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Q: I live in an old Victorian style home that was built in 1901 and later converted to apartments. The window moldings match the period and are about 6 inches tall. I'm not sure where to hang curtains or valances. I would like to hang a valance in my kitchen, but am not sure if I should cover the molding completely or hang the valance lower so you see the molding above it. In my living room, I just want to hang one sheer over each window and am again wondering where I should place the rod. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Renee in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Living room with ocean views

Back in April '06, Janel blogged these stunning mesquite wood tiles from Ann Sacks, which start at $42.62 per sq/ft. For $27 sq/ft we found some alternatives from Anchor Bay Tile.

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Most days we're all about brightening up your tech centric rooms, but there's something to be said about using a rich and dark color to contrast the bright glow coming from your computer monitor. This space, found over at Design*Sponge, is where LA-based jewelry maker Melissa McClure does her work. The deep gray matched with the light wood hues from the drafting chair and corkboard give this space a refined look. While dark rooms can get depressing, there's something about this color tone that makes the space feel cozy - a space you'd want to curl up on a overstuffed chair, a good read, and a roaring fire. Maybe that's where Melissa transports herself to when she's working long hours on her jewelry line.

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Blue Ant Studio is rapidly becoming one of our favorite blogs. We loved their homebrew baby safety gate - which we were about to blog when AT:NY slinked it, and both AT:Chicago and AT:LA featured it. AT:SF parents, how have you meshed modern design and your kids' needs? We'd love to see photos.

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If you're dedicated to preserving your record collection in tact, there are some good storage options at all price points - here are eight. Dual Based out of San Francisco, Dual makes and sells DJ furniture, including consoles, platforms, and LP storage. Everything is manufactured in the USA, including this Portland Record Storage Cabinet, $625. Storage capacity is approximately 600 records. VandM.com Vintage is always a good option when you're shopping for record storage, and you can find pieces ranging from $10 at garage sales to thousands at antique stores. IKEA If you're looking for budget options, IKEA's $99 PS Cabinet has adjustable shelves that can be removed to fit albums, and it's made from powdercoated steel, which - unlike fiberboard - is strong enough to hold records without warping over time. Etsy Another inexpensive option, particularly if you're looking for small storage pieces, is Etsy. It's easy to find vintage LP carrying cases and mid-century wire storage racks on their site: Shown: Faux Alligator Record Case, $22 from Etsy seller PhatDog.

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We've been captivated for quite some time with this view from our bedroom window. The difference in lighting from the second floor condo to the first floor condo is startling. We have to wonder if this is a fishbowl view of the difference between traditional incandescent lighting and eco-friendly compact fluorescent lighting. We are definitely partial to warm, yellowy lighting so we favor the first floor condo's lighting. Now we just have to work up the chutzpa to tell them we've been ogling their household silhouette at night and ask them to kindly settle the mystery. What are your thoughts? Do you prefer the lighting in one condo over the other?

Living room with great view

Tucked within the house Candace shares with her hubby and two children in Hemnesberget, Norway is an adorable mini office hidden away in a secretary desk. 'We actually have a much larger office space in our home but we had an empty wall and a new desk that needed a home,' Candace explains. 'I can send all things I need to print over our network and pick it up in the other room. All items in this corner are from various market sales, my favourite second-hand shop, and fundraisers. Of course some things are new and have either come from IKEA or Åhléns. Tucked away in the top drawers are files, books/notebooks, and various projects. The bottom drawers home my fabrics and other paper goods for gifts and crafting.' A photo of the closed hutch after the break.... via BackGarage(Images: Candace).

Rustic look living room

I have an old Marimekko shower curtain that I have always loved but just doesn't go with our bathroom decor anymore. I haven't had the heart to donate it, so imagine my excitement to find this tutorial: turning an old shower curtain into a large-scale work of art! Kirsten at 6th Street Design School has created a step-by-step tutorial for turning an octopus shower curtain into a piece of nautical-themed, large scale artwork. Using nothing but a few wooden planks and a nail gun, Kirsten transformed the curtain to live a life in another room of her house. I will definitely be giving this one a try with my Marimekko shower curtain! View the entire tutorial and several more photos at 6th Street Design School.

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Living room with fireplace

Q: I just renovated my bathroom and added some built in cabinets next to and over the toilet. I'm wondering where to put a hand towel holder. Should I use a circle to the right of the mirror or use a bar under the cabinet above the toilet? If I use a circle to left, at what height? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jane in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Indoor living room outdoor dining room

When we first spotted this trio of bud vases by Heath Ceramics, we loved the simplicity and repetition of the shapes...but what really strikes our fancy? The combination of muted earth tones punctuated with a bright, brazen yellow. It's like an exclamation point at the end of this set. Hmmm, this could be a perfect color scheme for our work-in-progress bathroom.....

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Anna Dorfman-Stark, a book cover designer, her husband Evan, and two dogs, Bruno and Fritz, moved from Brooklyn into a 1880s Victorian rowhouse in the Newburgh, NY. The entire home was a fixer-upper, and since buying their house in March 2006 they've been swimming in repairs and renovations and dirt and plaster and paint and bricks. We did a House Tour in February, but since then, Anna's still been hard at work finishing the upstairs bathroom. Anna used window film rather than curtains or blinds for privacy. We love the tub tray that Anna found at Ikea, and check out that floor! Even the door needed work, after much sanding, patching, caulking, priming, painting, and striping of hardware, Anna has a old, solid wood door that would put any hollow-core door to shame. Seriously, this home is so beautiful, it's making us want to leave Brooklyn for Newburgh! Anna's AT House Tour: Anna's Old-and-New Newburgh Victorian and more photos are on her blog, Door Sixteen.

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