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In an article about a colorful Moss Beach farmhouse designed for the Phillips family by Ellis A. Schoichet and Studio 3 Design, a colorful display of towels on lettered hooks that spelled out 'LAUGH' caught our eye. The hook was as much due to the colors as to the way the hooks bounced along the wall in a way that made them seem to be actually laughing. We went on a search for letter hooks and concluded that the Phillips family must have painted their hooks purple, as none of the sources we found carry them in anythng other than a shabby chic white finish. No matter: choosing your own color and painting them yourself is not a huge project, unless you're spelling out the whole alphabet. You could do lots of things with these generously-sized hooks besides laugh. Initial hooks would be a great way to keep everyone's stuff straight in your entryway. The CS Post General Store in Kansas was the most reasonable online source.

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Anna Dorfman-Stark, a book cover designer, her husband Evan, and two dogs, Bruno and Fritz, moved from Brooklyn into a 1880s Victorian rowhouse in the Newburgh, NY. The entire home was a fixer-upper, and since buying their house in March 2006 they've been swimming in repairs and renovations and dirt and plaster and paint and bricks. We did a House Tour in February, but since then, Anna's still been hard at work finishing the upstairs bathroom. Anna used window film rather than curtains or blinds for privacy. We love the tub tray that Anna found at Ikea, and check out that floor! Even the door needed work, after much sanding, patching, caulking, priming, painting, and striping of hardware, Anna has a old, solid wood door that would put any hollow-core door to shame. Seriously, this home is so beautiful, it's making us want to leave Brooklyn for Newburgh! Anna's AT House Tour: Anna's Old-and-New Newburgh Victorian and more photos are on her blog, Door Sixteen.

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The Barcode Piano invites children to explore the concept of barcodes through a tangible interface consisting of a board, bricks, a button and sounds inspired by the piano as a metaphor. By combining the different barcode bricks, children can copy barcodes and listen to their unique tunes. Each brick will play a unique tone creating new tunes every time a complete barcode is put into place on the Barcode Piano.

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Juliette balconies are often 'Pasted' onto buildings, seemingly unusable. There's something nice about them from the interior.... Sure, you're never going to get a table or even a chair out there. If you open the doors wide, the narrow balcony acts as a rail for the rest of the room, creating a great big balcony, if you will. Take this bedroom from UK's Channel 4, for instance. In the photo up top you can see that with the Juliette balcony's doors flung open, the whole room takes on an outdoor feel. Rather than step out onto a full-size balcony, this flattened version allows you to enjoy the interior space much as you would an outdoor space. Arrange a comfy chair there by the doors and you could read or nap away a warm afternoon 'Outdoors', in the comfort of the interior.

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No matter the size of your home, I think it's really important to create a casual, comfortable, welcoming space in which to sit down and enjoy a meal. If you're in a smaller space, it's your breakfast nook in the morning and your intimate dining room-with the help of some candles-at night. Here are high and low budget versions of a fresh, eclectic look for your casual dining space. If you have a bit of a budget to play with and would like to invest in a few key pieces, try this look.... Get the HIGH Casual Dining Look: Wall art: All You Need Is Love Poster, Black Rooster, $365. Planters: Trigg Wall Planters, West Elm, $25/set of 2 small. Or, if you're a bit more thrifty with your home decor purchases or you're a renter on the move, try this look! Note that each look includes the cost of two chairs, so you'll have to adjust accordingly. Of course, you can always mix and match between the two to create your own custom look to fit your budget!

Luxurious dining room

One of our favorite house tours this spring came from Julie and Iker, who live in an iconic Bertrand Goldberg high-rise along the Chicago River. They've kept the interiors simple, clean, and minimal-a nice way to showcase the unique architectural details. If you like their style, we've compiled a guide to high and low resources for a similar look. The difference in price between sofas usually has to do with the materials used, the size and features, and the quality of the frame. Both of these sofas have wood frames, but one is a larger sleeper with built-in storage. We're not sure, but we think Julie and Iker's media stand is a discontinued model from CB2. If you're looking for something similar, there are a bunch of high-gloss, low, white media stands ranging from budget to high-end versions. Julie and Iker have a classic adjustable-height Eileen Gray side table. Shell chairs were really popular in the 1950s and 60s and the same basic idea has been picked up and reinterpreted by many contemporary designers-both well known names and lesser known designers working within big companies. The globe lamp is such a simple design that any difference in price really comes from materials, small details, and designer branding. When you're shopping for shades and blinds, prices vary according to quality of materials, how well they block light and UV rays, and whether they're custom or standard sizes.

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Dining room with many art pieces

If there is one thing I never tire of while working with children's design every day, it's seeing new Scandinavian-style children's rooms. They seem so fresh to my American eyes, so different from the character-driven or ├╝ber modern bedrooms I'm used to here. Learn to let go and embrace serendipity like in Polly's Bold & Colorful Retro Room above. That is, begin with white walls! A clean white palette is almost always the backdrop for a chic Scandinavian-style kid's room, as seen here in Leif's Modern Victorian. In Indigo's Hyggelig Nook, colorful vintage pieces pair beautifully with an old patchwork quilt. Renew the old china hutch with a fresh coat of white paint and voila! Wardrobe. Bold graphic artwork, spotted pillows, a vintage chalkboard or a striped rug, as seen in Arden's White & Black Wonderland provide an excellent backdrop for all the chaos that comes with kid stuff. IKEA, Fine Little Day, Ferm Living and even the current collection at Target are good resources. Add children's artwork, graphic prints, vintage toys. The look overall will have an heirloom quality paired with happy brights and good lines.

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Dining room with library

Maybe it's because he's french and had a fixation with the idea of the American old west, but when I was young my dad used to drag me around to the Rose Bowl to buy awesomely bad thrift store paintings of cowboys, cactus and horses, sometimes even40's era Indian Chiefs. As a little girl I did not have the same appreciation that I have today. The bathroom can be a great place to go big with color or with overscale artwork or fun collections that might not make the same impact in another part of the house. I like this collection of deer prints from gentillefille's flickr set that she picked up at a thrift store and put on display in the bathroom.