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October 27, 2014
From pretty sitting rooms to luxurious lounge areas, these supreme living spaces show how to make the much-used room stand out.
Amsterdam canal house living room with cocoon sofa, persian rug and illuminated stairway

In this cozy Dutch living room, a plush sofa by Cocoon is the centerpiece. It's complemented by a Persian rug and tables from Leen Bakker.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Take on the Pitched-Roof
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Amsterdam living room with skylight and oak details

The high-design furniture does all the talking in this minimal Amsterdam abode. The array includes a HAY Mags Module sofa, Moroso Take a Line for a Walk fauteuil, Moroso Phoenix Table, and Flos Glo-Ball Lamp.

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Ewout Huibers
Originally appeared in Minimal Home Recreates Nature in the Heart of Amsterdam
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Palo Alto home living room with pendant lamp and vintage jewelry chest

This Palo Alto living area may be small, but the adjacent, see-through pool wall adds a bold surprise. On the landing sits a vintage table and chairs by Edward Wormley sit, in front of a Florence Knoll wall unit with a vintage jewelry chest by George Nelson for Herman Miller. The Hinaki pendant light over the stairs is by David Trubridge.

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Originally appeared in This House Doesn't Hold Back on Colorful Details
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This cozy home in Dallas is made up of a warm, muted palette with lots of texture. In the living room, a mix of comfortable seating offsets collectible pieces—like the Jean Prouvé daybed or Vincent van Duysen chairs by the window.

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Robert Yu
Originally appeared in Modern Dallas Family Home
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Living room by Ilse Crawford and Studioilse for The Apartment in Copenhagen

Designed by Ilse Crawford, the living room setup in Copenhagen showroom The Apartment builds a cozy space of darker neutrals. A Franco Albini rattan armchair is paired with a marble bookshelf by contemporary designer Muller Van Severen and Studioilse's new velvet sofa.

Originally appeared in Restrained Color Palette and Rich Textures in Copenhagen Furniture Showroom
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Affordable Portland home with custom bookshelf room divider between living and dining

Sometimes, simple is the way to go. In this affordable Portland home, the clutter-free living space is divided into two distinct areas by a bookshelf, creating the impression of a larger space.

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Lara Swimmer
Originally appeared in An Industrial Designer's House Blends Economy and Simplicity
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Bright modern living room renovation with red Eames chair and graphic prints

A more colorful example, the Manhattan apartment of two graphic designers shows off their quirky collection, which includes a vintage Eames leg splint and a “Wilhelm Tell” poster by Armin Hofmann. 

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Originally appeared in Bright Renovation of a Tiny Manhattan Apartment
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Torres Residence living room after renovation.

A renovated 1970s home in Carmel, California was reconfigured so that light enters the space nearly all day. On cloudier days, a compact fireplace provides warmth.

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Originally appeared in This Used to Be a 1970s Relic with a Woodpecker Problem
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Amsterdam canal house living room with cocoon sofa, persian rug and illuminated stairway

In this cozy Dutch living room, a plush sofa by Cocoon is the centerpiece. It's complemented by a Persian rug and tables from Leen Bakker.

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