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White bathroom union jack

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Bathroom with green accents

Do you wish you were more disciplined about limiting the length of your showers? Well, in honor of Earth Day 2009, we decided to show you a couple of eco-oddities that would aid you in your struggle to conserve resources.... Apparently these dynamic shower curtains, which we spotted on Moco Loco, are designed to help you monitor your water use. The Green Warrior Shower Curtains, prototypes designed by Elisabeth Buecher, interact with water and steam to inflate as your shower progresses. If your decadence keeps you in the shower too long, the shower curtain either strangles you or spikes you, depending on the model. That's one way to do it.... Strange, but true? Do you have any techniques to limit the lengths of your showers, short of compressing yourself in a sheath of plastic?

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Over at Design Sponge, the top 20 finalists in their DIY-contest were posted yesterday. We spotted this cute table and chairs set among them. According to mom Maya, the DIY child's table and chair set is made from a contractor-grade cardboard tube. She used cardboard, foam, fabric and a pizza pan to create this charming set that can be broken down and partially recycled/reused when outgrown.

Modern sink cabinet

From the minds of The New York Times Company's R&D Lab comes this screen-top Microsoft's Surface technology powered kitchen table top. Think of it like a giant iPad for your morning read..

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Anna Dorfman-Stark, a book cover designer, her husband Evan, and two dogs, Bruno and Fritz, moved from Brooklyn into a 1880s Victorian rowhouse in the Newburgh, NY. The entire home was a fixer-upper, and since buying their house in March 2006 they've been swimming in repairs and renovations and dirt and plaster and paint and bricks. We did a House Tour in February, but since then, Anna's still been hard at work finishing the upstairs bathroom. Anna used window film rather than curtains or blinds for privacy. We love the tub tray that Anna found at Ikea, and check out that floor! Even the door needed work, after much sanding, patching, caulking, priming, painting, and striping of hardware, Anna has a old, solid wood door that would put any hollow-core door to shame. Seriously, this home is so beautiful, it's making us want to leave Brooklyn for Newburgh! Anna's AT House Tour: Anna's Old-and-New Newburgh Victorian and more photos are on her blog, Door Sixteen.

Double sink bathroom

Whenever we think of high-gloss exteriors our mind pops to local foodie haven Bar Tartine, and its deep forest-green entrance. We always thought dark colors looked so polished and chic in a high-gloss paint, but seeing this house at 18th and Guerrero, we think the finish can look nice in a vibrant color, too.... Despite many who might call it too garish or bold, we're actually fond of the color and found it looked exceptionally cheerful with the sun shining down on a recent warm day. What's your opinion on using a high-gloss exterior paint?

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It seems like only yesterday that our favorite LA landmark, the Griffith Park Observatory, closed for its four year renovation/ makeover. For us, the Observatory is the go-to destination for out- of-towners, with its Hollywood history and its stunning views. Now, almost ready and due to open in the fall, the media is being led through to get a peak.

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Bathroom with bathtub and shower

Name: Jo Location: Atlanta, GA Division: Warm Inspiration for my palette: The combination was inspired by a painting my aunt did that hangs in that room. I love trying bold combinations of color, and I've always loved the juxtaposition of teal and orange, and finally got the courage to use it in my 1930s bungalow!

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Idaho teen, Kara Haupt, keeps her bedroom clean and organized. Unlike most her age, Kara understands the importance of decor. She is able to celebrate her age while adding sophisticated DIY elements to her space. In this tour from N.E.E.T. Magazine, we are shown intimate details of Kara's whimsical space. My favorite part of Kara's space is her amazing dresser. She paired an upcycled piece with mis-matched knobs and painted on adorable sayings. It's such a nice change from the laundry filled, cluttered rooms of most teens. See more from Kara's bedroom on the N.E.E.T. blog!

Modern bathroom and bathtub

When we put up a post last week about barn conversions, AT Reader citizengreen included a link to his own barn renovation in the Catskills. John says, 'I've moved an old barn beam structure to a new concrete pad and built my house around it.' 'I've made it through this winter heating only with wood. I've used whatever old barn siding was still in solid shape for some interior walls and the heavy plank barn flooring for everything from kitchen counters to stairs and benches.' 'In the winter months, I slide the bed up next to the back of the masonry heater which pops through the wall into my bedroom. It's my dutch wife. It's a bit minimalist, but the monochromatic color scheme and lack of window treatments forces the view to be the main focus. And at night, there is not even that distraction from falling fast asleep.' What an incredible labor of love! Thanks for sharing your home with the AT community, John. To watch John's house as it continues to grow, check out the blog.

Modern shower box

Q: You know when you get an idea in your head of exactly what you want your room to look like- and you go out in search of just the perfect piece...only to find that it may not exisit...I was wondering if your readers could help me find a certain fabric. I am desperately looking for a red chevron stripe fabric. I would have loved to buy the East Village duvet from Rubie Green- but they stopped making bedding. So I decided the next best thing would be to make something similar- for less than $90.00 a yard. Any tips or ideas on where I might find such a lovely fabric? I feel like I have searched the whole web- but the hunt must continue! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Large bathroom

Clear furniture and accessories have been immensely popular with designers. Much of what's seen on the market has been made of acrylic, adding to our planet's plastic burden. If you love the look of clear furniture, glass is a great option. It's recyclable so it's gentler on our environment and much more scratch resistant than acrylic, keeping it beautiful and longer lasting. Clear home decor like tables, chairs and accessories make spaces look uncluttered and spacious. They're great for showing off rugs and beautiful flooring. The glass tables featured in the top photo are from Lamps Plus. They range from semi-tempered to tempered glass, making the tables strong and durable.

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We love the Fireorb, and, having seen it reviewed in the new Poplife magazine, we were reminded of its beauty once again. 'Challenging the traditional ideas of how a fireplace interacts in a room,' the fireorb recreates the idea of a hearth's importance and placement. The stainless structure is suspended from the ceiling by a coordinating tubular flue, so it can be installed anywhere.

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When buying a couch for your home, comfort is key although style and design also play key roles. A deep couch with a lot of seating room is super comfy - but not for everyone. I had a moment a few years ago when I realized that I can't sit comfortably in deep couches. Standing a tall 5'4, I simply felt like Edith Ann, the character Lily Tomlin portrayed of the little girl sitting in a huge chair. When visiting friends who have one, like Heather and Josh, I have learned how to enjoy hanging out without feeling like a 5 year old. Yea, this is the best way to fill up that extra space that you don't need. When your hanging out, sit on the end of the couch and turn in. You can lean back against the armrest and can sit comfortably with both feet on the ground. If the deep couch is in a home with owners you know, consider throwing off your shoes and curling up on the couch. How do you deal with a deep couch? I certainly would love an extra tip or two.