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Spotted this in the latest issue of Vogue Living: Rather than a traditional vanity made of wood for her bathroom, Betsy Morgan opted for a more glamorous option. Her mirrored vanity with its Anthropologie drawer pulls picks up the shine from her chrome-edged shower and fixtures, giving her 1850s bathroom an updated look without compromising its vintage charm. The rest of the apartment is done up in a soft, traditional color palette with antique furnishings like the clawfoot tub and a set of beautiful gold end tables repurposed in the bathroom as plant and TV stands.

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Ethan is a six-year-old boy living in Massachusetts, and he's already skilled at choosing paint colors. Ethan and his mom, Kim, shared photos with Ohdeedoh, where you can read the whole story of how Kim helped her son develop a sophisticated room that really reflects his personality. For tips on achieving a similar look, here's our shopping guide.

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Over seven years have gone by and I still haven't attempted this project...but maybe you will? Though I am usually such a plain Jane, the cheerful, simple, graphic nature of rickrack really appeals to me...though I think I would use grey rickrack, if such a thing exists. Grey would evoke clouds, and white or cream would be pretty dreamy, too. Then every time I look at that photo above I think, 'Red! So cute!'. 'The article recommends Masterstroke Canada and Hancock Fabrics as good sources for rickrack, but it looks like Purl Soho currently has the best selection of the 3/4' size. In San Francisco I've seen giant rickrack at Fabric Outlet SF on Mission at 17th. In the magazine, the same instructions are given for embellishing pillowcases and stocking, so please see these instructions if you'd like to attempt this project. Please tell us how it goes! Perhaps your triumph will encourage me to get over my fear of sewing projects and finally, finally make these my own.

Dramatic bedroom

We haven't often come across birdhouses on balconies. We would imagine they would only attract pigeons where we live. The fairly sizable houses on this balcony from argoideon.com blog look right at home on this apartment's balcony.... Argoideon.com spotted this balcony on a house in Moscow. We love the pastel palette of the building facade and birdhouse facades.

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Name: Nadia Location: Tarrytown, NY Division: Light Inspiration for my palette: I wanted a neutral-gender color scheme for my son's nursery. We already had all the white furniture and I love grey. I wanted the room to be a happy and bright space so I was between green, orange and yellow as accent colors. After creating three mood boards and seeing everything together, and with some help from family and friends, we decided on the yellow-grey-white color scheme. Once we started putting the room together I added some brown accents.

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Fireplaces are usually more rustic than sleek, but what about those looking for fireplace accessories for their modern homes? One great source I've found is Blomus, available for purchase through Kitchen Accessories Unlimited. These stainless steel tools are functional and look sharp. The tool rack shown here is wall mounted, to free up space around the hearth.

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In anticipation of the 2013 DC Design House, I was perusing photos of last year's show house, and rediscovered the room of a favorite DC designer, Marika Meyer. Meyer is a master at creating soothing, neutral rooms that are anything but boring. While designers are often accused of going over the top to show off an array of tricks and trends, Meyer's rooms always remind me of the role 'Designer details' can play in subtly elevating a room. Unexpected contrast details like adding patterned fabric to the back of a chair or the back of a bookcase, or a band of trim to the bottom of the upholstery highlights sculptural shapes and breaks up solids without calling too much attention. The subtle patterns on the drapes and rugs, in tones that pick up the wall color, give the eye something to grasp without overpowering the room. Layering a patterned rug over a solid one creates warmth and adds texture. While each piece of furniture could be described as curvy, the variety creates a conversation between the pieces which helps to keep the room from feeling flat. The pops of deep blue move the eye around the room, infusing the greige with a sophisticated pop in every corner. To learn more about Marika Meyer, visit her website.

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There are a select few of lucky folks out there who get to live in authentic converted lofts full of character- and then there's everyone else. Even if you live in a suburban home, you can still infuse your space with the feeling of wood beams, cement floors and exposed brick walls. It's true! This amazing transformation by Shannon from AKA Design + Life is proof. She turned this simple space into a brick wall full of character that could pass for any cool downtown coffee shop. Doesn't that look amazing? Talk about adding character to a space! This is such a great spot to pretend you're enjoying a coffee or catching up on a magazine in a hip downtown lofty coffee shop. To see how Shannon created this old look in a new space visit the full blog post on AKA Design + Life.

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Rustic bedroom

Daylight savings time ended in almost all of the US yesterday, which means that the lights at home are going to burn an hour more than they did last week. California studied this very question a few years back and concluded that everyone in California will use, on average, about 3400 megawatts more per day-about. So you're unlikely to see a big difference in your bill; saving energy, it seems, makes sense only when you think of it at a macro level. More resources: Switch to compact fluorescents to save money on your electric bill. Try out energy-efficient track lighting to get light just where you need it. Monitor your home's consumption of electricity with TED... ...or use Mr. Sketch for a low-tech way to keep track of energyimage by davidallag via sxc.

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Name: Melissa Location: Washington, DC Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: I typically come up with a color scheme based on one particular item that I like, and go from there. For our living room, I found and really liked the Michael Miller fabric that I used to make the curtains and a couple throw pillows, so that's what set the tone for the blue and the green. Because I had already gone a little too crazy with bold colors in all the other rooms of my house, I wanted a neutral(ish) wall color, but one that wasn't white or beige and I really liked this almost mocha color for the walls that I found, which I find neutral yet cozy. I purchased the rug last, by literally searching blue and green rugs on Overstock.com. I was worried that this one had too much yellow-ish in it for the room, but when it arrived I ended up not minding it at all.

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We received this dining room photo from Michelle Bradley of Bradley Hughes. The decor has such a dramatic feel - a bit glam, a bit dark and mysterious and more than a bit rock and roll. The dining chairs are the Mick Chairs, covered in fabric by Philip Barlow and at the head of the table is the Giselle Chair, designed by Michelle. She also designed the light fixtures, called Lucille and Lucy, made from iron with a distressed gold finish. The painting is from the Vintage Floral series by Donna Hughes. Lastly, the Babs Dining Table was designed for Diffa in 2007. Bradley Hughes in based in Atlanta - check out their site for more info on the products and the company.