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We relish our old bathroom sink; it's decrepit but it's original to our 1907 home in Jamaica Plain and for that we remain faithful. Granted, it can get a little irksome to not be able to generate warm water. Since there are two separate faucets, you have to choose between hot and cold. So when we stumbled across this old faucet adaptor at a client's apartment in Harvard Square, we were tickled.

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MamaChilanga shares again! This time to grace our front page with some shots of her recent living room makeover. She writes, Thought you'd get a kick out of seeing Mama Chilanga's new sofa, carpet and throw pillows. The color scheme was inspired by the logo for this year's Fall Colors contest ;-). We're kicked!

White living room

Looks like 2008 Olympics mania has even creeped into the home decor market. Designer Jarvier Mariscal has designed a series of bathroom sinks for Roca, our favourite being the swimmers sink shown above. Check a few more images inspired by Olympic events under the jump.... More images available here, including an amusing tennis court basin not shown here.

Living room with japanese inspiration

Textile designer Kathryn M. Ireland recently opened her Ojai home to House Beautiful magazine, and we are deeply in love with the master and guest bedrooms! Since we're on the tail end of bedrooms month, take a lingering look and get inspired by these romantic and bold bedrooms. Her guest room is equally-if not more-bright as the master bedroom. We're loving the layering of patterns between the spring green bedspread and deep pink sunburst pillow with the handmade bolster pillow made from an antique suzani. One thing that we found very interesting about Ireland's latest collection was her thoughtfulness on color choices. While her new fabrics introduce brilliant colors, she intentionally chose hues that would look wonderful mellowed out by time. As she puts it, 'It's how I like it.... Let it get aged. Wash things, hang them on the line, and let the sun do its work. I was appalled when I first moved from England to L.A., and here we are in this sunny climate and everyone has clothes dryers.' Check out more of Kathryn Ireland's home and her interview at House Beautiful-it's an inspiring read for anyone who may be trying to experiment with new colors and patterns at home.

Modern living room

Right now I'm convinced that the perfect thing for that last blank wall would be one of these breathtaking modern mirrors. Cordor Design's Objet Trouvé mirrors incorporate found objects for a whimsical, sculptural effect. I'm a little bit obsessed with this mirror from Bower, first spotted on Design Sponge. It's from their series of Shape Mirrors, which you can see here. They're available from Room68, starting at $975. The hand-distressed antique finish of this mirror makes it not so great for looking at yourself, but perfect for making a big statement. Color-washed circle mirror, $1.098 from Anthropologie. This gorgeous leather and brass mirror is by EK Design. Probably my favorite item on this list is this beautiful, delicate 'Francis' watercolor mirror by Constance Guisset for Petite Friture. The design of this floor mirror has a beautiful simplicity. Metal framed floor mirror in rose gold, $499 from West Elm.

Green chair by large fireplace


Neutral colors living room

If you have a steadier hand and more patience than we do, stencils offer another option - other than vinyl graphics and wallpaper - for your walls. Britain's The Stencil Library is reportedly the world's leading designer and manufacturer of decorative stencils. These aren't necessarily stencils you'd find in a twee British cottage. Yes, The Stencil Library has the type of stencils you might expect - Arts and Crafts designs and proverbs and quotations - but it also has Chinoiserie and modern design selections. There's even a category called Bad Attitude, which includes a footprint, a thumbprint, and barbed wire. We like the Chandelier, shown here - it reminds us of the Glo Canvas we featured last year. There are over 3500 designs to choose from, and they can be shipped worldwide.

Gray living room with dashes of color


Modern open living room


Gray and purple living room

When my ship comes in.... We've used Brownstone Brothers with clients and they were GOOD. They make the nervewrackingness of moving fade away with their calm, precision and expert service. Call them on the phone and someone will pick up after one ring. MUG has recommended them, NY Magazine has named them best mover of the year, and The Franklin Report gives them a top rating along with the tip that 'Many decorators and the carriage trade have been longtime customers of Brownstone Brothers.' While not stuffy, Brownstone Brothers is a long time Upper East Side moving company that recently relocated their offices to the South Bronx. All you need to know is that if you have a big move, a difficult move or a fragile move and you are willing to pay a high amount for high end service, you only need to make one call to arrange for a free estimate.

Casual living room with wall sticker

Dear AT,. I have this terrific vintage paper sculpture that I'd like to hang. The problem is that the perfect place for it - the wall above my dresser - is brick. Ordinarily I'd think about hanging it from the ceiling, but there are fairly bulky moldings, which would prevent the pieces from resting flush against the wall. Compounding the problem further, the art and frame have no hanging mechanism and the backing is actually part of the art. Any advice about how to hang this piece on my brick wall? Thanks! Jason.

Living room fabrics

Chalk it up to Duffy London for coming up with one helluva interactive coffee table. The self explantory Chalk board coffee table is perfect for your resident artist, board game lover or just an easy medium to remind yourself to TIVO your favourite home decor TV show while you're busy reading AT. Or just make your own chalkboard paint and coat your favourite salvaged/flea market find.

Light colors living room


Strong colors living room

These colorful pillows from Canadian design shop Manor 12 call to mind the fresh, citrus hues of summertime. Handprinted on heavyweight organic cotton with a wool backing, we think they're just the thing to perk up a dull sofa. Manor12 is the work of Canadian textile designer Julie Moschenross. In addition to pillows, Julie is also working on a full line of textiles for interiors with a focus on hand-printed wallpaper and hand-embroidered upholstery. Prices for the pillows start at $60 USD and can be purchased through these Canadian retailers, or online at Modern Karibou.

Classic look living room