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Open plan dining room and kitchen

This gorgeous line of bamboo furniture from Adapt Design is too perfect to highlight just one piece. Based in Oakland, California, Adapt Design adapts the material principles of bamboo, ensuring that each furniture piece is 'Enduring, light, and ecologically sustainable.' In addition to the ones we love, Adapt Designs produces custom projects for specific needs. We've only seen the Adapt designs online, and their retail locations page is still in the works, so you may have to investigate a bit if you want to see these in person before buying.

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Name: AlpearsallLocation: NYC. Picture Description: I took this photo while staying in a rental apartment in Paris. The goal is to create a bedroom in NYC that makes me feel as pampered and indulged as this room made me feel. It is the most organized room in my apartment and the most restful.

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Living room with shelves

While you might not guess it from photos, Emma of The Marion House Book blog spent a long time living in a bedroom that she found too trendy and not quite right. After a few months of careful planning, she has lightened up and overhauled the space. AT readers, other contributors, and I can sympathize with the struggle to put the bedroom first; for some reason, it's easy to divert your energy to other rooms. I think it looks great in both photos, but Emma's transformed bedroom is almost unrecognizable. In addition to bringing in new bedding and accessories, she painted over the deep gray walls, switched out her four-poster bed frame, and repositioned the bed. The result is relaxed but refined - a look that Emma's blog proves she is adept at achieving. For details and more photos, check out The Marion House Book.

Modern living room with red details

Letting go of this giant, 60'x60' mirror we have in our apartment is like cutting our perceived square-footage in half. The mirror is borrowed, and we enjoyed it while it lasted. We're on the hunt for affordable replacements. Costco actually caught our eye, with their Joan Wall Mirror. It's 40'x50' and costs $440. That includes shipping, which really counts for something on an item of this size and fragility. The mirror has beveled edges and is set in a walnut frame. This baby might just ease the pain of letting go of our old giant.

Minimalist living room

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Open plan living room and dining room

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Living room with fireplace

Q: Help please!!! I am having difficulty completing this room. Was wondering if I can get some suggestions on paint, accessories, and window treatments for my dining room. I have sent pictures of different angles to give a feel of the room. Also should I add host/hostess chairs to the table? Thanks in advance for your ideas. Editor: Please share your ideas and advice with Gina in the comments below...thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Richard Hamilton, who died Tuesday, is considered one of the instigators of the British Pop Art movement; in fact, the cheekily-positioned Blow Pop in his most famous collage may be where the movement got its name. Let's take a look at some of Hamilton's most iconic work. Nearly 40 artists collaborated to produce the show, but Hamilton's contribution had the most impact, and is now considered the first work of Pop Art. Hamilton himself defined Pop Art better than I just did, as 'Popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business.' Of course, while Hamilton was in some ways celebrating this throwaway culture, he was most certainly critiquing it as well, in particular casting his canny British eye on American economic imperialism. Not surprisingly Hamilton's work was often blatantly political with a strongly Leftist bent. In 1968, the Beatles commissioned Hamilton to design the sleeve of their next album, which Hamilton decided should be plain white, with 'The Beatles' embossed instead of printed, and numbered sequentially to suggest a limited edition. Like his famous collage, the White Album sleeve also fits every adjective in Hamilton's own description of Pop, above. Richard Hamilton circa 1970, with his work Kent State on the wall behind him. Hamilton continued to make art until his death on Tuesday at age 89.

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Luxurious living room

We've always struggled to find a happy medium between our modern, minimalist aesthetic, and our love for ornate, vintage details. It's resulted, for us, in a happy hybrid between contemporary and antique, in a space with elements of each stylistic approach. Perhaps it is because we are a Libra, but we love a good balance between old and new. This image is not of two separate homes, but of a 100 year old home in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighborhood that has been fitted with a modern addition rather brilliantly.... On the left is the view of the home from the street. The classic facade is left undisturbed, 'Respecting the house's historical roots,' according to the Contemporist, a fantastic blog on contemporary design. Dubbeldam Design Architects , the firm that designed the addition and renovation, updated the home to accommodate contemporary living, and did it on a limited budget. The space was opened up by removing walls, replacing full walls with half walls, and the addition of open-riser treads in the stairs and built-in furniture solutions. This home is a fantastic example of making an old space suitable for contemporary living without sacrificing the character of the original structure. Check out more images and details about the addition here.

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A few months back I busted out some fabric spray paint and painted a pretty chevron on my carpet. Although the looks are alright, there's a new trend sweeping around the internet that will most likely yield better results. See that sofa up there? It's about to get painted - with house paint. Over at Fabric Bliss a vintage sofa was purchased for the small price of $45. It had great bones but those flowers just had to go. Re-upholstering a piece can cost a pretty penny so instead, paint was mixed with fabric medium and the entire sofa was painted. It's a neat trick to spruce up a new to you find when you're working within a budget. The cushions were recovered to give things a little extra oomph and the final look is just fantastic. Check out the full process and step-by-step tutorial over at Fabric Bliss.

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Colorful living room

Since giving up our home in Chicago and working from the road, my husband and I have found ourselves in a wide variety of living situations. What makes all of this moving around possible, but also created a spacial problem, is that we both work online. Since we both need our own space, I usually end up working from the bedroom. Tidy up! Make the bed and straighten your things before you begin work. A neat work area will calm your nerves and lessen your domestic distractions. I definitely have the tendency to slouch while working. I try to schedule walks, exercise and stretching into my work day, otherwise, I'll forget to do it.

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