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How cool would it be to live in an abandoned pencil factory? Well, you can get a good idea of what that would be like by snooping around this light and airy apartment in central Copenhagen, home of Morten Bo Jensen, chief designer at Vipp. The open-floor plan works beautifully for this young family of four. They've successfully created separate spaces through the use of furniture, panels and sliding doors, giving the home an industrial feel. Every room is minimally decorated with a neutral palette and plenty of personal style—like the artwork made by Morten with 195 No. 2 pencils (above) to celebrate the building's previous life. One of my favorite features of the home is the way they store the logs for the fire: it's clean, simple yet adds lots of character to the living room.

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One of the reasons why I love living in New York is experiencing the changes that every season brings to my life. Although all of them have a special place in my heart, Fall is one of my favorites as it's a time of transition and renewal. It marks the beginning of a new school year and the start of a much anticipated, new TV season. But first and foremost, it gives me an excuse to cozy up my pad to prepare for the long winter days ahead. It's all about rich and comfy textures, warm colors and accessories that make living with chilly temperatures more manageable. With just a few days until its arrival, here are some of my picks to add some spice and style to your nest this Fall. Go to our Facebook page and share with us your favorite decor for this special season.

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I love finding spaces that have character and reflect their owner's personality. This wonderful apartment in Krakow, Poland is loaded with great details—fitting of a couple of medical students in their twenties. Their passion for animals is displayed all throughout their 700 square-feet love nest designed by Morpho Studio. The not-so-subtle animal motifs in their decor is done with taste and humor at the same time, like the hand-painted rat mural in the living room which makes that space pop.

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Light fixtures are to decor like jewelry is to fashion. They are that final but important touch that make a room literally come to light. These fun pendent shades are a super duper way of adding a spark of mod to create a stunning centerpiece to any room. The Profileshades, by British brand Sonodesign, are made of acrylic, come flat packed and are extremely easy to assemble. Aren't they sweet?

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Pulling off a run-down industrial look it's not an easy task, but interior designer George Livissianis successfully achieved the style in The Apollo, a handsome eatery in Sydney, Australia. Trying to imitate a Greed landscape, he went for simple, natural finishes and a rather dusty color palette. This place is all about textures and materials, giving the restaurant a raw sophistication, setting the perfect mood for a special dining experience.

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Are you mad about color but find yourself doubting how to inject it to your living room? Well, doubt no more. Here's a quick guide from our friends at House to Home that will demystify color for you. If you're in a monochromatic mood, mix textures, patterns and different shades of the color of your choice to add interest to the room. Also, with the large variety of fun wallpapers available to us now, you can pick a feature wall in your living room and use a colorful wall covering to create a focal point. One last but important tip: don't be afraid to be bold as bold can be a good thing. Dare to use combinations of colors you might have never thought of using. Accent pieces are a great way to introduce this color-blocking concept. Are you feeling adventurous now?

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Who hasn't dreamed of living in a fabulous penthouse in New York City? Well, I have. Everyday. But for New Jersey interior designer Barbara Littman, that dream came true when she renovated this gorgeous space into an urban pied-à-terre. Wanting to be part of the hustle and bustle of this great city, Ms. Littman sought the guidance of architect and friend Robert D. Henry to help her create this sunny 2,400-square-feet modern haven. Although the color palette is rather limited, her choice of yellow as accent was a superb idea. It really warms up the space and makes a strong statement. I'm in love with this place. Aren't you?

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Inspired by radial geometry and symmetry found in architecture and textiles from cultures around the world, design studio LeeLABS has created Para Clocks—a stunning collection of clocks that combines the raw beauty of concrete with a digitally derived structure. LeeLABS has also joined KickStarter in hopes of raising enough money to build a design app that will allow anyone to customize their own Para Clock. How cool would that be? If you want to learn more about these neat clocks and watch a video about their project you can go here.

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