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I was wondering if you all knew of a good place to find interesting wallpaper? Include QUESTIONS in subject line: sf apartmenttherapy comLink To All Good Questions. We love any opportunity to point out that we have tons of great archives that may offer ideas and answers to your questions...and this is one of 'em! We've blogged some interesting wallpaper resources here at AT:SF, which can be found here. NY's wallpaper archives are here, Chicago's are here, and LA's are here. To your question directly: here are a few sources and designers we particularly like. Though we haven't checked these guys out thoroughly, they seem to have a large selection at good prices: shop4wallpaper.com.

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COLOR INSPIRATION: A pair of Ikea curtains! I've had these curtains for years and I just can't part with them because they energize every space their in with their vibrant colors. GO TO GRETCHEN'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!

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We love when eco ideas are in line with beautiful design, because why have one without the other? We saw these beautiful objects from Italian based Metamorphosi and thought we'd share. Over at Treehugger, they noted that Metamorphosi is a 'a collaboration between architects, deejays, musicians, decorators, garden planners, and botanists. uses only eco-friendly or recycled materials to create its whimsical interiors and exteriors laden with glass objects'. The company only works on commissioned designs and clients who sign on must be committed to promoting ecological materials and designs that will contribute to safeguarding the environment. Their Website has some beautiful interiors as well as plenty of objects to admire.

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Everyone knows babies love seeing their reflections in the mirror, so why not take advantage of it and use mirrors in the home in all the right places? Here are a few ideas.... We have the puddle mirrors above by Tord Boontje's next to our daughter's changing table. They're made out of polished stainless steel rather than glass, and they're self-adhesive. They add dimension to her teeny, tiny room and give her something to look at during changes. We recently positioned a large mirror from Ikea behind our kitchen sink as a back splash. It serves a few purposes- it reflects light from the windows in the other room to bring more light into our windowless kitchen- but it also helps our baby to see us while we're doing dishes and she's sitting in her highchair. As a result, we get lots of excited screams and giggles while doing dishes. Rococo Pink Mirror Silk Screened Zoo Animal Mirrors Best Places to Hang a Mirror Crib Mirrors ABC Wall Mirror Have guests paint tiles to frame a mirror in baby's room at a shower.

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After Rachel had her new wood floors installed, it was clear she had a problem- her always darker than desired kitchen was now even more basement-like because her cabinets now matched the tone of her floor. Determined to create a lighter, brighter space without spending a lot of money, Rachel decided to use paint to transform her kitchen. Rachel used a Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit to transform her counters from dark grey to desert sand. The room was already looking brighter but not bright enough so it was onto more paint. After installing a backsplash of beadboard wallpaper, Rachel used another Rustoleum product to refinish her cabinets in pure white. The project took six days over three months but the end result was certainly a brighter more welcoming space for Rachel and her husband.

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These stainless steel cabinets take the stainless steel kitchen appliance trend to the next level by incorporating the storage into the mix. They'd look nice in a loft space or other area where there's light to bounce around. MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!

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We spent some time checking out past house tours for inspiration and basically gasped when we saw Heather Frazier's Dining Room. It's exactly the color palette we've been slowly working towards in the bedroom. Hydrangeas! Remember to whack the bottom of the stems to break them up so that they continue to suck up water. Simple white platters like this square platter from Crate and Barrel. Mexican Pottery in the perfect shade of blue from Colcha in Venice. A light hearted print from etsy seller seasprayblue.

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Q: I picked up a copy of the January issue of Town & Country, and fell in love with Ina Garten's rustic wood table. She purchased it from a high-end store in Sag Harbor....not so close to me in Scottsdale, AZ and definitely not in my price range! Aside from Restoration Hardware, where can I find a gorgeous reclaimed wood table like this that is full of character and not ridiculously expensive? My husband seems to think a table like this might be a nightmare and show ever single spill or ring from an iced drink etc. Does anyone have any experience with a similar type table? To me it would seem low maintenance in that you would never worry about scuffing or scratching the surface because it adds to the charm. Editor - Love the table too, Jenn, and we're all for reusing reclaimed wood with its inherent natural beauty. We admit we haven't had any experience ourselves with a table like this. Perhaps some of our readers can chime in with advice and opinions. Got a good question you'd like answered? Send your queries and a photo or two illustrating your question, and we'll see if the Apartment Therapy LA team or our readers can help answer your question.

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Do you have a bathroom scale? We have one that measures our weight, our body fat composition, and water composition, and we like to weigh in once a week to see if all that running during the week helped or if we need to tail back on our Nutella intake. Besides the certain negative connotations connected with scales, some friends have said they don't like scales in their bathroom because they're 'Ugly'. So we've found five of the most minimal, unobstrusive designs out there for the bathroom, all under the jump.....

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Q: I'm in the process of decorating our small and cozy apartment. I love the idea of an area rug over carpet, but I am having difficulties figuring out what kind of rug and color to go with. The room has pops of color from the pillows and we will be putting up some bright artwork. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Christeen in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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Hotel bathrooms tend to be a touch more fearlessly designed than your average residential bath, which resulted in this list of ideas that all focus on don'ts that are worth doing. Don't buy into the concept that a bathroom HAS to have ultra-practical glossy washable walls and traditionally tiled floors break some rules and bring on some unique textures and finishes! This bathroom from the Bellinter House in Ireland shows how chalky matte-finish dark walls and painted wide plank floors look just as gorgeous in the bath as they would in the rest of the house. While they would require different maintenance, it might be worth it for such an elegant look. Don't relegate the penny tile flooring to just the floors. The floor plus wall install is classic concept when done with expensive marble and stone, but it works just as well with more affordable smaller-scale tile. Another point to remember: stopping at the chair rail works well in this example from the Hotel St. Cecilia in Austin - the dark color and intense pattern is made more powerful visually by the balance of the white space. While some closed storage is essential, it takes up lots of room and can visually really close in a small space bathroom. Now, if you were planning a reno and someone suggested a black toilet and sink, you be a little worried, right? But then they say, no, no, it looks great because the floors and walls are also all black - they are done in a super shiny black tile. Eek - you'd be even more doubtful, no? But then, look at this photo of a bathroom from the Hotel on Rivington and it all makes sense. It feels amazingly clean and not at all scary 80s. The main point of looking at these sounds-funky-on-paper ideas? The reminder that there are very few real absolutes in the world of design - keeping an open mind can net the most interesting and beautiful results!

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If you're dedicated to preserving your record collection in tact, there are some good storage options at all price points - here are eight. Dual Based out of San Francisco, Dual makes and sells DJ furniture, including consoles, platforms, and LP storage. Everything is manufactured in the USA, including this Portland Record Storage Cabinet, $625. Storage capacity is approximately 600 records. VandM.com Vintage is always a good option when you're shopping for record storage, and you can find pieces ranging from $10 at garage sales to thousands at antique stores. IKEA If you're looking for budget options, IKEA's $99 PS Cabinet has adjustable shelves that can be removed to fit albums, and it's made from powdercoated steel, which - unlike fiberboard - is strong enough to hold records without warping over time. Etsy Another inexpensive option, particularly if you're looking for small storage pieces, is Etsy. It's easy to find vintage LP carrying cases and mid-century wire storage racks on their site: Shown: Faux Alligator Record Case, $22 from Etsy seller PhatDog.

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Why is it that every new piece of electronics has to have an integrated iPod dock? There are the typical ipod stereo solutions, even iPod toilet paper holder docks. Now continuing the trend, Auvi has the iBar home theater surround sound system. Deatils are still quite sparse on this, but spec wise it has a built in card reader, usb ports, and AM/FM radio. Should be available in May for $399 but we think you would be better off with just getting a nice home theater in a box setup and using the line out from the iPod dock to achieve the same effect.

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Dining room with glass table

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