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Living room with fireplace

Okay, the intense color of designer Muriel Brandolini's home dining room doesn't really need much by way of description: pinks, reds, oranges and yellows - and enough pattern to keep your eyes busy for hours. Beyond the brave exercise in color, we are mostly curious about a bed in the dining room. The red lacquer four-poster bed was placed just behind the dining table so that 'One can recline after supper.' Do you think this idea ever works? Unless you live in a very small space, do you think dining and reclining should coexist?

Contemporary living room

We're showing our support for the anti-bullying initiative Apartment Therapy style - with a super purple roundup of our past purple posts! The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of 'Spirit Week' held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together. Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. Just as importantly, it's also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them. Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978. As one of the event's Facebook pages says: 'This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple.' Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we've tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting.

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You'll probably never spend more time in your bedroom than when you're a teenager. You want privacy, your own music, privacy, a nap, did I mention privacy? Teens Emily Cohn and Emma Orlow started the Do Not Enter Diaries to explore teenagers and their bedrooms: what things teens surround themselves with and how they spend their time in them. How best to access this behind-the-doors intel? Get inside and take videos. Emily, Emma and their teen correspondents interview and videotape kids in their own bedrooms talking about themselves and their surroundings. They've been able to gather videos from around the country and the world in all kinds of bedrooms. They release a new video each week and they're really fun to watch. The teens talk about themselves and give tours of their rooms, pointing out their favorite things, often mementos from school or hobbies. I don't have much daily interaction with teenagers and these videos made me feel very optimistic about the next generation. Perhaps Toronto correspondent Leyla sums up the project best: 'You know when you go to like your friend's for the first time and you just want to snoop around and look at everything? That's kind of what I get to do being a correspondent and I get to be really nosy and ask them a bunch of questions...'.

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Need a little more mirror to primp in front of before New Year's? CD in Williamsburg is selling a great floor standing mirror with a dark wood frame that doesn't take up too much room. Can't decide? CD also has one in natural maple as well. Could CD have a mirror fetish? Or is CD a store? Perhaps we'll find out tomorrow. 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 OAK HIGH CHEST for $150. Mahogany Mirror for $45. 42' ROUND BUTCHERBLOCK TABLE for $55. Oak Writing Desk for $500. painted cabinet for $300. Very Old Pine BIG Antique Dresser for $900. MUST SELL-Vintage Mies MR 20 Armchairs-Knoll/Cassina for $500. Queen Bed Frame for $175. dining table and chairs / dinette set for $150. Awesome Retro Couch Very Inexpensive! for $80. early 60's retro floor lamp for $40. Thanks, Craig!

Modern TV stand

Since this is an attempt to create a collection of bedrooms that are 'romantic', it's worth defining what in the world we mean by romantic anyway. I don't mean romantic so much in the 'will put you in the mood for love' sense, because I'm sure that's highly personal - what I'm going for in assembling these photos is something more romantic in an aesthetic sense, as in 'hews close to the ideals of the19th century Romantic movement'. Above: The canopy takes this space from Homelife to the next level. I love how the light grey walls and somber colors give this space from Skona Hem a moody feel. A room fit for a modern Marie Antoinette, spotted on This is Glamorous. A mix of vintage pieces makes this room from Lilium Designs. Doesn't this bed look so cool and inviting? From Nuevo Estilo. This room from Cote Maison is a little simpler in its decor than the others pictured, but I think there's still something undeniably appealing, and even a bit luxurious, about it. Romantic doesn't have to mean a certain style - I think this room from El Ramla Hamra fits the bill. A romantic space from Caroline & Sebastian's San Francisco home. Finally, a beautifully bright space from Stadshem.

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Open plan living room and kitchen

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Large living room

Somehow pouring wine out of an exquisite glass bottle makes it taste so much better. Serving wine from a decanter has long been a tradition. Years ago, wine was poured from the bottle into a decanter so that the sediment at the bottom of the would be separated from the rest of the liquid. Decanters still serve an important purpose in the aerating wine. Often wine needs to 'Breathe' before it is consumed. This means exposing wine to has much air as possible so that the aromatic compounds in the wine are released, which causes a more pleasurable and complex taste. Tannic wines like Barolo, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port should be aerated, while other more delicate wines like Chianti and Pinot Noir can be harmed by this process. It's important to note that any wine can be spoiled if overexposed to air. Proper aeration is tricky and depends on the qualities of the wine. Most people are unaware of the difference between decanters and carafes. Decanters have stoppers and carafes don't, because of this, liquids in carafes are more aerated.

Living room with spiral stairs

Don't you just love this door? The owner, Lyndsay, scoured eBay for weeks for a barn door to close off her bathroom, and ended up finding one at a family sheep farm in New Hampshire. With a lot of love and care, it now looks completely at home in her Brooklyn brownstone. See more photos of this amazing home at Design*Sponge.

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Q: Hi! I own a house that we have been renting out for a few years. We are moving back in soon, but have gotten different furniture since the last time we lived there, and have no idea how to arrange our new couch in the room. As you can see in the pictures, a lot of the walls are shorter or angled, making it difficult to put the back of the couch up against a wall. We spend a lot of time in the living room, both with guests and playing with our 2 year old daughter, so we'd like for it to have a more comfortable feel. We have a large, L-shaped sofa now, with the back of the couch measuring about 10 feet long. We would like to hang the TV on the wall in between the closet and fireplace. I would LOVE any suggestions for how to position the couch so that it does not break up the room too much or block the two doorways! We prefer it to face the TV on the wall. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Katie in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

Living room with fireplace

Even though my Ikea was getting grungy and the customer service is uneven at best, you just can't not deny Ikea's often occasional brilliance. Useful in the kitchen and many other places besides, Ikea's Grundtal collection of kitchen accessories were used in our latest episode of Mission Organization on HGTV, and we think they are destined to become classics. We use the bar as a towel rack in the bathroom, while the beautiful horizontal bars are stunning for exposed plate storage.

Living room with beach views

If you're one of the lucky few who got to open a brand new, gift wrapped HDTV or surround sound system over the holidays, you'll want to make sure everything is calibrated and up to par with today's entertainment standards. We've gone ahead and made it dead simple - using the combination of Dolby's interactive app and visual guides that makes setting up that new home theater dead simple. Dolby's interactive guide makes good use of the viewing distance guide Taryn provided a few months back. While we understand that the larger the screen is, the further back we should sit, it's nice to have an interactive app that also helps us with the rest of the parameters of the home theater, especially speaker angles and listening distance. You can choose from a number of sound system setups, depending on your current equipment. Dolby then provides a list of listening distances so you can get a better idea on where to put that sofa. It also explains the role of the speakers and why audiophiles often obsess about the 'Sweet spot' while listening to music.

Modern tv unit

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Large living room with the view

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Modern living room

Most famous for their Tizio lamp, that you have seen everwhere, I have bought a countless number of my favorite, the Tolomeo, for clients, friends and myself. If you are looking for stylish, functional, modern lighting with an Italian flair, Artemide is your first stop. You can see their full line at their shop on Greene Street or at their website - everything from the Tolomeo collection, to the Orbs, to the classic standing lamp, The Melampo. Problems? Artemide lighting at full retail is expensive, and their best work is architectural and cool. You won't find warm, fuzzy or even organic lighting here. For best prices, go to Lighting by Gregory, who always sell wholesale, next go the Artemide themselves, and finally you can find many of their lamps at higher prices at Design Within Reach.