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Bored to tears with your wood cabinets? We hear you. If you're not a renter or you have some stand-alone cabinets that you'd like to embellish, DIY Magazine has ten clever and inexpensive project ideas for adding some interest to your plain Jane kitchen cabinets. Ideas range from painting a faux-antique finish to replacing the center panel with a delicate radiator screen. We love the look of the latter, and think spray-painting the screen prior to installation could yield some fabulous results too. Check out all the ideas and find step-by-step instructions over at DIY Magazine.

Rustic look living room

If you like a nice, big flat shower head that dumps a lot of water on you AND you like filtered water running down your sexy body, this is for you. These ShowerUp shower head filters are some of the nicest we've ever seen. Available with a double or single arm extension for 40' or 20' adjustment range, these elegant thinks will get up and out of your way and then dump the good water straight down from the top. Filters come in different capacities, finishes come in satin nickel or chrome and prices range from $55-$152..

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Modern living room

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When I got back to Baltimore after a long holiday visit with family, my bedroom greeted me with its disarray. I am only good about putting clean laundry away if I do it when the clothes are fresh out of the dryer; otherwise, they sit in the basket in my bedroom. My husband, who does his own laundry, completely avoids putting his clean clothes away entirely. As organization took a total back seat to the holidays this year, the clothes just never made it from the laundry basket to the dresser or closet-although some did make it to the floor. While of course there's another end to this organization game, in 2014 I want to be more on top of getting things from dryer to drawers. For my bedroom's sake, I'm committing to taking ten minutes whenever a laundry load finishes to put that stuff away-right away.

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Living room purple rug

Just came back from Brooklyn, where I was being shot with a selection of five smallish modern sofas that I'm reviewing for Dwell Magazine's Small Spaces Issue coming up in September. The set was HUGE and the photographer was a fellow named Jim Bastardo, who shoots all of DWR's catalogs. I took some pics, and will only show you only one sofa. Can you guess what it is? Can you guess the other four?

Living room with ocean views

Christmas tree lots have begun sprouting up all throughout town, and now you can use an app, My Tree Lot Finder, to hone in on the closest independent tree lots throughout town, complete with address, amenities, and tree care tips built-in, right from your Android device. There's also a Firewood Finder app in the works, another useful mobile tool for getting the home ready for the holidays, and both are available for a 'Why not' price of absolutely free!

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Wanna see how the girls at Blueprint throw a shower? July's issue has a great article on throwing a modern baby shower. Two expecting mothers over at Blueprint got one classy shower. See how they made the decorations, what they served, and the special gifts they gave the moms to be below.... Home editor Page Marchese Norman and senior home editor Rebecca Robertson chose orange and teal as their colors. They compiled a great CD for baby's first music. They also made scrapbooks full of family photos to familiarize baby with their grandparents and even their pets. Kendra and Rachel also received these felt boxes full of other Blueprint moms' favorite picks. We are throwing a few showers in the upcoming months.

Living room with great windows

Name: Liz Location: San Francisco, CA Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: We entertain often so we wanted a color that was warm and inviting, yet complex and sophisticated. The result: A room that can be as dressed up like a sophisticated charcoal suit or down like a comfy pair of flannel PJs. Either way, the color has provided a perfect backdrop for many entertaining evenings, plus it perfectly highlights the art and the 100-year-old tiles surrounding the marble fireplace.

Large living room

If you are looking for a large screen movie or TV viewing experience in your home, a projector definitely gives you the best screen size to dollar ratio. A 65 inch LCD runs for approximately $7000 while you can pick up a 1080p projector and screen for about half that price. Those numbers alone give the projector a considerable advantage for our home theater setup. Do be aware that projector setups require a reasonably dark room to provide the best image, not as much of a consideration for LCD TV's. What else should you consider? Assuming you use the projector 8 hours a week you are looking at just under 5 years. Not all projectors can be ceiling mounted and each projector has a distance requirement which may not fit with your layout. Noise level: Having a projector means having a spinning fan to cool the projector while watching a movie.

Bright living room

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Lots of New York apartments come with charming vintage bathrooms. The bathroom of Heather and Doug's Park Slope condo, true to its roots in the 80s, had dark, dour maroon tile on the walls and grungy white tile on the floor. The homeowners, with a view to selling the apartment in the next few years, wanted a bathroom remodel that would make their space brighter and more pleasant, and appeal to potential buyers as well. The new bathroom feels infinitely brighter and fresher, thanks to bright white walls, and a classic subway tile surround in the shower. The floor tile, a blue mosaic tile laid in a herringbone pattern, adds texture and character to the space. The bathroom is quite small, but a few new storage solutions help open up the space. The old medicine cabinet, which protruded into the room, has been replaced with a new one that's recessed into the wall, so the storage space is the same but the cabinet seems less bulky. The new shower curtain hangs on a thin wire instead of a rod - a tiny detail, but one that helps contribute to the new bathroom's clean, fresh feel. Heather says that she loves that the bathroom is 'Much more functional and looks bright and clean.' Now she and Doug, and their two kids, have a space that makes time spent in the bathroom much more pleasant - and will hopefully make selling their apartment a breeze, too.

Open plan living room and dining room

Have you picked up your copy of our newest book, Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces? If not, we think you should, with forty small, cool spaces that all utilize their space in a smart and beautiful manner sured to inspire. We're especially partial to the section focusing on home offices...some of which we preview/share below.

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Getting a bigger TV can often drain your budget, leaving you with a predicament of how to make your current setup work with a bigger TV that might not fit. Here's an idea seen over on Ikea Hacker from Frank, who hacked his Borghamn Media Unit to fit his new TV. Frank went even further to light the new feet for his modified media unit with LED lights.