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We're not shopping for hardware - but that didn't stop us from spending the last 10 minutes or so clicking around at Spectra Decor Luxury Hardware. Spectra's cabinet hardware is beautiful and it's made from recycled or environmentally-friendly materials - recycled glass and aluminum, cork, eco-resin, fused glass, lead-free pewter and stainless steel. We first saw Spectra's pulls at EcoHome Improvement in Berkeley. They're funky but sophisticated and they're 'Made by American Artisans.' When we get the kitchen of our dreams, we'll find a way to work in at least one pull from Spectra.

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COLOR PALETTE: Hazy Bright - french silver, magenta, mustard. GO TO JENNIFER'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!

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The guest bathroom in Melissa's mid-century modern home was out of place with its rustic touches. She and her husband renovated it to have a more classic style, which fit with the rest of their home. Our mid-century modern home had a very outdated 'Rustic bath' and we wanted to update it to fit the home, our personal taste, our budget and to be classic. All the work was done by us in a timely manner - we worked on it around our work and family schedules. The finished bath is a great reflection of our own personal taste and it works well for our guests and young daughter - as my husband has kindly stated, 'She will get ready for prom here.' Materials used: hex marble floor, white large subway tile, classic pedestal sinks, chrome modern lighting and a functional piece of furniture.

Classic living room

Although we find Christmas tree alternatives intriguing here on AT, there is nothing quite as satisfying as a fresh Christmas tree to cheer up your home. If you have the yard space and inclination, you can select a living tree and lessen your environmental impact of this holiday season. Sunset Magazine put together a guide for selecting the proper Christmas tree for your 'Zone'. Say you don't want a Christmas tree in your yard after the season is over? You might consider getting a living Christmas tree and then gifting it to a friend with ample land when you are through with it. If you are lucky enough to live around Portland, Oregon you can rent a living Christmas tree from The Original Living Christmas Tree Company. For $80 you can have a tree delivered to your home mid-December and picked up on January 2nd. I'd imagine there are other tree renal services elsewhere. If you know of any please post them in the comments!

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Q: I am moving in with my boyfriend and his apartment, while otherwise awesome, has a horrific 70s retro kitchen complete with orange tiles and yellow countertops. It also has an unusable empty space awkwardly behind one of the counters. How do I turn this into a modern, clean space with style without a full remodel? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Liz in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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Featured in Living Etc. magazine, this colorful boys room has Cath Kidston wallpaper, an Eames rocker and a timeless striped rug. In this design-conscious, comfortable North London family home, even the kids' rooms don't skimp on style.... This soothing all-white girl's room has a few well-chosen girly pink accents that can easily be swapped out as she grows older.

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These funky, ornate vintage mirrors would look terrific in a range of bathroom styles, from eclectic to traditional to sleek modern. I think my favorite combination is to put an ornate vintage mirror in a very modern bathroom. Some of the mirrors below are small and would only suit a small powder room, while others are quite large. None are dull! Our post Design Details: Bathroom Mirrors Done Right really underscored how much fun a cool bathroom mirror can be. Total frame measures 19.5' long and 12.5' wide. Ornately detailed vintage brass frame hand painted in marigold yellow acrylic then sealed with gloss varnish. Scrolled distressed gold leaf mirror from Layla Grace, $579.10. One of a kind vintage mirror in distressed gilt from Layla Grace, $990.14. This antique solid wood mirror was foiled in a mottled silver and gold and finished with clear semi-gloss protective polyacrylic. Measures 21.5' at the widest point and 21' tall.

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I designed a little cocktail/side table for myself and realized it's awfully cute and clever and maybe there is a way I can get it on the market. I'm going to make at least a few of them to sell myself. Contact Jim at jimcollins(at)pacbell(dot)net with any questions.

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Designing a shared bedroom stumps many parents - do you go for a cohesive share-and-share-alike look or try to give each child their own bit of space to express their personality? While the size of the room may dictate which approach you take, here are some visual tips from shared kids rooms to get you started. TIPS FOR CREATING A COHESIVE LOOK. Using the same bedding for both the crib and toddler bed in this room ties them together. This shared room is so small that dividing it up wasn't a viable option. Even though there is a three year age difference between the two sisters who share this room, their belongings are integrated, they have side-by-side desk space and vintage patterns are used throughout to create a warm, unified room. These two brothers have always shared a room, and quite happily, but now that they are older their parents wanted to give them each a little privacy in their shared room. Using a physical gate to divide up a room might seem extreme, but it could be a smart, temporary solution for roomies with a significant age gap. In this case, it's used for a room shared by a mother and daughter. A curtain room divider makes perfect sense because it's impermanent and flexible. Do you have design tips for shared rooms to share? Sound off in the comments!

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Name: Laura Location: Brooklyn, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: The big windows, high ceilings, maple floors. I have lived in my apartment for 23 years and have tried various sleeping arrangements: a loft bed, a single bed, several different full-size beds. What I've got now seems to work well and is very versatile. I just need to paint a wall and change the sheets/blanket, and it's a new room. Some of the photos show recent, different versions of my bedroom. The large painting in front of the window was a curbside find. I live on a really noisy street and the windows face south, so it's bright.

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Even though Red has somewhat monopolized the hue to designate products that donate to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we still find red reminiscent of the 80s. Maybe it's just us, but we remember red being the color of the decade that brought us Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Devo, and Mikhail Gorbachev. So to honor the time we grew up in, we give you gadgets of all types in corvette red, blood red, Cabernet, and every saturation thereafter.

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It's no secret that the world of design is leaning a bit more toward the modern side of the spectrum these days. If the design mantra speaks to you, lose yourself in 11 of my favorite modern/minimal blogs. Above: With a tagline like 'Escape from everyday life' you know you're in for something exciting and Finnish blogger Riikka Kantinkoski certainly doesn't disappoint. The stylist and lifestyle photographer is always displaying chic interiors that comprise bold design choices in minimalist settings. Best to kick things off with an extremely modern blog. Minimalissimo is a design magazine that is committed to inspiring creatives through a less-is-more aesthetic. They're curated moodboards and tranquil interiors make visiting this blog like taking in a deep breath of fresh air. Now her blog has become a go-to source for anyone looking to keep things simple while also remaining stylish and warm. Highlighting the more colorful and playful side of modern-minimalist design is this creative lifestyle blog by Lisa Tilse. Laid-back Los Angeles designer Amber Lewis has turned heads with her easily recognizable collected minimalism style. The effortlessness with which she designs personifies this modern-warm movement to a T. Focusing on all things Scandinavian, stylist and writer Michelle Halford consistently delivers a curated design blog that places minimalism on a pedestal and fresh modern designs at the forefront.