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Pitch continued: Instead, I've collected solid old furniture from junk shops and salvage yards and have put to good use antiques inherited from my family to make a cozy, warm environment perfect for plopping down to reading, sewing, or chatting with friends. I've worked around the brownish-purplish walls, which I'm not allowed to repaint, by going with a red/orange color theme that highlights the paint's better qualities.
Your favorite element: A set of glass-doored barrister bookshelves inherited from my grandfather. Each of the eleven shelves is a separate component, so the bookshelves can be reconfigured all different ways. Right now they're set up as three different units in different parts of the apartment.