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There are two words you don't often see paired together, but these leather baby bibs just may change that. Made of washable leather, these reversable bibs have a unique magnetic clasp that adjusts to fit 6-36 month old babies, and won't pull baby's hair the way that velcro closures can. In a clever bit of design, those same magnets stick these bibs to your fridge until your next mealtime - we may never lose another bib again! They are a little pricey, at $32, but there are lots of patterns to choose from, and given the durability of leather, one or two of these might just replace a pile of cheaper cotton bibs.

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We're awestruck by the modern and minimal renovation of an iconic mid-century Rummer home in Portland, Oregon. Those of us who want to capture runoff and have an attractive yard will be thrilled by Stephanie's discovery of a well-designed alternative to the typical ugly and space-wasting rain barrel. We also ask you to join us in welcoming three new bloggers-Trent, Rachel, and Amber-to the Re-nest team. Our theme this month is escapes: Rachel's got a post on finding green destinations; Trent suggests bicycle touring; and Amber's got more than a few good ideas for escaping the heat of summer if you can't get out of town. Stephanie finds the rainwater hog a narrow, more attractive alternative to the typical rainbarrel: a perfect for tight urban lots. Trent's got links to bike tour companies and resources to plan your own zero-carbon getaway. Amber, who is blogging from Texas, suggests Agua Fresca for cool refreshment... and has a few more ideas for enjoying summer when it's just too hot to spend time outside. Rachel suggests using the Green Maps System to find green destinations near and far.

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The contractor we consulted told us, in a sense, that the house was built around the tub and that we would literally have to take our house apart to move it. Since we are stuck with this tub, what colors can we use along with this tub to help update it? I have a picture of the 1950's ad of our exact tub. Editor: That is a big, blue tub! As a renter of a smurf-blue bathroom, I'd like to recommend a sunny yellow-orange color to brighten the room and act complementary to the blue.

Large office with big windows

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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Living room with rustic walls

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Chair

Got your interior designer hat on? Because it's time for another round of Fill in the Design !. What rug would YOU choose for this bedroom? Would you add a punch of color? Keep in low key and muted? Just for fun we photoshopped out what the designer actually chose, so you can pick your favorite floor covering, and vote for your selection after the jump.

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We tend to take more showers than baths and love relaxing in the hot jets of spraying water. That being said, there are ways of making your shower even more relaxing, with incredible shower heads. The heads provide illumination via changing lights, that are right out of a color-therapy session. The manufacturer says that this will transform your shower into a multi-sensory experience. We think that these heads are interesting, though we tend to prefer multiple shower jets to massage our bodies rather than color therapy sessions. Most mornings, we barely realize that we are actually in the shower. Still, the rain shower heads are becoming really popular and most manufacturers make a head like this. The source for these new types of shower heads is IR Rubinetterie. For now, they haven't announced prices, but they will give you an alternative when considering something fancy for your shower. Some of the models really look amazing, more like fixtures than actual shower heads. Plus, they are larger than usual rain shower heads, giving a more rain-like experience.

Yellow chair and blue wallpaper

Once hidden in garages and pantries, pegboard is ready for prime time. The tall, colorful pegboards behind these beds as seen on The Land of Nod give such height to the room and let each child customize the look with his prized possessions. In a similar vein, Our Fifth House used pegboard as a headboard in her son's room. This large pegboard, painted the same color as the wall, blends in seamlessly and creates tons of storage and decor possibilities. In the nursery, the most common use of pegboard is near the changing station where parents need easy access to diapering supplies. The back wall is lined with pegboard and holds hats, stuffed animals and anything they need down the line. Naptime Notebook put galvanized steel pegboard on her son's closet wall to create a LEGO minifigure gallery. This project from This Is Our Bliss is a perfect example of using pegboard for both function and decor. In Phia and Anthony's Shared Space on Apartment Therapy, pegboard is attached to the back of an Expedit bookcase to become both a room divider and a place to hang toys.

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Q: I am moving into a very small studio in the beginning of January and wanted some ideas on how to place a full bed, dresser and small seating in a cozy space. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Glowmouse in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

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Couch and huge floor lamp

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We've been battling back and forth with installing recessed lights in our home. On one hand, it would certainly update the look, but on the other hand we're having a hard time letting go of the cozier look and feel of lamps. Before any blood was shed, our budget made the decision for us: at roughly $100 a pop, it would cost us a pretty penny to put recessed lights throughout our home. We've been skimming through catalogues, Craigslist, and eBay to find some lamps, but there's a lot of choices out there: floor lamp, task lamp, torch lamp, reading lamp, table lamp, etc etc. 'When designing a lighting plan for a living room or family room, you need to consider the variety of activities that occur there. You'll want to include general lighting for entertaining and watching television, task lighting for reading or sewing, and accent lighting for artwork, plants, and interesting architectural features. Dimming controls are ideal for the living room because they allow you to design the lighting to suit each mood and activity.'

Classic living room with fireplace

The rail supports multiple cabinets, and once it's level and fixed to the wall, there's no need to individually align and level each cabinet. We were able to hang each cabinet in a matter of minutes, but because we had to modify several cabinets, it took most of the week to get all of the wall cabinets in place. In order to fit the cabinet around the pipe, we had to remove an entire rear corner of the cabinet. The cabinet looked a little unstable with a missing corner, but once we got it in place and attached it to the wall and the adjacent cabinet, it ended up being pretty sturdy. The blind upper corner cabinet, made by attaching a panel to a 30-inch cabinet. IKEA offers a diagonal corner cabinet, but I prefer the more streamlined, right-angle look of the blind corner cabinet. IKEA doesn't make a blind corner upper cabinet, so we attached a side panel to a 30-inch cabinet to convert it to a blind corner. The only upper cabinet that we haven't installed yet is the nine-inch cabinet to the left of the range hood. Since IKEA doesn't make a nine-inch cabinet, we'll need to cut a 12-inch cabinet down to nine inches.