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Black and white living room

We check in with Maya at Maya*Made from time to time and last week, she promised her readers a tour of her mom's bathroom at the barn. A heavily dominated white backdrop that plays up some amazing natural light-making this bathroom quite the charmer. We love the green accents of the sprouted grass and cabinet mixed with the crisp white of the space. Before entering the bathroom, you walk under twin filigree transoms and a repurposed pocket door. In addition to the hints of green, yellow flowers in a vintage jar add to the overall appeal of the bathroom. We also love the delicate yellow curtain strung from a simple wire with clips. A big fan of white towels and linens, we love how the bathroom closet is stacked with extras.

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Q: My fireplace is at the very edge of my longish living room I have two wall spaces as options for my TV. Along the same wall of my fireplace or in front of the window next to the front door, but I would rather keep the window space open. Considering a living room area with the TV on one half then a reading area with chairs by the fireplace, but not sure if that's wise for such a small space because I don't want my TV above the fireplace. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Saerom in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Blue walls and red leather chair

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Living room yellow rug

Purple was our favorite color growing up, and we still have a decent soft spot for it. Recently we came across these two kitchens designed around the royal hue, and we're struck by how versatile it is, coordinating with gray for a modern look, and brown for a warmer feel. The kitchen can also be a particularly good place to play with color, since it's near to, but often still separate from the main area of a house or apartment.

Library

The living room is the heart of your home, and you want it to look good. Today we'll be taking a peek at 5 stylish living rooms, in all different styles, and then examining what it is that makes each one of them work. Above: This living space is such a wonderful study in contrasts. There's not a lot of art in this room; the bookcase really sets the tone for the space instead. I like how there's so many pillows that that kind of becomes a whole diferent thing. The Prouve sconce gives the room a bold focal point and helps to tie everything together. Gallery walls can be hard to pull off, but I think this room does an admirable job. I think one of the tricks to having a gallery wall not overwhelm a room is to make it the primary consideration and keep everything else in the room a bit more subtle. I'm really in love with the simplicity of this space. The minimal furnishings, and the way they're spaced throughout the room, give everything a bit of an airy feel.

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From shipping containers to garbage trucks, we're fascinated by small space living on the go. This home may be more conventional, mobility-wise; but after reading Andreas Stavropoulos' inspiration and story to remodel and live in a vintage Airstream trailer, this home is definitely out of the ordinary. The inspiration behind Stavropoulos' home stems from his profession as a landscape architect. When he became self-employed, he found an urgency to surround himself with his medium. 'Whereas landscape architects once spent significant time on the site, the profession now finds some of the most creative minds shoehorned into cubicles. This seemed like a loss to me, and I wondered how it might be possible to create a space for real understanding within the profession-the kind of understanding that occurs from seeing a day of shadows move across a place, or listening to and observing people in a space,' he writes. With this simple and stylish Airstream studio that he renovated himself, Stavropoulos is able to travel and work on site. By the looks of these photos and the rest of the gallery on Dwell.com, we're fairly convinced that Stavropoulus is living a modern-day version of Walden.

Sofa with great fabric

We all know that the IKEA Melltorp dining table really does make the best desk! Heck, we have two in our house - one in the kitchen and one in the office. Sad thing is, we use the one in the dining room more than the one in our office! So that got us thinking, dining rooms really do make great offices. Ben's Warm & Cozy Austin Apartment Ben embraces the ease and space saving magic of using a dining table as a desk. While we wouldn't say we're 100% on board with this, it's really great for those fighting for more space and double duty rooms. This works the best when you're working from a laptop. We can't suggest placing a chunky desktop on a dining table, because that's taking away from the actual function of a dining table. Desktops aren't very portable when having guests over for dinner! The laptop on the other hand is extremely portable and can easily be hidden when company is over, or if your family is simply sitting down for dinner. Chris' Industrial 'Dreamer's Dream' Loft is another great example of using a dining space as a desk. We know that Chris obviously uses this space more for computing than dining, we also know that there's no way he hasn't ordered take out and plopped down on that comfortable chair and scarfed down dinner while watching a movie! If you're tight on space or even cash, using your dining table as a desk is a really great solution! Do you use your dining table as your desk?

Living room white sofa

We are a little behind on our reading, but thought that this article on co-sleeping in the NYT was worth mentioning. Some families choose to co-sleep, others do not, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all right answer as to whether or not families should share a bed. So we were more than a little surprised by the tone of the NYT article about the subject. According to this article, co-sleeping seems to be a result of bad parenting, lack of limit setting, and a problem that requires professional intervention to solve. More and more, we are getting frustrated with the tone of parenting articles in the NYT - are we really all so helpless and unable to maintain order in our homes, bowing down to the little emperors we are raising, incapable of solving parenting issues without paying experts to tell us that our kids are running our lives?

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Classic chair and fireplace

GO TO JOANNE'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

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Be colorfully creative with CB2's aqua and pink furniture or stay traditional with a big walnut desk from Room & Board. Straddle the line with contemporary work desks and accessories from Crate & Barrel. Make sure to stay organized with rolling storage and more from West Elm.

Bright living room

Perfect for a landing strip: This Modern oak mirror with shelf. Great for holding your keys, wallet, mail - and for you to check to make sure you got all that dog hair off your coat before you run out the door. 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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I had two speaker stands sitting around that are meant for tiny surround sound speakers with threads in them, but I needed to raise my bookshelf speakers in my room. I removed the L bracket that allows that, and had to create a surface for the speakers to rest on. So I found two hardcover books, punctured the center of the rear cover, and inserted a screw with large fender washers surrounding the cover on each side. If you don't want to sacrifice any books, remember, there are various other DIY methods for creating speaker stands: Dirt-Cheap Speaker Stands using the base of those horrible halogen lamps from college, articulating lamp arms for smaller speakers, or a more elegant IKEA hack solution.

Living room with pretty curtains

When we think about LEGOs, we think about spaceships and rockets, and all those great things that we made with those lovely building bricks. What happens if you decide to use them somewhere else, like the kitchen? This LEGO kitchen was created by Munchausen, formed by two Parisian designers named Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti. They actually ventured into an IKEA store to get a basic kitchen island, and spent about a week covering it with LEGO bricks. The result is halfway between a piece of art and modern decor. We could see these bricks working well, but we'd have to use a better pattern than this one,which seems mostly random. We'd suggest covering the kitchen island with a piece of plexiglass or glass in order to protect the bricks, which could easily melt when exposed to hot temperatures. A completely covered kitchen would just be unusable, but just one kitchen island kind of makes sense. The trick, as mentioned before, is coming up with an interesting pattern. How do you like it? Would you ever cover your kitchen island with LEGOs?

Yellow couch

With the fall semester looming around the corner, we're pretty sure that Target and Ikea are going to be clogged with students stocking up on dorm essentials. Thankfully, it's becoming easier to be able to personalize a dorm room even on a shoestring budget; take a look at this red, black, and white example from Sk├Âna Hem.... At first glance, it looks chic and stylized-but take another look, and it's almost all Ikea! In this room, it's all about sticking to a color scheme to accomplish this stylish look in a small space. Heading off to college this fall? What are some of your dorm decor essentials?

Orange couch and mirror

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