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Living room

Living room with fireplace

The kitchen, I can hear you saying, is the last place I would want wallpaper. Typically, kitchen finishes involve shiny, uniform surfaces. Fancy wallpaper is cheaper than fancy tile, and one simple addition can make it easy to clean, too. This is the secret to making wallpaper in the kitchen not a giant disaster - mount a layer of plexiglass to the wall between the upper and lower cabinets to protect the paper from water and oil. Here, a floral wallpaper adds an unexpected touch to a modern kitchen. 'Here's another modern kitchen, unexpectedly punched up with a floral wallpaper. An advantage of the plexi approach is that you don't need the 4' backsplash you sometimes see in kitchens, where the countertop material wraps onto the wall - it's a more elegant and minimal treatment. The wallpaper is sealed with a substance called Proseal, which protects it from moisture. Here's some wallpaper in a kitchen from one of my very favorite Apartment Therapy tours, of Leslie's tiny apartment in Los Angeles. Finally, a clever idea from our friends at The Kitchn: if the idea of exposing wallpaper to the wear and tear of splashes and spills doesn't thrill you, you can still liven up your kitchen with pattern by hanging wallpaper in the space between the upper cabinets and the ceiling.

Living room with glass coffee table

It's not the busiest street I've ever lived on, as I lived in NY for 31 years, but with two noisy bus lines running up and down, I think it qualifies as an arterial. Our two sunniest rooms face the fairly busy street, and our daughter's favorite pastime is to stand at the windows and peer over the sill to see what's going on outside. Much of the view is obstructed by a tree, but whatever activity unfolds down there still manages to get more and more exciting to her every day. She's growing taller so fast that the amount of the Big Wide her eyes can take in literally becomes a little grander with every visit to the window sill. Whenever something's going on in our intimate San Francisco neighborhood we participate in it even when we stay inside. This week the sounds of Halloween raged in our living room and front bedroom and woke our daughter up so many times that we had to move her into our bed in the back of the apartment. This also meant we had to retire at 9pm to serve as her human barricades. I wouldn't trade our noisy perch for a more bucolic, isolated life, at least not right now. We live in the City because we like to be around other people. Good neighbors, bad neighbors, neighbors we know only by sight, sound or smell- our connection to all these people and to the rhythms of their daily lives is part of our daily lives, too, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Classic living room

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TV unit

Dear AT:SF, I'm graduating from college and moving across the state to a new city. I don't have much furniture, but I've had my eye on the Gus* Modern Chunk dining table for a while. I was wondering if anyone out there can attest to the quality of this table.... ...I've had IKEA particleboard furniture all through college and I am now looking for furniture that will last me more than a few years. I know some pieces from stores like Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn may cost more, but are still made of the same MDF or particleboard. How is this table? Also, are there any similar tables out there that may be made of real wood? Or should I simply be trying to get over my fear of particleboard furniture? Thanks,. Christa,We'd always choose wood over particleboard or MDF. There are some comments here about Gus Modern, but we don't know about the quality of the Chunk. It does remind us of Crate and Barrel's Big Sur Dining Table, which is also made of solid oak.

Luxurious bedroom

This unique take on open kitchen shelving caught our eye, both for the ornate moulding and bright color as well as creative reuse of architectural salvage. The country-style door makes a nice frame for pretty preserves, but would also be a happy accent to the sleekest modern kitchen. We found this in Country Living's Ultimate Guide to Kitchens.

Living room with black couch

'Parker sent us a good question:'I need some help. I put nice hardwood floors in my place this past year but the wooden chairs i have in my dining room are not meant to be on hardwood so i placed those sticky fuzzy bottom things on the bottom of the legs. 'Problem is that those things really suck. If people move around a little, they fall off and then leave the sticky gunk all over the floor. Is there a better alternative to these things?'. We know what Parker is talking about - we use those felt things on our desk chair and they are a bit of a pain and just don't stay sticky. We've heard that these 'Slipsick' floor protectors work well. The packaging says that they are 'Perfect for wood floors' and 'Guaranteed to never fall off or wear out for five years'. There are also nail-on 'Glides' in various shapes and sizes. The possible downside to all of these is that are pretty permanently attached, which may or may not be a problem, depending on how you feel about nailing something to the bottom of your chair legs.... Anyone else have any tips for Parker?

Living room

Much has been said about glossy white or black floors-but how about using a bright color? This orange is almost retina-searing; but for this loft space, it seems to fit. As a friend observed recently, 'Lofts just seem to get away with so much more! They're like the Parker Posey of apartment spaces.' What do you think of this bright resin floor?

Country inspired living room

If you like to rearrange the furniture every now and then, consider this great little table from Shaker Workshops. The Harvard Table could do time bedside, sofa-side, as a console, or even as a small desk. We like the Harvard Table not only for its versatility, but for its simplicity. Crafted from solid cherry, it's sturdy without sitting heavy. Its slender, elegant proportions lend themselves to the verticality of Victorian interiors. The Harvard table is a bargain too, if you like to DIY. Finished it's $480 and as a kit only $240. Available here.

Living room with giant lamp

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Living room open to court yeard

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Office and library

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Storage

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Dining table

In cases when you need extra chairs for guests or simply want super slim, affordable chairs for a studio apartment, we're big fans of the Lina Chair.... A classic DWR design that has been a staple with our clients for many years, the Lina is made like the typical French park folding chairs, but with a padded leather seat and back that comes in three colors. Strong enough for daily use, it folds up into next to nothing.