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Living room

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Even though I've been trying hard to convince people otherwise, here in Houston at least, granite countertops are still king. Faith, our Kitchn editor, put a lot of thought into her choice of marble countertops for her new kitchen. Ceasarstone countertops in a modern kitchen from Dwell. Engineered stone countertops, like Cesarstone and Silestone, are made of little bits of quartz mixed with a binder and then molded into countertop shapes. Quartz countertops are also a good choice if you're going for a very minimal look, as there are options that are pure white or pure black, with no veining. The downside: engineered stone is one of the more expensive countertop options. Stainless countertops in a European kitchen spotted on Bo Bedre. Concrete countertops have a lovely, raw elegance: you get the movement and natural feel of stone, with the industrial edge of stainless. Find out everything you need to know about concrete countertops here. This is something I've never seen before but find really appealing: a backsplash and countertop made with penny tiles. The curved transition between the backsplash and countertop is a nice detail.

Studio kitchen and living room

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Living room zebra carpet

If you are looking for a large screen movie or TV viewing experience in your home, a projector definitely gives you the best screen size to dollar ratio. A 65 inch LCD runs for approximately $7000 while you can pick up a 1080p projector and screen for about half that price. Those numbers alone give the projector a considerable advantage for our home theater setup. Do be aware that projector setups require a reasonably dark room to provide the best image, not as much of a consideration for LCD TV's. What else should you consider? Assuming you use the projector 8 hours a week you are looking at just under 5 years. Not all projectors can be ceiling mounted and each projector has a distance requirement which may not fit with your layout. Noise level: Having a projector means having a spinning fan to cool the projector while watching a movie.

Sofa with bright fabric

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Family room study and library

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Chair

Feng Shui informs us that good color for a bathroom would either be water colors or wood colors, to match or support the water element. Well, I sometimes get so sick of powder blue I could wretch, so this week let's look at two more colors from my arsenal of dark colors. Spring has sprung, at least in Hell's Kitchen, and this is one of the most interesting colors I've seen in a long time. We went through a process of choosing and eliminating dark colors for the main room of a studio, and wound up choosing one for the bathroom instead. Something about Spring leapt out of the color deck-it's green, brown and black all at the same time, fertile and loamy, and dances quite well with the warm pinky tile. I thought fiddle-head ferns would sprout from the walls if I just gave them enough water. Oddly enough, Spring is the darker of the two, but it actually feels much warmer than Whitall Brown. There's something simple, powdery and Zen about this room, and it definitely feels 'Woodsy,' in line with our Feng Shui dictum. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter.

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Welcome to our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway - all info hereName: Liz Caldwell. Location: Riverside, CA. Sassy sent us her Romantic Bedroom inspiration photo and shared the following Valentine's sentiment and our last post for the week: 'Love the one you are with.' Her bedroom tip is after the jump.... Romantic Bedroom Tip: 'Keep it clean'. I've always personally prescribed to the similar axiom of 'Keep the bedroom clean, but the mind otherwise'.

Rich fabric sofa

A perfect question for Colors Month: Help! After water pouring through my roof for the last month, my landlady has made the repairs and wants to paint my room neutral colours. Does anyone have any good ideas, I'm not sure I want to be another victim of 'Magnolia'? Any ideas would be more than appreciated! I also have dark wood exposed beams and would appreciate any ideas for what to do with them! Thanks in advance, James.

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This photo of a green bedroom from Moroccan guest house Casa Lila grabbed us right away. We love the painted ceiling, the yellow-green sheers, the wall hanging, and the floor cushions at the foot of the bed. Although we don't often see bedrooms decorated in so much green, this one inspired us to search for more examples.... Inspired by Moroccan decor, French company Emery & Cie mixes rich greens in many of their roomsets. This photograph features the Oreiller d'Herbes Bed. This bedroom interior from European retailer Zara Home unites a variety of patterns under one color scheme. Another photo from Emery & Cie with green bedding, walls, and ceramic side tables: the Rustique Bed.

Living room with green chairs

Now this is pretty cool: National Geographic teamed up with artisans across the world to start Novica, an online retail shop that sells beautiful handmade home d├ęcor and gifts that come directly from the artisan. If you're looking for high quality ethnic furniture and accessories, this is the best place we've come across. It's like World Market without the mass production. Featured here is the 'Spanish Elegance' leather ottoman, hand embossed by artisan Jose Antonio Rios. The Tooled Leather Ottoman is available at Novica for $144.95. The craft of embossing leather in the Rios family has been handed down from generation to generation, becoming a part of Peruvian culture and tradition. To this day, all the design and labor is handmade: embossing is done with chisel and hammer before the leather pieces are placed on the wood base. Here we were, complaining about carpal tunnel from typing.....

Classic living room

We'd be able to share show much more about La Fontana Contemporary Bath collection from Artceram. For now, check out the vibrant colors and modern silhouettes.... Via Trendir.

Union jack living room

The combination of Valentines Day and Bedroom Month on AT is too good to let pass by. We have a romance care package of red-hot red-themed IKEA accessories to make your bedroom extra romantic for you and your valentine. AT's Romantic Bedroom Plan Giveaway(or what would you like your bedroom to look like this Thursday night?). From today until Wednesday at Noon ET, we're looking for reader's inspiration, ideas and plans for their bedroom. SEND US your most inspired plans for a romantic bedroom along with any source as well as an inspiring or aspirational picture. SEND IT via the form below.... We'll then let everyone comment away, giving their kudos to the most romantic, funny, inspirational or just plain swoonderful bedroom. Winners must claim their prize on Wednesday, the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.

Living room with fireplace

GO TO REBECCA'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!

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The cart features a garden hose sink that drains into a watering can, two small shelves for storage and a chopping board that forms an extra surface for food prep. This project is not for the faint hearted do-it-yourself-er, but if you'd like to take a crack at it you can download FREE instructions to make the Outdoor Kitchen Cart at Studiomama's online shop.

Black leather chair

We were so excited to open our inbox today and find this little peek into a Nob Hill penthouse from SF-based interior designer Steven Miller. See more photos of the project after the jump.... Steven's objective for this small one-bedroom condo was to edit down the owners' collection of objects and furniture and add a few key pieces and decorative embellishments in order to create a more cohesive space. The result is this little jewel box of a home that showcases the couple's treasures while maintaining a composed, chic look. See more of Steven Miller's work at his website.

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During last month's January Cure, we encouraged you to get a new perspective on your living room by sitting somewhere you don't usually sit. Photographer Menno Aden has taken this to a new level with his strangely surreal shots of rooms as seen from above. Aden calls these 'room portraits', because, as he explained to Slate's David Rosenberg, 'Watching from a higher position on a small space is interesting because I can see someone's 'compressed personality.'' To create the 'portraits', Aden fastens a camera with a wide-angle lens to the ceiling of a room and takes pictures straight down. The results are strangely uncluttered - with the third dimension removed, the objects in a room seem peaceful and deliberate, as if placed on an architect's floor plan. The more I looked the more I found myself drawn in. There's something fascinating, and, I think, oddly comforting about being able to see every object in a room at one time. Seen from above, a bedroom or living room or even a shoe store resolves into a perfect little miniature world. To see more of Menno Aden's room portraits, you can visit his website.