Decor Disputes: Why the Contemporary Hipster Aesthetic is Fundamentally Dishonest

By: Diy maven Dec 09, 2014

To put a finer point on Alex's term 'Contemporary Hipster,' think obsessions with upcycling, distressing, and plywood. Sound a little familiar? Yeah, it does to me too. Alex recently penned an essay using the term titled, "Why I Despise The Hipster Aesthetic." As verbs go, despise is one of the weightier ones. Why all the animosity to a design movement that--let's face it--is seeping into countless DIY websites? Because Alex says it's "fundamentally dishonest." BeforeContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Pantone v. Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year Smackdown!

By: Diy maven Dec 05, 2014

We knew this was coming.... Pantone announced its color of the year just days after Sherwin-Williams unveiled their pick. We explored S-W's choice, Coral Reef, earlier this week that included images that proved it lived up to its descriptors "versatile, carefree, and cheerful." Now enter into the ring Pantone's pick: Marsala. It's described by Pantone asContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Would These 10 Design Trends Prevent You From Buying a Home?

By: Diy maven Nov 05, 2014

Realtor.com put together a roundup recently that addresses design trends that put potential buyers off. Intrigued? I was. They argue that 'highly individualistic' designs overwhelm the potential buyer's sensibilities, preventing them from seeing themselves living in the home. Makes sense. Now let's seeContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Is Dip-Dying (And 9 Other DIY Trends) REALLY Past Its Prime?

By: Diy maven Oct 14, 2014

Has dip-dying overstayed its welcome? Yes, according to Elle Decor. They say its meteoric rise in popularity has put it firmly on the 'cliche' list. If you DO want to do the dip, they suggest keeping the subjects small, like bowls and wooden spoons. (Although they laud the project pictured above as having been 'done properly.') The other 9 DIYContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: White Windows with Wood Trim, Yes or No?

By: Diy maven Oct 07, 2014

Sweetie Pie and I are in the process of fact-finding window replacements/upgrades. Last week, we had a consultation with a window manufacturer for state of the art, composite replacements with unfinished, real wood laminate interiors. The quote? $30k for 20 windows. One of them is a gigantic 'picture' window that clocked in at $8k alone. Ouch. We're gettingContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Marriage-Ending Headboard Makeover?

By: Diy maven Sep 22, 2014

(Purists, avert your eyes. This makeover just might put you over the edge.) DeDe found a complete 5 piece, solid wood bedroom set on Craigslist that was--in her words--"really great shape." She wanted to paint it. Her husband balked, as mine would. "Why do you have to paint completely fine wood furniture?" he asked. Her reply: "BecauseContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Are These Makeovers Pretentious?

By: Diy maven Sep 15, 2014

When I first saw a recent collection of home remodels (tear downs, really) on HuffPost Home, I was impressed by the level of their transformation, not necessarily style. So, to see what other's were thinking, I scanned the readers' comments, and my eyes trained on the words 'ostentatious' and 'pretentious.' Overwhelmingly, respondentsContinue Reading

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Decor Dispute: Should You Paint A Small Room A Dark Color?

By: Faith-towers Apr 24, 2014

Can you paint a small room a dark color?

It's a widely known design "rule" that painting a room a light color makes it feel larger. So, therefore, painting a small room a dark color will make it feel even smaller. But others feel that dark walls recede visually into the background making a space feel larger. And some people don't care about the rules to begin with.   Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Do You Prefer Matching Sofa Sets and Sectionals or Coordinating Pieces?

By: Faith-towers Mar 20, 2014

Matching sofa set vs. mismatched pieces.

People tend to have very strong opinions on this matter. Coordinating sofa sets and sectionals offer an instant sense of cohesion; choosing mismatched furniture, however, takes some extra planning. Which do you prefer? Click through for more examples of each style.   

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Decor Disputes: Should We REALLY Never Buy These 4 Things in Neutral?

By: Diy maven Mar 05, 2014

A line has been drawn in the sand. With the help of this month's issue of Domino Magazine, the experts at Refinery29 identify 4 things we should 'NEVER' buy in a neutral color. Never? NEVER?? Kind of a strong word (and in all caps, no less) for something

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Decor Disputes: Should Brad Pitt Stick to Acting?

By: Diy maven Nov 20, 2012

Brad Pitt furniture

What, you may ask, does Brad Pitt's acting ability and disputing decor have in common? When Brad enters the world of furniture design, that's what. Last week the actor unveiled his limited edition collaboration with renowned furniture maker Frank Pollaro, who is known for creating exemplary reproductions of Art Deco pieces. The partnership began a few years ago when Pollaro designed and installed a desk in Pitt's French chateau and Continue Reading

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Gorgeous Mid-Century Sunroom Conversion

By: Diy maven Nov 14, 2012

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The quintessential sunroom of the 1950's home is one of the best features of such architecture. The owner of The Jones House had one and decided to convert it into a four season living space. The room was furnished with primarily recycled, reclaimed Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: What's Up With Kitchen Art?

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2012

Iced Fruits Wall Decal

Fruit, vegetables, coffee cups, wine glasses, kitchen utensils, chefs with laughably large toques and roosters are some of the images that appear when you search 'kitchen art' on just about any poster/art website. Why? Who said that that's what constitutes art appropriateContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: What's With the Gigantic Furniture?

By: Diy maven Oct 19, 2012

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Have you visited a traditional furniture store lately? If not, let me tell you what has been going on for the past few years. Furniture is getting ridiculously gigantic. Tables that don't fit in the average eat-in kitchen, dining chairs heavier than full-grown St. Bernards, sofas as big Continue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Are White Kitchens Becoming Passe?

By: Diy maven Jun 29, 2012

white carole lalli kitchen

The last few times I've posted makeovers of kitchens where the outcome is white, there's been an inordinate amount of comments pegging them as sterile, even likening them to operating rooms. If we'd been talking about white kitchens a few years back, I'm guessing the general consensus would have been that they're timeless. Now, who Continue Reading

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