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We love mirrors, and try to put them in as many rooms as possible in our house. No, not because we're vain, but because of the way they reflect light and their surroundings. This Golden Lilypad Mirror would do the job beautifully, and is somewhat of an art object in itself.

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It's tempting to focus on the money being spent on these elaborate bedrooms and 'Teen lounges,' but what I find much more interesting is the reason many parents cite for creating these teen havens at home and how it may affect kids and the family dynamic. The spaces Jackson describes range from designer bedrooms to hangout rooms or 'Teen lounges' with video games, karaoke, indoor basketball courts, etc. Contrived to keep kids home where parents can keep an eye on them. This theme emerged with many parents Jackson spoke to: wanting to keep kids home and, presumably, safe. I don't have a teen yet, but I'm sympathetic to the underlying desire to keep them close and safe. Perhaps more than any other demographic, there just aren't enough public places where teens are welcome. I used to be a Young Adult Librarian and teens often told me that aside from sports or school groups, they didn't have anywhere to go after school. In the face of society at large not providing enough safe public spaces for teens, in the way that we do with playgrounds for young children the instinct to entice your children to stay at home, under your watchful eye is understandable. Our teen years, as we're budding into responsible adults, are when we most need to interact with the world, get our feet wet for college or life beyond our parents' home and these home-based teen hangouts seem quite counter to this notion.

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If you like a nice, big flat shower head that dumps a lot of water on you AND you like filtered water running down your sexy body, this is for you. These ShowerUp shower head filters are some of the nicest we've ever seen. Available with a double or single arm extension for 40' or 20' adjustment range, these elegant thinks will get up and out of your way and then dump the good water straight down from the top. Filters come in different capacities, finishes come in satin nickel or chrome and prices range from $55-$152..

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Our favorite home offices to take inspiration from are the ones that look the most lived in and real. While we appreciate a perfectly staged home office for a photo shoot, they don't hold a candle to a work space that we know someone actually works in and utilizes on a daily basis. We love this minimalist white with pops of color home office we found on LifeHacker today. The space mimics a giant Mac and we think that's pretty cool. Daniel created his desk from several different IKEA pieces and hacked them into a stellar desk. We really enjoy that there is so much white, with subtle pops of bright red and blue. Even though there are only a few colorful pieces, because they are so few and so bright - they make a huge impact. This office is inspiring because it is attainable and real. We saw his desk chair in IKEA last weekend and contemplated purchasing it!

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Black bathtub

I have an addendum to last week's Color Therapy post, flatteringly titled by my editors as Gorgeous Grays. That was a painted stripe on the floor; why not try the same thing on the wall? This is a lobby in a new-ish condo and I was invited last week to the opening party, mainly for realtors, which is where I shot this moody evening photo. We produced this last summer, which is why I knew which gorgeous grays to choose for painting the floor. I hate to repeat myself, and whereas every room wants something specific, I believe in results-why tamper with a good thing. Colors run along the 1597 page of the Benjamin Moore Classic Collection. Here's an opportunity to reveal part of the development process: I sent over four sample boards to the aesthetics committee, they chose number three, and we ultimately dropped the yellow band. It was the difference, I think, between a corporate logo and something more like and Agnes Martin painting. Perhaps I'll surprise you next week and stripe a ceiling.

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Classic black bathtub

When you're sharing an apartment with a roommate, compromise and settling on 'Safe' colors and design tend to come with the territory. While it's good to expand your creative tastes and try new and different ideas, it's also important to have at least one place that is 100% your own; a place that just fits you. I chose colors that I respond well to, both physically and emotionally, and turned a room that's mainly viewed as a place of rest and peace into a place where I have complete and absolute freedom. Everyone always says 'Don't be afraid of color!' I prefer to say 'Stop pretending!'. There's usually a good reason for thinking that you're afraid of color, but it's usually not a bad fear. It's best to assess your apprehensions in order to determine exactly a.) WHY you are afraid of color and b.) WHAT the best way is to incorporate color into your life, while removing the fear of it, instead of just ignoring it. In fashion, they say you'll never TRULY know if you like something until you 'Try it on.' The same goes with color. If you think you like a certain shade of pink, but are wary about designing a whole room around the color or even just painting one wall that color, find a decent size decorative object in the same shade of pink and place it in that room or on/against that wall for a couple of weeks and see how much you like it, how well it gets along with the surrounding objects/area, and most importantly how it makes you feel. I'm used to painting rooms with plain old flat matte paint, but we just painted our entrance hallway with a satin finish paint and I'm in love with it! It's a great alternative to flat matte when you really want a wall to hold its own in a room. I'm more concerned with finding the exact color that I want.

White sink

Q: I have been endless hours trying to find a light fixture to fit our dining room space. The room is rectangular...the table is rectangular and the buffet is too! I did find two that I love - but they are out of my budget. I love these two because they are simple with details that make them stand out. Not over the top....not too plain....What do you think? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jess in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Red modern bathtub

The Ebay seller of this 1970's Retro Round Bed w/Headboard and Coverlet says it's amazing. While we could go for the carved wood gilded headboard, the round-shaped bed is a bit of a hangup for us. The $2,000 price tag does not seem astronomical if you're able to make it to Dayton to pick it up.

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Mirror

They may be officially named Absolute World, but these Ontario towers are more affectionately known as the Marilyn Monroe towers. Even the architects themselves have admitted that the voluptuous siren's curvy body majorly influenced their design. According to CNN, the uptick in architecture with curves is more than just a fashionable trend. Our brains actually react to seeing curves with a burst of activity in the anterior cingulate cortex - a part of the brain that forms emotional experiences. When we look at angular, square spaces, our brains don't react at all. Or perhaps it's the similarity to natural elements that makes these curvy buildings seem so comfortably familiar. Do you prefer a curve or are you more attuned to an even, angular shape?