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Large open living house

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Modern kitchen

On our next trip to Seattle, we definitely plan to go to Peter Miller Details in Belltown. A couple of months ago we stumbled upon their website while looking for a Pentagram Calendar, and immediately became intrigued. Peter Miller Details sells beautiful, well-designed home and office products. Its neighbor, Peter Miller Books, sells architectural and design books and supplies. Peter Miller Details sells products from Alessi, Iittala, Marimekko, Stelton, to name just a few companies. Items include everything from flatware to clocks to glassware to desk accessories. The website is so wonderfully curated that we look forward to seeing the actual store. Oh, and if you're in, or going to, Seattle, be sure to see the website for A Very Small and Specific Guide to Seattle: Peter Miller's Favorites.

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This question came from a disgruntled friend over the iChat: So, I just moved into a place that has high ceilings-about 25 feet! And the walls are an icky dark-ish beige and the ceilings are an off-white...I really can't afford to hire someone to paint the place, but I'm wondering if I could just roll up my sleeves one weekend and do it myself? Are there any tricks you know of when it comes to painting walls with high ceilings? To our friend, we say sincerely: Bribe as many people as possible to come and help you. Start looking at extension poles to add on to your paint rollers. Oh, and some ladders and probably a 36-pack of beer. Aside from those four things, there really isn't much more to getting the job done. We have seen some places where people just paint up to a certain point and let the wall and ceiling blend together, but that might not work considering that your walls and ceiling are completely different colors. If you're feeling really extreme, you may even consider renting scaffolding for a weekend.

Yellow kitchen

Name: Georgia Location: Caledonia Canada Division: International What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the colors and the wallpaper and the tiny coziness. I love that the wallpaper wraps around the room and envelopes my husband and myself like a cocoon. I love that it is so tiny that it can only be used to sleep, read in bed and get dressed in. I love that when I wake up in the middle of the night and open my eyes the moon is right outside my window and the trees are all around us.

Orange kitchen

A piece of art-striking, memorable and, especially, big-can be the focal centerpiece of a room. You know you've done it right when your friends refer to 'The horse picture room.' Although often more expensive to acquire, the investment can go a long way in setting the mood and attracting the eye the moment you walk in. Check out this collection of children's rooms that use large-scale art to create a bold impression.

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There are a select few of lucky folks out there who get to live in authentic converted lofts full of character- and then there's everyone else. Even if you live in a suburban home, you can still infuse your space with the feeling of wood beams, cement floors and exposed brick walls. It's true! This amazing transformation by Shannon from AKA Design + Life is proof. She turned this simple space into a brick wall full of character that could pass for any cool downtown coffee shop. Doesn't that look amazing? Talk about adding character to a space! This is such a great spot to pretend you're enjoying a coffee or catching up on a magazine in a hip downtown lofty coffee shop. To see how Shannon created this old look in a new space visit the full blog post on AKA Design + Life.

White kitchen

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Red kitchen

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Large kitchen

Now, it's all about the conveniently located cozy dining nook. More and more people, couples and families are turning to this alternative way of dining as their main source for all things eating and entertaining. Dining nooks are often nestled right by the kitchen, which is the natural gathering point in most homes. Thirdly, your dining nook can be a place you sip your coffee in your PJs or gather around for a formal dinner with friends-it has an approachability that, let's face it, most formal dining rooms don't. Technically, this sweet little breakfast nook is in blogger Chloe Joy's laundry room, featured on Little House Big City. This next dining nook by BD Home really keeps diners in the cooking action, ensuring the chef always has someone to chat with nearby. The dining nook is a great solution to a compact space, as you can squeeze in more seating into less square footage. Designer Lindsey Coral Harper took a seldom used window seat and turned it into an oft used dining nook. This Old Town Chicago apartment features a dining nook designed by Summer Thornton that perfectly straddles both the kitchen and the adjacent living room.

Large kitchen with blue blacksplash

This is creating a challenge for me and my MCM furniture because I want to leave space open but if I leave it too open, it feels vacant - yet I'm concerned about a cluttering it up as well.... My carpet is an ugly beige color and looks awkward with a square shag rug on top. I'm trying to find a way to tie my mid century modern style'd furniture together and have been told a rug is a great way to do it. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions? I've thought perhaps a shaped rug might work better? Do you have any links or photos of MCM living rooms with built in carpet for inspiration? Thanks, Brett. Hi Brett, there's a few examples of MCM decorated spaces from our house tours showing rooms appointed with carpets...and even one with a rug ontop of carpet. Check out Sam's Sydney Simplicity, which shows a shag with a patterned carpet below it. Another striking MCM example of using rug ontop of carpet is from Gregory's Palm Springs In the Suburbs, where the living room was decorated with a large pattern rug ontop of the neutral carpeting. Small rugs can also be used to compliment the carpeting, as the case was with Derek's MCM themed carpeted apartment, shown in his house tour, Gidget Gets a Sex Change. We also recommend looking at playing with FLOR carpet tiles, which allows for unique patterns, shapes, and layout that often work well with MCM style decor at a reasonable price. Anyone else out there with similar carpet conundrums they've solved? Resources to share?

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Who says you have to go the route of tradition and put up a typical Christmas tree? For those looking for a more minimal and modern contemporary spin on the old yuletide decoration, why not take a cue from this IKEA catalog setup where they've taken a trimmed tree branch and decorated it with a striking monochromatic selection of ornaments. Our only qualm is that presents don't look hardly as nice under this as a traditional tree, but it could be executed as a smaller complimentary holiday decor detail with smaller vases also instead of a replacement for a traditional tree. A good friend created something similar for her wedding reception centerpieces, and they were such a big hit, attendees fought over who could take them. Either way, it's a great way to recycle and reuse some wintertime yard trimmings.

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As our color contests have shown, color can not only be fun to look at but it can be great to live with. Looking thru our sister site, The Kitchn, we were struck by the color of these Emile Henry clay pots. We're always shied away from purple but now we find ourselves increasingly drawn to it.... This room from Domino, and this room from one of our 'I've Got Color' contests, show how purple can be grounded by using white. The darker the color, the better: Think Prince and ripe figs rather than Harold and his crayon. Clean lines are better than fancy ones: Let the color shine. Keep accents subtle and minimal: Understated is best when purple is the star. Like a trusted advisor to the king, grey supports purple magnificently.