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I'm looking for fabric to recover my mom's sofa. It's a Louis XV revival sofa that she and my dad bought in the seventies just before I was born. I have very fond memories of it but her cats have gotten to it over the years and it's time to recover. I want to find some floral fabric in a similar style and color palette to what is on there now but since it's a more seventies pattern than a classic pattern I am having trouble. Anyone have any good fabric sources they can point me to? Since we need about 10 yards and we aren't high rollers, budget-friendly sources are even more appreciated!

Bedroom with designer bed frame

Even though Red has somewhat monopolized the hue to designate products that donate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we still find red reminiscent of the 80s. Maybe it's just us, but we remember red being the color of the decade that brought us Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Devo, and Mikhail Gorbachev. So to honor the time we grew up in, we give you gadgets of all types in corvette red, blood red, Cabernet, and every saturation thereafter.

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White sells look-alikes of 20th century design heavy-hitters at low prices. The prices are low, low, super-low next to the cost of licensed pieces sold at stores like Design Within Reach. For comparison: Saarinen-style marble top tables for $795.(DWR = $2845. Nelson-style benches for $245.(DWR = $779.). The whopper is a copy of the Eames La Chaise for $1250. Shops such as White get us thinking...the licensed reproductions vs. the knock-offs, the quality of materials used, respect for the intellectual property of the designers, love of good design fitting into a reasonable budget. We're curious and plan to stop in to the shop to eyeball the goods. Have any of you been to White? Thoughts? Purchases? Let us know in the comments below.....

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My man and I are constantly bickering about which couch is better. Thus, we have two sofas! One for him and one for me! We've always known that we should chuck one of the sofas. Chances are our next apartment won't be as living room ample as our current abode. It looks good but boy is it uncomfortable! A few guests have preferred to sleep on it because it's 'Good for their backs'. Sure it's not as fun and modern as the dark grey sofa, but it's so comfortable! I like to be comfortable while I'm sitting and watching TV. Am I crazy? I completely understand his argument, it's a good one. Which is more important, comfort or visual appeal?

Black and white bedroom

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Contemporary bedroom

Q: We are looking for ideas on how to best dress our living room windows to complement the new built in unit. Although there are a second set of windows to the left of the area pictured, the living room still doesn't get a lot of light so we want to keep as much light as possible while obscuring at least the bottom half of the view. Top down, bottom up shades would be a good suggestion but I just hate the strings that remain when the shades are pulled down. We've also considered double-hung shutters but my concern is the amount of light they would block? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Andrea in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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At first glance, the bedroom seems the least important room in the home, in terms of lighting. We're not really working in there much, and the primary goal of the space is to support sleep- which requires an intentional lack of light. Once you start thinking about it you realize the lighting needs of a bedroom- from general lighting for putting the laundry away to task lighting for doing your makeup and accent lighting for chilling out of an evening- are pretty complex. A bedroom lighting scheme should be as considered as that of any other room, so read on for a few tips on doing just that. A good even light, cast from a central pendant or from windows, is important in every space. Even if you don't spend a lot of non-sleeping time in your bedroom, this basic light is what we get dressed by in the winter, clean the room to, and helps us see when natural light is low. Think of the other things you do from day to day- do you apply your makeup or iron your shirts in the bedroom? Both require good, specific lighting. In the bedroom, accent lighting is really mood lighting. It can be achieved through simple dimming of the light sources we've already talked about, or by adding decorative lights like fairy strings, corner up-lighters or candles.

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That is what the Collective Four, a group of design students from the Pratt Institute, set out to create for Dwell's Building Green project in Harlem. AT: NY gave us a tour of the entire home, but we thought we'd take a look at the design of the home office. Constructed of a multitude of eco-friendly materials, this home office offers a wealth of inspiration for alternative and customized storage solutions. The owners had two distinct personalities for the designers to contend with, one being a bit whimsical and the other quite practical. The solution was to create an 'Organized chaos' through interlocking pieces that create a desk and shelves. The result, an attractive, functional space that suits their lifestyle. To see more photos and learn more about the design, materials, and construction techniques, check out the Collective Four's Blog that documents the entire process from start to finish.

Dark bedroom

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We looked at this soft birdie mobile before, but we were interested to see how Creative Chick, Leslie, tackled the project. She swapped out her old Ikea mobile for this.... Leslie added a few extra birds around the room. Visit the website to find out the variations to the original bird mobile instructions that Leslie applied. She found balancing the mobile the most challenging aspect.

Romantic bedroom with fireplace and mirror

I'm really confused about where to start! The living room is the main concern right now, as it's where I spend most of my time. I like having my setup in the living room as it's the brightest room. A few friends have suggested putting it above the fireplace, but I'm not a big fan of that idea. I like the idea of a floor shelving unit that I can put a turntable atop and fill with records/books, similar to what Tyler has in his living room. I fear I won't have enough wall space for this. Maybe I could put one under the big window and get rid of the smaller sofa? Perhaps an underwindow bookshelf? Is the coffee table too big for the room? Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Living room

'I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.' ~Mark Twain. If you're in Mark Twain's camp, make exercise more fun with beautiful handmade bedding. Like the proverbial apple a day, eight hours of sleep is good for your health. These soothing yellows and grays are good for your soul. Organic, repurposed or sustainable, these handmade designs will satisfy your green spirit!

Minimalist bedroom

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Family room

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White living room

Fireplaces are usually more rustic than sleek, but what about those looking for fireplace accessories for their modern homes? One great source I've found is Blomus, available for purchase through Kitchen Accessories Unlimited. These stainless steel tools are functional and look sharp. The tool rack shown here is wall mounted, to free up space around the hearth.

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This one comes on the heels of the beautiful wall treatment we featured in our Another Nod to Grey post last week. On the right is what looks like a dramatic white wallpaper featuring clusters of buildings outlined in black. The walls are painted black with the same buildings painted on, this time in white and on a much larger scale. We suspect that the homeowners painted the walls black and then drew in the white buildings freehand using either chalk on chalkboard paint or white paint pens. The larger-scaled buildings on the black wall keep the room from looking too busy. For more photos of the rest of this house, check out Emmas Design Blogg.