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Living room

Bright living room


Living room with piano

With all the messes that are made in kitchens, some may wonder why white is such a popular color for the space. We love a white kitchen for just that reason: it conveys a sense of cleanliness that can't be faked. If there are any spills, stains, or grime you'll know immediately.... And here's an idea: instead of spending big bucks on a professional range or refrigerator, get the 'I mean business' look of a working kitchen by painting yours white. Instantly the emphasis is shifted to the food and cooking implements throughout the space, giving it that same professional feel at a fraction of the cost. The one drawback is that you'll have to wash the walls every few months and paint more often, but really, those things should be done in a kitchen anyways - using white just means you'll have less leeway to slack. Of course, having amazing natural light like this certainly helps things!

Living room with asian art work

Q:My husband and I have a pretty large master bedroom, but it is pretty busy and full of stuff. We have two desks and a desktop computer, excercise stuff, plus a TV. So it's like a small studio having everything in one place. Having an office room is not an option for us. Could you suggest anything to make a master bedroom look nice with some work station space including a desk? All the tips I've read so far are either for bedroom or for workspace. I haven't seen any pictures of them combined in a master bedroom with a desk. Editor: Leave your suggestions for X in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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We've embraced the fact that we'll never be minimalists, and now we're constantly on the lookout for desk inspiration that shows ways to balance having a lot of stuff with efficiency and tidiness. These four desks have a lot going on while still looking and working great. Multiple trays on the left side of the desk hold folders, notebooks, supplies and writing utensils, while boxes on the open shelves could hide away anything unsightly. There are a lot of images on the wall behind the desk, but their lined-up arrangement reveals the method to the madness. Pajamie's cute cluttered desk packs a lot into a small area by keeping things compact, and drawing on matching colors and patterns. While it may not be as aesthetically pleasing as the other selections here, it's a good example of getting the job done without a lot of fuss: cables are routed around the backs of monitors and desks to mounted power strips on the left, leaving the desk space clear, while equipment that must be nearby but isn't used frequently is still visible, but moved to the side, hidden under shelves and the desk, or raised above eye level. Maureen mae jewelry's reclaimed work area is a masterpiece of textures, with everything from the iron stand on the desk, to the moulded shelves, to the desk surface itself - an old painted door with a piece of glass on top - bringing something to the table. Do you have any tips for having a visually busy but still functional desk setup?

White living room

We've been shopping for more casual, colorful file cabinets for our offices for the past six months and purchased a few AND returned them. Six colors, solid metal construction and not too high so that they fit easily under all of our desks!

Open plan living room and kitchen

Have you ever wanted a little privacy when having an out of town guest stay with you? Well this 3 in 1 tent sofa transforms, giving the user the ability to put a roof over their head for some incognito shut eye in the fold out bed.... London designer Philippe Malouin has created Tent Sofa for the Italian manufacturer Campeggi. The sofa is made of soft polyurethane panels it can be unfolded to create a real life tent. We love the idea for the impromptu sleepover guest or for your kids as well. Hopefully we'll see this fun piece in production soon!

Round sofa

If you're lucky enough to have the space for a formal dining area then we'll all just be patiently waiting for our dinner party invite. If you have the space, large or small, it's great to put the effort into making your dining area memorable because let's face it, it's not common these days that we have the time to stop and enjoy a meal together. This dining space and style description was created by the talented and popular Emily Henderson Design team for the also popular and always stylish blogger, Nicolette Mason. This space is full of great contrast: black and white, soft and edgy, vintage and contemporary, abstract art and sweet illustrations. It all works together to create a great look that would make anyone want to RSVP 'Yes' to this dinner party. Below are two style boards that recreate this look but at very different price points. If you have a larger budget and like to invest in the finer details then try this look. If you're on a more modest budget but still want to create a glam meets contemporary space, then try this look.

Home theater

Remember this pallet dining room table? We thought it was super cool, and one of you begged for instructions to make it yourself. Well, lucky for us, this month's issue of ReadyMade gives us just that: inspired by a trip to Paris and a dinner around a pallet table made by her friend Julien, Jen Turner decided to make her own version back in New York with the discarded pallets she found on the street. The instructions start by encouraging you to remove any splintering wood and to sand the boards thoroughly. Because pallets are unique by nature, Turner suggests you find your pallets first, compare them with the dimensions in the instructions, and then shop for the rest of the materials.

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Q: As a girl fresh out of college and moving into my new apartment, I inherited these 4 black chairs. In the pressure of time and money, I bought a simple brown table that has hints of black in the varnish. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can renew these chairs? The leather is somewhat worn and scratched and I don't think they really go well with the table. I'd just hate to throw them away since they're still sturdy. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Samantha in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Living room with fireplace

Peter and Molly's light-flooded West Village studio was perfect for the two of them plus Hugo, their dog. When they were preparing for a new baby, they successfully reorganized the space and added a sliding door, creating a comfortable and calm one-bedroom.

Living room with great view

We've been living in our apartment for many months now, but can't seem to think of anything great to put in our living room. We love the openness of our living room, but it feels completely empty. What would make the room stay wide open, but feel balanced? If nothing else, how would you improve this place on a budget?

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Contemporary living room and dining room

Over the weekend we read about some recent studies showing that plant essential oils from common herbs-specifically rosemary, thyme, clove, and mint-can be effective as natural pesticides. Apparently just a few drops of the plant oils mixed with water can repel or kill destructive aphids and mites. This seems like great news for those trying to grow veggies and fruit at home without the use of harmful chemicals.... The BBC reports that while the herb-based oils may not last as long or be quite as potent as chemical solutions, they do repel, or in some cases kill, potentially damaging pests, and they're safer for farm workers. Scientists are studying ways to increase the potency and durability of herbal essential oils for this purpose, so that they might become more widely used for commercial crops. In your home garden, do you experiment with natural pest control solutions? Have you tried herbal oils? We'd love to hear the results! To read the full story on the recent studies, visit the BBC online.

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TV unit

Christian and her husband decided to make a beautiful cathedral window quilt the focus and inspiration for their daughter's nursery. In addition to using the quilt's colors throughout the room, Christian's husband made this incredible wood wall art as a perfect compliment and counterpoint to the quilt. While one is soft and the other hard and the color comprises the diamond shapes in one and the petal shapes in the other - we think you'll have to agree that these items are both fantastic on their own and especially stunning together. You can read a bit about how this wood wall hanging was made on Christian's blog, ModObject at Home, as well as more about how this room went from a room for a son to a room for a daughter.

Minimalist living room