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    Whether it's a quick update with cool barstools or a complete upgrade with new appliances, the kitchen is one space in the house where renovation possibilities are endless.

    Check out this cool roundup of renovation ideas from our friends at CasaSugar!


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    So the time has finally come: you're going to renovate your kitchen. You've always dreamed of tearing down those dated cabinets and getting rid of those kitschy tiles, but where do you begin?


    Before you start ripping the doors off their hinges, you've got to have a thoroughly researched plan. Maybe your renovation will involve some rearranging of your built-ins. Maybe you'll invest in a fancy appliance. Maybe you'll make room for all those gadgets you have. Before you make any orders, check out a few cool features that might inspire your kitchen renovation!



    Dual kitchen islands. Got two chefs in the house? Or use one for cooking and one as a kid's homework station. Have them separated allows a traffic flow straight to the cabinets.



    How often do you cook? If you're a frequent chef, consider investing in a large range hood so you'll have all the ventilation you need.



    Statement making cabinet doors. Instead of having simple cabinets that blend into the walls, make them the focal point of the room.


    To get additional renovation ideas and see more outstanding kitchens, head over to CasaSugar.

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    Don't have time to browse all the online sample sales everyday? You're in luck: We searched them all and brought back the best.

    Editor's Pick: Thom Filica Durston area rugs in saddle, indigo, and blood and orange, $70.95 each, Joss & Main.


    Add a bold splash of color with these graphic, geometric rugs. Inspired by the Manhattan skyline, the handwoven rugs come in five different sizes and several colors. From earth-tone saddle to fiery blood and orange, these rugs will step up the style quotient in any room.

    Want to snap this up? Move quickly. Sale ends Friday, 11am.

    Check back tomorrow for the next Daily Sampling!

     

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    Here's our first look at The Nest's new digital edition, which is packed with glimpses of stylish real-life homes, with the same flair as expected from the fabulous website.



    Above, bold pink hues add interest to a neutral color scheme, which proves the power of adding a few accessories.


    Here's another fabulous use of bright color. Love those bar seats.


    A navy wall adds sophistication to an eclectic combination of accessories.

    Want to see more for yourself? Check out the digital edition over at The Nest...Here's the cover! And did e mention that this issue of the mag is free?

     

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    Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Smith's Malibu family home built by architect Steven Samuelson boasts natural handcrafted details and high-style comfort.

    Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada are busy busy people. But the September issue of Architectural Digest (now on newsstands) shows us that the couple is not only big on family and a cozy and comfortable home, they also have an appreciation for craftsmanship. Their 25,000-square-foot Malibu hideout, which was designed by architect Steven Samuelson, perfectly reflects that love of the handmade. "For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavor," Jada says. "We're very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land."

    Scroll down and take a look inside Will and Jada's home.

    Will and Jada Smith Architectural DigestRoger Davies for Architectural Digest


    Will and Jada Smith with children, from left, Trey, Willow, Jaden.

    Will and Jada Smith Architectural DigestRoger Davies for Architectural Digest


    The indoor-outdoor living room has an airy and luxurious atmosphere and is decorated with custom-made lounge seating, kilim-and-leather-upholstered wing chairs, and unexpected details such as jute-rope-covered columns. We love the openness of the living room and we really see the home's "adobe style."

    Will and Jada Smith Architectural DigestRoger Davies for Architectural Digest


    The mix of polished woods, patterns, and rustic accents like the bunk bed in a bedroom really add to the earthy and homey charm throughout the house.


    Will and Jada Smith Architectural DigestRoger Davies for Architectural Digest


    This bedroom with its canopy bed and jewel-tone cushions bring a touch of Hollywood glamour.


    To see more images of Will and Jada Smith's home, visit architecturaldigest.com.

     

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    Wood floors and baseboards are magnets for dust, hair, and everything else that's tiny, dirty, and microscopic. No surprise there. To avoid having the smallest of particles frequently stick to baseboards, there's a simple, easy trick to protect them. As soon as you've swept and vacuumed the floors, wipe down the wood with dryer sheets. The anti-static property of the sheets will keep dust, dirt, and even hair from sticking to the wood floors. It's a preventative measure that can go a long way and save you repeated (and frequent) cleanings.


    Have a cleaning tip to share? Let us know at Twitter.com/ShelterPop.

    Daily Clean-Up tipsChiot's Run, Flickr

     

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    Each week, bring a new bloom into your home and garden with our gardener's favorite floral find.


    Plant Of The Week Cardinal FlowerLobelia cardinalis in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo: Marie Viljoen


    Lobelia cardinalis, also known as Cardinal flowers, is a spectacular perennial that lures people and hummingbirds alike. Cardinal flowers are best planted in groups for a dramatic effect. A native of eastern North American wetlands and stream edges, this is one plant that demands a wet environment. Plant it in a low area that attracts runoff or make the most of a boggy, ill-drained area. Alternatively, you can also plant it in a container and obstruct the drainage holes to allow for less runoff. Hardy from USDA zones 3-9.

     

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    Two of our favorite companies join forces on a new series of collector-worthy framed prints by emerging artists.

    West Elm and the hip e-commerce art hub 20x200 have teamed up for an exclusive collection of 10 limited-edition framed prints. From aerial black-and-white photographs to graphic abstract pieces resembling collages, the prints come with black-matte West Elm frames in several sizes and are priced from $59-$199. Check out the full collection at West Elm!

    West Elm and 20x200Courtesy of West Elm and 20x200


    Design Eye is our look at the inspiring things seen, heard, and talked about in the world of design. Check out our other Design Eye features here!

     

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    In Random Recast, we give ordinary things a more stylish second life. This week: Egg cartons.


    When we saw the colorful bouquet at right, we couldn't quite believe it was made from egg carton cups. The blooms looked like a high-end take on origami, or perhaps papier-mache sculptures. But instead, it's just a matter of clever cutting and paint to take the egg cartons cups to a whole new level.

    Even better: The cost per bouquet is around $3 per dozen. For the complete tutorial, visit Intimate Weddings.

    Missed the first entry in this week's Random Recast: Egg Cartons? Check it out here...
    Random Recast: Egg Cartons Day 1

     

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    Explore some of the best home boutiques around the country with us. This week: Maison 24, 470 Park Avenue, New York, NY.

    At designers Allison Julius and Louis Marra's second Maison 24 home store--their first is in Bridgehampton, New York--it's all about the glitz and glam and the heydays of Studio 54. We've been hawking for cool finds on their web site for a while, so it was extremely exciting to see it all set up and mixed together. As soon as you step into the newly opened store you're instantly taken by the neon lights and array of fab upholstered pieces, graffitied furniture, and quirky accessories. We love the wild mish-mash of styles and colors, and we wanted to know more. Scroll down to see our chat with Allison and Louis.

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24


    1. What was the inspiration for this store?
    We've been feeling a very New York '70s, '80s vibe, which became a major inspiration for our New York shop. Customers can find everything from a black-patent-leather bed to fabulous framed photographs shot by Anton Perich at Studio 54 to Keith Haring wall decals.

    2. Are there any highlight pieces that are specific to this store?
    We are the first retailer in the US to carry the British designer Jimmie Martin's amazing hand-painted furniture. Each piece is one-of-a-kind but what's great is they're functional too.
    We have a bar cabinet emblazoned with a Union Jack, a pair of chairs printed with an image of a sausage dog, an ornate silver-leaf armchair that has a tattoo motif, and end tables with the word "Imperfection" marked across them in graffiti style. But our personal favorite is a Studio 54-themed chair that we commissioned to have designed in black & gold. We also have a series of pay phone photographs by Dirk Westphal that he produced exclusively for our New York store in a limited-edition of seven each, and a vintage pay phone booth that was tagged by the graffiti artist Sharp.

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24


    3. What's been most popular with visitors at the store?
    Robert Indiana's LOVE paperweight has been a best-seller in our Bridgehampton store since we opened, and it became an instant hit in our New York store also!

    4. What keeps visitors coming back?
    The pair of sausage dog chairs, which is in our window. No less than 100 customers have told us they passed by our window in the evening and had to come back to see the chairs during the day, and at least a few hundred people have stopped to take a picture of them.

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24


    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24


    5. Do you have a favorite item in this store?
    We have a mild obsession with anything that lights up so our current favorites are a neon chair sculpture and a battery-operated gummi-bear light.

    6. What do you like most about this shop?
    The location. We like to find areas where we have a point of difference from neighboring stores and we think our edgy, modern mix is a stand out in midtown. A few of our customers have said they haven't seen a store this cool since Fiorucci was around the corner and we can't think of a better compliment!

    7. Fun fact:
    We are brother and sister. Most people don't know that and when they find out they're amazed we can work together happily.

    On Shelterpop's wishlist: Robert Indiana anodized-metal LOVE paperweight, $75, maison24.com.

    Maison 24 Manhattan New YorkCourtesy of Maison 24

     

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    Don't have time to browse all the online sample sales everyday? You're in luck: We searched them all and brought back the best.

    Editor's Pick: From Left: Bianconero teapot, $94, salad bowl, $63, and salad plate, $29, all by Missoni, MyHabit.


    Missoni's half-playful, half-classic tableware is a great warm-weather touch--or just a nice way to remind yourself of more pleasant temperatures in the thick of the winter. The porcelain pieces are slightly dainty but still dishwasher-safe, so clean-up is a cinch.

    Want to snap this up? Move quickly. Sale ends Saturday, 9am.

    Check back tomorrow for the next Daily Sampling!

     

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    Wood floors require maintenance and care. The easiest way to keep them from scuffing up and gathering dirt is to lay down a mat, runner or area rug. A doormat by the entryway is an efficient way to catch all the dirt that's coming into the house and it actually eliminates 80 percent of the dirt that's dragged into your home.


    Have a cleaning tip to share? Let us know at Twitter.com/ShelterPop.

    Daily Clean-Up tipsChiot's Run, Flickr

     

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    This small kitchen goes from cramped to revamped with clever storage solutions and an island that does double duty as an eating surface and a storage space.









    With an abundance of kitchen supplies and limited cabinets to store everything, the supposedly eat-in kitchen in the Haskins' home became a something more akin to a storage cave. Given thus, dinner and meals meant setting up folding tables in front of the TV.

    By maximizing wall space for hanging knives and pans and using occasional storage cabinets, kitchenware and dishware are now neatly streamlined. Additionally, a large island multi-tasks as a prepping serving, a dining table, and a compact storage unit. The island not only creates a focal point and gathering spot in the kitchen, it also helps clean up the visual landscape in the space. And we all know that visual clutter is not an inspiring sight and it's often what keeps us from wanting to keep a space clean and neat. And remember, when it comes to space-challenged rooms like the Haskins' kitchen, the solution is usually just a matter of picking out a few versatile storage pieces.


    Looking for more Minute Makeovers? See our four-seasons makeover and our guides on how to hide wires and how to baby-proof your kitchen.

     

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    Don't have time to browse all the online sample sales everyday? You're in luck: We searched them all and brought back the best.

    Editor's Pick:
    From Left: Mirror Image Red Coral VIII, Red Coral I, Red Coral VI. $159 each, One Kings Lane.



    These coral prints are an unusual but beautiful way to decorate any room. We're crazy about the subtle seafaring theme, not to mention the gorgeous distressed bamboo frame. Even better, the coral's bold but contained bursts of color will go with just about any color theme you already have in place.

    Want to snap this up? Move quickly. Sale ends Sunday, 11am.

    Check back tomorrow for the next Daily Sampling!

     

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    Country Living magazine's latest issue features this renovated living room that went from nothing to charming.

    Our friends over at DIY Life have been poring over the September issue of Country Living with a room-by-room look at a charmingly renovated house. Check out the home's other rooms at DIY Life.

     

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    Tile surfaces are commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens for most of us. The best way to make sure they retain their glaze is to regularly scrub, sweep, or vacuum a tiled surfaces, whether it's a backsplash or the floors, and get into the habit of washing them down every week.

    However, since bathroom and kitchen surfaces are exposed to water, soaps, body oils, and grease, they're high-traffic areas in the home that are prone to quick mildew and soap scum buildup. An easy solution is a 50-50 mix of white vinegar and water. Scrub the tiles down with a sponge or do a thorough sweep using the solution. The mildew and lime deposits (and even rusts) will come right off and the tiles will keep their shine.



    Have a cleaning tip to share? Let us know at Twitter.com/ShelterPop.

    Daily Clean-Up tipsChiot's Run, Flickr

     

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    Don't have time to browse all the online sample sales everyday? You're in luck: We searched them all and brought back the best.

    Editor's Pick:
    Oh So Vanity dressing table by Carolina George, $2,150, Gilt Home.



    If our wallets wouldn't reach up and strangle us, we would be sitting at this gorgeous desk-by-day, vanity-by-night this very minute. The mirror swings up and down to transition the table from a writing surface to a beauty stand. As an added bonus, you can customize the drawers to hold whatever your heart desires--files, books, beauty supplies, the works.

    Want to snap this up? Move quickly. Sale ends Monday, 12pm.

    Check back tomorrow for the next Daily Sampling!

     

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    A new photoblog documents the personal lives of fashion executives who work overtime...as doting moms.

    The Glow, a new photoblog founded by fashion insiders Violet Gaynor and Kelly Stuart, offers a heartwarming peek into the world of power moms and how they spend time with their children. The subjects so far have included designer Lauren Moffatt and her daughter Stella, and the hip jean label True Religion's PR Director Jeanann Williams and her little girl Ruby (pictured below). From warm embraces between mother and child to snaps of mom's favorite style pieces, the site captures these fashionistas--and their fashionable minis--at their best and cutest.

     

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    In Random Recast, we give ordinary things a more stylish second life. This week: Egg cartons.

    egg-cartonsOtero Design Studio


    In this innovative chandelier by Otero Design Studio, egg cartons become an unexpected lampshade. Like in the seat project, this one uses commercial egg cartons instead of the typical grocery store version. While this is more of an inspiration end of the spectrum, there is a way to DIY. First, cut out the bottom of each cup. Then, to get the cartons to form a drum shape, soak them with water and bend around a paint can. Let dry in place. (You can keep the egg cartons in position by wrapping them with rope.)

    Want to catch up with this week's Random Recast? Check out...
    Random Recast: Egg Cartons Day 2
    Random Recast: Egg Cartons Day 1

     

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    Combining our obsession with interiors with our love of fashion into a shoppable room.

    This Weekend's Pick: Zoe Saldana

    The gorgeous actress was recently spotted wearing this shimmering gold-tinted dress and shiny golden heels at the Teen Choice Awards. We love the beautiful texture of the dress and Zoe pulls it all together in a simple but super chic way. And to salute Zoe's dazzling look, we dreamed up a luxurious and comfortable bedroom inspired by it.

    Zoe SaldanaJason LaVeris/FilmMagic


    And you can get the look in your home with these products:

    Clockwise from top left:
    Upcycle pendant lamp, $249, CB2.
    Woven floor mirror, $329, West Elm.
    Yalova tray table, $548, Anthropologie.
    Cobble Hill Prospect tufted bed, $2,295, ABC Carpet & Home.


    And if you haven't yet, head over to see this week's Well-Suited Room inspired by our favorite best dressed men.

     

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    You've seen our Fashionable Room column where we look to some of the best-dressed starlets for decor inspiration. Now we're turning to the best-groomed men for some pointers.

    This Weekend's Pick: Alexander Skarsgard

    We're deeply immersed in this season's True Blood and we're elated that a fifth season has been confirmed! And what better way to celebrate the series than with a room inspired by one of the show's most dapper gentlemen, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard. We looked back to Skarsgard's impeccable three-piece suit at the show's season premiere and came up with a living room combination that reflects the actor's stylish and sharp outfit.

    Alexander Skarsgard Toby Canham/Getty Images


    And you can get the look in your home with these products:

    Clockwise from top left:
    Cutter tripod floor lamp by Ralph Lauren Home, $2,100, Circa Lighting.
    Charlaine pillow, $90, Crate & Barrel.
    Kartell Stone stool, $245, ABC Carpet & Home.
    Hendricks sofa, $1,499, Jayson Home & Garden.

     

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