Crepe Paper Wall Stripe.

by Chris Gardner

Matt had a blank wall. And, so, he decided to do something about it.

"I wanted a solution that was cheap and easier than painting. Then it came to me—common crepe paper party streamers. They come in a variety of colors and cost as little as five bucks for a 500-foot roll. The only other thing needed is a little double sided tape to hold them in place at the top and bottom."

Super cheap, and super effect. Visit Readymade for Matt's technique and...

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Web Technology 2.0 RSS-Inspired Home Decor

by Chris Gardner

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For the true tech dec fans out there: RSS logo decor items. The Web 2.0 technology - Real Simple Syndication - "is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit...

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Cardboard Safari: Peace, Love, and Taxidermy.

by Chris Gardner

With two working-class science teachers for parents, we were rarely allowed to have snacks at the movies, to buy toys outside of holidays, or ambitious vacations. BUT, we ALWAYS were allowed to buy souvenirs from museum and zoo gift shops.

So, having grown up putting together T.Rex skeletons and playing with molecular models, I have a soft spot for the flat-packed, Cardboard Safari approach to wall decor.

From Inhabitat, "The...

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The Laziest Slipcover Tutorial Ever

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-03-27

Look in any decorating magazine and there will be a room with baggy, white or natural slipcovers. It's the perfect canvas for all sorts of eclectic decor. I don't do slipcovers. I never learned how because I've always had neutral upholstery fabrics on my furniture. However, seasonal slipcover changes seem like the ultimate luxury. Light and fresh in the Spring and nubby, warm and cozy in the Fall, ah yes.

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How to: Typography Wall

by Chris Gardner

Those in the home of DreamBird Designs really love typography. And they're right: it's bold, playful, and surprisingly distinctive when on a wall or pillow rather than a page.

This large X painted on the wall adds heaps of flair, and they detail their process for inspiration. The couple used Adobe Illustrator and ALOT of printed pages, but a projector may do the same, if you can place it far enough away from the wall.

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Kate Hepburn's Furniture Advice on YouTube

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 01/26/09

Everyone's been tempted to buy a piece of furniture that's a cheap, poorly built piece of crapola that's  been disguised in neutral fabric and stained wood that looks good to the untrained eye. Whether new or vintage, sometimes you take the jump to buy a bad piece. Remember that it's harder to remove a piece of furniture, however bad it is, once it's settled into your space.  Watch Kate Hepburn wield her words of wisdom on the long term benefits of buying good furniture in an old clip of The Dick Cavett Show.  I wonder where the furniture on that set is today. 

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10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

by Chris Gardner

Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.

1. Take IKEA seriously.

2. Yard sales!

3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores

4. Share a car.

5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon

6. Do it yourself.

7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.

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Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 10/29/08

created on: 10/29/08

  It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some...

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How To Create An Album Art Wall on the Cheap.

by Chris Gardner

In my wife's (then, girl-I-was-gonna-marry-but-hadn't-yet) first post-college apartment, we filled the entire area over the sofa with album covers. We used sticky-tack, but the jackets were heavy, they fell often, and it ruined the surface of many of them.

 

This technique is much more brilliant. It's as simply as l-shaped screws. Of course. No harm to the jackets, and it allows the artwork to be interchanged as the modd strikes...

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Goodwill Hunting: DIY Recyclable Roundup

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/07/08

There have been gobs of juicy good finds at Goodwill in the past couple of weeks.  Maybe it's hot August doldrums and people feel like purging, but I've been hitting the jackpot on every visit.  Since my garage is overflowing with all kinds of  recyclable furniture, I decided to focus on accessory items for crafting and design for my weekly DIY newspaper column.   A few photos and some ideas are included for sparking your own creativity. 

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