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Minimalist living room with big lamps

The AT classifieds description pretty much sums it up. This vintage lamp is a teardrop shaped classic in very good condition, save for a little bit of wear and tear on the bottom. MM. 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.Thanks, Craig!

Minimalist living room with glass coffee table

The sewing room can be as frustrating of a space to organize as the home office. With a sewing machine as the key element, you have several challenges when designing your space - finding the perfect stitching table, storing all those needles, pins, bobbins, thread, and fabric in a easy to navigate fashion, plus creating a space that inspires you to sew. We've seen a few inspiring craft spaces in the past, and this one is no exception. Danielle Thompson, who blogs for Thompson Family-Life, made this creative space using a ton of vintage finds meshed with new ones. She covered both the IKEA cabinets and the bottom drawer of her Target desk with vintage floral wallpaper. She also spray painted her spool rack, bought at Michael's, yellow. Liberty of London's new line for Target allowed her to play off the floral patterns of her vintage wallpaper with an equally botanicalicious basket and office chair. Check out more photos of this cute space at Thompson Family-Life.

Living room with grey sofa


Modern living room with floor boards

We've seen Natalie's 19th century home before and this time she's tackling her dining room. From Natalie: My husband and I bought a circa 1870s house in Pittsburgh nearly three years ago. The house has a wonderful lived-in feeling and great bones, but it needed an infusion of style. We've been working room to room and the dining room is one of my favorite projects. I am an artist so I am inspired by many things, but I was especially excited to do a hand painted mural all the way around the room. I have seen these in grand old houses, and I wanted to do my own take on it. The floors were stripped and re-stained to match the rest of the house, the walls were painted, and the lighting changed.

Minimalist living room


Minimalist living room with red chairs


Minimalist family room

Juliette balconies are often 'Pasted' onto buildings, seemingly unusable. There's something nice about them from the interior.... Sure, you're never going to get a table or even a chair out there. If you open the doors wide, the narrow balcony acts as a rail for the rest of the room, creating a great big balcony, if you will. Take this bedroom from UK's Channel 4, for instance. In the photo up top you can see that with the Juliette balcony's doors flung open, the whole room takes on an outdoor feel. Rather than step out onto a full-size balcony, this flattened version allows you to enjoy the interior space much as you would an outdoor space. Arrange a comfy chair there by the doors and you could read or nap away a warm afternoon 'Outdoors', in the comfort of the interior.

Minimalist living room


Large luxurious living room

Since spotting this dining nook over at Desire to Inspire, I haven't been able to stop looking. Of course we love all of the elements that make up the space - the striped built-in banquette, the pedestal table, the enviable terrace. Despite the fact that this is a dining area for a family with a child, it still feels romantic. It's a perfectly functional space for snack time or arts and crafts but once you clean up the Cheerios and the crayons, you're left with a charming and romantic dining area for the adults.

Modern family living room

There's something about the contrast between the rugged wood plank and the industrial-yet-graceful hairpin legs that makes this bench just sing. If we saw this beauty in a store window, we'd imagine it came with a hefty little pricetag. Guess how much this little DIY number came in at? Angela of the blog kriselkeeper wanted an entryway bench that her two-year-old daughter could easily sit on to put on her shoes. After finding just the right piece of wood at a reclaimed lumber seller, she made the inspired decision to use those fabulous hairpin legs. All told, the cost of materials was just $109: that's $16 apiece for the reproduction hairpin legs, and $45 for the gorgeous piece of wood. If you're inspired to try your hand at a similar project, the legs can be ordered from

Modern coffee table


White couch and fireplace

Q: I have looked high and low on this site and the web more generally and can find no answer to this question: who makes/made these leather nailhead trim dining chairs? The image is one that has been featured here before, from Domino April 2007 page 78, Katie Lydon's 'A Salong-Style Pastiche Over a Console.' Editor: Offer up your recommendations for Lisa in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Modern living room


Neutral colors living room

While the trend for outrageously-sized outdoor furniture hits us hard this season, sometimes the smaller, simpler designs are exactly right for our small spaces and tigher budget. Smith & Hawken sells a Parisian Park Dining Set that fits these criteria. Made of powder-coated steel and beechwood, The 3-piece set is avaialable with side chairs or armchairs.... It is rare to see an armchair in a set like this. This set is perfect for a back garden or small terrace, and it folds for easier off-season storage. The side-chair set is currently on sale for $279. Outdoor Furniture.

Small funky living room with huge lamp


Couch and red lamp

Spotted at a campsite in west Texas: these DIY plastic cup hanging lamps with lights woven in and around. This would be a fun project and addition to any outdoor space - yards, decks, patios, communal gardens, etc. Here's a similar idea and step-by-step how-to: Dixie Cup Spherical Dodecahedron via Instructables.