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  • 8 Pink Valentine's Day Presents

    From tiny thumbtacks to a fluffy powder puff, don't miss these Valentine's Day gift ideas in shades of rose, raspberry, and magenta.

    Elephant Cards

    1. Elephant Cards

    A whimsical way to send sweet nothings - and in recycled cotton paper from excess fabric. Eco-friendly, too. $40 for set of six. John Robshaw Textiles.

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    Tote Bag

    2. Tote Bag

    A cute carryall with a personal touch. $20 with free monogram. Ballard Designs.

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    Candle

    3. Candle

    With a scent of early spring, it's the perfect pick-me-up for cold February days. In Japanese Peony, $34. Red Flower from Garnet Hill.

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    Wrapping PaperWrapping Paper
    4. Wrapping Paper

    Such gorgeous paper, it almost doesn't matter what's inside. $4 Per Sheet. John Derian Co.

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    Washi TapeWashi Tape
    5. Washi Tape


    Add a touch of pink to stationery, inspiration boards, organizing labels, and more. $8.50 for set of

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  • 7 Innovative Products to Streamline Your Workstation

    From space-age soundstick speakers to to a hub that links your Skype, mobile, and landlines, these innovative products will streamline your workstation.


    desk with electronics on it

    1. A Desk That Hides Your Mess

    Hide your mess in the hidden recess. All of your external drives, chargers, routers, and a power strip can be tucked in a compartment under the desktop - cords can be fed through an opening at the back - freeing up precious surface area for your paperwork. Bluelounge StudioDesk, bluelounge.com.

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    2. Storage that's Wireless

    Any cord you can eliminate is one fewer to deal with on your desktop and when you travel. The G-Connect is a wireless storage and streaming device for Apple and Android phones and tablets, as well as laptops and desktops. It holds up to 500 GB of content - think of all those bulky HD movie files - which can be accessed via an iPad app or Web browser. It even acts as a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five users. And at less than 10 ounces,

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  • 5 Tricks an Interior Designer Uses to Save Money

    You'd never know designer Meg Braff was working with a tight budget when she decorated this Palm Beach house for a snappy, 'with it' mom of three. The decorator shares the affordable design ideas she used to stretch her budget.

    living room with starburt mirrorr

    1. Going with an Inexpensive Carpet.
    "The quickest way to blow a budget is on a carpet. Unless you're doing something really special, keep it simple," designer Meg Braff says. She chose affordable sisal for the living room. Starburst mirror from William-Wayne. Sconces from the Brighton Collection. Pouf from West Elm.

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    2. Upgrading Basic Pieces with Trim.
    Braff added a bullion fringe to the sofa to bring in more blue. "You could do the same thing with a sofa off the floor at Crate & Barrel - just add a trim to personalize it," she says. The same idea also elevates plain lampshades or curtains.

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    3. Opting for Balloon Shades.
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  • Amazing Before & After: Horse Stable Turned Kitchen

    Turning a former stable into a real working kitchen, designer Mick De Giulio added modern touches and farmhouse style for an unbelievable renovation.

    The stable before.
    Before: The Stable
    The barn in Lake Forest, Illinois, needed extensive renovations before it could be turned into a kitchen and guesthouse.

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    Before: Inside the Barn
    This old door was turned into a pass-through to an outside eating area.

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    After: The Completed Kitchen
    De Giulio designed the pot rack to resemble a wagon wheel, cut in half. Stools by Ebanista covered in Holly Hunt leather. The floor is reclaimed barn planks.

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    After: The Finished Kitchen
    Designer Mick De Giulio repurposed the three horse stalls by giving each a function: one for storage, with a tall, freestanding pantry; one for cooking, with a Wolf wall oven; and one for cleanup, with a dishwasher, a sink, and cupboards for the dishes. "We just worked with what was there and had funRead More »from Amazing Before & After: Horse Stable Turned Kitchen
  • 11 Things Every Kitchen Should Have

    Updating your kitchen? We asked designer Mick De Giulio - who designed his first kitchen when he was 19 and has 3,000 projects under his belt - to give us a list of what he thinks are the essentials. Kitchen by Mick De Giulio.
    1. Natural Light

    Look for ways to maximize light, from eliminating cabinets next to windows to using transparent or reflective materials like glass and stainless steel.

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    2. Comfort
    I like to incorporate soft seating, a TV, and - when I can - a fireplace, to make the kitchen the coziest place in the house.

    Kitchen by Mick De Giulio.

    3. Visual Texture
    It's the mix of woods, countertop materials, and finishes that creates warmth, personality, and mood.

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    4. Stainless Steel
    The consummate neutral, it looks great with everything and will never go out of style. I love its organic quality - it develops a well-worn patina over time.

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    5. An Island
    If space allows,

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  • The Best Holiday Gifts for Under $25

    A boho jewelry box, a modern alarm clock, charitable mugs and more fun, affordable finds to give this year.

    House BeautifulHouse Beautiful1. Beautiful Candle

    This natural wax candle burns cleanly for 60 hours, leaving behind nothing but the wonderful Woodfire scent. Once the candle is finished, the painted container doubles as a pencil or makeup brush holder.

    Holloway Ceramic candle in Woodfire. $20. Illume.



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    House BeautifulHouse Beautiful2. Charitable Mugs

    These mugs have a hand-painted feel and are generously sized for your morning joe or afternoon tea. A whopping 50 percent of each design benefits a different charitable organization (ASPCA, Teach for America, Boys & Girls Club of America, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, and more) so you can feel good about giving.
    Mugs. $10 each. West Elm.



    3. Personalized Wine
    Who doesn't need a few extra bottles of wine around the holidays? (For last-minute giving, of course.) Millbrook Winery, located in the picturesque Hudson Valley, creates great Read More »from The Best Holiday Gifts for Under $25
  • 5 Cool Gadget Gift Ideas Under $100

    The newest tech gifts for everyone on your list, from a digital coloring book for your young artist to a portable DJ station for your music-obsessed teen.


    House BeautifulHouse Beautiful1. Fisheye, Macro, Wide Angle and Telephoto Phone Lenses

    Even the best camera phones have limited abilities when it comes to snapping digital images. This set of three stick-on lenses provides fisheye (for warping effect), macro (for small details), wide angle (for panoramic nature) and 2x telephoto (for distance) capabilities. Just affix the removable magnetic ring over your camera, and the interchangeable glass lenses snap on and off. Even has a cutout for the flash on your new iPhone 4S.
    Three for $49. photojojo.com.

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    House BeautifulHouse Beautiful2. Griffin Crayola ColorStudio HD


    Kids love to color, paint, draw, and scribble, but the detritus can be a handful. This app, the Crayola ColorStudio HD from Griffin, turns your iPad into a coloring book/sketch pad, complete with Crayola crayons, paints, pencils,Read More »from 5 Cool Gadget Gift Ideas Under $100
  • A Look Inside the Homes of Elizabeth Taylor

    She was known for captivating an audience with her sultry screen persona, violet eyes, and tumultuous relationships, but how did legendary actress Liz Taylor live when the cameras weren't rolling? Here's a glimpse inside the places she called home throughout the years.



    1. Childhood Home in the 1930s
    Heathwood, her Georgian-style childhood house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, boasted 5,082 square-feet including six bedrooms, servant's quarters, and a tennis court. Designed by architect Matthew Dawson in 1926, it was previously home to artist Augustus John. When Elizabeth Taylor's family moved in, John's paintings remained up on the walls.

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    2. Her Family Home in Beverly Hills, 1940s
    Holding her chipmunk, Nibbles, the 13-year-old child star poses in her childhood bedroom. Two riding saddles and tack add Equestrian stye, while sheer, ruffled curtains hang in the windows.
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    3. Dressing Table, 1940s

    In the corner of her

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  • Dazzling Christmas Ornaments to Deck Your Tree

    From a sailor swearer to a stockpot, we've found 15 unique adornments for your tree, window, or mantel.

    ornamentornament1. Double Glass Sphere
    Inside each clear glass globe is a pretty, unexpected pop of color.
    In green, $12. West Elm.


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    ornamentornament2. Silent Night

    A macabre twist on the holiday, this limited-edition silver glass bulb features a noir photograph by artist Barbara Sullivan.
    Four-piece set, $60. Artware Editions


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    ornamentornament3. Silver Wishbone

    Simple and elegant, this ornament is a graceful take on the good-luck tradition.
    $15. VivaTerra.


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    ornamentornament4. Owl
    What a hoot. A hand-painted glass bird seems both whimsical and wise.
    Set of two. $24. Jayson Home.

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    ornamentornament5. Mistletoe Globe

    In glittering gold, this design is an eye-catching addition when hanging on a tree or window.
    $49. Michael Aram.


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    ornamentornament6. Vintage Octagon

    The unusual shape of this

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  • 5 Expert Tips to Wow Holiday Guests at the Door

    Designers, chefs, and entertainers extraordinaire share tips on making guests feel welcome over the holiday season.

    House BeautifulHouse Beautiful1. Light Candles or Spices
    "A good smell in the air is an unconscious cue to everyone that they're expected, that something good is in store for them, that they're going to be taken care of. Sometimes I burn rosemary in the fireplace, or put it in a cast-iron pan, light it on fire, and walk around the house with the pan, letting the smoke and scent go all over the house." -Alice Waters

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