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Kim Clements and Joe Schneider are a husband and wife design team with three young boys. Their Seattle bungalow is a colorful, bright showcase of how to live abundantly with modest space.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

They've designed their dining room with the now-ubiquitous chalkboard wall, but continue the industrial inspiration with a covet-inducing dining table made from bowling lanes. Check out the positioning of the rug under the table; we like how it leaves the floor bare right under the chalkboard (imagine the chalk dust), and extends the carpeted area into the room for a bit more play space.

The article also includes some good color tips from Clements, such as:

• Use artwork to choose your color palette
• Don't try to use every color
• Choose a base color that really changes in different light, so that it is dynamic and constant at the same time
• Use bold color in small splashes

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The family also makes the space work by sacrificing one area designated for clutter, rather than spreading it through the whole house. It might seem hard to offer up a whole room, corner or nook for this purpose when you're already squeezing the most out of a small space, but compartmentalizing clutter is worth it.

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Images: John Granen and Kimberly Brown Seely