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Romantic dining room

Tucked within the house Candace shares with her hubby and two children in Hemnesberget, Norway is an adorable mini office hidden away in a secretary desk. 'We actually have a much larger office space in our home but we had an empty wall and a new desk that needed a home,' Candace explains. 'I can send all things I need to print over our network and pick it up in the other room. All items in this corner are from various market sales, my favourite second-hand shop, and fundraisers. Of course some things are new and have either come from IKEA or Åhléns. Tucked away in the top drawers are files, books/notebooks, and various projects. The bottom drawers home my fabrics and other paper goods for gifts and crafting.' A photo of the closed hutch after the break.... via BackGarage(Images: Candace).

Dining room with three lamps


Living room



Need to dress up your laptop to take it into the office? We saw this laptop bag pop up all over the net this week. It comes from the husband/wife team, Barry's Farm, and we found it pretty clever. We headed over to see what else they had to offer. What we discovered was a plethora of funny laptop sleeves to choose from. We thought we'd share with you some of our faves. Which includes this clever monster case Not into bright blue fuzz? There are also a range of vinyl cases with hedgehogs and ice cream cones. We just recently splurged on a new Macbook, and we can't wait to choose one of these to store it in. What's great about this site, is that they offer a range of pre-sized cases, and if your's is not listed, you can customize the dimensions to fit your own laptop.

Black and white dining room

In the latest issue of Surface Magzine, they featured this series of witty wallpaper from 5.5 Designers called 'Wallpaper games' as part of their bathroom products section.... There are three games, a maze, tic-tac toe,, and a hidden word puzzle. According to their site, they are highly recommended for the bathroom, waiting rooms, or any space where one might be bored.

Small dining room

We blinked, and checked the price again when we saw that this Modern platform bed from England's Habitat is just $50. The owner says 'Must sell fast' so someone should borrow a truck and get over there pretty darn quickly. 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..

Dining table

Every Saturday morning, just one block away from our apartment, the small but vibrant Silver Lake farmers market opens from 8am-1pm, offering a selection of produce, coffee, baked items, clothing and housewares. A fairly recent addition has become a favourite stop during our weekend shopping: the Silver Lake Farms flower stand. We've been trying to buy as much locally produced products and produce the last year or so, and since we love brightening the home with fresh cut flowers, the Silver Lake Farms perfectly fits the bill for our floral needs. The privately operated farm aims to offer sustainable-grown flowers, fruits and vegetables, all within a five mile radius, all flowers harvested the very morning of the market. Founder Tara Kolla will happily handpick your bouquet arrangement with friendly care at the Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village and Los Angeles Arts Districts farmers markets. Be sure to get to her stand quickly...her flowers often sell out, and we've gone home a few times sadly empty handed. Silver Lake Farms offers additional floral design services for center pieces, bouquets and floral accents designed for special occasions, events, weddings, film sets and photo shoots. Flower arrangements can be delivered weekly to businesses.

Dining room

Q: I am redoing my living room/dining room, it's a large room but long and narrow. I don't need a dining area and I'm at a loss for how to make the two rooms into one cohesive space. Right now it's two separate rooms which isn't really working for us. My dream floor plan would have this entire room working as one living area with little nooks for my child's toys and art and significant floor space to run around. Editor: Let Emilie know what you would do in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Cottage dining table


Set dining table

Durham, North Carolina is home to many old tobacco warehouses no longer in use. Some warehouses have been converted into homes and we were lucky to get a look inside of one. The newly converted condo preserves the old warehouse features in an environmentally-friendly way. The photo above shows the view into the living room from the hallway/entry. The warehouse windows let in an enormous amount of natural light. Timber beams from the original warehouse were preserved and used in the new condo. How would feel about living in a former tobacco warehouse?

Dining room


Small dining room with wallpaper

He suprised me for my birthday the first year we were dating by taking me to a beautiful bed and breakfast in san Francisco. I would love to re-create that room for a valentine gift to him. This room had mosquito netting on both sides of the bed's headboard, lush tropical plants, exotically scented candles, champaigne, and chocolates on the pillows. Under my pillow my husband had hid a pair of earrings with my birthstone. I would love to re-create this bedroom and hide a piece of jewelry with my husband's birthstone under his pillow.

Dining room and kitchen

I love coming across new stores that specialize in furniture for small spaces. That Creative Classics also stocks furniture that's made in the USA is an added bonus. From sleeper sofas to storage beds, Creative Classics stocks a wide assortment of smaller scale furniture in both traditional and more modern styles. Owners Scott and Rachel source furniture and accessories made in the United States 'Because it is better made and offers a wide variety of custom choices. Our solid wood bedroom, dining room, office and occasional furniture is handcrafted from solid North American Hardwoods and features traditional furniture building techniques such as dovetail drawer boxes and mortise and tenon joinery. All of our upholstered fabric and leather furniture feature hardwood frames, high density foams and lifetime warranties.' All furniture at Creative Classics is custom made - this may lead to bit longer lead time but it will also give the customer more flexibility in design.

Blue dining room

It can be hard to feel inspired when you walk into your newly purchased home's living room and the windows are dripping in drapery reminiscent of a doily. Lauren of Circle G Designs managed to design her Pittsburgh home with class and style, blending modern sensibilities while respecting the home's 1964-era architecture. 'I have an undergraduate degree in Architecture and love modern style, but also really believe in honoring the style of a home. Our home is mid-century modern but still has a lot of traditional elements. I wanted the interior to reflect that style, so I really practiced mixing modern and traditional pieces.' Most people don't realize that the majority of the furnishings and decor items in our home are secondhand. I helped my parents downsize during the recession and ended up with a lot of pieces from their house and both my grandparents' homes, so it was a challenge finding ways to mix those in and make them feel like ours. We're also young and on a budget, so we purchased even more secondhand from Craigslist! There are still pieces that I want to rework but I love how it's coming together so far. 'Our living room sofa was a $50 Craigslist find, which we had professionally reupholstered. We didn't realize when we brought it home that it had gotten wet at some point, so it had to be stripped all the way down to the frame and totally redone! We love it, but it was no minor expense! It might just be our sofa for life!'. See more of this classic and modern Pittsburgh home in Lauren's house tour!

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Rustic dining room

AT,. I purchased some vintage Saarinen Tulip chairs and a Saarinen Tulip table base. I'm going to use the set as a card/games table. I feel glossy white or glossy black are a bit too mod. Would Chinese lacquer red be too much? Also this year, Knoll is making them in platinum. I was also thinking about painting them bronze or pewter. I'm thinking about making a slate top for the base.... Any ideas? We're actually kind of traditionalists when it comes to Tulip chairs and tables, so we're going to ask readers what they think.