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Dining room round table green chairs

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Living room and dining room

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Dining room

We might start going goth in our house: first there was Laure's intriguing black bathroom...and now this: a black study room/library. A color choice we haven't considered since our angst-ridden teens, we're surprised to see how sophisticated it looks! What do you think?

Modern dining table

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Dining room

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Dining room

We must have pink on the brain here in LA. But we just couldn't resist this Valentine's Day palette we saw on Marie Claire Maison. We've never had the guts to go pink, always fearing it would be too little girl.... Plus we tend to favor cooler tones of blue and green on our walls. With dark red accents, a hint of blue and some orange accessories, we're struck by how decidedly un-little-girl the pink feels. There's no better way to warm up our unnaturally cold apartment than with these warm inviting tones. What do you think? Would you consider a pink palette like this? Have you taken a risk on a color you weren't sure about only to be thrilled with the outcome? What's the biggest risk you've taken? Worst disaster?

Dining room

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Dining room

On a recent long-distance move, I was perplexed when it came to moving a large drum shade from A to point B. It would have taken a gargantuan box to enclose and protect it. I suspended the shade overhead. Tying a line from side to side near the top of the cargo area provides a place to suspend fragile items, thus preventing them being smooshed or knocked around during the move. That upper-most space in moving trucks is often unused and this is a way to put it to use. To keep the shade clean, I wrapped it in a large 55-gallon trash bag before hanging it. On arriving at the destination, I opened the bag and found the shade in perfect condition. It was perfectly safe hanging from above, dangling and swinging its way across the miles!

Living room

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Dining table

We have to admit to getting a chuckle out of the idea of whipping out this lightweight booster seat at restaurants. Made of washable pre-formed foam rubber and weighing just 11.2 ounces, this seat - called Boost! - is designed for ages 3 and up.

Dining room

We just want a really good chair for a really good price. Is that too much to ask? Well, here's one awesome answer: this Danish armchair is near perfect, with the exception of needing a cleaning. This lovely chair is going for $225. 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..

Minimalist kitchen and dining room

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Dining room

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We first dubbed this color scheme 'The ketchup/mustard effect' long before we ever actually experienced it in an interior space. After catching a glimpse of this house project by local interior design firm 3 Fold Design we've forgotten all about any condiment-colored similarities. Decide about this color combination for yourself after the jump.... The designer duo of local studio 3 Fold Design consists of Page Gandy and Tracy Curtis, both licensed designers and long-time pillars of the Austin interior design community. Ever since joining forces to create 3 Fold Design, the pair have worked on a number of award-winning residential projects, like this Clarksville residence that won the 2008 ASID award for 1st place residential residence. We love the use of grays and whites as the neutrals and love even more the combination of modern red and yellow as the accents. Gandy and Curtis also incorporated money, energy and space saving ideas in this home. What do you think about this home and its color scheme? Do you dig the red and yellow used together as accents or is the combination too reminiscent of ketchup and mustard to you? Is the idea of seeing ketchup and mustard in this color combo just silly? Let us know!

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A bit of an urban natural disaster that is affecting residents in a big, wet way. Our friend Evan lives near the Montrose mess and reports that the basement of his building, along with 'Every other one in the neighborhood' was flooded and that his neighbor who lives in a garden apartment had it even worse.... Neighbor: 'I woke up to a sandal floating by my face'....Yikes! We thought we'd start a thread here for sharing advice on how to dry out for our water logged fellow Chicagoans...if you have tips or info to share, please comment below.

Dining room and kitchen

My partner and I moved into SF Victorian cottage about five years ago. We've renovated the place room by room and have tried to make our existing furniture work as best as possible. The layout of the living room has been bugging me for awhile. The room is relatively narrow and doesn't have a 'Long wall', which has placed some limitations on the space. I don't think we're taking proper advantage of windows and other lovely features of the room. It is our primary 'Hang out' room-so we want it to be comfortable and a place we can watch movies and entertain. I've trolled the internet for ideas, but I just am not sure what to do. I don't want to place the TV over the fireplace-for ergonomic or aesthetic reasons. My partner and I like to sit together with the family cat when watching movies-so a 'Chairs only' room wouldn't work for us. Should we get a small-scale sofa and place it on the longest wall we've got? Float an even bigger sectional in the middle of the room? Get a sectional that uses the longest wall and wraps in front of the windows? How should we deal with all the doorways (if we do float the sofa, how much distance should there be from the doorway. Editor: Readers, please share your layout ideas with Denise in the comments below - thank you!