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On the WallWhen a picture molding isn't enough, line your walls with inexpensive stock moldings turned into shelves, and make a major statement. Here, in a vintage bath, dazzlers such as mirrored plateaus -- which once protected dining tables and dresser tops -- and a few actual wall mirrors serve a dual purpose: They not only bounce every glint of light back and forth to enlarge your room but also encourage neatly combed hair.
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Simple and ElaborateAn ornate Murano-glass mirror over the fireplace adds sparkle and complexity. Embroidery and passementerie on the cushions of the daybed inject subtle luxury without betraying the spirit of the room. The extravagant flowers contrast with the understated elegance of the sleek glass coffee table.
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Mix Things Up with SizeIt's counterintuitive to pair a slim Hepplewhite sofa with giant throw pillows and grand side chairs, but the result is surprisingly effective. Two diminutive tables replace a conventional cocktail table, adding versatility. Even the artwork plays with scale-expansive shadow boxes that focus attention on the delicate beauty of Chinese porcelains.
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Glass HousesA display of aquariums, each topped with custom-cut Lucite to make them stackable, sports glass bubble fishing floats and assortments of marine castles made of German bisque, Japanese ceramic, and stoneware. Only the goldfish are missing.
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Paint it WhiteThis cabinet is painted with varying shades of white and ivory to create contouring.
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Country StyleClean white bedding contrasts a dark wooden bed frame and classic mirrors for a traditional, country-inspired feel.
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Going GrayWith its coffered ceiling, which conceals support beams, this room lacks the height of the rest of the apartment; the skylight, however, opens up the space. A candle lantern hangs above the dining table. The symmetry of the almost-square room reflects the Jeffersonian influence.
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Gray BedroomThis bathroom is luxurious yet basic, with clean lines and an abundance of natural light provided by a skylight.
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