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My man and I are constantly bickering about which couch is better. Thus, we have two sofas! One for him and one for me! We've always known that we should chuck one of the sofas. Chances are our next apartment won't be as living room ample as our current abode. It looks good but boy is it uncomfortable! A few guests have preferred to sleep on it because it's 'Good for their backs'. Sure it's not as fun and modern as the dark grey sofa, but it's so comfortable! I like to be comfortable while I'm sitting and watching TV. Am I crazy? I completely understand his argument, it's a good one. Which is more important, comfort or visual appeal?

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The Jaclo Lumiere shower head is all about double duty, combining a 252 jets rain shower head with a LED lighting system decorated in decorative damask, so you can pretend you're showering in the living room. We're not quite sure about the overall impression, but we like bringing in some overhead lighting in an area of the home often lacking proper illumination.... We'd like to one day see something similar, but in a decorative chandelier for a complete decadent effect. Unfortunately in our household, all we can afford is a hand shower and a flashlight strung up with some string.

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The apartment I moved into earlier this summer had the most amazing exposed brick walls. These walls were the reason why we chose this apartment. We only lived in this apartment for 3 months - all thanks to the exposed brick walls. Maybe it was the amazingly old apartment building or the lack of detailed construction, but these walls were ruining our life. They would crumble when we touched them and had giant cracks and gaping holes. They would range from.5' to 4' in length. The centipedes supposedly loved the moisture from the brick walls and thrived inside the cracks. At night they would parade around my apartment running faster than I could get them. We spent so much money trying to seal up the cracks and nothing seemed to work.

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In honor of Kitchen Month, I have been thinking about the kitchen table as a nourishing altar to our meals and remembering a comment posted last week by someone who felt they could not afford to keep fresh flowers in their house. Faith suggested buying Mums or Alstroemerias - both last well over a week if you change the water now and then, and both are available year-round at most flower shops and even corner delis. Most corner delis that sell flowers have mums for about $3 a bunch. Simply stripping off the paper wrapping and putting them in a vase makes them look, well, like a $3 bunch of mums from the corner deli. I like to snip off each stem where it joins the main stem, getting up to forty 3'-8' stems. Tie a little ribbon around the bouquet and you have something even more sweet. Having fresh flowers on your table is one of the best ways to honor you table for what it is: an altar to your place of nourishment.

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Q: I have two large windows in my master bedroom, which is overlooking a park. I love the view of the park during daytime, but at the same time I need privacy at night. What would you recommend for covering these windows? I generally like clean, modern look. Editor: Offer your suggestions for Mike in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Re-nest reader Kristin is looking to replace this chandelier in her entry. She wants it to be green, and able to use CFLs. Our first idea was paper lanterns. Other readers have suggested grouping pendants, or choosing a well-made fixture from Rejuvenation. We're also making progress on our quest for lightweight, portable containers for packed lunches. We've got a great DIY on how to reduce odor from your cat's litter box. Don't miss the latest two installments of our inspiring Green People series, which profile architect Eric Corey Freed and consultant Aaron Winer. Does mixing these two litters result in the perfect blend? Green consultant Aaron Winer tells about helping others to go green. We thought these well-designed recycled plastic food containers would be the perfect portable complement to our vintage Pyrex. Re-nest readers tell us to watch out.... Green architect Eric Corey Freed not only has an amazing scarf, but also an agenda that includes attacking government subsidies to the oil and coal industries.

Large kitchen with wooden cabinets and white benches

Spotted two years ago at ICFF, this amazing design by Peter Stathis quickly disappeared with difficulties over distribution and manufacture. Trapeze comes in two sizes and with two arms or one, and is a seamless, sculptural design feat that takes advantage of ultra-thin flat panel LED technology that burns cool and illuminates large areas with a 'Brilliant, perfectly even warm light'.

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We see similar sofas to this one, but not at this price with new(er) cushions. This sofa has a vintage Danish teak frame in great condition with custom made cushions that have barely been used. Currently priced at $200! Want more? Check out some good stuff after the jump.... Thank Craig!

Kitchen and dining room

Sometimes you're looking for the biggest bang for your buck and other times you know the small details can make all the difference. Although cold nights are fading away, these small acorn cap candles will provide just the right amount of ambiance. Greenbaboondesigns' Etsy shop features these oh so tiny candles. They're hand poured and last for 15-30 minutes each. It's the perfect amount of time for dinner or just a quick flame to invite guests as they filter into your home for a party. The candles crackle as they burn and are a small way to bring a little green into your home. Each acorn candle cap floats in water and can be put in a vase on the table or even your bathtub! You can pick up 10 acorn caps for $10 over at Etsy and make sure to check out the other felt and acorn options in the greenbaboondesigns store!

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Benna sent an email: 'I am looking for a place to purchase cabinets. Reasonably priced, but simple and modern, and preferably in Chicago. So far I've tried Home Depot, Lowes, Remodeler's Supply Center, Expo Center, Ikea, etc. They either seem of cheap quality, are too expensive, or are not very modern looking. Can you please help??'. We went to the giant Kitchen and Bath Show last year at McCormick place and our favorite find was a cabinet maker just about to open their showroom. They make amazing looking aluminum cabinets which are designed and manufactured right here in Chicago. The aluminum cabinets are from the Celona line and the showroom is called Modern Habitat. They are located in River West at 1820 W. Hubbard and have walk-in as well as by-appointment hours. We are not sure of the price points, as they were just previewing the cabinets at KBIS, but the showroom is up and operating now and we think they are definitely worth a look for anyone in Chicago looking for a modern cabinet. Any other suggestions for Benna? Let us know in the comments.....

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Hello AT,. I have been looking for a dining table to go with these chairs I bought at Target. I wanted to pair them with something unexpected and unique so the dining room wouldn't look like it came straight from Target. I am just not bold enough, and I am tempted to just buy a dark, modern table table that matches. Can anyone tell me what they would put with these chairs?