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Living room with great view

Jennifer posted this children's room on her blog, Minor Details, asking readers whether or not they think the matryoshka mural is too off-scale for the room. We loved so many other elements of this room, not least the Valentine's Day timeliness of the color scheme, that we had to share it here. Or maybe we're the only ones who are suckers for crochet, toile wallpaper, and Panton chairs. All these bold red and hot pink elements are a great take on inviting color into a white or neutral space.

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There's plenty of choices when it comes to building up your first home theater system, but to pull it off eloquenty... well, that's another story. There's so many things to consider, from the type of wiring for the speakers to choosing between a projector vs. HDTV, it can easily become an overwhelming experience. Luckily for you, we've got four tips that you just can't go wrong with. Building a Focal Point: Whether it's having an extra large console or a wallpapered media wall, building a strong focal point for the screen anchors and blends the technology with the rest of the home. When anyone asks about why you have so much tech in your home, you can easily argue, 'Hey, it's part of the decor.' Plenty of Seating: This should be a no-brainer, but we've seen so many homes that tend of neglect that fact that the best home theaters out there has plenty of comfortable seating for guests - all within the TV or screen's optimal viewing angle. Hide the Equipment: Even though individual tech pieces may be fun to look at, the reality is no one wants to see your Comcast DVR or Boxee Box cluttering up the area around your TV. There's plenty of solutions out there that'll allow you to hide components without having them overheat. Plenty of Space Between the Screen and Viewers: While we all know how awesome it is to have that 'immersion' factor in the home theater experience, that doesn't mean stick your entire family a couple feet from the TV. Leave some breathing room.

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Inspired by Apple's unique Cover Flow design, Li Jianye decided to cut a few corners in functionality in order to create the ultimate homage to clever interface that all us iTunes users know so well and love. If you're willing to sacrifice a little actual CD storage space, the iShelf may just be the perfect fit in helping create the ultimate Apple-decked out bachelor pad. We would have preferred a little more thought into creating an actual animated Cover Flow effect, but we understand that keeping hundreds of CD cases on a thin little wall plate might not be the greatest idea if you're looking to keep your sheetrock intact. The iShelf is still a prototype design for now, but we're sure Li Jianye would love to hear a little feedback if the art display lovers out there enjoy the design as much as we did in showcasing old CD art.

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Talk about rolling out the red carpet - St. Gallen, Switzerland had the distinction of hosting this public rec room for the residents to enjoy; from sofas to dining areas.... ...to climbable 'Cars' for the kids, it's a surreal, yet friendly, project. The 'Stadtlounge' was the result of a competition and the winning design by Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist was unveiled in 2005. We love the overhead shot of the city center with the red carpet slinking up to the edges of the facades - there is something very funny about seeing those trees 'Sprouting' up from the LEAST natural looking of any ground cover ever.... More info:Carlos MartinezPipilotti Rist.

Open plan living room and kitchen

Fitting a kitchen in under the stairs introduces a whole new layer of complexity when laying out its functions. What goes under the lowest part of the stair? What needs the coveted space with the most generous headroom?

Open plan living room and kitchen

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Marble countertops are everywhere these days, and with good reason, because we love their sophistication and natural beauty. If there's any drawback to the material, it's that it comes off a little cold. Which is why we are loving these Italian 3D foam tiles right now. Paired with the white stone, they add texture and softness, and a completely different dimension. We first spotted them at Dwell on Design, and are starting to see them pop up in various shelter magazines. Like the look? Read on to get this style for your own home.... While the tiles seen here aren't available for the American market as of yet, their manufacturer, Italian company Foamgiorno, assures us that they are coming soon.

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Living room with high ceiling

Your morning shower or evening bath is not the time to check in on your Facebook notifications or Tweet to your followers. It is the perfect time to study up on emoticons for your marathon chat sessions.... The Text Talk Vinyl Shower Curtain from Bed Bath & Beyond features a design that includes all your favorite emoticons and their non-cyber meaning, plus we're sure a bunch of cool new emoticons you don't even know about. If you're so inclined to get your bathroom geeked out with drooling, hugging and smiling cyber-faces, pick one up at the Bed Bath & Beyond Web site for $14.99.

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Apartment hunting is never easy, but searching for your dream home across state lines can feel more like a nightmare. Here are some key survival tips for searching, viewing and signing a lease on an apartment when you can't just hop in the car and meet a broker or landlord, without spending a ton of money. There's always Craigslist, but you might also find that there are highly useful apartment listing sites in your new city that have verified listings-finding one apartment you like could also lead you to a no-fee broker who can let you know about other apartments you might love as well. If you can take a trip to your new city, it's worth it to visit and view some apartments in person, so you can really get a feel for the space and the neighborhood. If you have your heart set on one apartment and that's the only one you set up an appointment for, you might hate it and not have enough time to set up more, sending you back to square one. If you have close friends or family members you trust in the city you're moving to, it might be worth it to ask them to help you with your apartment search. Apartment hunting in the city you already live in is hard enough, let alone finding one in a completely different part of the country. You might find your dream apartment in one go, but you also might not be able to find one that feels perfect right away, and either way, it'll be okay. You might find an apartment that's good enough for a temporary stay, so plan to stay for a year until your lease is up, and then the apartment hunt will be a lot less challenging. Have you survived a big move to a far away place? Do you have any tips for long-distance apartment hunting?

Outdoor seating area

Most of the time we go the elbow grease route when it comes to getting the ring around the tub off, and we've followed flylady's advice and used shampoo in the toilet, but sometimes the bathroom needs something with more gusto. We've been intrigued ever since Gregory blogged about Method's Le Scrub and Li'l Bowl Blu. Le Scrub gets its abrasive character from finely milled marble Lil' Bowl Blu is a non-toxic toilet bowl cleaner. They both have a eucalyptus mint scent, so you know the bathroom will smell like a spa by the time you're done. So when the tang and vinegar aren't doing the trick, you know you have another alternative.

Living room with fireplace

Whether it's a cutting board, wood furniture or wood flooring, the occasional use of a nourishing wood cleaner is a good idea to replenish lost luster. Despite the name, Bamboo Goo is good for all varieties of wood beyond the fast growing sustainable variety, composed of a natural blend of beeswax, carnauba wax and vegetable-derived ingredients that are all food-safe.

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Large corner sofa

GO TO CAROLYN'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!

Colorful large living room

When we first moved into our house, we had some very VERY grand ideas about what to put in the window box. After a friend's suggestion at orchids, we took a stab at it...and killed off a few, much to our wallet's chagrin. So we're going to play it safe this time around and stick with a few herbs: some dill, a little oregano, and bit of rosemary. We're thinking that with the herbs growing right in our kitchen, it'll be that much easier to use in our adventures in cooking.

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I have the teeny tiniest bathroom and I know it's not uncommon for New York City apt bathrooms to not have sinks, but it kinda bugs me. Does anyone have any suggestions on a bathroom sink solution? The Japanese top of the toilet thing won't work because I have the cabinet thing, and I think that's kind of weird anyway. Maybe something really skinny that could go on the ledge of my shower, like a water fountain thing but with a faucet knob??? Or some sort of thin basin that could drain into the shower? I'm open to any suggestions, please help! The tiniest sink I have ever used is in the bathroom of Against the Grain on 6th Street - right in your neighborhood! I would suggest you scope it out!