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house decorating & home décor ideas

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    The dirty dozen: 12 places we bet you never clean

    So, you think your house is clean? Well … you might have to think again! If you're like most people, there are areas that you never even think about cleaning, unlikely places where dirt, dust, and germs may be lurking. Even if your home has its share of "dirty little secrets," you're not alone: A 2012 survey sponsored by Kenmore found that nearly half of Americans -- 49 percent -- say they cut corners when vacuuming by skipping areas underneath or behind furniture, and clean only when they see visible dirt on the floor. Because identifying the problem is the first step toward a cure, here are some commonly overlooked areas of the home that should be added to your housekeeping regimen -- and some tips on how to maximize your cleaning efforts.

  • Open and airy

    20 easy breezy beach house decorating ideas

    Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, enhance the natural beauty of your home with crisp white, splashes of bold color and sea-themed accents.

  • Aunts and Uncles collection for Kartell by Philippe Starck. AFP Photo, ©Kartell // Aunts and Uncles collection for Kartell by Philippe Starck. AFP Photo, ©Kartell (Aunts and Uncles collection for Kartell by Philippe Starck. AFP Photo, ©Kartell)

    'World's largest single-mold plastic sofa' designed

    The transparent piece of furniture was created from one single piece of plastic.

  • SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter. AFP Photo, ©Andrew Clark // SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter. AFP Photo, ©Andrew Clark (SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter. AFP Photo, ©Andrew Clark)

    SmartMat lets you know who's at the door

    SmartMat has until April 26 to reach its funding goal on Kickstarter.

  • Sunny living room

    Refresh your home with 10 living room ideas for spring

    There's nothing better than cozying up on your couch on a cold February night under a warm duvet. But after months of hibernating, it's easy to tire of all things cozy. By mid-March, I start to get a bit itchy to spruce things up. Sometimes all it takes is a new pillow cover or a pretty new candle. I've been clicking around for some décor inspiration for my living space, as well as rifling through some shopping site for products that scream "bright and airy and not at all snowy." Here are some of my ideas.

  • SELFIE Mirror by iStrategy Labs. AFP Photo, ©istrategylabs.com // SELFIE Mirror by iStrategy Labs. AFP Photo, ©istrategylabs.com (SELFIE Mirror by iStrategy Labs. AFP Photo, ©istrategylabs.com)

    New mirror will take your selfie for you

    Once taken, images can be automatically uploaded to social media.

  • Monochromatic eggs

    12 painted Easter eggs that sure beat a dye job

    There are oh so many ways to decorate an Easter egg. You can go the tried-and-true route of dyeing eggs, or you can mix it up with glitter, embossing, stenciling or marbleizing. This Easter, we vote you do just that. Ditch the finicky dye bath (who wants blue fingers for a week?) and paint your eggs. From intricate painted patterns to simple, beautiful motifs, we're bringing you 12 of our favorite painted Easter eggs to get you started. Click through the slideshow to get inspired.

  • MARIETTE HIMES GOMEZ

    The best designed dining rooms

    Find inspiration for your dining room refresh in the beautifully curated spaces of these talents, culled from the AD archives.

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