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After seeing a handful of mirrors in the kitchen, we understand some reservation about the material in such a heavy-use space. Mirrors can show everything, from small smudges to cooking splatters. Which is what intrigued us with the mirror used in this kitchen in the Tarpon Run Southern Living Idea House. The mirrored backsplash is of antiqued 12x12 mirror tiles. Its worn surface warms the space and adds patina and a sense of age. The bonus? The antiquing disguises imperfections when the mirror isn't perfectly clean. If you like this home's design as much as we do, see more from the architects and interior designer.

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Alright Angela....if you don't get unseated by lunch tomorrow, start thinking about which prize you want. This is the way we do it: 1st place gets first choice, 2nd place gets 2nd choice, and so on... down until there is nothing left. A wonderful Wusthof all-stainless pairing knife An excellent Microplane coarse grater An awesome 14x10 Michigan Maple cutting board A Fancy French red-stripe dishtowel Two handy French wooden spoons One unique French wooden cooking spoon from France.

Cozy dining room

Hello AT,. I have an old rowhouse in Philadelphia with a long exposed brick wall. The bricks are dark red/brown, which makes the wall feel too heavy for my small space, and clashes with my limed oak furniture. I'd love for my wall to look like the whitewashed wall in the photo. I'd also be up for hiring someone to do the work, if anyone has a good recommendation. We're going to throw this out in the hope that someone who has done this before has the answer. Remember that brick when unsealed is extremely porous and will take a lot of liquid into it before it resembles a color. Brick can be very dusty and sometimes needs to be sealed in order to stop this. In either case, as you whitewash your brick you'll want to have some sealing effect.

Dining table with wide chairs

We came across this lovely, lived-in, library dining room on Flickr via rubykhan's photostream and we just love the warm, cozy feeling that it gives the space. Another photo after the jump.... Hey AT Boston! Don't forget to tag your Flickr photos with Apartment Therapy Boston and you could see your space here on AT! We would love to have a meal here-so welcoming. Hey AT Boston! Don't forget to tag your Flickr photos with Apartment Therapy Boston and you could see your space here on AT!.

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There are so many reasons to love this little bedroom. Let's just start with that Marimekko bed canopy.... Kaivo pattern by Marimekko. Using Marimekko's 1964 Kaivo pattern, a few yards of fabric draped from the ceiling creates a simple, bold, and easy-to-make bed canopy. The second reason for loving this bedroom is its compact size: It's only about as wide and long as the bed itself. Those glass-paned french doors centered at the foot of the bed do a lot to open up the little space but even without them we're loving the intimate scale of this compact and cozy bedroom. Gives hope to those of us with 8-foot-and-narrower bedrooms of our own.

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No matter what you need to display or find a place for - shelving above the desk can work! The Black Hole Home Office Gregory's home office is in a small closet, so vertical square footage was essential to creating a successful space. He owns a lot of books and the perfect place was to display them above the desk on black shelving. The Minimalist's Clean Slate Joel installed these great shelving that actual conceal his belongings. Rebecca's Loving Living Small Home Office Rebecca installed shelves on the wall behind her desk. A Bright Bright Great Tech Tour Another great example of installing thin shelves for decorative prints and artwork. Do you have shelves above your desk? Any tips for organization or installation you learned after adding overhead shelving?

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Since it's a small space, I decorated with furniture in neutral colors and strong red accents. The wall hanging over the bed is from China and depicts 1,000 boys; it is supposed to bring good luck. The wall hanging, long white curtains, and the red paper lantern over the 'Kitchen' also emphasize the tall ceilings.... The large striped chair rolls out into a comfortable futon bed for guests. The box next to it is one of those very useful storage cubes/stools/end tables. They are both from Ikea, along with the nightstand, bedside lamp, and the lamp on the dresser.

Dining table and mirror

Once you've uploaded all of your CDs to your computer and carted them off, as many of the Curees are doing this week, you're left with a lot of empty cd 'Furniture.' While you will want to get rid of most of it to free up the space in your home, some of it might well have a second life.... One way to salvage a small shelving unit finds its inspiration in this cd shelf unit from Heal's we found via Living Etc. While the nearest Heal's is 6,000 miles away, we think it's something we might attempt to do ourselves while waiting around for the day we can convince one of our friends to find the room in their suitcase to fit one in. A white frame fitted around a dark wood multi-compartmented shelf, we think it could make any of our collections display-worthy.

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White-painted floors are just plain beautiful, but we just might prefer the slightly softened version: whitewashed floors.... Whitewashing allows a bit of the wood grain and color to show through the finish. The result is a soft, hazy white layer that's a little bit rustic, but still spiffs up an old floor quite nicely, unifying the entire surface in whiteness. If a brick wall is what you're wanting to whitewash, AT's got it covered here.

Dining room and kitchen

If mid century is your thing and you want to complete the look with period electronics then there is no better icon than the Predicta television. While the originals are still around if you look hard enough, actually watching TV on one is a little too retro in our opinion. Fortunately Predicta is reproducing these exact sets once again, but with color tube components and all new materials. We quite like the chalet model with its rotating and swivelling stand. These are not 1080p high definition televisions by any means, but rather a decorative piece for your living room that has found new life in 2007.

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This lunar cabinet makes those glow in the dark constellation stickers our roommate stuck on our ceiling during college look really, seriously second rate. How do you make a cabinet glow in the dark, anyway? It seems like it would take some awful chemicals; but, according to Inhabitat, this effect is created using a totally green process and they call it 'Eco paint'.

Black dining table

We think one of the greenest things is to use materials that are made to last through the ages. End grain wood floors are the epitome of durable and add instant warmth to any space.... 'Kaswell is one maker of wood block floors, which is made up of 1' thick wood blocks turned on end. With the grains perpendicular to the wearing surface, the floors hold up forever. The blocks might be strong, but their appearance is as soft and warm as brick.

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For the past couple of years, yellow has been injecting a sense of humor and lightheartedness into interiors, and we're into it. We especially love lemony yellows paired with white. The combo reflects light, feels fresh, and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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This cookbook holder is one of our favorite cooking tools. Affordable, easy to store and not bad looking, we can see no reason to live without this. We know there are lots of you who can cook well without consulting recipes but we really like to follow along. In our tiny kitchen, keeping the book or magazine up off the precious counter space is remarkably helpful. We've had it for a year and use it all the time. BTW, the cookbook in the picture is Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, another favorite. We've tried a bunch of recipes haven't been disappointed yet. Chrome cookbook holder available from Crate and Barrel.