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Spring and summer bring such bright light I wanted a happy color to combine with my red walls. GO TO JAE'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!

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Until a few years ago, when you went looking for great wood furniture, you had to go out to Brooklyn and scour through old, heavy American vintage. Karazona Cinar of White on White Furniture changed all that. If you want the full story about how Karazona came from Turkey to build a small empire in low price antique and new furniture in the midst of a recession, read Oliver's article at The short of it is that he manufactures his own versions of classic pieces by Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and Isamu Noguchi, and has also amassed one of the more impressive collections of vintage Danish Modern pieces in the five boroughs. His two New York stores, Broadway and White street, feature basement warehouses with row upon row of imported furniture, which move weekly. MGR. White is the creation of Karazona Cinar - the downtown Robin Hood of vintage furniture - and his merry band of hip misfits who have collectively managed to build a thriving low-cost manufacturer of high end furniture in New York's recessionary service economy. From the beginning, he was able to undercut the market - which was dominated by furniture boutiques selling original pieces or higher cost Italian imitations - and still make money.


Our college-style 'Make-whatever's-in-the-fridge' culinary habits don't really facilitate the need to own an egg cup. If we ever had to get one, we'd get this to soothe our gadget-loving souls: the eiPOTT. 'Ei' is German for egg and 'Pott' is German for pot. So we have to imagine there was much confusion in Germany when Apple's music-playing iPod arrived on the scene. The little kinder thought they were getting egg cups for their birthdays! Well now the wrong has been right-ed and we have officially found the eiPOTT egg cup. From German design group qed*design, this little guy keeps all the Apple iPod styling-rectangle shape with a circular 'click wheel'-with an Ei-appropriate twist. If you're a geek who needs someplace to stick your boiled egg, we've found it.

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Featured in Living Etc. magazine, this colorful boys room has Cath Kidston wallpaper, an Eames rocker and a timeless striped rug. In this design-conscious, comfortable North London family home, even the kids' rooms don't skimp on style.... This soothing all-white girl's room has a few well-chosen girly pink accents that can easily be swapped out as she grows older.


Man's best friend? More like full-fledged family. For many, a home isn't truly a home without a furry fido to share it with. In honor of the holiday, National Dog Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite person-pet portraits from our house tours. They're a heartwarming glimpse into these special relationships and will both make you smile and want to cuddle up with your own canine.

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Sitting at a desk all day long is not our idea of fun. See Jane Work makes it more bearable with their great selection of stylish office goods. One of our favorite things about the site is the Desk of the Month feature. Every month, See Jane Work assembles a lovely look for us to drool over. All of the components are listed out so you can easily pick and choose items that might work well on your own desk. This month's look, shown above, is called 'Classic Brown.' If you're looking for more bursts of color, check out the June 2006 desk, 'Modern.' For those in a cubicle, September 2006's 'Cubicle Chic' is inspiring. Having a workspace like this just might make the 9-to-5 grind more enjoyable! We're looking forward to seeing what Jane comes up with for August. Check the site next Wednesday for a new Desk of the Month.

Living room with great rug


Pink couch and pop art

Dear AT,. I am searching for a kitchen island: standard height, but narrow, with a bottom shelf for storage of bulky items. Can you please tell me where I can find one already fabricated as I cannot afford custom made storage. On the low end we're a big fan of Ikea's Varde lineAnd we also like stainless worktables from Bowery Kitchen Supply. On the high end, John Boos is real nice and has many options.

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Wow, I thought my minimalist modern tendencies had faded away since my days in college studying to become an architect. Then every once in awhile I see a residential structure like this and I think I might be able to live in a concrete box.... The big box, known as the House kn, is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and designed by Kazuyasu Kochi and Mana Kochi of Kochi Architect's Studio. Also below is their Shinkawasaki Infill condominium, which has a stunning white washed interior space with a most curious crawl space only reachable by ladder.

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For some, a break from home and a stay at a hotel is an essential part of any vacation. Even infrequent travelers sometimes tire of the bland feeling of many hotel rooms, wishing instead to surround themselves with the joy of a home away from home. For some tips for feeling at home in a hotel, read on! The longer you plan to stay in a given hotel, the more at home you will feel if you truly inhabit the space. So often hotel pillows are inadequate or simply too different from the one you use at home, making it harder to get a good night's sleep. Bringing that little bit of home along with you in the vehicle makes any overnight stop a little easier and adds that touch of home to any hotel room. Consider bringing a towel as well, especially if you love to wrap up in a big bath sheet as most hotel towels are smaller than the ones many of us use at home. Consider traveling with your favorite toiletries rather than relying on those little hotel shampoos and lotions; the longer you will be away from home, the more your favorite products will help you feel like normal. A breath of your favorite scent when you walk through the door will help you put aside the institutional flavor of a hotel and make you feel more at home. If you have additional tips for feeling at home in a hotel, please share them in the comments below.

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Jenny describes the 'Before' of her compact kitchen best: it was safe. So she decided to add color - but in a practical way. She'd keep the black floor tiles that hide dirt, but add a cheery pop of color in an unexpected place, and throw in some efficient storage ideas for good measure. We started out with basic colors for our apartment when we got married. Last year, I decided to do something more dramatic about the color because our kitchen doesn't have any windows and the whole look is starting to get too clinical for me. For an added boost, I also had the inner walls of the cabinets painted yellow so there is a wonderful colour pop when you open the cabinets. To keep the space clean and clear, I replaced the old dish rack with a couple of hanging dish racks from Ikea. A few command strips were used to hang the kitchen utensils and the kitchen towel - it's fast and easy and I can easily remove and change the layout. Lastly, we added a sliding door at the entrance to screen the kitchen from the little one when some serious cooking is happening. He likes going to the kitchen for a quick snack and to chat with us. Working in such a cheerful environment makes chores and cooking so much more pleasant.

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Computers are invading our living rooms. As we take the time to get rid of our CD clutter by ripping all of our music and our digital movie collections continue to grow, you need a way to play them back on your nice speakers and TV's. Thankfully, PC styling is also moving away from the plastic tower or if you are feeling creative you can cram one into a piece of living room furniture. Now there is a third option, and a pretty good looking one at that. The MEdiaCOre PC is essentially a side table with an integrated PC. Simple and perfect for what we would want in our living room. Since space is always at a premium combining a place to store your music and hold your drink is alright with us. You can pick it up bare bones and build the system from scratch, or for $6100 get one fully built and running media center. Take a look at the video below to get a sense of scale in the living room.

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Living room

One of my male co-workers is so obsessed with The Big Lebowski that he decided to paint his living room the exact shade of purple of Jesus Quintana's jumpsuit. He also attends Lebowskifests, says things like, 'Yeah well, you know, that's just like your opinion man', and collects Nixon bowling posters for his cubicle. To be honest, I was a wee bit skeptical on his paint choice-not because of the Lebowski reference, but because I was thinking it might turn his living room into one giant eggplant. After perusing a recent issue of Domino, I was pleasantly surprised to see the color purple given its due: the room looks pretty damn good, especially paired with that light pink room just beyond the doorway. What do you think? Should purple be relegated to little girl's rooms and pastel shades, or is it worthy for a living room?

Small living room

One of our favorite house tours this spring came from Julie and Iker, who live in an iconic Bertrand Goldberg high-rise along the Chicago River. They've kept the interiors simple, clean, and minimal-a nice way to showcase the unique architectural details. If you like their style, we've compiled a guide to high and low resources for a similar look. The difference in price between sofas usually has to do with the materials used, the size and features, and the quality of the frame. Both of these sofas have wood frames, but one is a larger sleeper with built-in storage. We're not sure, but we think Julie and Iker's media stand is a discontinued model from CB2. If you're looking for something similar, there are a bunch of high-gloss, low, white media stands ranging from budget to high-end versions. Julie and Iker have a classic adjustable-height Eileen Gray side table. Shell chairs were really popular in the 1950s and 60s and the same basic idea has been picked up and reinterpreted by many contemporary designers-both well known names and lesser known designers working within big companies. The globe lamp is such a simple design that any difference in price really comes from materials, small details, and designer branding. When you're shopping for shades and blinds, prices vary according to quality of materials, how well they block light and UV rays, and whether they're custom or standard sizes.