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Kenny Lao is the founder and owner of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. His bright red home kitchen looks suspiciously normal, but look a little closer, and you'll find plenty of rewards. Can you spot a hippopotamus, a taxicab, and an amphibious beast? You can also see plenty of dumpling fixings; we have a tutorial from Kenny on how to make perfect potstickers too.

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Who says picnic tables need to be relegated to parks and camping grounds? Designer and trained pastry chef Nikole Herriott found this long-forgotten picnic table in the back of her parent's orchard. She salvaged it, brought it inside her Toronto home, and says it's the perfect table for long evenings spent eating and drinking with friends.

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Q: I saw this plate rack on a website, and am wondering if you could make a post to get people to ID this rack, or recommend something similar? Editor: This is a great-looking storage piece - I'd love to have one, too! It looks like it originally was designed for commercial use, so a restaurant supply company would be the best place to look for something similar. I imagine this is something that the right restaurant supply source would be able to custom fabricate. Does anyone else have suggestions or advice for Ben?

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I never understood those people that had 'fun' doing math, but if you can relate it to home decor I totally get it. I had so much fun putting together a living room for under $1000 that I decided to do a bedroom as well. Not everyone may see your bedroom, but it's your retreat and shouldn't be forgotten. If you're into the eclectic modern boho look, this room can be all yours for $1,000, with a bit left over to buy yourself some fresh flowers. Like any kind of budget decorating, online classifieds, thrift shops, DIY projects and hand me downs are always a great way to save some money. If you're looking to start fresh or are not the DIY type, here's how you can create this look and stay in your budget. Spend the money on the things that are timeless or not as easy to replace and then accessorize.

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I love coming across new stores that specialize in furniture for small spaces. That Creative Classics also stocks furniture that's made in the USA is an added bonus. From sleeper sofas to storage beds, Creative Classics stocks a wide assortment of smaller scale furniture in both traditional and more modern styles. Owners Scott and Rachel source furniture and accessories made in the United States 'Because it is better made and offers a wide variety of custom choices. Our solid wood bedroom, dining room, office and occasional furniture is handcrafted from solid North American Hardwoods and features traditional furniture building techniques such as dovetail drawer boxes and mortise and tenon joinery. All of our upholstered fabric and leather furniture feature hardwood frames, high density foams and lifetime warranties.' All furniture at Creative Classics is custom made - this may lead to bit longer lead time but it will also give the customer more flexibility in design.

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Q: I am wondering if anyone has any tips on how best to decorate the walls in this room. The room is part of a flat in a friend's lovely Victorian house that's I'm moving into. The ceilings are high and the windows are fairly big. I am finding it a bit of a challenge because the bed has to be pushed into a corner, and the wall next to the window to the right of the bed is fairly dark. I would like to hang a large print somewhere in the room, also but need opinions as to where best to place it without the room appearing overcrowded, as it's not the largest of rooms. The photo taken is the view from the door as you walk into the room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Bluetiger in the comments - thanks!

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All this week we're talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley's recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! The process of drilling through ceramic tile is easy as pie - as long as you use the right tools. The hardest part? Taking the plunge wondering whether you've marked the right spot where you'll soon drill into your pristine new tile. With a pencil, lightly mark out the area in which you want to drill a hole. Make sure you're sure this is exactly the area you want to drill your hole. For good measure, have someone else come in to verify your measurements before you commit to drilling the hole. Attach the special glass and ceramic bit and slowly begin to drill your hole. Have someone spritz the drill bit and tile with water while you are drilling to keep the bit cool. Install a plastic anchor by lightly tapping into the tile with a rubber mallet. Run your screw into the anchor and hang your accessories.

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Hello AT,. Currently I have a West Elm low bedframe with the square cutout headboard and the cube cutout side tables - all in chocolate. I was thinking of completing the bedroom set with the 3 and 4 drawer dresser. I feel like there are too many squares! Will this look bad?

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White living room

AT:LA reader Dean writes us this question: Since we're in the middle of the Color Contest, I thought now would be the best time to enlist AT to help me find the perfect blue paint for my living room! I really want to paint my living room a rich navy. I am totally freaked out at the thought, but I'm taking the advice of everyone who's entered the Color Contest and 'Just going for it'!.... My couch is sort of an avocado green and I've got a large white Expedit shelf, Danish walnut chairs and a walnut credenza as the other key players in the room. I plan on buying a large flokati for the room, too.... I've been thinking about navy for a while, after I saw a living room designed by Philip Gorrivan. I got totally excited when I happened upon an old issue of Domino that featured Nick Olsen's apartment...his walls are the same color as my couch...and his couch is nearly the exact color that I want my walls!! Anyway, my keywords when trying to describe this color are: rich, jewely, Indian, Moroccan, dusty...Any ideas??? Well, Dean, we say: go navy! With your white Expedit shelf, it will pop out and create a breather from all that dark blue. Plus, we are big fans of walnut wood with rich, jewel-toned navy blue-it's classy in a very Audrey Hepburn kind of way.

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Summer may be over in some parts of the country, but out here in So Cali, we're lucky enough to still have nice warm weather holding strong. This weekend is expected to be in the low 80's. Summer crowds should be dying down, so it's a perfect time to get outside and have a leisurely little picnic! Putting together a picnic can be a little bit of work, but this handy folding picnic set from XXD aims to make the planning quite a bit easier! The XXD folding picnic set comes with two plastic plates, corkscrew, container for salt and pepper, and two sets of silverware. You just provide the food contents and you're good to go. Could be a great gift idea too! Get it locally at A+R..

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Italian company Boffi has a history of innovations in the kitchen-and-bath field. In the 1990s, they led the way in minimalist and stainless steel bathroom design. We thought we'd kick off bathroom month with some inspiring photos of Boffi bathrooms that are sleek, simple, and highly covetable. You can tell just by looking at these photos that Boffi prices are in the 'Rock star' category. Their soapstone tubs are top-of-the-line and their stainless steel fixtures are long-lasting and highly functional. The good thing about looking to a trend-setter like Boffi for inspiration is that chain stores like IKEA and Restoration Hardware look here, too. You can find less expensive versions of Boffi's fixtures, and their catalog provides plenty of ideas for ways to combine tile, tubs, sinks, and storage. Boffi products are available through Luminaire in Chicago.

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