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Living room

Living room and dining room

A funny we noticed while attending last week's media event with bloggers hailing from the States and Europe: while the Europeans tended to go out and party after the media presentation events were over, the Americans would regularly return to their rooms or the lobby to work well into the night. It was during one of those 2:45 am stretches while working from the Penha Longa's lounge we met Manuel, the creator and writer for Le Blog Deco. He was the lone Frenchman who was fastidiously working while his fellow countrymen painted the Lisbon streets red. We didn't speak a lick of French, but Manuel spoke English pretty well enough for us to understand we had found a compatriot, and we quickly became acquainted with his excellent design and decor blog. An example of his keen eye? These Red Dot Award winning in-floor tubs from KÄSCH he just posted today.... KÄSCH's Overflow series of floor sunken tubs has us wondering if we'd prefer this style opposed to the traditional style if given the option. There's no doubt the in-floor design gives the tubs a more luxurious and relaxing appeal, possibly because they remind us of jacuzzis. These looks as expensive as they do inviting. Be sure to keep an eye out in the coming weeks while we work with Manuel/Le Blog Deco for some European house tours and a Behind the Blog feature over at Unplggd.

Minimalist living room

In our tiny bedroom we just don't have the option of putting our bed against a plain wall; every single wall has a window, a door, a couple of windows or a closet. The whole thing is already barely big enough to fit a bed into. Using sheer curtains layered below thicker curtains helps to create an anchor out of the window. The thicker curtains on either side provide a frame for the bed and the sheers afford a certain amount of privacy and they keep they scare black window effect from happening at night. It makes the bed look like it's supposed to be in front of the window instead of awkwardly fighting with it for space. Have you tried this at home? How has it worked out?

Living room

Some apartments need a therapist, others need an exorcist. We've been perusing reviews for the newly-released real estate horror flic Dark Water, and Jennifer Connolly's crib belongs in the latter category. Alright, we'll say it, there are times when decluttering doesn't fully solve the problem. The film is directed by Walter 'Motorcylce Diaries' Salles, a Brazilian, and is based on a short story by Japanese author Koji 'The Ring' Suzuki, and stars Brooklyn Heights-reared Connolly. Where do these people get off knocking the jewel of the East River? In any event, move over Amityville. Bottom line: this film is not for the flower box set, but if you need to work through some issues with your Super and you have a ready supply of anti-depressents, step up.

Pool and garden

Have you ever wanted a little privacy when having an out of town guest stay with you? Well this 3 in 1 tent sofa transforms, giving the user the ability to put a roof over their head for some incognito shut eye in the fold out bed.... London designer Philippe Malouin has created Tent Sofa for the Italian manufacturer Campeggi. The sofa is made of soft polyurethane panels it can be unfolded to create a real life tent. We love the idea for the impromptu sleepover guest or for your kids as well. Hopefully we'll see this fun piece in production soon!

White canvas colorful details living room

To be honest, we never really gave much thought about our kitchen sponges nor what goes into making them. We just recently realized while replacing our ragged old sponge that the odor fighting germ protection feature is formulated with a chemical additive we're trying to avoid: triclosan. That's the very same antibacterial additive that is contributing to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria that eat up antibiotics like it was an afternoon snack.... So what to do? A simple change is just avoiding sponges with germ-odor protection. There are natural kitchen sponges on the market, like Natural Value's scrubber sponge, which are made with 50% post-consumer recycled material and are even certified kosher if you want to go the eco-recycled route. We're also considering switching to using a natural loofah sponge...maybe the larger natural shaped style used in the bath/shower, cut in half. The funny thing is we just saw the real vegetable this past weekend at the Alhambra farmer's market and purchased one for dinner without realizing its other use besides being a delicious veggie.

Living room

I have been on the hunt for a small, simple and affordable hamper for what seems like forever, and over the weekend I finally spotted this model that perfectly fits the bill while I was photographing a house for an upcoming tour. It's ridiculously affordable and I was surprised to find out where it came from. The hamper by Koala is actually from Babies 'R' Us - though it's as easy to picture in a grown-up space as in the nursery. Best of all, the hamper rings in at $19.99 and even comes in 5 colors. Visit Babies 'R' Us to see all the color options or to claim one for yourself.

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Summer may be over in some parts of the country, but out here in So Cali, we're lucky enough to still have nice warm weather holding strong. This weekend is expected to be in the low 80's. Summer crowds should be dying down, so it's a perfect time to get outside and have a leisurely little picnic! Putting together a picnic can be a little bit of work, but this handy folding picnic set from XXD aims to make the planning quite a bit easier! The XXD folding picnic set comes with two plastic plates, corkscrew, container for salt and pepper, and two sets of silverware. You just provide the food contents and you're good to go. Could be a great gift idea too! Get it locally at A+R..

Tuscan sofa

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Living room

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (and the Cabinets, and the. Name: Jaclyn Location: Park Slope - Brooklyn, New York We are a young married couple living in Park Slope Brooklyn, trying to survive in New York, and our one bedroom apartment is.

Living room

Once hidden in garages and pantries, pegboard is ready for prime time. The tall, colorful pegboards behind these beds as seen on The Land of Nod give such height to the room and let each child customize the look with his prized possessions. In a similar vein, Our Fifth House used pegboard as a headboard in her son's room. This large pegboard, painted the same color as the wall, blends in seamlessly and creates tons of storage and decor possibilities. In the nursery, the most common use of pegboard is near the changing station where parents need easy access to diapering supplies. The back wall is lined with pegboard and holds hats, stuffed animals and anything they need down the line. Naptime Notebook put galvanized steel pegboard on her son's closet wall to create a LEGO minifigure gallery. This project from This Is Our Bliss is a perfect example of using pegboard for both function and decor. In Phia and Anthony's Shared Space on Apartment Therapy, pegboard is attached to the back of an Expedit bookcase to become both a room divider and a place to hang toys.

Kitchen

Maybe I'm just a bit jealous, but it seems a bit excessive that people are now hiring interior designers to makeover their laundry rooms with limestone floors, built-in television screens, and even warming drawers 'For clothes too dainty for dryers'. According to the LA Times's 'Fluff piece', Laundry rooms clean up nicely, the newest home renovation status symbol trend has moved beyond restaurant quality kitchens and spa-style bathrooms, into the utilitarian realm of laundry rooms. Of course, you'd have to be amongst the 56.7% of households fortunate enough to have a separate laundry room. The last time I tried to give decor advice to the local laundry mat, they asked me to take my soiled drawers, issue of Elle Decor UK, and high-falutin' ideas elsewhere.

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When we saw this snazzy chair it made us want to dig our Creepers out of the back of the closet and don a Elvis worthy pompadour. It's vintage, but according to the owner is in impeccable shape. 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

To be honest, we never really gave much thought about our kitchen sponges nor what goes into making them. We just recently realized while replacing our ragged old sponge that the odor fighting germ protection feature is formulated with a chemical additive we're trying to avoid: triclosan. That's the very same antibacterial additive that is contributing to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria that eat up antibiotics like it was an afternoon snack.... So what to do? A simple change is just avoiding sponges with germ-odor protection. There are natural kitchen sponges on the market, like Natural Value's scrubber sponge, which are made with 50% post-consumer recycled material and are even certified kosher if you want to go the eco-recycled route. We're also considering switching to using a natural loofah sponge...maybe the larger natural shaped style used in the bath/shower, cut in half. The funny thing is we just saw the real vegetable this past weekend at the Alhambra farmer's market and purchased one for dinner without realizing its other use besides being a delicious veggie.

Living room

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Living room

We've been thrilled with the response to Art Month. It's been very fun to peek inside readers' homes and see your art. The results of our survey on where you buy your art were revealing, too. After buying two small paintings for virtually nothing at last weekend's San Mateo Antiques and Collectibles Market, we wonder: What's the most you've paid for a piece of art?

Living room with fireplace

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