Local friend and blogger Lesley of The Design File has gathered up 6 alternative wall applications to liven up the dreaded blank wall. Inspired by an episode of Diving Design,
Fabric cording? Nooooo...it's aqua vinyl! When you pick the right color, there's no going wrong. Take a look at what three coats of delicious aqua paint will do when paired with a large, modern, graphic, floral fabric. It's fresh, modern, filled with hi grade upholstery foam and as comfy as can be. If you love it, it's on etsy right here. Now take a look at Cinderella before the fairy mod home ec teacher paid her a visit...
The best gifts are the ones you get to fiddle around with all day long on Christmas day and beyond. After figuring out this brilliant formula for gift giving success, it almost seems too easy. Whatever the interest, buy a gadget, a book, and materials or tools to go with it. You get tons of mileage out of one theme and the recipient can't help but get completely engaged in the activity it provides. Check out tons of links
Let me just share this nifty RE-Use project with you. I'll be showing you how you can put those old ratty towels you're tempted to away to good use.
It may look like this smart, pleated bedskirt (dust ruffle) was custom made for this daybed bedding ensemble, but oh no. This simple, single pleated fabric panel is attached with velcro to the front bedspring rail. It can be removed and replaced easily for lots of under the bed storage. KidSmartLiving.com gives you step by step instructions to make a sewn, and a no-sew version of this bedskirt. All you need to get
Photo Images: Bobbi Fabian
Look, Thanksgiving deserves its three weeks of November all to itself. Nobody's horning in on Christmas' time. Thanksgiving is a less stressed, better version of Christmas. It's like the delicious appetizer before Christmas. The decorating and preparation is calmer, more understated, elegant, dignified and poised. Erinn Valencich over on HGTV shows us that Thanksgiving decor has gone way beyond pilgrims and turkey statues. If you want to get in the mood, just take a look at these sophisticated tablescapes that will inspire you to get Autumny creative. I'm doing the top one with the white pumpkin.
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Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters? They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best. Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...
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.
Who was it that gave me the go-ahead to install nearly white carpet throughout the upstairs? Oh yeah, I told myself that if I liked it, I should just do it. You should see it eight years later. A spilled glass of milk by a man who loves cold milk with his warm chocolate chip cookies late at night is the latest catastrophe.
It's been an entire year since I posted the Tater Tots vest and hat project. Now that everyone's upcycling, reusing and recycling plastic bags routinely, I thought a re-run may inspire some
There are three new girls in Upholsteryville and they mean business. Janet (another Janet) learned how to make welt cord in about 5 minutes and is already putting together two boxed and corded cushion covers to be stuffed fluffily and placed on her cane back chairs.
Our very own MCM Chairman of the Board and author of Atomic Indy blog has posted a nice Before and After tutorial of a hallway linen closet transformation in his MCM home. Who would a thunk a linen closet could be so fabulous?
Monday night Janet finished upholstering her salvaged bench. Talk about "student teaching the teacher", she paid such close attention to every detail of her rehab, it was a good reminder for me to slow down a bit to experience the experience. Ha!
In order to rid yourself of junk, materials, and seemingly valuable items you might use someday, it takes a split second change in your mindset. I must have gotten this gear shifting ability from my dad. When we moved, the one and only time while I was growing up, we got rid of everything. He had no sentiment about things and stuff.
If you're a bonafide Do-It-Yourselfer you can't go one more day without, at the very least, a mini air compressor. Once you experience the ease of pneumatic tools, life as you know it will never be the same. It's too complicated, you say? Ha! Not after you see step by step how easy it is to rig up for interchangable pneumatic tools. I'm partial to the stapler for upholstery purposes.
The fast moving clan of dude crafters may be seen as brave trailblazers in the current craft movement. However, few probably remember that Rosie Grier, a member of the original Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, was an avid hobbyist who focused his crafting passions on macrame and needlepoint, authoring Rosie Grier's Needlpoint for Men in 1973. Over 35 years later there's a new breed of dudes who are crafting and stitching and making waves in the otherwise girly craft blogosphere. Who are these dudes?
A trip to World Market or Pier One and you can't help but get inspired by the gorgeous placemats they stock. Cut and finished pieces made from vibrant fabrics, and oh, the many ways to use them! Over on Dollar Store Crafts I found this makeup brush roll made from a sequined placemat with straight stitching and grosgrain ribbon. See more ideas of things to make using placemats
There's no question that down cushions are high-end and luxurious. The down side (ha! no pun intended) is that they lack resilience and don't provide the springiness many folks want in their seat. The problem with foam cushions is that they get compacted and crumbly after years of use. Many people ask me how to change out their down cushions to foam, or just replace their flattened out foam cushions. To see a very DIY friendly,
What exactly is a day bed, you ask? It's a twin bed disguised as a sofa by day and used as a bed at night. If your tiny space necessitates double duty for your bed, it's really quite simple to convert almost any twin bed into a day bed. Here are three pretty simple ways you can pimp out your twin bed into a multi-tasking day bed.