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Lesley sent us a good question: I'm just starting to redecorate my living room. The furniture includes black sofas, an eileen grey side table, and a lucite coffee table. I was hoping to add some kelly green accents - maybe an area rug or some lamp shade or other odds and ends. I started looking around but I can't seem to find much in kelly green. Lesley, you are right on trend! The photo above is from the new issue of Domino, which features kelly green with black and white as a color combo.

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This image of Altman's new Nuva faucet surprised us a bit: It's one of the few modern faucets we've seen in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. Sleek and modern faucets have always been most popular in a shiny chrome or brushed finish - and oil-rubbed bronze is usually reserved for the more traditional styles.... Even on the Altman's website it is difficult to find an example or description of the Nuva faucet pictured. We imagine this finish is an option that is just not purchased very often.

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Check out a very touching story in today's NYTimes: Holdouts on Dry Ground Say, 'Why Leave Now?'. Billie Moore, who lives in an undamaged 3,000-square-foot house on the city's southwestern flank that also stayed dry, said she did not want to lose her job as a pediatric nurse at the Ochsner Clinic in Jefferson Parish, which continues to function. 'Who's going to take care of the patients if all the nurses go away?' Ms. Moore asked. When police officers arrived at her house to warn of the health risks of remaining, she showed them her hospital identification card. Ms. Moore and her husband, Richard Robinson, have been using an old gas stove to cook pasta and rice, dumping cans of peas on top for flavor. 'We try to be normal and sit down and eat,' Ms. Moore, 52, said. 'I think that how we'll stay healthy is if I keep the house clean.'

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I'm still not through with my black is beautiful phase and I promise some color explosions soon. The base coat is Ralph Lauren Tea Kettle Black - my new favorite color ever - in matte. It runs a bit blue, which makes it especially invigorating for decorative painting, alone or in groups. The stripe is a transparent glaze in a satin finish. First-timers may choose to tape, but I'd rather die than go through all that trouble. What's the difference between this and wallpaper? It's completely bespoke and easy to get rid of once you're ready for something new. My lovely client says she's too hopelessly square to ever live up to her chic stripes, but I must remonstrate: my dear, it's the other way around - you're a real class act. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter. Re-edited from a post originally published 2.10.09 - JL..

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Build one long high bookshelf around the walls above doors & windows to keep more wall space free. Top left: living room with corner of kitchen counter at bottom of photo. Large wooden bowl atop chest was carved & used by my mountain-man great-grandfather. Antique boatbuilder's working half-models and friends' bird & whale carvings on wall over oak chest/cabinet. Almost all windows look out on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Old oak dining table for four is by large window opposite the half-models. Bottom Left: Boat galley kitchen with 4-burner stove/oven, double sink; pottery & baskets kept atop cabinets. Out of view is a large cedar wardrobe for a closet and two chests-of-drawers. View out large window is of a large mowed field; small window over bed looks into a large bamboo grove. Another tip from Helouise's illegitimate brother here: In small spaces, install hooks to hold open doors back against walls. In tight quarters, you will bump into a door that's swung even an inch out of its usual position.

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Ever since blogging about Amanda Blake Soule's in-house library, I've wanted one of my own. We don't have a dedicated room to spare on the main floor, however. Check out this inspiring library and dining room combination. Not only are the floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with books and trinkets good looking, it's a functional solution for those without a separate room to spare. When the dining room is not in use, the dining table can be used for reading, arts and crafts. For more photos of this stylish home, check out the spread in Vogue.

Asian inspired bedroom

This doesn't mean that they walk around Portland in black turtlenecks, listening to french instrumental music, recycling motor oil without consent. It also doesn't mean that they like sitting on fancy, uncomfortable furniture. We're simultaneously delighted and relieved by this sideboard, constructed of intricately cut laminate layered over Kirei Board, a panel product made of agricultural waste. We're delighted because of the design, which, while figural, seems almost random at the large scale. We're relieved that someone finally figured out that the visually rhythmic qualities of Kirei Board can be used in ways that go beyond the tabletop or simple plywood replacement. At $2800, the price is reasonable for high quality, handmade casework of innovative design. This basic stool is made unique with prints designed by different artists. Made in Australia, it's shipped flat - and the design is honest about that green fact. Rest assured that they're more than happy to take your orders and inquiries via phone and email.

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Single bed

In a tiny bedroom a wall mount lamp can give you ample reading light without taking up space on a bedside table. The seven lamps shown here are all plug-in and most features swing-arms for ultimate usability.

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The only area I am having trouble with, is a place to sit and eat. I was hoping to stumble across a small, rustic, wood bar table at some point, but I can't seem to find ANYTHING that would work. I know that I would like to place it on the other side of the refrigerator, opposite wall from the couch. There is a good amount of space for a small table and 2 chairs. I know that I would also like for it to be bar/counter height. I like the feeling of sitting a bit higher than the couch, which would be directly across from the table. I can't seem to find anything that doesn't look too shiny, too big, too thin, plastic and wobbly, too expensive, or likely to topple over from someone leaning on it. I've even considered building my own table but I don't have the means. All I am looking for is a tall, sturdy, small table, preferably all wood and nothing fancy. Any suggestions or ideas on where I should be looking? Anyone have any suggestions for a 'Rustic wood bar table' that fits Haley's style? We're not normally looking for 'Rustic' items, but think maybe this Macon Small Spaces Table & Chair Set may fit the bill, in size, style and affordability.

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Bedroom with large mirror

For our walls, we chose colors that looked as though the home would almost taste and smell good! Colors like Merlot and Mulberry and Plum are inspirational, rich tones that encourage us to cook, create, and entertain. The use of color can draw attention to certain areas of a room that might deserve it more than others. vIf your floor isn't so great, show off great walls, and vice versa! If there is a focal point in the room that should be shown off, paint it in bold colors and use precision when you deal with the trims. Crisp, clean lines and colors that work well together are key to drawing the eye to a special area of the room. We like to stand in the room with the best view of the space we're about to paint and choose a color that will not only work well in that space, but that will look great when viewed from a room that has already been painted. We chose a color for the kitchen that worked well with the color of our livingroom because you can see it from the sofa. We added certain touches of the kitchen color on the mantel of our livingroom. We love to use the color wheel to get inspiration and take photos of my rooms and use Photoshop to 'Pre-paint' the walls before buying paint.

Bed with aged wood frames and bold art piece

Our design style is an eclectic mix of industrial and contemporary, and we love having heavier neutral pieces mixed with colorful rugs, artwork and pillows. Our home could easily look cluttered, so we choose our pieces carefully, while prioritizing storage-ability. Mostly, we have loved creating a small, yet comfortable family home to unwind and relax with our beloved Cat Benatar.

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The response to the Risom chair in today's BAM sale announcement got us thinking that taking a look at vintage chairs might be the way to go for today's Best of Three. These three similar chairs are by well known designers...which is your choice for design longevity and value?

Luxurious bedroom

MTH Woodworking, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, specializes in creating furniture from nature. The Bloom collection by MTH Wood Works is based on a hybrid synthetic/organic design that combines tree sections with a resin top to create a unique look. The modern look of these tables takes the unfinished wood look to a new dimension. The base of the tree is used as is and the minimalist resin top lets the tree show through.

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