tweak the lighting. Lighting can make an amazing difference in our experience of a room. For each room in your home, count the light sources — aim for at least three but preferably more. If you have overhead lighting, put the fixtures on dimmer switches and supplement with table and floor lamps.
Pretend a camera crew is coming over. This is a fun little mental trick to play: Imagine that your favorite home design magazine is sending a full camera crew over to photograph your house for the cover story. What would you hide? How would you change your furniture arrangements or displays? Once you have made a room "camera ready," consider making some of the changes permanent.
No room for bookcases? Try vertical shelving. If you are a book collector without a place to house all of your favorite tomes, consider switching to one of the vertical shelves on the market now. They take up practically no floor space yet hold tons of books — all while looking fresh and interesting.
A lidded glass jar of cotton swabs make these daily wands easily accessible and look much nicer than if they were left out in their box.
Toys corralled into an old wooden crate that's still in good shape is much more aesthetically pleasing than a plastic toy box.
Louis Ghost Chair
If you’ve wallpapered or painted your walls in a bold graphic, especially if the floors or ceiling are included, work a little Lucite into the space to create an equilibrium. The mirrored desk paired with a Lucite chair and table lamp is elegant without interrupting the flow of these great stripes.
a tray on a stand can make a great temporary bar.
Vintage Pop Shop Shelf from Urban Outfitters - $24
Vintage Pop Shop Shelf from Urban Outfitters - $24.00
Happy Chic. When you have a rug this fabulous, you do not want to cover it up and interrupt its lines. Thus, a clear coffee table is the perfect choice. In addition, the curves on the table mimic the wavy lines on the rug.
Shelves. These cabinets and shelves are the dream. Just take a long look, take a deep breath, and be inspired by them
with a few pictures of loved ones clipped on, it's a more special gesture.
I love that the back of this seat mimics the shapes in the artwork above.
Whitewashed wood, barnwood, exposed beams and wood paneling are all elements of country modern, but to go modern country, it's all about how you mix it up.
Three parallel island-like areas form an integrated kitchen-dining area, but clever built-ins hide everything that shouts "kitchen." Oven, micro, coffee maker, toaster, etc. hide away in the column at the end of the open shelving.
The far island is outfitted with two sinks for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Upper shelves allow light to come in from the central courtyard.
Here we are on another side framing the courtyard. It's a reading lounge atop a garage tucked into part of the hill. The designers left the framing of the building open and painted it a blue-green that changes with the light. That's the kitchen across the way.
vertical bookshelves are everywhere
1. Frame illustrations from a book or magazine. Art magazines and vintage books are great sources of frameworthy illustrations — just cut pages out neatly and pop them into any blank frame you have lying around. Once I framed a whole series of '70s surfing photos from a feature in The Surfer's Journal (a particularly artsy surfing mag) for a cool retro take on the beach theme. Look through your stacks with a fresh eye; you never know what you may find.
8. Turn a crate on its side to hold books. An old wooden crate is perfect for keeping books neat and tidy. Crates look fabulously rustic on their own, but if you want to spice one up, try lining the back in a pretty patterned gift wrap.
9. Hang artwork on your shelves. A favorite of decorators, this simple trick can make a room feel more sophisticated in an instant. A small painting allows you to still access the books around it.
The luxury Italian brand Arketipo Firenze exhibited a stunning range of vibrant contemporary furnishings this year. This striking book shelving unit, Target, looked right at home on the exbibition floor in its classic surroundings
If your space is two rooms in one, make sure they are connected by decor, color and style. Here, there is no break between the living area and the small dining area
You can go very formal and traditional in a small space. The glass coffee table, mirror and light colors make this room seem bigger than it is.
Spend on architecture. A well-designed home is a pleasure to live in, structurally sound and built to last. Whether you are remodeling an older home, adding on or building new, working with an experienced architect will help bring your vision to life.