Lauren, one of the decorating wizards behind Decorist, was able to completely change the vibe of this teen bedroom without replacing "a single piece of furniture," which kept the transformation affordable. Before, the space was a bit lifeless, but with additions of new art, bedding, pillows, draperies, a (DIYable) headboard, and a lavender (!) inlay mirror, the room is fresh, contemporary, and joyful. Take a look: Continue Reading
Generally we see room transformations around here described with a simple "before" and "after." This is what it looked like yesterday, and this is what it looks like today. Those are great and all, but I find the most interesting makeovers are the ones that depict a transformation of style over years. People change as they live their lives, there's no getting around that, so it makes sense that their personal style reflect that. It saysContinue Reading
Katie assures us that these adorable drink koozies are super-simple to make. Although they do involve a little sewing, she says the bulk of the work involves cutting and pinning fabric. The effort pays off big time as the koozies wouldContinue Reading
Beth partnered with a big box store to make over Mike and Laura’s porch and deck. On the punch list were updated furnishings with a better arrangement to maximize the space for the family of four. Although the porch was a great space, it needed a significant dose of personality. Beth and crewContinue Reading
Honestly, if this how-to took longer, I probably wouldn't do it. BUT, because it takes only 10 minutes, I'm totally in. Plus it's a great use for the sleeves and cuffs; the rest of the sweatshirt can still be used for earth-friendly, reusable Swiffer cloths. As for making the garden gloves, thatContinue Reading
Looking for a weekend project to try? How about a DIY headboard using a simple Ikea bed frame. You'll just need the items you see above to make your own.
I have a love/hate relationship with banquettes (aka kitchen booth things). I love them because because of their ability to tuck into small spaces yet provide a lot of seating. I hate them because they're built in and can't be moved, unlike furniture. And then there's that "what happens when the dude in the center needs to get out?" thing. "Excuse me.Continue Reading
So, I'll admit it. I have a really hard time throwing things away or letting things go. I'm not quite "hoarder" status, but I'm sure if I don't start getting rid of unused pieces in my home soon, my friends and family will start to talk. Am I the only one? (Please say no!!).
Take, for example, my neglected chair. It was my very first furniture purchase that I scored in the As-Is section of IKEA when I first moved out for college TWELVE years ago! And I almost gathered the courage to get rid of it until a light bulb went on in my head. This guy didn't need to get ditched, it just needed a makeover. So, I decided to go all out and have a little fun.
I'm craving the tropics lately, after making this fun tropical leaf tablecloth. And now, I'm finding other ways to repeat this pattern in my home, like this tropical DIY pillow idea. It's really easy to make, requires very simple sewing, and you'll only need a few supplies from the fabric store. Bonus: It's an organic shape, which is a nice balance amongst the sea of square or rectangular pillows that are so common. Want to make your own?
Paint is one of my favorite mediums to work with, but dye is another option that isn't used quite as often. You can achieve some fantastic effects with dye, and it's so easy to work with! Read on to check out ten colorful DIY projects using dye.