A mirror is standard over the sink, but its presentation doesn't have to be. Our editors used a basic wall hook from the hardware store and grosgrain ribbon from a crafts store to add height to framed mirrors. (For extra stability, hang each mirror with a nail in back, then attach ribbon and tie to hook.)
Use a big fixture in a small space. "With tall ceilings, you need a large ceiling fixture -- it makes this den feel cozy," says interior designer Anne Coyle. She painted the standard dark iron finish on the lantern with regular wall paint. Now its soft shade of green matches the pillows on the sofa.
Find space anywhere. Placing a shelf above a doorway for storage is a great way to display collectibles, utilize dead space, and add Craftsman style to any home.
Get creative with reading lamps. Anne loves using articulating (pivoting) sconces, often used to illuminate bookcases, over beds as a clever space saver.
Display items that you would typically tuck away. Our editors filled plastic containers with lightbulbs, clothespins, and dog bones; then they printed labels and attached them with raffia for a stylish presentation–and easy access.
Turn a closet into a spot for downloading and printing digital photos. To create a desk area, Anne designed a hinged wooden surface that flips down for an instant desk or folds up when the space is needed for hanging clothes.
Make your mudroom more than a catchall. Architect Michaela Mahady placed coat hooks and open shelving near a back door to help organize the hectic lives of a family
Place a large glazed urn in the center of a planting bed to create a focal point. "Sometimes a huge ginger jar looks just as beautiful as any flowers or shrubs," says landscape architect Guillermo Castellanos, "and if it's in a complementary color, it'll look as if it's been there forever."
Add homey touches to utilitarian spaces. Michaela designed a low bookcase at the end of the island to look like furniture. Filled with baskets or cookbooks, it provides extra storage and softens the "kitchen" feel in an open floor plan.
Squeeze in extra dinner guests. Combine a pair of benches and two armchairs around the dining table. "Not only is it easy for kids (and easy to clean), but you'll have more space," says Anne.