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Contry house dining room

AT:SF reader Meredith sent in photos of her living room. She writes, These are photos of my before and after with black paint, which looks amazing even in a small space. I found that it actually made the room feel larger because the ceilings are high and now your eyes are draw up to the white molding and ceiling... ...I silkscreened the square photo on the wall. The left side of the room has chocolate linen on the wall that I stapled up. I stapled in chocolate burlap in the bookshelf to give a rich feeling and some depth. The closet space has an accessory wall that was made from the back of the bookshelf jutting into my closet. On the before photo the top right photo is a collage of SF business cards - places I have eaten at or shopped at - which I made into a circular design to mimic the sputnik light fixture.

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Until a few years ago, when you went looking for great wood furniture, you had to go out to Brooklyn and scour through old, heavy American vintage. Karazona Cinar of White on White Furniture changed all that. If you want the full story about how Karazona came from Turkey to build a small empire in low price antique and new furniture in the midst of a recession, read Oliver's article at Ryanbros.com. The short of it is that he manufactures his own versions of classic pieces by Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Isamu Noguchi, and has also amassed one of the more impressive collections of vintage Danish Modern pieces in the five boroughs. His two New York stores, Broadway and White street, feature basement warehouses with row upon row of imported furniture, which move weekly. MGR. White is the creation of Karazona Cinar - the downtown Robin Hood of vintage furniture - and his merry band of hip misfits who have collectively managed to build a thriving low-cost manufacturer of high end furniture in New York's recessionary service economy. From the beginning, he was able to undercut the market - which was dominated by furniture boutiques selling original pieces or higher cost Italian imitations - and still make money.

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Sometimes when you move into a new home you're excited about some of the decorative elements the former owners left behind. Like in Darby's case, you're left with a room that practically makes your eyes bleed and your stomach turn. As her twin sister put it 'There are not words clever enough for the atrocity.' But don't worry - this story and this bathroom have a happy ending. Whew - so much better right? On a very tight budget, Darby totally updated and transformed this orange disaster into an orange delight. The bathroom is used by her three children, two girls and a boy, so in a sense the orange is a blessing since it so easily falls into the gender neutral category. Although she would have liked to put in new countertops and floors and replace the sink or tub her budget only had room for some fabric, wallpaper which was painted over, updated hardware and, of course, paint to lighten up the cabinets.

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When we first spotted this trio of bud vases by Heath Ceramics, we loved the simplicity and repetition of the shapes...but what really strikes our fancy? The combination of muted earth tones punctuated with a bright, brazen yellow. It's like an exclamation point at the end of this set. Hmmm, this could be a perfect color scheme for our work-in-progress bathroom.....

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Hello AT:SF, I was hoping AT readers could help my partner and I come to a decision about tile for our backsplash. As you can see from the picture our kitchen remodel is almost finished, but we can't proceed until we pick a color for the backsplash tile.... ...Our countertop is black Paperstone made of recycled paper, our floor is recycled cork in a greenish color and we want to install recycled glass tile - this limits our options. We were thinking black or possibly a mosaic blend, but we are afraid to go too dark. The wall colors stay, so I don't want anything green.

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Katie and Ian Walker's Buckhead home was profiled in this month's Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, and we thought the place was the epitome of eclectic glamor. Katie told reporter Clinton Smith that the architecture was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Italian villas, and 'a more streamlined international style,' while the landscaping has elements of South Beach and Long Island. See some examples of what we mean after the jump.... For more images and detailed descriptions, check out Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine.

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Dining table with christmas tree

We think that the simple living movement has lost it's voice, and what began in the late 90's as an earnest attempt to extricate lives from an overly complex and consumption oriented culture, has dwindled to a exist only as a national magazine title with the biggest advertising revenue of any shelter mag around. It's the voice that says you don't need so many things to live comfortably. It's a voice that urges you to choose quality over quantity. It's a voice that says don't be distracted by all the meaningless jabber and media nonsense that is out there. It's a voice that says having a balanced homelife is essential. It's a voice that says be in control of your life and avoid entanglements, people or debt that will rob you of that position. It's a voice that says richness comes from the relationships that you create, and these cannot be purchased. We're working on this voice ourselves, and we'd like to be surrounded by more of them.

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Round dining table

So many people have wasted space under their stairs. Storage is a great solution, but when you are short on space all over your home a half bath is an excellent thing to tuck under the stairs. Half bathrooms don't need much room, especially since you sit down in half of the space. By converting the forgotten space under the stairs you can not only add value to your home but also a very useful room! Hidden and unexpected, this adds a touch of whimsy and fun to a home that is short on floor space.

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Hello AT,. Our new apartment has a 30 foot long living room that does not get good light at all. We love dark wood furniture and already own a wonderful dark coffee table but really have no idea what to do with the rest of the room! Rectangle rug or round rug? Carpet tiles or shaggy area rug?....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. Is dark wood too much for a poorly lit room? We are allowed to paint and I'd love some thoughts about how to make the room look a bit lighter with paint. Your apartment looks lovely, and the living room area, though long, looks like it will make a very good living room. Paint your main room a nice, warm, off-white, but give the long wall a rich warm accent color that will ultimately run behind your sofa. We see the track lights on the ceiling, and these will be great for lighting up that color and bouncing it into the room. Orient your living room with sofa along long wall facing media stand and TV on other wall, with coffee table in center and two chair on the TV side facing back at the sofa.

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Today's lesson clarifies those definitions that everyone seems to be batting around with increasing frequency.... Carbon footprint The effect of an action, whether driving a car, eating meat or using a plastic bottle, on the climate measured by the amount of greenhouse gas that is produced. Greenhouse gas Gases, such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorocarbons, that directly contribute to global warming. Carbon offsets These are measures sold to companies and individuals to balance out the carbon dioxide their actions have produced. Carbon tax A proposal to charge a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels like gas for driving and fuel for flying. Energy vampires This term refers to electric appliances such as televisions, chargers, and computers that use energy even when turned off. Fair trade A certification code used by TransFair USA that ensures products such as coffee, tea and sugar have been grown by farmers who are paid a fair price, provided credit, and given assistance in their business with the eventual goal of economic self-sufficiency. Sustainability Living in a way that preserves resources for our children and our children's children. Ideally, looking for non-exhaustible ways to 'Fuel' our lives like wind and solar power.

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We had a difficult time avoiding the Nido/Neato wordplay in the title of this beautiful new indoor or outdoor seating. It's not often you find outdoor furniture that you would just as easily have in your living room! Designed by Javier Pastor for Expormim, these chairs and benches are made of 6mm steel tubing and end up fairly lightweight. The seating comes in black and white powder coated finishes, and we could just as easily see one or a pair of these chairs in a living room as on a patio! The indoor/outdoor flexibility comes in particularly handy if you see your patio space as an extension of your living area. Do you have any other favorite outdoor furniture that works inside as well? How about affordable options.

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