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Hello AT,. Is there any way to make this bed look more modern or contempary? Email questions & pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: sf(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)comLink To All Good Questions. We'd try painting the whole bed frame white and then dessing the bed simply, in a neutral palette, to move it towards a more modern, minimal look. Think of a loft or gallery space: with all the architectural details painted the same shade as the walls, the room quiets down and becomes a canvas for other things. Treated similarly the detail work on your bed won't disappear, but it will lose visual importance.

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We haven't seen many nurseries covered in stripes. A few stripes and lines here and there but nothing full on like this one. The wallpaper makes a great backdrop for the butterfly patterned voile canopy and window treatment.

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Whenever we think of high-gloss exteriors our mind pops to local foodie haven Bar Tartine, and its deep forest-green entrance. We always thought dark colors looked so polished and chic in a high-gloss paint, but seeing this house at 18th and Guerrero, we think the finish can look nice in a vibrant color, too.... Despite many who might call it too garish or bold, we're actually fond of the color and found it looked exceptionally cheerful with the sun shining down on a recent warm day. What's your opinion on using a high-gloss exterior paint?

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'Q: Hi guys, I just moved to an alcove studio in NYC, and need a new coffee table that works with this room! I was thinking of buying a square coffee table such as the Basis 36' square in walnut from Room & Board, but was looking for advice. Maybe something round would be better? Or a Noguchi table? Any advice appreciated.

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This is creating a challenge for me and my MCM furniture because I want to leave space open but if I leave it too open, it feels vacant - yet I'm concerned about a cluttering it up as well.... My carpet is an ugly beige color and looks awkward with a square shag rug on top. I'm trying to find a way to tie my mid century modern style'd furniture together and have been told a rug is a great way to do it. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions? I've thought perhaps a shaped rug might work better? Do you have any links or photos of MCM living rooms with built in carpet for inspiration? Thanks, Brett. Hi Brett, there's a few examples of MCM decorated spaces from our house tours showing rooms appointed with carpets...and even one with a rug ontop of carpet. Check out Sam's Sydney Simplicity, which shows a shag with a patterned carpet below it. Another striking MCM example of using rug ontop of carpet is from Gregory's Palm Springs In the Suburbs, where the living room was decorated with a large pattern rug ontop of the neutral carpeting. Small rugs can also be used to compliment the carpeting, as the case was with Derek's MCM themed carpeted apartment, shown in his house tour, Gidget Gets a Sex Change. We also recommend looking at playing with FLOR carpet tiles, which allows for unique patterns, shapes, and layout that often work well with MCM style decor at a reasonable price. Anyone else out there with similar carpet conundrums they've solved? Resources to share?

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Welcome to our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway - all info hereName: Liz Caldwell. Location: Riverside, CA. Sassy sent us her Romantic Bedroom inspiration photo and shared the following Valentine's sentiment and our last post for the week: 'Love the one you are with.' Her bedroom tip is after the jump.... Romantic Bedroom Tip: 'Keep it clean'. I've always personally prescribed to the similar axiom of 'Keep the bedroom clean, but the mind otherwise'.

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These beautiful wooden pieces by DECARUS follow the philosophy of old wood. Old wood is fascinating - it tells a story, a culture, and just feels so much nicer than laminate particle wood. A few of these pieces strung together and you'll immediately have an art installation-worthy set. We're having trouble finding details on how to purchase these pieces, but if you want to contact Decarus, you can do so here.

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Tim gave me free range, to do what I want, which means bubblegum pink, yellowy greens, giant cabbage rose prints, animal prints, and everything mirrored. I love the look of Betsey Johnson's pink Manhattan apartment, and anything Jonathan Adler. We're keeping some of the furniture we already have-a king sized mattress and box spring, a white bookcase, a huge Ikea wardrobe with white sides and mirrored doors. I know it's most practical to buy classic furniture and add personality with accessories. My problem is that I always try to add personality with furniture too, which is why I'm dying to get a mirrored vanity. I like how Lucite looks, but I can't find anything affordable. Our landlord definitely won't want us to rewire anything or add wall lighting.

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Feng Shui informs us that good color for a bathroom would either be water colors or wood colors, to match or support the water element. Well, I sometimes get so sick of powder blue I could wretch, so this week let's look at two more colors from my arsenal of dark colors. Spring has sprung, at least in Hell's Kitchen, and this is one of the most interesting colors I've seen in a long time. We went through a process of choosing and eliminating dark colors for the main room of a studio, and wound up choosing one for the bathroom instead. Something about Spring leapt out of the color deck-it's green, brown and black all at the same time, fertile and loamy, and dances quite well with the warm pinky tile. I thought fiddle-head ferns would sprout from the walls if I just gave them enough water. Oddly enough, Spring is the darker of the two, but it actually feels much warmer than Whitall Brown. There's something simple, powdery and Zen about this room, and it definitely feels 'Woodsy,' in line with our Feng Shui dictum. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter.

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We're not sure why the seller's selling this Very cool, modern detachable wood shelving unit, but Boom sells the Hive Cubes for $100 each, so you could save a couple hundred bucks. 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.Price Dropped on West Elm Couch! for $300.Mid Century modern lamp for $100.teak flat file cabinet with tambour door for $100.West Elm Shelving Unit for $175.Vintage End Table - Folds Into 1 or 2 Levels - Metal Frame for $10. Thanks, Craig!

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Glass table and chairs

Recent graduate of the USC School of Architecture Christopher Megowan sent us several images and a detailed description of an architectural project that juxtaposes a modern addition with a hundred year old Victoria home in the historical section near the Trojan campus for us to share. Christopher Megowan, one of the two students/owners, designed the project while still studying at the School of Architecture. Purchased as a student housing investment, the addition was constructed on a tight budget at less than 130 dollars a square foot. The addition was designed as efficiently as possible in order to not complicate construction and reduce material waste. Designed on materials grid, the main volume of the addition was detailed from the exterior 4'x8' fiber cement panels and polycarbonate in. In using the fiber cement panel rainscreen, thermally stabilizing concrete floors on the lower unit, and the polycarbonate, this addition was able to be constructed at a price per square foot competitive with stucco and other less desirable finishes. 'The interior volumes benefit from tall ceilings and open spatial flow between the existing house, the annex and the common rooms of the addition. The bedrooms each have a wall of sliding doors providing privacy between spaces and enclosing the closets that serve as a sound barrier to the common spaces.'

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Feeling crafty? Have we got a giveaway for you! Thanks to Chronicle Books, you can score Amy Butler's Sew-It Kit, Cath Kidston's In Print and Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing. That's right - we're giving away THREE things this week! Here's how the giveaway works: Simply leave a comment below telling us why you love to craft. Maybe it's something to do while commuting on BART? Or you can never find anything in the stores you like so you turned to making stuff yourself? In exchange for having the kit and books bestowed upon you, we ask that you submit a review of them later. We'll run this post for about 24 hours, and then choose our favorite comment. The winner will receive an email from us, and will be announced on the site on Monday Tuesday morning.

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White was a dominant color in the kitchen for a long time, and now we're seeing a move towards darker, more dramatic spaces, where black accents and even black cabinets reign. If you lean towards lighter, airier looks, there's still no denying the appeal of an all white kitchen. Above: Exposed brick adds welcome texture to a kitchen from My Domaine. Stainless steel appliances, wood accents, and a marble counter keep this all-white kitchen from Inside Out interesting. The marble shelf in this kitchen from Domino is an unexpected but welcome accent. This all white kitchen from Hecker Guthrie gets a boost from marble countertops and a few black accents. Plaster walls give the kitchen of this Danish home just enough texture. A white kitchen with a black faucet and wood accents, from Ayla Gurganus on Instagram.