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Living room

Living room

The Union Jack: classic or cliche? Classic in the right room I think. Filled with wool, this square ottoman is dense enough for seating, while still providing a soft room element.

Living room

Yesterday we took a look at the fall bedding collections from Dwell. Today we're getting a sneak peek at their new wall art and toys. Duplicating graphic motifs in their bedding, they've collaborated with British wall covering manufacturer Graham & Brown to produce hand-screened canvases which are bright and playful. Marrying design and play, Dwell's new Mind Blocks offer opportunities for discovery and learning. This 9-piece set of soft blocks with a puzzle-like configuration will please an inquisitive child. Updating the classic stacking rings, Dwell has also made them interactive by adding a rattle, bell and crinkly fabric. All of these toys have a traditional element, but we love then for their softness and for their use of modern prints. The color palette is warm and comforting without being syrupy sweet. As with the bedding collections, Dwell's new wall art and toys will debut in stores in November.

Chair and library

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Dark furniture living room and library

Letting go of this giant, 60'x60' mirror we have in our apartment is like cutting our perceived square-footage in half. The mirror is borrowed, and we enjoyed it while it lasted. We're on the hunt for affordable replacements. Costco actually caught our eye, with their Joan Wall Mirror. It's 40'x50' and costs $440. That includes shipping, which really counts for something on an item of this size and fragility. The mirror has beveled edges and is set in a walnut frame. This baby might just ease the pain of letting go of our old giant.

TV unit

We were surprised to see this French country dining set this morning...not your typical Craigslist find and not what we typically get excited about. This set is so bright and light, perhaps the perfect springtime transformation for a dark kitchen. We'd love to see how this set would look with a simple rug, a lighter wall color, and in the right home. 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...(like the first item on our list, a Black Le Corbusier leather chair from Tom.

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Remember about a month ago when we spent an afternoon together obsessing about how great orange can be? Well now we're getting into the Fall, into October and all we want is more and more orange. Reader, cate is my name went with two shades of orange in her home office and we think the results are fantastic. Ignore the stuff that she hasn't put away yet and look at how great that grey armchair looks against the orange. Although if you were really gonna take it there you might consider a printed drape; something fun and loud like the orange. A little like the way this rug works off the orange sofa. We might mix more greys into the scheme, maybe a bright green or a bit of yellow.... Is anyone any more or less convinced of orange now?

Living room sun ray mirror

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Colorful living room

I was obsessed with watching where the bends and curves took my little cat eyes. I could mix and match the pieces and create all sorts of shapes, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think about having a handmade track that circled my entire bedroom! Want to see it in action? Instructables user Steve Moseley built this complete marble track that graces the walls of his son's room. It's a continuous strip that repeats over and over again until it's turned off. The installation runs off gears, a few small motors and battery packs that were all ordered online. Although we're not sure it's something that would make going to sleep easy, you would easily be the coolest kid on the block. Steve gives lots of great tips for making something like this on your own over at Instructables so make sure to check it out!

Living room

This one comes on the heels of the beautiful wall treatment we featured in our Another Nod to Grey post last week. On the right is what looks like a dramatic white wallpaper featuring clusters of buildings outlined in black. The walls are painted black with the same buildings painted on, this time in white and on a much larger scale. We suspect that the homeowners painted the walls black and then drew in the white buildings freehand using either chalk on chalkboard paint or white paint pens. The larger-scaled buildings on the black wall keep the room from looking too busy. For more photos of the rest of this house, check out Emmas Design Blogg.

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Every Saturday morning, just one block away from our apartment, the small but vibrant Silver Lake farmers market opens from 8am-1pm, offering a selection of produce, coffee, baked items, clothing and housewares. A fairly recent addition has become a favourite stop during our weekend shopping: the Silver Lake Farms flower stand. We've been trying to buy as much locally produced products and produce the last year or so, and since we love brightening the home with fresh cut flowers, the Silver Lake Farms perfectly fits the bill for our floral needs. The privately operated farm aims to offer sustainable-grown flowers, fruits and vegetables, all within a five mile radius, all flowers harvested the very morning of the market. Founder Tara Kolla will happily handpick your bouquet arrangement with friendly care at the Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village and Los Angeles Arts Districts farmers markets. Be sure to get to her stand quickly...her flowers often sell out, and we've gone home a few times sadly empty handed. Silver Lake Farms offers additional floral design services for center pieces, bouquets and floral accents designed for special occasions, events, weddings, film sets and photo shoots. Flower arrangements can be delivered weekly to businesses.

Minimalist living room and dining room

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Leather chair

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Living room with fireplace

We've featured the home office of Flickr User and Unplggd Flickr Pool member, LewSpeigh before. His tastes have matured and certainly streamlined since the last time we peeked inside his office and we're pleasantly surprised. The only remnants of the previous office is that fantastic alarm clock. 'Santa gifted LewSpeight a Macbook Pro for Christmas and we're certainly happy he did because the gift inspired him enough to shoot photos of his new setup. The setup includes: Macbook Pro hooked up to the Samsung 24' monitor, Mac Mini, wireless Apple keyboard, two IKEA Lamps, Altec Lansing Speakers, Palm Pre Mobile Phone and MX Revolution Mouse. We love the angled white desk and how the desktop and laptop wallpaper perfectly accent each other and create a super cool mood. We're noticing Samsung has really stepped up their game and they seem to be the go-to manufacturer for monitors, even with Mac users. As we learned from his debut on Unplggd he's saved up all of his own money to purchase everything in the home office.

Living room

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Living room with sea inspired art work

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Living room

A number of people have recommended Stone Source to us lately. Built primarily as an online resource, Stone Source now has showrooms popping up all over the country which give you a really nice opportunity to see/touch/feel what you want for your bathroom, kitchen or whatnot. Here's an incomplete list: granite, marble, limestone, ceramic, metal and glass tiles, stone, porcelain and gypsum. All of this is viewable on their intense website, which also allows for sorting, browsing and search. We don't know yet how their prices match up to others, but we imagine they're competitive since Stone Source is dealing in volume. They want to be your one stop shop for all your STONE needs.