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It's the unofficial bathtub of Carl Sagan and star loving bathers everywhere. Instead of bathing under the stars, users get the sense of floating amongst them with the Nirvana bathtub's 360 LED lights.... The ergonomically designed Nirvana Bathtub not only illuminates your bathing experience, but also offers a 60% savings in water use with it's more shallow high-grade translucent acrylic layer form. A control panel gives access to an electronic tap, automatic water functions, a temperature indicator located on the rim and a hand shower activated at the wave of a hand so you can rinse off after a session with Mr. Bubble. Our favourite detail? The temperature display built-in onto the side of the tub.

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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.

Pink dining room

I've become absolutely obsessed with wallpaper lately. I've seen some fine examples of wallpaper in a few of the homes I've been in while shooting House Tours. My teenage bedroom was in a turn of the century house with walls that had so many layers of wallpaper on them that they almost started to encroach on the room's square footage! I'm in love with beautiful wallpaper patterns but I'm reticent to apply it to the walls of our condo out of fear that the walls will never be the same. There's always the option of using starched fabric as wallpaper. Sherwin Williams offers a removable wallpaper that was covered here at ApartmentTherapy a couple years ago. In theory EasyChange sounds like the perfect wallpaper for someone who likes to redecorate often. What do you think? Should I get over my fear of wallpaper and just go for it? Does anyone have experience with Sherwin Williams' EasyChange wallpaper?

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I designed a little cocktail/side table for myself and realized it's awfully cute and clever and maybe there is a way I can get it on the market. I'm going to make at least a few of them to sell myself. Contact Jim at jimcollins(at)pacbell(dot)net with any questions.

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Need to dress up your laptop to take it into the office? We saw this laptop bag pop up all over the net this week. It comes from the husband/wife team, Barry's Farm, and we found it pretty clever. We headed over to see what else they had to offer. What we discovered was a plethora of funny laptop sleeves to choose from. We thought we'd share with you some of our faves. Which includes this clever monster case Not into bright blue fuzz? There are also a range of vinyl cases with hedgehogs and ice cream cones. We just recently splurged on a new Macbook, and we can't wait to choose one of these to store it in. What's great about this site, is that they offer a range of pre-sized cases, and if your's is not listed, you can customize the dimensions to fit your own laptop.

Round dining table

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Q: I just bought my first place, a loft in a converted warehouse with an open mezzanine style bedroom area. My biggest dilemma in choosing furniture comes from this bedroom area. The current owner had just a mattress set up on the floor which I found very sloppy looking. Can you suggest a relatively inexpensive bed frame idea that would work in a space like this? We are also open to DIY ideas that aren't crazy difficult. Editor: Leave your recommendations for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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It's ubiquitous in bathrooms all over the world. You can just make some smart, sleek modifications and enjoy a fresh-feeling, semi-renovated spa-like space. There's certainly nothing wrong with a classic neutral like white subway tile, but if your main goal is to tone down the 'Boring' in your bathroom, a punchy tile can definitely get the job done, like here in this bright blue shower from Sequined Asphault Studio Photography. When you're in a style rut, you just go out and buy a new outfit. Do the same for your bathtub by building a new outer casing. You could even tie it into the rest of the bath, like here in this room from Four Point Design. Open it Up. If your shower/tub combo is boxed in, you might want to consider tearing down a wall or two to open up the space and make it more a part of the room, as seen here in this space from Roundabout Studio. There's no big demolition; just tear down the curtain rod and replace it with a stationary pane of glass that covers half the width of the tub, as seen here in a home on Dwell. Box it In. If you want the look of a Japanese-style shower room and can afford to sacrifice a bit of square footage, build a full glass wall a foot or so out from the edge of the tub and lay tile in between. You can leave the shower head where it is and still step into the tub to shower, or move the whole arrangement out a bit to create an adjacent standing shower space, like here in this bathroom on Houzz.

Set dining table

We'd be able to share show much more about La Fontana Contemporary Bath collection from Artceram. For now, check out the vibrant colors and modern silhouettes.... Via Trendir.

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We had a difficult time avoiding the Nido/Neato wordplay in the title of this beautiful new indoor or outdoor seating. It's not often you find outdoor furniture that you would just as easily have in your living room! Designed by Javier Pastor for Expormim, these chairs and benches are made of 6mm steel tubing and end up fairly lightweight. The seating comes in black and white powder coated finishes, and we could just as easily see one or a pair of these chairs in a living room as on a patio! The indoor/outdoor flexibility comes in particularly handy if you see your patio space as an extension of your living area. Do you have any other favorite outdoor furniture that works inside as well? How about affordable options.

Purple rug dining room

The classic glam bathroom is a retreat fit for royalty. To get the look, swap out a builder-grade mirror for something Venetian inspired, opt for plush bathmats and, of course, top off the space with a glistening chandelier. Oh, and don't forget to treat your fabulous self with a luxe fragrant candle and bath oils.

White dining table with candles

'The living room/ dining room space is long and spacious, about 11' x 22' and open to the kitchen. However, the ceilings are very low, only 7' 3' high. Tall friends duck instinctively as they move around the space.... I am looking to choose furniture and lighting to minimize the claustrophobic impression. Any tips for decorating and lighting low-ceilinged spaces on a.Craigslist-to-second-tier-Ikea budget? Darken the floor: either through staining, carpeting or a few darker rugs, a dark floor with 'Drop away' and extend the impression of space from ceiling to floor. Capitalize on the low, decorative aspect of table lamps. We love table lamps, because they offer great, indirect light with a sculptural element. Paint the ceiling white, but apply light color to the walls. Separating the ceiling from the wall will help to create a transition as your eye moves upward.

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A collapse in wild chinook salmon populations has prompted the US Fish and Wildlife Service to seriously consider closing the 2008 salmon fishing season from northern Oregon to the Mexican border. The reason for the dwindling salmon population? Pollution in the rivers and oceans, plus shrinking water levels caused by diverting water via aqueducts to Southern California. Washington and Alaska fisheries are not affected, but California and Oregon produce the most prized varieties of chinook salmon found in fine restaurants and home dinner plates. Chinook populations have been sharply declining over the past three years. 60,000 chinook salmon are expected to spawn this fall, a number that is less than half of what is needed to justify a nominal fishing season. In sharp contrast, the bumper crop of 2002 saw 800,000 salmon spawn. A chinook ban could potentially increase the price of salmon in supermarkets and restaurants. Home chefs will instead have to buy sockeye salmon from Alaska.

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This month has been all about COLOR in the kitchen, in food, and in harvest. Well, to cap it off, we have to show you these jolly little platters, made from refinished old candlesticks! These little pedestal plates are created by design team Iacoli & McAllister in Seattle, WA. They take a common discarded object - the tarnished brass candlesticks you see in thrift stores - and they powder coat them with bright colors to give them a new life. These are so bright and cute; we are totally smitten with them. They would make great serving plates for cookies, fudge, cheese, or fruit. They'd make a great centerpiece on the table all by themselves.