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    Not everyone is storing wine in a fancy cellar. Whether you're a wine collector or simply enjoy sipping a glass or two with friends, we have smart storage solutions for every budget.

    We may not all have the funds or space for a built-in cellar. However, there's something elegant and sophisticated about displaying a wine collection. Here, we've gathered a few creative, unique and budget-friendly options for storing your wine at home.

    storing wineBottle Project via ReadyMade Magazine. Mailing tubes are sturdy enough to hold heavy wine bottles and can be ordered in bulk via Photo: Aya Brackett via ReadyMade

    If running out to purchase a wine cooler or an expensive rack isn't your thing, you're not alone! Many fellow wine lovers have gotten pretty creative when it comes to storing their bottles. One of the quirkiest ideas we've found is this Mailing Tube Wine Rack project from ReadyMade magazine.

    The tubes were cut to fit the space and carefully layered under a shelf to ensure maximum support. While it may not be the most attractive options, we give the genius behind this idea props for making use of such a mundane material.

    storing wineStainless Steel Rod Wine Rack via ApartmentTherapy. Spacing the rods just right provides the balance necessary to keep this couple's bottles of vino from shattering on the floor. Photo: courtesy of Framework Design

    Over at Apartment Therapy we found another creative use of an interesting material, this time it was stainless steel rods. Lauren and Eric Wendlandt of Framework Design through-bolted the rods onto a walnut wood wall, spacing each so that the wine bottles would be properly supported.

    A more practical approach could be this clever vertical wine rack, also spotted on Apartment Therapy. The DIY couple attached Vurm bottle holders from IKEA to three pieces of stained plywood, which rest on the floor and are anchored to the wall by another piece of plywood at the top and a shelf at the bottom. So clever!

    storing wineWine Bar Treasure Trunk. Photo: Courtesy of NapaStyle

    If putting your bottles on display isn't important to you, try a few unexpected places to store them instead. Of course, we find this Wine Bar Treasure Trunk fascinating with its built in dividers, but really, you could use any storage piece. How about making room in the hinged ottoman in your living room, that built-in drawer underneath your bed or maybe it's time to repurpose your child's old toy box.

    Of course, if DIY isn't your thing, there are tons of storage options out there. If space and your budget are limited, opt for a cool yet compact table top option. At $24.95, Crate & Barrel's Countertop 5 Bottle Wine Rack is a great option for apartment dwellers. It's sleek and compact and since it's made from aluminum, it won't ever tarnish.

    storing wineGear-Style Wall-Mount Wine Holder via Photo: QVC.

    Sometimes when space is tight, it's best to look up! This wall-mounted gear-style wine holder from QVC is a quirky solution for corralling bottles. Made of hardwood, handpainted and distressed, this conversation-piece holds six of your favorite vinos.

    If you have a bit more space and a few extra dollars, do like they do in the French countryside and store your wine in the rustic Riddler Wine Rack from Z Gallerie. Designed like the ones used by French champagne-makers, the rack allows bottles to rest on their side, an ideal way to preserve wine -- it keeps the wine in contact with the cork, preventing air from spoiling it.

    Looking for other great storage ideas? Read up on these clever solutions:
    Storage Under the Stairs: 3 DIY Solutions
    Making the Most of a Corner
    On The Hunt: Sustainable Storage for Recyclables

    Here's a video on how to design a wine cellar.


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    What's new in tile design? Expect intricate carvings, metallics and lots of customization.

    There are few materials that can cause a stir in the hearts of design enthusiasts like tile can. Tile and all of its beautiful intricacies ranks right up there with a good fabric, lush carpeting and solid wood. And the recent introduction of new styles, sizes and details has inspired exciting new trends. Here's a rundown of what's hot in tile design.

    It's All About White
    "Today, everything is white," says Nancy Epstein, Founder and CEO of Artistic Tile. "We've noticed our customers asking for all types of shades and variations of white," from classic bright white to muted grey. Epstein says that this is part of a larger, overall trend of customization in the luxury market. "Customers want to customize, they want what they want and they want it their way, and if it's a particular shade of white they seek, it's up to us to make it happen."

    2011 design trendsWhite is trending when it comes to tiles, as are unique, global-inspired designs shown here in this chic bathroom. Tiles shown are Frameworks in Linen. Photo: Artistic Tile

    Interior designer John Loecke has also been seeing lots of white, however he's also been noticing boldly colored ethnic-inspired designs emerging from companies such as Ann Saks. Expect tiles that look like they walked right out of the fashion tents at Bryant Park!

    "I'm seeing ikats, arabesques and suzani-inspired patterns in bright colors," he says. "Anything blue or purple, from soft pastels to deep, moody hues. People are looking for ways to make their homes more personal. These special patterns and shapes can do just that by allowing them to reference a bit of history or an area of the world they love."

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    Sustainable Solutions
    "Of course, the biggest trend in every industry right now is focused on sustainability and eco-friendly products," says Epstein. "Due to both their endurance and classic aesthetic, tile and stone can last longer than anything else in your home."

    Loecke is also seeing a large eco-presence when it comes to tiles. "I'm seeing lots of faux wood looks, especially from manufacturers in Italy," says Loecke. "Even though these tiles come from Europe, they're porcelain, so they're extremely sturdy and very affordable." What's even cooler is that many of these tiles are designed to be laid in a random plank fashion, just like real wood, making it very hard to tell that that they aren't the real thing!

    All About Dimensions
    Intricately carved tiles that take their cue from art are also gaining popularity. "Bold, sculptured patterns offer a dramatic, beautiful wall," says Epstein. "Now that we can offer customers dimensional tiles, they love it!"

    2011 design trends Carved tiles from the Ambra collection, shown here in Lake Blue in a bathroom , make the perfect addition to achieving a serene feeling in any bathroom. Photo: Artistic Tile

    A great example of this technique is the Artistic Tile's Ziva Lotus line (shown below), which is all carved in India. "We were in a hotel in Tunisia and the panel behind us was beautifully 3-D. That was the whole start of our quest for dimensional wall tiles and carved stones."

    2011 design trendsShown here is Lotus Gris from the Ziva collection. The sculpted squares offer homeowners gorgeous three-dimensional tiles that resemble artwork. Photo: Artistic Tile

    Major Metallic
    "My favorite new looks are copper and rose gold; they are especially beautiful when infused into glass tile," says Epstein. Additionally, rather than only using metallics as accents, the company is also stocking metallic field tiles, which account for a huge percentage of tile installations. Why? Field tiles can be made of any material and are basic, single-color tiles that are unadorned, meaning they have no patterns or other adornments.

    2011 design trendsDaltile's Clik Tiles are made of genuine porcelain and are a snap to install. Photo: Daltile

    Do It Yourself
    As budgets seem to be perpetually smaller, so many homeowners continue to embrace do-it-yourself options. Of note is the Cliks line of DIY tiles from Daltile, available at Home Depot. These porcelain tiles are manufactured here in the U.S. and don't require any additional grout for installation. Instead, the tiles click together quickly and easily using the company's patented Uniclic system.

    Gorgeous Glass
    "I'm really enjoying working with glass tiles right now," says Loecke. "Whether they are made from recycled glass or not, glass tiles are a great way to add a little sparkle to a space. We just finished covering the face of a client's fireplace in large 24-inch square mirrored tiles and they reflect light beautifully, adding a soft glow and shimmer."

    Now that you've read up on the latest tile trends, time to explore some other trends for 2011!
    Wallpaper Trends 2011: New, Fresh and Fun Designs
    ShelterPop Predicts 2011 Pattern of the Year: Honeycomb
    Trend Spotting: 2011's Hot Color Combos


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    These cool mobiles will surely catch your -- and your baby's -- eye.

    Thankfully, the mobile you pick to complete your nursery doesn't have to be made of plastic, flash strobe lights and make rainforest sounds. Nursery style has come a long way, and now there are handmade, unique mobiles that speak to the cool decorating style many of us seek throughout our homes.

    In fact, these five mobiles are so styling, they'd even add a touch a whimsy outside the nursery (I want that cloud mobile for my kitchen!).

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    Photograph: Etsy, The Butter Flying

    1. Raindrops Keep Falling: This raincloud mobile has puffy, fluffy felt clouds and colorful felt rain drops suspended from a branch. While this particular version has sold, Etsy seller The Butter Flying has many other wonderful ones to choose from.

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    Photo: Etsy, Petit Collage, Etsy, Petit Flaneur

    Bamboo (and Sweet!) Dreams
    For the eco-minded, this laser-cut bird trio mobile (left) is made of bamboo; $46. The Petit Flaneur Etsy shop creates laser-cut wool felt mobiles that have a sense of humor. You can hang your fave sweets above your sweetie with this dessert theme mobile (right); $46.

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    Butterflies Fluttering
    Proof that this Pottery Barn paper butterfly mobile is chic for a nursery or a grown-up space, check out how Oh Joy! used this paper mobile in her bedroom; $38.

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    Photograph: Flensted

    For the Boys
    With so many girly designs out there, it's nice to see this simple floating fish mobile from Flensted, made of pine. Check out how designer Lena Corwin displayed this mobile in her baby boy's nursery.

    For more great nursery ideas, don't miss:
    A Guest Room that Doubles as a Nursery
    Project Nursery: Kids Room Decorating Ideas

    Kendra Wilkinson's Baby Nursery: Take a Look!


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    Wondering what color to paint a small space? Or if you should paint your ceilings? Check out the great painting tips in these videos.

    You know a fresh coat of paint is a popular way to update a room. But you might still have questions about how to paint a small space and how exactly to pick a color. (Those fan decks of color samples can get pretty intimidating). Luckily, these painting tips make it a little easier.

    True or False: White walls make a small space feel bigger. This clip has your answer. (Hint: Pick a color, any color!)

    Another subject of debate: the ceiling. To paint or not to paint? It all depends on the room and the style you are going for.

    Now that we've straightened out these two myths, here are some painting tips for choosing color. The advice here will help you choose the right shade without repeat trips to the paint store.

    Check out: Decorating a blank wall from scratch!


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    Former Playboy playmate Izabella St. James gives us a tour of the decor at the Playboy Mansion -- the aging carpets, the dated furniture and the drapery that hasn't been replaced in years. Here's what she'd change (and which designers she thinks can handle the job).

    If you're like me, the closest you've been to the Playboy Mansion is a Saturday afternoon marathon of "The Girls Next Door" -- or reading an article about the recently-discovered evidence that the mansion might house bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease.

    And then Izabella St. James came along. The former Playmate and girlfriend of Hugh Hefner gave the world a glimpse inside the legendary estate, and even blew the whistle on its cleanliness, in her memoir "Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion."

    izabella st. jamesSt. James and Hugh Hefner. Photo: Izabella St. James

    "Everything in the Mansion felt old and stale," she wrote. "And Archie the house dog would regularly relieve himself on the hallway curtains, adding a powerful whiff of urine to the general scent of decay." Ouch!

    St. James agreed to take us on a virtual tour of the house -- no bunny ears required -- for a closer look at the mansion's interior decor, which she says is from another era. Which era? Well, choosing can just one can get tricky.

    izabella st. jamesThe Great Hall by day. Photo: Paul Harris / Pacific Coast News

    Entering the home, the Medieval-esque oak door opens onto the Great Hall, a thoroughfare to the mansion's six bedrooms, four offices and common living areas. Decked out in marble and wood paneling, the space has a huge brass chandelier and three Gothic-style balconies overhead. The double staircase is anchored by a pair of wood-carved, English Regency monkeys, which originally served as a stash spot for guests' calling cards. "[They] were a visitor favorite," St. James says. "No one missed an opportunity to have a photo taken with the monkey, and hopefully Hef."

    izabella st. jamesIzabella's pugs play in her sunny yellow bedroom. Photo: Izabella St. James

    Life in "Bedroom 6"
    During her two-year stay at the mansion, St. James occupied "Bedroom 6," the last room down the L-shaped hallway on the second floor of the house. St. James' picked the 12' x 14' room since it was far from the action of the house. "It was the furthest away from the Great Hall, where all the social action began each night," she explains, "and furthest away from Hef's room." Since her room was situated next to the offices, it was less private during the day, but it provided her some privacy and rare quiet time in the evenings. "In a house constantly filled with people, be it staff or guests, it was nice to have even a glimpse of time to yourself," she says.

    Bedroom 6's private bathroom (the other two bedrooms of that size share one) was another reason St. James chose it, though it was far from luxurious. The blue-tiled bath had a simple square pedestal sink, mirror, toilet, basic bathtub and vinyl or synthetic flooring. "It was surprisingly standard, or even below standard, for a mansion," she says.

    St. James describes Bedroom 6 in the same lackluster way. "When I moved in, the walls were pink -- Hef's favorite color for girls' bedrooms -- and it had a yellow-cream color queen-size bed with a somewhat fancy (Baroque-ish) headboard, an antique wood dresser of a completely different time period, an Indonesian teak tall book shelf and two mismatched wood nightstands. There wasn't much to speak of in terms of décor," she says.

    Channeling both her inner designer and her rebellious side, St. James ditched the pink and had the room painted in a bright yellow hue instead. "I think Hef would have preferred me to have a more girly-pink room," she says.

    "The Mansion Needs Updating -- Badly"
    The playmates are not at liberty to change the furniture in their rooms, mainly due to logistics, says St. James. (Hef doesn't want to pay for it, and then there are complications when they move out and want to take the furniture with them.) So the playmates did as much decorating as they could with accessories.

    St. James hung paintings by Dali and Caravaggio on the walls and displayed her travel collectibles, like decorative clogs from Holland and hand-made knickknacks she picked up at Las Ramblas in Barcelona. "He appreciated some of the wood-carved sculptures I had," she says (some of which happen to be nude). On the bed she put on a set of Pottery Barn sheets she describes as "girly with a high thread count and cheerful pattern."

    If St. James could change the decor throughout the mansion, she'd "start with changing all the thus far unchanged carpets." Mostly brown or mustard in color, "they're screaming 70s," she says.

    The kitchen, though hardly the kind of hub it is in most homes, has gotten a bit of an upgrade since The Girls Next Door started taping, St. James says, but the rest of the house could use some work.

    She'd add hardwood floors in all of the bedrooms and marble in common areas. She'd want to put down area rugs to help define certain spaces and add warmth and comfort to others. And all of the bathrooms would get an overhaul, combining modern functionality with luxury materials -- think stone finishes and beautiful vanities, and less of the "synthetic, simplistic styles" she says make up the current bathrooms.

    Who she'd get to do it? "Miss September 1994 herself, Kelly Wearstler," whose fanciful designs, use of color and Playmate sensibility, she says, can do the house some good.

    Her second pick? "The aptly named Bunny Williams."

    While all six acres of the mansion warrant a visit -- including its two main floors, basement and attic, the detached game room and guest house, aviary, zoo and the famed grotto -- St. James says there are three rooms in particular that you can't miss.

    izabella st. jamesMovie night in Hef's room. Photo: Izabella St. James

    Hef's Haven
    The first, Hugh Hefner's bedroom, isn't only where the legend of the Playboy mansion lies, it's a showcase of intricate woodwork and the site of St. James' now infamous criticism of the mansion's décor. "In my book "Bunny Tales" I mentioned that when I lived at the Playboy mansion, Holly Madison shared Hef's bedroom and her two dogs used to leave little surprises all over the carpet," she says.

    That isn't to say the space is dirty. (There's an army of staffers on site to make sure that isn't the case. And no, girlfriends are not expected to lift a finger, much less a broom.) But what it did need, St. James says, was a deep cleaning and some serious replacements for the things that had grown old and stale. "It just seemed that things rarely got replaced in the mansion. The carpets, the drapery, a lot of things just remained the same; a lot of brown carpeting, worn down velvet upholstery, etc."

    The room, including Hef's rectangular bed, which requires custom-made sheets since it's larger than a regular king, is "filled to the brim with personal mementos, gifts and other items he has collected over the years," St. James says. Stuffed animals, usually given to Hef by ex and current girlfriends, photos, magazines, and one memorable item in particular -- "a carved Indonesian kama sutra statue, which Holly one day gave me while trying to rid the room of some of the clutter" -- fill every crevice.

    Office Space
    The second must see: Hef's official office downstairs, which he more often refers to as the Library, St. James says. "It's mostly used for interviews, and it is where Hef prepares movie notes every week."

    Movie night at the mansion is a long-standing tradition -- first dinner, then an old classic on Fridays and Saturdays, and a new release on Sundays. Before viewing the films (which are not X-rated) Hef uses the notes he's prepared to introduce them, including background stories and other interesting facts.

    The office, a cozy room filled with Playboy memorabilia, really gives you the sense of Playboy's history and Hef's accomplishments, St. James says. "It's also peppered with family mementos, such as photos and the eye-catching bust of Barbi Benton."

    izabella st. jamesThe mansion's Round Room, left, and Red Room, right, give new meaning to the term play room. Photos: Paul Harris / Pacific Coast News

    Playmates at Play
    The last stop on St. James' tour is the separate, small-sized building on the Mansion grounds, known as the Game House. "[This space] truly epitomizes the infamy and myth associated with the Playboy Mansion. It represents the heyday of the sexually-free '70's," St. James says. The décor here has a somewhat cottage-y feel, in her opinion, but "manly cottage."

    The space lives up to its name as far as the main room in concerned, housing pin ball machines, a pool table and other arcade-style games, but beyond that -- that's where it gets interesting.

    The "Round Room" -- a room that is literally round in shape -- is mirrored top to bottom, ceiling included, and features a fully padded floor, sort of like a built-in mattress. "The room is clearly designed with one thing in mind," St. James says. And the Game House's other rooms are no exception. Known as the "Blue Room" and the "Red Room," aptly named because each one is completely decked in its respective color, the rooms are mirrored copies of one another. Located adjacent to each other, the only way to get to one of the bedrooms is through the other.

    As the rooms are slightly larger than the size of a bed, furnishings are minimal -- a bed, a phone and mirrors.

    Who knows if Hef might ever bring in a designer to revamp the place, Extreme Home Makeover-meets-Girls Next Door style. For now, we'll settle for living vicariously through the photo tour -- this way, we didn't have to touch anything.

    For more great ShelterPop stories, don't miss:
    Celebrity Kitchens (And Tips You Can Steal From Them)
    Cheap Chic Ideas From Christina Aguilera's House
    Charlie Sheen's House


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    A new -- and slightly bizarre -- way to totally change the look of your tablesetting: Artist Alice Mara's clever, photo-real plates and coasters..

    Check out this great story from our friends at If It's Hip, It's Here!


    The next time you find yourself eating over the kitchen sink, the stove, dishwasher or washing machine, you may find that you're actually dining on one of Alice Mara's digitally printed ceramic plates.

    Alice MaraPhoto: If It's Hip, It's Here

    She takes computer enhanced photographs of the urban landscape and objects and digitally prints them upon slip cast porcelain, ceramics and earthenware. The results are wonderful, witty and unique.

    She also imprints coasters with the photos (below).

    Alice MaraPhoto: If It's Hip, It's Here

    What a perfect way to turn a plain table into a real conversation starter.

    Read the full story here.

    For more great ShelterPop stories, don't miss these stories on what's trending:
    Kitchen Trends 2011
    Bath Trends 2011
    Trend Spotting: 2011's Hot Color Combos


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    The line between city chic and country style blurs as Country Living magazine refreshes the idea of what "country" means today.

    Last week, Country Living hosted a party to toast the magazine's first annual "What's Country Now" issue. The event was held in Manhattan at the Hearst Tower, but it celebrated neighboring borough Brooklyn for its "country credentials".

    country living whats country nowThe March issue of Country Living, a massive Peter Pan donut and bluegrass band Astrograss at the Country Living party.

    We know: Brooklyn isn't exactly "the country." But the clever editors at the magazine honed in on the charming, innovative businesses in the city that embody the new country ethos -- a devotion to the homemade that's equal parts comfort and luxury (Four & Twenty Blackbirds' salty honey pie, anyone?).

    The March issue alongside one of the best-dressed country homes in the issue. Photos: Courtesy of Country Living.

    It also reminded us that it doesn't take rooster-print curtains and a full white-and-wood color scheme to make a home country. It's clear from the March issue cover: Yes, there's toile and a skirted chair, but they're both paired with contrasting patterns and sleeker lines, decidedly city-style touches that freshen up the room. And in the room on the right, you'll see that spindle-leg coffee table get a dose of modern flair with the dark wash (and yes, hip gallery wall).

    country living whats country nowHuffington Post Food Editor Colin Sterling, Styleite editor Verena von Pfetten, Huffington Post Style Editor (and new ShelterPop Editorial Director) Anya Strzemien join Country Living's Natalie Warady and Kell on Earth's Kelly Cutrone.

    More proof that the country trend is not as far from the city as thought -- New York City party goers like Thom Filica from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Kelly Cutrone of Kell on Earth (fresh from her own country house) spent the evening enjoying the live bluegrass music from Astrograss and enjoying country-style treats, like mini chicken biscuits from Pies 'n Thighs and egg creams from Brooklyn Farmacy.

    Need more proof that country is here to stay (no matter where in this country you live)? Pick up Country Living's April issue on newsstands now -- or check back on our sister site DIY Life tomorrow for a sneak peek.


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    The top thirteen "American Idol" contestants are bunking at this massive Los Angeles mansion. Check out the great room -- It's bigger than some people's homes.

    Last week, "American Idol" contestants moved into a titanic, 15,000-square-foot Tuscan-style mansion where they'll live together until each one is voted off the show. Tucked behind tall walls and electronically-controlled gates, the estate sits high on a private promontory above Beverly Hills on fabled Mulholland Drive.

    american-idol-contestants-houseRodeo Realty

    Inside, monolithic wrought iron and glass doors swing open to a gargantuan great room; it measures a staggering 45-feet wide and 60-feet long with a soaring 28-foot high coffered ceiling. Here, there are two extra-glammy, mirror-lined staircases and a second floor gallery that wraps around and looks down on the hangar-sized room. There is more than enough elbow room in here for the contestants to turn cartwheels, toss a football or stage an impromptu concert. (Contestant James Durbin announced last night that he and a few other finalists had formed a band.)

    The palatial space includes a carved stone fireplace, travertine floors and a two-story wall of windows. A 15-foot projection screens drops out of the ceiling at the touch of a button.

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    Hopefully, the hardworking and exhausted contestants have a private chef to whip up nutritious meals and late night snacks in the professional-grade catering kitchen. However, in the event that they have to cook up their own dinners. the bright and airy kitchen is just off the great room and offers every convenience and high-grade appliance that money can buy.

    american-idol-contestants-housePrudential California Realty

    Although the colossal crib contains 9 bedrooms and 7 full and 2 half bathrooms -- plus staff quarters -- the Idol hopefuls sleep only in one of the two mammoth master suites that occupy the entire second floor. The men sleep summer camp style in twin beds in one suite, the women in the other. Each master suite is larger than the average-sized American home and includes a panoramic view, fireplace, sitting area, spacious spa-style bathroom and walk-in closet. Full-service kitchenettes in each of the master suites saves the contestants the long trip down to the kitchen for a midnight snack.

    A vast second floor terrace has dramatic unobstructed views and there is plenty of room to roam on the two plus acres of lavishly landscaped grounds, including a waterfall and koi pond. A 2,000-square-foot, two-story guesthouse adjacent to the swimming pool and spa has been re-worked for the contestants into an entertainment pavilion with a pool table fashioned from a vintage Ford Mustang.

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    The impressive property has been on and off the market since the spring of 2008 when it was listed with an asking price of $19.5 million. Almost three years later, the deluxe digs are now listed with a much lower but still spine tingling asking price of $12 million.

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    As it turns out, "American Idol" is not the first reality television show to make use of the house: In 2010 the property was used for VH1's "The Ultimate Catch" and was most recently seen on Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing."

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    For more great ShelterPop stories, don't miss:
    Vidal Sassoon's House
    Bristol Palin's Arizona home
    Celebrity Bedrooms Have Us Drooling
    Cheap Chic Ideas From Gwyneth's House


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    In our column, "What Blooms This Month," garden writer Marie Viljoen tells us what will be blooming in our gardens every month of the year. With March comes unpredictable weather and enough spring blooms to fill a bouquet.

    The teeth of winter still have a firm grip on the days' temperatures but change is apparent everywhere in March. Green shoots are breaking the earth's cold surface and flowers are beginning to open in one of the richest floral months of the year.

    march-flowersCamellia japonica. Photo: Marie Viljoen

    Some of the most beautiful and surprising flowers to open this month are spring-blooming camellias. Unlike their cousins that bloom in fall, Camellia japonica cultivars belong to the new year where their luscious blooms make vivid splashes of color against their dark leaves.

    Growing hardily from USDA Zones 7-9 (with some wiggle room in very protected sites in Zone 6), camellias like to bloom in slightly acidic soil in partial or dappled shade. They should be planted near the protection of shrubs or a wall that shelters them from the prevailing cold wind, or their flowers and foliage will become frost-bitten and brown. Top dress them every year with shredded bark or compost, and fertilize in spring, making sure that they do not dry out when in bud. Camellias grow well in containers as they are slow growing. The cut flowers last a couple of weeks in water and lend elegance and beauty to any room that they grace.

    march-flowersCornelian cherries in Central Park. Photo: Marie Viljoen

    Not a cherry at all, as its common name 'Cornelian Cherry' suggests, Cornus mas belongs to the dogwood family. Its brilliant yellow flowers open in bright umbels from small knots of buds in very early spring, often while snow is still on the ground. The explosion of yellow is a certain sign that spring is on its way, though the small trees are generally in bloom weeks ahead of anything else. Like other dogwoods, the Cornelian cherry will grow well in partial shade but tolerates full sun, too. Not particularly fussy, it is hardy from USDA Zones 5-8 and will reward you in late summer by producing juicy, tart red fruit that makes excellent jelly!

    march-flowersMagnolia stellata in Manhattan's East Village. Photo: Marie Viljoen

    While the luxuriant prima donnas of the magnolia world reach their peak in April in this part of the world, the star magnolia, Magnolia stellata, upstages them by opening earlier, emitting a subtle fragrance and giving us a taste of blooms to come. The slender petals festoon the compact trees and brighten up shady corners of the early spring garden. Before they open, the buds resemble softly-furred and silver pussy willow. While most magnolias prefer well drained, slightly acidic soil, star magnolia is adaptable and will tolerate alkaline and moist soils. They are hardy from USDA Zones 5-9.

    march-flowersViburnum x bodnantense "Dawn". Photo: Marie Viljoen

    While the better known Viburnum tomentosum "Mohawk" will start to bloom later in March, accompanied by its well known scent, the more unusual and tongue-twisting Viburnum x bodnantense "Dawn" is a plant that stops passersby in their tracks. Known as a winter bloomer, its rose-tinted, tubular flowers appear while winter's grip still paralyses most plants. As the buds open and the air warms, its fruity scent increases, inviting a closer look. Viburnum x bodnantense "Dawn" will grow well in sun and partial shade, but it should be protected from wind in the lower parts of its USDA range of Zones 5b-9.

    Of course the list of flowering trees and shrubs for March does not end there, but we have to stop somewhere. You may also like bright, flowering quince, highly perfumed Daphne odora, sweetly scented Mahonia...

    What is your favorite flowering tree or shrub for March? Tell us why, and where you live.

    For more gardening ideas, don't miss:
    February Flowers
    Spring Gardening: Get Your Garden Ready
    Winter Gardening Myths: Busted!

    Here's a video about cleaning up your spring garden.



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  • 03/20/11--04:31: How to Stage a Bedroom
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    When selling your home, your personal space needs to look not-so-personal... but still comfortable. Here's how to achieve the balance in the master bedroom, kids' rooms and guest room.

    Decorating a bedroom is one thing (and we've got plenty to say about it). But when it comes to home staging, these personal rooms come with some extra rules to follow. Check out these videos for some ideas on making these rooms attractive to potential buyers.

    First, the room should be gender neutral, so choose colors like this pale green. And don't forget to fluff those pillows!

    Kids' bedrooms tend to be the biggest bedroom challenge because they have toys and stuffed animals piled up. This video gets a little extreme -- they remove everything -- but you get the drift. You need a clean room and kid-friendly bedding, like below:

    For a small space like a guest bedroom, move out any stuff you have stored in there. Clutter will not help you sell. You want the room set-up to look as large as possible. The key is simplicity and a few accent like a book or glasses on the nightstand. Check it out in this video:

    Looking for more bedroom advice? Here's how to decorate a grown-up bedroom, get a sexy bedroom and decorate with...spam?

    And if you're looking for more home staging tips and techniques, check out AOL Real Estate's coverage on:
    Home Staging Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid
    Home Staging Tips for Every Season
    Home Staging on a Dime


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    After a long day of shopping -- err, working -- see where these celebs rest their heads. And how you can have a bedroom just as stylish.

    Lavish headboards, tons of pillows -- not only do these celebrities have it all in the spotlight, they keep it pretty plush at home, too. They're surely not leaving luxury at the door, but we do appreciate the varied decor picks they bring to their rooms.

    Lucky for us, we can steal some of these ideas for our own bedrooms. Below, we pick out the easy-to-emulate elements for your very own celebrity bedroom makeover.

    celebrity bedrooms cherGetty Images Europe; Tim St. Porter / Architectural Digest

    Oh Cher, of course she'd have a diva-worthy bedroom. With designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the icon added Moroccan flair to her bedroom for a clean, yet luxurious look. The statement headboard, from the early 18th century, sets the tone for the rest of the decor and adds a note of history and depth to the space.

    Steal This Celebrity Bedroom Idea: Bring in a new look with an old element, like Cher's vintage headboard. Search flea markets and antique shops for a piece that really strikes you. Maybe it doesn't have mother-of-pearl and bone inlay, but that's okay! As long as the headboard fits your style, it'll be easy to let the rest of the accessories follow suit.

    celebrity bedrooms gerard butlerGetty Images; Durston Saylor / Architectural Digest

    Want to know how to make your bed feel like a private getaway? Well just take a look at Gerard Butler's bedroom for an idea. He has a warm, cozy space that you just want to curl up in (with him, preferably), thanks to the rich tones of the drapery and bedding.

    Steal This Celebrity Bedroom Idea: The drapery takes up a bit of room, which we know is not always available in some spaces. The next best thing to cozy-up a bedroom? Pillows. And lots of them. Mix and match, have fun with different prints, fabrics and shapes. The key to making this look cozy/sexy and not frumpy? Make sure the pillows don't match the bed perfectly -- we love how the blue pillows keep things from looking too matchy-matchy.

    celebrity bedrooms bruce willisGetty Images; Elad Properties

    When Bruce Willis opens his eyes, he's met with this lovely view. A wall of windows makes up a quarter of his bedroom, letting in a ton of natural light that illuminates the space.

    Steal This Celebrity Bedroom Idea: Even if you don't have this many windows in your bedroom, you can maximize the effect of natural light. First step: If your bed isn't already lined up so you see sunlight when you wake up...move it! Then, consider your window treatment options before throwing up just any old thing. A sheer curtain -- like a gauze or linen -- will filter the light just enough to let in the morning glow. Or if you're feeling brave (and don't have nosy neighbors), skip the window coverings all together.

    celebrity bedrooms betsey johnsonWire Image; Prudential California Realty, Ixtapa-Zihua Division

    Maybe your style is more whimsical? Then take note of Betsey Johnson's bedroom in the Mexican Riviera. While the decor is fitting for the lavish beach locale that this is, you can still have a room that is just as fun.

    Steal This Celebrity Bedroom Idea: Color! Don't be afraid to introduce strong, vivid walls into your bedroom, like hot pink or lime green. (Just make sure you like the color first. Sample it first, before going all out.) This might seem like a bold stroke, but trust us: By defining your bedroom with a color that's totally unique to the rest of your home, you make it your own cheery, personal getaway.

    celebrity bedrooms jane fondaGetty Images; Nathan Martin

    Jane Fonda's bedroom is chic and peaceful in this neutral palette. While her calming space has an extravagant bed frame, the muted shades keep it from being overwhelming. And the most luxurious thing in here is one of the most subtle: A cozy, feet-friendly shag rug.

    Steal This Celebrity Bedroom Idea: Add a rug to your bedroom for extra comfort -- yes, even if the space is already carpeted. It's not redundant, those layers add warmth to the space and make the decor more dynamic. Use a color similar to your carpet -- like Fonda did here -- so the rug offers texture with little distraction.

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    Now, we know this next one isn't exactly this celebrity's bedroom, but we couldn't help but include it. Kate Pierson of the B52's designed a motel after years of staying in places that weren't her style. So we think it's safe to say this bedroom showcases her taste.

    Steal This Celebrity Bedroom Idea: Yes, we love the color. And yes, we love the bedding. But the tip we want to leave you with from this bedroom has to do with that wood wall. Older homes -- especially converted lofts -- often have elements some might want to cover up. Our advice is to embrace unique features, like exposed wood, brick or beams. These features can add a ton of personality to an otherwise bland room -- or a touch of subtlety to a dynamic one.

    Want more celeb tips for your home? Check out these celebrity kitchens!


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    Tiger Woods' ex-wife buys a $12.2 million new house in North Palm Beach. Her plans: Knock it down.

    As previously reported, Elin Nordegren just bought a 17,178-square-foot beachfront property in North Palm Beach, near her ex-husband's new estate in Jupiter, Florida. The house -- a mansion, really -- boasts eight bedrooms in two stories. Break down the $12.2 million price tag and it comes out to just over $1.5 million per room.

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    But Nordegren obviously isn't concerned about the cash -- yes, she did get a $110 million settlement from the divorce, but she's also made it clear that she's not done spending. She's changing the entire house from top to bottom, keeping only two things: The high-tech security system and yes, the jaw-dropping, jealousy-inducing views of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Why the big change?

    We get the thrill of a fixer-upper. It's fun to come into a new house and put your own spin on things so that it's a fully-formed reflection of you. But we have to say this, Elin: Have you not considered bringing in new furniture and accessories? A simple paint job or some fun wallpaper? Must you really flaunt your millions of dollars on not only an amazing house but an Extreme Makeover-style renovation? And come on: When the outside of your house is the beachfront, who cares about what's on the inside?

    Yes, we're envious. But that doesn't mean we're above helping. Elin -- if you're looking for some extra opinions on the remodel, don't be shy. You can reach us on Facebook.


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    We're obsessed with StyleList's "Look of the Day." We're obsessed with decor. So why not put them together in a shoppable, fashion-fueled room?

    This weekend's pick: Thandie Newton.

    Her bright, spring-y Louis Vuitton shift dress had us dreaming of a tropical-chic room. Of course, Newton keeps the look fresh and sophisticated by adding black strappy sandals and a dramatic updo.

    Now: How to get the look at home....

    Because Newton's look gets us ready for warm weather, we're designing an outdoor room around it. To start, we found the attention-grabbing pink Rho dining chairs from John Kelly Furniture ($575 each, 2Modern). The powder coated aluminum frame is just as shiny as Newton's shift dress.

    Next, we added a fun rug that mimics the wild floral pattern of the dress ($68 for 5x7, Urban Outfitters) and a "strappy" black table ($299, Ballard Designs) that reminds us of those sexy sandals -- yes, we know tables are rarely sexy but we think this one gets it right. We topped off the table with these Fern Euro wine glasses ($80 for set of 4, New Arcadia Studio) for some bling like Newton's clutch.

    And the finishing touch? NotNeutral's structured black metal lantern ($45 for 14" high, 2Modern) that calls to mind Newton's towering updo.

    Want more fashion-inspired decor?
    Decor-Inspired Fashion

    Anthropologie's Spring Dresses Inspire Stylish Decor
    Lucky Home Magazine: Sniffing Out a Sneak Peek


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  • 03/20/11--04:31: Bed and Breakfast
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    Hey early riser, take Sunday morning easy by indulging in these yummy picks.

    What would you rather start your Sunday with? Anthropologie's Dynamic Ikat bedding ($248 for Queen duvet cover) with its mix of stripes, ikat and sunset-esque colors or the Banana Walnut Pancakes from KitchenDaily?

    On one hand, the ikat bedding is 300-thread count, which makes it pretty luxurious. On the other, those pancakes are basically a maple syrup delivery device. Which is kind of the definition of luxury.

    What do you think? Tell us on Facebook!

    And check in next Sunday to see a guest-curated bed & breakfast!

    Check in next Sunday


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    High gloss paint may be a little harder to handle than your average paint, but don't let that stop you from adding some serious sheen to your walls.

    Here's a way to add drama to your home's ho-hum walls: Rather than adding wallpaper or artwork, try coating a wall in high-gloss paint.

    high gloss paintA perfect high gloss moment. Photo: Benjamin Moore

    But first, know that high gloss paint is more challenging to paint with, due to its high-sheen qualities that tend to show every little flaw in the surface. Carl Minchew, Director of Color Technology and Product Development at Benjamin Moore, says that amateur painters can encounter some unexpected problems when painting with a high gloss paint. "Gloss paints are known for showing every little imperfection because the gloss accentuates every curve or dent in the wall's surface," Minchew says.

    It's because of this possibility that surfaces coated in a gloss finish must be prepared much more carefully than your average wall. "High-gloss paints aren't especially hard to apply, but the surface preparation is critical, so it's best to leave that up to the professionals," he adds.

    If you're up for the challenge, designer Paul Sherrill of interior design firm Solis Betancourt & Sherrill insists that high gloss paint can make an impact in a variety of applications. "High-gloss paint can look very elegant and traditional, but it can also be fun and whimsical if you use a brightly colored hue on furniture or cabinetry," he says. "It's a great way to add a casual flair to create a less formal atmosphere."

    Case in point: We're loving the shimmery gray walls in the dining room of designer Steven Gambrel's Greenwich Village townhouse, featured in Elle Decor. It adds just the right touch of glamour.

    Photo: Elle Decor

    High gloss paint is also an easy way to add drama and dimension to your home. "On a large, flat wall, glossy paint may not look very shiny because there's no curve or profile to catch the light," Minchew says. But on a curved wall or stairway, the space will become instantly enhanced by its high-shine finish. The paint also looks great on low ceilings, adding reflection and a sense of height to a space that could otherwise feel closed in, says Sherrill.

    Color can also boost the impact of a glossy paint job. Any color can look good in a high gloss finish given the right atmosphere, but remember that darker colors will appear even glossier than lighter ones. "Think about it: a shiny black car will always look a lot glossier than a shiny white car, even if the paint job is exactly the same," Minchew says. Sherrill adds: "We love to take an undertone of a room and use it to punctuate an accessory with that unexpected color. Using a high gloss finish just pushes that concept one step further."

    And if instant drama is not enough to sell you, consider he maintenance benefits. Gloss finishes are known for being easy to clean and resistant to staining, so they're a good choice for high traffic areas. They're also tough enough to resist scruffs and abrasions, Minchew explains. "Gloss finishes will tend to show smudges and finger prints easily, but they'll clean off with the wipe of a sponge," he says.

    For more great ShelterPop stories, don't miss:
    Paint Color Trends to Move On From
    2011's Hot Color Combos

    Here's a video about how to paint your home -- minus the mess.


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    Our writer speaks to three homeowners who say shopping for your home online is worth the hassle to get quality pieces, better prices and a great story to tell your friends.

    Call it eBay chic, if you will, but savvy shoppers are going online for home shopping and furnishing entire rooms in their homes with steals found on the online auction web site. And discounts sometimes run as high as 50% compared with antiques stores and even more for used furnishings.

    Alicia Cohen, owner of all-natural cookie manufacturer Kate's Cookie Jar, wanted to refurnish her Manhattan home after a divorce. She had a tight budget, but she planned to redo her dining room, living room and provide accent pieces for her children's bedrooms. She had limited experience using online auction sites like eBay, but her teenage son had bought and sold sports and computer items on the web site. So Cohen, figuring she had nothing to lose, gave her old furniture away, and with the help of a friend, she began shopping for her home online -- starting with eBay.

    shop home onlineAlicia Cohen

    Almost immediately she found three French Louis XIV couture-style Bergere chairs from a Philadelphia antiques dealer. The chairs required reupholstering, but that was fine with Cohen since she preferred to choose her own fabric. She purchased the cloth in Manhattan, shipped it to a Philadelphia upholstery service, and within a month she picked up the chairs to use in her living room. Cohen estimated that each chair, complete with shipping and upholstery, was about one third of what she would have spent in a Manhattan antiques store.

    Next, she purchased dining room chairs from a homeowner in Oklahoma. The seller shipped them by Greyhound bus and Cohen and her son picked them up at the Port Authority Terminal in midtown Manhattan. They carried the chairs through the station, and when they got outside, in spite of curious looks from passersby, they plopped the chairs down on 42nd Street and waited in comfort to flag down a cab (see photo of her kids above).

    The next time Cohen logged into eBay, a former interior director's private collection was up for sale. Cohen loved his Italian cocktail table and, because he was moving, she was able to pick up the piece at less than 50% of local antiques store prices. She also bought paintings, mirrors, lamps and pillows -- all on eBay. "It's more fun than retail shopping," says Cohen. "I got to know the background and history of where each piece had come from and where it had been. In addition, there was a connection with the seller that you don't get an in an antiques or furniture store."

    shop home onlinePhoto: Lynn Blumenfeld

    Shelley Clark, a communications and public relations consultant for Platform Communications, is also an eBay convertee. She shopped for many of the accessories for her Upper East side Manhattan home through eBay, including a Victorian chair, a chic mirror, an area rug, an antique corner wall clock, a set of vintage china and glassware, a cast iron dutch oven and new stainless steel flatware. Clark says she saved well over 50% over antique store prices and even more compared to what these items would cost new at retail.

    But cost is not the only advantage. Clark likes that her accessories are unique and don't "feel like everything else" she would find at a retail store.

    When Lynn Blumenfeld (shown above, right), a partner at boutique advertising marketing and design firm blumenfeld + fleming, moved to a larger Long Island home, she and her husband needed more furniture to fill empty spaces. They sourced most through eBay, including some items you might not expect to find on the online auction site.

    Their first score were Eames chairs (shown above). When they found them, the chairs had ugly turquoise pleather and linoleum coverings that her business partner said "belonged in the dump." After reupholstering, "they looked great and had more charm than the furniture I see in all the other houses around here that all looks the same -- either Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware."

    shop home onlineLighting fixture from the midwest (left) and Chandelier from Paris (right). Photo: Lynn Blumenfeld

    In addition, the Blumenfelds moved to a traditional shingled beach cottage, and Lynn didn't want her house to have that new feel. When she chose lighting fixtures, she checked out eBay too. The result? Used chandeliers from Paris, antique sconces and lighting fixtures from the Midwest for next to nothing. "I saved a bundle," she says.

    shop home onlineAntique sconce. Photo: Lynn Blumenfeld

    The only problem was that most were so old that the wiring was shot. And since her small town had just one local electrician, it took a little longer than she would have liked to get all the lighting fixtures rewired. "I overheard the electrician, in his thick Long Island accent saying, 'Can't you just buy somethin' noahmal from a regulah stowa?'"

    So what did she learn? "Carefully check shipping costs and returns policies," she says. "It's also smart to check and see if sellers have other items you want. Most sellers will combine shipping for multiple items, greatly saving on transportation costs." Her final recommendation? "Read the customer feedback to see that the seller is reputable and is willing to resolve issues if any arise."

    Cohen admits she learned from a few mistakes. She found the better quality pieces when purchasing from a dealer, store or decorator, but prices were less expensive when working with an individual. Also, professional dealers, stores and designers had more knowledge about shipping, knew how to protect pieces during shipping, and were more likely to know the history of the item. "Always call or email the seller to ask more questions," she advises. "Measure your room dimensions instead of just using visual gut feel and ask for additional pictures from different angles before you commit."

    So would Cohen do it again? "If I ever moved or got a summer house, I'd do it through eBay. It was a great experience. I love every piece in my home. Everything has a story, and that makes me appreciate it that much more."

    For more great ShelterPop stories, don't miss:
    Top 5 Flea Markets in the Country
    Best Flea Markets in the World
    Antique New Furniture

    Here's how to download the eBay app to monitor deals all day long.


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    Form follows function in designer Joe Doucet's bright and modern New York apartment.

    Industrial designer Joe Doucet spends his days re-imagining everyday objects. So you might be surprised to see that when it comes to the Greenwich Village apartment he shares with his wife and son, less is more.

    Doucet says he's not trying to make statements with his home, instead he wants a calm, livable space with few distractions.

    "We want a space that works for us, not a space we work for," says Doucet. "A six-year-old son and the countless lightsaber battles which come with him will teach you that living in a museum is no fun at all. If it can be broken and cause you misery, lock it away somewhere."

    Doucet is a huge bibliophile. "A home without books has no soul," he says, adding that aside from family, books are the one thing he couldn't live without. In the living room, Doucet color-coded the books on his floating shelves to make them look more organized.

    Doucet in his living room. Photo: Joe Doucet

    The lamp and white chair in the living room are two of Doucet's designs, though he says he prefers not to live with too much of his work. "I tend to obsess over every detail and my life is more sane without being constantly immersed in my work," he says, although he will test out prototypes at home.

    A narrow hallway becomes a gallery wall. Photo: Joe Doucet

    In the narrowest part of the apartment, this black wall adds some interest. It's filled with the family's collection of black-and-white photos and art. Doucet finds that adding interest opens up the space. And we're a big fan of mixing framed art with family photos.

    Looking down to the living room from the sleeping loft. Photo: Joe Doucet

    The graphic work hanging in the living room, as well as the meat painting over the sofa, were made by Ukrainian artist Natalya Slikno, a friend of Doucet's.

    The master bedroom sleeping loft. Photo: Joe Doucet

    Doucet created the grass element for an exhibit where he needed to segregate space and direct traffic flow without obstructing the view. For this particular project, he brought work home: He tried them out along the master bedroom loft's railing, where they offer a sort of semi-private feel. He found he liked the results and they've stayed ever since.

    More books line the wall in the bedroom. Doucet says he finds that the types of books someone reads tells you more about them than anything else. "It's the first thing I look at when entering someone's home," he says. "If I meet someone for the first time and see they own no books, I honestly have less of a desire to get to know them well."

    The dining area features a gray accent wall and steel table, which is practical for a variety of uses, from homework and art projects to dinner parties.

    The high ceilings in the apartment allow for this clever bike storage on pulleys.

    Doucet says that while his space isn't cluttered, he doesn't see it as spartan either. "The things we have out have a meaning to us. They feed us by their presence. If an object does not feed back to the environment, it will likely find itself in storage within weeks."

    Thanks for letting us in, Joe! If you're itching for more house tours check out:
    Cheap Chic Ideas From Christina Aguilera's House

    A Colorful House Tour of Ruthie Sommers' California Charmer
    Cheap Chic Ideas From the House of Color
    Happy Homes Make Happy People: Rachel Doriss


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    Neil Patrick Harris puts his cozy California home on the market. See it here first!

    How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka are selling their Studio City, California house, where they welcomed their twins, Gideon and Harper. The pair bought the three bedroom, two bath house in 2007 for $1.5 million. It's on the market for $1.59 million.

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    The pair did some much needed updating while living in the home. Harris remodeled the kitchen with rustic cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, and painted the ceiling beams in the living room black. Several rooms have been freshened up with white and neutral furniture and walls. The home's major selling point: Light. The bright and cheery space has windowed double doors in nearly every room.

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    Enjoy your morning coffee while virtually touring our celebrity home of the day. Today: John Krasinski's Los Angeles house.

    Back on the market: John Krasinski's West Hollywood house. (Yes, we wish we could say the same for Krasinski himself.) The "Office" star bought the property back in 2006 for $1,050,000 and later tried to sell the house in 2009 for over $1.2 million. Sadly for Krasinski, he was unsuccessful. But good news for buyers, the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom built in 1926 is now on the market for $945,000.

    The crown molding and built-in bookcases are only a couple of the unique features that give this home character. Take a look for yourself -- our friends at gave us a peek inside:

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    Welcome to where John Krasinski calls home. The landscaping is ample and lush, accented with a decorative fountain.

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    This secret garden-esque entry leads you under green vines and up to a strong, dark door. So cottage-y, right?

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    All that counter space better not go to waste! Let's hope Krasinski did some cooking. (He certainly has room for leftovers in that stainless steel fridge!)

    John Krasinski

    What's better -- the arched doorway or built-in bookcase? These details are major perks of having an older home.

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    Watch TV or get a tan? No need to make that decision, thanks to this room with double doors opening to the porch. Lots of natural light comes through, even when the doors are closed.

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    The dark sink base stays true to the house's years, while the marble shower makes the room feel super current!

    Watch out for more celebrity homes during your lunch hour. And check out Neil Patrick Harris' house for sale!


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