By Stephanie Harth

Published on April 9, 2015

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Photography by FRANCESCO LAGNESE

add geometry

Pop some color into an all-white room with a geometric piece of art. A bucket of wood near the fireplace leaves the space feeling cozy year-round. Layer in monochromic accessories, and throw down a thick seagrass rug to add texture.

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Photography by SARAH SHERMAN SAMUEL

open the door

Find a door that wows. This striped number is a standout piece – combined with a geometric mirror and stained wood floors, this entry is one you’ll be sure to notice. Swing it open, and let the neighbors covet.

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Photography by BARBARA IWEINS

start a new trend

Let’s change up the standard gallery wall Float shelves to house leaning artwork and books. Store your record collection in neat bins to save space. Make your display floor-to-ceiling to maximize space, and add in souvenirs and photos for a personal touch. Finally, a place for the kids’ “abstract” art.

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Photography by THOMAS MURPHY

turn up the light

Craving a cozy reading nook? Ditch the walls for French doors to build your own sunlit retreat. Create a makeshift bookshelf at the foot of the bed. Crack open this week’s biography, open the doors, and let the natural light flow in.

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Photography by BROOKE HOLM

be bold with accents

Want to make a serious statement? Step one: paint your fireplace black. This unexpected hue will give any room character – and, a bit of edge. Step two: add in texture with a striped throw and natural rug. Toss in a pastel-pink chair, green fig tree, and viola! You’ve created your own private oasis.

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Photography by CHRIS PATEY

ditch the boring bathroom

How to make a plain bathroom a knockout? A black claw-foot tub. Hide away your shampoo bottles and opt for a cleaner look. A striped fouta, matching stool, and bouquet of greens are perfect garnishes. Relaxing bubble bath? Check.

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Photography by DEREK SWALWELL

embrace boyish charm

The ultimate masculine mix will make for a striking entryway. Layer a dark rug onto black floors to create a monochromatic base. Fill a wall with abstract art in neutral colors to keep the palette clean. An artisanal bench completes the look – an opening act for the rest of the home.

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Photography by KARA ROSENLUND

make an entrance

This entry would make anyone feel at home. Choose a colorful photograph to display above a raw wood bench – one that makes a statement. Pepper in a stack of your favorite titles (not too neatly), and leave last night’s shoes strewn for a lived-in feel.

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Photography by KRISTA KELTANEN

create contrast

Does your kitchen need an upgrade? Paint the walls a midnight hue to make your appliances really stand out. Create a floating shelf in the same color to store olive oils and fresh veggies. The hanging wire basket and old stovetop create a rustic vibe – the perfect setting to prep a country lunch.

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Photography by MICHELLE LANGE

relish in the past

Sometimes clutter can make for the most interesting spaces. Hang a sixties-esque gallery wall to create a feeling of nostalgia and whimsy. Layer in the poster from last summer’s concert, your dad’s favorite army jacket, and that vase you found on the streets of Portugal. Make this space your moment.

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Photography by REMODELISTA

be bold with accents

Want to make a serious statement? Step one: paint your fireplace black. This unexpected hue will give any room character – and, a bit of edge. Step two: add in texture with a striped throw and natural rug. Toss in a pastel-pink chair, green fig tree, and viola! You’ve created your own private oasis.

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Photography by SARAH LEDERMAN

stay traditional

Carry the white wood up from floor to ceiling. Light the fire on a chilly autumn morning, and dress the mantel with a fresh bouquet from the garden. The traditional tie-ins from the gilt mirror to the brass candlesticks create a dynamic contrast with this cozy country feel.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

eat in style

A fresh update for the dining room – mix mismatched chairs with a sturdy farm table as a setting to drink your morning coffee. Hang a newspaper clipping (or favorite mag cover) in a black frame over the mantel, and opt for a muted color-palette. Sip, and repeat.

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Photography by MANOLO YLLERA

turn up the light

Craving a cozy reading nook? Ditch the walls for French doors to build your own sunlit retreat. Create a makeshift bookshelf at the foot of the bed. Crack open this week’s biography, open the doors, and let the natural light flow in.

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