Steampunked Home

by DIY Maven

ModVic - The Modern Victorian Steampunk Home
Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Sharon, Massachusetts took their 1901 Craftsman-style Victorian home and steampunked the heck out of it. The outcome is one of those that make me want to scrap everything and start over, decor-wise. Well, it would help to start with a dwelling of this era, of course. But still....the couple's home is like walking into a dream existence, somewhere between the present and the past.

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French Country Living

by DIY Maven

the garden

When people hear the words 'French Country' they oftentimes think of a room overwrought with floral fabrics and wood with curvy arms and legs, leftovers from Louis XIV. (Two things that make me regurgitate a little bit, actually.) That mental image is far and gone from these pictures, however. This home located in the French countryside has a rough, minimal interior which lets it character speak for itself. It's the kind of French Country I...

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Color Rules for Small Spaces

by DIY Maven

Color Rules for Small Spaces

Are you under the apprehension that an all-white color palette will make a small room look larger? If so, it's actually a MIS-apprehension, according to Anne Krueger of HGTV. In her article, Color Rules for Small Spaces, Ann sets us straight about color choices for decorating rooms scant on square footage. Here's the thumbnail version:

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DIY Thanksgiving: 15 Early House Prep Tips

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Thanksgiving: 15 Early House Prep Tips

Don't get caught like this--table centerpiece is ready and the wall is still being painted--Yikes!

We're not even to Halloween and, from past experience, it's time get my Thanksgiving (House Projects) To Do list in order. Every year I'm caught at the last minute trying to spruce up the joint and make the most outstanding tablescapes (in the words of Sandra Lee) the world has ever seen.

We're five weeks out. There's plenty of time, if well planned, to whip the house into an entertaining mecca that will meet even your highest expectations. 

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Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

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

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10 Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Space

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

10 Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Space

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.

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How To: Pillow Form Workshop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08

Making the perfect pillow form is like buying the right bra; it determines if your handmade, custom pillow looks professional and smooth or wrinkly and tacky.  The right measurements and the even distribution of filling are the hallmarks of fabulous throw pillows.  Pillow forms can be cut out of almost any fabric.  Keep the fabric plain and preferably a light color.  Inexpensive muslin always works well.

Your pillow form should be made in the...

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Cutting-Edge Cardboard Interior.

by Chris Gardner

"This beautifully sculpted cardboard mille-feuille... lines the walls of Yiorgos Eleftheriades‘ Yeshop in Athens. Dubbed “Papercut”, the project was a collaboration between the fashion designer and dARCH Studio It takes a multidisciplinary approach to interior design, synthesizing elements of fashion and architecture into a streamlined, self-illuminated, biomorphic installation that was handmade using all eco-friendly materials."

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How to Decorate

by DIY Maven

How to Decorate

Having a hard time choosing a room’s color scheme? Scared to mix prints? Want to make a tiny room look larger? Don’t exactly know what your decorating style even is? Have no fear, Waverly is here!

The fabric aficionado has a fabulous feature on its website simply titled, "How to Decorate". They cover all of the conundrums listed above along with hints on how to arrange furniture, create a formal room, and display accessories, among other things...

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