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We didn't think it was possible for us to fall in love with a lamp any more than Ilse Crawford's unpretentioius Studioilse w08 desk light. We just saw her new wall lamp - its new, grown-up friend.... Earlier this month at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish lighting company Wastberg launched the new w093w halogen wall lamp by studioilse. Ilse Crawford reportedly developed the new wall light, based on the w08 desk lamp she created last year for the company. The w093w uses the same honest wood, iron and porcelain and adds simple pulley system so that the height of its porcelain shade can be adjusted to fit your table or desk. We can't get enough of the combination of these simple materials, red cord and weight system. Having lived with bare bulbs in our eclectic dining room for several years, we think we finally found the perfect table lamp. According to the folks at Wastberg, the lamp is still a 'Work in progress' and will be on the market sometime this autumn. In the meantime, you can check out these swing-arm wall lamps we rounded up last year.

Large family kitchen with wooden accents

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No, we aren't talking waiters' uniforms here. Rather, an idea in kitchen cabinetry to paint the base cabinets black and the uppers white. It creates a foundation while allowing the upper cabinets to be light and blend in with what is often white walls.

Kitchen and dining room

There's design that looks good, and then there's design that advances the ball. This dining table by Elad Kashi for Yanko Design falls into the latter category. We weren't sure what to make of TableSet at first until we realized that the undulating surface is actually ceramic. Ceramic plates and bowls together form the actual tabletop. When the meal is over, simply place all the pieces in the dishwasher.

Dining table white with black chairs

Ever since blogging about Amanda Blake Soule's in-house library, I've wanted one of my own. We don't have a dedicated room to spare on the main floor, however. Check out this inspiring library and dining room combination. Not only are the floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with books and trinkets good looking, it's a functional solution for those without a separate room to spare. When the dining room is not in use, the dining table can be used for reading, arts and crafts. For more photos of this stylish home, check out the spread in Vogue.

Romantic dining room

The Jielde lamp was designed in France in 1950 by Jean-Louis Domecq. The design comes in a wall-mount and desk lamp version. The Jielde lamps are still in production today, though we only find them at Inside Modern Living, where they are available to the trade and retailers.

Funky dining room with wallpaper

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'Parker sent us a good question:'I need some help. I put nice hardwood floors in my place this past year but the wooden chairs i have in my dining room are not meant to be on hardwood so i placed those sticky fuzzy bottom things on the bottom of the legs. 'Problem is that those things really suck. If people move around a little, they fall off and then leave the sticky gunk all over the floor. Is there a better alternative to these things?'. We know what Parker is talking about - we use those felt things on our desk chair and they are a bit of a pain and just don't stay sticky. We've heard that these 'Slipsick' floor protectors work well. The packaging says that they are 'Perfect for wood floors' and 'Guaranteed to never fall off or wear out for five years'. There are also nail-on 'Glides' in various shapes and sizes. The possible downside to all of these is that are pretty permanently attached, which may or may not be a problem, depending on how you feel about nailing something to the bottom of your chair legs.... Anyone else have any tips for Parker?

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Perhaps it's because, in the current economy, people are reluctant to upsize their homes to make room for new children. Or perhaps it's because parents want their kids to have the special closeness that room-sharing can bring. All we know is that we've been spotting a lot more shared rooms featured all over the web these days. The room featured at the top of this post was actually published in Living Etc in January 2006. As this next photo shows, you can't go wrong with bunkbeds, great storage, a lovely wall color, and lots of natural light. We found these next two pics from Domino via Desire to Inspire. What? Doesn't every nursery have room for two cribs, two beds, and a foosball table? If yours does, perhaps this next space by Sixx Designs will stoke your creative furnace. Do you have your own favorite photos of shared rooms? Let us know!

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When we first saw this photo, we really liked the calm gray palette with the orange pillows and chair... and we'd kill for those windows. Here's what we want to know: How many people are daring enough to have a swing in their living room? Are you?

Kitchen and dining room

If you're lucky enough to have the space for a formal dining area then we'll all just be patiently waiting for our dinner party invite. If you have the space, large or small, it's great to put the effort into making your dining area memorable because let's face it, it's not common these days that we have the time to stop and enjoy a meal together. This dining space and style description was created by the talented and popular Emily Henderson Design team for the also popular and always stylish blogger, Nicolette Mason. This space is full of great contrast: black and white, soft and edgy, vintage and contemporary, abstract art and sweet illustrations. It all works together to create a great look that would make anyone want to RSVP 'Yes' to this dinner party. Below are two style boards that recreate this look but at very different price points. If you have a larger budget and like to invest in the finer details then try this look. If you're on a more modest budget but still want to create a glam meets contemporary space, then try this look.

Dining room and watch

One thing you might think you don't have control over is the view from your rooms. While it's true you can't always choose what your rooms' windows overlook, there are things you can do to improve a view. This weekend, choose a view you don't love and see if you can make it a little more lovely! Choose a room you love spending time in, but that has a view you don't adore. It could be the alley view you get from the living room sofa. It doesn't even have to be a window; it could be a view of your utility room from your bedroom. The point is, if you have a window or door that you don't love looking out of, you can get creative to alter that view so that it's a little more appealing to the eyes. Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do! Don't take on a giant wall-sized canvas if you've got a lot of plans this weekend. Find all of our Weekend Projects in one convenient place.

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Dining room with great views

We haven't found too many freestanding shelves we like, but we do love the repurposed kitchen cabinet shelving we've seen in a couple of AT House Tours. Reas used kitchen cabinets to create a floating credenza in his Greektown loft. We love how the top shelf shows off his favorite books, while the bottom cabinets conceal storage. Christy and John used kitchen cabinet shelving to make a custom cabinet that runs the length of their entire second floor, from the hallway through the bedroom. In the bedroom, the closed cabinets conceal laundry storage. For affordable kitchen cabinet shelving, IKEA is the go-to source, but we're wondering if anyone has other suggestions.

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Ok, so we're probably not all as brave as Jungalow queen Justina Blakeney when it comes to pulling a room together based on prints and patterns. For Justina, the art seems effortless: throw multiple unexpected prints together, add a plant and poof! Magic. Take her dining room for instance: the composition is pretty straightforward, but the bold elements come together to reveal a perfect pattern-on-pattern extravaganza! Here's how to get the look for a high and low budget. This room would be nothing without Justina's own Aja wallpaper in Aubergine for Hygge & West, but at $190 a roll, it's certainly a splurge. If cloaking the whole room in the wallpaper is just not within your means, try framing large pieces of the wallpaper to hang above the buffet. For the 'High' look-which comes in a little under $5,000-vintage Panton dining chairs are also pricey, but look-a-likes are aplenty in the market for a lower budget. The fun and funky accessories, like the vintage pendant light, striped curtains, folk dolls and pompom charms are all relatively affordable and really give life to the space, so they make an appearance in both collages. Overall, this room works because of the tight color palette: warm golds, mustards and browns are balance by bright white furnishings with smatterings of earthy greens.

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