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Living room

Living room

We love this rammed earth construction by Terra Firma Rammed Earth Builders. It's uncommon enough to see on a home's exterior. Would you believe you can also use the material in bathrooms? Check it out after the jump.... All photos are from the Terra Firma Rammed Earth Builders' portfolio. Look at the one with the 'Fish fossil' on the wall. The shape was put into the formwork for the wall, leaving a 'Prehistoric' imprint behind.

Living room and dining room

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Middle eastern living room

It's not just handy to have them out in the open. Sometimes kitchen utensils are just plain beautiful. It's no wonder many kitchen designs now incorporate rails, racks, and open shelves that both store and display such wares.... The utensils pictured up top are well-used and pretty run-of-the mill. It doesn't take expensive 'Design-y' utensils or unrealistic standards of cleanliness to make for a beautiful display of these common household items. We touch and use and clean many standard kitchen utensils every single day. Why not elevate them to a position of display within our kitchens? Image: Library of Congress.

Li

I've long been admiring tramcars, a mode of transportation I take almost daily. The trams in Hong Kong have been transporting people across the island for over a century. Lumbering down the tracks, the tram is usually the slow choice for getting where you want to go; but at just HKD 2.00 it's the most economical.... I love the tram; on fine, cooler days, travelling with the windows open allows a breeze to pass through the tramcar, cooling the air naturally. I feel especially lucky if the tram I board is an older model, fitted with lovely caned seating and wood-frame windows and detailing. Given the opportunity, I would love to rip one of the two seaters right off the tram and carry it straight home to my dining room. For now, I'll have to settle with enjoying the tram furniture in situ, taking the slow way home.

Open plan living room and dining room and kitchen

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Classic living room

Like with snowflakes, no one entertainment area looks alike. No matter how many we see, everyone seems to put their own flare on their media centers, despite all having the same items within them - TVs, DVD players, stereos, and speakers. The open floor plan is amazing and those windows are...we want those windows! With their luxuriously long walls they were able to spread out their living room via book shelves. Their flat screen is mounted on the wall, with vinyl chandelier candelabra decals flanking both sides. An Ikea Expedit bookcase was put on its side to hold all their components, along with some of the hundreds of books they own. More photos after the jump.... Each speaker sits sideways on bookcases on either side of the TV. One of the speakers acts as a mount for a Muji NYC wooden city kit. We love it when people use their speakers not just as boom sticks, but as art or book shelves.

TV unit

Now that October's here, we're dreaming of cozy dinner parties on twilit evenings, with fragrant stews and probably some luscious pumpkin desserts. Of course we're also dreaming of decorating such parties, with candles everywhere and maybe, instead of flowers, a few plants with deep, dark foliage to set the proper autumn tone.... We love the look of this fall table from Sunset, with its rustic containers and dark, sculptural plants. It's perfectly evocative of an autumn mood without being gloomy or overly seasonal. Black mondo grass won't work as an indoor plant, but for a temporary decoration, try a few little four-inchers in pretty pots parading down the center of your table. Decorate each place setting with a spring of rosemary on the napkin. Try ceramics or terra cotta for an earthy autumn feel. Place a votive by each guest's plate; the candlelight cast on each face will provide warm, October-inspired light. Consider burlap or natural linen for a tablecloth and napkins. How do you set your fall table? Please share ideas below!

Living room

Kenny Lao is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. His bright red home kitchen looks suspiciously normal, but look a little closer, and you'll find plenty of rewards. Can you spot a hippopotamus, a taxicab, and an amphibious beast? You can also see plenty of dumpling fixings; we have a tutorial from Kenny on how to make perfect potstickers too.

Living room

Q: Hello! We recently moved into a new house and are trying to decide on furniture and furniture placement for our largish living room. Details: 21' x 13'8'; 10'5' ceiling; opens to dining room and to hall. Any thoughts on furniture would be great - do we go with two sofas? Or one sofa and two chairs? If we go with two sofas, do they need to be matchy-matchy? We are thinking of getting a C&B Petrie leather sofa but not sure what to pair it with any thoughts? Thanks! Sent by DC from MTL. Editor: Leave your suggestions for DC from MTL in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Living room with fireplace

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Living room

Amanda's cramped main bathroom was in desperate need of two things: light and space. From Amanda: We bought our 1925 Sears Kit home in December of 2014 and have slowly been renovating room by room. Our upstairs bathroom was one of the rooms we learned to live with for almost two years. It had pale blue walls with years of mildew built up on them, cracked tile on the floors and walls and a toilet that hiked up our water bill every month. Our first step in the renovation was to remove the yellow tile from the wall. The tile may look good in the photo, but it was cracked in several places and there was an entire half of a wall that the tile was missing from. We then just gutted the bathroom from there, only leaving the shower tile. 'The bathroom is really small for a main bathroom so we knew when we rebuilt we wanted it to be light and bright. Before any rebuilding, we first installed new lighting above the sink, a vent in the ceiling to prevent future mold and mildew build up, and a light in the shower. We went with a light gray porcelain tile on the floor, new toilet, discount beadboard vanity, and decided to try out the'Fixer Upper' look with faux shiplap on the walls.

TV unit

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.

Living room

It's not too early to plan for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. In our house, we always like to make a fun dessert to celebrate the occasion. We're all set now that I found this red, white and blue layered dessert. This fun concoction is the creation of the fabulous Megan of Penny Carnival. Of course you can make this layered jello dessert anytime of year in all different color combinations! For the complete recipe, check out her blog Penny Carnival.

White house living room

While the classic decor color combination of blue and white truly never goes out of style, it does have distinct moments of feeling even fresher and more fashion-forward. Now that navy has officially joined the club of 'New neutrals' we're deep in the midst of exactly one of those moments. That means that finding ways to inject a little blue and white power into your room has never been easier; you can go solid for your sofa and add a pretty patterned occasional chair to help balance it. As shown by the range of the price points below, it's a design plan component to suit most any decorating budget.

Bedroom with great view

We are building a house in a mountain town and are looking for interior design ideas that are contemporary with a 'Nod' to the mountain setting. Are there any books, magazines or web sites I can look to for inspiration? Western Interiors and Design and dwell are sometimes useful. For the most part I'm finding that 'Alpine contemporary' usually involves log furniture, maybe a black hammered-metal chandelier, and snowshoes, animal skins, and blankets on the walls. I would love any ideas or suggestions of design elements/materials/colours that make you think of a mountain life that's not necessarily taking place in a hunting lodge. PS. I'd send a picture of an example interior, but so far I've only found the don'ts and not the do's. Here's a mountain instead.... Kim,.

Fireplace

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