How To: Build a Midcentury Modern Side Table

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2014

Oooo! Mandi from A Beautiful Mess just posted a tutorial showing us how to make this fabulous MCM side table. She considers this build only 'moderately difficult,' but with her instructions, I'm sure we'd have no… Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: Clever (and Beautiful) Media Organization Solutions

By: Faith-towers Jul 08, 2014

Media Organization Solutions

Sure, you can throw your DVDs on a shelf in no particular order. Or you can pile your magazines messily on the coffee table. Or you could take a few extra minutes to organize your media in a more inspired way. Here are ten clever ideas that will get your organizational juices… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 6 Rooms Go From Cluttered to Clean

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2014

Do you need some inspiration to do a little decluttering and cleaning? If so, you gotta check out these before and afters. Like with any cleaning/straightening job, sometimes it's best to start small,… 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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Before and After: A Living Room with a Curved Ceiling Gets a Revamp

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 01, 2014

This living room area was already in great shape, so you can probably imagine that the after is going to look pretty good too, right? And it does. A built in bookshelf has been added, the gold ceiling has been painted over, and that far window was… Continue Reading

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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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How To: Create a DIY Stamped Statement Wall

By: Capreek Jun 26, 2014

I am kind of obsessed with home design. Ever since I've had a place to myself, I've used my downtime to do something with the house. And creating something out of a mass of rejects is usually my weapon of choice.

Other than a few key pieces of furniture, everything at my place is always either a DIY project, has undergone a makeover, or been picked up second-hand. I think it's a genetic defect to not be able to accept a mass-produced product without letting it suffer through a rebirth.

When we moved into my now-apartment, I immediately knew I wanted a statement wall for my bedroom and everything else could happen around it. So I painted it. Hated it. Repainted it. Googled for inspiration. Came up with nothing. Thought some more. Questioned why the universe was conspiring against me. And then I knew what I had to do.

Stamping. And that's how I… 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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Before and After: A $2 Woven Basket Gets a New Look

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jun 19, 2014

Sometimes you see a $2 basket at a yard sale that is not quite what you are looking for, and you buy it anyway because it's only two dollars. Then you take it home and add your own DIY spin to it and you're all set. That's what happened with this DIY basket idea. The transformation is a pretty colorful… 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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This to That: Chair Becomes End Table

By: Diy maven Jun 10, 2014

We've seen chairs used as tables before, but Cathy really thought outside the box for this redo. She had a client with a coastal style that was in need of an end table, but when she saw this worn bamboo chair, something clicked. She decided, in classic Tim Gunn vernacular, to make it work.… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Refreshing New Living Room

By: Faith-towers Jun 09, 2014

Laura's Living Room Before

There was nothing modern about this living room. The main colors were brown, tan and beige, and nothing felt finished or functional. But just wait until you see the unbelievable… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Office to Sitting Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Jun 09, 2014

Back in 2010 Brooke made herself a home office. But she didn't use it for an office. Mostly it was a 'catch-all room,' and the clutter was driving her NUTS. So she did what every good DIYer does. She made it over again, but this time she made it into a room she knew she'd use: a sitting room. It started with painting the walls. Brooke's FIRST pick was Behr's Gray Shimmer,Continue Reading

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