Small Apartment Bedroom Gets HUGE Kid Makeover

by DIY Maven
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Photo: So Haute Style

Nicole Gibbons was given a tall order when asked to re-do the smaller bedroom in a clients' 2-bedroom NYC apartment. It started as a "big boy room" for their toddler son, but a few months into the project--surprise--the couple learned they were adding another kiddo to the group. Nicole's plan had to change--big time. Now the room had to service a growing toddler AND a new baby, a baby, by the way...

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Round Up: 10 Fun & Easy Lighting DIYs to Brighten Your Outdoor Space

by Stephanie Lee
10 Fun & Easy Lighting DIYs to Brighten Your Outdoor Space
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

I'm going to be honest here and admit that although I have a large courtyard, I barely spend any time in it and I haven't entertained there ONCE. Crazy huh?

It's not that I don't like the outdoors I swear! Rather, our outside space looks like the land that time forgot with plants all over the place and remnants of paving from the last owners. In short, it's really not a picturesque place to host a summer soiree. 

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Eye Candy: 10 Clever Ways To Use Bistro Lights Outside

by Faith Towers

Eye Candy: 10 Clever Ways To Use Bistro Lights Outside

Photo:Yard Envy

 

Bistro lights, also known as globe or string lights, are hot these days... people are using them for weddings and parties, but they're also great for general everyday use. And you can do more than just drape them on a railing. Here are ten clever ways to use them.   

 

Eye Candy: 10 Clever Ways To Use Bistro Lights Outside

Photo: The Good Life

1. Wrap bistro lights around tree branches to cast a pretty...

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Before & After: Gorgeous West Elm Bedroom Makeover

by DIY Maven
West Elm Bedroom Makeover Before
Photo: Jacqui Turk

This bedroom makeover is like the Cinderella of bedroom makeovers. You can tell by the "before" that it has all the makings of something beautiful but just needed a fairy godmother to put it over the top. The bedroom belongs to Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict, and when West Elm found out it was up for renovation, they decided to pick up the wand. And bippity-poppity-boo this is what the bedroom looks...

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Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne's ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn't break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne

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How To: Make Dramatic PVC Uplights

by DIY Maven
Dramatic PVC Uplights
Photo: Dremel Weekends

Our friends over at Dremel Weekends feature this absolutely lovely trio of uplights made of PVC. They look great with white interiors, but I'm wondering what they might've looked like sprayed on the inside, perhaps with something metallic like gold.

Besides the PVC pipe and a roto tool and bits (preferably Dremel, of course), other things we'll need to make them include spotlights, clamps...

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, COMPLETE!

by DIY Maven

 

Maven's office swap compete
Photo: DIY Maven

If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment

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Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade

by DIY Maven
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There are just a few incidentals left to complete, and then my home office will be finished. (I get a little giddy just thinking about it.) The hard stuff-building, painting, staining, and sanding is done. Now it's just a matter of making things look pretty.

One of those things is the room's ceiling fixture. I haven't seen any (excuse the expression, but it fits) boob light revamps on the interweb that hides their appearance.

Although I did see one project that suggested making a pretty bra (made of beads) for the thing. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. It still looked like a boob light--just ready for some action. Okay, I'm getting off track.

So! I had also seen a bunch of projects where the makers removed the glass part of the fixture and wired up a barrel shade to the original flange of the old fixture through which they drilled holes.

The outcome looked okay, but, because they had to leave room for their fingers to do the wire-twisting, the shades couldn't be flush to the ceiling--something I wanted. However, if the makers

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You Can Do It: 10 Rental Updates Your Landlord Doesn't Need to Know About

by Jennifer Farley
Rental Updates without asking your Landlord's Permission
Source: Skonahem

This is not a post about deceiving your landlord. This post is about updates you can make to your rental that more than likely don't need your landlord's permission. My husband and I are landlords. Rentals are a part of our full-time job; so here are some things WE wouldn't mind you doing if you lived in our rentals ... and I bet your landlord might feel the same way.  

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DIY Kitchen Makeover With a Twist

by DIY Maven
Megan's kitchen before
Photo: One Kings Lane

What I love about Megan's DIY kitchen makeover is it's totally unexpected. Let's face it, there's a lot of kitchen makeovers out there that, although they look fabulous after, they all kinda look alike. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; they're popular for a reason. But as someone who searches for kitchen makeovers on the intertubes on a regular basis, something different is good. Now back to

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