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Be Your Own Designer: 10 Flawless Ways to Lay Out a Living Room

Our living rooms wear a lot of hats: we watch TV, entertain friends, have conversations and spend time reading in them. Sometimes they double as home offices, playrooms for kids or even dining rooms, too. With all these considerations, it can be tricky to decide how best to arrange this area, but thinking about the feeling you’d like the space to convey in combination with how you’ll spend time there is a solid way to start. Here are 10 living room layout ideas to get those creative wheels spinning.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

I Bet You Can Tackle Your Cluttered Living Room in Just 20 Minutes, and Here’s How — September Sweep

People are surprised to know that the hardest-working weapon in my cleaning arsenal is my phone’s built-in timer. It’s a workhorse for two reasons: First, because I find it easier to muster up the energy to get chores done when I give myself a mental limit. “You only have to clean for 20 minutes, Taryn. You’ll be done just in time for Jeopardy.”

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Proof This Color Combo Is the Most Versatile Palette of All

Did you catch this rad house tour from Buenos Aires ? Each room was bursting with bold design elements balanced and mixed to perfection. But something about the living room really stuck out to me: it’s an excellent example of the versatility of a black and white color palette. In other words, if you’re someone who gets tired of the same look after awhile and you like to mix it up, take some notes from this home. It’s a room with design ideas that work with any style and make it easier to change up the look on a whim.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

Top Ten: Best Coffee Tables — Annual Guide 2017

Coffee tables don’t often drive the design of a room, but they can be a statement piece instead of an afterthought. Equally important as the style you choose, the shape and proportion of your coffee table will make sure it’s a functional team player in your living or sitting room. Here are 10 standouts to help start your search.

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Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Before & After: Finding Space for a Third Bedroom, Beautifully — Sweeten

Buying an apartment in New York often involves a level of compromise. When Deeksha and Joe moved from D.C. to New York, along with their three-month-old son, their dream was to find a three-bedroom apartment. Reality was a spacious apartment in Washington Heights, with gorgeous views of the river — and only two bedrooms. But in the apartment’s L-shaped living room, they saw an opportunity.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2017

Before and After: A Dark Maroon Living Room’s Bright Awakening

Despite the fact that every room in this house was dark and the living room was a deep, almost-brown maroon color, Andrea (a fashion blogger over at Blonde Bedhead ) could see this home’s potential. A bold move, considering this is her first house! “I was your typical millennial, avoiding home ownership for years, choosing the mobile life of apartment rentals. I moved away from Michigan briefly to work in Chicago and while it took a few years to realize, I love this state and my community — and have no desire to move,” wrote Andrea in her house tour . The first thing this millennial did after closing? Paint. Now…this living room’s future looks bright!

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Posted on Sep 12, 2017

When Opposites Attract: Rooms With Contrasting Elements (& Why They Work)

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Nothing punches up a room quite like contrast. By pairing together pieces with opposing qualities, you can create a space that feels dynamic but also balanced. Whether you’re mixing together dark and light, formal and casual, or old and new, sometimes things that don’t seem to go together can be just right. Check out these examples.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Coffee Table or Ottoman? Both! 12 Double Duty Hybrids to Consider — Annual Guide 2017

Here’s why I propose everyone have at least one cocktail ottoman in their lifetime (and why I should take my own advice): Every night, I sit down on my sofa and I put my feet up on my wood coffee table. It’s hard as a rock, and it certainly does not offer a comfy spot to cushion my heels which leads me to clear the table top to make room for a pillow so I can finally be comfortable. Just imagine if I were to instead buy a coffee table that is also an ottoman and therefore already has a plush, pillowy surface for me to kick back, relax, and rest my feet? And it can serve as additional seating when I need it to? Win-win. (Contrary to popular belief, your guests shouldn’t sit on your coffee table. But they can sit on your coffee table if it’s also an ottoman.) Here are a few top contenders if you’re in search of a cocktail ottoman like I am.

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Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Design Dare: We Challenged Designers to Make These Tricky Decor Items Work

To someone like me—a person who has an appreciation for design but lacks the vision—the task seemed impossible. We asked three designers to take four items given to them in a “secret basket” that they might never have chosen on their own and turn them into a cohesive design that spoke to their signature style. It’s like those cooking competitions where chefs are asked to create a delectable dessert but the catch is they have to use duck sauce—where I would be thinking that was only meant for egg rolls and wonton strips, they mix it with pralines or sangria and give it a whole new purpose.

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Posted on Aug 17, 2017

How To Get a High-End Living Room Look on a Real Life Budget

Built in 1928, this Michigan house came with plenty of architectural charm when Justin bought it, but it needed updating. And that’s just what Justin did, transforming the dated interior into a modern, cozy abode. Every room packs in interior design inspiration, but the living room deserves a longer look. It’s a simple, elegant composition that looks sophisticated and high-end. But you can totally pull this look off on a budget. Below, some ideas:

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Posted on Aug 9, 2017

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