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We loved this from AD and thought our viewers would too - great advise!

Step one: Treat the tiny space as a fun creative challenge

A living room is often the hub of a house, but when it’s cramped and narrow, choosing and arranging furniture can feel like an impossible math problem. It’s a conundrum that New York interior designer Christina Murphy encounters all too often in her work with city-dwelling clients. As with any space, though, she approaches a small living room strategically: “Assessing the room’s assets and making those the focal point as much as possible is the best way to make the room appealing,” she says. If it’s got great light, play that up with lighter colors to create a sense of expansiveness; if it has a stunning fireplace, draw attention to it. From there, she offers these pro tips for maximizing your space.

Scale down
In a narrow living room, every piece of furniture matters. Choose leaner tables and wall sconces to save much-needed floor space. For seating, tight-back sofas and club chairs are your friends, says Murphy: “They can be a lot less deep than loose-back options while still being just as comfortable.” The small scale of these yellow chairs, for example, allows for extra seating flanking the fireplace.

Get creative
Limited space challenges you to think beyond seating conventions. “I love built-in banquettes since they’re efficient, maximizing space and conversation areas,” says Murphy. If the room is narrow but also long, she recommends placing sofas back to back to allow for two seating areas.

Trick the eyes
“Having several different lighting sources at different heights will draw your eye to different areas of the room, making it feel bigger and more interesting,” says Murphy. She also recommends adding a larger attention-getter to balance scale, such as a piece of art or built-in bookshelves, like those shown here.

 

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This quaint Connecticut community has everyone falling in love with its New England charm.

This town of 18,600 overlooking Long Island Sound is so New England picturesque  at a mere 36 square miles along the Connecticut shoreline, Madison is easy to miss—and residents happen to like it that way.

Almost exactly halfway between New York City and Boston, Madison attracts a sophisticated mix of professionals—lawyers, accountants, architects—as well as a growing community of artists. They frequent the town's independent boutiques and family-owned restaurants, most of which are housed in the two-story shingled and redbrick buildings (many dating from the 1930s) that line Main Street. In the summer, a scenic green in the heart of downtown hosts outdoor concerts and a farmers' market.

Credit: Coastal Living

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Antique Water Pitcher from Puglia, Italy

Antique Water Pitcher from Puglia, Italy. This is a wonderful example of a typical antique water pitcher from Puglia, Italy. Both the shape and the painting are done in the typical fashion of the time and place. This pitcher dates from the 19th century.

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Italian Antique Copper Pot

Copper water pot from Italy. Groups of women would often gather in their town and fill  pots like this with water from the fountains.  They carried the pots on top on their heads once they were filled. Today, the pot makes a unique decorative item. The patina on the copper is beautiful and the subtle etched detailing adds a little elegance to a utilitarian pot. There is a small crack in the pot as well as denting from years of use. This pot will not hold water - however perfect for fruit for kitchen counter.

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Summertime and vacations ~ Here we have 12 exciting spots we think are worthy to visit.  Where will you be headed this Summer? 

Europe
Stay just about anywhere in Europe, where the euro is down 18 percent against the dollar since 2014. A €500 room used to work out to $690. Now it’s yours for $560.

Croatia's Brač Island

Renew at Yoga for Bad People’s retreat (Aug. 20–27) on Brač, an island that noses into the Adriatic Sea and blends mindfulness with beaching on Golden Cape.

Istanbul

The Jameel Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious awards in Islamic art and design, and this year’s selection, on view at Istanbul’s Pera Museum, is the last picked under Zaha Hadid, the prize’s late patron. It’s also the first time the exhibition will be shown outside London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Old West, USA

Road trip the Old West—and its new places to stay—with the whole family this summer. We love Dunton Hot Springs resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, which is why we’re expecting big things from its new Telluride spin-off, Dunton Town House. (And everyone knows ski towns are at their best in the summer.) The newly opened Smith Fork Ranch, from the creative team behind leather goods brand Ghurka, is 90 minutes by car from Grand Junction but feels more remote—and only takes 28 guests a week. Grand Canyon Under Canvas brings safari-style tents to the hotel-starved high desert about an hour from the South Rim. Or stay mobile and book a week with Airstream 2 Go, which rents 23- and 28-foot chrome trailers (and the SUVs to tow them) out of Las Vegas.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Tour Ireland on a winding, sometimes white-knuckle 1,550-mile road trip. The west coast’s Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest coastal drive, rolling past surf breaks, timeless pubs, and seafood stands serving caught-that-hour fish.

Folegandros, Greece

Live your Greek fantasy without the crowds. Folegandros has all the great beaches, the simple but delicious taverna food, and the epic sunsets over the sea that you expect from a Greek isle—without the disco vibe and mega-yachts. Even better, high-speed ferries from Piraeus now get you there in three hours instead of the 11 it used to take.

Lake Iseo, Italy

For just three weeks starting on June 18, the quixotic environmental artist Christo will weave 753,500 square feet of yellow fabric across pine-shrouded Lake Iseo in Northern Italy to create The Floating Piers, which visitors can literally walk across. Shake off the crowds by booking L’Albereta, a Relais & Châteaux hotel set amid the region’s vineyards, where you’ll be less than 45 minutes by car from the lake.

Oman

Discover the antidote to Abu Dhabi’s skyscrapers or Dubai’s excess: Oman. The tranquil Arabian Peninsula country will see two new Anantara hotels open this summer: Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort near Grand Canyon–esque Jebel Shams and Al Baleed Resort Salalah on the Arabian Sea.

Havana

So you’ve decided to go to Cuba—but you’re intimidated by everything planning your own trip will require: trolling Airbnb, refreshing airline websites, e-mailing transportation companies in Havana, and dialing on-the-ground cultural institutions and dance troupes to make sure your itinerary is legit. Skip the hassle and simply call an expert, like Tom Popper at InsightCuba or Adam Vaught at Zicasso, who can handle all the details—’cause that’s what they do.

Camden, Maine

Four words: lobster rolls and windjammers.

Victoria, British Columbia

For a postcard-perfect international escape just three hours from Seattle.

 

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Years ago, amphora shaped terracotta jars like this were used for wine, vinegar or water. 
Today, these antique jars from Puglia, Italy make a unique decorative statement.

To Purchase this Amphora Jar follow this link - https://www.omerohome.com/product/puglia-amphora-terracotta-jar

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19th Century Antique Tuscan Terracotta Pot
This Tuscan (Siena)  antique terra cotta jar was made in Italy in the 19th century for food storage.
The glaze is a beautiful deep green color which is typical of this area. The chipping and other
imperfections are the qualities that make antique pottery unique, rustic and desirable.

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A small antique bowl from the region of Puglia, Italy.  Simple floral design with a simple green border. 
Very charming and rustic.

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https://www.omerohome.com/product/small-antique-rustic-floral-bowl

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Newly renovated all-American waterfront resort in Sag Harbor is a delight. We absolutely love Barons Cove.

Refreshed. Renewed. Reopened.  After an extensive, two year renovation, Baron’s Cove is reopened with an infusion of comfort and sophistication.

THE HOTEL

The Hotel features sixty-seven charming village & harbor facing rooms and suites with plush bedding. We even have dog-friendly rooms for guests who travel with their pets. Our family friendly amenities include the harbor side heated saltwater pool, tennis court, fitness studio, spa services, complimentary beach service with transportation. And be sure to speak to our onsite concierge who can help you take full advantage of the hotel and all there is to do in the Sag Harbor area.


 

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For 20 years, New York–based floral designer Ariella Chezar has crafted remarkable flower arrangements for the White House, the pages of shelter magazines, countless parties, and the popular Flower School New York. Now, she’s sharing her secrets in the new book The Flower Workshop (Ten Speed Press, $25). “I want people to come away with a solid understanding of my approach to combining colors,” says Chezar. “Building on tones is a very practical and, dare I say, easy way to ensure that the flowers you choose will work together.” Growing up in the country gave Chezar a deep appreciation for nature, and she lets her creations of flowers, branches, and fruits go just a little bit wild as a result. The book offers step-by-step guides to more than 45 seasonal displays, from simple single-flower bouquets to a curtain of vividly orange marigolds. “The process of making a flower arrangement involves many of the same principles that go into making fine art,” writes Chezar. She takes on the roles of both painter and florist, keeping color, texture, focal points, and the flower varieties themselves in mind as she builds her enviable arrangements. With the help of Chezar’s lessons, you can make them too, whether you need a Monday pick-me-up or a centerpiece for your next party.

Here, stems of vibrant blue delphiniums fade from deep cobalt to pale robin’s egg.

A mix of dramatic parrot tulips and the larger French variety in peaches, yellows, and corals will always be a crowd-pleaser.

Autumnal euonymus branches, with leaves tinged red and orange, are complemented by dahlias in shades of pink. “The beauty of a branch lies in its architecture,” writes Chezar.

When a special occasion calls for a more elaborate display, Chezar’s arrangement inspired by Dutch paintings fits the bill. It features a plethora of spring flowers, including tulips, ranunculus, and chrysanthemums.

 

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