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Light Up Your Life

Often neglected, yet so essential. Whether they're resting on the dining table or occupying the floor, the world would be a little darker without these beaming lights. Click through the slideshow to see eight of the brightest fixtures around.
February 14, 2013
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Sitting Pretty

These 6 seats are as aesthetically pleasing as they are well-designed.
February 13, 2013
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The Bookmarks of Dwell: 5 Design Blogs to Follow

It's not all shoots and rounds: The creative team at Dwell is ever on the internet prowl for the best visual inspiration to be found online. Here, we share five blogs we’ve bookmarked this week. Enjoy!
February 13, 2013
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Furniture Design Series: The Dining Table

In this second installment of our design series focused on tables, we take at look at the dining table. The dining table sets the stage for family gatherings, dinner parties, and the general merriment that comes from hosting and entertaining in your home. Here, we highlight 10 gorgeous picks for dining in style. Take a look at our past installment, The Kitchen Table and stay tuned for the next episode: The Coffee Table.
February 13, 2013
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Murphy's Law

Flashback to the early 1900s: After trying to woo an opera singer, but having to abide by the strict moral code of a woman entering a man's bedroom, William Lawrence Murphy invented the Murphy Bed, a bed that is attached at one side to store against a wall or inside of a closet or cabinet. With this clever invention, he was able to convert his bedroom into a parlor, which then allowed Murphy to entertain his guests (and get the girl?). Jet back to the modern world where these space-saving folding saviors have been a go-to fixture in small living areas across the globe. Click on the slideshow to view our five fold-down bed finds sourced from the Dwell archives.
February 13, 2013
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Color our World

In this collection of slideshows, we explore the myriad ways color can be incorporated into a modern home.
February 13, 2013
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7 Questions with Maxwell Ryan

On a budget but want a cool pad? Struggling with a small space? We chat up Maxwell Ryan, founder of the popular Apartment Therapy blog, for his advice.
February 13, 2013
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Magic Carpet Ride, Courtesy of Swedish Brand Oyyo

Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén founded their design studio Oyyo in Stockholm in late 2011. Since then, they've been ramping up for Oyyo's first collection, a series of six dhurrie rugs woven from organic cotton and tinted with vegetable dye. The pieces are handwoven by craftspeople near Jodhpur, India, pairing time-tested weaving techniques with contemporary design motifs.
February 13, 2013
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Windows of New York by José Guízar

Graphic and information designer José Guízar, a New York transplant by way of Mexico, started The Windows of New York, a weekly illustrated series about, yes, the windows of New York. Part ode to architecture and part "self-challenge to never stop looking up," Guizar translates the city's fenestration into simple, charming works of art. From SoHo to the Upper East Side, click through the slideshow to see the rest of the windows.
February 12, 2013