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Living room and dining room

As much as we love simplicity, a kitchen is the one room in the house where we like to see more color. Lately we have been drawn to turquoise and blue kitchen interiors. From pale to deeper and richer shades of the two colors, the effect is quite unusual. More photos after the jump.... The kitchen in the first photo is from a portfolio of Paul Raeside.

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Eight-foot ceilings used to be standard but many new DC condo buildings now boast ceiling heights of at least 10 feet. Ra'ed and David lowered the ceiling in their contemporary condo, accentuating the ceiling with midnight blue paint. In a recent Slate article, Witold Rybczynski asks if high ceilings are 'Wretched architectural excessive or just good taste?' Do you like high or low ceiling heights? Survey below the jump.... Witold Rybczynski clearly favors high ceilings, claiming they make rooms better proportioned, though can feel initially overwhelming. Do you find high ceilings overwhelming? Or do you enjoy the added space added by high ceilings? Joe loves the high ceilings in his art deco loft, which is shown on this page. Read Witold Rybczynski's Slate article 'How High; Are high ceilings a sign of wretched architectural excess or just good taste?' by clicking here.

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So - how about a little Friday afternoon politics? We've been following the passage-veto-override of the new Farm Bill with some interest. The infighting amongst our two major political parties has been interesting to watch, as the Republicans helped override a presidential veto to pass a bill that sets our nation's food and agricultural policy for the next five years. The U.S. farm bill is an omnibus bill that sets the agricultural and food policy of the federal government; it's reworked and passed every several years. What exactly is in this bill? We didn't have time to read through and digest all 700-plus pages of the bill, but we found a cheat sheeet. Domestic nutrition programs make up the largest portion of the estimated $300 billion farm bill. Foreign food aid would make up less than 1 percent of the bill, costing less than $200 million. It feels very, very difficult to weed through all the competing opinions and points of view on the Farm Bill, especially when it's so huge and unwieldy. Back to the garden.... You can read the full bill here: H. R. 2419 - Farm Bill - It's 742 pages long and about 1MB in size.

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Living room with green chair

Q: I just moved into a loft with my partner, and the opening to the bedroom is right next to the kitchen / living area. There is no door and there is another opening to let light in across the top of the wall. As you can imagine, these openings also let in a lot of sound. A. What is a good way to solve the noise / privacy issue regarding the door while working around the pipes and 18 ft ceilings? B. What is a good way to solve the noise issue regarding the 'Window' at the top? Also trying to figure out a way to let light in when we want it during the day, but not while I'm trying to sleep at night and he's in the common area with lights on? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Meg in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Did you guess? Yesterday's Guess the Decade post asked the AT design minds to vote on which decade the photo of this colorful, silver-ceilinged geometric motif kitchen is from. The correct answer is.... The Seventies. Nice work, design detectives! The majority of you are tough to beat - you came through with the right decade. It brought back memories for E.I.F. who said, 'Well i'm guessing the late 60's early 70's only because growing up i had a set of sheets with that stripe design. I remember the stripes had red, orange, yellow, and brown. the fridge also looks new for that time.' Following right behind the correct voters who said the Seventies, were two groups pretty evenly split between the Sixties and the Eighties. The Nineties and Now both got a smaller split of votes...the cable suspended table DOES seem far ahead of it's time and is most likely the element that sent the handful of votes to recent and current times. The fifties brought up the rear, with the smallest amount of votes, but you never know - it could have been the kitchen of a suburban family who were really fashion forward! Thanks to all who voted and played along on the original post.

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Minimalist living room and dining room

We were reading this great interview of one of our favourite artists, Jim Houser, at Fecal Face, when we realized that Houser's works make for a great resource for colour inspiration. 'I like red and blue and variations of red and blue. That's the direction it seems to be going. Browns and tans. No more pink. No more orange. No more green. Even my black is just super dark blue or brown. My white has blue or brown in it. Sea water, dog fur, and dried blood. That's my inspiration.'

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A leather Chesterfield is something that just gets better with age. That perfectly distressed look isn't cheap, but there are some great bargain versions of this classic British sofa. Would you invest in the collectible, or scoop up this cozy library living room?

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Every now and then we blog something that's really expensive, knowing full well that it's out of the price range of most mortals, not to mention budget-conscious decorators. We do this when we think a product is extraordinary or inspiring in some way, and deserving of emulation. In the case of the hand-crafted Whit McLeod Round Oak Dining Table, emulation by mere woodworking mortals may not be possible. This table is made right here in NorCal from quartersawn French and American White Oak that's been salvaged from local wine casks and tanks, which is one of the reasons we think it's special. 'But we're also just partial to round tables. They make for convivial meals, and as the holidays approach we find the curved lines of the steam-bent pedestal posts and the big round top refreshing and inviting.

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It's been quite a while since we've done a 'Guess the Decade' post, which means it's about time we did another! Today's room is a beautiful one, and hopefully one that trips up all you design-savvy people out there. Check back tomorrow - we'll be posting the answer and the photo info then. Speculation and discussion is always welcome in the comments, but for those of you who may know the photo source info... please don't tell! Thanks!

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We put out a plea for help and you always manage to throw us a bone. In our hunt for this dream of a bathtub we came up short. While we still don't have our fingers on an exact replica, one of our readers, TRUE BLUE, sent us a great list with some sweet lookin' metal tubs. Check it out below the jump.... We must admit, the toilet-bench component of this sleek bathroom set freaks us out a little bit. It could be the miracle solution for that toilet seat cover conundrum that AT:LA pointed out a while back, but we're steering clear. For a change of pace there's always the hammock tub concept. As TRUE BLUE pointed out, this tub is described as 'Soft and pliant'. Not really for the bathroom, more for a woodsy outdoor scene.... Thanks, TRUE BLUE, for the great tips!

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Life after the holidays may be a bit glum, but the piles of dead trees and wreathes on the curb can make it downright depressing. We don't have a tree this year, but we did get a traditional wreath with evergreen, pine cones and juniper berries. It's beautiful, but next year we might opt for this gorgeous wreath of succulents, which will live on long after the gloomy weeks of January fade.... You can care for a living wreath with a little water and some regular pruning. While we love the look, it may be maintenance that some prefer to do without. We also must admit that the smell of our traditional wreath is heavenly, and very evocative of the season. So which style do you prefer, and what do you have up?