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Open plan living room and kitchen

You never know what you're going to get with old houses sometimes. In this turn of the century house for sale featured on Vintage Seattle, you get a clawfoot bathtub that's been sunken into the floor. The listing explains that the bathtub is in the guest suite, as opposed to the master bathroom. Don't know about you, but we think this would be incredibly unnerving to discover and bathe in as a guest in this house. We wonder what else is between the floor we can see and the floor the clawfeet are standing on. It's rather beautiful actually - note the mullions.

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If you're like me, you probably have a lot of mismatched bedding: relics from college, hand-me-downs from parents, even impulse buys from Ikea's clearance sale. I am not one of those people who can take a jumble of mismatched bedding and five minutes later, shazzam! Awesome bed. No, it doesn't quite work that way for me, so whenever I see beds that exude that kind of casual elegance, I'm all over it. Take this bed from Wiksten fashion designer Jenny Gordy: She manages to mix dainty floral and striped pillows with polka dot sheets and two different colored vintage-y quilts so effortlessly. To me, this bed is like the equivalent of indie actress Michelle Williams' closet: It's pretty, it's slightly preppy, and it's got a little vintage air to it that's just right. If you're dying to figure out how to pull this off for your bed, check out these helpful tips from Decor8. Or if your bed is already awesome and you're in the mood to update your wardrobe, check out Jenny's wonderful handmade fashion line, Wikstenmade.

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Found through Japanese retailer Hiromatsu, but unfortunately not yet available in the U.S., these Sono chests of drawers seem like the perfect prototype for an adventurous DIYer. The striped pattern conceals varying depths of drawers and, in some cases, hides a flat cabinet door. If you're looking for ways to update an old dresser, this pattern of narrow stripes is more flexible that it seems.... The stripes conceal cabinets and drawers of different sizes. Wood stains in varying warm tones tie the color palette together. The repetitive pattern creates a trim, tailored look. For a similar look, we'd use painters tape to section off narrow stripes on a plain, flat-fronted chest of drawers, then center knobs between each stripe. The chest will seem like it houses several small drawers rather than a few big ones, creating a patterned effect.

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Q: Hi! I recently bought these awesome medieval, ornately carved, dark brown wood dining chairs off of Craigslist for a total deal. I love their character but don't want the dark design elements of the chairs to bring down the entire mood of my living room, which has a lot of dark wood. We live in a one bedroom townhouse so our dining area shares space with our living room. How can I modernize my space but still keep these chairs? We have not bought a dining table to go with the chairs yet The pictures below are from the original owners. I wish we had that much space to accommodate that big of a table, but we don't! Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Becca in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

Large living room with library and fireplace

Q: I found this bathroom image via Bright Bazaar's Pinterest board. At first I thought it might be a vintage find, but if you look closely at the side, there appears to be a contemporary logo in an oval, but I cannot make out the brand. Does anyone know where I can find this sink? It will be PERFECT for my bathroom renovation! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ginger in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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Their end result is a stunning combination of color, pass through walls, hinged chalkboards, built in beds and textiles. Eigen Huis & Tuin is a TV program you'd see if you lived in the Netherlands, but the design of this room speaks for itself, even if you can't understand what they're saying. Balance Bright Colors With White: Bright pinks and greens don't make this room day glow, why? Because of the abundant white in the room. The colors keep things bright and crisp instead of requiring sunglasses upon entering. To keep the colors toned down, they are accented with a shade darker or lighter than the base color used. Keeping A Neutral Floor: Because this space serves as a bedroom to both a boy and a girl, a gender neutral color works out perfectly for both of them. Using A Room Divider: Defining space between one area and another is needed everywhere else in the house and this room is no exception. Color Coordinating Storage: Each storage piece in the room is painted with the same color choices as other accent colors in the space. Although it's adding color, it's also grounding the chaos of colors of what's being stored in it.

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Do you wish you were more disciplined about limiting the length of your showers? Well, in honor of Earth Day 2009, we decided to show you a couple of eco-oddities that would aid you in your struggle to conserve resources.... Apparently these dynamic shower curtains, which we spotted on Moco Loco, are designed to help you monitor your water use. The Green Warrior Shower Curtains, prototypes designed by Elisabeth Buecher, interact with water and steam to inflate as your shower progresses. If your decadence keeps you in the shower too long, the shower curtain either strangles you or spikes you, depending on the model. That's one way to do it.... Strange, but true? Do you have any techniques to limit the lengths of your showers, short of compressing yourself in a sheath of plastic?

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Q: What is the best way to set up a sofa, TV and small dining table in this space? The room is 9x15 and the sofa is 6'x3 feet wide. My first thought was to put it in the middle of the room with the TV on the windowless wall with the dining table behind it. I dont know if there will be enough clearance on the side so I thought putting the sofa on the window wall and the TV on the small wall to the right of that closet. The windows, closet and narrowness of the room make it challenging, so I need help! Editor: Let Jennifer know what you recommend in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

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Surely we've all known our share of closet-deprived apartments. Creative solutions for increasing storage space are always welcome, and we just love this elegant execution of a simple idea from local designer Anastasia Faiella. Faiella's client's loft, while blessed with gorgeously high ceilings and windows, was sorely lacking in closet and storage space. So she went looking for a part of the home where there might be space to spare, and landed on the large foyer. By installing a curved drapery with a rail running under an overhang, Faiella and seamstress Doreen Leong created a closet out of an otherwise awkward empty space. The heavy gold fabric was an elegant choice, and because of its weight and texture it will do nicely for hiding the stacks of stuff behind it. Lovely, isn't it? To see more of Faiella's work, check out her portfolio. A bit more inspiration for those considering curtained storage solutions: Small Space Solution: Curtained Storage How To: Make an Instant Closet With a Curtain Look! DIY Closet.

Living room with great view

Every once in a while we see something pink that knocks our socks off. Today it's this Union Jack Pillow that Victoria has on her white chair. The simple graphics and bright colors really make a strong statement, especially on such a blank canvas.

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Okay, the intense color of designer Muriel Brandolini's home dining room doesn't really need much by way of description: pinks, reds, oranges and yellows - and enough pattern to keep your eyes busy for hours. Beyond the brave exercise in color, we are mostly curious about a bed in the dining room. The red lacquer four-poster bed was placed just behind the dining table so that 'One can recline after supper.' Do you think this idea ever works? Unless you live in a very small space, do you think dining and reclining should coexist?

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We forget that plants can act as a sculpture within a room. As this photo from incredibly talented Debi Treloar illustrates, a plant can be much more than just something to water that sits on the sill. We love that the the plant has been groomed to go in certain directions that help to frame the dresser and really create a beautiful vignette. Having seen some larger scale plants like this in my grandmother's house, I noticed that tying the branches together with pretty ribbon can be a beautiful, unexpected detail. Something this large is most likely a rubber plant which has thick waxy leaves and doesn't need loads and loads of light. Make sure you plant it in a big enough pot as the roots need plenty of room to breathe. Thanks to desire to inspire for the original posting! It should also be noted that rubber plants are toxic if eaten so if you have children or animals you may want to consider something else!

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