Inspiration Album

Living room

Black and white living room

In honor of Election Day, we decided to showcase some of our favorite red, white, and blue color combos, thanks to Living Etc. and Rachel Mallon's Twolia Blog. We love these slight variations of reds and blues that make these rooms look less gimmicky and more sophisticated. Check out some of our favorites below the jump.... Left: Denim blue and white striped rugs correspond with an ornate red bedspread and black walls; Right: A traditional beige living room is given a shot of blue and red thanks to the fireplace and the armchair. Bright red drapes create a backdrop to a steel-blue sofa with a satiny sheen. Also love the black and white accents throughout the room. Left: Small space dining room has a bright red round table that can split in two and be shifted to the walls underneath the matching hanging blue art pieces. Right: Wood paneled drawers with an undertone of red sits below sleek grey-blue cabinets in this modern kitchen.

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Blue walls and red leather chair

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Living room yellow rug

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Library

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We grew up in a 30's era building that had lots of built-ins, including a metal laundry hamper flush with the tiled bathroom wall. So we didn't wrestle with the uninspiring options for standalone hampers - nay, we didn't even really know that there was such a thing as a standalone laundry hamper - until adulthood. We may be slow on the laundry hamper scene, but after years of searching for a decent one, we just came across Bodie and Fou's Birch Bin, and we feel like we've found the Holy Grail. Evocative of a hand-crafted round Shaker box, the Birch Bin has a roll-back lid and a floaty, contemporary look. Elegance has its price: in this case about $270, plus shipping from the UK...but it's the next best thing to built-in.

Sofa with great fabric

To complete your summertime entertaining kit, pair it with this folding bar cart and quench your guest's thirst while the smell of barbequed food whets their appetite for your smoke infused fare.... The well-named Gastone, made of steel and aluminum with polyurethane trays, is sturdy enough to hold a evening's worth of mixers and glasses, that you can wheel over to your guests. In five colours, you can find one to match your decor, indoors or out. When the party's over, just fold it up and put it away to await your next fete.

Living room white sofa

Fashioned by Twenty Gauge from vintage steel blueprint storage flats, layered up and topped with glass, the Archiflect is one of this LA-based steel furniture company's top-selling designs. Archiflect juxtaposes the heavy-duty industrial aesthetic of restored vintage steel furniture with the delicate horizontal proportions of the flat file, and although it no doubt weighs a ton, it manages to have grace. We love that it provides storage for books, magazines, games-anything flat, and a seemingly bullet-proof display area. Like all of Twenty Gauge's products, Archiflect can be customized with color: the company will powder coat any or all of the component pieces in one or more of their 14 colors. You can further tinker by specifying a wood top instead of glass and adding casters. Pricing varies and is not published on Twenty Gauge's website. To order direct from the company, call 310-945-5438.

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All the buzz about suitable home sizes got us thinking about what really makes a house a place of luxury and refuge. After the recession, we might start broadening our scope.... And you? What makes your home divine?

Classic chair and fireplace

Blue Ant Studio is rapidly becoming one of our favorite blogs. We loved their homebrew baby safety gate - which we were about to blog when AT:NY slinked it, and both AT:Chicago and AT:LA featured it. AT:SF parents, how have you meshed modern design and your kids' needs? We'd love to see photos.

Fireplace

Going black and white in the dining room tends to bring out the cool, mod, b&w-all-over vibe. Above, the Bizzozzero table from Momentoitalia, shown with brown leather top and brown steel legs, atop a fantastic b&w rug. F. Bizzozzero design as fix or extendible dining room table with steel frame completely covered in leather with visible stitchings and MDF top in different finishes. The TP 6 dining room table is available in a lot of different sizes. The full grain thick leather has visible stitchings and it looks gorgeous in every color available. Smooth texture make this table so chic and a first choice! some example of available sizes: 47.2'x47.2' - 59'x59' - 79'x40' - 98.5'x40'. Modern dining tables collection available in fix or extendible version in different finishes: light oak, wenge oak, grey oak or grained walnut. Simple design and its extendible option made this table a very easy solution for the most difficult dining room layouts. This modern tables come in fix version 63' or 79' inches lenght with depth of 40'. In the picture the dining table is shown in the grained walnut version a modern warm finish which perfectly match with light or dark furniture and breaks the colors to give more life to the furniture.

Bright living room

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Ray and Charles Eames are best known for applying their experimental use of molded plywood to adult furniture, but like many important twentieth-century designers, they also made forays into children's furnishings. The couple's Children's Chair, issued in 1945, has recently been celebrated with a re-issue. Available in two finishes - natural and red - the Children's Chair was one of the very first pieces of series furniture to be made from 3D molded plywood. To this day, the influence of the Children's Chair can be seen in contemporary kids' designs by companies like notNeutral and Blu Dot. A limited edition when it was first issued, original versions of the Children's Chair don't make many appearances in vintage shops or on eBay. The Vitra Design Museum recently re-issued the chair and its matching stool in a special collector's edition.

Living room with pretty curtains

Check out this vintage Fainting Couch from the '20s. It was reupholstered last year 'In a beautiful and dramatic upholstery fabric.' See more info in our classifieds. 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..

Yellow couch

I've dreamed of owning a blue velvet sofa for about as long as I can remember. As a self-professed neat freak with a white fluffy dog - I have a feeling it would end badly. So its only leather couches for me, but it doesn't mean a girl can't dream! This is my version of my dream living room, based entirely around my blue velvet sofa.

Orange couch and mirror

COLOR INSPIRATION: The tealy blue color in my living room was inspired by my love of grey. I needed something that would compliment all the grey tones found though out the main floor of the house. GO TO ALISON'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!