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mix accessories with books. (Just keep the paperbacks in the bedroom or someplace inconspicuous.) If you don't own books, buy some at a yard sale or library sale — they do wonders to warm up a room and are one of the cheapest accessories you can find.

A shelving system like this would serve as a great desk/breakfast bar! I would just hide most of the clutter in cute storage bins, have a lot more plants, and make the desk (laptop) space wider (to suit 2)

A shelving system like this would serve as a great desk/breakfast bar! I would just hide most of the clutter in cute storage bins, have a lot more plants, and make the desk (laptop) space wider (to suit 2)

Another space under the stairs:open sleek shelving doesn’t take up much space. Add a comfortable chair, side table and floor lamp to create a reading nook.

Another space under the stairs:open sleek shelving doesn’t take up much space. Add a comfortable chair, side table and floor lamp to create a reading nook.

The rug in this room really balances out what could otherwise be a top heavy display of books. Well, done--  http://www.mariakillam.com/2012/11/10-easy-ways-to-look-smarter-right-now.html?utm_source=feedburner_medium=email_campaign=Feed%3A+colourmehappyblog+%28Colour+me+Happy%29#

The rug in this room really balances out what could otherwise be a top heavy display of books. Well, done-- http://www.mariakillam.com/2012/11/10-easy-ways-to-look-smarter-right-now.html?utm_source=feedburner_medium=email_campaign=Feed%3A+colourmehappyblog+%28Colour+me+Happy%29#

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