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Hi AT:DC,I'm hoping someone out there in the wild and wonderful interweb can help us out with some suggestions for a small round end table. I love the look of this one from Urban Outfitters ... just hate the photo on top! I've hunted around IKEA but the only thing I can find is on casters. Can anyone suggest something similar - a small white round end table to squeeze into the living room? Help! Many thanks - Carolyn in D.C. Carolyn,We love the Vanessa Table from Overstock.com and the size is right for your space. Overstock also has several round tables in different wood colors. Do any of our readers have suggestions for Carolyn?

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Perusing other design blogs, we saw Holly at decor8's post about 2modern. What caught our eye was the pointer to Steelogic products. Sleek, simple, minimalist, functional - oh, and have we mentioned it's green? 85% of all steel used in Steelogic products is produced from scrap.

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Name: Melissa Location: Washington, DC Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: I typically come up with a color scheme based on one particular item that I like, and go from there. For our living room, I found and really liked the Michael Miller fabric that I used to make the curtains and a couple throw pillows, so that's what set the tone for the blue and the green. Because I had already gone a little too crazy with bold colors in all the other rooms of my house, I wanted a neutral(ish) wall color, but one that wasn't white or beige and I really liked this almost mocha color for the walls that I found, which I find neutral yet cozy. I purchased the rug last, by literally searching blue and green rugs on Overstock.com. I was worried that this one had too much yellow-ish in it for the room, but when it arrived I ended up not minding it at all.

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Do you like the soft cradle of Agape's Spoon Tub? Well, G.P Benedini has now designed a new version, called the Spoon XL. This tub is similar in overall length and width to the original Spoon, but its shape is much round-ier. The concave bowl of the tub is supposed to be shaped for maximum comfort. It certainly looks comfortable from this photo above. Like its predecessor, this tub is made of the very dense Exmar, which is made to retain the heat in the tub.

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Despite all the advertising pushing flatscreen TVs as an ecologically friendly alternative to bulky, old-fashioned CRTs, it pays to shop carefully. Because of all this upgrading, we'll use 50% more energy powering our TVs by 2009. A few tips for greener TV shopping, after the jump.... If you're comparing a few different TVs, or need somewhere to start, check out the TVs on the EnergyStar list. They use 30% less electricity than average TVs of the same size. These ratings will be more meaningful in September, when new, more strict requirements kick in. Our sister site unplggd has gone over the energy consumption of plasma TVs and blogged a few low-energy LCD alternatives. Think about what you'll do with your old TV when the new one shows up. Best Buy will recycle it for you-but only if you've bought a new TV there. Re-nest editor Stephanie had success freecycling her old tv.

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If you are looking for a stunning bookshelf solution that is as strong as it is visually light, take a gander at Jason Wade's new bookshelf that he premiered at ICFF. Based in Chicago and fronting his own design company, 45 Degrees Design, Jason has created a Mid-C styling with a more contemporary flair. The shelves are made of walnut and plastic laminate as well as in solid oak. The design scales from two to five shelves and is solely anchored by the weight of your books pushing it against the wall.

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Oh mang! When we were little we never had a TV in our room, let alone a whole kids loft media room! Featured on Design*Sponge, this kid's loft is found in the home of Rosy Levy. She designed the room so that the TV, on a swivel arm, can swing out for easy viewing from the kid's deskor can be watched from the king size futon. 'We set up a king upholstered mattress to lounge, play Xbox and have kids sleep over,' Levy tells Design*Sponge. 'They don't have desks in their bedrooms, which are meant only for sleeping.' Instead, Levy made a little home office for her kids with Eames soft management desk chairs from Corporate Design Choice, along with millwork done locally, leather drawer pulls from York Studio, and a corkboard covered with a raffia material.

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It's time for another Guess the Decade, and this week we are back in the kitchen. Lots of small details to check out and consider in this one - take a good look and then jump below to make your guess.... Check back on Monday - we'll be posting the answer and the photo info then. Speculation and discussion is always welcome in the comments, but for those of you who may know the photo source info...please don't tell! Thanks!

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For those of us in small apartments without such luxury features, this portable fireplace is the ideal way to add some fun and function to any room. As the nights grow colder, we find the idea of some added warmth ever more appealing.... The Travelmate Portable Fireplace by Conmoto is made of black powder-coated steel and glass, and burns a bio-ethanol liquid fuel. The glass panel is held on with magnets and is removable to allow for the fire to be lit. The flames are regulated by opening and closing the stainless steel slide on the front of the fireplace. 'The Travelmate measures 20' h x 28' w x 8' d, and weighs 55 lbs. We love the way the playful suitcase shape highlights the portability of the unit, but a stand to raise the fireplace off the floor is also available. The Travelmate Portable Fireplace is now available in the U.S. for $2700 to $3200, not an inexpensive option to be sure, but certainly less intrusive than installing a true fireplace in your space.

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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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Nominations are up to 15! A reminder that our sleeper sofa competition is beginning next week, and we are collecting nominations until Friday only. Okay, this is a pretty good list so far, can anyone shake it up??? MGR. It's official. We have recieved so many requests for sleeper sofa recommendations that we are going to have a competition. WE NEED TO FIND THE BEST SLEEPER SOFA IN NYC. Nominations will be accepted this week, and the voting will start and finish next week. Requirements All sleeper sofa nominations must consist of a: 1. Deliverable to NYC. SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT! Use the contribute button at right. Please include link to store & photo along with why you think it is the best and whether you consider this sofa: a) low priced $b) mid-range $$c) high end $$$ MGR..