5 DIY Ideas from a Calm, Creative Spanish Home

5 DIY Ideas from a Calm, Creative Spanish Home

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Carolyn Purnell
Aug 5, 2015
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I look at a lot of decor images every day, and while I'm always delighted by beautiful spaces, it can be rare to find a house tour in which every image inspires you. I recently came across the home of fashion designer Cecilia Rendón, and not only was it lovely, it was filled with great, simple DIY ideas.

In lieu of a headboard, Cecilia used a simple curtain rod and piece of fabric. I love this idea because it's affordable, customizable for any style, and easily changeable. Cecilia sewed a rod pocket into her fabric, but if the textile you're using has enough length, you could just double it over and never have to touch a sewing machine! Ebom has additional images of the dreamy bed and bedroom.

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Mirrors can beautiful in their own right, but this one seems to bend the rules of gravity, thanks to the gentle drape of the ribbon above it. To add a bit of drama to a mirror, trim it with ribbon, hang it as you usually would, and create an elegant, sweeping bow above.

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Cecilia Rendón makes the most of this small sliver of wall by adding shelves and storage. But instead of using one large shelf, she used two short ones, which visually simulate a single tall one. This is a good solution if the shelves you want don't come in a tall enough height, or if it's cheaper to buy two shorter shelves. It also is also somewhat unexpected, which adds a subtle element of interest.

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Cecilia's daughter's room is, for the most part, a calm, monochromatic space, but the few colored elements add great doses of whimsy and interest. Here, a vintage birdcage becomes a dramatic pendant light. When looking for interesting lighting fixtures, don't forget the power of a simple pendant, coupled with unusual objects. (The flamingo isn't a DIY, but I also can't get enough of that fine, feathered friend.)

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While high ceilings are often a good thing, there are some rooms that can feel cold or sparse if the walls are too tall. Cecilia used simply paper decorations to bring the eye up and fill the empty space in this tall room. These items work well in a child's room, but depending on the colors and styles you pick, they could also work in adult spaces. Here are some easy Apartment Therapy tutorials that will teach you how to make simple pom-poms or bunting.

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