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TED Initiatives sponsored a first-of-its-kind contest called Ads Worth Spreading. The ads submitted must offer pleasurable, intelligent engagement.

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This winner is a global community service initiative by Dulux where they go into blighted neighborhoods around the world and join with teams of volunteers, donate the paint and make the neighborhoods beautiful again. Definitely an ad I’d watch again and again.

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I’ve been living in denial that I have an ugly bathroom. Sadly, the prettiest thing in there is the retro-print Kleenex box. As a renter, I’m stuck with the unfortunate-looking countertop, linoleum flooring and cabinetry. Instead, I’ve focused my decorating energy on every other room in my apartment. But someday soon, I hope to own a home, and I’m already scooping out cool vanity ideas on HGTV’s Fast Fix Bathrooms.

Whether you want to dedicate an entire weekend or just an afternoon, there’s plenty of stylish updates to fit your look and schedule. Each project features an handy materials list and step-by-step instructions with photos to help you complete it with ease.


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Celebrated paint purveyor, Farrow & Ball have revisited the elegance of 18th-century motifs with their new wallpaper collection, The Baroque Papers. Block-printed in the firm’s 21 colorways, you are sure to find one that suits.

Farrow & Ball is one of the highest quality paint companies in the world. They’ve been making paint in England, one batch at a time, since 1946 and remain one of a few companies making a full range of traditional and modern paint finishes. And so it comes as no surprise, that their extraordinary collection of artisanal wallpapers made using real Farrow & Ball paint is just as carefully crafted. Each double roll is 21″ wide and costs $230. Visit Farrow & Ball to view the entire collection, as well as see each paper paired with various colors of paint. Fabulous!

If It’s Not Baroque…

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When I first told my mother I’d be painting my new renovation house entirely white, I saw her visibly shudder. And I totally get it. White can be hard to clean, difficult to keep cozy and can definitely show its share of flawed walls.

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Yet there’s something beautiful about walking into a home that is a blank canvas, and I’m so looking forward to the calming effects that come with a pure, serene shade of white.

See More of My Favorite Colors for 2011

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In September, we gave Color of the Month status to the bright, beautiful persimmon. It seemed to perfectly epitomize the point between summer and fall and, oh, the delicious accessorizing possibilities! That choice took two meetings and lots of wrangling. Though by the end, it was obvious what the color should be.

For October, the choice was much easier. It was a color our team loved for September, which met all our rules except being available in stores. (Remember, our criteria for picking colors are: (a) it has to be seasonal (b) up-and-coming (c) and easy to find.)

October’s Hue, Unveiled

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re tickled pink (and rose and bubblegum and coral) over these latest rugs, paint and seating options designed to delight while raising critical funds.

Company C, a national corporate partner of Susan G. Komen for a Cure®, has a “Passion for Pink” rugs. A percentage of sales of Karen’s Rug and The Sisters’ Rug will be donated to Komen for a Cure.


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Colors for Your Home: 300 Designer Favorites (Hearst, 2010) is a go-to guide to help you easily select colors for your home. Based on House Beautiful’s monthly color column, this book brings the color specialists straight to you. It includes more than 300 paint formulas with fun, inspiring names like Smashing Pink, Blue Angel and Perfect Pear.


Benjamin Moore's Smashing Pink and Blue Angel; Dunn Edwards Perfect Pear


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When we bought our house three years ago we hired a skilled painter to go in and change the color in every single room. It was a huge job, something we didn’t have the desire or skill to handle, and I wanted the end product to be something much brighter and more neutral than the dark colors the previous owners had used. Not that the dark colors were bad, necessarily. I mean, I bought the house from a friend who might be reading this. And in that case, the dark colors were lovely!

I chose a warm beige color called Architectural Cream from the Ralph Lauren collection, and had almost every room in the house painted in this shade. It catches light in different, beautiful ways depending on the time of day, and it’s the perfect backdrop for furniture and accessories in brighter, flashier colors. For instance, my six-year-old Leta loves pink princesses like so many other girls her age, so I gave her the pink and dialed back on the princess.




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This week, we partnered with TraceDesigns to bring you a fun and easy way to perk up your walls. Up for grabs: any stencil on this page. We like TraceDesigns stencils because they’re made from recycled, non-toxic materials and they’re simple to use. Tape the stencil to your wall, trace the design and then paint it however you like. This Week’s Question

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