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  • A Montclair, NJ kitchen gets a colorful makeover starring a blue La Cornue range. (Project of the Month)
  • Gorgeous blue engineered stone from Cambria (Inspiration)
  • I'm proud to be a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), an organization dedicated to sustainability, health and wellness. The DC national headquarters earn Platinum certification from both WELL Building and LEED. (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • A floating vanity helps a small bath feel more spacious (Project of the Month)
  • Thomas Edison National Park (Inspiration)
  • Method makes great products (hand soaps, dishwasher tabs) and uses its business for social and environmental good. (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Add bold color to your bathroom (Project of the Month)
  • Chihuly art glass exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden (Inspiration)
  • Keep It Cool Campaign - Help crowd-solve stores leaving their doors open while blasting A/C (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Bathroom storage ideas (Project of the Month)
  • Tile Inspiration - We made a little video of kitchen backsplash ideas (Inspiration)
  • Recycle old 3 ring binders at Office Depot or Office Max (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • We did it again! 2 awards for Design Excellence from ASID NJ
    (1 kitchen & 1 bath)

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  • Modern family kitchen in South Orange (Project of the Month)
  • I love these two color feeds on Twitter & Instagram (Inspiration)
  • Antarctic Dispatches: NY Times video and interactive maps of collapsing ice (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Custom tile in South Orange kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Fireclay Tile — we love everything about them (Inspiration)
  • People’s Climate March in DC (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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More awards and features
  • Houzz Room of the Day: Happy Retro Style for a Family Kitchen
  • Houzz Bathroom Guides: 7 Designers Go-To Loos
  • Best of Houzz Design Award for 2017
  • Our project photos were saved on Houzz more than 100,000
  • 2016 Constant Contact All Star award winner

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  • This happy retro/vintage Montclair kitchen will make you smile. (Project of the Month)
  • Rural Studio in Alabama designs and builds awesome houses for $20K (Inspiration)
  • Feeling guilty about single use Keurig K-Cups? How about a reusable filter instead? (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Stylish upgrade to utility sink. Why should kitchens & baths have all the fun?! (Project of the Month)
  • English country cottage mudroom (Inspiration)
  • PBS documentary on Rachel Carson, pioneering environmental scientist and author (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Happy New Year from the Team at Tracey Stephens Interior Design!
  • Doing the Numbers (Projects of the Year)
  • Recap of four 2016 Design Excellence Awards

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  • Maplewood Guest Bath featuring glass vessel sink (Project of the Month)
  • A long weekend in Charlotte, NC featuring public art, color and tile (Inspiration)
  • Some tiny towns take on climate change (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Montclair Guest Bath - functional, bright and warm (Project of the Month)
  • Little Free Libraries - Take a book & leave a book. Find one near you! (Inspiration)
  • How2Recycle - clearly labeled packaging to help us do the right thing (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Mid-century Modern Kitchen before and after (Project of the Month)
  • Museum of Neon Art (Inspiration)
  • Low voltage radiant floor heat (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Spending time near water
  • Crushing on blue (Inspiration)
  • Pinegrove band (Proud mom shares son’s band’s success)

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  • Before and after of a small bath with gorgeous marble mosaic tile (Project of the Month)
  • Artistic Tile San Francisco Showroom - What do designers do on holiday? Go to design showrooms! The Artistic Tile showroom in Paramus is the source for this month's project. (Inspiration)
  • Do you know about the Freecycle Network? Give and get free stuff while keeping it out of landfills. (Green Design & Mindful Living)

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  • Powder Room transformed from boring to stunning (Project of the Month)
  • Tile ideas & samples for two current bathroom projects (Inspiration)
  • Evergreen Recycling Solutions recycles construction & demolition debris including toilets, tile and lumber. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • ASID NJ 2016 — 4 Awards for Design Excellence!
    • Gold — Bathroom
    • Silver — Sustainable Design (Bathroom)
    • Bronze — Kitchen
    • Bronze — Bathroom

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  • Bright white kitchen with gorgeous marble mosaic tile detail (Project of the Month)
  • Tulip from client’s garden (Inspiration)
  • DIY Natural Bug Repellents (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Arts and Crafts Powder Room featuring a custom Tramp Art mirror (Project of the Month)
  • Feast your eyes on the joy and whimsy of Tramp Art (Inspiration)
  • Tips for Natural Moth Proofing. Happy Spring Cleaning! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Arts and Crafts Kitchen brimming with style and function. Lots of customized storage accessories, quarter sawn oak cabinets and gorgeous handmade tile. (Project of the Month)
  • Houzz is an excellent source of inspiration and a great organizing tool for sharing and saving design ideas. (Inspiration)
  • Green Lab Design provides K - 12 students with experiential learning to help them becomes advocates for sustainability. (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Social Media Update: Follow me now on Instagram @traceystephensdesign
  • We received the 2015 Constant Contact All Star Award for excellence in this newsletter!

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  • His & Hers small modern bathrooms in a Jersey City waterfront condo. (Project of the Month)
  • Amazing images of Earth from space #EarthArt (Inspiration)
  • No more snow shoveling! The Zenesis House in Paramus, NJ uses a geothermal/solar system to melt snow from the driveway. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • I won two Houzz awards: Best of Houzz 2016 Design and Best of Houzz 2016 Service. Only 3% of all Houzz professionals win both awards.
  • KBIS 2016 (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). A field report from the annual trade show in Las Vegas with some highlights of favorites.
  • Las Vegas, baby! — some shots of hotel & restaurant design and a Cirque du Soleil show

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  • Peace on Earth ~ Goodwill to all!
  • 2015 wrap up (Projects of the Year)
  • Paris Climate Summit of 2015 (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Modern whimsical powder room. Serious wallpaper crush! (Project of the Month)
  • Images & jellyfish video from the National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD (Inspiration)
  • Conserving & protecting our precious water resources (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Flipping a cramped kitchen with a larger family room resulted in a spacious kitchen and cozy family room space. (Project of the Month)
  • The design of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia is colorful and fun, and the organic food is delicious. (Inspiration)
  • A stainless bin recessed into the counter makes kitchen composting convenient. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Remodeled modern master bathroom with sculptural freestanding tub (Project of the Month)
  • Our honeymoon in Sicily! Photos of our amazing trip. (Inspiration)
  • Which milk container is better for the environment: a cardboard box or a plastic bottle? Watch this video to find out! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Traveling is inspiring! Two readers share images of places that inspire them.

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  • Boring half bath converted to orange and white full guest bathroom (Project of the Month)
  • Field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater in rural Pennsylvania (Inspiration)
  • Chef Dan Barber, profiled in the Netflix series "Chef's Table", redefines conscious eating. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Open Concept Kitchen Remodel: Combining a kitchen, sun porch and hallway into a spacious and bright kitchen. (Project of the Month)
  • A designer showhouse visit and a Grand Opening Party at Artistic Tile (Inspiration)
  • The Pope's Encyclical on the Environment: A profound and important call to care for the entire planet! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Montclair Bathroom & Laundry: A large and unappealing bathroom was divided in two to create a bath and separate laundry space. (Project of the Month)
  • A stunning white bathroom by Waterworks (Inspiration)
  • Create an Eco Smart lawn with wildflowers (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Super Cute! Teen Bathroom : Converting a Montclair 3rd floor attic room to a colorful and organized bath for a teen girl. (Project of the Month)
  • A visit to the Barnes Foundation exhibits in Philadelphia (Inspiration)
  • On Earth Day, we collected 170 pairs of jeans to be recycled into non-toxic building insulation. Watch a video to see how jeans are turned into insulation. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Black & White Family Bath: Reconfiguring and re-styling using a black and white theme with pops of color and unique, elegant accents! (Project of the Month)
  • My March wedding (!) featured a bright and bold color theme included amazing flowers in deep yellow, red, orange, raspberry, fuscia, and lime - splendid and festive hues. Undeniably Spring! (Inspiration)
  • Mindful Spring Cleaning - recycling old clothes: On Earth Day - April 22nd - we'll be collecting used denim in Montclair. It’ll be turned into housing insulation, with a good percentage donated to communities in need. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Grey & White Kitchen with Pops of Color: A bright, fresh and welcoming space that delights the whole family! (Project of the Month)
  • Have you seen my video "An Eye for Design"? I can find inspiration just about anywhere! (Inspiration)
  • Valuing the work of bees – and bats! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • A Modern & Minimalist Master Bath: Elegant, calming and oh, so tasteful! (Project of the Month)
  • Matisse Paper Cut-Outs at MOMA: Whimsy, vision and discipline (Inspiration)
  • Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing – Gorgeous vanities and comprehensive Green Initiatives. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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Season's Greetings!
We are so grateful for all of our wonderful clients, partners, affiliates and vendors!
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  • "My bathroom makes me so happy!" Vintage apothecary bath, featured as Houzz Room of the Day. (Project of the Month)
  • Bold orange starburst at Villa Bloc (Inspiration)
  • Minor repairs make a big difference! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Follow me now on Twitter @EcoSmartStyle
  • Powder Room Facelift (Project of the Month)
  • Cabin in the woods, Czech Republic (Inspiration)
  • bambeco - sustainable home decor (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Warm + Modern Kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • The People's Climate March 9/21/14 (Inspiration + Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Classic Yet Kid-Friendly Bath in This Old House (Published Project of the Month)

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  • Houzz Kitchen of the Week (Published Project of the Month)
  • Winner! 2014 Gold Award of Excellence - Residential Small Kitchen
  • Winner! 2014 Silver Award of Excellence - Residential Small Bath

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  • Houzz Room of the Day (Published Project of the Month)
    "Creative cartography adds cheer and personality to the walls of a compact half bath."

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  • Master Bathroom featuring "Starry Night" custom mosaic tile (Project of the Month)
  • Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh (Inspiration)
  • People's Climate March, NYC on 9/21/14 (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Summer Vacation - refresh & renew!
  • Sneak peak of upcoming Projects of the Month

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  • Map Collage Powder Room (Project of the Month)
  • Solving the problem of removing trash from the Baltimore Inner Harbor (Inspiration)
  • Make it easy for your guests to recycle their drink bottles and cups (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • 'This Old House' magazine says I delivered major style and function.

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  • Vintage Cottage Kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Flight of the Conchords video(Inspiration)
  • Solar Roadways video (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Master Bath upgrade – enlarging shower & adding small vanity (Project of the Month)
  • Pinterest! (Inspiration)
  • Global climate change: Running out of time (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Designer's own tiny white bath (Project of the Month)
  • Tile mosaic that inspired the color palette of the bathroom (Inspiration)
  • World Water Day – some facts and videos (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Moody Blue Montclair Kitchen Remodel (Project of the Month)
  • Blue stained-glass window (Inspiration)
  • Recycle your old blue jeans at J Crew (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Kitchen upgrade: Small changes, big impact (Project of the Month)
  • Vochol, the Boho beaded Beetle (Inspiration)
  • New carpet smell (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Houzzabout this? (Published Project of the Month)
  • Classic black and white bath project featured twice in 1 week on Houzz.

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  • Gratitude & New Year's Wishes
  • All 5 business goals completed in 2013 (Project of the Year)
  • My wonderful clients and projects (Inspiration)

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  • Happy Thanksgivukkah - Gratitude for blessings.
  • Dining Room Design

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  • Introducing my new website (Project of the Summer)
  • In praise of happy color: Lilly Pulitzer (1931 - 2013) (Inspiration)
  • Know what's in your makeup with "Think Dirty" iPhone app (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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Summer vacation!
After steady monthly installments since first appearing in February 2010, the Newsletter takes a break.

  • Dining room transformation with paint color (Project of the Month)
  • Moroccan inspired black and white wallpaper (Inspiration)
  • Recycled tile (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Lovely little library design with custom built-in bookcases (Project of the Month)
  • Tziporah Salamon: Impeccably elegant fashionista (Inspiration)
  • GREEN your red, white & blue by making it easy for your holiday guests to reuse their drink cups and recycle them when done. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Master bedroom redesign - sneak preview with delicious fabrics (Project of the Month)
  • Repetition - Phillip Glass music + Jerome Robbins choreography = awesomeness (Inspiration)
  • Tracey is now a ReGREEN trained professional certified in green residential remodeling (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Master Bathroom Before & After in Montclair, NJ (Project of the Month)
  • Colorful painted beds (Inspiration)
  • Toxic Trespass - video of Bill Moyers interview (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Master Bedroom in Glen Ridge, NJ (Project of the Month)
  • Constant Contact Award Winner (2nd year in a row!)
  • Home buyers today want energy efficiency (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty - A Gothic Romance" (Inspiration)

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  • An Eye For Design - short film about some of Tracey Stephens' interior design projects, design inspirations & commitment to green design. (Project of the Month)
  • Filmmaker Catherine Stratton, 9beach Films (Inspiration)
  • Recycled bicycle wheel & chain chandelier (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • 1930s style Montclair Hall Bath (project of the Month)
  • The exuberant, witty & whimsical design of Jonathan Adler (Inspiration)
  • Slow down and unplug: Technology & Mindfulness in the age of distraction (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Season's Greetings
  • Powder room design (Project of the month)
  • Wreath made from recycled plastic (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Matisse exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Inspiration)

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  • Luscious layers of paint & light - entrance hall at The Siena, Montclair, NJ (Project of the month)
  • Blue2Green - blue jeans are recycled into denim insulation (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Poem by Rumi (Inspiration)

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  • Living/dining room at The Siena in Montclair, NJ (Project of the month)
  • Cabinet doors made from recycled and reclaimed wood (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Jersey spirit after Hurricane-Super-Storm Sandy (Inspiration)

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  • Classic Carrara marble master bathroom (Project of the month)
  • Proper paint storage & disposal (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Doris Duke's Shangri-La at the Museum of Art & Design (Inspiration)

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  • Attic bedroom retreat (Project of the month)
  • iPhone covers made from skateboard factory waste materials (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Landline phone number retired - RIP 973-744-8947!
  • Best of Essex competition
  • Summer Interns from Montclair Kimberly Academy
  • Problem solving on the job by Kira Farris
  • From plan to final design by Stephanie Brunner

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  • Designer's own kitchen backsplash (Project of the Month)
  • Broken tile mosaic (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Travel + Doing good in the world (Inspiration)

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  • Designer's own bedroom (Project of the Month)
  • Necklace from Sundance catalog (Inspiration)
  • Reducing the need for air conditioning (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Paint transforms entrance hall (Project of the Month)
  • Jack White ~ the coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time (Inspiration)
  • Zero waste living (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Modern Rustic Master Bath (Project of the Month)
  • The awesome beauty of nature (Inspiration)
  • Plastic bag recycling (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Kids's Bath: Classic + Colorful (Project of the Month)
  • Client's magazine tear-out (Inspiration)
  • Travel Inspiration (Reader Response)

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  • Award-winning kitchen - before and after (Project of the Month)
  • Travel (Inspiration)
  • Carbon Nation documentary (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • A double height entrance hall (Project of the Month)
  • New Islamic Galleries at the Met (Inspiration)
  • CD recycling (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • A Room Jewel: custom beaded chandelier (Project of the Month)
  • Fancy That: new Montclair store (Inspiration)
  • Cork recycling (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • red, white and "green" kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Pakistani and Thai decorated trucks (Inspiration)
  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum exhibit on designing cities (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Bathroom Design (Project of the Month)
  • IceStone countertop (Product Focus)
  • The "Hobbit House" in Wales (Inspiration)
  • Fall hazardous waste drop off (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Kitchen with small addition (Project of the Month)
  • Guggenheim Museum, NYC (Inspiration)
  • Insulation - healthy choices (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Vintage style family bathroom
  • Afghan cabinet (Inspiration)
  • Fridgecouch (Mindful Living and Green Design)

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  • Montclair Powder Room: All A-Twitter
  • Whimsical painted chests (Inspiration)
  • Eco-mom blog (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Montclair Bath - so fresh & so clean
  • The Sharing Economy (Inspiration)
  • "How bad for the environment can throwing away one plastic bottle be?" wonder 30 million people. (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Family friendly kitchen in Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Colorful buildings in Ireland (Inspiration)
  • A safe, green lawn (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • 1991 - 2011: Celebrating 20 years in business!

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  • Master bedroom at the Siena in Montclair (Project of the Month)
  • Jafajems store (Inspiration)
  • A healthy night's sleep (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Happy Holidays to you!
  • Recycled Christmas tree (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Cookin' in Brooklyn - Before and After (Project of the Month)
  • Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (Inspiration)
  • 11 year old future organic farmer (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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Special extra edition
  • Affordable solar energy (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • His Bath - Before and After (Project of the Month)
  • Whimsical Front Entrance (Inspiration)
  • Paperless Billing (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Her Bath - Before and After (Project of the Month)
  • A Shapely Vanity (Inspiration)
  • Healthy Personal Care Products (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Tale of Two Powder Rooms (Project of the Month)
  • Words to Live By (Inspiration)
  • Don't Throw Out Those Kicks! (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Colorful Mexican tile kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Something You Love (Inspiration)
  • Breaking the paper towel and napkin habit (Mindful Living & Green Design)

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  • Warm, welcoming & worldly dining room (Project of the Month)
  • Reusing Stuff (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Traveling the Silk Road (Inspiration)

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  • A spicy kitchen (Project of the Month)
  • Conserving Electricity (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Istanbul spice market (Inspiration)

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  • Classic white and black bath (Project of the Month)
  • Conserving Water (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Hadestown - new album by Anais Mitchell (Inspiration)

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  • Small, luxurious and detail-rich living room (Project of the Month)
  • Small is beautiful (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Olana, historic artist's home (Inspiration)

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  • Sunny kitchen in Morristown, NJ (Project of the Month)
  • Talkin' Trash (Mindful Living & Green Design)
  • Wacky remake of a traditional cuckoo clock (Inspiration)

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