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Dining room

Labels on international food packaging, flower gardens, clothing racks at the Goodwill, vintage fabrics, old children's books and design magazines. GO TO MONICA'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!

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COLOR INSPIRATION: Our family of five was a little scared of moving from close quarters into a spacious house. Splashing our favorite colors on the walls helped make our new house a home. GO TO LISA'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!

Bench and dining table

While you might not guess it from photos, Emma of The Marion House Book blog spent a long time living in a bedroom that she found too trendy and not quite right. After a few months of careful planning, she has lightened up and overhauled the space. AT readers, other contributors, and I can sympathize with the struggle to put the bedroom first; for some reason, it's easy to divert your energy to other rooms. I think it looks great in both photos, but Emma's transformed bedroom is almost unrecognizable. In addition to bringing in new bedding and accessories, she painted over the deep gray walls, switched out her four-poster bed frame, and repositioned the bed. The result is relaxed but refined - a look that Emma's blog proves she is adept at achieving. For details and more photos, check out The Marion House Book.

Outdoor dining room


Dining room with pool view

While dining in Venice Beach this past weekend, we noticed this amazing chandelier adorned with a variety of different bulbs. It left us feeling giddy with desire to have it hanging in our own home. Our dining room would never accommodate such an immense fixture. We have no problem going back to Gjelina over and over again to admire it and we suggest that you do the same.

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It has ugly woodpaneling on the walls and behind that is ugly wallpaper.... The cabinets are quite dirty and the former owner lined them with some sort of strange sticky corkboard that is also filthy. I'm thinking about painting the walls Wildflower Honey from Behr. My first instinct was to paint the cabinets white and get some sort of hardware from Ikea. So far I have had a couple of comments from people that think I should leave the cabinets the way they are and just attempt to clean them. Which has me second guessing whether I should paint them. I think leaving the cabinets the color they are might make the kitchen too dark. What do you think? To paint or not to paint? Sent by CB. Editor: We have some experience here. Cleaning is a necessary step even if you decide to paint the cabinets so let us recommend a thorough cleaning of the cabinets and then take another look. If, on the other hand, you think they're still too dark, you're nearly done prepping for the big paint! Just keep in mind that painting cabinets doesn't always mean going white!

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For better or worse, some brave souls have been known to take matters into their own hands and paint their kitchen appliances. Is it a solid choice? We love Danny Seo's chalkboard painted fridge up top. Have you ever painted a kitchen appliance? Any tips to assure quality, durability, and a good finish? We're not sure we could ever take this plunge, though we're interested in hearing from those of you who have. 1 Danny Seo's awesome chalkboard fridge via Apartment Therapy 2 The black front panel on this dishwasher was removed and painted to match the surrounding cabinets. Image: Laurey W. Glenn 3 A painted-on 'Stainless' project gone wrong, via Pure Style Home 4 Painted-on rivets by a custom auto body painter at Dynamic Rides.

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Q: I live in an old Victorian style home that was built in 1901 and later converted to apartments. The window moldings match the period and are about 6 inches tall. I'm not sure where to hang curtains or valances. I would like to hang a valance in my kitchen, but am not sure if I should cover the molding completely or hang the valance lower so you see the molding above it. In my living room, I just want to hang one sheer over each window and am again wondering where I should place the rod. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Renee in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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I'm thinking of getting it for our living room. What do you recommend for a good wall color to paint our walls? Thanks so much!-HG. Anyone?

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A couple of months ago we raved about the positives of small space living in a post chronicling the pros of living in a studio apartment. While we all shared some of our favorite things about studio apartments, there are bound to be a few negatives of all your living activities taking place in the same room.... One of our least favorite things about living in a studio apartment is the fact that your bed is in the same room where you entertain guests, cook, watch movies, etc. We've personally placed our bed low on the ground and behind our couch to help disguise it. In the photograph above, the owners used a four poster bed to help define a sleep space in a larger room. If you live in a studio, how have you created your own little sleep space that is defined from the rest of your apartment? Do you try to disguise your bed? Do you let guests use it as extra seating or do you prefer to keep it separate? Did you purchase a special bed or convertable couch when you moved into your studio to specifically address this issue? Share your great solutions to inspire others!

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Designed by Eastvold Custom, the solid walnut console features passages throughout all the shelves and partitions along with the bottom and back of the piece to route cables and wired. The cabinet's legs give this contemporary piece a mid-century flavor without the collector's price tag. The cabinet sells for $1833, which isn't cheap, but is pretty reasonable for a handmade piece as beautiful as this one. Two more photos and where to buy after the break.... You can check out Eastvold Custom's other products on Etsy.

Wood table dining room

Q: We recently bought a small 1970's rustic ranch-house getaway near a lake in the mountains. I have an inherited crystal chandelier which is too big to hang in our tiny, tiny city pad. This is our country kitchen bought 'As is'. We've added some bright decorative elements, lace white curtains and new white-and-wood hutch replacing the corner unit plus another opposite side. Would replacing the kitchen pendant with a crystal chandelier like the one in this AT archive bedroom photo look ridiculous?? Thanks! -Sent by Elizabeth. Editor: I love this question for its Green Acres implications: is a fancy chandelier just the thing to add the perfect amount of glitz to a rustic home, or would it stick out like a sore thumb? Please share your always-insightful advice with Elizabeth! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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This white, modern, chunky coffee table is pretty darn cool and seems to be a very versatile based on the current owner's digs. 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..

Living room and dining room

Buying artwork is want to buy what you love and build a collection, but sometimes you just have a big empty space to fill. Large-scale artwork can anchor a room and make it appear bigger, but it usually comes with large scale prices. There are lots of ways around the problem...five of them are listed below. 1) Buy a readymade wall-hanging like the Premiar Picture from IKEA $149, 55 x 79 inches or the Marimekko Tuuli Wall Hanging at CB2, $65 including hanging hardware, 38 x 57 inches. 4) Blow up a favorite photo on canvas, or get it framed. 5) Blow up a photo and print it out in 'Tiles' that you pin to the wall in a grid.

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Looking around, we notice a pair of office chairs, a PC next to an iMac, and a ukulele and an electric guitar join hands in a corner. A room's personal dynamic is often overlooked when designing a room for a couple, but successfully pulling it off - being able to keep both people happy; that's priceless.

Glass table dining room

Touch typing is blindingly fast, so much faster than writing. Well, for all you touch typists out there, this might be a keyboard for you, if you are into Apple products like us! One thing's for sure, his complete white Apple-like keyboard is sure to attract attention. Since like most nerds, he's able to touch type, he decided to convert his keyboard to an all-white color, hiding all of the key information. Anyone considering converting an existing keyboard like this would have problems, unless each of the keys were painted individually. Plus the feel of keyboard wouldn't be as great. This makes the keyboard completely white and extremely hard to use by anyone not used to touch typing.