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Refresh Your Bathroom

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Do you sometimes feel like you're tired of the look or feel of a room, but you're not in a position to completely overhaul the design because you might not have the time or the budget? You can refresh a room by just switching out a few accessories now and then. For example, you can make your bathroom feel new again by swapping out old towels and mats with new ones in a color that complements the season, and upgrading your sink accessories to a matching, modern set. Here are a few inexpensive items I'm liking right now that would work to give your bathroom a fresh look.

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This bathroom set has a classic design, but the metal makes it feel modern and sophisticated. Martha Stewart Collection Bath Accessories Metal Collection, $18-$50.

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Who doesn't love a plush, comfy new bathrobe? Martha Stewart Collection Robe, $80.

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These bath rugs are so soft under your feet, and the pretty jewel tones add a calming effect to the room. Martha Stewart Collection Bath Rugs Cozy Plush Collection, $27-$40.

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A new set of rugs needs matching towels, of course. These quick-dry towels coordinate perfectly. Martha Stewart Collection Bath Towels Soft Solutions Collection, $7-$10.

Office Organization

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Even though the sweltering heat is still holding on, we're into August now, and I'm starting to realize that the end of the slightly breezier summer work schedule is fast approaching. To help me gear up for the fall and a fresh, back-to-school work ethic, I've been looking to beautifully organized work spaces for inspiration. No one does chic, minimal, and clean offices and desks like Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living, so I went through some of their tips from past issues and chose a few of my favorites; hopefully they'll get you in a hard-working mindset too.

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This bright, clean space is ideal. Everything has its place and there is zero visible clutter. I especially love the widely-set magazine rack on the bottom left –– that would be great for my collection.

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Covering clipboards with decorative paper or fabric makes for a functional and pretty organizing tool for important documents and mail.

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If you have limited space but need an organized home office, consider a desk that stays hidden when you don't need it. It makes clutter nearly impossible, since everything needs to fold up with the desktop.

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Another paper-sorting tool is using paint cans as cubbies for specific documents. Paint cans are cheap at any paint store, and you can easily hold them in place with velcro for an instantly modern filing system.

Get motivated with some of Martha's best home organization tips in our Home How-To video hub.

Helpful Household Apps

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CaptureEven though I make sure to stay away from computers as much as humanly possibly, I try to always have my phone handy, and I've been wanting to add some useful apps to make my life easier and give me a boost of extra inspiration. Since I'm considering making some improvements to my apartment, I thought pulling together a list of the most helpful apps for home improvement and decoration would (literally) give me the tools to plan and implement the projects I want to complete. Here are my favorites - hopefully you'll find them as useful as I do!

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The Home Decorator Pro app for iPhone allows you to take a photograph of a room in your home and virtually apply different paint colors to the walls! Great for testing out color combinations and seeing whether those bold color choices will work. .99, itunes.com.

1 The Home Decorator Pro app for iPhone allows you to take a photograph of a room in your home and virtually apply different paint colors to the walls! Great for testing out color combinations and seeing whether those bold color choices will work. .99, itunes.com.

Dwell's app for the iPhone offers great design ideas and up-to-date trends in architecture and interiors. You can even search by city, and it connects to Twitter and Facebook if you want to share your inspiration with friends. Free at itunes.com.

2 Dwell's app for the iPhone offers great design ideas and up-to-date trends in architecture and interiors. You can even search by city, and it connects to Twitter and Facebook if you want to share your inspiration with friends. Free at itunes.com.

The HandyMan DIY app helps you keep lists of the tasks you need to complete with a to-do list, checklists of materials, and ways to track your spending. It also has instructions for different home projects, along with lists of materials needed. $2, itunes.com.

3 The HandyMan DIY app helps you keep lists of the tasks you need to complete with a to-do list, checklists of materials, and ways to track your spending. It also has instructions for different home projects, along with lists of materials needed. $2, itunes.com.

The Home Design 3D app is so amazing - it lets you recreate your home in 2-d or 3-d and rearrange things to play with the space in different ways. $4, itunes.com

4 The Home Design 3D app is so amazing - it lets you recreate your home in 2-d or 3-d and rearrange things to play with the space in different ways. $4, itunes.com

Photo Measures is great for the times when you forget to measure a specific piece in your home or jot down the width of a doorway - it lets you take pictures of your home and write the measurements directly on top. Easy to use and very convenient. $4.99, itunes.com.

5 Photo Measures is great for the times when you forget to measure a specific piece in your home or jot down the width of a doorway - it lets you take pictures of your home and write the measurements directly on top. Easy to use and very convenient. $4.99, itunes.com.

Houzz is basically a giant database of design ideas in app form - it's so fun to search through. free, itunes.com

6 Houzz is basically a giant database of design ideas in app form - it's so fun to search through. free, itunes.com