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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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Despite its tiny footprint, the Modern Living Showhouse dominated the floor at Dwell on Design. The sustainable prefab home, designed by architect Jonathan Davis and curated by ecofabulous founder and eco-chic expert Zem Joaquin, proved that green living can be gorgeous, even for the chickens and bees.

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Hello AT,. Could you by any chance recommend a nice sleek minimalist piano lamp? I liked the looks of this one from Target, but sadly it's out of stock. I'd especially love one that's tiltable, so I can adjust the light when I play.

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On our next trip to Seattle, we definitely plan to go to Peter Miller Details in Belltown. A couple of months ago we stumbled upon their website while looking for a Pentagram Calendar, and immediately became intrigued. Peter Miller Details sells beautiful, well-designed home and office products. Its neighbor, Peter Miller Books, sells architectural and design books and supplies. Peter Miller Details sells products from Alessi, Iittala, Marimekko, Stelton, to name just a few companies. Items include everything from flatware to clocks to glassware to desk accessories. The website is so wonderfully curated that we look forward to seeing the actual store. Oh, and if you're in, or going to, Seattle, be sure to see the website for A Very Small and Specific Guide to Seattle: Peter Miller's Favorites.

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At a friend's over the weekend, we had to stop and admire their new dining room, which was such a great hi-lo mix. The table is the School Table from BDDW, a high ticket item, the chairs are the Minimal Side Chair from De La Espada, a bit lower on the ticket totem pole, and the rug and all the napkins and place mats are from West Elm and Crate & Barrel. The whole house is like this with a few pieces of really top notch quality, while all the rest was ordered online from big box stores.

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After reading this post about revamping an old club chair, I am feeling a little relieved knowing that someone else is thinking the same way I am. I've been worried that I've gone over the edge and am about to commit a DIY crime. '...I picked up this chair for $100 on Craiglist in Salt Lake City. I am planning to recover it with Ikea's Marimekko knock off, and hope to end up with something like Anthropologie's Astrid Pear chair.' We think this could totally work, although depending on how talented your reupholstering skills are, all that tucking and tufting may be a bit tricky. What do you guys think? Does anyone have any suggestions or tips?

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Hardwood floors in the bathroom?! Can this be? We know that it's possible but should we be so bold as to tempt the water gods with this choice of flooring? Jump down to see why this AT junkie and bathroom renovator says YES! Jellyknits decided to go for the plank treatment because she wanted the floor from the outside hallway into the bathroom to be seamless. This bath is on the main floor so the shower is typically only used for overnight guests. Two rows of subway tile have been brought down onto the floor to give the occasional bather six inches of splash insurance. As for the thought of plumbing back-ups, we assume she's knocking on - ha! - the floor. What are your thoughts on bathroom flooring: tile, hardwood, carpet?

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Our post about Gray Kids Rooms inspired Ohdeedoh reader Leah to write in and share some pictures of the gray kids room she designed for her first child.... 'When we were expecting our first kid last June we didn't find out the sex and wanted to go with a good neutral color for our nursery that doubles as a guest room when the grandparents are in town,' Leah told us. 'I choose the Dwell Robin Motif bedding first and then went with gray on one wall and left the other three walls white. We use the blue and green out of the Robin bedding for accent colors and have since added many pieces to compliment the room - a Robin Rosenthal counting poster as well as a blue Eames RAR rocker. The room has a calm cool feel even on hot and sunny SoCal days. Plus, it works great for my son.' Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.

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Grant Irish is based out of Oakland, where he casts bronze sculptures as well as fabricating stainless steel planters, benches and other hand crafted functional art. Commissioned by designers and collectors alike, Grant Irish will be at the CABOOM design show in Santa Monica this year, so check him out.

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A bit of an urban natural disaster that is affecting residents in a big, wet way. Our friend Evan lives near the Montrose mess and reports that the basement of his building, along with 'Every other one in the neighborhood' was flooded and that his neighbor who lives in a garden apartment had it even worse.... Neighbor: 'I woke up to a sandal floating by my face'....Yikes! We thought we'd start a thread here for sharing advice on how to dry out for our water logged fellow Chicagoans...if you have tips or info to share, please comment below.

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In this Southampton renovation of a 1960's ranch house, architect Elmslie Osler added continuity to the interior by carrying blue accents through the crisp white spaces. The kitchen's blue is found in that striking floor.... The project's description describes the floors as tile, but I'm not seeing much more detail than that. Are they some kind of resilient tile material? Porcelain? It's not clear exactly, but one thing's for sure: that oceanic blue bouncing its fresh hue off of the ceiling is exhilarating. See the rest of the home, the Alexander Residence, at eoarch.com.

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To be honest, we never really gave much thought about our kitchen sponges nor what goes into making them. We just recently realized while replacing our ragged old sponge that the odor fighting germ protection feature is formulated with a chemical additive we're trying to avoid: triclosan. That's the very same antibacterial additive that is contributing to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria that eat up antibiotics like it was an afternoon snack.... So what to do? A simple change is just avoiding sponges with germ-odor protection. There are natural kitchen sponges on the market, like Natural Value's scrubber sponge, which are made with 50% post-consumer recycled material and are even certified kosher if you want to go the eco-recycled route. We're also considering switching to using a natural loofah sponge...maybe the larger natural shaped style used in the bath/shower, cut in half. The funny thing is we just saw the real vegetable this past weekend at the Alhambra farmer's market and purchased one for dinner without realizing its other use besides being a delicious veggie.

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British textile designer Anna Magdalena Johansson's Tree Room Divider is really lovely - and inspiring. Made of small holes in paper, on a wooden frame, it reminds us of a headboard we once saw on the television show Changing Rooms. The designer had drilled simple holes in MDF or wood and installed light strings behind it, so that light peeked through the holes. We'd thought about making one, and then forgot until we saw Johansson's room divider.....