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Hello AT,

I just moved into this gorgeous loft space in the Navy Yard in Brooklyn. I am happy with my living area, but my eating area and my DVD storage bother me. The layout doesn't seem to work at all. I was hoping that you, or the Apartment Therapy had any ideas or recommendations. Any other comments/criticisms are welcome as well.

Thank you, Bobby B

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Dear Bobby B,

Lovely space! As you've just moved into the space, you are undoubtedly still getting used to it and spreading out the way you have feels good. But we'd suggest a few changes that you could put into action in the fall as it gets colder.

1. move the living area to the window and install curtains to filter the light. since this is your main living area and the most attractive part of your apartment you should be sure that you spend the most - conscious - time in it.

2. move the bedroom to the nook where the tv is now. Surround it in curtains a la Lenny Kravitz, and you can use hosptial track. this will make it cozy, private and more of a retreat. it may also escape a draft in the winter.

3. NOW, move the dining area a little closer to the windows up towards the living area, where the cds are now. if you can, switch out to a round table to add some curves and variation to the flow. to center it, now hang a good piece of art or a mirror on the wall above the table and place a table lamp on it.

Anyone else?

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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