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The best of: Creative nooks

Jessica Allen of Fairway maximized space in the sunny alcove in her guest bedroom with a perfectly sized dresser. The neatly folded towels add a welcoming touch.

Breakfast nook, begone! Emily and Matt Walters like to entertain in the kitchen of their Brookside home. Putting a couch there instead of a table creates more space to kick back.

Kelly and Evan Stange used aqua paint and plush carpet to turn an under-the-stairs nook into a hideaway for daughter Alex.

Sam and Nate Lewis converted the third floor of their Northeast Kansas City house into a cozy loft for guests. On the bed: Vintage linens from the River Market Antique Mall.

A cherry-red chair and a pair of Peter Cottontail prints brighten up a reading nook in the gray-walled nursery of Nick and Sybil Allegri's Platte City home.

“At Home With,” a feature that takes you inside cool and unusual apartments and homes in the Kansas City area, appears in Ink the first and third weeks of the month. Know someone with a kick-ass pad? Send info and photos to info@inkkc.com.

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The closet under the stairs is traditionally used to stash coats and vacuum cleaners.

But if you don’t need the storage space, consider doing what Kelly and Evan Stange did with the underfoot nook in their century-old Brookside home: turn it into a Harry Potter-style hangout for your kid (or the kids who occasionally visit your house).

With a little aqua paint, some superplush carpet and a pint-sized bean bag, the Stanges turned an otherwise empty room into a sunlit reading fort for their daughter Alex that even adults could envy.

Here are four more ideas for transforming the flex space in your place.

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