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Happy New Year! For our first One Design, Two Budgets post of 2014, we're looking at a navy, gold, and ivory color scheme -all wrapped up in an living room packed with small details. Rivets, tufting, and turned wooden legs add a touch of luxury to an otherwise classic room. Click to see the cost, along with a more budget-friendly version.... The cost of this room is just about $3715, which isn't too bad considering it involves a new sofa, plus an 8' x 11' rug. If the holidays took a huge chunk out of your wallet, you might be searching for less expensive alternatives. You're in luck! This living room is $1758, or just about half the cost of the above already-reasonable grouping. Brass Lamp from JCPenney; $165. Tufted Navy Ottoman from Lamps Plus; $230. Trellis Pattern Rug from Home Decorators; $383. Gold Garden Stool from Lulu & Georgia; $140. Tufted Linen Sofa from Overstock; $840. If you've run across other options, you know the drill: link to them in the comments and achieve immortality and the respect of your peers.

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We posted Steve's California Bungalow and Garden Retreat house tour on Friday and today, we want to point out his custom made TV unit simply inspired by...a photo. To hear how Steve turned this photo into a real piece of cherished furniture, click after the jump. We love that Steve truly had the picture recreated down to the look of the feet of the unit and the amplifier detail. In Steve's words...'The entertainment center was custom made to match a 50's postcard I found at Urban Outfitters. I gave the furniture maker the dimensions and the picture. He did a fantastic job of recreating the piece. I designed a fake speaker at the bottom which I covered with Fender Amplifier fabric I found at an amp repair shop. The pull hardware is actually 50's'dead stock' I found at Liz's Antique hardware, in Los Angeles.

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A hat tip to Ohdeedoh reader Elizabeth for tipping us off to these task chairs for young children. 'Childshape' isn't just a catchy name. The manufacturer used the measurements of thousands of children to ensure that the dimensions of these chairs are truly child-shaped. The chairs are available in three sizes, and the company even provides a detailed sizing chart to ensure you pick the right size for your child and table. Made of solid maple, these ergonomically correct chairs are designed specifically for the needs of the 2-to-4-year-old set. The optional seat belt, combined with the armrests, is intended to contain even the liveliest preschoolers.

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Now appraisals are trendy and even entertaining, as evidenced by the pop culture hit Antiques Roadshow. Finding a respectable appraiser and getting an accurate appraisal is serious business. The Appraiser There is no legal licensing for appraisers, but there are different levels of certification that can be obtained through two trade organizations Appraisers Association of America and American Society of Appraisers. The appraiser of goods should not be the buyer or seller of goods. If you need the skills of a specialist appraiser, the hourly rate can get much higher. It's important your appraiser knows the reason for the appraisal, like whether you want to sell something or insure it or donate it to charity. The written appraisal should follow the industry-standard guidelines outlined by the Appraisers Association of America.

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AT, We just painted our living room in Benjamin Moore's Simply White, with one wall in Kensington Blue. The blue is really dramatic, without overwhelming the room, but now I need help for the rest of the space.... ...We have lots of neutral furniture: a couch in a grayish mushroom brown color, a dark brown leather chair and ottoman, and a black Expedit bookcase. The one pop of color was a wedding gift - a lime/celadon green glass lamp. Any suggestions for curtains, pillows, side chairs, and floor coverings would be much appreciated.

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Kristine Baerlin is the artist behind these one-of-a-kind portraits. You get to work with Kristine to decide the best size, color, and which photo and style will work best to create a truly unique creation for your home. You can also choose between two styles: Kristine's signature 'Circle' style or 'Dot' style. Kristine works out of NYC, but you can easily consult with her over the phone or via email to achieve the look you want. You can find more information or contact Kristine here.

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Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We're sharing our best quick tips - for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home - to save you time and money. Click through for today's helpful hint, and links to tons more.... A quick dusting of TALCUM POWDER will silence those creaks and squeaks. Simply dust it on and help work it into the cracks with an old paint brush. You can also use powdered graphite, but talcum powder is inexpensive and there's a good chance you already have it on hand.

Living room with black furniture and high ceiling

Here's another way to monitor your water usage in the bathroom: use a plugless sink! It's a modern take on the old traditional basin bowls. In order to get rid of the water in the sink, you have to tip it over. According to its designer Maja Ganszyniec, the act of manually tipping the sink over and dumping out the water makes us more aware of how much water we are using and throwing away.... We think it's a beautiful design, and we actually really like the concept and think it could work.

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Q: I just bought my first place, a loft in a converted warehouse with an open mezzanine style bedroom area. My biggest dilemma in choosing furniture comes from this bedroom area. The current owner had just a mattress set up on the floor which I found very sloppy looking. Can you suggest a relatively inexpensive bed frame idea that would work in a space like this? We are also open to DIY ideas that aren't crazy difficult. Editor: Leave your recommendations for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Living room with black leather chairs

As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.

Big bay window with sofa

All the buzz about suitable home sizes got us thinking about what really makes a house a place of luxury and refuge. After the recession, we might start broadening our scope.... And you? What makes your home divine?

TV unit

Ikea's multi-tonal LED lighting strips have proven to be one of the easiest ways to brighten up your home tech. From highlighting home office desks to adding ambient lighting behind speakers, the $50 LEDs sure are versatile. Installed within a Lack TV unit, that was already modded with frosted glass sliding doors, the media unit now changes colors depending on the owner's mood or movie night choice.... More Dioder Projects.

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You can't deny that old school kitchen appliances - circa the 40s to 60s - have a tad more character than the selections we have now. Often, here on Unplggd, we drool over modern stoves and refrigerators that are heavily influenced by the designs of yore, but you don't have to buy new to get that vintage feel. Claire Joyce and her husband Garth Johnson, who blog about their fixer upper on ReadyMade's Inside, Out blog, recently purchased a 1940s Wedgewood stove from a homeowner who was upgrading their kitchen with modern appliances. In the former owner's home our stove looked fairly clean, I could tell it would need a good scrubbing but I was not prepared for the incredible mess I would have to deal with when it was pulled from its longtime home. When we came to collect our Wedgewood stove it was covered on both sides with years of grease and grime. Bleh! Stove grease is gross enough, but there's something about cleaning up someone else's grease that's super gross. Anyway, Claire and Garth didn't want to go the old toxic chemicals route so they began researching natural ways to cut through the grease and grime.

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Living room with fireplace

'Q: I have a beautiful piece of vintage Marimekko fabric that I want to hang on my wall. It's 54' by 59'. The 59' side is a white selvage with a Marimekko stamp and the date, so I don't want to cover that up by putting the fabric in a frame. How can I hang this fabric, other than framing it or stretching it over a frame? I really love the CB2 hanging rails where fabric is stretched between two metal rails, but they have poor reviews. This seems like an easy DIY or IKEA hack, but I can't quite come up with something that would look polished. Editor: Please share your ideas and suggestions with Leslie in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.