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Country kitchen with black cabinets

I love to hear that one of our 'Oldie but goodie' archive posts has helped somone out, years later. Molly used our post on how to get a limed effect on brick to tackle her fireplace makeover. Both it and the Family Room that it's part of look utterly amazing now. Molly sent us the pics by email but she also wrote all about the fireplace and room redo on her blog, The Nesting Game. All it is is drywall compound applied to the brick, dried and sanded. We sanded a little more than they did at BBDW because we wanted a bit more of a liming-effect, with some of the red showing through to tie into our color scheme. Ha! All the good projects seem to be just that - a bit messy, but worth it! Be sure to check out all of Molly's makeover details: Nest Tour: Family Room.

Kitchen wood island

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.

Kitchen red backsplash

We all know that you're not 'supposed' to have a TV in your bedroom, that it gets in the way of romance, that it can make it difficult to sleep, and that your bedroom should be for sleeping not for watching. If you do, have you had any of the negative side effects that are claimed in Feng Shui books? Are you a convert, having had a TV in the bedroom and now being adamant against it? If you're living in a studio, you might not have the option of putting the TV in another room, so then what? Do you have it hidden, facing away? I only ever had one in my room as a teenager and it definitely kept me awake. In my adult-hood I've tried to keep the bedroom simple and tht has meant no tv.

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Dark hardwoods make rooms look dark, right? Wrong! Look at this gorgeous nursery! If you're lucky enough to be able to chose your nursery flooring, don't stop flipping through the samples as you get to the oak and cherry. Keep going darker...walnut...ebony...now we're talking! Look at this one! Ok, we don't mean to pressure you. We're just hoping that you keep an open mind to darker woods because they can make such a stunning statement in a nursery. The combination of dark floors and light walls creates the perfect backdrop for colorful pieces, and the result can be light, cheerful, and modern. The top image is the nursery designed by Holly Baker of White Berry Reinvented. Be sure to check out her beautiful blog, Life in the Fun Lane, for more pictures and inspiration. The second image is from Sebastian's nursery tour which you can take right here.

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Cleaning out your bathroom cabinet can sometimes be painful. Sorting through old or unused items in your bathroom cabinets is as easy as coming to terms with what your family is actually using. Check out the tips below to make purging and cleaning as easy as can be! Pull Everything Out: You can't clean what you haven't faced. For bathrooms sinks with storage underneath, it's amazing how many things can fit underneath, so pull them out. Make Things Pretty: Although it seems silly to make your medicine cabinet or storage area pretty, you're more likely to keep things clean and sorted if you enjoy the space. Do you have a trick that always helps you clean things out? Share your secret in the comments below!

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Name: Maggie Location: Heilsbronn Germany Division: International Inspiration for my palette: The sunshine I will miss during the cold dreary German winter. When I am stuck inside on a cold winter day I wanted a warm and cozy room.

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Q: I am in the process of purchasing a 1950's ranch home and I am definitely wanting to do something different with the bathroom. I do not love the pink and green tile walls, but for right now they have to stay. There is wallpaper above the tile, but I plan on taking it down and painting the walls white or gray. My main concern is the floor - while I don't hate it too much on its own, I DO with the pink and green tile walls! I'm just not sure what would look good. My only ideas are plain white tile or black and white checkered tile...but I'm not overly excited about either of those. Does anyone have an idea what could be done about the silver handle on the wall by the toilet? There's another in the shower and I don't like them...but I just don't know what could be done about the holes in the tile. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kirstie in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Classic kitchen

Design blog Core77 has a ton of posts and video from Milan. In addition to a chat with Derek Chen of Council, there is a quick video of Dutch designer Tineke Beunder's Marbelous table. It's a wooden table that has been carved to double as a marble shoot chute.... Marble chutes are one of our favorite toys! Via: Core77.

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Kitchen with round island

Now this is pretty cool: National Geographic teamed up with artisans across the world to start Novica, an online retail shop that sells beautiful handmade home d├ęcor and gifts that come directly from the artisan. If you're looking for high quality ethnic furniture and accessories, this is the best place we've come across. It's like World Market without the mass production. Featured here is the 'Spanish Elegance' leather ottoman, hand embossed by artisan Jose Antonio Rios. The Tooled Leather Ottoman is available at Novica for $144.95. The craft of embossing leather in the Rios family has been handed down from generation to generation, becoming a part of Peruvian culture and tradition. To this day, all the design and labor is handmade: embossing is done with chisel and hammer before the leather pieces are placed on the wood base. Here we were, complaining about carpal tunnel from typing.....

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Clean, white and minimal - this is Small Cool done Swedish-style. Bunker Hill is a group founded by Architect Daniel Franzen in 2005. The goal? 'To make architecture and products which reflects the Swedish and international society'. More photos of these small sleeping spaces below.... 11 Meter Compact apartment in Stockholm - the dining area seats eight and the bedroom sleeps two. Studio Engstrom - Designed for a Swedish songwriter/producer as a calm retreat.

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During the month of January, we'll be posting photos and tips on DIY renovation projects from our readers. The first twenty submissions posted will receive an AT bib or T-shirt. Sue sent us this project which her husband recently tackled. Project details: My husband did the project, not me... but its pretty simple aside from the math calculations. He just took a picture of the kids and enlarged it in Photoshop, then figured out all the spacing with the frames, borders, etc. Printed the enlarged copies on photo quality paper. The frames are simple IKEA frames so they were not expensive at all. Best tip: Take the time and do your measurements! This goes for before you print, and before you hang them on the wall. Readers: if you stink at figuring out measurments, give The Rasterbator a try.