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Some of the most interesting things we learned about interior design this year came from seeing a good idea in action—a transparent shelf in an unexpected place, a curtain to hide the junk closet, a bike seemingly suspended by nothing more than disbelief.

And the best of those ideas weren't the fanciest—they were low-fi and adaptable to any space. Marked by a kernel of good sense and style, we spotted and stole these ideas right out of the homes of our coworkers and friends. Here are some of our favorites, the small fixes that made a huge difference in our homes and lives.

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Real Solutions: Color-Coded Kitchen Utensils
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Real Solutions: Color-Coded Kitchen Utensils
Real Solutions: the Repurposed Credenza Bar
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Real Solutions: the Repurposed Credenza Bar
Real Solutions: The Unlikely Coffee Table
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Real Solutions: The Unlikely Coffee Table
Real Solutions: How to Use Baskets as Side Tables
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Real Solutions: How to Use Baskets as Side Tables
Real Solutions: Open Spice Wall Shelves
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Real Solutions: Open Spice Wall Shelves
Real Solutions: What to Do When You Don't Have Any Plates
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Real Solutions: What to Do When You Don't Have Any Plates
The Coziest Holiday Tabletop You've Had On Hand All Along
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The Coziest Holiday Tabletop You've Had On Hand All Along
Real Solutions: The Big Mirror
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Real Solutions: The Big Mirror
A Tip for Getting More Color and Complexity in a Small Living Space
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A Tip for Getting More Color and Complexity in a Small Living Space
A Tip for Getting Your Pens (& Life) in Order
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A Tip for Getting Your Pens (& Life) in Order
Real Solutions: the Perfect Bathroom Shelf
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Real Solutions: the Perfect Bathroom Shelf
10 Ways To Make a Tiny Apartment Feel Bigger & Cozier
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10 Ways To Make a Tiny Apartment Feel Bigger & Cozier
Real Solutions: the Beekman Boys' Library Cupboards
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Real Solutions: the Beekman Boys' Library Cupboards
Real Solution: Use a Gas Pipe to Hang Your Bike
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Real Solution: Use a Gas Pipe to Hang Your Bike
How This Unconventional Rope Ceiling Came to Be
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How This Unconventional Rope Ceiling Came to Be

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