Forget the orange plastic pumpkins and the clutter of faux cobwebs. These designs are eerily elegant.
1. Pocket Mirror
A tiny pocket mirror, perfect for costume party touch-ups.
2. Nugget Pumpkin
Sure to give your home a facelift for fall, this rich velvet pumpkin is handmade using gourd stems harvested by farmers.
3. Delft Skull Journal
Gold, glittery, and a little gruesome, designer Douglas Little walks on design's darker side with this creepy, chic notebook. From $15; unicahome.com.
4. Vintage-Inspired Keys
Skeleton keys add instant, eerie character - and make impact all year-round.
Set of 7 keys, $19; potterybarn.com.
5. Metallic Skeleton Hand
These bone-chilling faux fingers would be great holding seating cards or a dish of candy.
$20 each; zgallerie.com.
We fell prey to this creepy cobweb display, which features a real spiderweb under glass.
From $45; abchome.com.
7. "Stuck on You" Hooks
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The Lorence's dwelling in the northern California woods embodies simplicity at its finest. Drawing from their surroundings, the color palette was kept neutral.
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While lack of elbow room in the kitchen may frustrate some cooks, the Lorence's thoroughly enjoy the simplicity of it. "While we've always lived in small houses, this one is the smallest and the best," says Diana.
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"A very small domestic space is conceived for the purpose of what Wordsworth called 'plain living and high thinking' is like a hand held up to the ear or a lens to the eye: It enlarges and amplifies and intensifies everything," says Diana.
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As the mercury rises, it's all too easy to settle for a basic, boring fan. These inventive designs - from vintage-inspired to something straight out of the future - will blow you away.
This retro fan gives off a completely vintage vibe from the design to the bronze finish. It would look great in a room that also hosts your favorite worn-in leather chair. Even the name suggests that it once belonged in a Gatsby-esque era. Buy it here.
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There's nothing girly, frilly, or even traditional about this import from Germany. The Flowerpower fan comes in a variety of bright colors, and now even a sleek solid silver finish. Any color you choose will instantly add funk to a room. Buy it here.
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The biggest (and most expensive) threats to items in storage are thefts, fires, and water damage. Follow these tips from Bob Crozier of Crozier Fine Arts and Crozier Decorative Arts Storage and Transport, and your mind and wallet can rest easy.Read More »from 5 Tips for Saving Money on Storage
1. Crate and Stack Your Belongings
While crates might seem like an unnecessary expense, their initial purchase will save you money in the long run. Crates ensure that your items ship damage-free. The real money-saver? They pack neatly inside your storage unit, so you can stack them to the ceiling, without any wasted space, which means you can spring for a much smaller storage unit. Try wooden crates with solid or open-slat sides.
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Always look for a storage building that doesn't have any other tenants. If the building has a restaurant or garage, you're at greater risk for a fire, which could mean damage and replacement fees for your items. And always make sure to choose
Grown-ups longing for playhouses of their own have started transforming utilitarian garden sheds into delightful hideaways that serve as offices, craft rooms, dining spaces, guesthouses, and even reading retreats. Here are a few of our favorites from the recent designer exhibition at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.Read More »from Unbelievable Garden Sheds You Won't Believe
Inside this whimsical shed by designer Michael Devine is a luxurious miniature office. Decorated with pink accents, an upholstered side chair, and a candelabra on the desk - for working late into the night - elegance has been brought to the outdoors.
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With exterior stripes elongating the shed's frame, and ample windows that let in lots of light, this bedroom design by Pine Cone Hill's Annie Selke is a cozy escape.
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From slipcovers to stripes, these fast and easy makeover ideas refresh any room in a flash.Read More »from 6 Quick Decorating Changes
1. Try Reversible Pillows
Double-sided pillows are a quick and easy change. "You have your summer pattern, then flip them to the other side, to velvet - something richer - for winter," says designer Jesse Carrier. He and his wife, designer Mara Miller, chose them for the sofas in the living room of this 19th-century farmhouse in upstate New York. You can also try doing a combination of both, as they did here.
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2. Sew Handkerchief-Style Curtains
For a relaxed, breezy look, try making curtains similar to the ones that Carrier and Miller created for this dining room. Hang pre-hemmed shawls, tablecloths, or even pillowcases on hooks from one corner of the window. Or recycle old curtains: Simply measure and cut them into squares, adding buttonholes in the corners. "Just take one of the corners off, and it drops," Miller explains.
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1. Add Table Lamps
Put table lamps on your island or dining table to make your kitchen feel like a room, not a laboratory, like designer Robert Stillin did with Visual Comfort's Column lamp in Sheffield silver for House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year with Ina Garten.
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You don't have to invest in brand-new appliances like an industrial stove. Instead, become inspired to cook a new dish, or just have more fun cooking a family favorite, with a fun, functional gadget, like a citrus juicer. We like this one from Cuisipro.com.
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3. Suspend Pots and Pans
Instead of investing in brand-new cabinetry, try working with what you have. You can free up space by suspending your pots and pans from the ceiling. A pot rack adds style, makes
From a bright and bold ceiling to a fabric-covered lampshade, these little changes bring a lot of cheer to your kitchen.
1. Paint the Floor
To add a little energy in this Dallas kitchen, designer Shannon Bower had the floor hand-painted on the diagonal. A vintage tole chandelier from Mexico hangs over the chunky breakfast table.
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2. Curtain Just One Cabinet
To shake things up, try adding a curtain to just one cabinet. "Cabinet after cabinet, door after door gets boring," says Shannon Bower, who added Carleton V's Wallace ticking in Green and Natural to this pair.
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3. Cover a Lampshade with Fabric
For a quick update, cover a lampshade with fabric, like Jonathan Adler did in fashion designer Liz Lange's Westchester home. He chose Alan Campbell's Potalla in Jungle Green for the Trans.Luxe pendant light, and also created cushions for the Norman Cherner counter stools.
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Not since Rosie, the Jetsons' maid, have robots been so helpful around the house - or so cute!Read More »from 8 Cool Robot Vacuums (That Do the Cleaning for You!)
1. Roomba 780
The gold standard in automated vacuums. Has both optical and acoustic sensors to seek out and concentrate cleaning power on the dirtiest areas. Includes a built-in HEPA filter. $600. irobot.com.
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Two cameras, plus ultrasound and infrared technology, help it navigate and thoroughly vacuum without bumping into furniture. The low profile (just over 3/12") can go under cabinets for great edge-to-edge cleaning. It auto-docks and recharges, too. Available late 2011. lg.com.
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3. Scooba 230
This floor scrubber employs a three-stage process to clean and kill germs. It's compact, too (6 1/2" wide), so it can get into hard-to-reach spaces (like behind the toilet). You do have to sweep first, though. $300. irobot.com.
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From striped floors in the living room to open shelves in the kitchen, designers share their best tricks for tiny rooms.Read More »from 10 Big Solutions for Small Spaces
1. Mix Low and Tall Furniture
In any small space, it's important to not feel boxed in. In this Chicago apartment by architectural consultants Richard Bories and James Shearron, a low credenza is a smart substitute for the obligatory tall bookshelf, which would have closed off the space. "It's very effective to keep things low and punctuate with verticals here and there," says Shearron.
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2. Dare to be Dramatic
Small spaces are perfect for bold decorating because they require less time, money, and materials. "In small, modern apartments you have to create dramatic moments that offset the lack of detail - but don't hog the space," says Shearron, who helped chose Benjamin Moore Bright Yellow paint for the apartment's front door. "Bold, graphic gestures like that look cool in small spaces," he explains.
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