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My entryway has a shortie bookshelf to hold keys/purse on top and then the shelves are filled with DVDs. I know it's random but in a tiny apartment it's just where they fit.

For Your Inspiration Board: 15 Stylish Entryway Setups
4/15/14 07:11 PM

I had a similar (more 40's) kitchen in my last house... It had a totally different wood floor than the rest of the house- skinnier planks and a darker color with a brass metal threshold. It worked because it the rest of the house was updated but the kitchen was totally vintage. I'd try to do something similar here, go darker and narrower than the rest of your floors with a different material transition.

Tile is much too cold and hard in my opinion (plus the grout stinks to clean). And I doubt linoleum will look like you actually spent money on a new floor.

What Material Should I Install for My Kitchen Floor? Good Questions
2/11/14 08:51 PM

My brother and sister-in-law have a very similar layout, though their stairs are enclosed. We painted their walls a light blue-gray (bluay?), which would really make your white fireplace and that blue pinwheel pop.

I'd leave the wall over the dining space white and hang a patterned rug or giant canvas like MunichMom suggested. YHL did a stretched fabric headboard that could work up there too:

Add some black open, ladder shelves to complement the sofa, so it's not the only black thing in the room. You can fill in the shelves with a couple of your kids favorite toys and books, and some other bright accents. I'd make new covers (maybe the kid's chairs too!) for your throw pillows in a bright print.
There's nothing better than a bright, well lit space that's kid friendly.

How Do I Bring Color into My Living Room? Good Questions
12/19/13 04:35 PM

Warm gray velvet curtains, (like these||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-) would look awesome with the blue couch and rug. Not sure how tall your windows are, but if you hung them right below the ceiling they'd have the most visual impact.
Can you replace the mini blinds too? An off white flat roman shade with lining would look great beneath the curtains and help insulate.


Curtain Suggestions for Chilly, Awkward Window Over Sofa? Good Questions
12/17/13 10:45 AM

I agree with thesmilequeen! Go white behind the white cabinets to make that whole side flow together, then paint the opposite wall blue and add black frames or picture ledges to tie into the black door and runner.
Check out this for what it might look like - they had a similar kitchen situation going on:

How Should I Paint the Walls in My Galley Kitchen? Good Questions
11/13/13 01:46 PM

As little kids, my brother got his own room and my sister and I shared so there was a guest bedroom. We did have a playroom, mostly because with a 6' ceiling height that room wasn't usable for much else. I imagine it was probably nice for my parents to not have a Barbie house or Hot Wheels track in the living room.
A couple years later, the three of us ended up sharing one tiny room for 15 months while our family built a new house. It was definitely a trial! We went "camping" in the yard a lot.

2 Rooms, 2 Kids: Share a Bedroom & Gain a Playroom?
8/17/13 03:40 PM