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Living room

Wall framed art

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Stripped living room

COLOR INSPIRATION: Our master bedroom is a true explosion of my husband and my color personalities. GO TO ASHLEY'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!

Living room

A small space double duty classic solution...the ottoman, glitzed up a bit in silver leather. Size: Not too big, only 24' in diameter and 13' high. Shape: Round, which is perfect for a small space, easy to maneuver around. This one is super simple too - not filled with fussy details. Color: Amazing! Silver looks fantastic with the neutral sofa upholstery many of us have and adds a bit of light reflectivity, but if you are looking for something more sedate, it also comes in chocolate.

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As of a few years ago, nothing said 'I've arrived' louder than having SS appliances in your kitchen, particularly as a renter. You'd eagerly report to friends about your new place that 'It has stainless steel appliances!' with a high-pitch voice of excitement and pride, and you'd receive a cacophony of 'Oohhs' and 'Ahhhs' in return. Do they have the staying power to dethrone stainless as the king of kitchen appliances? That is not something I'm prepared to answer I am prepared to make this sweeping generalization for design-minded dwellers: We're ready for what's next. Luxury appliance company Miele debuted its earthy Truffle Brown color a few years ago, but I think it's a great contender for those with a bigger budget who are looking for a seamless transition between wood cabinetry and appliances. Samsung isn't the only one offering a range of 'Black' stainless steel appliances like the collection shown above. It's an interesting concept as it doesn't stand out amongst dark cabinetry as obviously as traditional stainless, but is much more modern than the black appliances of yesteryear. Perhaps the biggest trend in new colors and finishes for kitchen appliances is retro shades reminiscent of decades past. Professional appliance brand BlueStar offers their Precious Metals line as bold substitutes for stainless. Put on your product designer hat, and tell us: If you were creating the next trend wave of kitchen appliances, what would they look like? What do you want to see hit the market?

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'I just moved into my very own condo in DC! and I have four lovely windows in my bedroom. My question is about window coverings. It is a very sunny bright room which I love, but I am aware people can see in and it gets a bit too bright in the morning. So how best to cover them??'. 'I like the shades above from Pottery Barn, but not the fabric. There is cool old moulding around the windows so I don't want to cover them with a rod. I also like the fabric below but they don't do custom shades... does anyone know of an easy way to make shades myself, or of a place in DC who does it?'. Katie,You can get shades made by G Street Fabrics in Rockville; though it can be pricey, they do run periodic sales on both fabric and labor. You can also make your own shades if you are comfortable with a sewing machine; we've had good luck with patterns from G Street as well.

Living room with classic furniture and fireplace

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Living room

It's a tricky space to strike the right lighting balance, thanks to the many different functions the living room serves. The first step when lighting any room is to ask yourself: what happens here? Different activities require different types and levels of light. A well-lit living room will have three different types of lighting: general, task and accent. These are used at different times of day and for different purposes, and key to a functional lighting scheme it to know how and when to mix and use them. Not all homes have a ceiling fitting in the living room, and if you have lots of natural light during the day, you might not need overhead light at all. If you watch TV in the living room, choose the surrounding lights carefully to avoid television glare. It can be distracting to have a bright overhead light above or in front of a TV set, so ensure ceiling lights are dimmable, or use offset wall sconces or floor lamps instead. Task. Specific task lighting, such as reading lamps, are important if you read frequently, have low levels of natural light, and especially if you ever work in your living room.

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We'd like to know the story behind this white leather side chair. Anthony says it would go great in your apartment or loft, and considering the chair's simple modern design, he's most likely correct. Given the color, we'd see it surviving best in a home that doesn't have various and sundry stain causing variables. 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!

Small living room with fireplace

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Living room with stunning view

We love mirrors, and try to put them in as many rooms as possible in our house. No, not because we're vain, but because of the way they reflect light and their surroundings. This Golden Lilypad Mirror would do the job beautifully, and is somewhat of an art object in itself.

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Sofa heights and their stain-vulnerable upholstery often make them unsuitable as seating at dining tables. We can't shake our admiration for this taboo arrangement.... We're going to go ahead and trust designer Scott Yetman enough to cut loose and really love this one. Even in such a highly formal house, we love this casual seating option at the kitchen table. This smart blue sofa with the warm whites of the rest of the room just looks so fresh and inviting.

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Somehow pouring wine out of an exquisite glass bottle makes it taste so much better. Serving wine from a decanter has long been a tradition. Years ago, wine was poured from the bottle into a decanter so that the sediment at the bottom of the would be separated from the rest of the liquid. Decanters still serve an important purpose in the aerating wine. Often wine needs to 'Breathe' before it is consumed. This means exposing wine to has much air as possible so that the aromatic compounds in the wine are released, which causes a more pleasurable and complex taste. Tannic wines like Barolo, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port should be aerated, while other more delicate wines like Chianti and Pinot Noir can be harmed by this process. It's important to note that any wine can be spoiled if overexposed to air. Proper aeration is tricky and depends on the qualities of the wine. Most people are unaware of the difference between decanters and carafes. Decanters have stoppers and carafes don't, because of this, liquids in carafes are more aerated.

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Recently, a book we've been reading about the evolution of the idea of home has us questioning the idea of a formal dining room in our home. As these things go, poking around the Domino website, we rediscovered this floor plan for an alternative arrangement for a dining area. While we believe in sitting down at a table to eat, whether you're dining solo or not, we've begun to rethink this room in our own home and wonder whether we might be better served in our current life by reconsidering this room's function.... Living on our own, our dining room, really an anteroom off the kitchen, only finds its use a few nights a week and seems a little formal for the way our entertaining style has evolved. If we have guests, we're usually cooking while they're present and it can be a little formal and uncomfortable for them to sit stiffly at the dining room table or worse, be out of earshot in the living room. Recently, perhaps because of the hotter weather and the fact that our dining room, if we even turn on our fiery old O'Keefe and Merritt stove for a minute, gets warmer than the beach in mid-summer, we've been eating around the coffee table in the living room and the dining room has sat, unused. We like the idea of turning it into a cozy nook where our guests can kick back and relax and nibble a few appetizers, keeping us company while we cook; a room which can transform into a more formal and traditional space for those times when we need one. What about you? Do you have a dining room in your home? Does it function as one or does it have another use?

Chairs

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 with art frames

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