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Whether you have a washer and dryer in your building or if you haul your hamper to a laundromat, laundry can be one of those chores you just don't want to deal with. Clean laundry can be so...delicious. For us, clean sheets for us are one of life's great little luxuries and it makes dealing with laundry worth it. Here are some tips and tricks from the archives that seek to help keep laundry simple, help build habits, inspire and just help git 'er done. DIY scented laundry booster made out of things you probably already have on hand. Vinegar,Tennis Balls and Hydrogen Peroxide are Danny Seo's Green Advice go to's for clean, green laundry: add vinegar to the wash to cut down on soap residue, add tennis balls to the dryer in place of fabric softener sheets and use hydrogen peroxide on loads of white to keep them fresh. In our old apartment, each tenant pitched in to keep the common area clean and organized which went a long way towards actually wanting to go and do laundry. Always leave a basket near your laundry if you're in a shared space. For Inspiration: Stylish Laundry Room Gallery Get inspired by this gallery of clean and organized laundry rooms.

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If you are so lucky as to have an actual pantry, you're already ahead of the game. Of course, the downside to having room is that things accumulate and don't get dealt with. In the spirit of the new year, here are five things to target in your pantry, to pare it down and leave yourself plenty of room for the essentials. Stale or Expired Food: Just because it's a dry good or non-refrigerated item doesn't mean that it won't go bad. Inspect any containers or packaging left open, and toss anything that is no longer fresh. Anything Unappealing: Everyone has random consumable gifts that linger, and that you have no desire to eat. Again, donate to a food bank if you don't see yourself using it at any time in the future. Infested Dry Goods: This is the time to check out your bulk foods and flours for pantry moths and/or other kitchen pests, and throw away anything you suspect might be infested. Random Non-Food Items: Pantry space can quickly become general storage, and is often overrun by cleaning supplies, ladders, and all the detritus that accumulates in our lives. Find another spot to stick this stuff, and make it easier to access what you really need.

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We mentioned the Skate Study House collection early last month, but wanted to share a few more additional recently released pieces from the Colette sponsored collection, all below the jump.... The official website is now up to peruse, and you can order items like the Astro Clock, the comfy looking Jet Set Lounge Chair, and the free standing Nova Lamp directly from Skate Study House. Personally, most of these pieces have too much of a DIY skateshop project appearance to them to justify the prices...all except for the beautiful Skate Wall screen partition which is much more subtle in its nod to its origins.

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The Jaclo Lumiere shower head is all about double duty, combining a 252 jets rain shower head with a LED lighting system decorated in decorative damask, so you can pretend you're showering in the living room. We're not quite sure about the overall impression, but we like bringing in some overhead lighting in an area of the home often lacking proper illumination.... We'd like to one day see something similar, but in a decorative chandelier for a complete decadent effect. Unfortunately in our household, all we can afford is a hand shower and a flashlight strung up with some string.

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You love things that are feminine, but not too girly. Sound familiar? Then this Dorm Style guide is for you. Table lamp, $20.Acrylic side chair, $90.Velvet cushion, $32.Peel n' stick headboard in Twin, $40.Twin Duvet Cover, $89, and sham, $19.Metal side table, $20. MORE AFFORDABLE DORM STYLE:Grey and Yellow for $138Scandinavian Modern for $238Moroccan Inspiration for $403. Images: As linked above. Re-edited from a post originally published 8.16.2011.

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Name: Rebecca Location: Chicago, IL Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I have always wanted a bedroom with a window seat and bookcases. Trees hug my building and my unit is on the third floor.

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We were surprised to see this French country dining set this morning...not your typical Craigslist find and not what we typically get excited about. This set is so bright and light, perhaps the perfect springtime transformation for a dark kitchen. We'd love to see how this set would look with a simple rug, a lighter wall color, and in the right home. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page...(like the first item on our list, a Black Le Corbusier leather chair from Tom.

Open plan living room and kitchen

We've seen Family Rules before, but this one golden rule pretty much covers it all. This adorable print is a collaboration between father and son. Six year old Koen drew all of the elements here and then his dad digitally arranged them.

Classic small living room

Okay, now that we know how to clean it, we want to take a closer look at Kartell's Jolly side table. It's available in crystal clear and transparent colors like gray, yellow, orange, blue, and green. 'The table's a perfect 15.75' cube, made of a single sheet of 'Folded' plastic. Use one as an end table or two or three as a coffee table. Using such transparent furniture in a small space does a lot for continuity. It lets your floor or area rug show right through the tabletop, doesn't break up fields of material, making your place look more spacious. We like these simple little guys for their clarity, playfulness, and versatility.

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Whenever I see a beaded curtain, I am instantly transported back to 1985: It was summer. I recall spending hours stabbing my right thumb with a big plastic pink needle while stringing day-glo acrylic beads. In general, it feels like beaded curtains have already seen its glory days. The folks at Habitat are making a valiant attempt of bringing them back: check out the photo shoot of their latest bedroom decor. They've somehow managed to make beaded curtains look...G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S? The pairing of icy-blue bedding with rows of pearly strands makes this bedroom look like a secret nookie-nest behind a faux waterfall. Realistically, I'm not sure how this look will translate in a boxy bedroom with standard windows. With all the beads and the powder blue, your boudoir could potentially end up looking more like a seedy Leisure Suit Larry motel room rather than a sophisticated 70's-inspired sexy pad. Still want to try it anyway? Start with these; and when you're done, take a photo and send it off to the Romantic Room giveaway!

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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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When convection ovens were first introduced to the home market, they were heralded as the ultimate time saver: 'Perfect roast chicken in a third of the time!' But is convection technology really a shortcut to faster food, all the time? On a recent episode of the NPR radio show Good Food, Evan Kleiman's guest Russ Parsons cautioned us that convection ovens aren't always great for everything. What is convection cooking anyway? A convection oven comes equipped with a fan and exhaust system that actually pulls the hot oven air across the food and then vents it back out. Because the air in a regular oven stays fairly stationary, the environment inside regular ovens actually becomes a bit humid as the food cooks, steaming it instead of roasting it. Most convection ovens for the home allow you to choose whether to cook something on the convection setting or a regular oven setting. The dry heat of convection ovens is the best modern-day equivalent to traditional spit-roasting over open flames! In a convection oven, you'll get that crisp, crackling skin while the interior stays moist and tender. Convection ovens are also good for cooking some kinds of pastries, particularly pies and cookies. When translating a recipe for a regular oven to the convection oven, Parson advises lowering the recommended oven temperature by 25°. We also know from our own experience that the cooking time in a convection oven is about a third that of a normal oven. What's your opinion on convection ovens? Are they worth the hype?