If you have room for a long dining table, add a built-in banquet to serve as seating plus extra hidden storage bays.
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Too much white can blur a room's details. To highlight the architecture of this space, interior designer Kelly LaPlante used a mid-tone blue to ground the floor and define the ceiling trusswork. The same color on cabinet doors and the built-ins' exposed edges brings these charming features to the fore. | Photo: Mark Lohman
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This half-wall and colonnade creates a transition area from the front door into the house. The base and columns were found at salvage stores.
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In this kitchen office, a desk and paperwork hide behind flipper doors that swing open and slide back.
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Create a kitchen conversation piece by repurposing a fabric-covered headboard with nailhead trim. Or custom-build one of your own; to find the how-to, go to thisoldhouse.com/may2014. | Photo: courtesy Dana Wolter Interiors/Jean Allsopp Photography
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Built-in open shelves at either end of this tub make use of dead space behind the wall and offer a convenient spot for stashing towels and bath accessories. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com
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Whether tucked into a wall or under a staircase, a built-in bed can become welcome space for overnight guests, a play area for kids or a reading nook for literature-lovers of all ages. | Photo: Jon Jensen | thisoldhouse.com
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This boat-inspired sleeping nook, featured in Coastal Living, has built-in storage and a hidden trundle below for sleepover guests, maximizing limited space while displaying trinkets collected from travels. | Photo: Jonny Valiant | thisoldhouse.com