Work With What You Got: 6 Fixes For Your Home

From Real Simple

If you're ever curious of what or who we're fans of here in the LA office of Apartment Therapy, here's our current list: Secret sing-offs to Taylor Swift's You Belong To Me (look, that song lends itself particularly well to car concerts and cleaning fits), Gabby Sidibe, almost anything on Bravo, the Loteria in the Farmer's Market, and making over our homes for practically nothing. There's a lot more on our list, but for the sake of time and our collective dignity, we'll stop there. With spring right around the corner, we're highlighting our favorite six fixes that can freshen up your home with stuff you may already have.
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We've already gone over quite a few DIY headboard ideas, but this idea is by far the one that will take the least amount of effort. Take a quilt or a throw blanket, fold it up, and drape it over your headboard. Of course, the effect does rely on how aesthetically pleasing said quilt/blanket is.
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If you've got a collection of flower vases stashed under your sink or in the cupboard, don't wait until you've got flowers to use 'em. Instead, you can make your own windowsill herb garden that will look more interesting than any kit you can buy on Amazon.
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Got a non-working fireplace in your apartment? We like this idea of putting a plant in front, but you can find other things as well. We've seen a wide range of alternative fireplace decorations, from guitar amps to piles of books.
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Cords are my personal gripe, and even this solution wouldn't work in my house with two rampaging dogs on the loose. But if you don't have curious pets, you can hide cords and outlets with the casual lean of framed art.
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If you went through a bracelet phase and your bangles are taking up space in a drawer somewhere, introduce them to your napkins. It's great to have an option that isn't so matchy-matchy, especially if you entertain often.
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Tax time is here, and if you've been using shoeboxes to store all those receipts, you can disguise them by wrapping them in leftover wrapping paper. We're huge fans of the Paper Source here in Old Town Pasadena which offers a great collection of designs printed on a heavier weight paper that normal wrapping paper.
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Think you'll try some of these fixes out? If you do, take some photos and share it with us in our Apartment Therapy LA Group Pool. We'll be on the lookout for some great ideas...or just photos of any of you photobombing Jake Gyllenhaal.

(Images: Real Simple)

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