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Living room

Living room

For Kitchen and Bath month, we're starting up a new round of Guess the Decade. This bright, cheeful eat-in kitchen is your latest design detective assignment. Comments and conjecture are welcome in the comments, as always, but if you know the source of the photo - PLEASE don't tell. We promise to reveal it tomorrow, so please check back then for the answer.

Living room sofa glass coffee table

This dining room mixes old and new elements for a look that's fresh, but still rooted in the past. Whether or not you decide to adopt these elements in your own home, hopefully it will provide you with a little inspiration for mixing things up in your own dining room.

Living room

Havalah's family room fireplace featured an extra-long mantel that also spanned some strange built-ins. With an update, this focal wall becomes much more functional. When we moved into our house, there was this funny looking mantel in our back family room. Then next to the fireplace, there were these two 'holes' like cabinets that were completely useless to us. We started by tearing down the old mantel, then my husband added wainscoting to the back of the holes and added some built in shelves. To tie everything together, he also added some white trim, which also matched the window and the finished mantel. For more photos and details, check out Havalah's blog, Sisters, What!

White living room

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Piano and shelves

Now, it's all about the conveniently located cozy dining nook. More and more people, couples and families are turning to this alternative way of dining as their main source for all things eating and entertaining. Dining nooks are often nestled right by the kitchen, which is the natural gathering point in most homes. Thirdly, your dining nook can be a place you sip your coffee in your PJs or gather around for a formal dinner with friends-it has an approachability that, let's face it, most formal dining rooms don't. Technically, this sweet little breakfast nook is in blogger Chloe Joy's laundry room, featured on Little House Big City. This next dining nook by BD Home really keeps diners in the cooking action, ensuring the chef always has someone to chat with nearby. The dining nook is a great solution to a compact space, as you can squeeze in more seating into less square footage. Designer Lindsey Coral Harper took a seldom used window seat and turned it into an oft used dining nook. This Old Town Chicago apartment features a dining nook designed by Summer Thornton that perfectly straddles both the kitchen and the adjacent living room.

Living room

When apartment dwellers on a budget think about installing a kitchen, they usually head to IKEA. But French site CoteMaison. Fr features other inexpensive kitchen suppliers in France, including a few options for the space-challenged, like this Dolcéa 'Cuisine d'aujourd'hui' from Castorama starting at 499 euros with an integrated dining table. This red kitchen for a 'Teeny-tiny space' can be installed in the corner of a studio or an entry and starts at 970 euros from Lapeyre. For more cost-conscious kitchen ideas from Cotemaison. Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.

Living room

Found on ATSF, the most beautiful wallpaper to compliment your iMac. Anh-Minh first saw this beautiful peacock wallpaper on design*sponge and decided to use it in her own home office.... 'The project was pretty easy, with just some measuring and some cuts with the utility knife. Oh, and double-sided tape. That's right: We adhered the wallpaper with tape. So we skipped the extra work - and commitment - associated with pasting wallpaper.' We think the graphics really help make the rather muted space pop.

Minimalist living room

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Living room

My floor plan is pretty straightforward because our dining room is a basic rectangle and the room is quite empty right now. I used the floor plan to get a sense of what size rug to buy and where a hutch or bookshelf might work best. If you didn't see my 'Before' pics from Monday's post, this is a shot of what the room looks like now - pretty barren. To make a floor plan of how I'd like the room to look post-redo, I found a very user-friendly app called House Design. Rug size: Originally I thought a 5 x 7 was a possibility but that was way off. The current plans show the dining room with a 7 x 11 sized rug, which looks like it will work nicely. The only downside is that 7 x 11 rugs are always SO much more expensive, but I'm pretty good at scouting obscure places and digging for sales, so hopefully there's a big, lonely marked-down rug out there that needs a home. We definitely need another piece of accent furniture in the room, and a shelf will serve a functional and decorative purpose. Seeing it on the floor plan helped clarify the best placement, and was also helpful in thinking about shelf dimensions. I'd like to have a couple proper extra chairs in the room, and I think if they're hip they would look nice flanking the radiator. Overall, the floor plan is getting me excited about visualizing a warm, inviting dining room.

Wall art work

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.

Living room

We spied this recent home update over at Red.House's blog-this Boston-based Swedish designer mixes mid-century classics with bright colors in her apartment. We love this pairing of soft turquoise on the walls with mustard-yellow of the vintage Eames chairs. Check out some more photos of Red.House's apartment after the jump.... Red and white stripes paired with light natural wood grain in the kitchen. Mellow whites in the bedroom accented with a spring green throw blanket. Check out more photos of Red.House's home on her blog.....

Small living room

The bathroom is easily overlooked as a display space for artwork or collections, but it can be an ideal and unexpected spot. Frames or shelving are potentially distracting or dangerous in a child's bathroom when there is serious bath and potty business to be addressed, which is why we dig this shower curtain. 'We had this very shower curtain in one of our first post-college apartments where we vowed to relegate all kitsch to the kitchen and bathroom. It held a ton of images and tchotkes, and became a kind of ongoing collaborative art installation with roommates. In a child's bathroom it could be a great place to display photographs, artwork, postcards or any relatively flat, lightweight object. With 40 5x7' openings there's room for all kinds of goodies. Kids can get involved by showcasing their latest projects and interests in a bold visual display that's even less committal than painting the walls.

Red chair

Layering with blankets is not only a good way to warm up your home in cold weather, it's an easy way to add a little color. We've rounded up a selection of bright, bold throws - some high, some low, but all with inspiring shots of color that could inject a room with new life.....

Living room

'Let's be honest, kids destroy stuff often. It's nice to give Bobby the Nintendo paradise he's always wanted in his room, but chances are that 19' LCD will see it's demise at the hands of a game of Wii Bowling. So at what age is it the right time to give the little ones a TV in their room? And what size and kind of TV? Is it ok, in your opinion, to give a toddler the old hand-me-down set in the garage for an in-room TV for watching Sesame Street? Should your tweenager have a cable-ready flat screen? There are a million questions and considerations when making the decision to give your kids their own set. I know families that elect to give their kids a small, inexpensive TV in their room that-for parental control-is connected to only a gaming system and a DVD player. They leave the access to the cable TV for the easily-supervisable family room. Some might think letting kids watch a little bit of supervised educational TV programming when they're keeping busy in ther own spaces can't be a bad thing. Then there's the belief that keeping a TV in a child's room might hinder learning. What do you think? For those of you with kids, when did you let them have their own TVs? Did they have full reign over the airwaves? Or just a spot to play a game? Tell us in the somments! Image from WoodleyWonderWorks at Flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Colorful couch

As an offshoot of Inflate, a British company that has been making temporary inflatable buildings since 1999, AirClad offers custom-made permanent inflatables for residential and commercial use. The AirClad pool house is 32 feet long, 13 feet tall and 16 feet wide. It's made with an opaque, polyester-reinforced, solar-reflective PVC that comes standard in white, or in any number of custom colors. The 'House' is essentially a lightweight solar shade with no doors or enclosures, and uses air to inflate the base, walls and roof of the structure. Known as bubbletecture, inflatables are becoming viable alternatives to prefab structures. Dwell on Design will be featuring inflatables for the first time this year, including the AirClad and the CasaBubble. See more of AirClad's concepts and projects on their site.

Chair and coffee table

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