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Umbrella-ella-ella...There's long been a superstition that opening an umbrella inside brings bad luck, but we're gonna have to cast that fear aside if it brings a fun decor idea like this one! While perusing some of the entries over at Domino's Decorating Contest, we came across this entry by 'Shannon from Gresham, OR.' She put up a vintage outdoor umbrella and stuck it in the middle of her dining table. Now, personally, we don't think we could sacrifice a real vintage danish modern table by drilling a hole in it, but we love the concept, and you could easily do it to, say, a less expensive table, or one you got at thrift store. We love this idea of bringing the outdoors in and if you've got a a liking for more exotic decor, adding in some candles or string lights above could make your next dinner party all the more intimate and fun.

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Perhaps it's because, in the current economy, people are reluctant to upsize their homes to make room for new children. Or perhaps it's because parents want their kids to have the special closeness that room-sharing can bring. All we know is that we've been spotting a lot more shared rooms featured all over the web these days. The room featured at the top of this post was actually published in Living Etc in January 2006. As this next photo shows, you can't go wrong with bunkbeds, great storage, a lovely wall color, and lots of natural light. We found these next two pics from Domino via Desire to Inspire. What? Doesn't every nursery have room for two cribs, two beds, and a foosball table? If yours does, perhaps this next space by Sixx Designs will stoke your creative furnace. Do you have your own favorite photos of shared rooms? Let us know!

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AT Email: Three Beautiful Dressers - High, Medium & Low $$. February 21, 2008 A dresser that you love is a tough thing to find. Whether it's because it's not the right size, the right style or the right price, dressers tend to be un-fun.

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The first one has an entryway, a small hallway, a nook near the front door or even a sharp turn that separates the front door from the rest of the home. Then there's the problem that the rest of us face. You walk in the door and literally fall smack dab into the living room. In this situation, landing strips tend to migrate into the whole room. Coats and mail and umbrellas and shoes contribute to the general feeling of messiness. In my house the solution's a table and a chair that act as a barrier between the front door and the rest of the living room. The better solution? Create the illusion of a separate entryway using a rug or a table to define the boundaries of the space visually. In our home, a table and a chair acts as a boundary between the entry point and the rest of the living room. A friend uses a rug and a coat rack to define her entryway, another a big comfy chair and a small table, a third has narrow bookcases on either side of her front door to hold the detritus of the day. Whatever your solution, the basics that you need here are: a place to throw a coat or a jacket a place for your mail a place for your keys a place for your bag and other packages. If it's the rule in your home, a place to put your shoes.

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Even though the Polaroid has faded out into the annals of photography history with the advent of digital photography, a lot of us still hold onto the fond memories of shaking, waiting and laughing at what the film technology would reveal after a snapshot. Guess the demise of the beloved low tech photography has brought it back into the popular zeitgeist, with a couple designers bringing out very similar ideas of the Polaroid reimagined as mirrors.... Colin O' Dowd's Polaroid Mirror is 107 x 88mm, comes with a stand, and is available via Design Boom for $29. Then there's the similar, but slightly different Relax Snapshot by Atypyk; this version is flexible, offering a funhouse effect for $12.60.

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When the weather's this lovely, I find myself exceedingly jealous of people who have grills and can cook outside. I'm even more jealous of people who have kitchens like these, with doors and even walls that can be peeled back to create an entire kitchen that's gloriously open to the outdoors. The house pictured above, a lovely remodeled Victorian in Cape Town, has a kitchen that opens up to an internal courtyard. From Planete Deco, a kitchen/dining room combo that flows seamlessly into the outdoors. Although this kitchen from Desire to Inspire doesn't connect to an expansive backyard, the architects have cleverly achieved the same indoor/outdoor effect with a little patio, where folding doors allow the whole kitchen to become an outdoor space. This stunning kitchen from New Zealand Design Blog has walls that completely retract, uniting it with the backyard beyond. You don't need to have a huge kitchen, or a huge outdoor space, to make this idea work, as evidenced by this lovely space from House Beautiful. This kitchen from Location18 offers the option of dining indoors or out. Here's a lovely idea from Houzz: an outdoor bar that connects to the kitchen via a folding window. Finally, a kitchen from My Domaine whose wall of folding doors allows it to become one with the outdoors.

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This article has got us thinking about pink living rooms, and how, when done right, they give off such a pleasingly warm feel. Here are a few we're particularly fond of.... If pink sounds a little scary to you maybe consider a very pale version of the hue. It won't conjure thoughts of Barbie, and you'll still get a nice soft glow and neutral color that's so much more interesting than beige. Va va va voom pink from none other than Betsey Johnson. Combining pink and light green usually results in something too Palm Beach/Lilly Pulitzer for our taste, but we think designer Steven Gambrel got it right here.

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I am a very, very light sleeper and every once in a while I spend a night tossing and turning and swearing to myself that I will smother my husband with a pillow if he moves just One. The next morning, bleary-eyed, I'll complain of my troubles to my well-rested husband and he inevitably says something that has me reaching for that pillow again: 'You know, this could all be solved if we just slept in separate beds.' The very idea of sleeping in separate beds seems to me to be a recipe for the quick unraveling our marriage. On one of my favorite episodes of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, Marshall and Lily decide to give twin beds a try and - much to their surprise - they love it! Until, that is, they hear a friend recount the tail of his divorce and learn that the first step to the eventual downfall of his marriage was sleeping in separate beds. Horrified, Marshall and Lily quickly revert to their old double-bed set-up. I have to admit that whenever my husband and I are forced, through lack of other accommodations, to sleep in twin beds, I sleep like a baby. Still, I can't imagine bringing twin beds into our lives - and not least of all because it would throw off the design of the whole bedroom! Am I overreacting? Do you think sleeping in the same bed, as your partner is an important part of your relationship? Have you had success with separate beds, or even separate bedrooms? Tell us about it!

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We've seen plenty of uses for chalkboard paint from DIY decor to blackboard backsplashes, but how often do we see the same artsy application with Dry Erase? Welcome to the world of 'Cubicleism' art by blogger Bill Taylor. In his North Carolina office, colleagues adorn cubicles with calendars and newspaper clippings. Every day, he spends a few minutes sketching on a whiteboard with his palette of Dry Erase markers, completing a fist-sized section of a painting at a time. His reproductions run the gamut from classic pieces by artists like Picasso and Lichtenstein to comic book covers like Iron Man. It takes Bill an average of six weeks to complete a painting. The work is left up for a couple of days to be admired, and then wiped clean to start all over again. Says Bill, 'People ask me all the time if it's painful to erase them when they are done. Honestly, no, because I'm always excited about starting on the next one.' What do you think? Will Dry Erase - with its modern polish and lack of dust - become the new artsy trend anytime soon?

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With the arrival of my oldest daughter's little sister, I knew they'd eventually be sharing a room so I wanted to give it a facelift. I'm really inspired by white Scandinavian kid's rooms mixed with an eclectic, colorful style. I wanted to incorporate natural textures and animals, because what kid doesn't love animals? The whole room developed from the floral art hanging in the closet- which is actually gift wrap from Rifle Paper Co.! I love that there is a place for everything and accommodates both of my kids needs! All of the large furniture is from IKEA. I especially love the toddler bed that extends to a twin that will grow with my daughter! What a great idea. I love handmade touches in a room, so I like to use several things from Etsy. The feather mobile is from Gigi Love Feathers on Etsy. The fox block printed pillow is from Laura Frisk on Etsy and the green felt shoes are from Bonnie Bluebell's shop also on Etsy.

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Project by: Erica and DanielLocation: Lantana, FL. Dan and I live in a duplex that Dan purchased back in 2010. The house was built in 1971 and nothing had been updated since then. We moved into the house together in 2012 and just started tackling one project at a time. We started with the kitchen, ripping the entire thing out in about an hour. The back-splash is bead board, and the appliances are all from IKEA. We did the entire kitchen ourselves, with some major help from my father-in-law! Since our living room and kitchen are open concept, we decided that it didn't make sense to update the kitchen without next working on the living space. Once the floors were down, we painted the entire house white and flip-flopped our living room layout. Since we live in South Florida, and are lucky to have lots of natural sunlight all time time, we decided to keep things light and bright with some soft accent colors. The house is still a work in progress, but we're really happy with how this project turned out! Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovating project with the Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form.

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The other day, sitting in a friend's backyard, we were intrigued by the variety of flowers. We were even more intrigued by the number of hummingbirds her garden attracted. Sitting quietly, watching them hover, their wings beating at extraordinary speed, we couldn't help but notice that her garden was full of wildlife from pretty butterflies to curious squirrels. Some tips for attracting wildlife to your own garden, after the jump.... Localize: Native plants attract native wildlife. Variety: An eclectic choice of plants and flowers equals more types of animals. Ladybugs, for example, eat aphids, green flies, mealy bugs and other scale insects. Shade: Good for humans, inviting to our animal brethren who don't have air-conditioned homes to retreat to. A water feature is another option to encourage animals, block out noise and encourage a tranquil, inviting atmosphere.

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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!