With all your interior decorations hung and making spirits bright, it's time to head beyond the icicle lights for some handmade outdoor holiday projects.
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 someContinue Reading
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.
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.Continue Reading
Designer Mariana Leung spent all her funds purchasing and renovating her new home, leaving very little to decorate her new space. So, she turned to her fabric scrap bin to create this handmade wall mural out of leftover felt. And with some felt, painter's tape, and scissors of your own, you can follow her tutorial and do such yourself.
Japanese sewing machine company Janome offers a great tutorial and a bit of info on noren (æš–ç°¾) : traditional japanese fabric dividers that are hung on walls, windows, doorways, or in between rooms. Simply join the pieces, hem, then reinforce by sewing a triangle. They provide tips for adding traditional embroidery, but I think they look mighty sharp in a basic mod fabric, as below, from Whip Up.
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Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...
- Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
- Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
- Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned downContinue Reading
"Though the number of flowers you’ll need depends on how long you want your garlands to be, gather up at least a couple dozen blooms, as well as a needle and thread. Carnations are a good choice because they’re sturdy (and affordable!), but any locally available, Continue Reading
The first time I saw A Clockwork Orange (at 13), I was way too young: too young for the content, too young to understand the themes, or even the intricacies of the plot, and too young to recognize it as fine piece of filmmaking (with a remarkable Moog soundtrack). In fact, the only thing I could really appreciate was the insane postmodern interiors of the set décor...From the Korova Milk Bar to the internal shots of the homes to the wildlyContinue Reading
Okay, this must be the coolest outdoor decor item EVER. A little heaven on earth, Henry Hall Designs’ Cocoon Hammock with a Terrace Base is constructed of a "Taukkyan wood frame [and] electropolished stainless steel components." It’s a special order item and no price is given on the website, which we all know means it’s crazy expensive. (Rumor is it prices out at about $19,500. Ouch!) BUT, I’m thinking a few 4x4's assembled in an arty sort ofContinue Reading
All home improvement stores sell big indoor/outdoor rugs. They’re cheap and they’re not attractive–dare I say ugly? Well, here’s a way to make one of those utilitarian things look fabulous.
What you need:
One indoor/outdoor rug. Mine is an Ozite, 6' x 8' rug in bark. It cost 12 bucks and I had a 2 dollar rebate. If this size is too big, you can cut them down with a scissors to any size or shape you desire–probably even puzzle pieces.
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Have you ever noticed how public places make use of white twinkle lights year round? Why? Because it’s festive, of course. Which is exactly the reason we should all consider adding twinkle lights to our homes. An easy way to this is snag a couple of Graham & Green’s lighted Cherry Blossom Branches. For 16£, you get a 100 cm high branch outfitted with 35 lighted flowers (available in pink & white). How festive is that?
If you’re a surfer, or even if you’re not, check out Better Surf Than Sorry’s website for everything surfboard-er-y. Of special interest to the Curbly crowd is their surf-style home decor, of course. Outfit your pad with some surfboard (and longboard) inspired paraphernalia and soon you’ll be embracing your inner Spicoli, kickin’ back under the breeze coming from your surfboard ceiling fan and dreaming of catching some sweet waves.