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Minimalist kitchen

We heard from a Canadian furniture designer who is making a trip to Chicago soon to meet with potential retailers for their normally to-the-trade brand. They are hoping for some leads and sent us a good question: What are some of Chicago's most reputable contemporary-furniture stores I can look into? Please share the shops the you would recommend in the comments below...thanks!

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Modern dining table

It seems like only yesterday that our favorite LA landmark, the Griffith Park Observatory, closed for its four year renovation/ makeover. For us, the Observatory is the go-to destination for out- of-towners, with its Hollywood history and its stunning views. Now, almost ready and due to open in the fall, the media is being led through to get a peak.

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Dining room piano and library

You may not be willing to shell out as much money for accent chairs as you would for say, a couch, but you still want them to be comfortable enough to sit on when your friends come over, and beautiful enough for you to look at all the rest of the time. Not exactly a lounge chair, but it look comfortable enough for short periods of time-and certainly very pretty. A classy shape in refined leather, at a really nice price. This delicate shape would be perfect for an accent chair in a small space. Like its namesake, this chair has a classic look and will go with just about anything. The shape says mid-century; the button-tufting says well-behaved traditional. An interesting shape and cheerful colors make this one a clear winner. The shape is modern, but the nailhead detail along the back means this would blend nicely into a more traditional space, too. A very affordable take on a Bertoia diamond chair, for those with a big design appetite and a small budget.

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After creating this roundup of beautiful bedrooms with wallpaper, I was inspired to search for wallpapers that would be especially suited to the bedroom. The requirements: beautiful patterns with a little bit of movement that add atmosphere without being overwhelming. Wish upon a star wallpaper, $198 from Anthropologie. For those with a bit of a sense of humor - Vigilant Floral wallpaper from Flavor Paper, starting at $300 a roll. Lines wallpaper in dark blue, €64.80/roll from Ferm Living. L'eckwa wallpaper in celadon, $275/roll from Eskayel. Diamante wallpaper in gold, $140/roll from Hygge & West.

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Minimalist kitchen and dining room

Tile in the kitchen seems to be relegated to the floor and to the backsplash, but this gorgeous tile wall has us rethinking our conventional tile formula. What truly makes this tile wall work is the use of a delicately patterned tile that keeps the kitchen light and airy. How far would you go with tile in your kitchen? Would you dedicate a whole wall to tile or is that just too much for your kitchen? To see more images of this beautiful home, visit the website of interior designer Angie Hranowsky.

Dining room glass table

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Medieval dining room

Though there are few concrete rules to laying out a living room's furniture, some might agree that putting a furniture piece directly in front of another furniture piece would be like double parking in your living room. There's one notable and stylish exception to this and that's putting a bookcase or shelving system behind your sofa. Here are seven spaces proving this look works - and perhaps inspiring your own living room arrangement! A turquoise tufted sofa shines with an open gold shelf backing it up. Even a sectional can see some shelf-behind-it action, creating a wonderful and cozy nook. For a rental where you can't add wallpaper to the wall, a bookshelf behind a sofa can be an awesome way to add pattern. Seen on Cup of Jo. A tall, towering storage unit behind a sofa can really set a dramatic tone for an entire space. Weird room layouts and architectural element placement can make putting a sofa behind the sofa the smartest choice.

Minimalist dining room

The Bratsera Hotel on the Greek island of Hydra lived its first life as a 19th-century sponge factory before it was reincarnated into a 26-room inn during the 1990s. The rooms, described as 'Typical Hydriot architecture,' are full of interesting details like the platform bed and step stool shown above. For more, click below.... Wide plank wood is used for the floorboards, steps, loft and ceiling. White fabric casually draped over the canopy bed softens the room. A mosquito net can cover the bed or be swept to the side.

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In 2012, he moved into a 420 square foot apartment in SoHo, outfitted with all kinds of clever, customized solutions that gave the apartment the functionality of a much larger space. In 2014 he decided to go even smaller, and moved into a 350 square foot apartment in the same building. Graham saw the new apartment as a chance to downsize even more, but also to improve upon the design of the previous apartment. He wanted the new space to have a little more texture and character, and also be a little more affordable, with solutions that he could implement in some of his other projects. This diminutive space packs in all the features you would expect in an apartment more than twice its size. There's a living room, a sleeping space, room for a dinner party for up to 10 people, an office for Graham to work from home, and a guest room for visitors - all in 350 square feet. This may seem impossible, but the trick is that many of these functions occur within the same space, thanks to a clever layout and some very flexible furniture. The unit's office space also flexes to accommodate different needs. A 350-square-foot apartment is, even by New York standards, quite small, but Graham are making it work. This compact and highly efficient space is proof that, with a little ingenuity, and some very clever furniture, a little apartment can be the setting for a very big, rich life.

Contemporary dining room

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Living room and dining room

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Dining room

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Country kitchen

The Jaclo Lumiere shower head is all about double duty, combining a 252 jets rain shower head with a LED lighting system decorated in decorative damask, so you can pretend you're showering in the living room. We're not quite sure about the overall impression, but we like bringing in some overhead lighting in an area of the home often lacking proper illumination.... We'd like to one day see something similar, but in a decorative chandelier for a complete decadent effect. Unfortunately in our household, all we can afford is a hand shower and a flashlight strung up with some string.