Before and After: A Dark Dining Room Goes Bright and White

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 24, 2014

Call me crazy, but I love room makeovers that involve painting over dark molding, and this dining room had a lot of it. The wood accents and molding details are lovely, but they also make the space feel smaller and a little dark, even with that gorgeous sunlight coming… Continue Reading

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Make It: Quilted Modern Art

By: Diy maven Jul 23, 2014

There's nothing 'granny' about Mandi's big, DIY, quilted modern art. I love the juxtaposition of hard graphic lines and the quintessential softness of quilted material. (There goes my vocabulary budget for the day.) The… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A "Cool" Dining Room Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jul 07, 2014

Dining Room Makeover

This dining room was fine. It was workable. Decent. But the owners wanted to transform it from okay to amazing. So they made a few changes, and chose their furniture carefully. Check out the gorgeous final result after the jump.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: IKEA Solutions for a Growing Family

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2014

The Fair family won a free home makeover courtesy of IKEA. And it came at just the right time. The family of five was outgrowing their 1,500 square foot Charlotte home as fast as their three… Continue Reading

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Museum Tour: Art as Home Furnishings

By: Diy maven Jul 02, 2014

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to visit an exhibit at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center entitled, "Art in the Home." Although some of the art was the conventional hang-on-the-wall kind, most of the pieces were the furnishings themselves. Tables, chairs, benches, vessels, light fixtures. Everywhere I looked was a piece of art. It was, as you can imagine,… Continue Reading

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9 Tips for Smart Kid-Friendly Design

By: Alicia Jul 01, 2014


Creating a home that's both stylish and family-friendly can be a hard balance to strike. But, with some creativity and clever space planning, making your home a place that can be safely enjoyed by the entire family is achievable. We've rounded up a list of nine tips that blend style and function. 

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How To: Make a Geometric Backdrop

By: Diy maven Jul 01, 2014

Blair created this backdrop decoration with a modern wedding in mind, but I can picture it used in other ways too. Like a backdrop on a modern fireplace mantel… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Knock-Out Kitchen Makevoer

By: Diy maven Jun 23, 2014

This makeover is quite the head-scratcher.  It looks so different after, it could be a picture of some other space altogether. (The only thing that looks familiar is the window.) That's because celebrity designer Candice Olsen not only made over the kitchen, she also knocked out two of its walls,… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Modern Trestle-Style Dining Table for Under $50

By: Capreek Jun 18, 2014

A modern, solid wood dining table for under $50 is basically unheard of. Which may explain why this project from The Design Confidential is blowing my mind!  … Continue Reading

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Before and After: Sweet Porch Dining Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 16, 2014

Last Friday we had a roundup of eye candy that included some gorgeous outdoor dining spaces. In today's B & A, we have an existing porch dining room that was… Continue Reading

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Make It: 15 Minute Neon String and Straw Hanging Planters

By: Diy maven Jun 11, 2014

A hanging planter made of neon cord? Cool. But a hanging planter made of neon cord and drinking straws? Very cool. The pearlescentContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Colorful DIY Bench IKEA Hack

By: Capreek Jun 04, 2014

Inspired by an outdoor bench makeover she'd spotted floating around the Internet (you know the one), Alecia decided to recreate the idea with a more finished look for indoor use. The result? One of my favorite IKEA hacks to… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Succulent Wall Art

By: Matt allison Jun 04, 2014

DIY Succulent Wall Art

I'm a sucker for succulents and air plants. They are largely inexpensive, come in all shapes, sizes, colors and easy to grow, always a winning… Continue Reading

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How-To Roundup: 10 DIY Roller Shade Makeovers

By: Diy maven May 29, 2014

DIYers have been making over inexpensive roller shades for some time now. These projects, however, are some of the most successful transformations out there. Using fabric, paint, paper, and, in one case, a paperContinue Reading

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Make It: Concrete Modular Geometric Wall Planters

By: Matt allison May 28, 2014

Concrete Modular Geometric Wall Planters

I love succulents, even the blackest of thumbs can keep them alive and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors to suit your decor. The trend these days is to create 'living walls', bringing the outdoors in, and this project takes that approach in modular fashion using DIY geometric cast concrete planters. Full instructions and template on how to make your own are at the link… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Old Dining Room Chairs Become New Again

By: Brittni mehlhoff May 19, 2014

After last week's upholstered chair makeover roundup, I still have seating on my brain. So, I thought I would share another cool chair DIY, only this one doesn't involve upholstery at… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Beaded Cage Light

By: Matt allison May 07, 2014

DIY Beaded Cage Light

I love how this cheap cage light gets a 'Nordic' make-over. Detailed instructions and a step-by-step guide can be found at the link… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Typographical Thumbtack Art

By: Diy maven May 06, 2014

One thumbtack is forgettable. 700 thumbtacks are fabulous. At least the way Virginia arranged them. She started with a 12" x 12" canvas onto which sheContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 10 Ultra Colorful Rooms

By: Faith-towers May 05, 2014

10 Unbelievably Colorful Rooms

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, today we have an eye-popping roundup of ultra colorful rooms. Every color of the rainbow is fair game here. Click through to see ten of my favorite brightly hued… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Stool Makeover

By: Matt allison Apr 23, 2014

DIY Stool Makeover

What a neat, inexpensive makeover! Watch as the ladies from The Merry Thought makeover this $1 rummage sale buy. If you're not as lucky to find one Ikea have similar stools for $5, then using their tips and instructions get to work on customizing your own.

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