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Living room and piano

Name: Jennifer Location: Portage, MI Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the morning light that it gets. I enjoy the outdoors, and bringing in natural elements and colors makes it a place I can relax and rest. I love looking at photos of family and friends as I get ready in the morning.

Sofa many different fabrics

Our home office is almost all paperless, so this would work perfectly for us. It actually makes us wish we had just a little pass-through between rooms. A shelf/desk, stool, and a laptop, that's all we need.... ...but it might not work as well for those with lots of stuff to store.

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Alright Angela....if you don't get unseated by lunch tomorrow, start thinking about which prize you want. This is the way we do it: 1st place gets first choice, 2nd place gets 2nd choice, and so on... down until there is nothing left. A wonderful Wusthof all-stainless pairing knife An excellent Microplane coarse grater An awesome 14x10 Michigan Maple cutting board A Fancy French red-stripe dishtowel Two handy French wooden spoons One unique French wooden cooking spoon from France.

Living room with zebra rug

A piece of art-striking, memorable and, especially, big-can be the focal centerpiece of a room. You know you've done it right when your friends refer to 'The horse picture room.' Although often more expensive to acquire, the investment can go a long way in setting the mood and attracting the eye the moment you walk in. Check out this collection of children's rooms that use large-scale art to create a bold impression.

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This solid wood, rich dark brown dining table was purchased at the Merchadise Mart and 'Very gently used.' Without leaves, the table measures 64' x 42', and there are three leaves measuring 18' x 42'. Fully extended, the table can seat 10-12...perfect for dinner parties. The seller in Glenview posted no price, so offer up your best. It appears that getting 10-12 chairs that suit the table will be up to you, too. 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..

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Living room with red chairs

Hello AT,My in-laws have been kind enough to offer to purchase bedroom furniture for my husband and myself. They want us to buy a 'Bedroom set' that we will use throughout the rest of our marriage. Problem is, I dislike matchy - matchy furniture sets. I'm trying to put together combinations of good-quality pieces that relate to each other without matching the whole room. The Room & Board Portica Canopy bed is a contender, paired with the Calvin five-and six-drawer dressers in Mocha finish. We're also fans of the Lexington bed from R&B. We don't yet have a color scheme, but love dark warm-grays, pale blues, and printed Dwell linens as potential accents. Our style is modern, but I'd love to warm it up a la the 'Boutique hotel' look in Vanessa's home. Any suggestions on the combination mentioned above, or any others? Any ideas of night stands or tables that would coordinate well? Laura- I really like the idea of mixing different materials together ie wood and steel. I like the canopy bed you chose that could look great with these side tables from West Elm or these from Jonathan Adler.

Brown sofa and blue wall

When Elise and Ben bought their Mount Washington house, the kitchen looked like this. They used this sad kitchen for five years until they finally updated it. The end result is modernized, but still captures the spirit and integrity of the storied older house. Using IKEA cabinets to keep the costs down, they were able to upgrade and personalize the look with Calcutta marble and Schoolhouse Electric hardware for all the cabinets. Removed a wall between our tiny kitchen and mud room to make one larger kitchen and create a peninsula for the kids to sit and eat. Replaced two louvered windows with one awning window. The surprise that Elise found during renovation was unreal.

Red couch

We didn't think it was possible for us to fall in love with a lamp any more than Ilse Crawford's unpretentioius Studioilse w08 desk light. We just saw her new wall lamp - its new, grown-up friend.... Earlier this month at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish lighting company Wastberg launched the new w093w halogen wall lamp by studioilse. Ilse Crawford reportedly developed the new wall light, based on the w08 desk lamp she created last year for the company. The w093w uses the same honest wood, iron and porcelain and adds simple pulley system so that the height of its porcelain shade can be adjusted to fit your table or desk. We can't get enough of the combination of these simple materials, red cord and weight system. Having lived with bare bulbs in our eclectic dining room for several years, we think we finally found the perfect table lamp. According to the folks at Wastberg, the lamp is still a 'Work in progress' and will be on the market sometime this autumn. In the meantime, you can check out these swing-arm wall lamps we rounded up last year.

Black and white living room

For some people, the bathroom is a very utilitarian spot. Especially during the winter months, there's nowhere I'd rather be than soaking in the tub. I am sure that if I had a bathroom like this, my life would be about 15% more glamorous. Shiplap and marble - why not? Image from Good Housekeeping. Modern luxury in a bathroom from Miss Moss on Instagram. Modern fixtures and classic black and white hex tile in a bathroom from Decoholic. A black fireplace and tub add a little contrast to a bathroom from House to Home. Beautifully patterned tile in a stunning bathroom from AD Russia.

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TV unit

To be honest, we never really gave much thought about our kitchen sponges nor what goes into making them. We just recently realized while replacing our ragged old sponge that the odor fighting germ protection feature is formulated with a chemical additive we're trying to avoid: triclosan. That's the very same antibacterial additive that is contributing to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria that eat up antibiotics like it was an afternoon snack.... So what to do? A simple change is just avoiding sponges with germ-odor protection. There are natural kitchen sponges on the market, like Natural Value's scrubber sponge, which are made with 50% post-consumer recycled material and are even certified kosher if you want to go the eco-recycled route. We're also considering switching to using a natural loofah sponge...maybe the larger natural shaped style used in the bath/shower, cut in half. The funny thing is we just saw the real vegetable this past weekend at the Alhambra farmer's market and purchased one for dinner without realizing its other use besides being a delicious veggie.

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I'd like to think my style is traditional with a modern twist. I love to recycle old or inherited pieces and blend them with new pieces to make them more current. My inspiration for my living room started with a pretty antique oriental rug and two antique chairs, given to me from my husband's grandmother. The chairs were covered in a dingy orange fabric, that needed to be replaced. I fell in love with a beautiful blue velvet fabric from a local fabric store that I immediately knew I wanted to cover those chairs in, and before I knew it, the living room became the 'Blue room.' In addition to those yummy blue chairs, my other favorite item is the abstract floral painting above the mantel. I love how it counters the formality of the space and adds a modern touch to lighten the mood. Best of all, I found this for under $100 at my local TJ Maxx Home Goods Store! Jute rug from Myers Carpet Coffee Table from Scott's Antique Market Blue flower painting Left glass top table Left lamp Right acrylic lamp Wall paint Blue Ginger Jars Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.