Meg Ryan's Design Tips

by DIY Maven

Meg Ryan's Design Tips

An interior design enthusiast and remodeling junkie, Meg Ryan is a Curblier at heart. (Even if she doesn't know it.) In the June 2010 issue of Elle Decor, Meg gives us a tour of her Martha Vinyard's home. Meg did use the help of decorator Marsha Russel of Satinwood Ltd, who, according to Marsha was basically a sounding board and procurer. Meg was the visionary. We can get a peek inside Meg's house on Elle Decor's website, but for the full experience, we'll have to spring for a copy of the magazine. However, Meg does share her eminently practical design tips free of charge. Here they are in a nutshell.

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Inexpensive Updates that Add Value

by DIY Maven

created on: 01/28/09

BHG jumps on the budget train with these low-cost updates that could actually increase the value of your home. One suggestion--demonstrated above--is to add multi-functional elements, like exposed shelving that serves as storage as well as display.

They also suggest that opting for mid-range cabinetry in the kitchen is the way to go, saving your budget for better-quality appliances, which will steal the show.

created on: 01/28/09

If new light fixtures are in...

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The Living Room is Dead; Long Live the 'Live-in' Kitchen

by DIY Maven

The Living Room is Dead; Long Live the 'Live-in' Kitchen

Okay, maybe the living room isn’t dead, but its prominence in the house isn’t what it used to be. Because of the way we live these days, the kitchen is the place to be. Maybe the kids are doing homework and we’re checking e-mail or paying bills, or perhaps we're entertaining. Whatever the situation, the kitchen is where the action is.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas says, “The trends in kitchen design are set to focus on comfort and usability...

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My DIY Heartbreak

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My DIY Heartbreak

One drawback to remodeling comes when you sell your home and you have to say goodbye to pet projects you have bled, perspired and maybe even cried over. So far, I haven’t been overly brokenhearted about having to say adios to an old abode. Until now.

There has been rumblings of an impending move. Not in the next two months, but surely within the next two years we’ll be leaving here and already I miss it. ‘It’ is my fireplace. A few years ago...

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Island Girl Salvage: Rescuing Architecture from the Wrecking Ball

by Bruno Bornsztein

The girls from Island Girl Salvage
It's 2003; you just got laid off from your job at a telco (not the first time, either), and things are looking prety bleak. What do you do? Well, if you're like Liz and Tab at Island Girl Salvage in Elk Grove, Illinois, you start prying down all the  barn-doors, windows, and mantels you can find!

The Island Girls got their start by scouring salvage yards and antique store for original accents and details for Tab's own 126 Cotswold cottage...

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Garage Envy

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Garage Envy

Apparently one of the fastest growing segments of home remodeling concerns the part of home in which we don’t actually live: the garage.

Oftentimes the first ‘room’ greeted by guests, the underutilized, forlorn garage is having it’s day in the sun. Companies devoted strictly to the beautification of garages are springing up everywhere. They offer kitchen-quality cabinetry with European hinges, specialty organizers–including grid walls and bike...

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Cost vs. Value: The Worth of Remodeling

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When radio stations start playing Christmas music 24/7, I know it’s time for Remodeling Magazine to release its annual cost vs. value report. In it, they compare remodeling costs with resale values for the 25 most popular home improvement projects.

Cost vs. Value: The Worth of Remodeling
It Starts With a Survey

Remodeling Magazine surveyed 10,000 members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Of that, 2,188 responded and supplied the data to compile the report. The figures are...

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