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Living room

Pink living room

Whenever I see a beaded curtain, I am instantly transported back to 1985: It was summer. I recall spending hours stabbing my right thumb with a big plastic pink needle while stringing day-glo acrylic beads. In general, it feels like beaded curtains have already seen its glory days. The folks at Habitat are making a valiant attempt of bringing them back: check out the photo shoot of their latest bedroom decor. They've somehow managed to make beaded curtains look...G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S? The pairing of icy-blue bedding with rows of pearly strands makes this bedroom look like a secret nookie-nest behind a faux waterfall. Realistically, I'm not sure how this look will translate in a boxy bedroom with standard windows. With all the beads and the powder blue, your boudoir could potentially end up looking more like a seedy Leisure Suit Larry motel room rather than a sophisticated 70's-inspired sexy pad. Still want to try it anyway? Start with these; and when you're done, take a photo and send it off to the Romantic Room giveaway!

Colorful living room

Sitting with your face buried in a computer screen can really make you lose track of time, especially if you're working in a window-less office. You can create your own 'Window' with your computer wallpaper and keep track of the passing of time in a clever way-no numerals required. Just using your computer's built-in rotating wallpaper setting, you can use your background to keep track of the passing hours, just like a bell tower. Each time the scene changes, you'll know another 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour has passed, depending on how you set it. If you want to get really creative, pick out 24 stellar wallpapers to represent each hour of the day. A quick Google search will return images of gorgeous day- and night-time scenes from around the world. If you're a budding photographer, you could even shoot the same scene at different hours of the day for a time-lapse-style wallpaper. It's the perfect background for your work to keep you on top of your time management.

CD shelf

Fancy-pants Lacanche French ranges are very traditional-looking. Which makes them an interesting choice for modern kitchens. We love the juxtaposition in these two kitchens, spotted at Lacanche Canada.... The kitchen up top combines the traditional range and soft creamy colors with modernist architecture la Piet Mondrian.

Open plan living room and kitchen

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Living room

We came across this lovely, lived-in, library dining room on Flickr via rubykhan's photostream and we just love the warm, cozy feeling that it gives the space. Another photo after the jump.... Hey AT Boston! Don't forget to tag your Flickr photos with Apartment Therapy Boston and you could see your space here on AT! We would love to have a meal here-so welcoming. Hey AT Boston! Don't forget to tag your Flickr photos with Apartment Therapy Boston and you could see your space here on AT!.

Tree wall sticker

Rather than hiring an architect to design a custom home, some owners are opting to purchase stock plans and paying an architect an hourly fee to customize the existing plan.... While savings is significant, we wonder how well-suited the various stock plans are for the wide variety of lots and environments. At the same time, we know that the majority of new homes are inexpensive and contribute largely to sprawl. We wouldn't turn down a craftsman bungalow from Sears Roebuck & Co. We suppose this is a positive trend, right?

Living room with wallpaper

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Living room

This heavy kitchen hutch was no doubt functional - with drawers and doors it's got plenty of storage. Its dark color, outdated look and heavy feel wouldn't make it welcome in any kitchen, let alone a bright one. That's why Elise made some changes, and this hutch has been converted to a handy modern kitchen island. We re-purposed the base of this kitchen hutch to serve as an island for a kitchen. We removed the existing top and built a custom wood top so two stools would fit under. We also customized the inside, and built slider drawers which pull out for convenience. The doors were customized to match the kitchen cabinets. I painted the top to simulate a soft metal grey using three to four different colors, and sprayed it for extra protection. We also removed the bottom legs and installed large industrial wheels that lock. See a photo of the interior of this converted cabinet on the Artifacts by Elise Facebook page.

Living room

We have to admit to getting a chuckle out of the idea of whipping out this lightweight booster seat at restaurants. Made of washable pre-formed foam rubber and weighing just 11.2 ounces, this seat - called Boost! - is designed for ages 3 and up.

Living room dark couch

Hi AT:SF, Enclosed is a picture of our new kitchen/living room combo. We love the new cabinets, and are in a quandary, as we like the minimalist look and really don't want to put pulls on the doors or drawers. Opening everything without pulls is getting to be a pain, and probably not good for the veneer.... ...So, I'm wondering if you or any of your readers might know of something we could get that would allow the doors and drawers to open easily without outside hardware?

Living room

Most of us probably have some carrara marble in the bathroom, in the form of the saddle at the room's entry. We've rounded up some beautiful uses of the material in bathrooms here, starting with Stephanie's Tile & Marble Vision.... For more natural stone in the bathroom, check out our previous post on Travertine in the Bathroom.

Living room with wallpaper

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Bright living room

In small apartments and modern homes, the old-fashioned vanity seems out of place. The bulky sets that used to make up dressing stations have been replaced by slimmer console tables, desks, and wall-mounted storage. The concept of the dressing table remains, but the style is more modern, functional, and versatile.... This side table and stool set featured in Easy Living Magazine has two functions: it's a dressing table that also holds a small bedroom TV, hidden beneath a slip of fabric. The simple lines of West Elm's Parsons Console make it a multi-purpose piece that could double as a vanity and writing desk in the bedroom. Vanities need not appear frilly or particularly feminine. This Macassar Slant Desk from Graham & Green would complement a more modern decor scheme, and is small enough to fit in a medium-sized bedroom. In a tiny bedroom, you can craft a vanity from nothing more than a mirror above the dresser or a set of hooks for jewelry. Emily and Craig's bedroom uses wall decals above the dresser to create a romantic look.

Living room with large art piece

Only in NYC can a room that is less that 100 square feet function as a dining, living and entertainment space. That is exactly what this space is and I love every inch of it. When I moved into my Co-op last fall, I was a little intimidated by the space, or lack thereof. Having lived in New York City for over five years, I was no stranger to small spaces, but this was likely the smallest space I've ever called home. Fast forward nine months and I adore my little haven. I was able to keep it airy, feminine, playful and chic. Another piece I absolutely adore is my drop leaf dining table. When I found it I literally screamed out loud, with both leaves down, it's barely a foot across, and fully extended it can comfortably seat four! My living room rug is one of my biggest statement pieces, that and the Greek key mirror really bring big style to an otherwise small space. Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.

Living room

I've been shopping again folks, this time with an eye towards comfortable, clean and casual pieces that are pretty and understated. There's an earthy vibe here, with natural rope and wood materials, offset by a nice dose of color which keeps this room from becoming bland. I know you are dying the see the less expensive versions, so keep on clicking for the alternatives, along with the sources for all these great finds. If you've been adding these up as you go along, you already know that the first version rings up at $3,904. Slipcover Sofa from Ikea; $399. Next up is an equally clean and airy living room, but with a big difference. As always, if you find something similar to the items above, for a better price, share the information by linking to it in the comments below.

Purple desk

It's not often that we have a chance to feature more classically designed furniture like George's desk and chair set. The curves are charming and genteel - we imagine writing perfectly witty notes to friends while seated here. MM. 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.Thanks, Craig!