Classic Eastern Apartment

Money is tight for these roommates who are just out of college. The Design on a Dime team helps them move beyond their dorm-room style and into the real world of functional, grown-up design.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionA simple bookcase can become a design feature with some cutouts attached to the front.
Because this area is used for both work and dining, Anderson adds some style to the functional storage piece. He also leaves the backing off and places it flush against the wall; this way the wall color shows through and gives more depth to the bookcase. With the money he saves, he buys and installs inset lighting fixtures for sophisticated, indirect lighting in the room.