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70 Amazing Apartment-Friendly Decor Projects

by M.E. Gray

70 amazing apartment decorating DIYs to totally transform your rental space!

If you're currently renting an apartment or studio, you might feel limited in the projects you can undertake. Not true! There's no reason let the homeowners hog all the fun. While extreme renovations like tearing down a wall are definitely out of the question, there's no end to the amount of landlord-friendly do-it-yourself projects out there. For those of you wondering how to decorate an apartment, we've rounded up 70 of our favorite rental-approved DIYs. From temporary transformations to space-saving projects, there's lot of DIY to go around in the world of apartment decorating.

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99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
Source: One Kings Lane

September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!          

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How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows

by Jeran McConnel
How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows
Photo: Jeran McConnel

I can't get enough of graphic grid patterns.  It's a clean, less busy version of plaid. Add a grid pattern to a space, and it instantly seems modern and current. I few months ago I hand drew an entire wall in a grid pattern. Ever since, I've been on the hunt for all for more grid patterns to add to my home. These bold pillows in a classic black and white grid are sure to stand out in any space.

             

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How to: Purrfectly Simple DIY Cat Bed

by M.E. Gray

Make It! DIY Cat Bed

I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).          

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

by Rachel Jacks
Upcycled sweater pillow
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.    

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36 Dorm Room "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray
Before and After: Dorm room decor ideas
Styling: Emily Henderson; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms.              
 

Before and After | Dorm Room Decor Ideas

(If you're exploring these dorm room decor ideas on a desktop computer, the before images are on the left, and the after snapshots are on the right!)

Dorm room decor ideas: Before

Dorm room decor ideas: After

@CarleighStacy/Twitter

 

Cute dorm rooms: Before shot

Cute dorm rooms: After shot

Thou Swell

 

Cute dorm rooms | Before

Cute dorm rooms | After

The Sorry Girls 

 

Before

After

@alaiyanotalexis/Twitter

 

The DIY Playbook

 

Daily Mail

 

Insider

 

Insider

 

Dorm room decor ideas - Before

Dorm room decor ideas - After

Apartment Therapy

 

Dormify via Cosmopolitan

 

@mariahwitz/Twitter

 

Apartment Therapy

 

Dormify via Cosmopolitan

 

The Sorry Girls

 

Target

 

Houzz

 

Dormify via Cosmopolitan

 

Dormify via Insider

 

@rainamahalek/Twitter

 

The Sorry Girls

 

Dormify

 

Pinterest

 

At Home with Nikki/YouTube

 

@moriahsnipes/Twitter

 

@katiewalker99 via Seventeen

 

Insider

 

Ann Lê Style

 

Before: Cute dorm rooms

After: Cute dorm rooms

Dormify via Insider

 

Before: Dorm room decor ideas

After: Dorm room decor ideas

Lola Magazine

 

Pinterest

 

Pinterest

 

My Home Ideas


Before and After | Dorm Room Ideas for Guys

Well-designed dorms aren't just for girls - boys want stylish rooms too! Check out these examples of dorm room ideas for guys.

Before pic

After pic

Kara Paslay Designs

 

HGTV before

HGTV after

HGTV Handmade/YouTube 

 

Daily Danny 

 

uscoop

 


Whether you're sending someone off to college, you're headed to the dorms yourself, or you're reminiscing about your formative years, hopefully these dorm room decor ideas inspired you!

 

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75 Kids' Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

by M.E. Gray

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself? We've rounded up 75 fun DIY...

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Cushy, Comfy, and Definitely Not Lumpy: Our Favorite DIY Pillows from the Curbly Archives

by M.E. Gray

Curbly's favorite pillow projects from the archives

If you're ever looking to change up a room in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money and doesn't require a lot of commitment, then pillows are certainly the way to go. They're interchangeable, they immediately add something to the room (whether it's color, texture, or both), and they're snuggly. So what's not to love? We're looking back at some of our own favorite pillow projects from the archives; because while store-bought is fine, it doesn't require a lot of effort or previous experience to create a one-of-a-kind cushy masterpiece. Now, on with the pillow talk!              

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How To: Make a Body Pillow Cover That's Actually Cute

by M.E. Gray

How to make a body pillow cover

Do you use a body pillow? I can't sleep without one. I used to be able to, but over the years my joints have started to require that extra support as I snooze. While my wife fortunately doesn't mind me cuddling something else all night long, I am miffed at the lack of options when it comes to shopping for a body pillow cover. Because of this, I've always made my own. Usually I just make them from an old sheet, but decided to make a fancier one for this newest body pillow I bought (body pillows are on back-to-school sale right now, just FYI!). If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, then you can make a body pillow cover of your own.           

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DIY This! Watercolor Pillowcases that Match your Decor

by Holly Wade
DIY This! Watercolor Pillowcases that Match your Decor
Photos by Holly Wade

There's something about the look of watercolors that has always intrigued me, and I've been wanting to add that blended colorful look in my home for a long time. Well, I finally found my chance! With a simple tie dye kit, I updated my bedroom pillowcases to look like a watercolor canvas! Not only did it take less than 30 minutes, it came out light and blended just like I wanted for my decor. Incorporate your favorite colors to make a simple DIY pillowcase with faux watercolors that match your decor!          

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Make These: Rorschach Ink Blot Pillows

by M.E. Gray

Make these: DIY Rorschach test pillows

Are you familiar with the Rorschach Test? It's the psychological exam where you look at ink blots and say what you see. Depending on how you interpret the ink, you receive a different diagnosis of your psyche. Now, I'm not a psychiatrist by any means, but I do know a DIY opportunity when I see one. Whether or not you interpret the shapes as a bear, or as the face of your mother, throw a little color in there and we've got ourselves a project. These ink blot pillows are easy enough for anyone to make, and each result is different!      

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Where to Find Scandinavian Style Staples Even If You're Not in the Nordic Countries

by Rachel Jacks

Scandinavian Style Staples

Perusing online tours of beautiful Scandinavian homes can be an addictive, and envy-inducing, pastime. Though you may not be able to import their high ceilings, period features, or masonry heaters (those cylindrical white corner fireplaces that I endlessly covet), you can certainly create your own replica of the Scandinavian look with the right furnishings. Figuring out where to find certain pieces can be tricky, so I'll round up some popular Scandinavian-style pieces, and tell you where you can buy them in the US.     

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Make a Tufted Velvet Flower Pillow as Good as Urban Outfitters

by Holly Wade
Tufted velvet flower pillow project
Photo by Holly Wade

I have a pillow problem. Anywhere I go, I instantly want to look at the pillow section and leave with an armful of pillows I DON'T NEED. It never stops me, and one of my favorite places to pillow shop is Urban Outfitters, which is where I stumbled upon these velvet flower pillows with tassels. Since velvet is my go-to fabric this time of year, I fell in love with the pillows and decided to practice self-restraint, telling myself I could make one and save a few bucks. Since I already had the supplies at home, my Urban Outfitters knock-off velvet flower pillow was FREE compared to the $50 version!        

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Are You Faux Real? How to Make a Fake Fur Pillow with Faux Leather Accents

by M.E. Gray

DIY fur pillow with leather accents

Usually during this time of year, I'm sad to say good-bye to summer. It's hard to let go of the long nights and sunny days. This year, however, I'm pretty excited about the start of the fall season. Don't get me wrong - I love summer, but there's just something so enthralling about the onset of chilly weather. I love the smells, the colors, and the textures - specifically textures like furs and leathers. To start the transition from summer to autumn, I decided to make a DIY fur pillow out of my favorite fall feels.... except this pillow is animal-friendly!       

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DIY Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

by Faith Provencher
DIY Anthropologie throw pillows -  Woven Knockoff Pillow
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Every time I wander through Anthropologie, I leave wishing I could have bought everything in the store. And lately they've been selling these gorgeous eclectic throw pillows with beautiful textural embellishments... but of course they're a bit on the pricey side. So I decided to try my hand at making my own simplified version. Click through to check out the full tutorial for these DIY Anthropologie throw pillows!   

For reference, here's the original Anthropologie pillow that inspired me to do this project:

Anthropologie throw pillows - bohemian woven

Photo: Anthropologie

Mine is less complex, but it still has that fun bohemian vibe that I loved about the original. And it didn't cost $88! So let's get started.

 

How to Make DIY Anthropologie throw pillows

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillows materials list

 

Materials

  • 17 x 17 inch pillow insert
  • 18 x 18 inch piece of dark blue fabric
  • (2) 18 x 15 inch pieces of dark blue fabric
  • 18 x 11 inch piece of lighter blue striped fabric
  • 1.5 yards of orange ribbon
  • Thick cream colored yarn
  • Scissors
  • Black embroidery floss 
  • Black and orange thread
  • 4x4 inch piece of cardboard
  • Pins
  • Embroidery needle
  • Measuring tape

Begin by making the front panel

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

We'll begin by making the front panel of the throw pillow. Center the 18 x 11 inch piece of lighter blue striped fabric on the front of the 18 x 18 inch piece of dark blue fabric. Fold the edges over by a half an inch and pin them down, as shown above. Sew along those edges with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

 

Sew along the edges with 3/8 seam allowance

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Next, cut the orange ribbon into three pieces of equal length. Place the first one 1 inch from the edge of the lighter blue fabric panel and sew down the length of it using orange thread and a zig zag stitch. Repeat the process on the other side of the panel and right down the middle as well, using the two remaining pieces of ribbon.

 

Cut the piece into three equal sections

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Next, use a straight edge and a pencil to mark off the locations for some of the yarn strips. Mark the center of the orange ribbon one the right, then place the ruler from that point to the top of the opposite ribbon on the left side, and mark the spot where the ruler crosses over the middle ribbon. Do the same on the bottom. Mark the center of the left ribbon as well.

 

add the decorative yarn strips

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Now it's time to begin sewing on the yarn strips. Begin with the longest strip, in the center of the panel at the pencil marks. Cut three pieces of yarn that are 12 inches long and pin them on either end so they are positioned across the center of the pillow from the center of the left ribbon to the center of the right ribbon. Thread the embroidery needle with a piece of black embroidery floss, knot the end and begin sewing the yarn to the panel by bringing the needle up and over the yarn using vertical stitches. Tie off the end on the back side.

Step

Next, attach a short strip of yarn to spot where you made a pencil mark on the middle ribbon. You'll only need two embroidery floss stitches for this one. Make another one of these same small strips on the other pencil mark opposite that one on the middle ribbon. 

Then fill in the space in between the strips with additional strips in ascending and descending lengths. Check out the final images for visual reference.

 

create the yarn tassles

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Now it's time to create the tassels for the sides of the pillow. Wrap yarn around the cardboard 12 times and then cut it on one side. Lay them out on your work surface.

 

tie off the tassle ends

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Cut a 6 inch long piece and place it perpendicularly across the 12 pieces you just cut. Fold those in half over the single piece and tie a 12 inch long piece around the folded top area as shown above. Wrap the tail around a couple of times and tie a double knot. Finish the tassel by knotting the 6 inch piece by the top folded edge of the tassel. Repeat this 10 times.

 

attach the tassels to the throw pillow

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

For the back panels, simply fold an 18 inch edge over and hem with a 1 inch seam allowance. Do this on both pieces.

The last step is to assemble the pillow. Lay the front panel down face up on your work surface. Next, place 5 tassels on each side, evenly spaced. The tassels themselves should be in between the fabric, with the tails sticking out. Then place the two back panels face down on top. Pin the edges, and sew around the perimeter with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. The goal is to sew over the tassels right where the top knots are. Be sure not to catch the tassel tails in the seams on the corners. 

  

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Turn it right side out and stuff your pillow insert inside. Trim the tassels and the ends of the yarn strips so that everything is uniform.

 

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The final result is unique and a bit quirky, with a playful vibe thanks to the tassels.

Woven DIY Anthropologie Throw Pillows cheap

Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

And your wallet will be happy that you didn't spend $88! Feel free to experiment with the fabrics and colors too... the sky's the limit!

 

DIY Woven Anthropologie Knockoff Throw Pillow

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