Five Ways To Make Your Patio Gorgeous For Under $1000

by Faith Towers
Five Ways To Make Your Patio Gorgeous For Under $1000
Photo: The Fresh Exchange

Creating a beautiful patio on a budget can be difficult, especially considering all the not-so-pretty options out there. The gorgeous outdoor space above from The Fresh Exchange inspired us to do some browsing... and then we assembled five different patio setups in a variety of styles that you're sure to love. Click through to check out the mood boards!   

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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.

Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.  

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How To: Embellish Plain Gift Bags with Leftover Craft Supplies

by DIY Maven
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So you needed about two feet of some sort of special ribbon for a particular project, but you now have several yards leftover. Or maybe it was a sewing or upholstery project, and you have one foot square of fabric leftover. What do you do? If you're like me, you keep it thinking that someday you'll find a use for it. Months pass. Maybe even years. And still, when you see that ribbon or fabric square, you think, someday. Why

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Inspiration Galore: Fall Idea House Tour

by DIY Maven
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I recently had the opportunity of touring an "idea house." The property, a charming 1920's bungalow, belongs to and is maintained by a local family-owned company called Bachman's. The idea house is near their flagship store on Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis and is maintained as a landmark to celebrate the family's ancestors who lived in the home, conducting business just a few hundred feet away. Although the company is known primarily as a premier garden center, it also offers home decor items a-plenty. They

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Mini Makeover: Window Treatments Really Do Transform an Entire Space

by Faith Towers
Before and After: A Country Curtains Mini Makeover

Throughout the first year of living in our new house, the formal living room has gone through a number of transformations. And for a while, the windows went undressed... until now. So today I wanted to share the before and after images of our space to prove how much window treatments can affect the overall feel of a room. Click through to check out the after.   

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A Seriously Extensive Shopping Guide of Gold, Copper, & Bronze Kitchen & Bathroom Fixtures

by Jennifer Farley

Shopping Guide: Gold. Bronze, and Copper Plumbing Fixtures

I know you feel like you just ripped out the 80s gold fixtures in your bathroom renovation five years ago, which, by the way, was a good decision, but the truth is... gold fixtures are back. No, it's not a scary resurgence like the fashion trend of acid washed jeans a few years back. Gold fixtures can be a part of a stylish and timeless style. Gold isn't the only fixture finish getting all the attention either. Don't forget about the resurgence of copper and bronze into the design world. Today I'm going to share an extremely thorough list of where you can buy gold, copper, and bronze kitchen and bathroom fixtures for any design style.   

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Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

by DIY Maven

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as...

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Before & After: 1990's Kitchen Gets Much Needed Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

1990's kitchen before
Photo: DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Faux wood laminate countertops, dark cabinets with raised panel "cathedral" doors, boring beige flooring and that peculiar 1990's green that was ever so popular at the time made this kitchen dark, dated and in dire need of a makeover. The homeowner chose to go the pro route and employed DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Ann Arbor, MI.   

1990's kitchen after
Photo: DreamMaker
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