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Living room tv unit

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.

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Call us crazy, but we're digging the look of this rock wall we stumbled upon last week. It reminds us vaguely of the Lew French mantel we posted a while back. The entire building covered in rocks is a bit much for our tastes, but we're feeling the rustic look for a small accent wall in the garden. We especially love the way the rocks stick out so far from the cement and their haphazard placement. We've seen rocks sunken in concrete floors, but this seems so much more organic and intentional.....

Open plan living room and kitchen

Because it's Bedroom Month here at AT, and because it's Valentine's Week, AND because one reader was bellyaching over the weekend that she just wanted to interact more, we thought we'd throw you all a funny bone this week. It's our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway and we've got a big IKEA prize to FedEx to one amazing bedroom plan for VDay.... AT's Romantic Bedroom Plan Giveaway(or what would you like your bedroom to look like this Thursday night?). From today until Wednesday at Noon ET, we're looking for reader's inspiration, ideas and plans for their bedroom. SEND US your most inspired plans for a romantic bedroom along with any source as well as an inspiring or aspirational picture. SEND IT via the form below.... We'll then let everyone comment away, giving their kudos to the most romantic, funny, inspirational or just plain swoonderful bedroom. Winners must claim their prize on Wednesday, the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.

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Dining chairs are an inexpensive staple from thrift stores and yard sales. If you find a pair with seats in disrepair, here's a great way to reuse them as a chic garden bench. If your garden is looking a little bare, break out a circular saw, and get to converting a pair of old chairs into a brand new bench. This Old House ranks this as an easy 4-hour project, costing only $65 plus chairs and outdoor fabric. Not bad for a bench made to look good and withstand the elements! For a shopping list and step-by-step instructions, visit This Old House.

Studio bedroom and living room

Like us, Kiel combines some strong patterns and throws in some solid black. We're oh so curious what the other side, opposite the sink, looks like.

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Most children also enjoy blocks: stacking, sorting, and constructing. So what could be better than a toy that combines marbles with building? Swiss company cuboro has created sets of beech wood blocks that do just that. Nicely natural wooden blocks fit together in all kinds of configurations to create sliding, turning, and twisting runs for marbles. There are solid cubes, cubes with straight runs, cubes with top channels, and some with various twisting and turning tunnels. There are also various extension kits with other cubes and accessories. Word of caution: There are marbles involved, so don't get this for children under 3 who still put everything in their mouths. Available at The Wooden Wagon and other online stores in the U.S..

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A well designed and made wood desk is a pleasure to work at and fits nicely into a home, which wants more warmth and softness than an office environment. Here are three that I've stumbled upon over the past month that are unique and beautiful, with real design design DNA behind them. Over the weekend, at the Arch Digest show, I saw a beautiful small maple desk by George Nakashima, which is simple and luxurious at the same time: the Patterson Desk. They don't know if any of these designs were built or sold, and they've been slightly modified to contemporary specifications. At our last Apartment Therapy Offline, I met Henry Grosman and Abby Richardson, two young designers who have created a uniquely attractive His and Her desk from green materials called the ADV 2.0. 'It is made from an environmentally friendly wood that is a composite of sunflower seed husks called dakota burl. The wood was cut with a CNC router machine and the legs are 1' piping with speed rail joints. The surface of the desk looks like burled wood and smells like Cheerios. While they're not in the manufacturing business, they wanted to get their design out there and said they'd be happy to help others make it. Finally, a few months ago Joseph Fratesi of Atlas East released a stunning new desk that matches their as4 shelving system. Made, like the shelving of solid walnut and cold-rolled steel bar, the desk is free standing and minimally framed so that you can move freely in and out of the desk.

Living room with fireplace

Can you believe we're into Week Four already? I don't know about you, but I feel like these last 3 weeks have flown by. I've been working on my own projects, focused primarily on clearing out my closets. See, we do pretty well keeping our apartment clean and clutter-free on the outside, but the insides -those dark hidden spaces called 'Closets' that whisper 'Psst! You don't know where to put that, so give it to me! I'll keep it secret, keep it safe...'- had developed a life of their own, and it wasn't looking very pretty.... My upper kitchen cabinets after I took off the cupboard doors. A few weeks ago I decided to switch to open shelving in my kitchen. In the process of making all the top cabinets look nice and neat, the lower cabinets got the spillover. A couple months of this and suddenly it was complete chaos: pans falling out on my toes when I opened the door, bowls and random storage containers toppled every which way, appliances I couldn't reach anymore. I'm still not accustomed to opening the doors and not having things fall out! In addition to clearing out the kitchen, I cleared out bags worth of clothes, shoes, and other household items and took it to Housing Works. This week is all about decluttering your living room. We've already gotten a bit of a jumpstart on the living room when my husband cleared out our 'Media cabinet' a few weeks ago and turned it into his bar mixology station!

Dining room with floor lamp

Tsubaki, we wish you were in SF so that you could scoop up this Pollock Executive Black Leather Office Chair - or, look, there's also a brown one we've listed below. Anyone else looking for comfortable and stylish desk chairs? 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.Industrial/Modern Light Fixture for $25.DWR 'Reve' Bedroom FurnitureANTIQUE PINE TRUNK/PINE CHEST for $159.Vintage butterfly chair for $100.Mid-century Russell Spanner lounge chair for $150.Knoll Pollock Chair for $85.Mid Century Danish Modern Bedroom Dressers for $500.1950's Bruno Hansen Danish Modern Dining Table, 2 Leaves, 6 chairs for $1400.

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Got art? Sofas, rugs and artwork are some of the toughest challenges when furnishing an apartment. Despite it's K-Mart name, Art/asap does a great job, and works with a lot of interior designers.... And when we say attractive, we mean it. This is not edgy, gritty art or anything that will grow old with grace or accumulate terrific value. This is well done, attractive art that could really dress up your walls. Art/asap was started in 1995 by a designer looking frustrated with the affordable art market. What he or she has created is a very attractive art gallery for framed prints and photography roughly between $200-$500. Art/asap is also a very large gallery, with a database of over 100,000 images, and they also specialize in matting and framing so this really becomes one-stop-shopping at trade prices. Their gallery on 50th street is small, and they do rely on their online presence to show the bulk of their collection.

Living room with great view

MGR. VINTAGE CABINET FOR SALE. This is one of my favorite pieces, but I recently moved and it doesn't fit in my new place. It's a beautiful shabby chic-style, chipped paint cabinet. I used it as a TV stand/media storage cabinet, but it can be used in any room in the house. It's a brown rustic color, with signs of chipped carmel-colored paint showing through. Inside has one shelf, a large open storage space, and three narrow drawers. The cabinet has plenty of room on top to store just about anything. I can't say enough good things about this piece.

Living room and dining room

Since it's bathroom month, we took a close look at our own. In a bathroom of small proportions with an unattractive, almost-white radiator taking up precious space, we decided that since we couldn't hide it, we may as well focus on it. Using simple materials, our chipped up, in-the-way necessity became a much more attractive object and heating source. Now the black diamonds on the floor tiles pop and the glossy black makes things seem cleaner than the old 'White.' This small bathroom also has a large side wall, with the impossibility of adding functional shelving. We had an old full-length mirror from Target, with no use for it in the bedroom. Since the wall was not only tall, but also unusually wide, we flipped the typically vertical mirror on its side, and a larger, more reflective bathroom was born.