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NAME: LauraLOCATION: Washington, DCCOLOR INSPIRATION: It all came together organically over time - I bought the sofa on a whim first for my last apartment, as I always wanted a chesterfield, which inspired all the yellow and orange tones, and the chairs were a later whim. GO TO LAURA'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

Save your laptop from dings and dents when you don't necessarily want to haul your whole bag around with this inexpensive idea over on Instructables. Protection, cheap and easy, was exactly what zoundsPadang, who wrote the instructables, was thinking. The protective case is made of cardboard, and decorated with duct tape. We love the idea and the recycling this concept uses.

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Last minute Labor Day barbecue? Snag these cheery orange-and-yellow patio chairs for some extra seating around the pool or the fire pit. Four identical chairs in good condition-and only $90! 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..

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Spotted this in the latest issue of Vogue Living: Rather than a traditional vanity made of wood for her bathroom, Betsy Morgan opted for a more glamorous option. Her mirrored vanity with its Anthropologie drawer pulls picks up the shine from her chrome-edged shower and fixtures, giving her 1850s bathroom an updated look without compromising its vintage charm. The rest of the apartment is done up in a soft, traditional color palette with antique furnishings like the clawfoot tub and a set of beautiful gold end tables repurposed in the bathroom as plant and TV stands.

Classic living room with fireplace

We always feel comforted by the fact that this AT:SF reader and friend changes her home more often than we do...Can you guess whose newly redone living room it is? Take a peek below the jump to see if you're right. We think Victoria's loveseat looks like a cozy place to curl up on a cold winter day.

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We usually can't look at big crystal chandeliers without thinking of over the top opulence. When we saw an add for this Baccarat Eight-Light Chandelier with Hurricane Holders, we sort of wished we had a grand formal dining room to hang it in. It costs close to $17,000, so it's not on our Christmas wish-list, but wow is it wonderful.

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AT, We just painted our living room in Benjamin Moore's Simply White, with one wall in Kensington Blue. The blue is really dramatic, without overwhelming the room, but now I need help for the rest of the space.... ...We have lots of neutral furniture: a couch in a grayish mushroom brown color, a dark brown leather chair and ottoman, and a black Expedit bookcase. The one pop of color was a wedding gift - a lime/celadon green glass lamp. Any suggestions for curtains, pillows, side chairs, and floor coverings would be much appreciated.

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Hello AT,. We have been slowly working on updating our living room, and now we are at a point where we are very happy with the wall color, the floor and the furniture. We can't for the life of us choose new curtains. You have enough dark furniture and A LOT of putty color on the walls, so brighten it up with nice, simple white or slightly off-white cotton or linen curtains that go down to the floor. What would make a big difference as well is a RUG! That and the curtains you will be living in a totally different environment.

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Hotel bathrooms tend to be a touch more fearlessly designed than your average residential bath, which resulted in this list of ideas that all focus on don'ts that are worth doing. Don't buy into the concept that a bathroom HAS to have ultra-practical glossy washable walls and traditionally tiled floors break some rules and bring on some unique textures and finishes! This bathroom from the Bellinter House in Ireland shows how chalky matte-finish dark walls and painted wide plank floors look just as gorgeous in the bath as they would in the rest of the house. While they would require different maintenance, it might be worth it for such an elegant look. Don't relegate the penny tile flooring to just the floors. The floor plus wall install is classic concept when done with expensive marble and stone, but it works just as well with more affordable smaller-scale tile. Another point to remember: stopping at the chair rail works well in this example from the Hotel St. Cecilia in Austin - the dark color and intense pattern is made more powerful visually by the balance of the white space. While some closed storage is essential, it takes up lots of room and can visually really close in a small space bathroom. Now, if you were planning a reno and someone suggested a black toilet and sink, you be a little worried, right? But then they say, no, no, it looks great because the floors and walls are also all black - they are done in a super shiny black tile. Eek - you'd be even more doubtful, no? But then, look at this photo of a bathroom from the Hotel on Rivington and it all makes sense. It feels amazingly clean and not at all scary 80s. The main point of looking at these sounds-funky-on-paper ideas? The reminder that there are very few real absolutes in the world of design - keeping an open mind can net the most interesting and beautiful results!

Country family kitchen

My kids call our dining room the 'Thanksgiving Room.' My husband says that we should put caution tape at its entrance because I don't let anyone in there. I guess that tells you what you need to know about how often we use our formal dining room! I love our dining room and I'm glad we have it, but truthfully, it's mostly a showpiece, and I think I'm an exception among a generation that has mostly said goodbye to the formal dining room. The coffee table in the living room, the dresser in our master bedroom, even a chest of drawers in our master bath are showstoppers from another era and beloved to me because of whose they were. My entire dining room is an inheritance, from the intricate and once-plush velvet chairs to the custom-made table of mahogany and ebony. I even have the blueprint of the table - how awesome is that?? The head and foot chairs are not only part of my grandparents' set, but were the chairs used by the bride and groom at the wedding of some of our dearest friends. The china and silver that fill the absolutely gorgeous credenza are also passed down to me. We have an expanding table in our kitchen, where we eat all our meals. Even when we have guests, we open up the table and eat there. It's more comfortable, more informal, and much easier to clean. I don't have to stress about water marks on the table or food spilling on antique upholstery.

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Before Libertine touted their bicoastal relationship, there was Green Lady/HunterGatherer. While these guys don't dabble in couture for Target, they do churn out an impressive amount of art and design for the home-all while squeezing in gallery exhibitions, motion graphics spots for MTV, and some teaching gigs. While Todd operates a full-on design studio in NY, Gary opened a small boutique in downtown San Diego called Iglooshop. In addition to their own prints and office necessities, this shop is stocked with merchandise from mainly West Coast-based artists and collectives such as The Quiet Life, Commonwealth Stacks, Arkitip, and Bob Kronbauer. Our personal pick? Gary and Todd's own wood-grained Wave Print.

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Recently we spotted this idea for hanging artwork in the house. Of course there's always hanging artwork gallery style which is a little bit more eclectic and random than this version. We love how clean this version looks, especially for a small space where a normal gallery style hanging could become chaotic and overwhelming. Because the images are small, they provide a pop of color in a neutral space and also invite people to stand close to get a good look at the image, instead of needing to step back to get a good look. Some places we'd love to see this arrangement: in a long hallway, a small bathroom in a more formal way. The Ikea Ribba Frames come in square silver but have larger mats cut.

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Here's a small break from all the Smallest Coolest entries and house tours we've been posting...something a little left of the ordinary. Artist Kazmierz Szmauz's three bookshelf designs might not be for everyone, but they're likely to induce a smile from just about everyone.... The Bookman measures 70 inches high by 45 inches wide and is made from Mahogany, although other woods can be used. Shelves are best adapted to books beneath 8 inches in height. Bookman 1 can be ordered and collected from our shop or shipped at cost to anywhere in the world. Please allow a few weeks as each Bookman is individually built on demand.

Living room with fireplace

Why we use color: We like earth tones and crisp colors that accentuate the structure of a space, and we tend to be minimalists. We prefer a smaller range of colors within the same room instead of trying to fit the whole rainbow in at the same time. For the dining room, we really wanted bench seating along the wall, and our choices in color were a little limited. Rather than choosing bold paint colors, it's much easier to accessorize with color using pillows, rugs, artwork, etc. If you really want to paint with a bold color, have all of your ideas for the room planned out in advance. Congrats if you can do this, because we tend to change our minds once a color is actually on the wall! If you're ever stuck on a decision between colors, pick the one with the best name! 'Hmmm... Which will it be... Ice Cube? Eggwhite? or Breathless?'. My 6th grade art class color wheel! Don't forget the basics, right?

Living room woods view

About 5 years ago Faith had the pleasure of working with David Ellison, the man behind the Lorimer Workshop in Rhode Island, to build a farm table for her house. This huge, lovely table is now the centerpiece of her home, constructed of salvaged wood from an old train station, with all the character that brings. She can't speak highly enough of David, who considers the kitchen table to be the heart of the home; building these tables for people's homes is akin to a mission for him - not just a business. His prices are very reasonable, and he builds heirlooms to treasure.