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Living room with large sofa

Check out how this collection, Lando Nuova Falegnameria, is photographed and presented. We love that series of 'White paintings' on the wall: what a way to highlight the collection's shapes: with pure shadow and light.....

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Hello Apartment Therapy! I have a good question for you all: I have a long, narrow balcony off my apartment in Istanbul and I am wondering what I should do with it. Our view is not very nice; we are face-to-face with other people's balconies and I am wondering if there is a way to delicately screen the view. Should I use plants? The balcony doesn't get any direct sunlight, so I'm not sure what kind to put. Perhaps some kind of curtain would be good? We do have a small table and two chairs, but that leaves almost half of the balcony empty and I'd like to use the entire space. We like the idea of almost-sheer white curtains to add some privacy - or even inexpensive seagrass blinds that can be lowered around the perimeter. Do you have an outside space you'd like to share with the Apartment Therapy community? We have a special form for sending photos and info on your garden, deck, yard, balcony or patio to the editors.

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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.

Living room with chair and fireplace

It's been our favorite color since our tween years. Grey isn't the first color color you probably think of when decorating a nursery or buying baby accessories, but maybe it can be. Like brown , the color grey is a great modern neutral. Although sometimes considered cold, it also can be very warm. We're drawn to the matte grey finish on the Sparrow Crib by Oeuf. It works with any bedding choice - bright, pastel or white. We're kicking ourselves for buying our Stokke Tripp Trapps chairs before the grey ones came out. What do Ohdeedoh readers think about grey in the nursery? Do you like the look enough to use it in your baby's nursery? Check out our previous post about grey in kids' rooms.

Living room red couch

This kitchen seems to be suffering from a bit of a brown overload. With the combination of wood cabinetry and hardwood floors, plus the black appliances and dark green paint, this kitchen is looking a little dark. Isn't it amazing what a little white paint can do? Of course, it's a lot more than just a little white paint at work here. Over the span of one month Jessie, from the blog Imperfectly Polished, transformed this kitchen with a lot of little touches. There's the subway tile backsplash, the DIY concrete counter tops, and the addition of beadboard to the ends of the cabinetry. The addition of the concrete counter tops and beadboard do as much to spruce up this kitchen as painting the cabinetry. The beadboard has a way of making the sides of the cabinetry and island look finished. The concrete counter tops? Well, they're just plain pretty - and in a sea of granite counter tops, the concrete is a welcome change! To see many, many more photos of Jessie's kitchen renovation, check out her blog: Imperfectly Polished: The Big Kitchen Reveal.

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'I have a new red leather sofa and love seat in a contemporary style and would like some suggestions on where to find an area rug to go in front of it. Also, I would like some suggestions for a new cocktail table to use. My current one is a large dark granite one with matte black iron legs, and the color is just too dark and drab for the new pieces. Thanks!'. Do any of our readers have suggestions to help Mary incorporate her new sofa and loveseat into her living room?

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'We moved to our loft space one year ago and with its white walls, white appliances and gray Formica countertops, we just had to jazz it up with some color. Because we're leasing, permanent remodeling of the kitchen was out of the question, so we went to our local Scandinavian department store for the essentials - pantry, cabinets,shelves, organizers and workspace/island. Then, working with some of the artwork we had collected, I painted the walls each a different color - an orange/rust, a pale celery green and a grayed olive green. These colors all show off our paintings and collection of linens and pottery.' Color Resources:As a garden designer and vintage shop owner, my color selections as well as texture influences are mostly taken from what I see in nature. As a former color stylist in animation, we studied old illustration art for ideas in combining colors.

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Got a large load of recyclables and want to drop it off all at once somewhere to be processed? Or would you rather have them come and pick it up right from your curb at a scheduled time? We've sometimes found our apartment building's city recycling bins completely jam packed with materials, and having an alternate route to recycle would be welcome. The Recycling Center combines Google Ajax Search and Google Maps to help locate recycling centers that can provide these services, alongside possibly providing a free recycling bin for your effort. Try it...it's like Yelp and quite easy to use.

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Chair and amazing mirror

Sent to us by a reader, LB Furniture is a company up in Hudson NY, that specializes 'In dining, banquet, conference, function room and common area seating environments.' Which is to say...hospitality seating. What an amazing selection they have! If you are looking for classic designs, LB Furniture has a slew of wood chairs that have that trendy look that is just to the right of being institutional. Looking through their catalog is like looking at a history of seating since WWII. We think this is a great resource for those of you out there that are getting 'Directional.' Prices are reasonable for chairs that will last forever. There is a 20% upcharge for quantities under 12, and you should speak to John Celli at 914.395.1150 if interested.

Living room and library

If we smushed a La-z-boy and the Eames Lounge chair into one piece, we suspect it would look a little like this Danish Modern Lounge Chair. This could be a cozy addition to your den, perfect for reading a book or plotting world domination-all for $375! 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..

Living room black rug

'Q: Hi guys, I just moved to an alcove studio in NYC, and need a new coffee table that works with this room! I was thinking of buying a square coffee table such as the Basis 36' square in walnut from Room & Board, but was looking for advice. Maybe something round would be better? Or a Noguchi table? Any advice appreciated.

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Living room with large art piece

During this series we have played quite a few games in our quest to discover the fitness potential in gaming with the Xbox 360 Kinect. Our perspective in what to look for in a game has changed during the course of these past 16 weeks along with our fitness level, and we now have a new wish list of elements we would love to see in a workout title. The Kinect makes swiping easy so grabbing a slider to swipe just seems to be the height of annoying, silly, and non-intuitive design. Quick Start Workouts: When you are pressed for time you don't want it to take 8 minutes just to get the workout routine started. More games need to give the option to launch into a 20 minute workout right from the main menu. We would love to see better tracking mechanisms for our workouts so that it is easy to see our progress and to better plan what activities will help us maximize the health benefits from future workouts. Having laid out our wish list, which titles out of the ones we have reviewed do we keep coming back to? Dance Central, Kinect Sports, and EA Sports Active 2 are in almost perpetual rotation and we are eagerly awaiting the next series of fitness titles arriving later this year.