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The Hallway  
  • Make the most of dead space. Amy set out to transform this cramped corridor into "its own experience," she says, by painting the bottom half of the walls purple and adorning the top with floral paper.
  • Establish a focal point. Placing a pedestal table and artwork at the end of the hall demands the attention of anyone entering from the living room. The turning rug "also provides a sneak preview of the bedroom just around the corner," Alexandra says.
  • Defy convention. "People are afraid that extra-tall baseboards will make areas feel smaller," says Alexandra of the 14-inch molding she and Lauren added, "but they give Amy's space more architectural definition."
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