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Kitchen with white benchtop

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Kitchen

An email from Catherine I'm looking to get an area rug for my living room in a 9' x 21' size. I'm looking for something in wool, but very simple, with no pattern. Since I don't need anything fancy, I'm not even sure where to look. Hi Catherine! For something that large, and especially if you're not concerned with a pattern, you might consider going to a regular carpeting store or carpet warehouse and seeing if they have any remnants that fit that size. Normally they can bind the edges for you and the results can give you a real custom look and also be quite cost effective. Does anyone have any experience with this or have any other suggestions?

Dining room

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Large kitchen

There's nothing like seeing a living room updated to accommodate another life - in Nicole's case, her preparations for the baby. Not only does the right choice of furniture make the space look absolutely gorgeous, but the most importantly, it completely integrates the technology into the backdrop, making the seemingly coldest piece in the room feel almost as vibrant as the space around it. A smart choice of choosing a white bezel on the LCD television keeps it from being a distraction in the room, especially when the focus is the child - not entertainment. A comfortable rocker and seating area for easy viewing of both the kiddo and Oprah. We also love the idea of using ample lighting on both sides of the couch balance out the electronics in the room. That, paired with natural light during the daytime, makes a space feel warm and welcoming no matter what time of day it is.

Kitchen with wood cabinets

Q: I live on an army base, in a home where the tiny living room and dining room are combined into one very narrow space. Where my computer desk is now is where they designed the 'Dining room,' if you can believe that. My question is, how do I decorate the other half of this wall? The walls are popcorned, so wall decals would not work. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Katie in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

Modern kitchen

We wanted to purchase a home that needed a kitchen remodel because we didn't like what we saw when we toured houses with remodeled kitchens. We wanted to get used to our place before we embarked on a remodel so we knew what we wanted as far as layout, finishes, and appliances. We were glad we waited because we made many decisions that were different from our initial thoughts on what we wanted. It took us a while to find someone who knew what we wanted. We also didn't want to do a generic remodel so we spent a lot of time looking for a lighting, tile, and surfaces. The tile we chose was 100% upcycled material from old CRT screens. It was funny because our tile contractor didn't want to install the tile because it was handmade and each tile was slightly different. It ties the kitchen into the rest of the second floor because there is a lot of wood. Now, after six months, we are thrilled with the results and use the kitchen more than ever.

Red kitchen

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Kitchen

Yesterday we compiled our favorite Masculine & Moody Home Offices. More you ask? Yes, now we're wanting to experience Fun & Feminine Home Offices. Samantha Reitmayer of style/SWOON is certainly lucky to have a combination dressing room and home office. Rebecca's Loving Living Small Home Office is one of the brightest home offices we've seen in a while. Aerin Lauder's Closet Confidential is another example of combining the dressing room with an office. Honestly, we haven't seen much of these - but the ladies of luxury are bringing them to our attention! How could you not be inspired when sitting at a gold desk in the shape of a Z? Bold Purple Office may not be on everyones list of favorite offices, but we think it's intriguing. Gary Spain Designed Home Office is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. What do you think of these Fun & Feminine Home Offices?

Minimalist kitchen and dining room

It's an old living room opening to a garden, made in the 70s with some wood brought from Anatolia. We have changed the mirrors, re-polished wood, removed some of the cabinet doors so we could use them as book shelves. Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.

Open plan house

If there is one thing that hasn't changed since its inception, it's the concept behind a washing machine. The box-like devices haven't changed that much, and even you look for something different, you'll end up paying thousands of dollars for something like that. Think about it, weren't those LG washing machines and dryers the latest rage in washing machine technology? Designer Djordje Zivanovic comes to the rescue with an Aquarium, and it's not for fishes! It's hard not to compare this design by Djordje Zivanovic to the iPhone. It's nice to see the whole box-like machine replaced by something spherical, but in the end, does it wash any better? Now that's the important question. Since this is only a concept, there isn't much information available on this. We've found a few interesting tidbits about the Aquarium. Washing machines are usually kept far away from prying eyes, so making one look cool doesn't really make much sense. The designer says that its innovative since it's only composed of two spheres, one inside the other. The spheres rotate in different axes, so looking at it can be mesmerizing. It's mentioned that this washing machine is called Aquarium because it doesn't need a water tap, meaning that you have to refill it periodically and it can be placed in the middle of your living room, if you find the movements of the spheres really interesting.

Kitchen

Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a new apartment, and we need an area rug for the living room area. We both like the ornate look of a traditional Persian rug, but we disagree on the color. I feel that a lighter color rug - blue/gray/cream - will make the room look larger since the room has darker exposed brick, a dark leather sofa, and gray walls. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lindsay in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Kitchen

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Contemporary large kitchen

Q: My fireplace is at the very edge of my longish living room I have two wall spaces as options for my TV. Along the same wall of my fireplace or in front of the window next to the front door, but I would rather keep the window space open. Considering a living room area with the TV on one half then a reading area with chairs by the fireplace, but not sure if that's wise for such a small space because I don't want my TV above the fireplace. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Saerom in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Minimalist kitchen and dining room

Looking at the Couch-Tisch from Rotermund right angled table-bench combination, we're both impressed and also wanting an additional detail. There's no doubt that this one beautiful piece of furniture, the bench made of a striking patterned zebrano veneer and the attached table made of white coated medium density fiberboard and fused glass. Am I alone in wanting an extra feature where the table could switchblade and completely hide into the bench for hidden storage and space saving?