Inspiration Album

Living room

Pink living room

We love paint and wallpaper, but you can achieve a colorful room with plain white walls. These two rooms show us how, even with the whitest of walls, one can still have a room resplendent with color. Bold, beautiful accessories in the form of carpeting, textiles and artwork add depth and texture to the rooms. Striking blasts of color can come from the furniture as well. The best part is, when you want to redecorate, you can begin anew with totally blank canvas. Images from HGTV. See their slideshow of kids rooms here.

Colorful living room

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CD shelf

The future is now? Well, not exactly, but you can get a potential glimpse into the future on how we might live, all through the visions of international architecture and design teams. There are several fascinating projects being featured that explore all kinds of living ideas. The main exhibition will be held from April 14- July 1, 2007.

Open plan living room and kitchen

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Tree wall sticker

We think that the simple living movement has lost it's voice, and what began in the late 90's as an earnest attempt to extricate lives from an overly complex and consumption oriented culture, has dwindled to a exist only as a national magazine title with the biggest advertising revenue of any shelter mag around. It's the voice that says you don't need so many things to live comfortably. It's a voice that urges you to choose quality over quantity. It's a voice that says don't be distracted by all the meaningless jabber and media nonsense that is out there. It's a voice that says having a balanced homelife is essential. It's a voice that says be in control of your life and avoid entanglements, people or debt that will rob you of that position. It's a voice that says richness comes from the relationships that you create, and these cannot be purchased. We're working on this voice ourselves, and we'd like to be surrounded by more of them.

Living room with wallpaper

Remember about a month ago when we spent an afternoon together obsessing about how great orange can be? Well now we're getting into the Fall, into October and all we want is more and more orange. Reader, cate is my name went with two shades of orange in her home office and we think the results are fantastic. Ignore the stuff that she hasn't put away yet and look at how great that grey armchair looks against the orange. Although if you were really gonna take it there you might consider a printed drape; something fun and loud like the orange. A little like the way this rug works off the orange sofa. We might mix more greys into the scheme, maybe a bright green or a bit of yellow.... Is anyone any more or less convinced of orange now?

Living room

Hello AT,. I have been looking for a dining table to go with these chairs I bought at Target. I wanted to pair them with something unexpected and unique so the dining room wouldn't look like it came straight from Target. I am just not bold enough, and I am tempted to just buy a dark, modern table table that matches. Can anyone tell me what they would put with these chairs?

Living room

If you're in the market for a unique coffee table, take a look at this Kagan-style option currently on sale. Featuring a starburst wooden base and a glass surfboard top, this table would be a nice addition to any modern home.

Living room dark couch

Got your interior designer hat on? Because it's time for another round of Fill in the Design !. What rug would YOU choose for this bedroom? Would you add a punch of color? Keep in low key and muted? Just for fun we photoshopped out what the designer actually chose, so you can pick your favorite floor covering, and vote for your selection after the jump.

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Living room with wallpaper

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Bright living room

Want to take a short break from our Fall Colors Contest voting? Tired of looking at good looking interiors and want to refresh your eyes with design choices from the flipside of the spectrum? Well then, we've got a site for you: The Ugly Couch Contest! The Ugly Couch Contest is down to 20 Ugly Couch semi-finalists, all vying for a grand prize of $5,000 for a living room makeover.

Living room with large art piece

Tim gave me free range, to do what I want, which means bubblegum pink, yellowy greens, giant cabbage rose prints, animal prints, and everything mirrored. I love the look of Betsey Johnson's pink Manhattan apartment, and anything Jonathan Adler. We're keeping some of the furniture we already have-a king sized mattress and box spring, a white bookcase, a huge Ikea wardrobe with white sides and mirrored doors. I know it's most practical to buy classic furniture and add personality with accessories. My problem is that I always try to add personality with furniture too, which is why I'm dying to get a mirrored vanity. I like how Lucite looks, but I can't find anything affordable. Our landlord definitely won't want us to rewire anything or add wall lighting.

Living room

We like to wait until the middle of winter, when our muscles ache from the cold, and splurge on our annual spa treatment. We always leave with a relaxed back and new ideas for the home. There's just something about those calming scents, mixed with clean tile and candlelight. We really love the look of the Peninsula's Relaxation Room. The drapes, the sheets, the tiled fireplace...such a peaceful vibe. White Egyptian cotton sheets Scented candles Long drapes that pool at the floor Clean tile in the bathroom Ambient lighting.

Purple desk

Wood pallets are an unfortunate innocent bystander of our shipping needs. Often found discarded behind grocery stores and shopping malls, I'm sure they would long for a greater meaning to their one use lives. Jen Turner felt the same way and decided to turn four lucky pallets into a rustic DIY dining table. Using four pallets and some decent carpentry skills, Jen built this table that can be customized based on the sizes of the pallets you are using. This table would be great for both indoor or outdoor uses. Personally, if I were a pallet table, I'd be happy spending my days in the room above with that awesome bird decal.