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Living room

Living room

COLOR PALETTE: Purple Prairie - raisin, deep brown, tan. GO TO MELISSA'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

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Wood may seem like an obvious choice for green homes, but certification matters. For now, we're talking wood in its full-fiber form: no MDF, OSB, plywood, Glulam, or other 'Carbohydrate' wood here. Foremost: vast tracts of land are owned by timber companies, like Weyerhaeuser, that would go out of business if they didn't have wood to sell. They're behind the SFI, or Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a certification program often criticized as weak. We think FSC certification, which is administered by The Forest Stewardship Council, a truly independent nonprofit, and more local choices, like the Northwest's Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities certification are better options. FSC wood is widely available at outlets... including the Home Depot. Inquire at your local lumberyard if any of their wood comes from nearby family forests. You might even consider taking a weekend trip out to see where the studs or floor for your home will come from.

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This light and airy kitchen was designed by acclaimed French designer and interior architect Andree Putman. We love the slanted glass roof and the feeling of being so close to the outdoors. Who wouldn't love those vintage French cane chairs.

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Before Libertine touted their bicoastal relationship, there was Green Lady/HunterGatherer. While these guys don't dabble in couture for Target, they do churn out an impressive amount of art and design for the home-all while squeezing in gallery exhibitions, motion graphics spots for MTV, and some teaching gigs. While Todd operates a full-on design studio in NY, Gary opened a small boutique in downtown San Diego called Iglooshop. In addition to their own prints and office necessities, this shop is stocked with merchandise from mainly West Coast-based artists and collectives such as The Quiet Life, Commonwealth Stacks, Arkitip, and Bob Kronbauer. Our personal pick? Gary and Todd's own wood-grained Wave Print.

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GO TO LAUREN'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

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I love the look of the white painted floors common in Scandinavian shelter magazines. The look is sleek and modern, but in practice it takes a commitment and can be difficult to keep clean. So Jon and Tyke's slightly more approachable - and more affordable - take on the look is a welcome addition to our archives of inspiration. Jon and Tyke needed to replace the flooring in the whole upstairs of their home and decided on plain wide pine planks from a local lumber liquidator that were affordable and quick to install. They added a layer of white paint and over the course of a year, the white has faded slightly and shows a hint of the wood below with subtle knots and wood grain coming through. It's a warmer take on opaque glossy white floors and a great affordable option for modern looking wood flooring.

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Q: Hi folks! I need some advice on this decorating dilemma at a small town house in Brazil. The living room is narrow and I don't have a full wall where I can hang some artwork. We also have this empty space under the stairs, so any ideas would be very much appreciated. I love Scandinavian style and also organic and creative spaces, but I am lost on how to make my living room look decorated! The lounge unfortunately does not fit right in front of the TV. There are two doors, as you can see: one is the front door and the other one is a small restroom. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Paula in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Modern living room and tv unit

'Living room = sofa' is a classic equation that's so ingrained in our decorative consciousness that it's hard to break free. Sometimes sofas aren't what you deep down need or want for your space. You might use your living room in an entirely different way that isn't conducive to a single linear piece of furniture. The sitting area above, from My Scandinavian Home, eschews the sofa in favor of a ring of armchairs, which are more conducive to conversation and games in a way that linear sofas just aren't. These amazing lounge chairs from seen in Casa Vogue give plenty of room to spread out relax and not bump up against the person next to you. Frank Roop designed this classic and elegant living room, with nary a sofa in sight. The arrangement packs in lots of seating and uses less floor space than a traditional sofa. Artist Aldo Chaparro channels his inner Bohemian with this living room set up that's relaxed and informal.

Living room with dark floor boards

Black and white are just two colors you can't screw up. They were made for each other and we feel like people need to embrace them more. If you want a quick and easy way to get a cool and modern home office - go black and white! Candy Black Design Offices are extremely inspirational if you're going for the black and white, semi-minimalist vibe. Black White Home Office is a great example of black and white done right in a home office. Black Study Room is much more on the traditional side, but still very successfully done. The black walls work great the creams and other neutrals and it's really easy to select a desk for this space. You can use a wood, painted or glass desk and they'd all work great.

Open plan house

When Jamie and his wife started looking for their first house four years ago, they really narrowed down what they were looking for so they could keep the price down. They bought 'a decade old cookie-cutter suburban house.' They didn't want to pour a lot of money into a house that they weren't sure how long they'd live in, but they did want to make their mark. So they took their time, got creative, budgeted and slowly took a boring, beige living room with oversize furniture into the fresh and comfy modern space that matches their personality better! One of the biggest areas for improvement in this first house was the living room. It was a decent size but lacked any sense of personality: Harboring beige walls, a dated CRT TV nook, lifeless windows, and wall to wall carpet, it was truly a blank slate with nothing we were worried about keeping or working around. Sticking to a strict monthly budget that was also partially earmarked for other projects across the rest of our house, we worked on developing this room over a few years, replacing our decor item-by-item as we found the perfect pieces to suit our overall vision. In truth there are still a few small things we want to change or tweak but we are satisfied with how far it has come. We feel it is bright, cheerful, and modern while still meshing with the overall transitional style of the house. While it may not be our dream living room, it has been an enjoyable makeover process and we are happy to come home to this room after work each day. Love the transformation! Looks like an entirely new house! See more photos of this fresh living room on their blog.

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Break out of the box when considering a coffee table. Round coffee tables bring a lovely organic softness to a room, and can help visually balance a space that has harsh straight lines. They look particularly great when contrasted with a boxy sectional, but round coffee tables can look good in a variety of different living room seating arrangements. Peruse these photos of living rooms getting round coffee tables right and use them as inspiration for your own space.

Rustic look living room

GO TO TIM'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Living room with big windows

We've seen this trend for quite awhile now, so it's probably safe to say that it's become a permanent option for the dining room. In lieu of a set of chairs, using a bench or two gives the space a more casual, rustic feel. Aesthetics aside, we like the idea of using a bench-and-table combo for a small space because not only can a bench pull double duty, but it can seat a few extra guests in a pinch.

Green sofa

Wall decor in a kid's room doesn't have to be all 'Cutesy' baby animals and Winnie the Pooh. Emily shared with us her fun nursery wall, where she took some of her favorite photos that her husband took and created a graphic photocollage of treasured memories and imagery. The side table was a DIY project with the help of some bright paint and paper stickers.