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Living room

Dark living room

Okay, now that we know how to clean it, we want to take a closer look at Kartell's Jolly side table. It's available in crystal clear and transparent colors like gray, yellow, orange, blue, and green. 'The table's a perfect 15.75' cube, made of a single sheet of 'Folded' plastic. Use one as an end table or two or three as a coffee table. Using such transparent furniture in a small space does a lot for continuity. It lets your floor or area rug show right through the tabletop, doesn't break up fields of material, making your place look more spacious. We like these simple little guys for their clarity, playfulness, and versatility.

Large living room with library

Stepping out of the ordinary, we thought to show some goings on in our Craigslist world. Advertised in Paris Craigslist, this Chinese merchant is looking for a partner to import this treasure trove to Europe. Much of the listings in the new foreign cities are like this. Vendors from the far corners of the world are stepping out and using Craigslist to do it. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MY HOME: I love the high ceilings, exposed ductwork, amazing light, and the modern yet comfortable feel. GO TO DANA'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos and the floorplan, make a comment, select the home as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The homes with the greatest number of favorites in each size division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many homes 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!

Living room wood panels


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As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.


Don't let the color out of your kitchen over the winter months. We love this vintage-looking Round Timer from Anthropologie.... It's available in two cheery colors: yellow and robin egg blue, both with contrasting red detailing. The 60-minute timers sell for only $12 each and would make great little holiday gifts. Plus, they're magnetic, so they don't have to take up any counter space.

Dining room and living room

Name: Kate Location: Pasadena, CA Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: I call this my 'Steampunk room' - we were inspired by old English libraries, but we wanted a more contemporary edge, so we went with a teal instead of bottle green. In lamplight, the room reads very green instead of teal.

Living room with rock walls


Minimalist living room

Let's say you've inherited the fugliest of fugly sofa from you parents, and you really need a sofa for your apartment so chucking it is not an option. Plus, you reason to yourself, 'I'll keep it until I can afford that super sweet sofa I saw at Modernica last week!'. So in the meantime, how do polish this turd of a sofa? Slipcovers! But wait....the majority of slipcovers out there are kinda countrytime sally. Especially with the dust ruffles, and the pokey fabrics. We've seen some more contemporary slipcovers from Ikea, but they only cover Ikea-friendly sofas. Anyone else have a good resource for good slipcovers??

Open plan living room and kitchen

We are at a loss as to what to do with the fireplace in the living room. Currently, it is brick, and painted the same color as the rest of the living room, a look we are not fond of. Our thought is to paint the walls one color and the fireplace another. We can't decide on whether to paint the walls a darker color and the fireplace a lighter color, or vice versa. We do plan to reface the fireplace in the future, so this will most likely be a temporary solution. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jane in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Black and white living room


TV unit

In anticipation of the 2013 DC Design House, I was perusing photos of last year's show house, and rediscovered the room of a favorite DC designer, Marika Meyer. Meyer is a master at creating soothing, neutral rooms that are anything but boring. While designers are often accused of going over the top to show off an array of tricks and trends, Meyer's rooms always remind me of the role 'Designer details' can play in subtly elevating a room. Unexpected contrast details like adding patterned fabric to the back of a chair or the back of a bookcase, or a band of trim to the bottom of the upholstery highlights sculptural shapes and breaks up solids without calling too much attention. The subtle patterns on the drapes and rugs, in tones that pick up the wall color, give the eye something to grasp without overpowering the room. Layering a patterned rug over a solid one creates warmth and adds texture. While each piece of furniture could be described as curvy, the variety creates a conversation between the pieces which helps to keep the room from feeling flat. The pops of deep blue move the eye around the room, infusing the greige with a sophisticated pop in every corner. To learn more about Marika Meyer, visit her website.

Contemporary living room

It picks up the radio waves with human contact! Check out a video of it in action after the jump! Designer Florian Kräutli embedded conductive threads into the design of the rug that utilize someone walking on top of it as an antenna for radio reception. This would be great fun to play with on your own, but we're guessing it might be a little offputting to others trying to use the same space, although we're totally curious as to what happens when your pets run through your room on it! Even if we don't necessitate one in our own home, we still think it's a fabulous design and execution!

Living room

For our walls, we chose colors that looked as though the home would almost taste and smell good! Colors like Merlot and Mulberry and Plum are inspirational, rich tones that encourage us to cook, create, and entertain. The use of color can draw attention to certain areas of a room that might deserve it more than others. vIf your floor isn't so great, show off great walls, and vice versa! If there is a focal point in the room that should be shown off, paint it in bold colors and use precision when you deal with the trims. Crisp, clean lines and colors that work well together are key to drawing the eye to a special area of the room. We like to stand in the room with the best view of the space we're about to paint and choose a color that will not only work well in that space, but that will look great when viewed from a room that has already been painted. We chose a color for the kitchen that worked well with the color of our livingroom because you can see it from the sofa. We added certain touches of the kitchen color on the mantel of our livingroom. We love to use the color wheel to get inspiration and take photos of my rooms and use Photoshop to 'Pre-paint' the walls before buying paint.

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GO TO KEELY'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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Rather than just put all that tech behind glass though, many exhibitors put up some great elaborate displays and booths for attendees to test out their new optical gear. Panasonic Lumix BoothPink Out! The Panasonic Lumix booth featured a couple soccer gals dressed in neon pink ensembles kicking soccer balls of the same hue. The purple light cast of the booth, complemented with the bright green grass and a soccer field backdrop helped simulate shooting a live action game at night. Panasonic 3D BoothJust around the corner was another Panasonic booth. Sony Alpha BoothSony did a couple things with its photo booth - set an interesting scene with several interesting elements and promote its new summer blockbuster Men in Black 3. Not overly bright, this booth showcased the Sony Alpha camera's ability to do it all. Nikon 1 BoothLast, but definitely not least was the super-fun and hip booth from Nikon.