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GO TO KATIE'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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Does anyone know where I can dispose of interior house paint in or around the West Hollywood/West Los Angeles area? Some kind of haz-mat or paint drop-off location? The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County actually has a website that answers this question. They actually have a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, that gives LA county residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals. For Orange County residents, you can call The County of Orange Integrated Waste Management Department's Household Waste Office at834-6752 for locations near you. This website has other useful info for OC residents.

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Contemporary living room

Name: ImmaterialGirlLocation: Pittsburgh, PA. Picture Description: Found on Flickr: not traditionally romantic, but inviting and cozy with a relaxing color palette. A bedroom with a television can't truly be romantic - it's too distracting. A romantic bedroom needn't be frilly, but should be comfortable above all else.

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Do you wish you were more disciplined about limiting the length of your showers? Well, in honor of Earth Day 2009, we decided to show you a couple of eco-oddities that would aid you in your struggle to conserve resources.... Apparently these dynamic shower curtains, which we spotted on Moco Loco, are designed to help you monitor your water use. The Green Warrior Shower Curtains, prototypes designed by Elisabeth Buecher, interact with water and steam to inflate as your shower progresses. If your decadence keeps you in the shower too long, the shower curtain either strangles you or spikes you, depending on the model. That's one way to do it.... Strange, but true? Do you have any techniques to limit the lengths of your showers, short of compressing yourself in a sheath of plastic?

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Name: Anni Location: Saugerties, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: The natural light and the color. We have a few pieces of mid-century furniture so we chose a dark green/blue to really make them stand out. We also have several artists in the family so we are lucky to have a lot of really beautiful original art.

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Living room with large sofa and chairs

We always feel comforted by the fact that this AT:SF reader and friend changes her home more often than we do...Can you guess whose newly redone living room it is? Take a peek below the jump to see if you're right. We think Victoria's loveseat looks like a cozy place to curl up on a cold winter day.

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While hunting one space we admired was this loft and it's amazing floor to ceiling windows. We're worried that it will make the space feel heavy or closed in. We like the mid length because it would still allow light into the space without being on display all the time but we feel like it cuts the height in half, which is what makes both levels feel tied together. Last but not least, we like no curtain because the windows really do make the space. Because there's such a great view to the street level below and all that's going on, we partially feel there's no reason to hide from it. Aside from the IRS building, there really won't be any onlookers, but we would still feel weird walking around without pants. Have you ever had a window that's taller than 20 feet? Leave us a comment below!

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The Long Island home of fashion designer Victoria Swanson Beard is, by all accounts, gorgeous. While the 1865 farmhouse has been completely redone, Swanson Beard still suffers a problem that plagues many-low ceilings. In the dining room, Swanson Beard doesn't shy away from tall items. The sideboard features tall vases with tall flowers, and there are two trees in the corners. Browsing the article, I didn't notice the low ceilings until Swanson Beard mentioned it herself. 'The rooms are large rectangles with low ceilings, and there's not much excitement to them,' she tells Elle Decor. Her solution? 'Wallpaper provided that surprise element. Each room has an identity now; each is very inviting.' In the bedrooms, living room, and even a bit in the breakfast nook above, Swanson Beard layers prints and comfy textures that pile on the cozy. 'We'd joke that it's granny-chic, sloppy and comfortable,' she says.

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We grew up in a 30's era building that had lots of built-ins, including a metal laundry hamper flush with the tiled bathroom wall. So we didn't wrestle with the uninspiring options for standalone hampers - nay, we didn't even really know that there was such a thing as a standalone laundry hamper - until adulthood. We may be slow on the laundry hamper scene, but after years of searching for a decent one, we just came across Bodie and Fou's Birch Bin, and we feel like we've found the Holy Grail. Evocative of a hand-crafted round Shaker box, the Birch Bin has a roll-back lid and a floaty, contemporary look. Elegance has its price: in this case about $270, plus shipping from the UK...but it's the next best thing to built-in.

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Q: Hi guys! You maintain an excellent site and I'm constantly distracted on social media thanks to Apartment Therapy. I'm looking for design ideas for folks living in uninspiring places with low or minimum-requirement ceiling heights? The way I see things, a good design result is fairly easily achievable when there is ceiling height to play off. I'm in my cheap first home from the Australian property market, the weather is hot, the ceilings feel low, and I still had to put ceiling fans in for cooling. Will look for future inspiration in this area but thought I'd ask if here are ever a few golden rules. Editor: What a great question! I bemoan my house's low ceilings, but I know they could be so much worse. Other than recommending low-profile ceiling fans, I'm still figuring things out so I hope all of you have some tips to share with Mandi. Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

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Ooooh, check out these neat reclaimed wood panels - so graphic and pretty! B&N Industries recently teamed up with TerraMai to update their original collection of carved relief panels with reclaimed materials - and the result is stunning. The new collection includes three wood species originating from olive barrel staves, recycled gym bleachers, and reclaimed Teak lumber. Yesterday AT:LA suggested using wood slats on walls to create texture and add style - these panels would work quite well. We can also see the Iconic Panels being used not only to decorate walls, but also divide spaces, or even serve as a bed's headboard. The panels are carved from FSC certified mdf panels, covered with FSC certified reclaimed wood veneer and finished with a low-VOC varnish. Check out all the styles and pricing, including the original collection at the B&N Industries website.

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The folks at Cookie Magazine are showing off the beautiful rooms of Tovalisa and Otto Gothenburg, ages nine and six and the children of designer Elisabeth Dunker Gothenburg. They reside in a spacious old apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden. The dresser is from Elisabeth's mother, the bedspread is vintage, and the bed is from IKEA.... We love this orange and white wallpaper. It's from the Swedish company Sandberg and was designed by artist Charlotta Sandberg. Otto's room also feels bright and airy, and he has plenty of floor space for playing. The colors seem similar to Tovalisa's room, although Otto would prefer black or blue walls with Spiderman posters. We love the clean look of the beautiful wood floors and primarily white walls. It leaves plenty of room for adding color in the furniture and accessories. Thanks for sharing these great pics Cookie Magazine.

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