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These colorful pillows from Canadian design shop Manor 12 call to mind the fresh, citrus hues of summertime. Handprinted on heavyweight organic cotton with a wool backing, we think they're just the thing to perk up a dull sofa. Manor12 is the work of Canadian textile designer Julie Moschenross. In addition to pillows, Julie is also working on a full line of textiles for interiors with a focus on hand-printed wallpaper and hand-embroidered upholstery. Prices for the pillows start at $60 USD and can be purchased through these Canadian retailers, or online at Modern Karibou.

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I stumbled upon this blue bedroom and really liked the saturated color in the walls and the giant-scale painting at the head of the bed. Further investigation revealed that this bedroom was created by.... Extreme Makeover Home Edition! I've watched the show a few times, but had to put up with a lot of mockery from my architect husband for doing so. This Chatham House bedroom project, one of Ty Pennington's specials, really sparked my interest. The painting behind the bed is by artist John Paul Strain. Strain is a renowned painter of Civil War-era scenes. I really enjoyed reading his take on the wild experience of working with Extreme Makeover. The painting is 5' by 5' and Ty framed it with wood molding finished with a coat of silver paint. It looks terrific and is a great idea for DIY framing of oversized pieces.

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Letting go of this giant, 60'x60' mirror we have in our apartment is like cutting our perceived square-footage in half. The mirror is borrowed, and we enjoyed it while it lasted. We're on the hunt for affordable replacements. Costco actually caught our eye, with their Joan Wall Mirror. It's 40'x50' and costs $440. That includes shipping, which really counts for something on an item of this size and fragility. The mirror has beveled edges and is set in a walnut frame. This baby might just ease the pain of letting go of our old giant.

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While reminiscent of the childhood room of the 'Boy who lived' Harry Potter in terms of location, this small space makeover has another tie to the world of movie making. This previously underutilized storage closet is now the home to a second studio and editing suite for Apartment Therapy reader Christopher's growing wedding video business. The addition of a big chalkboard-painted wall adds drama and functionality as a giant organizing tool. As Christopher says, 'I'm constantly scribbling ideas down and didn't want to limit myself to a pen and paper - a chalkboard wall works well for me!' The contrast of the dark wall against the adjacent white walls also makes the most of the unusual angles of the space. Installing carpet tiles in a dark charcoal continues the color scheme, covers the terracotta colored tile and warms up the space, making it both more comfortable and finished. In a tall room with a small footprint, the vertical space is extra important, especially for a workspace. It's well utilized here, with decorative wall shelves, functional racks filled with movies and equipment and wall mounted lighting. An injection of personality and color in the form of comic themed framed prints finishes off the look. More info on the project: Office Space Renovate to Create.

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We see outdoor living room spaces, dining tables with full course meals served outside on decks and in back yards, so what about bringing traditional outdoor decor to your indoor space? I found this image on Designed For Life, and I love the idea of the hammock indoors. I think it brings a great casual element to any home or room. Would you ever put a hammock in your living room? What elements of outdoor decor, would you consider bringing indoor?

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Just recently, Google unleashed what many Britons had been waiting for: their streets have officially been immortalized on Google Maps' Google Street View. Since it was a long overdue event, plenty of residents got wind of what was going on long before those funny-looking camera cars wound up and down their streets. Only this time, it looks like Google is behind some of it. The Daily Mail did a little round up of some of the great vignettes captured when Google Street View went live for the UK yesterday. Either Google knows a lot more about everyone in the world that non-conspiracy theorists would think, or the Goog'ster was in on this: They asked Britons to find Waldo somewhere on their streets. This morning, someone on Twitter did spot Waldo on Putney High Street. Waldo leaning on his trademark cane outside one of London's O2 cell phone stores. A Google Street Car is captured as it is being repaired in Coventry. A woman crosses the street at Abbey Road, unintentionally recreating the album cover for The Beatles' album of the same name. The Daily Mail claims Google planted the characters Paddington Bear in where else but Paddington, Sherlock Holmes in Oxford and a female Tower of London guard or 'Beefeater' in Birmingham.

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Name: Veena Location: New York, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: Living in a two bedroom apartment converted into three in New York City doesn̢۪t leave a lot of common living area to display and store items. Although my room is small, I get a lot of utility out of the space - a place to rest, a place to store, and a place to display artwork and other objects I love.

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Say you're in the market to put a theater in your house. You COULD go the traditional route and model it after a nice, Art Deco-style vintage theater...or you could put in an INSANE BATCAVE! As tacky or ridiculous as this may seem, you have to give the guys at Elite Home Theater Systems credit for committing to a vision. The stalactites and bat sconces are a nice touch; and that Batscreen is money!

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Classically handsome hand carved stone 'Portrait' wall tile from Artistic Tile. Artistic Tile's designer, Nancy Epstein, was inspired by tiles she sees each year while visiting Verona.

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A friend recently told of her idea to buy a custom-sized runner for the kitchen. Originally she was looking at a series of floor carpet squares, then she decided the 'Runner' really needed to offer support and comfort more than anything else. She turned to these marble top anti-fatigue mats, available at American Floor Mats. The more commercially used anti-fatigue mats could be a great solution for weary feet at home...has anyone else given this a try? All details and pricing info here at American Floor Mats.

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We saw lots to like and be inspired by in the rooms of the professional project A Modern & Bright All-Over Remodel. So we just had to source some objects that could help craft a similar feel for a living room. We found resources for two nearly identical living rooms: one with high-end finds and the other with surprisingly affordable options! Furnituremaxx Cowhide Brown Stencil & Brown Full Skin Rug from Sears, $398. If you've run across other options, let us know in the comments!

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Re-nest's Creative Reuse series continues with this great idea from reader Heather... and check out Lisa's raised dog feeder in the image below left. We're wondering what impact the economic crisis has had on your remodeling plans. We cover a report that says that strict new regulations on green building and energy use will help the economy. We've got the scoop on the latest design from green architect Michelle Kaufmann, and we've also found some hot 80% post-consumer recycled glass tiles. Who would have thought napkin rings and an old picture frame could make this? We're wondering: have you changed your remodeling plans because of the economic situation? A new report says increasing energy efficiency standards puts more money in people's pockets-and that, in turn, helps strengthen the economy. Unlike a lot of other so-called 'Recycled' tile, Trend's latest offering is 80% post-consumer recycled. As usual, we think Michelle Kaufmann's design sensibility is fantastic. This new design takes a slightly warmer approach than we've become accustomed to.

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