This lilac-hued dining room was lacking personality and a defined style, but with a few key furniture swaps and a bucket of paint, it's now a perfect reflection of the homeowner's modern taste!
Have you heard about TLC's, "Extreme Couponing?" If not, here's a thumbnail: Savvy shoppers use coupons and loyalty cards to save hundreds of dollars on a single trip to the grocery store. Sounds like a great idea at first blush, but becoming an extreme couponer can unbelievably time consuming, and then there's the possibility of crossing the line to becoming an all-out hoarder. (When you reach that point, there's always "Hoarders".) But I digress. If you'd like to become an extreme coupon-er, check out these tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. From getting started, to organization, to avoiding 'hoarderland', she has
There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget. But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap, cheap!
Years ago, I saw a technique on a television show in which a homeowner used ripped paper bags as a floor covering. I remember looking for examples on-line but couldn't find any, until now. Gwynne and Michael used such a technique to cover
Burlap has been used in home decor since the beginning of time. Usually, it's pretty blah and benign. You can, however, dress it up by combining it's rough weave with unexpected refined elements to make it a stand out, low budget fabric.
Most asked question: Where do you find your fabric?
Answer: Wherever I can find a deal on unusual, high end fabric yardage.
So, being the fabric addict that I am, I've done some summer pillow fabric shopping for you today. Here are my picks...
Bathroom needs a makeover but the budget is tight? The gentlefolk at Bath Fitter sent along these eight tips to give your bathroom a facelift in a tough economy.
For the past two years I've been thinking about a porch makeover. My porch is full of kind of cool collected furniture but the color of the brick walls and the cushions need to be completely re-thought. Thus, I've been searching high and low for inspiration.
In two days, this perfectly acceptable kitchen went from bland to BAM.
Image: NY Times
Hasn't everyone hosted a garage sale that netted only about $200 at the end of the day? You spend endless hours preparing to clear out, clean up (monetarily) and end up drained and disappointed. There's a new way to move your old junk once you open your garage door for business and Tipnut sets up a surefire strategy to
Checking in with ApartmentTherapy-Chicago this morning, these two walls by decorator Lindsay Segal, screamed "DIY ME!" Quick, easy and cheap--take a short stretch of wall, give it some bold horizontal stripes to make the statement, and then add some monochromatic pieces in front of it. Wow! The second one requires my favorite activity---thrifting.
The itch to switch things up is beginning to overwhelm me. The urge hits with the first fresh smell of Spring, the first crisp Fall day and the day after New Year's Day. With the back door open and a warm breeze blowing this morning, I simply have to change the visual landscape of my living room. Today I'm looking at my trusty gray sofa. The fabric has worn
Let me ask you this-How many interior design books are too many? A billion! Luckily, I have plenty of built-ins to hold my library of inspiration. Soon to be released, Downtown Chic: Designing Your Home from Wreck to Ravishing, by Cortney and Robert Novogratz of Manhattan design firm Sixx Design is now TOPS on my list. (I mean, look at this cover!) Mixing vintage with modern style to achieve their signature look "Vintage Nouveaux", they are regaled for turning meager and modest into modern and marvelous. To whet your appetite for an entire book of their expertise, here are 10 of their tips for updating your decor affordably without sacrificing style.
My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure. The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes. Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.
Leafing through a copy of The Home Front - The Best of Good Housekeeping 1939-1945 is something of a revelation. The British magazine's wartime editions reminded me that our grandparents, especially those who lived in Europe during that time, knew a few things about privation, making do and surviving an unimaginably difficult time.
Advice like 'Don't forget your gas mask' and 'Save your coupons' inspire pride that our little island and the...
Nothing makes a second hand mattress and box spring on a basic mattress frame sit within its own dreamy location like a proper headboard. A bed is an expensive investment, sometimes out of the reach of many. So tuck your bed into its locale with these 13 budget friendly headboard ideas.
Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.
From glitter to sidewalk chalk, to edible peanut butter play dough, to disappearing paint and multi-colored crayons, this list covers just about every artistic medium known to kid-dom. A great way to stretch a dollar and spur creativity, this page is defiantly worth a bookmark!
'Cesco in Sidewalk Chalk' by Sakurako Kitsa, via Flickr.
Trying to furnish your new digs on a shoestring? This fabulous ottoman/hassock can be made for next to nothing. Go to a hardware store that sells electrical wire off of a wooden spool and ask for a discarded spool. Next, go to a fabric store and buy a cool fabric remnant that will cover your ottoman. Hint: Upholstery fabric is 54" wide. If you have a twenty inch round (diameter) ottoman and you want it...