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Living room

Living room

We saw an ad for this Bathtub from Stefano Rosini in the new Wallpaper magazine. That the tub fits snuggly into the square, laquered wood makes our insides stir. Sure, we've seen sinks with a similar shape but this big tub is a delight. We found the tub through a website called Stylepark who says of the tub, '...this fusion between rounded and squared lines gives an absolutely innovative aspect to this collection.'

Purple couch and wallpaper

We'll keep this one anonymous: I'm looking for a nice, modern jewelery box to give as a gift for my girlfriend. Most that I see seem to be posing as relics from my grandmother's house or look better suited to a country cottage than my girlfriend's modern, mid-century-inspired house. Great question! We think these new Jonathan Adler lacquered boxes are just the thing for your girlfriend's jewelry. So do any of you have some tips for this aspiring Casanova?

Living room

At a recent outdoor wedding in Michigan, we noticed the simplicity and beauty of a garden with white accents. Against a colorful backdrop, white looks bright and clean, and it effortlessly translates from flowers to garden lights to outdoor furniture. Click below for a few examples.... White lanterns hung from a garden shed. A string of white lanterns compliments the white trim on this shed. A white lantern creates contrast against a green backdrop. All photos were taken at the Willow Glen Pond Bed & Breakfast in Sturgis, Michigan.

Chairs and fireplace

As summer approaches and evenings grow longer, flowers are in full bloom, and the vegetables are ripening, it's time to evolve the porch into an outdoor living room. Here are a few tips and tricks to make it feel like an extension of the house, which is exactly what we think a back porch should be. Creating a space outdoors is very similar to creating a room indoors. An outdoor rug, like the recycled one pictured from Gaiam, can set the stage, giving you a base to work from. Just as in a living room, anchor furniture around the rug. Arrange with Conversation in Mind: Just because the space is outdoors doesn't mean it can't function just as a living room. Arrange outdoor furniture, like the reclaimed wine barrel chairs and table, with conversation and relaxation in mind. Don't Forget to Look Up! Hang a DIY outdoor chandelier from a tree branch or pergola lattice. These look gorgeous at any time, day or night, and kick up the class in your outdoor lounging area. Bring in Some Fun Details: Potted plants, perhaps, or a set of servingware that suits your space-perfect for kicking back with fresh margaritas after a summer day spent in the garden. Stay tuned-later this week we'll bring you photos of one of our favorite outdoor living rooms.

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Living room

Have you been looking for something to set you apart at the next all day music festival or soccer game? Check out this lawn chair that's received quite the luxury treatment with a few leather belts. We happened upon a great pin on Pinterest and followed it back to Kiki over at Kiki The Spunky Munky where we discovered this vintage lawn chair that has a brand new life ahead of it. Vintage frames of this sort usually have torn webbing and the replacement options aren't always attractive. You could pick up inexpensive options from the thrift store and alter them with either dyes or punches - heck leave them just the way they are! It's a fun idea to make custom pieces that will be the awe of the block party or perfect for your next trip to the beach or ballgame.

Couch and wall frames

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Living room sofa

Regardless of whether you work on a computer or do other activities at your desk, you probably at some point in the day need a little task lighting. We're not sure why, but sometimes we tire of typical 'Office-y' looking desk lamps and crave cuter, smaller lights with personality. Last week I chronicled some of my personal small space struggles, showing you a photo of my own 'Office corner.' My favorite part is a thrift store find of a tiny little lamp. If you work primarily on the computer, you probably rarely need a light with adjustable arms or high-wattage bulbs to help you see papers. Like us, you might only need a soft glow from a small lamp to help illuminate your desk at night. These 9 lamps do just that: they're small, stylish and the perfect addition to a desk when looking for a little bit of simple light! Do you use a lamp at your desk? If so what kind? What do you think of these stylish and small desk lamps, and what are your own suggestions?

Living room

What's sure is that this shower head will get a reaction out of everyone. Plus, the idea of having multiple movable jets like that seems kind of logical, even if it's slightly disturbing. This shower head is by the UK company Vado and it's aptly named Sculpture. The shower head boasts six flexible tentacles, that can be arranged anyway you like. Sculpture can be affixed onto the ceiling, creating something different each time you get into the shower. It reminds us of something out of The Matrix or some kind of squid, but even so, you got to admit that this was a great idea. Sure, not everyone has the money or the space to set up extra nozzles for their showers. The tentacles can be arranged to shower a wider area, which is pretty neat. In the morning, nothing wakes you up like a nice hot shower with strong jets. Some people don't even feel awake until they've had a shower. It's part of a ritual and this shower head promises to improve this.

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Living room with fireplace

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Living room

When we first moved into our house, we had some very VERY grand ideas about what to put in the window box. After a friend's suggestion at orchids, we took a stab at it...and killed off a few, much to our wallet's chagrin. So we're going to play it safe this time around and stick with a few herbs: some dill, a little oregano, and bit of rosemary. We're thinking that with the herbs growing right in our kitchen, it'll be that much easier to use in our adventures in cooking.

Dining room

Always on the lookout for the next best home office space, we decided to go big this time and look at some inspiring advertising and creative agencies out there. From simple color themes to dynamic workspaces, here is a roundup of my current top favorite agency spaces and how you can try to mimic some parts for your home office. You can also apply the same dynamic to your home office with furniture that is light and can be rearranged when needed. Instead of putting up works of art in your home office, you can create your own wall of fame at home. When choosing which room to make a home office out of, try steering clear of areas like the basement or garage unless they have large windows. If your home office has white walls and tables, it helps to pick a color set of furniture to contrast against the white. If you have a favorite color, you can try inserting furniture or small items into your home office to achieve a consistent color theme. Try picking one color for small items like a mouse pad, laptop case, or pencil holder for your home office to achieve the same effect.

Living room

Q: I really love the design of the West Elm Grace Table but I think it's just a little small for my 11'x13' dining room. I like to have larger groups for dinner and would love something that seats at least 8 when expanded. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a similar design that would be a bit larger than this. Editor: Leave your recommendations for Arielle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Rustic floor rug

The House of Finn JuhlM has a good idea about how to add a bit of colourful interest to the common drawer unit. By gradating the colours from light down to dark, one can bring a variance of colours without overwhelming the senses, creating a pleasant and cohesive moment of colour in the home. This might just be just the right reason to order those 4 oz.

Yellow couch living room

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