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  • 5 Ways to Create More Bench Space in the Kitchen

    Bench space or counter space in a kitchen is one of the most overlooked aspects in deciding the kitchen design. However, one can never have too much of it. In fact, having too much bench space is rarely a problem within a kitchen; it is usually having too less space. As mentioned in many previous blogs, the size of an average home is getting smaller, and so is the size of the kitchen. Therefore, there are many clever and smart tactics to create space in even the smallest areas. Below, check out 5 clever tricks in creating more bench space within the kitchen.


    Integrate Appliances: Appliances take up significant space on the countertop. It almost appears as if they have taken over the entire bench. Rather than stacking the items on the countertop, add them inside the cabinetry. Make them a part of the storage section to free up the bench space and keep the kitchen looking light and airy. One can even go for an appliance cabinet, where the user simply has to open the shutter and then use whichever appliance is required.

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    Basic Declutter: One of the most apparent ways the countertops get crowded is by placing our electronics on the counter. Items such as phones, tablets, and laptops are simply plugged in for charging and left on the counter while the user is in the kitchen. Avoid cluttering the space with technology by simply decluttering. Have a technology or charging station or drawer to place all items in a designated area, rather than scattered all over the countertop.

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    Pull-out Bench: Any pull-out will create insta prep space within a kitchen. It can be concealed when not in use, yet it can be pulled out whenever required. This way counter space can easily be extended or expanded whenever it is necessary without being too obtrusive within the kitchen area.

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    Smart Sink: Nowadays, in kitchen designs even the sinks are getting smarter. There are several options for removable sink inserts that can be added across the sink to add to the counter if ever necessary. They automatically add extra work surfaces and make the space more productive.

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    Island: In the occasion of having more floor space within the kitchen design, one can expand the bench space by adding a kitchen island. The island can be an actual extension of the kitchen or it can be in the form of a moving cart or dining table. Either way, more work space is easily created to spread the kitchen tasks and create a more open and welcoming design.

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    Use a couple of these tactics to conjure up space in your kitchen, and you will get an automatically expanded space in no time!

  • Decluttering Flat Surfaces in your Home

    Any flat surface in the home is a major clutter magnet that needs to be cleared. It becomes a habitual practice to just place items on any countertop as it is very convenient and easy to do. However, cluttered surfaces create visual and mental chaos within the home. Clear the flat surfaces and restore some calm and serenity into your home once again. Below are the three most-probable cluttered surfaces within the home space and a guide and where to start clearing them.

    Kitchen Counter: Every home has that one kitchen counter where a dozen of items are simply put because it is convenient. No matter the size or shape, everybody  sees it as an area to place their items. Since the kitchen is the hub of family activity, the kitchen counter in particular attracts extensive clutter including spare tupper ware, dirty dishes, and even the daily mail.  To clear the kitchen countertop, simply set aside 15 minutes per day to place all the items where they need to go. It will create a relaxing atmosphere within the kitchen and allow you to feel in control for the home. With these 15 minutes a day, the kitchen counter will be nice and decluttered.

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    Coffee Table: Another surface that collects extensive clutter is the coffee table. This flat surface in the living room can get covered with books, magazines, and other miscellaneous papers. Whether it is the top of the coffee table or the space underneath the coffee table, it definitely attracts clutter.  With an area like the coffee table, one has to be deliberate and making sure its decluttered. On a regular basis the space should be cleaned up to give that peaceful atmosphere to the living room.

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    Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity can also get extremely cluttered in the morning routine. Many times, items are scattered across the counter while leaving in the morning and are simply left there to collect dust. To avoid the bathroom clutter, assign or designate drawers in which all the items would go and keep the space organized. For more on bathroom organization, click on the previous blog post.

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    Decluttering surfaces in the home brings a calming appearance to the home. It creates the illusion of control and gives a peaceful atmosphere. With the tips above your home surfaces will be decluttered in no time!

  • 4 Tips for Organizing the Bathroom Vanity

    Organizing a bathroom vanity is not the most glamorous job in the world, but having one has its perks. As a room, the bathroom is one of the most-used rooms within the home and is a part of our daily routine. The bathroom has so many functions, yet there is usually limited area, and a homeowner has to work with it to create a functional space for their daily tasks. One of the biggest storage units in a bathroom is the vanity. Vanities are available in all shapes and sizes, but all of them can store a large number of items if they are well organized. In fact, a well organized vanity is a major lifesaver within the bathroom. Below are a few tips to start with in achieving that beautiful organized bathroom vanity you always dreamed of!


    Outward Appearance: The first thing to consider is how you want the vanity to look. Ideally, a homeowner or user prefers simple, easy presentation. However, even within this there are variables. Depending on your preferences, you can prefer to have some items or the countertop, or have a completely cleared off space where the countertop is only in use when required. Therefore, before even attempting to organize the items, first consider how you would want the bathroom vanity to look.

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    Clean Everything Out: The next step is to clean everything out. Remove all the items and get rid of anything that is expired, finished, or not used for a significant amount of time. Ensure all the items you have still smell nice before putting them back in your vanity. If any item or product has a bizarre odor, get rid of it. Once the items are cleaned out, ensure the inside of the cabinetry is clean. A simple wipe down works very well to make sure all the dust and flyaway hair is cleaned out.

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    Divide by Category: Then, separate all the items by the group. Dividing the items by category helps in organizing. Separated the hair-related items and appliances from the nail items, from the dental items, and from the makeup. Keep all the items of the same category in one section or one drawer to have a more organized system while going about the daily routine.

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    Have a Container for Everything: In the bathroom there are a lot of smaller items. To aid with organization and avoid misplacement, keep these items in their own containers within the drawer itself. For example, for items such as hair accessories, dedication a container for them to avoid rummaging around the drawer. Any drawer organization system will help in keeping the little items at one place with easy access whenever necessary.

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    An organized bathroom vanity is something that can go a long way. It is a lifesaver within the home and immediately speeds up the bathroom process. Use these tips to organize you bathroom vanity!!

  • How to Style the Open Shelves in the Kitchen

    As mentioned in a previous blog, open shelves are extremely beneficial in the kitchen. They are great for storing larger items, they make a kitchen appear more open and airy, and they are perfect to access everyday essentials. As a result,  there are a wide variety of types of items that can be stored, and yet be stylishly displayed at the same time. Below are some of the best uses of open shelving along with some style tips to have an aesthetically pleasing kitchen space.


    Everyday Essentials: For starters, open shelves are a great space to store everyday essentials, such as mugs, water glasses, plates, and bowls. They are kept within easy reach, and having them right there speeds up the morning and evening process. Having everyday essentials on the open shelves also avoids dust collection. The items are used frequently, and therefore will not sit on the shelves for long.

    • Style Tip: Ensure to have matching sets within a defined color palette, to display blocks of color on the open shelves. It creates a collected and layered look, yet is still useful at the same time.
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    Drinking Glasses: One of the more attractive storage ideas for the open shelves is the drinking glasses. Since they are used frequently, it will prevent dust from settling, and it will be within easy reach to just grab that always necessary glass of water.

    • Style Tip: Balance the clear glasses with some colored pieces to add some interest and patterns. Even clear glasses with colored coffee mugs and teacups will give some visual interest and use the space at the same time.
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    Storage Jars: Clear jars on open shelves are both practical and stylish. Jars on the shelves will free space in the cabinet and on the counter, and they are within easy reach. Storage jars are great for storing essential ingredients and everyday snacks.

    • Style Tip: Have the same jars with different food items in each to add some color, yet be visually synchronized as well.
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    Spices and Seasonings: Going along with the storage jars mentioned above, having spices and seasonings on a shelf is perfect for the home chef. With a display of an array or different ingredients, any user will be inspired to play with various ingredients and just grab whatever they please.

    • Style Tip: Spices and Seasonings in uniform containers will add sophistication to the space and showcase the variety and different types in a much better way. It will be a delectable view!
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    Display Collections: One of the most common uses of an open shelf is displaying collections or decorative pieces. It adds a fun twist to the kitchen and creates some interest. Displaying a collection or some decorative items is great for a top shelf, which is a little out of the way and not as easy to reach as the lower open shelves. Decorative items will still fill the shelf, use the space, and bring that unique element to the kitchen space.

    • Style Tip: Mix and match different pieces. In a collection display, play up with different heights and directions and have various types of items or even some books or frames. Different sized objects creates a very dynamic look. One can also add a mix with some diverse types of items, blending the practical items and the decorative ones. That way, the shelves can be still be used but can also have interesting pops of color and design elements.
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    Styling an open shelf is one of the most fun aspects of having them within the kitchen. The key with open shelves is to blend practical and beautiful at the same time. Whether it is daily-used items, drinking items, storage items or collections; open shelving are great for placing nearly everything. Try some of these ideas in your kitchen!

  • Determining the Appropriate Placement of the Television

    These days a home without a television, or even a room without a television, is close to nonexistent. Nearly every home accommodates around one or builds a space designated for it. While choosing the entertainment unit or section for a room or space within the home, it is best to define the most appropriate placement of the television based on the size and shape of the overall space. Below, are some general guidelines to follow in defining the perfect space for your television screen.


    General Rule: The first rule to follow in designating a space for the television is to consider the viewing experience: including TV size and distance from the primary viewing location. The ideal location of the television is where the the center of the screen is at eye level for the viewer. Depending on the size of the television screen, the center point may vary. However, with the eye level being at the center, it is easy for the viewer to direct their eye line upward, downward, and sideways.

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    Focal Point: The next step in the entertainment area is choosing the focal point. For the most part, the television screen itself is the focal point and the center of the seating area. Therefore, ensure the there is enough seating and spacing around the screen to allow everybody to view it easily and comfortably.

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    Hiding It: The other option is to conceal the screen when it is not being used. To be able to do so, consider an entertainment unit with shutters in front of a sliding door to close when the television is not being used. The entertainment center should be easy to open and close for all members of the home.

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    Style vs. Function: Finally, after determining the general location of the television and whether or not the screen should be a focal point or it should be hidden, the next step is considering the trade-offs. In other words, style versus function. In some homes, the television is not as important, and the homeowners would prefer a very stylish entertainment center, while in other homes the television is a higher priority, and the entertainment unit should be minimalistic around it. Depending on the space and preferences, one can either have a space that is more design focused, more user friendly, or a happy medium. For example, in a design focused room the television can have a beautiful furniture setup around the screen, yet the living space is also suitable for entertaining and conversation.

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    Nevertheless, in the end it is entirely your home and your choice. The primary entertaining space can be as small or as large as you prefer, and it should be reflective of your space and preferences. The above points are simple guidelines to assist in the homebuilding process!

  • 4 Ways to add a Table in the Kitchen

    Whether a kitchen is an open kitchen or a closed kitchen, adding a table or a small dining area is a great place for allow friends and family to gather, or even have a quick bite before moving on with the day. Many of us aspire to have the huge kitchen table, but the space does not allow. However, there area few ways to create seating within the kitchen without disrupting the layout. These few ways are given below.


    Folding Table: One of the easiest ways to add some seating is to add a folding table. Whether it folds up or it folds down from the wall, a table can easily be added in an unobtrusive way and taken out when it is required. A small seating area can be conveniently tucked away when it is not in use. To add to the small table, one can also add compact seating in the form of stacking stools which can be placed against the wall unless they are required for use.

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    Circle Time: In a narrower kitchen design, such as a parallel or galley kitchen, a larger table will definitely disrupt the work flow. However, if a small circular table was to be added at the end, then the storage and workflow would run smoothly, along with the small seating area.

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    Breakfast Nook: Adding a nook works very well with the open-plan kitchen design. A table can be placed neatly against the wall and allow space for 2 or 3 diners. This table style is an excellent choice for the straight kitchen design or the L-shaped kitchen design. It can be added across or at the end of the layout and still appear to be a part of the kitchen. A nook is a also a great way to add some color. With colorful chairs and a fun centerpiece, the kitchen has a small dining area!

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    Window Seat: Finally, another option of adding an easy table in the kitchen is by taking advantage of the window. A small table can be placed right next to the window to allow for that meal with a view. A seating area creates a distinction between the kitchen and the dining are within the space. Another way to take advantage of a window is by having a seating area along the windowsill. Most kitchens have a window. Therefore,  allow for  some seating to face the window within the kitchen. It is perfect for that morning coffee or easy snack before going about your day.

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    Adding a seating space in the kitchen can really elevate the space and make it feel more communal. Whether the table area is big or small, any seating can give that little extra something to the kitchen.

  • Organizing the Bar Unit

    One of the elements of a typical Indian home is being able to entertain. Entertaining or having guests happens very often in Indian homes, and they should be built and organized accordingly. One of the elements of building a home to entertain is by having a well-stocked and organized bar cabinet. One of the modular furniture pieces we, at ModSpace.in, do is custom bar cabinets or units. The bar cabinets are custom-sized and designed to the space provided within the home. So whether it is cocktails or mocktails, check out some tips below on keep the bar cart ever ready and organized for entertaining.


    Separate the Types of Items: The first rule is to separate the types of items that go into a bar: the bottles, glassware, and any bar tools. All types of items should have their own designated storage area within the bar cabinet. Wine and champagne glasses can hang upside down, while tools, such as shakers can be placed in another section of the cabinet. All items should be separate for better organization and easier reach for yourself or guests to access easily.

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    Categorize Bottles by Type: The next step is to organize the bottles by the type: whether it is liquor bottles or even juice boxes, all bottles should be organized by their type: wine bottles in one area, hard alcohol bottles in another area, and any other elements such as sodas and colas in another area.

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    Organize bottles by Frequency of Use: Place the more frequently-used bottles on the more accessible shelves. Depending on yours and your guests preference place the more frequently-used or asked for items on shelves where guests can easily access them without interfering with the rest of the organization. If there is space on the shelf for more bottles, after placing the frequent ones, then organize the shelf by the type of liquor and keep the organization consistent throughout.

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    Ensure bottles look attractive: Finally, practical organization is one aspect, but a good bar cabinet should also look attractive. After the basic organization elements are taken care of, ensure cabinet looks attractive. The bottles and glasses are dusted and cleaned before use,  and the labels of each bottle are facing the front, making them better visible to any user at the bar, whether it is yourself or your guest.

    Keeping your bar cabinet well-stocked is one of the first steps to getting your home ready to for entertaining. Ensure yours is ready to be a hit at your next house dinner!

  • Organizing the Under Sink Cabinet

    When it comes to organizing the kitchen sink cabinet, there are often many challenges: it is dark, a little difficult to get into, and there are a lot of pipes that get in the way. However, if the under sink cabinet is organized effectively, then it is a lifesaver for keeping the kitchen essentials in place. The under sink is the best cabinet to keep the necessary cleaning supplies and also random household essentials. That way they are out of the way, yet still accessible whenever necessary. Contrary to crockery and cutlery, which is still attractive to look at; cleaning supplies are not that attractive to see but everybody needs them. Therefore, the best place to keep them at an accessible location, yet out of site is in the kitchen sink cabinets. Check out some organization tips below to organizing your under sink cabinet.

    Create Modular Units of Cleaning Supplies: One of the best ways to keep items organized is by, well, going modular; just as modular units in a kitchen optimize the kitchen's functionality and organization; modular units inside a cabinet can do the same. Having smaller items such as unused shoeboxes or storage bins, can keep all types of items in a particular area without any of them getting lost. For example, all the dish cleaning supplies can be in one bin, while the counter cleaning supplies can be in another bin. Therefore, depending on which item requires cleaning, one can simply grab the bin necessary and use it. Once they are done, they can put the bin back, without disrupting the rest of the under-sink cabinet organization.

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    Use Clear Containers to Organize: Having clear containers simply makes it easy to see. The sink is a dark and damp cabinet. Therefore, clear containers and bins help you see where certain items are, without needing to rummage through everything. Placing smaller items such as dishwasher tablets or dish sponges in a clear container or jar allow for each access and visibility, and the user can simply reach for what they need without toppling everything or using a flashlight to access an item.

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    Maximize the Shutter: As mentioned in a previous blog, the shutter is one of the most unused place for additional storage. With a couple of simple hooks, one can hang the smaller, yet essential, cleaning items: such as rubber gloves, dish scrub brush, or even a wash cloth. The cabinet shutter is a great place to access the most necessary supplies: like a wash cloth to wipe your hands with or a scrub brush to make your kitchen sink spotless!

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    As mentioned above, having an organized under sink cabinet is the best way to keep the the required cleaning supplies under-wraps, but still easy to grab. For your sink cabinet, use some of these easy tricks and have a spotless cleaning zone in your kitchen!

  • 5 Ways to Hook it Up in the Kitchen

    One of the main challenges in kitchen storage is placing the oddly shaped items without obstructing any of the other items or getting in the way. For these kitchen essentials, one needs easy and convenient storage solutions to place the items effectively. Hooks are those small items that can be placed just about anywhere in the home to organize just about everything. There are are several ways to use hooks within all the rooms of the house and even increase the storage within the kitchen. Check out five ways hooks can be placed within the kitchen and increase storage.


    Hanging Mugs: One way to use hooks in the kitchen is by placing them under cabinets or along the wall to hang mugs. Whether it is a coffee mug or a teacup, a hook can be used to hang either one in a location where everybody can access as and when they need to. Hanging mugs, rather than keeping them in a cabinet or a drawer, clears up some storage space and having colored mugs along a wall adds some visual interest and appeal.

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    Storing Pot Lids: Hooks are also great for storing pot and pan lids. Their awkward shape makes them difficult to place within the cabinet and one cannot stack pots and pans as easily. However if the lids were stored along hooks, then pots and pans can be stacked easily and effortless inside the cabinet, without any protruding handles or topsy-turvy alignment.

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    Efficient Under-Sink Storage: Hooks can even increase the storage underneath the kitchen sink. One can place hooks along the cabinet shutter and use them to hang gloves, cleaning towels, and even scrub brushes. With the sink cabinet, the shutter becomes an understated storage area to place any necessary items to access within seconds.

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    Hanging Utensils: Whether it is baking utensils, measuring cups, or cooking utensils, hooks are an excellent storage source. They can be placed along the kitchen wall or inside a kitchen cabinet shutter to keep these smaller essentials organized. This clears up storage within the drawers and keeps all items right at your finger tips. One can even place hooks on the wall close to the stove to keep any frequently-used cooking ladles handy while conducting kitchen tasks.

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    Having Heat Pads and Towels Accessible: Hooks are also great for placing any heating pads, oven mitts, or kitchen towels. Hooks can be situated close to the oven or stove to have some mitts and heating pads within an arm's reach to quickly grab while working the stove or getting something out of the oven. Hooks for towels and heating pads can even be hung on the wall or the side of the refrigerator. Any colorful, interesting patterns can serve a dual purpose of decor and utility!

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    Hooks are that small storage solution that can fit in even the smallest spaces of the kitchen. They can keep those essential items organized without being misplaced or lost within a cabinet. For storing the necessities in your kitchen, without taking up excessive cabinet space, hook it up!

  • 5 Tips for Designing a the Perfect Home Office

    Whether you are a student or a professional, every home can benefit from a home office: that independent work space created for the required and disciplined atmosphere within the home. Whether it is studying for an exam, catching up on work emails, or running a business, a home office should be much more than a basic desk and chair. It should complement the home and still provide a productive work space. At ModSpace.in we provide a wide variety of desks to suit the smaller and even the larger home offices. For more on our lose furniture, click here. Below are 5 ways to personalize your home office to suit you.


    Location within the Home: The first step for adding a home office is finalizing the location with the home. A home office is a space where a homeowner will spend many many hours. Therefore, the location should be convenient and aesthetically pleasing. Avoid having a desk stuffed into a spare room or closet. Designate a location which can maximize productivity-whether it is a quiet corner or an action-packed area.

    Home Office Connected to the Kitchen. Image Credit: Home Edit

    Think Form and Function: In order to best serve its ideal purpose, all items in the home office should serve you. Depending on the workflow and working style, consider the furniture needed that are both functional and attractive. For example, if a home office is being designed as a student's study zone, then the furniture should include an upright, comfortable chair, a wider desk space to spread their books, and maybe even a book shelf. If the home office is supposed to be a more creative space, then have paintbrush holders handy.

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    Use Some Color & Accessorize: The home office should complement the rest of the home. It should not be a boring space with a desk and blank walls. Give some visual interest by adding some color in the shelving,  pen-holders, or even upholstery for the chair. Personalize the desk or table with essentials such as fun notepads, a decorative dustbin or a colored bulletin board. A home office should be a space of inspiration. Add some colorful paintings or motivational quotes to the walls to keep yourself going.

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    Lighting (natural and artificial): Ensure the home office has plenty of lighting. Natural light should come to through a window, and there should be a small desk lamp for task lighting to avoids eye strain and headaches and make the space a little more practical for getting work done.

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    Organize Vertically & Horizontally: Plan the organizational elements efficiently. Often times, home offices are not the largest spaces, and one has to get creative with using space efficiently. Include shelving above the desk, a stacking filer on the table to ensure all items are well organized. One can even get creative with storage underneath the worktop to ensure an efficient use of space.

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    A home office should be a space to inspire and complement the home at the same time. With these little tricks one can easily personalize and create a productive space within the home to suit their work, lifestyle, home, and personality.

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