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Wood cabinets kitchen

Shower stalls tend to be squarish and nestled in a corner, but what if you have more space available in your bathroom and you'd like to have something more distinctive? Or what if you have less space and need something smaller? The circular shower looks modern and minimal, and is perfect as a centerpiece for your bathroom. When you are trying to organize your bathroom, you usually don't have that much space to deal with. In most cases, a nicely tiled shower nestled in a corner with a glass door will do the trick quite well. What if you want to make your shower stand out and be the centerpiece of you bathroom or if you just don't have the space for a large shower stall? The Spanish bathroom design company Roca has come up with something quite particular. It's a perfectly circular shower stall, that opens and closes automatically thanks to motion sensors. It's called the Transtube and it's a 360° shower stall. It gives the appearance of floating on air and it's ideal for modern and minimal bathrooms. The automatically rotating door features no handles, no hinges, nor any screws. There is a sleek chrome column inside that lets you regulate all of its features. The circular shape will let you shuffle it into smaller bathrooms as well, without losing any luxury.

Yellow kitchen

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Small kitchen

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Kitchen

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Small kitchen and dining room

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Kitchen with island

I'm still not through with my black is beautiful phase and I promise some color explosions soon. The base coat is Ralph Lauren Tea Kettle Black - my new favorite color ever - in matte. It runs a bit blue, which makes it especially invigorating for decorative painting, alone or in groups. The stripe is a transparent glaze in a satin finish. First-timers may choose to tape, but I'd rather die than go through all that trouble. What's the difference between this and wallpaper? It's completely bespoke and easy to get rid of once you're ready for something new. My lovely client says she's too hopelessly square to ever live up to her chic stripes, but I must remonstrate: my dear, it's the other way around - you're a real class act. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter. Re-edited from a post originally published 2.10.09 - JL..

Country kitchen

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Kitchen

With the time change and the darkness creeping in around 5 pm, we start to think about hibernating. We dream of hanging out in front of the TV, wrapped up in a blanket with a bowl of popcorn on our modern TV tray.

Kitchen hanged plates

After Sarah's link to the new blog Stair Porn yesterday, we had to share our own photos from a recent tour of Venice which included a jaunt past Scala Contarini del Bovolo - a six-story exterior spiral staircase built at the end of the 15th century.... The Venetian word bovolo translates to snail. There are pictures all over the web of this famous staircase.

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I am a vocal fan of grey in childrens' spaces so whenever I come upon childrens' furniture, textiles or accessories in the color grey, I pounce. The Grey Wally combines my love for grey with my obsession for organization. This nifty wall organizer is so perfect in every way. You could get super OCD and store things alphabetically. The size is perfect as well; the pockets are large enough to hold books and toys. So for the bad news and why I won't be getting a Grey Wally. If you want one, you can buy one here in grey or white.

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Small kitchen

If you have a steadier hand and more patience than we do, stencils offer another option - other than vinyl graphics and wallpaper - for your walls. Britain's The Stencil Library is reportedly the world's leading designer and manufacturer of decorative stencils. These aren't necessarily stencils you'd find in a twee British cottage. Yes, The Stencil Library has the type of stencils you might expect - Arts and Crafts designs and proverbs and quotations - but it also has Chinoiserie and modern design selections. There's even a category called Bad Attitude, which includes a footprint, a thumbprint, and barbed wire. We like the Chandelier, shown here - it reminds us of the Glo Canvas we featured last year. There are over 3500 designs to choose from, and they can be shipped worldwide.

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Kitchen with wood floor boards

Most people with radiators try to cover them up, but really we think vintage cast iron radiators can be really lovely! Even if you have a modern heating system, but want to keep a few vintage radiators around and out of the landfill, you're in luck - simply put a piece of glass on top, and voilà, you have a coffee table! We saw this radiator coffee table at speakeasy style Chicago restaurant, Gilt Bar. While some folks are selling radiator tables online, we think it'd be really easy to make your own.

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Q:I am looking for two chairs to be accent kitchen table chairs. Our table is wood, painted silver, and the six chairs are vintage school chairs with a very faded yellow paint. I love the chairs and don't want to paint them, but I would like two accent chairs that are a little more modern since the chairs and table and the wallpaper in the coffee maker nook all tend toward country. Our kitchen is white with a grey/white marble backspash and honed black granite countertops. I love the Eames molded plastic chairs and the metal navy chairs, but I don't want our kitchen to look like 'The kitchen design blogs made'. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lisa in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.