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With the fall semester looming around the corner, we're pretty sure that Target and Ikea are going to be clogged with students stocking up on dorm essentials. Thankfully, it's becoming easier to be able to personalize a dorm room even on a shoestring budget; take a look at this red, black, and white example from Sk├Âna Hem.... At first glance, it looks chic and stylized-but take another look, and it's almost all Ikea! In this room, it's all about sticking to a color scheme to accomplish this stylish look in a small space. Heading off to college this fall? What are some of your dorm decor essentials?

Living room with glass coffee table

Mismatching in any discipline - from food to fashion - is an art, and not a science. So while I can't exactly give you a formula for getting a mismatched dining room look right, I can give you nearly 20 different examples and tell you why they work so well. Click through to each tour for more photos of each space. All you've got to do is get your figurative paint brush and try it out at home. Why it Works: Consistency; the wood tones and leg shapes are almost perfectly similar.

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Solar energy and windows just seem like a no brainer, but while there have been plenty of concepts we've yet to see real life glass that can collect energy from the sun. One promising new product hopes to make that idea a reality. Engadget reports on Chin Hua, a company that's developing solar windows. They recently showed off their innovation at the Taipei International Optoelectronics Week. According to Engadget, the slightly foggy pane of glass can collect and deliver two watts of energy. It's unclear how long it takes to collect that amount and there aren't very many details, but it's an exciting development nonetheless. From what we've gathered, it sounds very similar to the Peer+ concept from the Dutch, in which, depending on how much light you let in through the window you collect more or less solar energy.

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A few weeks ago, Rebecca shared a simple trick to bringing order to your clothes closet. Organize your closet by type: put all the jackets together, all the button down shirts together, all the good pants together, all the jeans together. Now, organize your closet by colour: From left to right, from white to black, from light to dark or use ROYGBV. Face all your clothes the same way: You've gone through the trouble of getting matching hangers, now face all your clothes the same way. Too many clothes? Try this trick to weed out the ones you don't wear that hang and this one for the ones in drawers. Old Clothes? Take the ones you don't wear anymore to your local thrift shop or upcycle them by giving them a new use or two.

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When we first saw this photo, we really liked the calm gray palette with the orange pillows and chair... and we'd kill for those windows. Here's what we want to know: How many people are daring enough to have a swing in their living room? Are you?

Classic living room with fireplace

Q: My partner and I just moved into a post-war house with some interesting characteristics, including this tiny cupboard in our kitchen. We probably could find an antique ironing board to fit into it, but we feel that it was meant for a much greater purpose. Any suggestions? PS: Spice rack is not a greater purpose than ironing board cupboard. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jonathan in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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So your kids have always wanted their name in lights? Will they settle for just their initial? We love the old-timey quality of these large, metal lights reminiscent of Vaudeville, Broadway, or even the circus. All in a bold, weathered red they'd make quite an impact in a room. They look dim enough to function as an ambient night light, too.

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One of the projects on our to-do list for fall involves cleaning and organizing our pantry. We found some extra motivation when we spotted Anna's renovated pantry at Door Sixteen. Click below for links to this inspiring project.... Anna has amazing style - even the shelves in her pantry look cool. Our favorite part of the project is the Bindweed wallpaper covering the shelves. It's a smart use of pattern, and not too difficult for other DIY-ers to try at home.

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Mismatching in any discipline - from food to fashion - is an art, and not a science. So while I can't exactly give you a formula for getting a mismatched dining room look right, I can give you nearly 20 different examples and tell you why they work so well. Click through to each tour for more photos of each space. All you've got to do is get your figurative paint brush and try it out at home. Why it Works: Consistency; the wood tones and leg shapes are almost perfectly similar.

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Country family kitchen

When we hear the phrase 'Theme room' we automatically think of a child's bedroom. Fun for kids but not transferable for our grown-up apartment. So when we were in the bathroom of our local Echo Park salon and noticed it's simple 'House theme', we thought 'Wow-this is totally feasible for any adult space.' More views after the jump. It's easier to 'Reel it in' because you're less likely to go overboard with decorative theme items. The salon chose two very effective 'House representations': the wallpaper and a pair of photographs. Pulling the look together they use black paint which tends to draw your eye up to the wallpaper as well as to the checkered tile floor. We love this look and think they pulled off a difficult design challenge in going for a theme. For more tips you can check out this short article called How Can I Create a Tasteful Theme Room?

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It's spring, the sun is out, and you're getting the urge to throw an outdoor party. We gathered up this list of outdoor accessories devoted to the art of entertaining outdoors, whether it be for a small BBQ or a larger gathering.... Thermacell Mosquito-Repellent LanternPrice: $31.99It's hard to convince guests to move the party outside if the mosquitos are fierce. Solar Mason jar lighting from EtsyPrice: $32.50Nothing sets the mood for an outdoor party like some romantic hanging lights. These solar powered mason jar lights from Etsy are well-made and durable. String them from your trees and give your outdoor space a touch of the warm and whimsical. Flux ChairPrice: $199.00Seating is also a necessity for any party. Space Lighting Rock LightsPrice: $209.00These waterproof LED outdoor lights are beautiful, glowing orbs of versatility. Acoustic Research Bluetooth SpeakerPrice: $79.99Every good party needs great music. Campfire Outdoor Case for iPadPrice: $59.99Need a place for that tablet to sit while streaming all those great tunes? Try this cushy campfire case for your iPad. Use the sleeping-bag-esque billows to wrap the iPad away from the elements or as a prop for your digital display. 00If you're going to go all out and want to host movie night with a big screen everybody can see, these 'Everything in a box' outdoor projection screen systems simplify putting together a backyard home theater. Pricey for sure, but the package includes everything you need: 9' inflatable movie screen, projector, outdoor speakers, audio mixer, cables, and even your choice of a DVD player or Playstation 3.

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Chairs and fireplace

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Living room woods view

'Q: There is one room that is composed of the kitchen, dining and living room and is only 12 by 20 feet. My issue is that I don't have any'wall' space, only windows, but don't want to cover them with furniture. There is also a door to the den/study at the right, again no wall space there! I really want a dining room and I also don't know what to do with my 42' flat screen TV. Sent by Marie-Claude. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Marie-Claude in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.