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Display Name: AnnKP
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One thing that I think makes the space look larger is keeping as much of the floor visible as possible. By that I mean mounted shelves instead of book cases sitting on the floor, and tables/consoles that cantilever out past where the lets are. Somehow, having the perimeter of the floor left as open as possible gives the illusion of more space. Of course, wall mounting everything can be troublesome for renters, or anyone who likes to rearrange the furniture often.

8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space
7/29/14 09:56 PM

With two dogs and messy kids, I've toyed with the idea of replacing our couch with a high-end outdoor sectional. I could recover the cushions easily when I need to, and it would fit in with our beachy vibe. I would have to sit on a few to make sure they're comfy enough for a living room... but other than that the only thing stopping me is that it might *seem* weird.

Outdoor Furniture... Indoors?
5/8/14 01:38 PM

A friend of mine did the same thing--she's short, so she couldn't reach anything past the first shelf anyway. Instead, she had a huge, walk in closet that was already in the space fitted out as a pantry, and opted for pullout drawers for all her dishes. It works well for her, and opens up the space tremendously.

Renovation Inspiration: 10 Beautiful Kitchens with No Upper Cabinets
5/1/14 01:08 PM

It's a great way to make low ceilings disappear. I did it on an enclosed porch, where the ceiling was lower than the rest of the house, and it worked great--with colored walls, a low, white ceiling almost feels like visual clutter.

Try This: Paint Your Ceiling the Same Color as Your Walls
4/30/14 05:53 PM

In a way, it's a shame that the upholstery and the finish are in such good condition, because it would seem to be a waste to ditch it. That said, changing the upholstery or the finish or both would change this chair from something you admire to something you love. Personally, I'd want keep the rich wood finish (maybe give it a little tlc as noted above) and chane the upholstery, just to make it less formal, more fun. I think a bright, modern print (in teal!) would be fab on it.

New Upholstery Fabric for This Vintage Side Chair? Good Questions
4/29/14 08:38 AM

I live in a mid century Levitt-style cape cod, and the living room is long and relatively narrow. A long sofa is really what would work best in front of the tv, even though it's a small room, and the room/house are scaled smaller furniture. The problem is that the configuration of the doorways limits my options for fitting anything long in, any which way. I'm thinking that a pair of one-arm loveseats (or modular sectional) are the way to go. But spendy!

Supersized Style: Extra Long Sofas Apartment Therapy Shopping Guide
4/18/14 08:52 AM

I've found that a solution of 2 cups hydrogen peroxide: 2 tsp baking soda: a few drops of dish soap is as effective as Nature's Miracle at a fraction of the cost. That said, it is wood and the smell may never go away--I agree with Phineus that the best bet may be to sand it up a bit, stain it and seal the smell in with a few coats of poly.

Restoration Tips for Curbside-Find Credenza? Good Questions
4/17/14 08:26 AM