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Create multi-purpose areas
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Jess Chamberlain

Create multi-purpose areas

With no proper dining room, the breakfast nook functions as such—and doubles as an art table for the Steens’ two daughters. Thankfully, the vinyl cushions are specially treated to resist ink “and basically everything known to man,” says Leah. The benches provide storage space under their hinged lids. Bold wallpaper (Chinatown Toile by Flavor Paper; $150/15-ft.roll; flavorleague.com) accents a single wall. “In a small house, sometimes touches have to be small, like with patterned wallpaper and fabric,” Leah says.

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