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Small red kitchen

Maxine Snider is a Chicago designer whose work straddles the traditional/modern categories. Her collection includes fifty pieces and many of them could work in a bedroom, dining room, living room, or just about anywhere. In Chicago, Maxine Snider's work is available through the Holly Hunt showroom at the Merchandise Mart.

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Compact modern kitchen

When Danielle and her family moved into their home, they knew which room they wanted for their daughters nursery but felt it needed some major restyling. After switching up the color scheme with paint and wallpaper, replacing the chandelier with something a little more kid friendly and adding all of the cute touches that make a nursery, they have an adorable space for their daughter that is a fry cry from the original room. The room is on the top floor of our 3-story home with a sloped ceiling. The room size is generous compared to her previous nursery, so we started from scratch when I had the idea of designing a wallpaper with bunnies - which she loves! It took a while for us to get started because the process of getting a wallpaper designed and printed was time-consuming, however once we had the wallpaper delivered we got it done within a few days! My husband did all the painting: skirting boards, door frames, walls and ceiling, and we hung the wallpaper together. I did the finishing details such as pictures and shelves and styling the room, the accessories were from several retailers and some from my own homeware store. The wallpaper cost £45 a roll which is quite reasonable too for the quality that we got! I have also customized other items around the room such as the pom pom rug, the house shelves which were covered with wallpaper cut outs, the blackboard which is a generous size and is the first corner she goes to every morning, and also using some unexpected accessories such as the notice board to hang the post cards. The room accessories will also be easily changed to adapt as she grows up. Thank you, Danielle! You can see more on Danielle's blog The Room Alive.

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Breakfast bench

We often find that a small kitchen leaves little room for a place to sit down and eat a meal. Most folks working with a small cooking area will take a meal to the couch. So when we spotted Caroline's DIY countertop bar, we had to share. By simply painting and installing wood shelving from IKEA, Caroline makes great use of a tiny space. Instead of having to stand in the kitchen waiting for the pasta to boil, she can plop down on a stool and enjoy a sip of tea and a magazine. Great idea for those of us who never thought a dining area was possible in a small kitchen.

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Name: Hanna Location: Los Angeles, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: This is the first bedroom that I've redone by myself that has truly felt like home. And there's always music playing. There is also at least one kitty on the bed at all times, which is a nice thing to come home to after a long day.

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Country kitchen with white cabinets

Saporiti Italia's Sedna K Kitchen island beautifully takes advantage Corian's transparent quality to merge an integrated display and information system into their futuristic kitchen island concept designed by Marti Guixé. Just imagine having recipes displayed prominently ontop of a surface which doesn't require worry of spills or damage to a laptop, or one that can display incoming emails or transmitted video from the door or phone so you don't have to leave your kitchen tasks.... As the kitchen becomes more of a haven for technological solutions and resources, it will be solutions like this wired countertop that will become more common in average households. Kitchen PCs are increasingly in the home cook's toolbox of resources, but as cooks who already drag their laptop back and forth from the home office to the kitchen, we would surely welcome this sort of solution specifically designed with kitchen tasks and demand in mind.

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We bought drawer and cabinet pulls at Restoration Hardware. We needed a matching line of hardware with knobs, 4' - 6' drawer pulls, and a larger 8' - 10' dishwasher pull. Our dog shows off all of the new drawer pulls on the island. One surprise came when the hinges that I bought at Restoration Hardware did not work on the cabinet doors for the vintage buffet. You would need to see a drawing to truly understand why, but I will simply say that the doors have a lip in front and an indentation in the back, and the hinges were made for a square door that is flush with the cabinet. I looked to the sky and asked the hinge fairy to deliver me four functional hinges in polished chrome. When the hinge fairy did not deliver, we visited EM Hundley Hardware in San Francisco and learned the lingo to describe our cabinet doors and bought functional hinges. One of my best finds of the week was a large ¾'-thick cutting board at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $25, which Dean trimmed to fit perfectly in the cutting board slot on our vintage buffet. Next week we will complete the backsplash, schedule our electrician to finish the electrical work, and do some final trim work and decorating. Estimated time for project: 10 WeeksTime remaining: 1 week.

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Living room

We love looking to European retailer Zara Home for staging inspiration. Their catalog photos always present unique ideas, usually with a unifying theme behind them. This year, the spring catalog is all about rustic style: timber headboards, layered blankets in natural colors, and lantern light fixtures. Click below for a few ideas.... Rustic Metallics: soft gray walls, antique mirror, white cotton blankets, and a wooden chair rail. Cabin Chic: clapboard walls, distressed metal side tables, and a checked blanket. Cottage Colors: pale gray, worn white, and a bunch of wildflowers. Cool and Calm: worn wood side tables, lantern lights, and a crocheted bedspread. Dark and Moody: blue-gray with glazed ceramic accessories.

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In the market for a kids' table and chairs set? There are some great choices out there and we're adding another one to your list. We really like the look of this simple Chalk Table set. The table top includes an insert with a chalkboard surface. The insert can be flipped to reveal a regular table surface. Instead of chairs, the set includes two bench chairs. Who can resist the bright orange color? Get it here for $90. Image: Giggle.

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Kitchen island

Above the bed is artwork that I produced with the help from a local artist. Each piece of artwork is from the blueprint of the house the bedroom is in. The Artist is Francesco Agresti the artwork was influenced by Richard Dibenkorn's work Ocean Park Series.

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Mixing up iconic designs can bring out the best in both styles. This pairing of a tulip table and original Bertoia chairs from Chris and Jenna's Collection in the Castro was achieved by patiently perusing Craigslist. For those of us without patience, we've rounded up resources to make this dining space happen with a few clicks of a mouse.

Country kitchen

'And last week I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal, and I talked her out of buying this truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed...' -Elle Woods. We're not the biggest fans of pink, but damned if we're not going to admit that we are loving these pink sofas! Pink is one of those colors that scares us: too bright, and it looks like a hair extension from the Avril Lavigne collection. Too muted, and we're sipping tea at Grandma's. After taking a look at these sofas, we're thinking maybe the secret to pink is using it in bold graphic textile patterns to diffuse the prissy factor.....