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Bright living room

We were checking out the new Room and Board catalog and were admiring the new Anders Bed which reminds us of a sturdier and more updated version of the case study bed that we happen to own. What we noticed was how great the bed looks with all the blankets neatly tucked with such precision. We admit that we'd love to be able to keep up a look like this, especially since it so goes with the style of our bed, but it just isn't practical. First off, we like down comforters which, by nature, do not tuck. Third, our better half is very tall and his legs stick right of the end of the bed so it's very uncomfortable if it's all tight and tucked in. What's your take? Is it wrong to sully a perfectly good modern bed with mussed up sheets? Do you have the patience, resolve, correct bedding to do the tuck? How are you warm enough? Do you hide extra bedding that you put on the bed when it's time to go to sleep? Do you untuck everything before getting into bed? Or do you let it all hang out? And does anyone actually get the corners looking as good as the above photo?

Living room with piano

Q: My wife and I disagree on our current living room layout. We have a large, roughly 18' x 18', living room with 14' ceilings and three windows, two of which have views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The pics show the current orientation of the furniture, facing north to take advantage of the view. I prefer this orientation, but the layout is a lot smaller that way. My wife wants to place the TV between those windows and orient the living room that way, which will maximize the space. You lose the view of the Brooklyn Bridge that way. Add to this the fact that my wife prefers symmetry, requires the TV to be centered with the sofa, and doesn't want to buy or build anything new just yet. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ming in the comments - thanks!

Living room with asian art work

On a stroll through Fleurt in Inner Richmond last year, Jessica pointed at this antique French garden fountain that owner Jonathan Rachman had sourced from a European dealer and described a customer who had integrated a similar piece into an otherwise modern kitchen. We'd be hard-pressed to attempt the washing of our big pasta pot in a sink this pretty and delicate, but we can imagine it working beautifully as a bathroom sink. Specifically, we'd install an ornate beauty like this in a bathroom that was otherwise minimal: it would be an unexpected textural departure from gleaming, stainless fixtures and a poured concrete tub. This being bathroom month, we thought we'd pass on this excellent fantasy to anyone out there who's doing a bathroom remodel. Fleurt currently has two in stock, one in white and one in rusty brown. This one is $445. You may be able to find similar antiques at architectural salvage centers or flea markets.

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Get a bit of local history along with some green re-using and a great patio. The city of Minneapolis will sell you reclaimed - and crazy heavy - granite pavers. Small, grey granite in two sizes: 6' x 4.5' and a mere 13 lbs. Or large rose granite, below, with 10' x 7' pavers that weigh in at 19 lbs.

White living room

Eloise has a passion for color - bold, bright colors to be exact.... Her kitchen is a testament to her color craze from the lime green walls down to the tangerine and cobalt stools at the counter. Even her dog dishes are delicious shades of this color combo. A lemon yellow accent wall adds some warmth to the overall modern feel.

Open plan living room and kitchen

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Round sofa

This small addition to a 1790's house blends sleek contemporary fixtures with existing rustic spaces. The stainless steel finishes and window wall in the kitchen contrast beautifully with the rich tile flooring and brick wall. In the bathroom, that same contrast can be found again. A frameless glass shower door and simple fixtures are set against an exposed brick fireplace and rough-hewn open beams. To see more of these beautiful interventions, visit Studio-A Architecture.

Home theater

A few weeks ago on AT:LA I wrote a post that was all 'Damn you, Ione Skye! Open shelving just ain't my jam!' Well, now Elle Interiør is making me give open shelving another look because LOOK HOW AWESOME THIS IS. They're shadow boxes mounted on a wall, all made of bamboo. One of my gripes about open shelves was that I didn't have that many dishes and such, so invariably, my kitchen would look a bit...sparse. This option is all about the mixing of dishes with vases and cookbooks la art gallery, which is pretty nice. No matter how cool this looks, the idea of dusting that many shelves makes me shudder. For what it's worth this kitchen is pretty, pretty, PRETTY good. See the rest of the kitchen over at Elle Interiør.

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Durham, North Carolina is home to many old tobacco warehouses no longer in use. Some warehouses have been converted into homes and we were lucky to get a look inside of one. The newly converted condo preserves the old warehouse features in an environmentally-friendly way. The photo above shows the view into the living room from the hallway/entry. The space is divided into two floors, with the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and the living room and kitchen on the first floor. The warehouse windows let in an enormous amount of natural light. Timber beams from the original warehouse were preserved and used in the new condo. How would feel about living in a former tobacco warehouse?

Living room with fireplace

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Living room with great view

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Made from broken tempered glass, silicone and lined with LEDs, the Shattered Lights Lamp by designer Ira Rozhavsky looks more like an amoeba or creature from the bottom of the ocean than a lighting solution for someone's boring living room. Take a look at all the ways it can bend, after the jump! This funky lighting piece is not yet available, but you could always bug Ira Rozhavsky for a direct order.

Contemporary living room and dining room

Name: Kate Location: Pasadena, CA Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: I call this my 'Steampunk room' - we were inspired by old English libraries, but we wanted a more contemporary edge, so we went with a teal instead of bottle green. In lamplight, the room reads very green instead of teal.

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In our opinion, building toys get you the most bang for your toy-buying buck. Blocks, train tracks, logs... you get these toys when your kids are young and - if our own childhood is anything to go by - they'll be played with for years. These build-your-own marble runs fall into the same camp. The quality of Quadrilla's German-engineered wooden blocks and twists makes this a keepsake toy that will last for years. Like any good building toy, you can start with a decent basic set, such as the one pictured at the left, and keep adding as many expansion kits as you want... until you can ostensibly create a complex masterpiece such as the one at the top of this post. There's also a smaller 'Try Me' starter set.

TV unit

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Minimalist living room

Recently, a book we've been reading about the evolution of the idea of home has us questioning the idea of a formal dining room in our home. As these things go, poking around the Domino website, we rediscovered this floor plan for an alternative arrangement for a dining area. While we believe in sitting down at a table to eat, whether you're dining solo or not, we've begun to rethink this room in our own home and wonder whether we might be better served in our current life by reconsidering this room's function.... Living on our own, our dining room, really an anteroom off the kitchen, only finds its use a few nights a week and seems a little formal for the way our entertaining style has evolved. If we have guests, we're usually cooking while they're present and it can be a little formal and uncomfortable for them to sit stiffly at the dining room table or worse, be out of earshot in the living room. Recently, perhaps because of the hotter weather and the fact that our dining room, if we even turn on our fiery old O'Keefe and Merritt stove for a minute, gets warmer than the beach in mid-summer, we've been eating around the coffee table in the living room and the dining room has sat, unused. We like the idea of turning it into a cozy nook where our guests can kick back and relax and nibble a few appetizers, keeping us company while we cook; a room which can transform into a more formal and traditional space for those times when we need one. What about you? Do you have a dining room in your home? Does it function as one or does it have another use?