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What about marble in a black kitchen? Now you've got something really interesting. In the photo above, from WS Workshop via Inside Living, a luxurious, light marble is the perfect counterpart to moody, minimalist black cabinets. Here's another kitchen, from 24 Design Construction, where marble countertops pair beautifully with dark cabinets. Of course, you don't need to paint your whole kitchen black to get the effect. In this kitchen from Shoot Factory, a light marble makes a lovely pairing with a vintage-style black stove. In this kitchen from Traditional Home, marble gets punched up with just a bit of black, in the window frame. Finally, my very favorite of all these spaces - an incredibly elegant, light, modern kitchen, rendered lively with just the right amount of black from a black sink, black faucet and that gorgeous black lamp.

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Q: I love the look of a distressed/rustic wood island for the kitchen - and even for the dining room. I would like to buy one pre-made, but can't seem to find anything that fits the bill as having that true salvaged feeling to it. Is there anywhere I can buy one similar to either of these? Thanks! Editor: Please share your sources and suggestions with Amanda in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Office furniture is typically a bit more lively and colorful and it certainly gets better with age. Mid century wood and metal desk, $65.00 is the perfect desk for a small space, or even a larger office that just needs a little extra storage. Small Retro Gooseneck Lamp, $15.00 is one of the most popular shapes in desk lamps. Whether you have a vintage or modern one - you certainly recognize this. Lightolier telescoping lamp, $52.00 This lamp is worth every penny. It's the perfect combination of vintage and modern and would look great in any minimalists office. Vintage Cole Steel Swivel Office Chair, $90.00 Vintage chairs are a great way to add distinct character to your office. Super stylish VINTAGE Neon light office table lamp, $39.25 Another vintage lamp that we were immediately drawn to. We love the look of short, long desk lamps because they mimic the shape of the desk. The combination creates and instant vignette that'll look great for years.

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O at Home recently asked 25 decorators, landscape architects, and artists to share titles that inspire them. Of course, the bulk of them are design-related, but there are a few titles that we didn't expect. Says Deborah Buck, artist and antiques dealer, New York City: Alice's Adventures in WonderlandBy Lewis CarrollAlice's tale is all about metamorphosis, one thing changing into the next before her eyes. I believe in change in one's environment-our minds aren't static, so why should our homes be? Why not be a bit like Alice? I'm amazed at people who buy new wardrobes every season but can't replace their coffee table.


Like many apartment dwellers, we don't have a dedicated office in our place, so when we started working from home our dining room became a dining room/office. We were happy to see that Leah's recent dining room redo included the addition of a workspace - the streamlined area is a great example of how to put an office in a non-office room. We love the clean aqua and white color pallet, and the use of IKEA's Grundtal rail and Asker containers to hang office and craft supplies on the wall, keeping the desk surface clutter free. See more pictures of Leah's dining room redo on her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.

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Nevermind sea views, these homes have undersea views. The Floating Seahorse is a new luxury development planned for Dubai with half the homes submerged underwater. While the living areas are on the surface, the modified houseboats have a lower level master bedroom and bathroom with floor to ceiling windows looking out into the sea.

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Name: Tigist Location: Bayonne, NJ Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: When we moved into our 1920's multi-family home about a year ago, the living-dining area had thick red carpeting and vertical blinds that made the room feel dark. The blinds were removed and when the carpeting was pulled up, we found beautiful hardwood flooring that needed a light sanding and refinishing. Once I realized the room gets tons of sunlight throughout the day, I decided to paint one wall by the dining area a dark color to show off the Ethiopian woven baskets that I had collected over the years. I started off with choosing the lighter shade and went on to the darker color that will complement it. First, I was worried that I chose a color that was too dark but now that I see how it turned out, I couldn't be happier! Even my fussy six month old baby loves it and is at her calmest when we sit down to eat and she is facing the 'wall of baskets'.

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We're about to undertake the task of redoing our dining room to make it function better as an office and instead of showing you a before and after and then being frustrated by great suggestions once we've already done the work, we thought we'd solicit some opinion for AT readers before we got started. Our dining room currently serves as somewhat of a catchall, and in the end doesn't get used very much. There's a desk tucked into the corner, but it's used mainly as storage for piles of paper and we end up working at the dining room table. While we eat most meals on the sofa we throw relatively regular dinner parties and need to keep the dining table available for that. The biggest adjustment that needs to be made is to make this into a functional workspace for two people working together - we're thinking we'll use the dining table as a large desk but keep all paperwork/office supplies off of it when not in use. We obviously need to find a better storage solution to replace the three small pieces on this wall. We're planning on painting the walls a more vivid color, possibly a deep blue, and would like to also paint the table - we're thinking gloss white, but are open to other suggestions. We know that right now there is too much art and too many knickknacks, so we'd like to streamline the accessories while possibly adding a large bulletin board.

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Classic pieces like tufted chairs and elegant linen napkins get a dash of style with a mirrored sideboard and gleaming gold flatware in the classic glam dining room. Whether you're throwing a fete for two or 12, borrow style cues from our curated take on the luxurious-meets-romantic aesthetic.

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Name: Renee Location: Saint Paul, MN Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: This space is a large family room which sees a lot of activity and use both by children and adults. We wanted to incorporate some fun colors into the room for the kids while still retaining a space which can be enjoyed by adults. I have always wanted to use turquoise and decided that doing an accent wall would be a fun way to do this without overwhelming the space too much. The chalkboard wall allows for a fun rotation of artwork and messages.

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Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned for the winner announcement later this week. For this week's Giveaway, we've got an extra-special treat: Ferm Living is offering AT readers the chance to win a wall sticker of their choice. Click below the jump to see how to enter and read the rules .... How to Enter: To enter this Thursday Giveaway, please submit a comment below with the design - name and color - that you want to win. The contest begins today and ends on Monday, January 14, at 11:59 PM ET. We will choose one winner at random. Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.

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Every little thing about the dining room in Thomas and Stephanie's Comfortably Modern Home comes together beautifully. From the rug to the light fixture, this room pulls together different textures to great effect. Check out the source list after the jump to achieve the look in your own home. Scoop Back Chair from West Elm While not the exact chairs seen in Thomas and Stephanie's home, these chairs have the same shape. 249Kite Wool Kilim Rug from West Elm It's a bit spendy but this rug looks amazing int he room. 699 for an 8' x 10'.PS 2012 Candlestick from IKEA - OK, so these are the exact candlesticks used on Thomas and Stephanie's table but they would be a really cute and affordable addition to this room. You can shop around for cheaper alternatives or pick and choose pieces you think would work your own home.

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