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I am a BIG collector of books. Not only do I love to read, but I love the aesthetic of books on a shelf. Some people find it too disorganized looking, especially people who love design minimalism, but personally, I think a packed shelf full of well-worn hardcovers and paperbacks gives a home a loved and lived-in feel. There was a time when my apartment was filled with Ikea bookshelves, which for a college student, offer a great solution to storage needs of all kinds.

But as my tastes matured, I found myself wanting to display my 20 years of book collecting in a way that fit my house perfectly, so I spent months searching online, in stores and at estate sales to find the perfect bookcase.

That search was the inspiration for this post! I wanted to scope out a bunch of great book storage solutions that covered all the bases in terms of space, size and number of books, so please take a look at the collection of bookshelf ideas I’ve found! Also, check out the cool and modern bookshelves in the Furniture Home Design store!

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Be sure to check out many more cool bookshelves in the rest of this article!

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When I was younger, I always imagined myself one day having a princess-like four poster bed in my room – right out of a fairy tale! As I got older, and my tasted changed, I was still drawn to the elegance of a four-poster canopy bed, but was far more interested in finding one that appealed to my contemporary style sensibilities.

If you’re going to make a four poster bed the central element in your bedroom (and it WILL be the central point) then you should ensure that you have the space for it. These beds look big and glamorous, and in too small a space they will seem imposing and out of place, so a bedroom with ample square footage is an absolute must.

So check out the selections below, as you’re sure to find something here that will appeal to anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a luxurious four-poster canopy bed to call home at night.

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We love the modern, simple elegance of this four-poster canopy bed by Mash Studios. Check it out here!

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Be sure to check out way more pictures and examples by clicking the button!

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Do you live in an apartment or a house with a smaller living room, so you didn’t think you’d ever find a sectional sofa that would fit your slightly smaller space? Well, I’ve got excellent news for you. I’ve been in the same situation, more than once, so I know exactly what kind of sectional will work for you! And best of all, I’ve scoured the web to find some gorgeous examples of smaller-sized sectional couches!

Here’s a hot tip for when you’re looking for sectionals:

Dimensions of Small Sectional Sofas
A sofa that’s 70″ to 79″ wide is considered the smallest.
One that is 80″ to 100″ wide is averagely small.
And if the sofa dimensions are 100″ to 120″ wide – you can be assured that that couch is still perhaps size-appropriate for your place. Larger sectionals are much, much bigger than the dimensions I’ve listed here.

The Pangea Home Nolan Sofa and Sectional

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Sustainable Vintage Apartment Decor Ideas

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The modern lifestyle is incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid this and to have tasteful yet sustainable decorations throughout your apartment. There are many places where you can obtain ideas for sustainable apartment décor ideas, but I like to get my inspiration from nature. As such, in my apartment I keep as many plants as possible in bloom which improve the quality of the air and provide a sustainable, easy, and beautiful decoration.

Visiting garage sales for furniture to use in your apartment is part of a eco-friendly lifestyle and is also an affordable way of decorating your apartment. Many times simple paint jobs can improve the look of furniture and provide you with a gorgeous apartment. Be careful when painting your walls and use ecologically friendly paint that will not damage the environment when it is removed.

Used items from old businesses can often add a unique look to your apartment. Visit businesses that are closing and see if there are any items that could spruce up your home. Many business owners will take anything they could get for these items and your apartment will often obtain a unique and aesthetically pleasing centerpiece that sets it apart from other apartments.

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Amazingly Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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I tend to go CLASSIC when it comes time to decorate the Christmas tree in my house. A few simple strings of white and mulitcolored lights, some gorgeous and special christmas tree ornaments that I’ve collected since I was a child, and a few simple silver garland strands for that wonderful icicle effect. It’s perfect in it’s simplicity – but I have seen some incredible unique takes on the decorated tree, that I have to share with you, especially if you’re considering throwing out the tradition book this year and decorating your tree in a brand new way! Go for it!

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Check out these wonderful and totally unique Christmas trees for ideas on how to decorate yours this season!

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Top 10 Diy Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

Sometimes  I think I have an addiction to cool, unique and cute Christmas tree ornaments. I find myself looking for them on every trip or vacation I take, and I catch myself eying all kinds of non-ornament objects to see if there’s someway I could attach a hook to them. It’s getting out of control and at some point I’m going to have to have a thirty-foot high tree to house my ever expanding collection. That said, here are the fruits of this year’s online search for the cutest tree ornaments this side of the North Pole.

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Examples of Cool Office Wall Art

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Life in a dull drab cubicle at work is certainly very boring. A boring cubicle leads to less efficient work day. Even a dull work space in a home office could benefit from some cool work space wall art. Envision your wall in the work space. Think of it as a bare canvas. Let your imagination go wild.

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Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

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Rustic Modern is one of the most popular design aesthetics in today’s home decorating. With the increasing popularity of the idea of using reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials in furniture and objects, its only natural that the combination of rustic flair with a modern touch would start invading the homes of the design-conscious.

The bedroom is often a great place to start if you’re redesigning your home. It’s the place most of us find solace and peace in, and so many people want that space to be as warm as inviting as possible, while maintaining a certain level of cool style and modern sophistication.

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When I decided to re-do my bedroom in a rustic modern style, I wanted to incorporate my favorite elements of that style: textured wood, soft and warm lighting, and rustic style bed linens to complete the look. I started by looking for the perfect bed frame, and found several that fit into my vision, including bed frames made with barn doors, or a more simple looking barnwood bed frame. Then it was time to choose bed linens, and I found hundreds to choose from that incorporated trees, plants, animal life, or just simple colors that you’d find in nature.

When re-designing the bedroom, starting with your bed is a great idea, because you can use it as the focus object in the room, and theme the rest of your space around that centerpiece of the bedroom. Here are a bunch of images that I collected to help inspire my new rustic modern bedroom design.

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Gorgeous Backyard Garden Design Ideas

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A gorgeous garden evokes a sense of calm and intrigue. The mystery of the space draws you in while intriguing plants and decorations make you want to linger. Romantic gardens need not be expensive or difficult. With a little time, creativity, and these amazing backyard design ideas, it is possible to create your own vintage garden that is a joy to the senses.

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Begin by picking one plant that will catch your eye the minute you enter the garden. Create a sense of mystery by placing little statues or figurines in unexpected locations. Then add visual drama with old ladders, or furniture, overflowing with quick-growing annual vines.

If you close your eyes, can you still enjoy your garden? Think of the sounds you want to hear, the rustling of tall grasses, the trickle of a small fountain, perhaps the singing of birds. Re-purposed vintage finds often make beautiful fountains, birdbaths, or birdhouses. What smell will draw you in every morning? Is it lavender, or lilacs? Consider plants you long to touch and plant them near a seating area. Be sure that hidden among the beautiful and fragrant additions to your garden, there are plants that can be savored such as mint or berries.

The key to a beautiful backyard design is to take things you love and mix them in ways that make you happy. Take a look at HGTV’s collection for even more amazing backyard design ideas.

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Contemporary Home Decor Tips and Ideas

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When you are looking for contemporary home decor tips, you need to start by figuring out what you want. Contemporary design means different things to different people, so start by considering what you like to see in your home. That might mean something rather cluttered or it might mean something ultra-slick and modern, so be sure you have a great idea of what you want in your head.

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First, consider opening things up. If you are looking for a serious renovation, think about bringing your living room, kitchen and dining room over to an open floor plan. An open floor plan is a great choice when you want more visual space, more light and a more modern aesthetic.