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Living room with large sofa

It's sometimes loud, it's hard to find street parking, it's often a too close for comfort vibe - it's apartment living in the city. A span of sometimes just 10 feet between apartment buildings is common in urban spaces and noises often infiltrate your sweet and comfy sanctuary. Yesterday we returned home from a five hour road trip after a weekend in San Francisco. Tired, a little hungry and running late for dinner, we immediately slowed down when we heard our neighbors great jazz music. We don't often listen to jazz but the rhythm and beat was perfect. It was as if the neighbor was encouraging us to relax a bit as we got ready for the evening - and it worked. We've often talked about how neighborly noises nearby are annoying and sometimes just wrong. Sometimes hearing your neighbor's music or a dinner party can make you feel connected or part of the vibe. What are your positive experiences of apartment living when it comes to overhearing things?

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We think one of the greenest things is to use materials that are made to last through the ages. End grain wood floors are the epitome of durable and add instant warmth to any space.... 'Kaswell is one maker of wood block floors, which is made up of 1' thick wood blocks turned on end. With the grains perpendicular to the wearing surface, the floors hold up forever. The blocks might be strong, but their appearance is as soft and warm as brick.

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Yesterday you voted on which French Country style dining room was higher end and, if you voted for this one, then you nailed it! Survey results though were pretty close, with roughly half of you choosing A and the other half B. Click through to see the price and source for each piece, along with the cheaper alternative options. Tufted Dining Chair from Ballard Designs; $665. Floral Rug from Ballard Designs; $599. All items combined ring up at the cash register for $4269, with the biggest ticket items being the chandelier and dining room table. Beaded Empire Chandelier from Shades of Light; $489. Embossed Mirror from Pier 1; $199. Rustic Trestle Table from World Market; $700. Tufted Dining Chair from Overstock; $205. Floral Rug from Overstock; $334. You might be more comfortable with a price tag of $1927, which is what this second collection will run. As always, if you find something similar to the items above, for a better price, share the information by linking to it in the comments below. Or, if you want to go out on your own, take a look at this earlier post, with shopping secrets and tips for finding a certain look for less money.

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From the design firm that brought you the oversized-pac-man bookshelf comes these ghost-shaped lamps. As if you needed an excuse to turn your living room into a video game. Complete your media wall with these wall-mounted Ghosty lamps. Surely made to resemble Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, these lamps are made from a steel support and translucent colored Corian. Hang them on the wall or prop them on a table stand. They're available in four colors; Glacier Ice, Mint Ice, Strawberry Ice and Lime Ice; but you'll have to email GinePro Design to snag one. What do you like better? these Ghosty lamps or the 80's Ghost lamp featured previously on Unplggd?

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Maybe it's just because we have one in our bedroom but we've been noticing all the zebra and zebra print rugs in this year's Small Cool Contest. Reader Aulaire wanted to know where we scored our zebra print cowskin. Before we found ours on Craig's List from a great girl who sold it to us for a song and had it drycleaned for us, we had located some online resources for this classic pattern. Our finds, after the jump.... Sunland Home D├ęcor imports their cowhides from Brazil and Argentina. The zebra print rugs are on sale here for $289. Check out their khaki dyed cowhide and their beautiful brindles. Southern Hides carries them in sizes up to 65 feet; they also carry some crazy colours Fur Rugs also gets their cowhides from Brazil. You can also find cowhide ottomans here and, occasionally, natural unbleached white hides.

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AT:LA reader Dean writes us this question: Since we're in the middle of the Color Contest, I thought now would be the best time to enlist AT to help me find the perfect blue paint for my living room! I really want to paint my living room a rich navy. I am totally freaked out at the thought, but I'm taking the advice of everyone who's entered the Color Contest and 'Just going for it'!.... My couch is sort of an avocado green and I've got a large white Expedit shelf, Danish walnut chairs and a walnut credenza as the other key players in the room. I plan on buying a large flokati for the room, too.... I've been thinking about navy for a while, after I saw a living room designed by Philip Gorrivan. I got totally excited when I happened upon an old issue of Domino that featured Nick Olsen's apartment...his walls are the same color as my couch...and his couch is nearly the exact color that I want my walls!! Anyway, my keywords when trying to describe this color are: rich, jewely, Indian, Moroccan, dusty...Any ideas??? Well, Dean, we say: go navy! With your white Expedit shelf, it will pop out and create a breather from all that dark blue. Plus, we are big fans of walnut wood with rich, jewel-toned navy blue-it's classy in a very Audrey Hepburn kind of way.

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Living room and library

Since sleeping is one of the main things that happens in your bedroom, above all things, you want it to be cozy. What could be cozier than being surrounded by tons of books? From around the web, here are ten of our favorite bedrooms, chock-full of delicious books. Above: a wall of books behind the bed, from Noemi's Romantic Biedermeier Apartment in Berlin. Shelves in a traditional bedroom from Period Living. Shelves under the eaves in a space from Home Beautiful, via Style Carrot. No room for shelves? Hang 'em up high above the bed. Cozy built-ins in the home of architect Vincent van Duysen, spotted on Latte Lisa.

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Heads up, eBook readers: the Google eBookstore has launched with over 3 million books available for download. Like the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks, the store is a mix of purchasable titles and free titles from the likes of Dickens, Melville and Jane Austen. The Google eBooks store is obviously compatible with Android devices, but also with Apple iOS devices, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony eReaders, web browsers and certain eReaders. Things are going to get interesting for Amazon and Barnes & Noble now.

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Kid o is not your typical store , and even if you can't stop by the store on 10th Street- you'll figure it out right away from their website. Kid o is the direct result of founder Lisa Mahar's desire to find products for her own children that have both great design, but also an educational focus. We really like the organization on the website- you can shop by environment, age, activity, or educational philosophy. Choose from products that support the Maria Montessori philosophy or the Reggio Emilia philosophy. If you shop by age you can also find holiday gift ideas and top ten shower gifts. Of course, not only is it easy to find stuff- but the products are all things you'll want to find! It meets both of Lisa Mahar's goals- great design and educational focus. It looks like a modern sculpture, but the ten handmade wooden cubes also teach your kids dimension, weight and stacking. Look closer and you'll find the constellations actually resemble everyday objects like computers, sneakers, and a guitar.

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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.

Living room with large art piece

Name: Melissa Location: Washington, DC Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: I typically come up with a color scheme based on one particular item that I like, and go from there. For our living room, I found and really liked the Michael Miller fabric that I used to make the curtains and a couple throw pillows, so that's what set the tone for the blue and the green. Because I had already gone a little too crazy with bold colors in all the other rooms of my house, I wanted a neutral(ish) wall color, but one that wasn't white or beige and I really liked this almost mocha color for the walls that I found, which I find neutral yet cozy. I purchased the rug last, by literally searching blue and green rugs on Overstock.com. I was worried that this one had too much yellow-ish in it for the room, but when it arrived I ended up not minding it at all.