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IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

by Holly Wade

IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

Have you ever struggled to find the perfect pattern for something? Then you see it...but it's the wrong product? That happened to me when I was searching for an outdoor rug, so actually decided I used an IKEA shower curtain to recover an outdoor rug, making a simple statement rug that was exactly what I wanted! Because shower curtains are already waterproof, you can makeover any rug with the pattern from a simple shower curtain. 

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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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68 Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters

by M.E. Gray
Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters
Source: Apartment Therapy; Photo Credit: Sophie Timothy

Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.             

Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually...

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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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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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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 

 

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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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How to: Make Your Own DIY Spa-Inspired Pebble Bath Mat

by Lidy Dipert

Learn to make a pebble bath mat with simple materials and techniques.  

DIY Pebble Bath Mat  | Bath rug with river stones
Photo: Lidy Dipert

 

For all those stay-at-home moms who have very busy lives, this DIY is for you! Or anyone who loves an excuse to be pampered just a bit every day. 

Unfortunately, going to the spa isn't a realistic or practical option for many of us. Which is why something as simple as this DIY Pebble Bath Mat can make the world of difference, turning an everyday shower into a treat. So take comfort the next time you get a spare minute to soak in some suds! 

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Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

by Faith Provencher
Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List | By Curbly #holiday #christmas #gifts #diy
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Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you'll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that's cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We've got it all covered. Take a look!          

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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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100 Affordable Home Decor Pieces for Under $100

by M.E. Gray
100 affordable furniture and home decor pieces - each for under $100
Source: Target

When it comes to making design changes in your home, you don't want to spend more money than you need to - especially on the accent pieces. The cost of details add up fast if you aren't being mindful of the price tag. However, affordable furniture and home decor is out there - if you know where to look. We've rounded up 100 of our favorite affordable furniture and home decor items, each coming in under $100 each. From rugs to accent chairs, you'd be surprised how far a Benjamin will take you.              

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Shopping Guide: 25 Large Area Rugs You Can Afford on a Budget

by Faith Provencher
Shopping Guide: 25 Affordable Large Area Rugs You'll Actually Like
Source: Amazon

Attractive, large area rugs can be hard to find... and even more difficult to find at an affordable price. Often, the two do not come hand in hand. They do exist, you just have to do a little searching. But lucky for you, we've done all the detective work for you... today we're sharing 25 cheap large area rugs that you'll actually want to put in your home.        

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A Small Hallway Gets a Minimal Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

A Small Hallway Gets a Minimal Makeover

Hallways can often be the spaces in the home that get overlooked and definitely taken for granted. They seem to just be a pointless area that allows transportation from one room to the next. And really, they deserve just as much attention to detail than any other space in the house. It might just be an area that feels aimless and wayward, but maybe it just needs a little love and attention. 

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Shopping Guide: How to Put Together an Affordable Mid-Century Modern Patio

by Tracy Leigh Morgan
CB2 Ixtapa Chair
Source: CB2

Who loves a good deal?! Yep, me too! Whether you're setting up your patio for the first time this summer, or just giving it a little zhuzh for the season, it's always more fun when you find affordable goodies and killer seasonal sales - more summer for your buck, so to speak. For this shopping guide, I've put together a soft, summer-y version of Mid-Century Modern. Not too edgy, but with the right amount of clean lines and angles - and at an affordable price.       

 

I love a good design influence, so I always start with a look or a vibe I'm trying to achieve (in this case, MCM!). Starting with an idea helps me plan my color palette, as well as the elements I'll need. It's a good idea to plan ahead, as it'll save you from shopping those precious summer minutes away!

This patio look will work in almost any environment. It shares a neutral color palette with a blend of a few colors, grounded with natural wood and black accents. By keeping the palette neutral and the furnishings classic, you can play around with new colors and textures year after year, while keeping the basic furnishings.

And, we're not staying strictly MCM in style, either. Consider this an updated-for-2018 version of MCM, with all the right vibes. Purists can say what they want but THIS is the today-feeling patio that I want to sip cocktails on.

I've included high, low, sale, and affordable selections here (prices are likely to change, of course)...and even a few vintage finds! Overall, I think a little restraint with colors and a style "direction" helps the blend feel pulled together and still casual, instead of edging towards a mix-matchy retro garage sale vibe. Okay, let's go!


Furniture

Midcentury Modern Vibe: Patio Furniture

1. A bit of an investment (but on holy-moly sale right now), West Elm's coffee table is a serious MCM nod to get the party started: Mosaic Tiled Outdoor Coffee Table; Regularly $469, now $281

2. This petite dining table from IKEA is perfect for morning coffee and happy hour sips: LÄCKÖ table; Regularly $39

3. Another MCM wink here with CB2's updated take on the rope-strung, South American styles of the past: Ixtapa Grey Lounge Chair; Regularly $259, now $199

4. Even if you don't have a full conversation set yet, just toss one of these poufs into the mix and everyone will feel right at home: Project 62™ Ikat Dot Outdoor Pouf; Regularly $49.99

Add some great weather-resistant pillows to give an extra pop of color, if you'd like.

Underfoot

Midcentury Modern Vibe: RugsUSA.com Trans Ocean Ravella Outdoor Rug

These muted colors act almost as a neutral base for the "room" and would look fab with weather-resistant jute or sisal-look rugs layered on.

5. RugsUSA.com is actually one of my favorite decorating "tricks." There's almost always a sale going on and they have just about any style you can think up. This sassy outdoor stunner comes in a variety of shapes and sizes: Trans Ocean Ravella Ombre in Aqua, 3.5' x 5.5'; Currently on sale for $147


On the Table

Midcentury Modern Patio Vibe: Tabletop

6. I love enamelware over plastic for outdoor use. Somehow plastic never feels like it stands up to the abuse, or looks as stylish: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia™ Enamel Dinner Plate; Regularly $4.99 ea

7. All purpose, BPA-free & dishwasher safe, this is the kind of plastic you want. Pour the piña coladas, please!: Williams-Sonoma Domaine Shatterproof Outdoor Goblets; Regularly $9.95, now $7.96

8. Basic and pretty; another situation where real trumps plastic every time: H&M Home 4-pc matte black forks; Regularly $12.99

9. A cute modern touch that brings the graphic element of MCM to the table. Literally: IKEA HEMMASTADD paper napkins 30 pack; Regularly $1.99


Decor Accents

Midcentury Modern Patio Vibe: Decor

Now, you can spend a gazillion bucks bringing in the final touches. Decorating, styling, accessorizing...whatever you want to call it, this is where things get exciting. Let's start with the patio necessities: plants & light.

10. I can't get over how slick this pendant is, and how seamlessly it would work with MCM, modern farmhouse, Scandi, and just about any style you can think up. Plus...it's solar!: Black Cap Solar LED Outdoor Pendant; Regularly $49.99; sale $34.99

11.  Hairpin legs - classic MCM. While these aren't down & dirty cheap, they are another foundational style element and worth the moolah. This one comes in 3 different sizes, too: 9" White Ceramic Planter with Stand; Regularly $29.99

12. Another MCM-goes-modern twist: Dark Turquoise Ceramic Planter With Wood Stand; Regularly $24.99

13. The reflective gold insides of these cheap candle holders are perfect for extending the summer evenings, and no one will ever know if you're burning citronella tea lights!: H&M Home Small Metal Tea Light Holder in charcoal gray; Regularly $2.99 


A Little Something Extra

Midcentury Modern Patio Vibe: Vintage & Other Extras

With any decor project, I like to bring a little soul into the room by way of vintage additions or just a pinch of good fun.

14. These affordable bowls, platters, pitchers and dinnerware are everywhere so keep your eyes peeled at thrift stores and vintage shops. Or, search Etsy & Ebay for "melamine" or "melmac" for indestructible outdoor goodies. Vintage Boonton melamine divided bowl; Regularly $12

15. Pier 1 brings the pool silliness here, with a perfect mid-century vintage feel: Peacock Pool Float; Regularly $89.95, now $67.46

16. Great little side tables and stools help round out the look: Vintage Midcentury Modern Tripod Serving/Side Table; Regularly $52.50


Affordable Summer Midcentury Modern Patio Shopping Guide
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Now you'll have a perfect start to your summery twist on the Mid-Century Modern patio. Let me know in the comments if you've found other budget-friendly or packed-with-style items this season!    

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Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover

by Faith Provencher
Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Sonoma Magazine

While it doesn't quite feel like fall yet here in Boston, it is surely right around the corner... which means that it's time to swap out some of our summer decor with new cozy fall accents. Today we're sharing ten sophisticated picks that will give your outdoor space a warm, inviting vibe. Click through to check them out.   

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Pier 1

1. Landen Black Metal Lanterns - Add some dramatic mood lighting to your patio with a set of these lanterns from Pier 1. $9.95 - $69.95

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Burpee

2. Coleus Plant - Add some warmth to your space in the form of brightly colored potted plants. Coleus is a good choice if you like reds and oranges. Buy this one at Burpee. $19.95 for 3

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Wayfair

3. Preston Throw - Keep a couple of cozy blankets on hand for those chilly nights. Pick this one up at  Wayfair. $38.99

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Wayfair

4. Avondale Steel Wood Burning Fire Pit - A fire pit will keep you warm, add light and provide endless amounts of marshmallow-roasting fun. Get this one  here. $84.99

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Home Depot

5. LED String Lights - Bistro lights are a stylish way to provide plenty of lighting once the sun goes down. Buy these at Home Depot. $39.97

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Amazon

6. Deconovo Decorative Throw Pillow Covers - Red buffalo check plaid is a nostalgic choice that will add warmth and comfort to your patio chairs or sofas. Get these pillow covers at Amazon. $14.99

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Overstock

7. Studio Nova Luminaries - These mesh luminaries will cast an inviting glow over your patio or porch. Pick up a set at Overstock. $29.99

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Rugs USA

8. Kaleen Outdoor Rug - Keep your toes warm by putting a rug underfoot. Get this one from Rugs USA. $29-$79

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Pottery Barn

9. Faux Pumpkins - Add some traditional fall accents in the form of faux (or real) pumpkins and gourds. Get these at Pottery Barn. $24.50 - $44.50

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
Photo: Overstock

10. Lifeflor Outdoor Pillow - If plaid isn't your thing, try this alternative from Overstock. $34

 

Shopping Guide: Give Your Backyard A Cozy Fall Makeover
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And be sure to check out Sonoma Magazine's tips for updating your outdoor space for fall!

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75 Do-It-Yourself Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.     

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WALL DECOR

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Wee Birdy

1. Add some color to your dorm room walls with this cheerful giant paper confetti.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Paper & Stitch

2. Jump on the hand lettering bandwagon with this fun DIY quote art for your wall.

  

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Why Don't You Make Me

3. Add some functional storage to your wall with these beautiful hanging shelves.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Everything Emily

4. Washi tape can look like wallpaper if you use enough of it! Learn more here.

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Sweet Teal

5. Find out how to make your own floral backdrop for your bed using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Jen Loves Kev

6. Take string art to a whole new level with this fun block letter quote wall.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Homey Oh My

7. Update that 1970's macrame look with this boho chic tassel wall hanging.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Rhiannon Bosse

8. Add some warm light to your dorm room with a set of twinkle lights covered in pretty paper cups. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Alisa Burke

9. Looking for bold DIY dorm decor? Turn your favorite literary quote into wall art using this simple tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Via Yes Missy

10. Tape can give your dorm room door a new look too... find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: My Sister's Suitcase

11. Hexagons never looked so pretty! Get the how-to for this project here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Via Society19

12. Here's a clever (and cheap!) way to display all of your photos on your wall. Find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: DIY In PDX

13. Metal grids can come in handy as both a decorative and a functional accent, making them a perfect fit for DIY dorm decor. Read more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: The Caldwell Project

14. Attach string to your wall in a geometric shape using this fun tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Brit + Co.

15. And if you really want to procrastinate on that paper that you have due tomorrow, give this  washi tape wall a try.

 


BEDDING + HEADBOARDS

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Burkatron

16. Make a set of these gorgeous patterned throw pillows to dress up that boring dorm bed. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

17. Create a stylish headboard using Stikwood... it's adhesive, and so easy to use!

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: The DIY Mommy

18. This cozy throw blanket is arm-knit.... so no need to buy knitting needles! Get the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: PuraVida Bracelets

19. Jump on the bohemian bandwagon with this boho chic tassel throw pillow.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

20. This faux fur blanket has colorful tassels on the corners... get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Brett Bara

21. Learn how to make a simple padded fabric headboard using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: SC Johnson

22. Add some personality to your bed with this fun pretzel throw pillow.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Spindles Designs

23. Add a pretty canopy to your dorm bed using this surprisingly simple tutorial.

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Teen DIY

24. If you're a fan of the dreamy watercolor effect, why not give it a try on a throw pillow?

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Hearth and Vine

25. This bed pocket caddy would be handy for your phone, TV remote, etc. Get the how-to here.

 


LIGHTING

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Live Loud Girl

26. Isn't this twinkle light cloud just the cutest darn thing? We most certainly couldn't leave it off this DIY dorm decor list.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Vintage Revivals

27. Learn how to make this DIY light box sign using this simple tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: akicsihaz.hu

28. This pretty Sputnik-style light is actually an IKEA hack! Get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Grey Likes Nesting

29. Learn how to make this fun initial marquee light here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Apartment Therapy

30. This glittering light canvas would make a pretty addition to any dorm room.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Crafty By Photo

31. Turn a plain old tin can into a firefly lamp using this easy tutorial.

 


ORGANIZATION

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo:  ElephantShoe

32. Cover clipboards with pretty paper to organize your paperwork... learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Good Housekeeping

33. Divide your drawers by covering boxes with pretty paper. Get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Atilio

34. Take advantage of vertical space with this fun wall organizer. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Hearts & Sharts

35. Upcycle an old crate by turning it into this fun storage/seating combo. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Pull Teeth

36. Have lots of eyewear? Give this simple wall-mounted organizer a try.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: SallyAnnK

37. Keep your scarves organized with this DIY clothespin hanging system. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Glamour

38. Here again, vertical space comes in handy with this bucket organizer. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Buzzfeed

39. Turn a cardboard box into a stylish geometric organizer using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

40. Here's another handy desk organizer... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Melissa Creates

41. Keep your necklaces tangle-free with this pretty wall mounted organizer.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: View From The Fridge

42. Recycle some old jars to make this simple desk organizer inspired by an Anthropology piece.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: BHG

43. Pegboard is another handy material that will help you get organized. Check it out here.

 


SEATING

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

44. Add some fluffy pink fur to your office chair for a playful makeover. Check out the tutorial  here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: eHow

45. Here's another upholstered bench idea for extra seating in your dorm room.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Apartment Therapy

46. Make a couple of floor pillows using this easy tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Darling Darleen

47. Add some faux fur to a stool for a très chic version. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Literacy Loves Company

48. Turn a few old plastic crates into seating and storage with this easy tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

49. Learn how to turn a cheap IKEA bench into this comfy upholstered version here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo:  Kenarry

50. Add some pizzazz to plain old folding chairs with this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Live Colorful

51. Bean bag chairs are back! Make this fun triangular one using these instructions.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Little Green Notebook

52. A decoupaged chair? Yes please! Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: The Happ Housie

53. This square pouf would make great extra seating in your dorm room.

 


CURTAINS, RUGS, + OTHER TEXTILES

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Joann

54. Add pom pom trim to existing curtains using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

55. Weave your own large rug using this impressive tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: Jojotastic

56. Find out how to dye fabric with ice to make your own stylish wall hanging.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

57. Hide your hanging clothes with with this fab rope macrame curtain.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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58. The college budget is real, and we took that into major consideration when making this DIY dorm decor list! Learn how to make your own curtains using bedsheets - here's the how-to.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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59. Turn a bunch of yarn pom poms into a fluffy little accent rug.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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60. Here's another awesome rug tutorial to keep your feet nice and cozy.

 

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61. Rope can be a great material for making accent rugs as well. Get the tutorial here.

 


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Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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62. Make this fun gilded monogram for your room using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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63. Make a decorative note board out of fabric using these instructions.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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64. A key rack is always handy, especially when it involves a chalkboard! 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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65. Tissue paper tassels are cheap and easy to make... get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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66. A floral mousepad would be a pretty addition to any dorm desk.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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67. A decorative way to display your travel photos... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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68. These colorful flower lights are made out of cupcake wrappers! Find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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69. Keep your schedule organized with a decorative "white" board made out of a picture frame.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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70. Add some character to your space with a tissue paper flamingo! 

 

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71. Succulents act as bookends here... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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72. Corral all of your desk items inside this fun confetti tray.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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73. Avoid cup rings with these chic marbled coasters. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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74. A yarn wall hanging will add a sophisticated touch to your wall.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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75. To round off this DIY dorm decor list, something bright and happy. Hang some plants from your ceiling with these colorful macrame hanging planters.

 

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Tips to Style A Plain Jane Builder Grade Bathroom

by Jennifer Farley

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Here's a typical rental bathroom. Builder-grade materials; not offensive, but very plain and basic. It could be worse, of course, but a lot of rental bathrooms are devoid of style and character. But I like to look at this little room as a blank canvas just waiting for some personal touches. If you're a renter living with a plain bathroom like this one, or maybe you're heading off to college where a dull dorm bathroom awaits, here are some easy and affordable styling tips that will brighten your space.

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Start with some color

Much better right? These bathrooms tend to be super neutral. They need a big dose of color! The easiest way to get a color into the bathroom - without painting - is the shower curtain. If you're a pattern person, the kind of person who would cover a house in wall paper or textiles, your shower curtain is how you make your pattern statement.

To make this small room look taller I used a 84-inch shower curtain (that's a bit taller than standard 72-inch height). You can order taller shower curtains that are intended for a shower door opening, but they don't make any wide enough to cover a shower/tub combo. So my trick is to buy two curtain panels and sew them together. When your curtain is pulled back, no one's the wiser. When your curtain is pulled closed, no one should be in your bathroom with you!!!

Note: shower curtains aren't waterproof, so you'll also need to buy two tall shower liners (the cheap ones will do). I make sure the curtains I purchase are back tabbed. I attach the liner via the shower curtain ring to the back tab. Voila, your curtain is functional and waterproof.

I used these sweet little stitched edge curtains from Target.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

If you choose to make a window curtain and liner curtain work together, you'll need an extra-sturdy curtain rod. Tension rods usually can't hold the weight, so you'll have to use a rod that screws into the wall.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Add smart storage

This bathroom needed a little more storage, and the best place to put it was over the toilet. I love wall-mounted shelves over the toilet, but some of you won't be able to get permission to do that, so you can do free standing versions instead. Here's a trick: instead of buying a cabinet made to go over the toilet, use a tiered shelving unit and take off the bottom two drawers. I used an Ikea Lerberg shelf, which, sadly you no longer can get at U.S. IKEA stores.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

The Ikea Hyllis is not tiered, so it would work well if you needed more towel storage. This white, tiered bookshelf from Overstock is great if you need even more storage. Since these are not made to go over toilets, they will not have a hidden bar that goes behind the toilet keeping the shelving unit from falling. Make sure you secure the unit to the wall.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Baskets are perfect for storing extra toilet paper, makeup bags, and anything else overflows from the vanity.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

It's easy to think that small photos or artwork will work well in a small space. Not always true! The reality is that small wall hangings can make a small room feel even smaller. Instead, go big and use the largest frame that will fit naturally in the space. It will fill up a blah wall with something personal while making your bathroom look bigger.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Run around your house and grab little storage containers and bowls to use for all those little bathroom items you need to keep on hand. If you need to buy something, skip the bathroom section and head to the kitchen storage section to find little storage bins.

Use the opportunity to upgrade to more stylish bathroom storage. These make-up bags are super cute (from Target).

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Plants always bring a little color and life to a boring bathroom. Succulents are my favorites, especially for a bathroom that has no natural light.

Use space wisely

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

If you have an awkward space underneath your mirror there are lots of great ways to make it more functional. I headed to Target's office section and got a cute little marble dry-erase board. I like to write little reminders and quotes to keep in mind. It's nice to keep your family values top of mind while you brush your teeth, right?

By the way, my go-to hand towels are these cheap dish towels from Ikea. They wash well and are meant for drying so they're perfect hand towels. Embroider them and add some pom pom trim and you've got a cheap wedding gift!

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

Another way to fill the space between a countertop and bathroom mirror would be to install a small shelf. The shelf above is from Home Depot, and looks very easy to install. I also think a grid organizer like the one above from Target could be a fun way to clip on reminders, quotes, and pictures.

 

Have fun with your bath mat

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Bathroom floor mats have come a long way in the last ten or fifteen years. In days past, bath mats were always soft and fluffy, but your rarely found inexpensive and stylish ones. I love the look of vintage rugs in the bathroom, but my slightly more messy reality requires one I can easily throw in the wash. That's why I like this rug from Target. 

Resist matching

One way to make bathroom decor look really stylish is to resist the urge to be too matchy. Just because the floor is black and grey doesn't mean you need a black or grey mat. The same is true for the shower curtain. Just because the shower curtain is dark blue doesn't mean the floor mat needs to match. 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

(On another note the floor is not tile, it's vinyl. This basket weave pattern from Mannington floors is seriously amazing. I think the bathroom floor cost less than $100 including install. Even better, it was installed in less than an hour!)

TIPS FOR STYLING A PLAIN BUILDER GRADE BATHROOM

Some other tips

There are many more things you can do to make a boring bathroom better. Here are some to consider:

 

  • Hang a Huge Gallery Wall 
  • Add Dark paint or removable wall paper.
  • Add hanging plants (if you have the correct lighting)
  • Install a metal shelf above the fiberglass tub/shower for more storage, like this one. Hanging it higher than your tub and showerhead so the towels don't get wet. 
  • Add a cute stool for sitting (especially if you are a parent who has to help with baths) or a storage basket for easily accessible towels.
  • Add new hardware to your cabinet
  • Swap in a new mirror. I love this mirror from Ikea because the frame of the mirror can serve as the shelf! 
TIPS FOR STYLING A PLAIN BUILDER GRADE BATHROOM
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Now go out and make that boring bathroom stylish!

If you liked the idea of plants check out this Roundup of bathroom friendly plants.

 

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