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...
Am I crazy or isn't Swedish Country just Shabby Chic tidied up a bit, pink fuzziness removed from the photographs and tighter fitting white slipcovers? From every photo and blog I've seen touting Swedish Country, it looks to me like Shabby Chic.
Mary Leigh had enough of her ho-hum deck. Not only was it tired and worn, part of it overlooked a parking lot. Adding some weather-resistant fabrics and rug as well as traditionally indoor elements gave this overlooked area new life.
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...
Josh & Brent made these orange rind votives for New Years Eve, but how pretty would they be dressing up your outdoor living space for your next evening get-together? To make them, you'll need....
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...
The thrift store. It's eco-friendly. It's cheap. And most importantly. the limitations force you to work creatively.
So, take CasaSugar's approach and go for it: use those second-hand gems as central items in your decor. You may be surprised.
Do It Yourself magazine offers thirty ideas for DIY scale-able wall art. Using materials as diverse as drink coasters and doll clothes, there's certain to be a project to suit everyone's taste.
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.
Getting in on the cruelty-free deer and antler craze has been a task for your credit card, not your X-acto knife.
Until now, that is. In May, Chronicle Books will release Dorm Decor, a collection of ideas to spice up college students' nine-months-of-the-year abodes. And their sneak peek project: a brightly colored faux deer head, handmade with foam core and wrapping paper.
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.
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.
Whether you're re-doing your blah bedroom or trying to add some pizzazz to your uneventful living room, here are some tricks of the trade that will certainly help you work magic by creating visual distractions and/or attractions to fool the eye.
These apartment interiors by Ozhan Hazirlar are so perfect, they almost look fake. Which is probably why I like them. Bright, minimal, linear. Doesn’t get much better than that. Note the repeat of the curvy lozenge (and half-lozenge) shape from room to room. Via.
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.
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...
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...
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....