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Living room

Living room

From Amanda of Lily and Spice Interiors: Working on Dex's room with his Mama Britt was so much fun. Her taste and style are right in line with my own so we had a lot of fun with this one. Working with the black and white theme and hints of yellow made this space perfect for her little guy. Wild + Free banner: Minneken + Me. Thanks, Lily and Spice Interiors! And if you like, you can see more of Dex's room here! Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.

Living room

We're constantly spotting new cool options, and Walnut Wallpaper seems to stock most of them. One of our favorite features of their site is the ability to sort patterns by color. If you're looking for just the right red, it's a big help.

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Yellow living room

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Bright living room

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Large living room

There are tons of tricks to make your small space feel bigger. Aside from mirrors, great lighting and floating furniture, consider using glass in your small space. We spotted.... ...this pretty glass cart-turned-console table at the new Tobi Tobin shop in Los Angeles and thought it was a great idea for small spaces. The glass provides a nice texture and allows a clear view to the decor items stored away, in this case, a collection of books. The idea of allowing the eye to expand beyond the furniture adds depth to small spaces.

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We attended a preview at Phillips de Pury & Company last night, which has these three chairs-all made with sustainable materials-up for auction. Jurgen Bey's Gardening Bench for Droog Design uses straw and resin. The Campana brothers Taquaral chair in bamboo and iron.

Living room with wood floor

The Green Zebra keeps popping up wherever we go around town, a sure sign that it needs to be blogged. The Green Zebra is the city's first all-green resource guide, and it's replete with special discount passes and special offers from 250 local services, products, and resources that focus on eco-friendly living. The guide includes healthy home product and service providers like Healthy Choice Carpet Cleaners, organic gardeners like the sustainable landscapers at Second Nature Design, alternative energy companies like Bay Solar Power Design, and real estate services like Green Key Real Estate. Zebra also covers green approaches to healthcare and eating, eco events and travel. Since we're apartment therapists, we went right for the 20 simple action steps page on their site, which makes a great local companion to The Cure. The Green Zebra is going for $25 and can be purchased online or at any of these stores.

Living room with big windows

The TV's always been a tricky piece of technology to blend into any home. Because of its passive media consumptive nature, we've always considered its placement best when it's not drawing attention to itself, but only when called upon. What'd we think when Emma placed her TV in the most underutilized space in the home - the staircase? Well, let's just say it feels just right. The TV sits in a downstairs office area right below the main living room. It's a cozy little den area maximizes function and space, utilizing custom-made shelves that blend into the stairs and also serving as extra support. A long, wall-mounted desk, where the TV sits on, incorporates smart wire management to keep a clean look while leaving plenty of room to do work. We especially like the fact that natural light is still able to leak in from the streets, removing the whole 'Basement' feel altogether and creating a perfect space get productive with the ability to occasionally glance up to check out what's going on the TV. Emma Balch of M Design is an interior decorator in Buenos Aires. Her recent works includes guiding Anthropologie's Keith Johnson around Argentina on Man Shop's Globe, unique projects for clients, and exports of her designs. You can check out the rest of the incredible tour of her commercial space turned residential over at Design*Sponge online.

Bright living room with large windows

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Living room with black wallpaper

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Open plan living room and kitchen

Based in Japan, Leif.designpark is a collective of three designers, Takashi Ueno and Mamoru Naito and Keizaburo Honda, whose work is both modern and deeply traditional. 'The unstained natural colors of wood must result from absorbing the numerous nutrients within the soil. The diversity is amazing. Tone is an attempt at producing furniture using effectively materials and skills established in the Japanese culture.' While the 'Green' furniture movement in the US has been diligently looking for more and more ways to use unfinished wood, we thought this was a great addition to the mix.

Living room

Perhaps it's because, in the current economy, people are reluctant to upsize their homes to make room for new children. Or perhaps it's because parents want their kids to have the special closeness that room-sharing can bring. All we know is that we've been spotting a lot more shared rooms featured all over the web these days. The room featured at the top of this post was actually published in Living Etc in January 2006. As this next photo shows, you can't go wrong with bunkbeds, great storage, a lovely wall color, and lots of natural light. We found these next two pics from Domino via Desire to Inspire. What? Doesn't every nursery have room for two cribs, two beds, and a foosball table? If yours does, perhaps this next space by Sixx Designs will stoke your creative furnace. Do you have your own favorite photos of shared rooms? Let us know!

Living room with red wall

Layering with blankets is not only a good way to warm up your home in cold weather, it's an easy way to add a little color. We've rounded up a selection of bright, bold throws - some high, some low, but all with inspiring shots of color that could inject a room with new life.....

Living room with zebra rug

Too much or just right? We saw this room by interior design team to the stars, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, and were struck by all the symmetry going on.... It definitely makes the room feel very pulled together, but it could also come off as kind of rigid. What do you think? Is there such a thing as too much symmetry in a room, or does it give off a nice, finished look?

Bright living room

We spotted these futuristic aquariums while shopping at the 2nd Street District's Lofty Dog store and thought they were perfect for homeowners looking for the therapeutic benefits of pet fish without the look of a doctor's office fish tank. While not a brand new product, we think they deserve another look for Apartment Therapy's pet month.... Known as the BiOrb, SpyOrb and BiUbe, these funky fish tanks have a sleek and modern look to complement any modern home. Made of strong acryllic with silver coated lids and bases, these fish tanks are also available with a variety of lighting options, such as halogen and LED. We love the shapes and sizes these aquariums are available in and because they come with flitration systems they are nice and healthy for our watery friends. Anyone an owner of these aquariums? Tell us how you like them!