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Living room

Open plan living room and dining room

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Living room

Fitting a kitchen in under the stairs introduces a whole new layer of complexity when laying out its functions. What goes under the lowest part of the stair? What needs the coveted space with the most generous headroom?

Steel sofa side table

A friend sent us this home office image, knowing we love the science-lab aesthetic, and we can't help admiring how perfectly organized and decorated this space is. The only thing we'd change are the task chairs; those two would quickly bring the 'URGHH!' in 'Ergonomics'.

Living room with fireplace

We haven't seen many nurseries covered in stripes. A few stripes and lines here and there but nothing full on like this one. The wallpaper makes a great backdrop for the butterfly patterned voile canopy and window treatment.

Living room

Hello AT,. I live in a 2 room LES apartment that is under 350sf. For additional space I need to install a loft bed in one room so that I will have sleeping up top and dining and an office area below. It can't look ordinary and needs to be reasonably priced. Can anyone suggest resources to see some great designs for inspiration or can you recommend a qualified builder? Thanks, Lisa S. What a great question for this month! We have never built a loft bed, but we have seen ads for carpenters who specialize in doing just this. Mainly we have seen them on Craigslist, but we couldn't find many today.... Here's links for Luke Lowdnesand Julian. Here is Musa Sangare, who is a good general carpenter and handyman. There is definitely more out there and we'll post it as we see it.

Classic living room

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.

TV unit

Here's a color combo you don't often see much of anymore - white appliances against a natural birch palette. Especially in a day in age where everyone wants that stainless steel, it's a refreshing take on traditional modern that we can definitely dig. Of course, that's not to rag on anyone who appreciates that moody stainless steel look. Combined with natural light and some of my favorite tech gadgets.... Tivoli Radio One. White is certainly not out this year - if anything, we might start seeing its mean comeback.

Modern living room and tv unit

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Luxurious living room

Today's small space solution doesn't come from a home, but rather from a coffee bar wedged between two escalators in a Michigan Avenue mall. With just a couple of counter bars, the King Café at 900 N. Michigan made such good use of its limited space that it won an Interior Architecture Award from the AIA.... Esyn Design Architects created seating space for 10 people with a set of slim stools, two narrow bars, and cutout storage: all great ideas for a galley kitchen. If you're thinking of trying a similar setup in a home, check out these kitchen counter bars from AT, as well as our roundup of the top ten bar stools.

Living room

Last week, we rounded up some of our favorite blue rooms and witnessed that they make you feel anything but blue. The Hungarian magazine, Otthon, recently held a contest in which they voted for their favorite home of the year. The winning home was a beautiful space with a cool palette, modern pieces with great lines and the children's room fits in seamlessly. The predominantly blue room features stripped walls, green accents and lots of fuzzy companions.

Living room

One thing I particularly remember while visiting and staying in Paris was the challenging amount of stairs in many apartment buildings. I ended up loving my morning and evening jaunts up the steep flights of stairs at our friend's aged apartment, a novelty for a native Angeleno where nobody takes stairs unless the escalator or elevators are out of order. I also left with an appreciation of how challenging it could be to move furniture in such tall, stair-only dwellings, another problem mostly rare in flat terrain Los Angeles. In most parts of the United States, we're given the luxury of avoiding this challenge, and some friends have mentioned they dislike having stairs/multi-story floors in their home altogether, preferring single story dwellings or living on the first floor.

Living room

We're often cautioned about design for small spaces, told to keep things light, solid, and neutral in order to avoid overwhelming the space. Especially when it comes to wallpaper! I think a small room-or part thereof-is the perfect place to add a bit of color and pattern. Using wallpaper makes smaller spaces special, and the limited amount of paper needed keeps costs low. Read on for 12 small papered rooms that pack a punch. There's a reason we often think of wallpaper as being perfect for powder rooms. These small spaces provide the opportunity to play with something a little bold, like this graphic black-and-white tree print in a bathroom by Regan Baker Design, while being relatively safe from design fatigue-after all, it's unlikely you'll spend so much time in the powder room that you'll tire of the paper. The owner has even made the unusual decision to paper the ceiling, which works perfectly in this small space. Why not treat utility spaces as something special? It might even make doing the laundry more fun. In a small, white, modern space, the pattern is the focal point; it could almost be too much in a larger room, don't you think? Here, trendy banana leaf paper completely covers this Tracy Murdock-designed sunroom/conservatory, and even though it's a small space, it looks fantastic.

Living room tv unit

At first glance, the bedroom seems the least important room in the home, in terms of lighting. We're not really working in there much, and the primary goal of the space is to support sleep- which requires an intentional lack of light. Once you start thinking about it you realize the lighting needs of a bedroom- from general lighting for putting the laundry away to task lighting for doing your makeup and accent lighting for chilling out of an evening- are pretty complex. A bedroom lighting scheme should be as considered as that of any other room, so read on for a few tips on doing just that. A good even light, cast from a central pendant or from windows, is important in every space. Even if you don't spend a lot of non-sleeping time in your bedroom, this basic light is what we get dressed by in the winter, clean the room to, and helps us see when natural light is low. Think of the other things you do from day to day- do you apply your makeup or iron your shirts in the bedroom? Both require good, specific lighting. In the bedroom, accent lighting is really mood lighting. It can be achieved through simple dimming of the light sources we've already talked about, or by adding decorative lights like fairy strings, corner up-lighters or candles.

Red living room with bold wallpaper

Q: Hi! I'm moving into a new apartment on New Year's Day! It's been pretty difficult finding similar apartment arrangements to gain inspiration from since most studios are just one room, versus what I will have. There's only one set of windows/balcony doors, so it would make sense to have the living room there, but I'm tempted by the idea of waking up with sunlight streaming in.... Currently, I don't have any furniture so I'm starting afresh! Any ideas would be great! I'm looking for advice on if my bedroom should really be in the windowless side room area or keep it in the main living space. Furniture pieces that I'm considering are: bed, table/desk, and two chairs. Those are my necessities... although I've been loving to lounge on my current couch right now. Editor: Ah, the age-old question: in which room is natural light the most valuable? Waking up to sunlight is certainly lovely, but living with sunlight-on days off from work and on long summer evenings-is pretty great, too. Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

TV unit

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Living room

As a newly minted architect I love all things drafting related. This makeover by Dream Book Design has taken a vintage and underused drafting table and has turned it into a gorgeous heirloom quality dining table. Check out the incredible transformation after the jump. We loved the industrial and farmhouse feel of this table and love even more that we built it. We know that some people will think that we ruined a perfectly good drafting table to make this dining room table, but we love it. Since we didn't alter the drafting table top, we can always take our table apart and the drafting table is still compatible... so we didn't ruin it. We think the table is super original and fun and goes well with our unique home. Check out their step by step process at Dream Book Design.