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Living room

Living room

Yesterday, we blogged gray bedrooms, the color of our own restful space. While house sitting for a friend, we're staying in a room on the other side of the color spectrum. We love yellow in other rooms, where its perkiness is a background for lively conversations, but in a bedroom? We were worried. What makes the look work in a bedroom is keeping the competition from the other furnishings and accessories low. Here dark wood furniture, white bedding, the dark striped curtains and a minimum of strong, scuptural accessories balance out, and keep the focus on, the strong wall color.

Open plan dining room and kitchen

If you've finally found the perfect teak desk and got a steal on a white Eames Aluminum Management Chair, the last thing you want to add to your ensemble is a boring desk lamp. Here are some vintage finds from Etsy to finish the look.

Living room

This photo of a green bedroom from Moroccan guest house Casa Lila grabbed us right away. We love the painted ceiling, the yellow-green sheers, the wall hanging, and the floor cushions at the foot of the bed. Although we don't often see bedrooms decorated in so much green, this one inspired us to search for more examples.... Inspired by Moroccan decor, French company Emery & Cie mixes rich greens in many of their roomsets. This photograph features the Oreiller d'Herbes Bed. This bedroom interior from European retailer Zara Home unites a variety of patterns under one color scheme. Another photo from Emery & Cie with green bedding, walls, and ceramic side tables: the Rustique Bed.

Home theater

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Living room with round sofa

Drawing on the walls usually is not an activity parents encourage. When the results are as impressive as what we saw at Coochicoos, you might want to re-evaluate. Jump below to find out how to create this DIY wallpaper.... Kellie, of Scraplog, grabbed two fat paint pens she had laying around the house and followed a pattern from a magazine. She says the project took her 2-3 hours with no measuring. See more photos of her finished project at her blog. We think this would be a fast, easy and inexpensive way to dress up a nursery Great job, Kellie!

Living room

If your preference is for a simple, soothing place to lay your head, one great point of inspiration is the Shaker bedroom. Original Shaker bedrooms were not a place for privacy or intimacy - followers were celibate, and women and men shared separate respective bedrooms. Instead, these rooms are examples of unadorned but peaceful practicality. Some of the key components for creating a Shaker-style bedroom include: Wooden bed: A simple bed may be primarily functional, but the wood and the skill of the craftsmanship will stand out. Handmade bedding and details: Add a quilt or blanket to simple white sheets for a personal, practical, and pretty touch. Clever storage: Even if you don't share a room, make the most of your space with shelves, trunks, and wall hooks. Uncomplicated color: Keep the walls an easy, soothing white, but incorporate color and natural wood tones with accessories and rugs.

Chinese living room

For today's color combo, we thought we'd start with black and white, then spin the wheel for bold accent colors. We love the way yellow offsets the high-contrast scheme in this room, so we went on a search for other cool rooms that do the same using orange, purple, green, blue, red, and pink.... Black, White, and just a tiny bit of Red: Vitra.

Red and blue kitchen

San Francisco-based Transparent House had an idea: To integrate an iconic object - such as a vintage Leica - into modern-day life while maintaining the qualities of art and function. Their Perspektiva Lamp uses the camera as a lighting source.

Living room and dining room

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Living room

Take a peek inside this space efficient home office tucked away inside a folded door closet, hiding a compact workstation composed of an Apevia X-QPACK Micro-ATX Case and a Samsung N310 netbook.... A handsome and matching Logitech X-530 70-Watt 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System, Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, Logitech Quickcam for Notebook Pro Webcam components that all complement the computing hardware. Check out the rest of Adam's space saving hideaway desk over at Deskography.

Luxurious living room

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Living room

Name: Elizabeth Location: Austin, TX Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the natural materials used in this bedroom because they have a very calming effect. I've collected shells or rocks from almost every trip I've taken, and these are displayed around the room. The organic linens, silk throw, and botanical motif on many of the textiles make it a very soothing place to relax.

Modern living room and tv unit

Don't feel like you've got to spend tons of money updating your furniture to create an impact on these holiday guests, why not invest in some wall stickers to update your decor? Vinyl stickers, while certainly not new, have exploded recently, with all sorts of companies creating and selling unique vinyl wall stickers. Tasty Suite We just loved the affordable and quirky sticker options we found here, especially these adorable stickers to put on your cabinet doors and drawers. Prices were very reasonable and some stickers are available in a variety of colors. Our favorite will probably always be the wall-sized power line sticker. While prices are a bit of an investment, the designs and the ability to remove and reuse these stickers make the price tags worth it. We're just not sure if there's any other company out there that offers so many different sticker options. We like how many categories are available and love that they bring in artists and graphic designers to turn their hip styles into stickers you can use at home. d. garden collections We just loved these stickers for their slightly frosted and translucent look, which can be applied on windows in places that you want the light to come in, but don't want people looking in. Mira En Tu Interior Okay, we're adore these wall stickers from this Spanish company. What's your favorite place to get wall stickers? Any wall sticker horror stories to share? Are you totally over wall stickers or still think they're great? Let us know!

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After tackling their bedroom together and combining both their ideas and tastes, it's a fun, personal space that's proof sometimes two styles are better than one! For four and a half years we've slept on a boxspring and mattress without a bed frame. It's not that we didn't want a bed frame; but we didn't quite know what would work for us. I'm a little bit more vintage and Mark is a little bit more modern. It was an IKEA hack of a Fjell wardrobe they had transformed with a 'Beachy white-washed exterior' and rustic interior shelves that got them started on the idea of mixing rustic and nautical. Next came a bed frame, then a headboard made by Mark and a gorgeous mix of bought bedding and DIY accessories. Visit Lauren's blog The Thinking Closet to see more of this beautiful bedroom transformation.

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Location: NYCSize: Apartment, 900 square feet; Nursery, 96 square feet. They are used for baby clothes since the nursery has no closets and I needed something cute and sturdy that would go nicely in the room. I was inspired by the color blue and the beautiful view out the window of the nursery. It was previously a dining alcove 11' 6' x 7' 9'. I hired a contractor to build a wall separating the living room from the alcove and put in a door to the living room and a door to the kitchen. He also filled in the space around the kitchen door with opaque textured glass and he built a changing table that folds down from the shelves. I inherited the crib from a friend who purchased it and the bedding from Plain Jane in NYC. I mixed the classic style Jenny Lind crib with modern elements like the Kartell fly lamp and the wall decals. Shopping online for everything was great for me since it was the middle of summer and I was very pregnant. I bought the 2 shades from Smith & Noble, the rug from Crate & Barrel, the Lamp from Kartell, the decals from Blik and the coat rack from Pylones, all online.

Open plan living room and kitchen

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