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Dress Up the Kitchen

By: Lilybee Dec 11, 2008

My (very brave) mum is hosting a dinner party for 35 this month. There will be a ginormous tree and a roaring fire, carefully grouped seating and good music. Of course the guests probably won't hear or see any of that, they'll be hanging out in the kitchen, all 35 of them.

Here are a few ways to extend your decorating in to the most used space in the house


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Artfully arrange (or carelessly toss) a few baublesContinue Reading

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Creative Stimulation at The Selby

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 11, 2008

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Before everyone goes all ORGANIZATION and starts decluttering on January 1st, get a load of these homes and spaces of interesting people and other creative types.  We routinely see the tidied up, photography-ready, static, empty room pictures in magazines and blogs, but Todd Selby captures the real life, inspiration-laden environments of the creatively gifted on his website, The Selby.

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And The Nominees Are... The Brit Insurance Design Awards

By: Lilybee Dec 10, 2008

This time of year there's always a glut of 'round up's', 'best of's' and retrospectives, AND we're gearing up for award season. So exciting! The design world is no different. The Brit Insurance awards call themselves 'The Most Comprehensive Deign Awards In The World'. They cover the whole gamut with categories in architecture, fashion, furniture, graphic design, interactive, product and (phew!) transport. The furniture shortlist includes:

The Nendo Cabbage chair

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How to make a photo transfer with packaging tape.

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2008

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Melissa at Scrapbooks etc shares a technique of using ordinary packaging tape to make photo transfers. Very cool!

What you need to make them:

  • A laser printer copy of a photo, preferably with one with high contrast
  • Regular old packaging tape, or sheet laminate if using a large photo
  • A basin of warm water
  • A scissors

What you do to make them:

Click on this jump to see Melissa in action!

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make woven fabric hearts.

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2008

Danish woven hearts are part of every kid's childhood. (Or they should be.) If you were like me, your hearts ripped as you wove them or as you filled them. Either way, they lead to heart ache.  Making them out of fabric, however, will save you countless tears. They'll last for many Christmases and Valentine's days to come and they'll never break your heart. (Over use of puns intended.)

What you need to make 'em:

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Garage Door Headboard

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2008

Okay, this isn't just any garage door. It's an old garage door with loads of character. Jenny K, a contributor at Junk Market Style, carefully stripped and sanded the door, which she discovered was constructed of fir and pine. She then simply propped it up behind her king-sized bed for an amazing statement.

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Recycle Carpet Samples

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 10, 2008

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It's time for me to take a break from Christmas decor.  When I think about the fresh, new year, I get giddy about cleaning, clearing, and being creative with inexpensive materials.  Lucky for me, Readymade has provided three ideas from Jen Trolio for reusing carpet samples.  Lowe's,  Home Depot and some supersize stores always seem to have an abundance of carpet samples available right after New Year's Day.  With a utility knife, a straight edge and duct tape, boring carpet samples can be transformed into a dandy floor runner, a tactile headboard and a wacky flower vase.  To get a jump on things I'm making lists.....Continue Reading

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Have The Greenest Tree Around

By: Lilybee Dec 09, 2008

Cookies, berries and popcorn. Yummy. And the most ecologically sound way to decorate your tree. If your decorations are not eaten straight off the tree by naughty pooches (you know who you are... Dilly) then you can use them later to feed birds or pop them in the compost.

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Popcorn, thread, needle and voila! A festive afternoon filled with delicious smells and a full tummy.Continue Reading

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How To: Three Contemporary Paper Garlands.

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2008

Paper rings are very fine things, but why not try something a little more ambitious this year. Design*Sponge offers three twists on the classic paper garland, with quite impressive results, indeed.

Faux Bois Rectangular Chain

Folded Paper "Chewing Gum" Chain

No-Glue 2D Ring Garland


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The Best Home Fixes Under $500.

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2008

Whether your selling it, or just want to make living in it a little more pleasant, your home can benefit majorly from mid-sized improvements. With many well under the $500 mark, Handy Man Home Repair has gathered a list of useful, and mostly easy, bang-for-your-buck options.

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