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Living room

Black chair foot stool and fireplace

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Living room

Q: Hi everyone! We just bought our first house, and we're really excited to do some minor renovations. Bathrooms are not in the budget just yet. These two bathrooms have the original 1967 tile, and while we don't mind the tile too much, the colors are a little challenging to work with - a sort of salmon/brown in one and a drab olive in the other. Any ideas for paint colors or other minor updates that would liven up these rooms? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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Purple is a color that shows confidence, as it was once the color worn by Roman Emperors and continues to be the color most associated with royalty. The color purple is used to attract attention - here are some bold and beautiful pieces that will become the focus of any room simply for their hue. Arc en Ciel folding table in lilac, EMU. 6.

Wall with art pieces

Check out a closeup view of the cool message board and dining area, created by designer Janine Carendi a friend was able to snap in person. You could list one heckuva long grocery list on that wall-sized side chalkboard and pin up a week's worth of notes onto that message board. Best of all, the whole table and bench setup tucks into a compact form when not in use. Peep the setup in its compact form below the jump.... We'd imagine ourselves using this as a remote/secondary home office during the day and a dining spot in the evening. Check out more ideas from Janine at her site Area Interior Design.

Fireplace

Every once in a while we see something pink that knocks our socks off. Today it's this Union Jack Pillow that Victoria has on her white chair. The simple graphics and bright colors really make a strong statement, especially on such a blank canvas.

Living room yellow sofa

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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Scandinavian Details is the first stop on our tourof the furniture and design stores in Hayes Valley. Many shop owners along Hayes Street in popular Hayes Valley will tell you how difficult it is to open a store there, and even how much more difficult it is to keep the doors open. It must mean something that Scandinavian Details was opened in 2004 by Kristina Runske and is still doing fantastic. Her eclectic yet modern taste can be seen throughout the many gorgeous and practical products she has in her store. The store's limited furnishings are mostly black, white, and neutral, which set a great stage for the accessories and tabletop items that are typically brightly colored, clear glass, or stainless steel. They were on sale! The small one was $28 and the large was $48. Be sure to visit Scandinavian Details online store if you're not in SF. It's packed with plenty of great products, all of which are for sale.

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One thing we've always needed in our own bathroom is natural light. We know that it's considered a luxury in a city like San Francisco... but we just can't give it up. We also know that living in such cramped quarters sometimes means you sacrifice privacy with a bathroom window. A curtain, some Emma Jeffs adhesives... those are all great solutions. We fell in love when we saw this photo of a recently built San Francisco dwelling. It provides you with wonderful and beautiful natural light, but without the hassle of needing privacy.

Tall lamp and dishes on the wall

Last week I got to visit Dr. Brent Ridge at home, because I'm helping him work through the 8 Step Cure for a radio show on Martha Stewart Radio. HE is a fascinating character, and his whole story was well written up by the NYTimes just over a month ago, but what I want to focus on his new cork floors that I photographed.... Cork is a great, 'Green' flooring solution. Cut from trees that renew themselves between each harvest, it's durable, moisture resistant, and provides thermal and acoustic insulation. It is also hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and insect resistant. When installed as a 'Floating floor' it also requires no toxic glues or adhesives AND it's easy to install. I have been a little resistant to cork floors in the past because of their dark color and mottled surface. They remind me too much of the macrame 70's and feel their busy texture adds visual clutter. These white tiles are really bright and airy, and they feel really good under your feet. I would totally recommend looking into these if you wanted to do a white floor anywhere in your home.

Living room bird wall stickers

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Another thing we love is our new George Taylor shower head. Large, flat, adjustable and with metal tips that don't corrode, it allows our hot water to flow down like rain, whether it is on high or low. There are a number of shower heads like this, so you needn't get this exact one, but we're happy with this one. We found out today that the price went up ALOT from $140 to $320 and we don't know why, so you might want to shop around. This exact one can also be found through SignoftheCrab.com as the P646c, where it is originally manufactured. Many sites list the 8' version, but the 12' version is still available. These sites also sell Strom Plumbing Shower Heads online.

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Q: What are some ways to add more wall space when there isn't enough? There is a partition wall in my living room that isn't long enough for my furniture. I've tried numerous combinations, and the furniture either extends beyond the wall or seems to just float with no anchor to anything. I'm open to rearranging, adding or taking away furniture. Maybe I could make better use of the wall where the hallway door is? Add floor to ceiling bookcases at the end of tje partition wall? The entire living room/dining room is begging for suggestions. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Brenda in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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We learned on vacation why the inflatable Baby Spa Bath by Go Home could be useful. At the time he'd never been in a full-sized tub and wasn't willing at the hotel. The Baby Spa Bath would have been a great way to keep him comfortable while remaining portable for travel. The Baby Spa Bath has four suction cups on the underside for added stability and the bottom of the tub has ribbed sections so baby won't slip.

Purple couch

Re-nest reader Kristin is looking to replace this chandelier in her entry. She wants it to be green, and able to use CFLs. Our first idea was paper lanterns. Other readers have suggested grouping pendants, or choosing a well-made fixture from Rejuvenation. We're also making progress on our quest for lightweight, portable containers for packed lunches. We've got a great DIY on how to reduce odor from your cat's litter box. Don't miss the latest two installments of our inspiring Green People series, which profile architect Eric Corey Freed and consultant Aaron Winer. Does mixing these two litters result in the perfect blend? Green consultant Aaron Winer tells about helping others to go green. We thought these well-designed recycled plastic food containers would be the perfect portable complement to our vintage Pyrex. Re-nest readers tell us to watch out.... Green architect Eric Corey Freed not only has an amazing scarf, but also an agenda that includes attacking government subsidies to the oil and coal industries.

Chair and reading lamp

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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.