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Cozy work space

Greeting: Peyton is sweetest little girl you'll ever meet. It has been such a joy this past year watching her grow from little preemie clothes to getting as big as her older sister. It's exciting to wonder at all she will accomplish this next year and sad to think that my little baby is getting to be a big girl. Peyton Grey had her first birthday this past weekend. Yellow food, yellow decorations, yellow clothes, yellow favors, and a yellow cake! For a glimpse you can visit loridanelle. Send Some Love - Birthday Shout-out requests are easy: send the name, birthdate, greeting, a favorite present and photos of your child to nursery(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com with 'Happy Birthday' in the subject line.

Home office in a closet

In anticipation of the 2013 DC Design House, I was perusing photos of last year's show house, and rediscovered the room of a favorite DC designer, Marika Meyer. Meyer is a master at creating soothing, neutral rooms that are anything but boring. While designers are often accused of going over the top to show off an array of tricks and trends, Meyer's rooms always remind me of the role 'Designer details' can play in subtly elevating a room. Unexpected contrast details like adding patterned fabric to the back of a chair or the back of a bookcase, or a band of trim to the bottom of the upholstery highlights sculptural shapes and breaks up solids without calling too much attention. The subtle patterns on the drapes and rugs, in tones that pick up the wall color, give the eye something to grasp without overpowering the room. Layering a patterned rug over a solid one creates warmth and adds texture. While each piece of furniture could be described as curvy, the variety creates a conversation between the pieces which helps to keep the room from feeling flat. The pops of deep blue move the eye around the room, infusing the greige with a sophisticated pop in every corner. To learn more about Marika Meyer, visit her website.

White and red home office

GO TO SACHA'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Work desk with photo mural

AT,. I purchased some vintage Saarinen Tulip chairs and a Saarinen Tulip table base. I'm going to use the set as a card/games table. I feel glossy white or glossy black are a bit too mod. Would Chinese lacquer red be too much? Also this year, Knoll is making them in platinum. I was also thinking about painting them bronze or pewter. I'm thinking about making a slate top for the base.... Any ideas? We're actually kind of traditionalists when it comes to Tulip chairs and tables, so we're going to ask readers what they think.

Library with fireplace

The Alpha Chair is beautiful in a very sculptural way. Designed by Bannavis Andrew Sribyatta for PIE, the Alpha Chair is hand-crafted from bamboo. Its smooth curves blend art and contemporary minimalism with an Asian influence. The Alpha Chair is available at Vivavi for $700..

Study space in closet

We're really digging a more rustic vibe in furniture this summer, and this farm table definitely fits the bill in that area. It has a style that would be nice against a saturated wall color and bright accessories. 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!

Home office with view


Photo collage home office


White home office with classic furniture


Small work desk

We've always struggled to find a happy medium between our modern, minimalist aesthetic, and our love for ornate, vintage details. It's resulted, for us, in a happy hybrid between contemporary and antique, in a space with elements of each stylistic approach. Perhaps it is because we are a Libra, but we love a good balance between old and new. This image is not of two separate homes, but of a 100 year old home in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighborhood that has been fitted with a modern addition rather brilliantly.... On the left is the view of the home from the street. The classic facade is left undisturbed, 'Respecting the house's historical roots,' according to the Contemporist, a fantastic blog on contemporary design. Dubbeldam Design Architects , the firm that designed the addition and renovation, updated the home to accommodate contemporary living, and did it on a limited budget. The space was opened up by removing walls, replacing full walls with half walls, and the addition of open-riser treads in the stairs and built-in furniture solutions. This home is a fantastic example of making an old space suitable for contemporary living without sacrificing the character of the original structure. Check out more images and details about the addition here.

Feminine study desk


Home office with brick walls

In the past, we've talked a lot here at Re-nest about square footage. We've argued over whether or not a large home can be considered a green home. I don't know if we've come to any firm conclusions. Now, I'm thinking a little about the phrase 'Green luxury.' After stumbling on an interesting post about a palatial green remodel in Santa Barbara over at Michelle Kaufmann's blog, I started rolling the phrase over and over in my brain. Green luxury .... green luxury. This is what Michelle had to say on the subject:Whenever I hear or see a great new example of eco luxury I think, 'Yes! This is what green can be: beautiful, elegant, something people would be thrilled to call their own.' Then I want to let people know all about it so they can understand for themselves that luxury and green don't have to be mutually exclusive. I live in a small one bedroom apartment and don't harbor any delusions that I'll ever be able to afford a solar-heated swimming pool - or a bathroom the size of a studio apartment - but are these things less green because they're unattainable for most of us? It's tempting to say yes - by its very nature, the word 'Luxury' indicates the unnecessary. It's nice to have a gigantic bathroom, but does anyone really need 500 square feet to brush their teeth? Well the answer is usually 'No.' However, does it do us any favors to limit the scope of the green movement to urban homesteaders and those of us who are super keen on the first R - reduce? Is it better to be inclusive? Getting the second two Rs right - reusing and recycling - is WAY better than getting them all wrong, isn't it? What do you think? Can green and luxury coexist peacefully, and in a way that benefits the environment?

Modern pink home office

How do you prep kids to be great travellers? Well, if you are Suzanne and Mellanie, owners of Madellie, a children's travel store, you know that the key is to keep children occupied. These to-go cups have everything an older kid needs to knit a scarf. A great way to prepare kids to travel is through their reading material in the weeks before the trip. Madallie has a big selection of travel books, both for kids and for people who want to travel with children. Below, Lisa in New York, for the kids to read, and Fodors Around New York With Kids, for parents. Vacation letters are the best, and writing them is a good way to encourage kids to sit and relax for a little while. Check out Madallie for what you need to keep the kids occupied and relaxed, regardless of how far your trip may be.

Vintage furniture home office

Name: stacygNYC31Location: Brooklyn, NYType: 2BD loft rental. Splashes of color - in my case, reds, blues, greens - give dimension to a space and help center it. Since I like white on my walls, I decided to incorporate soft colors through my furniture and other accessories. If you're a color-phobe, which a lot of renters tend to be, you can inject color into your home through simple accessories. Pillows, vases, runners, candle holders, even plants - all add nice splashes of color to your home. Not all of your colors have to be from the same 'Family.' Think of mixing colors in your home the same way you'd mix them in your wardrobe. Green can go beautifully with purple, even though they're opposites on the color wheel.

Home office with contemporary storage

Q: I bought and hung this large round mirror in my rectangular living room/dining room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Alyssa in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Small work desk

This little corner recess in my rental apartment living room had gone through many changes over the years. That is until I found this gel fuel fireplace that was within my budget. Once it was delivered and put in its place, I realized it looked very small and toy like. After a couple of years of what I call my 'Eclectic Country French' phase, I decided I wanted a more light and bright living room. I wasn't sure how I wanted to achieve the look I wanted, so I poured over living rooms online and in magazines. The living rooms that spoke to me the most all had one thing in common, a white fireplace. I loved the grain on my fireplace and I knew once I committed there was no turning back, so it took me awhile to make up my mind. A couple of gallons of paint and some 'New to me' chairs along with a new area rug changed my once dreary living room into a bright cheery home.