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Local interior designer, Laura Casey, found some great rooms that have prominently used maps as art.  It’s an interesting and, in some cases, inexpensive way to liven up your walls! Laura is a graduate of the New York School of Design and an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers.  To read her blog visit lauracaseyinteriors.com/blog.

This classic pair of contrasting colors is sure to make a statement in any room in your home. These are just a few of our favorite room ideas from Martha Stewart.

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Patrick Conor, of Fossil, mixed mid-century classics with modern pieces when decorating his home near Dallas.  He used industrial pieces for storage throughout his home.  In the living room, he paired clean lined furniture with white, round, and elliptical tables.  To learn more about this home visit designspongeonline.com.

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mtBD38This Long Island bungalow is charming and traditional on the outside but bold and modern inside.  This beautiful white kitchen is punctuated with natural touches, such as the white oak table, warm leather dining chairs, and cylindrical light fixture. Stainless steel appliances and brushed nickel knobs are a modern touch against the white cottage-style cabinets and classic subway tile.  In the master bedroom, the bedding is truly the focal point. Combining a classic pattern with a bold color is a great way to mix traditional and modern styles.  An unused closet was restyled to include a makeshift office.  To learn more about this home visit bhg.com.

Michaelis Boyd AssociatesThe source: Remodelista
The interior designer: Sarah Delaney
The architects: Michaelis Boyd Associates

See Jane Work
Shopping List from See Jane Work:

1. Mail Sorter
2. File Box
3. Magazine Holder
4. Clips
5. Pencils
6. Art Box
7. Letter Box

BN6E5lInnovation. Craftsmanship. Engineering. The greatest challenge for any designer is to produce an idea that breaks new ground in all three categories simultaneously. It is this peak of expression that results in enduring, classic design. Creating new classics for the 21st century is the challenge that Green Design Furniture embraces.

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An urban home office in Paris.

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Here are just a couple stylish solutions from Design within Reach to make any small workspace special:

Nelson Swag Leg Desk: The reintroduction of George Nelson’s Swag Leg Desk (1958) was driven by today’s propensity for working on laptop computers. With the exception of adding cable management to suit today’s compact electronics, the desk is as George Nelson designed it 50 years ago. Back then, the motivation to create such a desk began with Nelson asking “wouldn’t it be beautiful to have some kind of sculptured leg on a piece of furniture?” An idea was launched, but the designer had to figure out how to make the legs of metal, machine formed and pre-finished – and all designed for quick assembly. The solution turned out to be swaging, which means using pressure to taper and curve a metal tube. Nelson had found a way to make his sculptured legs, and in the process he created a precursor to today’s workstation.

Lina Leather Folding Chair
: The Lina Folding Chair proves that extra seating doesn’t have to be staid or lack allure. A stylish and affordable solution for occasional seating, it’s soundly constructed from a flat steel frame and a padded leather seat and back. As comfortable as it is functional, the Lina is even appropriate for daily use in a company lunchroom or residential kitchen. Folds up for compact storage when not in use. Rubber glides on feet protect floors. Made in Italy.

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