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Rustic wood dining table

Nicola's living room if full of deep, dark colors, funky textures and the sort of textiles and fabrics you just want to snuggle up and get cozy. With a fun mix of thrifted and new purchases, the space has a ton of personality that complements the Victorian architecture of the home. All of the elements work together to make a perfectly welcoming family living room. From Nicola: This room is my favorite room in the house. It retains many of the original victorian features including the original fireplace and cornicing. It is decorated in a dark grey, Downpipe by Farrow and Ball and my favorite item in the room is my green cotton velvet sofa from MADE.com, which is large enough for all four of us to snuggle down and watch movies on a Sunday afternoon. A lot of what I own in the room is vintage or thrifted, I like nothing better than searching for one-off items or restoring old and unloved furniture. Of course I add new items to the mix and I am a particular fan of Abigail Ahern and Rockett StGeorge in the United Kingdom. Wall Colour is Downpipe by Farrow and Ball Sofa is Scott Sofa in green velvet by MADE.com Rug is a Berber Rug by Covet Ilkley Lighting, overhead and mantlepiece by RockettStgeorge Plants and Flowers are faux and from Abigail Ahern.

Dining room

San Francisco- and Sacramento-based design mecca Limn has just announced that their new location will be in downtown Seattle. 'LIMN's first store outside of California will join the historic gallery-filled Pioneer Square district of Seattle-the destination for those seeking unique and surprising finds.' 'LIMN Seattle will be located at 629 Western Avenue in Seattle, Washington. LIMN Seattle will host an opening reception on November 9th, 2006 from 6 pm to 9 pm, open to the public.' We say: Limn is superb for pricey modern design from Europe.

Set dining table

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Black and white living room

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Red dining table

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Dining room

Our kitchen table has about as many uses as white vinegar does and while one night we could be entertaining guests, the next we could be sprawled out doing a large art project. The problem with those two things is that different lighting is usually required, but not anymore with this super cool, adjustable height pendant light! Although we have a bit of a crush on several different styles of light and we fell pretty hard for this shiny multi-tasker from CB2. Retailing for $199 the Pulley Pendant Lamp, seriously stole our hearts. Installing one or more over a dining room table not only brings a bit of metallic and glam, but a real sense of task lighting that can be adjusted for whatever activity you're partaking in. Reading and doing homework? No problem! Having an intimate dinner with a few friends? Sure thing, just pull and adjust as you see fit! Do you think this look is as cool as we do? Let us know below!

Dining room with wallpaper

Q: I just moved into a loft with my partner, and the opening to the bedroom is right next to the kitchen / living area. There is no door and there is another opening to let light in across the top of the wall. As you can imagine, these openings also let in a lot of sound. A. What is a good way to solve the noise / privacy issue regarding the door while working around the pipes and 18 ft ceilings? B. What is a good way to solve the noise issue regarding the 'Window' at the top? Also trying to figure out a way to let light in when we want it during the day, but not while I'm trying to sleep at night and he's in the common area with lights on? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Meg in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Dining room with wallpaper

Hello AT,. I'm looking for a rug kitchen rug/mat. What color goes with my green and yellow tiled kitchen floors? I want the rug to tone down the colors and make it cozier in there. It makes the room feel blah, especially since the walls are also beige. I would love white, but is white crazy to have in a kitchen since it will get dirty? We'd go with a soft RED and - because color is very important - we'd go with the type of red you find in Bolon Vinyl sisal. You can get this cut to size for kitchens, and it was originally designed as kitchen matting in Scandinavia. To see what this looks like, click over to this link: Bolon Woven Vinyl Floorcovering. The color we have in mind they call BURDOCK. Anyone else?

Small round dining table

A big frustration with rental or non-custom kitchens is often the blank wall space above the kitchen cabinets. If you want to make the most of those cabinets then try this trick: put wallpaper up there! As you can see, this Finnish kitchen has a blue backsplash, but bright yellow patterned wallpaper above the plain white cabinets.

Modern dining table

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Luxurious living room

Well, speaking of moods - do you ever feel like dancing at home? Like, in your living room? Check out this interesting little project by Engineered Environments of Alameda, CA, where they basically turn a living room into a full-on night club - lights, discoball, and all. The night starts with a quaint dinner with a couple of friends. Little do they know that.... ...behind all of that jazz and modernist ways is a night club just waiting to happen. With the click of a button, the AMX system goes into effect, making good use of the Mac-driven media server that controls the music via the in-wall touchpanel or iPad/iPhone. Motorized shades and LED nights move into motion, with dual video projectors to finish off the party theme. The pole, well... you can consider it a bonus. In the other room, guests can enjoy films and TV shows on the huge 65-inch LED TV. What a cozy lifestyle this couple must have!

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Dining booth

It holds three shelves and the door doesn't close all the way. Don't get us wrong, we love that we have a medicine cabinet that stores all of our toiletries. If we could have any medicine cabinet we would definitely go for the one pictured above. We spotted this mirrored medicine cabinet online and thought it was cool. After closer inspection we noticed that this medicine cabinet was like no other we had seen before-it has cold storage! This medicine cabinet is part of the M Series line from Robern and can be surface mounted or semi-recessed. It would be great for storing nail polish, cremes, medicines that need to be chilled and even the convenient bottle of water. Luckily, this luxury medicine cabinet is temperature zoned so your toothbrushes aren't subject to the chilly conditions.

Large kitchen

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Living room and dining room

I removed the room's door, which I never closed anyway. Talk about a great space saver! Without the door swinging into the room, I could use the entire wall. After painting the rest of the room an energizing bright white, I treated this wall with chalkboard paint, which both minimizes the visual presence of the crate and shelving brackets and gives me a surface for writing notes. My office eventually will double as a sleeping space for visiting nieces and nephews, so the chalkboard wall will be fun for them too. My desk, which I pushed out of the way for the 'After' photo, is now in the center of the room, directly beneath the light. The barre is behind the desk, where the crate used to be, and I now have plenty of room for my daily stretching. The other side of the room is still in progress, but I promise to show a Before & After of the entire office when I'm done.