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When Jamie and his wife started looking for their first house four years ago, they really narrowed down what they were looking for so they could keep the price down. They bought 'a decade old cookie-cutter suburban house.' They didn't want to pour a lot of money into a house that they weren't sure how long they'd live in, but they did want to make their mark. So they took their time, got creative, budgeted and slowly took a boring, beige living room with oversize furniture into the fresh and comfy modern space that matches their personality better! One of the biggest areas for improvement in this first house was the living room. It was a decent size but lacked any sense of personality: Harboring beige walls, a dated CRT TV nook, lifeless windows, and wall to wall carpet, it was truly a blank slate with nothing we were worried about keeping or working around. Sticking to a strict monthly budget that was also partially earmarked for other projects across the rest of our house, we worked on developing this room over a few years, replacing our decor item-by-item as we found the perfect pieces to suit our overall vision. In truth there are still a few small things we want to change or tweak but we are satisfied with how far it has come. We feel it is bright, cheerful, and modern while still meshing with the overall transitional style of the house. While it may not be our dream living room, it has been an enjoyable makeover process and we are happy to come home to this room after work each day. Love the transformation! Looks like an entirely new house! See more photos of this fresh living room on their blog.

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Bedroom with wallpaper

The Long Island home of fashion designer Victoria Swanson Beard is, by all accounts, gorgeous. While the 1865 farmhouse has been completely redone, Swanson Beard still suffers a problem that plagues many-low ceilings. In the dining room, Swanson Beard doesn't shy away from tall items. The sideboard features tall vases with tall flowers, and there are two trees in the corners. Browsing the article, I didn't notice the low ceilings until Swanson Beard mentioned it herself. 'The rooms are large rectangles with low ceilings, and there's not much excitement to them,' she tells Elle Decor. Her solution? 'Wallpaper provided that surprise element. Each room has an identity now; each is very inviting.' In the bedrooms, living room, and even a bit in the breakfast nook above, Swanson Beard layers prints and comfy textures that pile on the cozy. 'We'd joke that it's granny-chic, sloppy and comfortable,' she says.

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Q: I picked up a copy of the January issue of Town & Country, and fell in love with Ina Garten's rustic wood table. She purchased it from a high-end store in Sag Harbor....not so close to me in Scottsdale, AZ and definitely not in my price range! Aside from Restoration Hardware, where can I find a gorgeous reclaimed wood table like this that is full of character and not ridiculously expensive? My husband seems to think a table like this might be a nightmare and show ever single spill or ring from an iced drink etc. Does anyone have any experience with a similar type table? To me it would seem low maintenance in that you would never worry about scuffing or scratching the surface because it adds to the charm. Editor - Love the table too, Jenn, and we're all for reusing reclaimed wood with its inherent natural beauty. We admit we haven't had any experience ourselves with a table like this. Perhaps some of our readers can chime in with advice and opinions. Got a good question you'd like answered? Send your queries and a photo or two illustrating your question, and we'll see if the Apartment Therapy LA team or our readers can help answer your question.

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What do your walls say about you? Find out online using Pantone's Mood Selector. The custom mood palette allows you to choose paint colors that fit your personality. Are you an analytical person with a sporty side? Try Oyster Gray in your dining room with a Cherry Tomato accent wall. Pantone Mood Selector: Should we paint the kitchen Sap Green? All signs point to yes. For more help choosing colors online, visit Janel's Top Ten color sites.

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Minimalist bedroom

Can you believe we're into Week Four already? I don't know about you, but I feel like these last 3 weeks have flown by. I've been working on my own projects, focused primarily on clearing out my closets. See, we do pretty well keeping our apartment clean and clutter-free on the outside, but the insides -those dark hidden spaces called 'Closets' that whisper 'Psst! You don't know where to put that, so give it to me! I'll keep it secret, keep it safe...'- had developed a life of their own, and it wasn't looking very pretty.... My upper kitchen cabinets after I took off the cupboard doors. A few weeks ago I decided to switch to open shelving in my kitchen. In the process of making all the top cabinets look nice and neat, the lower cabinets got the spillover. A couple months of this and suddenly it was complete chaos: pans falling out on my toes when I opened the door, bowls and random storage containers toppled every which way, appliances I couldn't reach anymore. I'm still not accustomed to opening the doors and not having things fall out! In addition to clearing out the kitchen, I cleared out bags worth of clothes, shoes, and other household items and took it to Housing Works. This week is all about decluttering your living room. We've already gotten a bit of a jumpstart on the living room when my husband cleared out our 'Media cabinet' a few weeks ago and turned it into his bar mixology station!

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We're about to undertake the task of redoing our dining room to make it function better as an office and instead of showing you a before and after and then being frustrated by great suggestions once we've already done the work, we thought we'd solicit some opinion for AT readers before we got started. Our dining room currently serves as somewhat of a catchall, and in the end doesn't get used very much. There's a desk tucked into the corner, but it's used mainly as storage for piles of paper and we end up working at the dining room table. While we eat most meals on the sofa we throw relatively regular dinner parties and need to keep the dining table available for that. The biggest adjustment that needs to be made is to make this into a functional workspace for two people working together - we're thinking we'll use the dining table as a large desk but keep all paperwork/office supplies off of it when not in use. We obviously need to find a better storage solution to replace the three small pieces on this wall. We're planning on painting the walls a more vivid color, possibly a deep blue, and would like to also paint the table - we're thinking gloss white, but are open to other suggestions. We know that right now there is too much art and too many knickknacks, so we'd like to streamline the accessories while possibly adding a large bulletin board.

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What inspired you? The elegant and sexy design of the Apple Imac inspired me. Since the computer is very compact-all-in-one, I wanted to produce a minimal and clean work surface. I only had a small space to work with in the bedroom, so I decided to use the Elfa system to create shelving on top and a computer work desk on bottom. The Elfa system is easily adaptive and economical. I could custom size the computer shelf and elevate it to hide the keyboard underneath. The work area feels brighter and less cramped as it overlooks the entryway. As a lighting aficionado, I wanted various lighting options: overhead lighting on dimmers, desktop lighting and under the desk lighting. Great Tip: Find out what is behind the walls before you do any drilling! I found out the wall covered up pipes, and I needed to be very careful where I drilled.

White bedroom

We're about to undertake the task of redoing our dining room to make it function better as an office and instead of showing you a before and after and then being frustrated by great suggestions once we've already done the work, we thought we'd solicit some opinion for AT readers before we got started. Our dining room currently serves as somewhat of a catchall, and in the end doesn't get used very much. There's a desk tucked into the corner, but it's used mainly as storage for piles of paper and we end up working at the dining room table. While we eat most meals on the sofa we throw relatively regular dinner parties and need to keep the dining table available for that. The biggest adjustment that needs to be made is to make this into a functional workspace for two people working together - we're thinking we'll use the dining table as a large desk but keep all paperwork/office supplies off of it when not in use. We obviously need to find a better storage solution to replace the three small pieces on this wall. We're planning on painting the walls a more vivid color, possibly a deep blue, and would like to also paint the table - we're thinking gloss white, but are open to other suggestions. We know that right now there is too much art and too many knickknacks, so we'd like to streamline the accessories while possibly adding a large bulletin board.

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Bedroom with neutral color wallpaper

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Bedroom with rustic brick wall

The AT classifieds description pretty much sums it up. This vintage lamp is a teardrop shaped classic in very good condition, save for a little bit of wear and tear on the bottom. MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!

Pink and chocolate bedroom

We came across this lovely, lived-in, library dining room on Flickr via rubykhan's photostream and we just love the warm, cozy feeling that it gives the space. Another photo after the jump.... Hey AT Boston! Don't forget to tag your Flickr photos with Apartment Therapy Boston and you could see your space here on AT! We would love to have a meal here-so welcoming. Hey AT Boston! Don't forget to tag your Flickr photos with Apartment Therapy Boston and you could see your space here on AT!.

Dash of pink small bedroom

COLOR INSPIRATION: I have always been a fan of pop art - I guess I wanted to make the room feel like I was living inside a Warhol print. GO TO CAROLINE'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!

Contemporary bedroom neutral colors

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