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Luxurious bathroom

On Friday night we went with some friends to a restaurant in Amagansett, NY and admired this big clock on their wall. We snapped a few pics and did a little sleuthing.... The first design note we made was how nice a large clock like this energizes the space - how the oversize quality of it makes it a dramatic feature in the room. This can also be done in homes, where oversize clocks or mirrors create focal points. For over 70 years, Electric TimeĀ® has been a master in the art of handcrafted clock manufacture and design. Our choices of indoor and outdoor styles range from silhouette clocks and tower clocks to post clocks, street clocks and wall clocks. If you are interested in vintage clocks and time, they have some great links here.

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It takes a lot to run things and we need a to place to store all of that stuff. Good thing they don't have thumbs yet, because they haven't figured out how to open a cabinet drawer. An Excellent Office Storage Pair Last week Mike told us about a great combination to make the Alex and Helmer IKEA units even better at containing our mess! Alex, IKEA $119.00 One of the more obvious and certainly more popular options, the IKEA Alex drawer unit is one of the best. In our household it holds printing paper, old photographs, our portfolios and much more. 10 Ways to Use Kitchen Storage in the Office is another extremely useful and innovative way to tame the beast in the office. Using unlikely items such as wine racks to wrangle magazines is such a fun and interesting idea! The wine rack would also be great for storing rolled up cords. Synchronicity Letter-Size Interior File Folders, The Container Store $5.99 Have to be the coolest folders we've seen. These would certainly be useful in any file cart or cabinet.

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Following the fully integrated design style of the Yamaha YSP and Phillips Ambisound systems, the Marantz houses the drivers and amp all in one unit. No bulky separate amplifier to deal with, which is especially useful when you are trying to maintain a minimal aesthetic. The advantage of the Marantz over the other two virtual surround systems? Number of inputs. With 2 HDMI and 3 digital optical inputs you should have no trouble accomodating your gear.

Large bathroom

We've been redoing our bedroom, and just for fun we did a little research on how to Feng Shui your sleeping quarters. We found that the most soothing colors for a bedroom are skin tones: pinks, taupes, and browns. We don't know how much truth there is to be found in our quick Internet search, but it does make sense that skin tones would promote good sleep and, well, good sex. Plus, we recently painted the walls a light chocolate color and bought new pink sheets for the bed, so we're happy to hear we're on the right track.

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Modern bathroom

Maybe an all white bedroom is what pushes you towards maximum relaxation. Or maybe you crave something with a little more darkness, a little more drama. If that's the case, look no further than these moody bedrooms. Above: I can't tell what's my favorite thing about this bedroom from Lonny: the strangely shaped airplant, the antique bed, the beautifully textured linens, or the cat. This room from Skandia Maklarna features darker colors but still feels quite bright thanks to lots of natural lighting. From La Maison Champs Elysees, proof that dark colors can be just as restful as light ones. This bedroom from Nordic Design isn't particularly dark, but the consistent greys and unsaturated tones keep things a bit on the brooding side. The textured curtains and dramatic lighting make this bedroom from Twig Hutchinson look like something out of a fairy tale. Hunter green, textured linens, and black accents come together beautifully in this room spotted on New Zealand Design Blog. A soothing all-grey bedroom from Coco Lapine Design.

Loft bathroom

Dorie sent in a question for all the AT design minds: 'I just bought the Andover table and Corbin chairs in cherry from Room & Board and I'm wondering what kind of rug/lighting combo would work best this will be on honey-colored hardwood in a room that gets a fair amount of natural light. I'd prefer to keep the color scheme neutral in this part of the house, as I use greens and blues liberally elsewhere, but I'm open to ideas. The pictured pendant is designed for track lighting so it won't work for my situation, but it's a design I really like. Any suggestions for rugs and/or lighting?'. Please share your thoughts and ideas on rugs and lighting for her dining room with Dorie in the comments below.....

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I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. What makes you feel at home in a space? When you moved into your current home, what's the first thing you did to claim the space as your own?

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Milk may do a body good, but it doesn't do recycling any good. The Tetra Pak and other similar gable-top cartons that your milk and juice come in are coated with polyethylene, so most curbside recycling programs won't take them. Using a European technology, Iowa-based manufacturer ReWall turns poly-coated products into recycled wall boards, tile backers, sheathing, and decorative panels. Its line of 100% post-consumer recycled materials includes NakedBoard, which is suitable for supporting tile in wet areas, and EssentialBoard, which can be substituted for drywall. ReWall's recycling process starts with poly-coated cartons, cups and their components. The materials are shredded and then moved through a proprietary process that heats and compresses all that plastic, paper and ink into a final product. The environmentally-friendly process uses no added glue, water or chemicals in manufacturing. ReWall currently reuses 100 tons of materials a month, but plans to triple that figure later this year by partnering with recyclers to retrieve poly-coated paper waste bound for the landfill.

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Q: I moved this year to my first apartment with my boyfriend, and the place is really small but we love it. It is one bedroom, one bathroom, a living/dining room, and a small kitchen. The problem is that I'm having trouble trying to style the whole thing, and I'd like to try other layouts but I can't think of a different arrangement. I need to fit the dining table and a couch, and we are also always inviting people to have a drink, so it needs to be comfortable and have enough seating for everybody. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Madelein in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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We've begun noticing a recent trend in having a bathtub in the bedroom. We're guessing the toilet is tucked away discreetly next to a closet or something, but we're a bit curious about whether or not this trend will slide into the mainstream.

Bathtub with great views

Most children also enjoy blocks: stacking, sorting, and constructing. So what could be better than a toy that combines marbles with building? Swiss company cuboro has created sets of beech wood blocks that do just that. Nicely natural wooden blocks fit together in all kinds of configurations to create sliding, turning, and twisting runs for marbles. There are solid cubes, cubes with straight runs, cubes with top channels, and some with various twisting and turning tunnels. There are also various extension kits with other cubes and accessories. Word of caution: There are marbles involved, so don't get this for children under 3 who still put everything in their mouths. Available at The Wooden Wagon and other online stores in the U.S..

Classic bathroom

We've been redoing our bedroom, and just for fun we did a little research on how to Feng Shui your sleeping quarters. We found that the most soothing colors for a bedroom are skin tones: pinks, taupes, and browns. We don't know how much truth there is to be found in our quick Internet search, but it does make sense that skin tones would promote good sleep and, well, good sex. Plus, we recently painted the walls a light chocolate color and bought new pink sheets for the bed, so we're happy to hear we're on the right track.