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Living room with fireplace

COLOR INSPIRATION: Light and shadow are my inspiration. I have drawn since a child and what always stood out to me was the way the light reflected off of, or was absorbed by the subject matter. GO TO BRENDA'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!

Living room with glass coffee table

We love the color navy blue for walls but hadn't thought about using it in a kitchen. It looks great here with the large amount of white trim work and the other neutral colors. The deep blue also helps keep the black appliances from dominating the small space. The antique mirror polishes off the look nicely - really transforming the kitchen into more of a 'Room' than a workspace. Follow the jump for another picture.... Thanks, Pepper&Gretta, for tagging your lovely pictures with 'Apartment Therapy Boston' so we could share your space here on AT. Great work!

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So - how about a little Friday afternoon politics? We've been following the passage-veto-override of the new Farm Bill with some interest. The infighting amongst our two major political parties has been interesting to watch, as the Republicans helped override a presidential veto to pass a bill that sets our nation's food and agricultural policy for the next five years. The U.S. farm bill is an omnibus bill that sets the agricultural and food policy of the federal government; it's reworked and passed every several years. What exactly is in this bill? We didn't have time to read through and digest all 700-plus pages of the bill, but we found a cheat sheeet. Domestic nutrition programs make up the largest portion of the estimated $300 billion farm bill. Foreign food aid would make up less than 1 percent of the bill, costing less than $200 million. It feels very, very difficult to weed through all the competing opinions and points of view on the Farm Bill, especially when it's so huge and unwieldy. Back to the garden.... You can read the full bill here: H. R. 2419 - Farm Bill - It's 742 pages long and about 1MB in size.

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I'd like to think my style is traditional with a modern twist. I love to recycle old or inherited pieces and blend them with new pieces to make them more current. My inspiration for my living room started with a pretty antique oriental rug and two antique chairs, given to me from my husband's grandmother. The chairs were covered in a dingy orange fabric, that needed to be replaced. I fell in love with a beautiful blue velvet fabric from a local fabric store that I immediately knew I wanted to cover those chairs in, and before I knew it, the living room became the 'Blue room.' In addition to those yummy blue chairs, my other favorite item is the abstract floral painting above the mantel. I love how it counters the formality of the space and adds a modern touch to lighten the mood. Best of all, I found this for under $100 at my local TJ Maxx Home Goods Store! Jute rug from Myers Carpet Coffee Table from Scott's Antique Market Blue flower painting Left glass top table Left lamp Right acrylic lamp Wall paint Blue Ginger Jars Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.

Classic living room

Q:My daughter is in high school and the house seems to be filled with people all times of day and night. Lately her and her friends have a habit of holing up in her room, and they seem to be using a combination of the bed and the floor beside it as a lounge area, but I'd like a few ideas for furniture that can accommodate a couple friends so they're not always on the floor. 'The layout of her bedroom doesn't seem to offer many options of where to put a chair - the best place I can think of is one between the desk and the dresser. That's only enough space for one chair, and ideally I'd like to place another one or two somewhere in the room. Any ideas of where to put the chair or what type of chair to use? Most of the furniture in her room is grown-up, so I need something that would look good and yet is sturdy enough to withstand teenagers. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lia in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

TV unit

It's the Curse of the Bambino! We may not be that into the Red Sox, but we're diehard Celtics fans. Even as a fan, this Celtics-inspired recliner will never be OK in our den, no matter how much we reeeeally want KG to get a ring. One of our fellow Celtics fans wants to kit out his 'Man room' in full-on green and white, and he asked us for some tips. The tricky part? His 'Man room' isn't technically 'His'-it's the den that he shares with his wife. We've seen the furniture, the bar stools, the billiards accessories. After putting out our feelers to both married couples and interior decorators, the general consensus is to limit your fan-dom to a sweatshirt and MAYBE a throw blanket if you want to keep your marital status in tact. Maybe there's a way to decorate and still proclaim your team loyalty. Anyone have any tips or photos of chic sporty rooms?

Luxurious bedroom

Well, after trips to numerous paint stores, a million paint chips, and a guy at Home Depot handing me a card for paint consulting and saying either A) 'In case you need this' or B) 'You look like you need this', we've decided on a color. I can't declare victory just yet because we chose gray and, good grief, achieving the right gray is a tough nut to crack. The above image captures the color scheme we're going for: rich gray walls, warm brown shelf, and the charcoal color shown here represents the color of our dining table. The shelf will serve a functional purpose and the wood will add organic warmth to the room. These walls are a bit lighter than what we're going for, but the shelves are spot on. Oh, and this is pretty funny - I was admiring this whole set up for MY dining room but apparently this is from Resoration Hardware's 'Baby and Child' line. Working with Gray: I've painted many rooms in my life, but I've never ventured into the realm of gray before. If any of you are heading down the gray path, here are some helpful articles I found. The Finalists: Now that we have the general color, it's time to gather samples to apply to the wall. I usually go off the paint chip with success, but due to gray's shiftiness I'm going to apply swatches and check back frequently.

Living room with black couch

Design nerds and comic book geeks, rejoice! A new graphic novel by Chip Kidd, Batman: Death by Design has Bruce Wayne ushering in the golden age of architecture in Gotham, only to have a series of tragic events happen that the dark knight must investigate. Behind it all is a villain named Exacto, and the storied buildings need just as much protecting as any human character Batman ever saved. In other news, there's dating tips for your house, and an Australian bungalow that's business in the front and party in the back.

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Q: Hi! I recently bought these awesome medieval, ornately carved, dark brown wood dining chairs off of Craigslist for a total deal. I love their character but don't want the dark design elements of the chairs to bring down the entire mood of my living room, which has a lot of dark wood. We live in a one bedroom townhouse so our dining area shares space with our living room. How can I modernize my space but still keep these chairs? We have not bought a dining table to go with the chairs yet The pictures below are from the original owners. I wish we had that much space to accommodate that big of a table, but we don't! Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Becca in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

Country inspired living room

In the photo above, the supposed 'lamp' doesn't look like much more than an aluminum brick-the kind you might see lying around the Apple plant before it's carved out to make a unibody MacBook Pro. If you take a look under the jump, you'll see how to figuratively flip the switch and get the glow going. If you looked closely, you'd see that the Brick Lamp by HC Wang has sides that are faceted, creating built-in handles and a way to prop up the lamp and reveal the light it's hiding laying down. You can prop the Brick Lamp up on any of its four sides to cast a gentle glow across a wall or table. It's not a super-bright task lamp, but instead the kind of subtle hint of light you want on your desk-all coming from a super-modern aluminum lamp that matches your everything-Mac desk.

Living room with giant lamp

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Not exactly our style, but a great gift for someone whose is. This.Large Corbusier sofa in black leather and good shape is not something we have yet seen for sale on Craigslist. Keep your eyes glued to our nav on the right for upcoming Apartment Therapy Furniture Only free Classifieds. MGR. 'OTHER GOOD STUFF- Contemporary dining room table and chairs for $600.- Clubby leather sofa - baby on the way for $2200.- Full size pine bed for $250.- 60's/70's chrome chair w/out cushions? for $55.- Two classic chairs that really need recovering for $80.- C&B living room chair for $325- Nice wood frame glass top coffee table for $35.- Steel table with wire shelving underneath for $85.- 9x7 Rug for for no price - Large American rug for $3000 or bo. Velvet, velvet, velvet couch and two chairs for $200..

Living room open to court yeard

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Office and library

For many of us, this means purchasing a Christmas tree for the arrival of jolly ole Saint Nick. I grew up celebrating each Christmas with the plastic foilage of a I-pity-the-faux Mr. Tree, assembled yearly in the living room with the precision fit of Voltron, to form a sham of a semblance of an aromatic and grand live tree...trees that seemingly graced the living rooms of all our other neighbors. My better half is allergic to many of the live variety of cut Christmas trees, so she procured via eBay a vintage aluminum tree last year...a fine fit in size and style for our cozy apartment that almost seems as nice as a real tree. Now the Christmas tree lots are about to open, and many retailers are displaying artificial tree selections of various shapes and sizes. We're curious about what sort of tree will grace the homes of our readership.

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There are quite a few things of beauty in this world, but none of them are in the shape of this fireplace, which simply looks amazing. Naturally, this design will split opinions, but all in all, we like it a lot. Actually, the Gyrofocus fireplace isn't just the world's most beautiful fireplace, it's been voted the world's most beautiful object by the World's Most Beautiful Object 2008-2009 in the Pulchra design competition. This design competition is the first beauty contest exclusively reserved for objects, whatever that means. Needless to say that this is one incredibly beautiful fireplace. Gyrofocus is made by the French fireplace maker Focus. It can pivot 360° and has been exhibited in several contemporary museums, including the prestigious Guggenheim. For it to work well, you'd need a massive space though, with really high ceilings.

Dining table

We have Emma Jeffs' window film in more then half the rooms of our house - we love the way it brings pattern and privacy to a space while still allowing light in. Our favorite use of it in our home is in the bathroom. Our bathroom window has a partial view of the apartment building next door, which previously meant leaving the mini-blinds our place came with down whenever we were actually using the bathroom for something other than brushing our teeth. The window film solved this though - we get privacy from the neighbors, tons of light, and retain the view of the hills. The best part? We never have to worry about walking in to take a shower and belatedly realizing the blinds are up.