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Sarah Van Arsdale

If you're short on space in the living room, remember that tables containing drawers or shelves give you other options for further storage. One look we like is the storage cube, which works as a relaxed coffee table, a hassock, and a storage box all at once. They come in leather, cloth-covered or rattan models.

Today, teapots come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, from the traditional to the avant-garde. One option is the single-cup tea pot, which is one of the handiest inventions for dining, as the cup actually works to keep the tea warm while it's brewing. Learn More.

To make a mood change in any room, try wiping your light bulbs with a thin coat of perfumed oil.

Re-invent your child's room by painting a wall mural. No matter what your child's age, by all means enlist his help, whether it's just in going to the paint store with you to select colors or actually painting in some of the background. His involvement will make him feel proud of his room - he'll feel he really had a hand in designing and decorating it, and this will mean he'll help take better care of it once it's done, too. Learn More.

If you're pressed for cash, you can create your own wonderland in the children's bedroom by creating a canopy with four tall rods, a roll of heavy twine, and a few swaths of gauzy material. First, attach the rods to the bedposts, by tying them and then securing with duct tape. Cover this by tying a small oblong, hemmed, of the fabric around the bedpost. Learn More.

The bed is the focus of any bedroom, and the most romantic rooms make it as cozy as possible. Luxurious sheets and plush pillows are wonderful, but the real key is a comfortable mattress, so make sure to have one that is comfortable for both you and your partner.

You can use tangerine as a wall color. We don't suggest painting a whole room tangerine, because it can feel overwhelming. Tangerine is a strong color, and you don't want it showing off its muscle too much, by painting all the walls this shade. But you could do very nicely by painting one wall tangerine, and the other walls an off-white with just a hint of orange mixed in. Then, paint the trim of the tangerine wall off-white, and paint the trim of the off-white walls in the tangerine. Learn More.

Lighting is very important in a massage room; you need enough light for the practitioner to see what she's doing, but you want to keep the light soft enough so it doesn't interrupt the client's peace. Here, the candles on the side table provide some of the light, and you can see, on the right hand edge of the photo, the soft glow of a lamp which has a dimmer switch, so the light can be adjusted to just the right level. Learn More.

In small spaces, be careful not to over-use accessories. Remember, less is more if you want to create that open feeling. Limit larger patterns to pillows and smaller accessories rather than using them on a large sofa or love seat.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Interior Design

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