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Bedroom with yellow curtains

NAME: MeganLOCATION: Woodstock, New York COLOR INSPIRATION: Nature and the contrast of pop art. GO TO MEGAN'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!

Vintage art bedroom

When we think of a family of four living in one room we think of turn-of-the-century tenements on New York's Lower East Side, not a fab, modern Japanese home. Okay, 'one-room' is a bit of a misnomer here, but we're still intrigued by the unique layout of doorless rooms with entries of varying widths radiating out from a center like bent petals of a flower. The home was built in 2005 in a Japanese suburb by Sou Fujimoto Architects. We think the layout and lack of doors is inviting, but is it practical? Especially with children? Having spent the past three years living in a long railroad-style apartment with a young child we can say with certainty that we miss having doors. We'd love to close a door to the room our son sleeps in so we wouldn't have to tiptoe around as much. We'd love to close the door to a messy room when guests are over. Some days we'd just love to close a door, any door, with ourselves inside to get a few minutes of privacy. What about you - do you like this design? Do you live in a loft or other doorless space?

Water front bedroom

'There's something about this nice low bench of wood, 60'x16'x9' that we like. It has simple lines, is made of real wood, and it has a sort of textural quality because of the various shades/colors. It could also be used either as seating or as display - and it's a nice change from the ubiquitous Nelson bench. 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..

Expansive view bedroom

Benna sent an email: 'I am looking for a place to purchase cabinets. Reasonably priced, but simple and modern, and preferably in Chicago. So far I've tried Home Depot, Lowes, Remodeler's Supply Center, Expo Center, Ikea, etc. They either seem of cheap quality, are too expensive, or are not very modern looking. Can you please help??'. We went to the giant Kitchen and Bath Show last year at McCormick place and our favorite find was a cabinet maker just about to open their showroom. They make amazing looking aluminum cabinets which are designed and manufactured right here in Chicago. The aluminum cabinets are from the Celona line and the showroom is called Modern Habitat. They are located in River West at 1820 W. Hubbard and have walk-in as well as by-appointment hours. We are not sure of the price points, as they were just previewing the cabinets at KBIS, but the showroom is up and operating now and we think they are definitely worth a look for anyone in Chicago looking for a modern cabinet. Any other suggestions for Benna? Let us know in the comments.....

Small bedroom with art


Modern flat bedroom

In anticipation of the 2013 DC Design House, I was perusing photos of last year's show house, and rediscovered the room of a favorite DC designer, Marika Meyer. Meyer is a master at creating soothing, neutral rooms that are anything but boring. While designers are often accused of going over the top to show off an array of tricks and trends, Meyer's rooms always remind me of the role 'Designer details' can play in subtly elevating a room. Unexpected contrast details like adding patterned fabric to the back of a chair or the back of a bookcase, or a band of trim to the bottom of the upholstery highlights sculptural shapes and breaks up solids without calling too much attention. The subtle patterns on the drapes and rugs, in tones that pick up the wall color, give the eye something to grasp without overpowering the room. Layering a patterned rug over a solid one creates warmth and adds texture. While each piece of furniture could be described as curvy, the variety creates a conversation between the pieces which helps to keep the room from feeling flat. The pops of deep blue move the eye around the room, infusing the greige with a sophisticated pop in every corner. To learn more about Marika Meyer, visit her website.

Bed and night stand

They wanted 'Bold.' Their generous parents wanted 'Reasonable.' One sister's inspiration list included a Sephora bag and a Union Jack- an ode to their British grandmother who lives with them- and the other sister insisted on animal print, and requested that the room be neither too matchy nor too loud. We started by painting the walls Benjamin Moore's Simply White- my favorite white for North facing rooms because it has the slightest hint of warmth while still reading as a pure white. I used painter's tape to paint the far side of the room in bold black and white stripes. Spatially, the most logical space was the wall with the two windows, but the windows were unevenly spaced on the wall, and the headboards were almost ten inches wider than the window frames. I scored inexpensive white cotton duck cloth and black grosgrain ribbon, and sent them to the talented Paul and Nancy Johnson of Paul David Design to be turned into pelmet boxes and curtains. As for their original furniture, we incorporated a few items while shipping the rest down the hall to their younger sisters' room.

White leather bedroom furniture

Which means I'm freaking out a little bit, making plans for outdoor get-togethers and what not. Here are a range of DIY little lighting projects, in multiple styles and materials. Hello Lidy's egg-shaped project knocks off two trends at once: wood paired with brights, and the dipped look.2. This is a quick and easy project from Colourfull Ink, using readily available materials. Monster Circus knows it's never a bad time for a good Ikea hack. I would love a set of these lights, created by Fellow Fellow, using photos of my own home.5. Another great idea, this time in concrete, from Monster Circus. 6.You've got to love the hint of gold peeking out of these glitter glass lights from Shelterness. I'm so glad Kelly created these colorful votives, because what's a DIY post these days without washi tape?8. I love the cool, frosty looks of these salt votives, courtesy of Jill.9. Once Wed featured this modern geometric, paper-wrapped lights.

Neutral colors bedroom

Q: We have this rather ugly decorative fireplace in our living room in the apartment we're about to move into. It's this huge wood affair with a mirror and white tiles and not only take up place but is just incongruously situated and designed. As we are renting, demolition or repainting it is not an option. Do you have any suggestions as to how we can go about harmonizing it with the rest of the room? Editor: Please share your suggestions and ideas on how to work with the fireplace with Diwakar in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Modern bedroom

Browsing at Retro to Go, we stopped short at this amazing image. It features a super decorative, mega-sized wallpaper mural from Britan's Surface View. Surface View has a fantastic site, making trying out the huge collections of images available in their sample mod rooms an addictive pastime. Images available for Surface View murals are from sources as varied as the Victoria and Albert Museum collection to the Land of Lost Content British Cultural Artefacts. Vintage postcards, romance images, textiles and photography are all used. Custom sizing, cropping, paper finish and color choices are all available, as well as fabric printing.

Narrow bedroom with feature wall and walk in closet


Bedroom with victorian furniture


White bedroom

As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.

Modern bedroom with fireplace

We like a headboard; we think it anchors the bed and, thus, finishes off the room. Jonathan posted some alternative headboard ideas during Bedroom Month. In honour of our Curees, who are working on their bedrooms this week, here are some more inspirational photos, we found while surfing flickr, that can help you think outside the confines of a traditional headboard.... Steldy uses a screen in place of a traditional headboard. Iampeas uses picket fencing as a headboard in her bedroom. You can live it up like the Hotel California in Santa Monica, where a surfboard headboard can have you living the surfer life in your dreams. Here a picture framed inspirational quote becomes a headboard with a positive message to face the day. Close out the world with this door headboard which is backlit at night.

Minimalist bedroom


Light colors bedroom

Q: I have a 6' x 9' room in the corner of my apartment, and I'm just not sure how to make best use of the space. The room has a stunning view, and lots of beautiful sunlight, but obviously, not a lot of square footage. The idea my husband and I are currently considering is making it a relaxing space to enjoy the view. I taped out the space for two lounge chairs, but I fear it's too crowded, especially if we also added a light fixture and accent table. Another idea is to make it an arts and crafts space for the kids, but does making this room a workspace 'Waste' the view? What other ideas should we consider for this room? The second shows the view from this room into the adjacent living room, and the third shows the orientation of the room relative to the rest of the apartment. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Theresa in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.