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From Drab to Fab: Nate Berkus Transforms a Family Kitchen

By: Diy maven Apr 24, 2015

Photo: House Beautiful

I don't have to tell you that most of the room re-dos we see in these parts are totally (or very nearly) all DIY, but it's nice to see a design from a pro now and then. In this case that pro is Nate Berkus. A trick he uses to make a room look authentic is to make it feel as if it has been "assembled and layered over time." To do this, he incorporates "'pieces that have patina and age'" along with new items from stores like Target." But enough of the talky-talky; let'sContinue Reading

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How to Recycle Plastic Bottles into Beautiful Flowers

By: Diy maven Apr 21, 2015
Photo: Reciclado Creativo

Artist Rosa Montesa recycles plastic bottles into beautiful objects. One in particular that caught my eye is this red flower. At a glance, you really can't tell it's made of a recycled plastic bottle. The trick to getting the plastic to take that organic petal shape is....wait for it....aContinue Reading

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Before and After: Roll-Top Desk Resurrection

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2015

Photo: The Thinking Closet

When Lauren's in-laws downsized and offered up their old roll-top desk, she and her husband gladly accepted it. In perfect condition, there was no need for renovation. As far as style was concerned, it needed resurrection to better align with Lauren and her husband's tastes. Even though she felt 'a little criminal to even contemplate painting' it, she did anyway. Now, I've always had a soft spot for roll-top desks, which, whenContinue Reading

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How To: Make an Instagram Chocolate Mousse Cake

By: Diy maven Apr 17, 2015

Photo: How to Cook That

Ann Reardon is part baker, artist, and engineer. She'd have to be to come up with an Instagram surprise cake, which just might be the the best surprise cake I have ever seen. She takes us through the entire process inContinue Reading

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$12 Goodwill Coffee Table Turned Tufted Ottoman

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2015
Photo: Bean In Love

Honestly, if I'd have seen this coffee table at my local Goodwill, I would have passed on the shape alone. (My rule is if it isn't rectangular or round, forget it.) But it was exactly the octagonal shape that worked--and worked well--for Sheena's sectional sofa arrangement. So she plunked downContinue Reading

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DIY Slipcover Tips and Tricks

By: Diy maven Apr 14, 2015
Photo: Brooklyn Berry Designs

Next time we attempt to sew a slipcover, we should skip the pins and use a run-of-the-mill stapler instead. If that sounds weird, it isn't when Brooke explains the benefits. (And, no, we don't just leave them in there.) That's justContinue Reading

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Before and After: Unrecognizable IKEA Console Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2015

Photo: Sawdust 2 Stitches

Corey flipped the genius switch when she transformed the random IKEA console pictured above into a rustic apothecary chest suitable for a Pottery Barn showroom. Although she started with an IKEA piece, any basic cubbyhole-typeContinue Reading

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From Shabby to Chic: Stylish Refrigerator Makeover

By: Diy maven Apr 10, 2015

Photo: Trois Petites Filles

Picture this: It's 2 am and you can't sleep because inspiration has struck and you are so excited to start the project in mind that your racing brain postpones blissful slumber that much longer. Sound familiar? Well, that's exactly what happened to Victoria when it occurred to herContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Memorable Room Makeovers for Under $1000

By: Diy maven Apr 08, 2015

The edict for this roundup was 10 room makeovers for under $1,000. I'm happy to say that most of these do-overs are way under that price point. One actually clocked in at under $25! So here goes...ten of our most memorable budgetContinue Reading

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How One Lightbulb Can Transform an Entire Room into a Work of Art

By: Diy maven Apr 07, 2015
Photo: Anila Quayyum Agha

Artist Anila Quayyum Agha's installation entitled "Intersections," is a laser-cut box with a lightbulb inside it. The simple combination results in a magical feast for the eye. She's done two installations like this. The first inContinue Reading

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