Easy Tricks to Make Any Wall Art Feel Bigger & Bolder
Sometimes you fall in love with a piece of art, envision it in a certain perfect spot in your home…and are totally disappointed when it turns out to be too small. Don’t find another place for it just yet! There are four easy ways you can make a too-small piece of art seems bigger and bolder. Like the example above, using items like thick, textured rope or ribbon to “hang” the art can make it feel a lot more substantial than the actual pieces are.
Apr 5, 2016
Shopper’s Guide: Where to Buy Really, Really Big Vases
Recently I wrote about a big, beautiful new trend for the home: blooms and branches displayed in big, oversized vases. Many of you loved the look, but wanted to know: where does one find a vase this big? So I’ve rounded up a few options. A few things I was looking for: vases made of clear glass (minimal, works with any decor, shows off flowers well), and that measured 12 inches or more in at least one dimension.
Apr 5, 2016
Before & After: Out of the ’70s For Under $200
Not all wallpaper is created equal. And while it is having a well deserved moment, some wallpaper can make a room feel instantly dark and outdated. Yasmin found an inexpensive way to banish her bland wallpaper, among other things, and brighten up her whole kitchen. From Yasmin: When we got this home, we definitely loved the original 70s homey feel to it, the original owners were so kind as to even leave us some orchids in the kitchen!
Apr 3, 2016
Before & After: What is Change Really?
Who among us hasn’t spotted that rare garage sale find full of potential and charm, only to look at it and sigh, “What’s the point, anyway? Time is endless yet fleeting.” Charles did exactly that and the results are pretty breathtaking. From Charles: I was looking to add a little mid cent mod flair to my living room. So I spent countless hours scouring the internet to fill the void, and to no avail.
Apr 1, 2016
Before & After: A Kitchen Moves Out of the ’60s With a Little Help From IKEA
While Emily’s kitchen certainly wasn’t in the worst shape visually of some of our submissions, I became much more invested in this transformation (and wept for the state of her baked goods) when I found out she was using a 50 year old oven. From Emily: Our kitchen was original from 1965, and after living with it for two years we decided it was time to renovate – I’d been using the original stove and oven!
Mar 31, 2016
20 New Ways to Use Shelf Brackets You’ve Never Thought Of
Think outside the shelf.
Mar 30, 2016
High & Low: An Eclectic Mid-Century Meets Transitional Living Room
I don’t know about your home, but at my place, even with an open concept kitchen and a dining table, we always seem to end up in the living room with all the snacks and drinks squeezed on the coffee table. Let’s face it: it’s more casual and comfortable than standing around a kitchen or sitting on a stiff dining chair. These days it’s rare to have both a family and living room, so it’s nice to really put a lot of thought and style into the one you have.
Mar 29, 2016
Before & After: A Hallway Gets a Chic Update From Top to Bottom
Kevin’s hallway update is an excellent blend of style and function and a testament to really thinking about how the furniture is serving the space when making design choices. Also, I’m a total sucker for an interesting ceiling and this one is tops. From Kevin: When it comes to small spaces that are hard to design, the hallway is one of the worst offenders.
Mar 29, 2016
Before & After: Bold Bathroom Color Choices
Our 1961 Colonial house on Long Island had orange shag carpeting and some delightful fixtures when we purchased it in 2013. We ended up renovating nearly every room in the house, but it’s taken all this time for me to finish decorating! The room I’m sharing is our powder room. It had a shell shaped sink in the shortest vanity I’ve ever seen when we started. I decided to use the small space to get dramatic with color.
Mar 28, 2016
Before & After: Tearing Down a Wall to Open Up a Kitchen
One thing I love about this upgrade is that you can still see the heart of the original kitchen, it’s just…grown into its looks. Cara made a ton of smart choices to upgrade the look and usability of the space to create a bright and sleek kitchen. From Cara: Before we even put in an offer on our current house, we knew that to make the house fit our needs and gain serious points for resale, the walls separating the closed off kitchen and formal dining room needed to go.
Mar 24, 2016
Before & After: From Bland to “Glam, Industrial, and Very Modern”
Spoiler alert: they remove the carpet. And, yes, it goes a long way in brightening and modernizing the room, but Christina and her boyfriend don’t stop there. From paint, to furniture, to light fixtures, this is a pretty impressive overhaul. From Christina: My boyfriend and I bought a one bed, one bath condo in San Jose, California about a year ago and immediately saw so much potential for it once we moved in.
Mar 22, 2016
Before & After: Breathing New Life Into A Run-Down Kitchen
In October of 2014, my boyfriend, Sean and I purchased the tiny row house I had been living in for the past six years. When I moved to Philly to be closer to family I hadn’t expected our little residential spot off of (a then desolate and rather gritty) Frankford Avenue to all-of-a-sudden become Philadelphia’s hippest/hipsteriest hood.
Mar 17, 2016
Before & After: A Den Full of Hollywood Glam
Who couldn’t use a little glam in their life, right? Okay, so maybe it takes a certain type of person to pull off a really glam look at home, but Tim from Design Maze and the resident of this apartment were the perfect team to pull off this eye-popping den with a modern take on Hollywood glamour. I think it will make even the most minimalist design lover feel a little glam-envy. The best part? This is a rental apartment so everything is temporary.
Mar 16, 2016
Before & After: An Outdated Kitchen Gets an On Time & (Almost) On Budget Update
Bradley and I had been house shopping for over a year, but in the Denver market, it was nearly impossibly to nail something down in our budget with all of the crazy investor offers constantly swooping in with full-cash offers. We had just lost another bid on a house and the next day, I got a call from our realtor that he had just gotten a listing and that we should come take a look.
Mar 16, 2016
Before & After: A Vintage Saucer Chair’s Low Cost DIY Salvation
Cintia’s beloved saucer chair needed some major TLC after battling the elements. She not only resurrected this chair with a ton of style, she did it in a low cost, totally green way. Once in pristine condition, my vintage saucer chair was left out in the weather for many years and slowly disintegrated. I had quite a sentimental attachment to it so was reluctant to throw it away. It took me about a year, working on it intermittently to complete this project.
Mar 14, 2016
Before & After: A “Tired Little Cottage” Revives
When we bought this tired little cottage, we didn’t really know what we’d gotten into. Sitting empty for 3 years, the pipes had burst, the furnace had died and there was a small lake in the basement. Oh – and it was truly the homeliest house on the block. We had just started our ‘encore career’ to buy and renovate homes in a little town in Maine. But this project was a bit daunting for newbies! It took 5 months of work to transform it from top to bottom.
Mar 13, 2016
Before & After: Shaking Up a Shaker Rocking Chair
Hidden among many other obscure objects at a garage sale in Princeton, New Jersey, this bentwood rocking chair sat dressed in black paint and heavy black leather upholstery attached with large tacks. At the time, I couldn’t place where this piece had come from. It wasn’t a Thonet chair, but it had the similar features and was certainly older. As I continued to look at it, the colors and materials looked so heavy on such a small, slender frame. It begged to be refinished.
Mar 12, 2016
Tips for Building & Displaying an Art Collection You Love
I loved a lot about Alex’s Uptown New Orleans apartment. The natural light, the layers of textures and colors, the amazing shoulder-balancing cat. But the thing I loved most of all was his art collection. Deeply personal, each with its own story, there was a smart mix of investment pieces and (literally) trash finds. I asked him to share some of his art collecting advice. Words to design by: “I love each piece of art in my home.
Mar 9, 2016
Before & After: Taking a Guest Room From Basic to a “Bit Boho”
Ashley’s took her guest bedroom from all-purpose-catch-all to swoon worthy oasis. Just look at that gorgeous green! That fabulous rug! When can we visit? From Ashley: When we first moved in, we had a pretty standard guest bedroom. It was outdated, had dingy walls and a wallpaper border. It sat like this for quite some time and eventually just became a dumping ground for random decor pieces, clothes, etc. My husband and I had finally just had enough.
Mar 8, 2016
7 Creative Ways To Use the $3.99 IKEA SIGNE Rug
IKEA’s SIGNE rugs are a bargain at $3.99 each, and are a durable (and washable) material that’s handy for tons of DIY projects. See how easy it is to take one of these simple striped flat-weave rugs and turn it into something else entirely. If you need something long, try stitching a few together to make an elongated runner. Clara (in the lead image above) also embellished hers with some felt leaves. IKEA itself suggests turning their striped goodies into floor pillows.
Mar 7, 2016
Before & After: Budget Bathroom Upgrade
While not in terrible shape, Lesley’s bathroom felt a little dated. Instead of committing to a major bathroom remodel, she made some smart design moves to make the most of her small space. From Lesley: The bathroom in my condo is tiny, and badly needed updating when I moved in. It was straight out of the 80s with dingy beige paint, and a terribly outdated medicine cabinet/light fixture situation.
Mar 6, 2016
Before & After: A Super Quick, Super Easy Bathroom Cabinet Upgrade
Lizeth’s medicine cabinet makeover is a perfect weekend project. If you’re feeling the need to organize and spice up your bathroom, take a look at her super easy cabinet makeover for inspiration. From Lizeth: One Saturday I decided to makeover our medicine cabinet. There was an accumulation of items we don’t use on a daily basis in the cabinet plus I was keeping some items I used a lot under the sink; hence the need for some purging and reorganizing.
Mar 5, 2016
7 Before & After Curb Appeal Makeovers that Will Blow Your Mind
Home is a sanctuary. You should love the place you come home to every night. And if you’re planning to move on or move up in a few years, investing in your home’s curb appeal is a wise investment, too. Plus it’s just crazy fun to see how a few simple tweaks can add up and completely change the way a house looks. Here are 7 home exterior renovations that really blow us away. Click through to each source to learn more about these impressive makeovers.
Mar 4, 2016
A Small and Stunning Paris Apartment
We’ve featured quite a few places by A+B Kasha before: this Paris-based real estate and design firm excels at creating meticulously detailed apartments where just the walls and floors themselves are a work of art. My current favorite project of theirs is a little jewel of a one-bedroom, 270 square feet of perfection tucked away on the top floor of a 19th-century building in Paris’ 6th arrondissement.
Mar 4, 2016
Before & After: Adding Character Through Color
When we moved into this rental house last year, we had the luxury of not only having a powder room but also a newly-painted, all-white space with a beautiful grey wood floor throughout. Although the rest of the house has large windows and skylights and is very bright, this powder room has no windows and is tucked into the end of a short hallway.
Mar 4, 2016
Before & After: An Easy & Affordable Counter Fix
After moving into her new home, Sara realized her design non-negotiable was living with her old, stained, formica countertops. With a little research she was able to find a fast and affordable fix to tide her over till it’s time for a renovation. From Sara: My husband and I moved into my grandparent’s old house a year ago and we’ve been making slow progress in each room, but I’ve really been focused on the kitchen lately, specifically on appliances and the counter.
Feb 29, 2016
Before & After: Updating the Kitchen in “The Ugliest House on The Block”
As a young married couple (and now toddler parents!), we’ve relocated 3 times in five years with Justin’s company. Our last move brought us home to Greenville, South Carolina, where the real estate market in our dream neighborhood was insanely competitive. Since we were relocating from Northern Maine, we couldn’t be on site when a potential home would go on the market so we ended up in multiple bidding wars on properties that we had only seen via FaceTime.
Feb 28, 2016
High & Low: Bar Cart Style
Cooler months mean more entertaining indoors, and nights out become nights in with cocktails. There’s something about a bar cart that makes a space feel grown-up, don’t you think? You don’t have to have a bar cart to be a great host, but it sure is convenient, and, let’s be honest, it’s so much fun to style! There are as many bar cart styling options as there are cocktails, and there’s no shortage of inspiration, including this past roundup we pulled for you.
Feb 26, 2016
Before & After: Look at The Legs On This One
I had promised not to remodel anything else, since the house is getting a bit packed, but this guy caught my eye. This little sad cabinet had belonged to a 1960s bookshelf that was long gone and was laying about in the quietness of a my grandparents garage. Legless, scratched and with some water stains, it needed some TLC. After some deep sanding, it was time to give it a new structure. So, as a totally inept carpenter, I did what any girl would do: call her father.
Feb 26, 2016
Before & After: This Update Will Floor You
Maria made some kitchen magic happen in her rental. Her new floor is classic, cute and matches the most vital of household accessories, her cat. From Maria: I made an AMAZING kitchen floor makeover a month ago. The floor really looked like S when I moved in to my rental apartment in Gothenburg. SO I decided to get the floor in black/white that I always dreamed about. I was really SHOCKED how different, more bright and even bigger my kitchen became.
Feb 25, 2016
DIY Bicycle Rack Built For Two
Jacob’s DIY project features a few more steps than most of the projects we feature, but just look at the super cool result!
Feb 22, 2016
If You Love Pop Art, You’re Gonna Want to Pin Every One of These Rooms
What we have here is a dozen unabashed, Warhol- and Lichtenstein-inspired rooms that would look right at home in a pop art museum as they do inside these homes. If you love bright colors and retro styling, get thee to Pinterest and save these shots for later. It’s part aspiration and part inspiration. As big and bold as these rooms are, there are some pretty do-able ideas in here. Do you have any pop art-inspired pieces at home?
Feb 21, 2016
Before & After: A B&A Enthusiast’s Budget Kitchen Makeover
I am a sucker for Before and Afters. Whether it be home remodels or weight losses or What Not to Wear, I get all giddy about transformations. And SO, why NOT buy a really ugly house?? Where’s the fun in buying an already-beautiful home? Nowhere. A couple of years ago, my husband and I bought a fixer-upper. About 11 months later, we (and by we, I mean my dad. Thanks Pops.) finally got enough done to show some of the progress we’ve made so far. Only took a year ..
Feb 19, 2016
Before & After: The Magic of Wallpaper & Elbow Grease
Kris’ impressive powder room makeover is a master class in the art of the well chosen splurge. Impressive DIY updates compliment some truly spectacular wallpaper. Check it out! From Kris: We moved into a new house last summer, and have recently started tackling some small-ish DIY projects. My most recent project was updating our first floor powder room.
Feb 18, 2016
11 Beautiful Wall Murals That Will Make You Want to Break Up with Paint
Why settle for an oversized piece of art when you could have a piece of art that covers the whole wall? These 11 murals will have a big, big impact—hang one on the wall and your decorating job is pretty much done. A quick note to start: a wall mural differentiates from wallpaper in that it does not repeat. It’s an entire scene stretch across a determined width, while wallpaper matches up and repeats indefinitely.
Feb 17, 2016
Before & After: Updating a Childhood Home
A year ago my husband, our two sons and I bought the house I grew up in and my parents had owned for over 30 years. Not only did the house need quite a few renovations but, for us, it also needed to not look like the house I grew up in. Because the house is small and we don’t have a playroom the open concept living room is the busiest room in our home. It is where our kids play, where we read and watch TV and dance.
Feb 17, 2016
Easy & Affordable Ways to Add More Visual Joy to Your Home
How much joy does your home bring you? Do you have a lot of design moments that make you smile? Do the rooms in your home showcase things that make you happy? Filling your home with visual joy doesn’t need to be a complicated task; we spotted seven easy (and affordable) ways to celebrate happiness using your home in one of our recent tours. (Pictured above) Pick a corner, any corner! Can be a guest room that you don’t go into every day. Can be a cramped bathroom. The laundry room.
Feb 16, 2016
6 Artists You Don’t Know About (but Should)
Today we’re taking a look at six contemporary artists you may not have heard of, artists whose work pushes the boundaries of their media and looks not quite like anything you’ve seen before. Katharine Morling creates these incredibly detailed sculptures of everyday items from clay, each detail more breathtaking than the last. in her distinct style, these quotidian objects seem simultaneously more and less real, drawing you into a strange and fascinating alternate world.
Feb 14, 2016
The Rise and Fall of the Heart-Shaped Hot Tub
It’s Valentine’s Day, which means that the two-lobed shape that we somehow recognize as representing a human heart is suddenly everywhere. There are heart-shaped candies, cards, chocolates, even heart-shaped pizzas. And many years ago, one man had the idea of building a heart-shaped hot tub… and a movement was born.
Feb 14, 2016
Before & After: Mr. Heckles, The Love of Reed’s Life
I’m in love. I’m talking about my new (super old) refrigerator. This fridge, whom we lovingly call Mr. Heckles, was made in 1949 by General Electric. I’d always wanted an old fridge, just like the one Monica had on Friends. Gender aside, I am Monica. Really. A month ago, we finally signed a new lease at an apartment complex that did not provide a fridge. I seized this opportunity to find my dream fridge. I scoured eBay, Craigslist, Etsy, antiqueappliance.com. You name it.
Feb 13, 2016
Before & After: An “Odd Space” Opens Up
Our 1925 Craftsman had a number of unique features, some of which we preserved, and some which had to go. The Master Bathroom was one that had to be completely renovated, down to the studs. It was such an odd space before. It was essentially a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, but the pass-through from one side to the other was the shower! I’ve never seen anything like it, nor had our contractor.
Feb 12, 2016
Before & After: Overcoming the Quirks of ’70s Fireplace
About six years ago, my boyfriend and I bought a severely neglected 1970s ranch house. It was basically a grimy, character-free tract home with critters living in the garage and AC return duct. We had a lot of issues to deal with after we bought the house, so the limestone fireplace was pretty far from the top of the list, and we ended up ignoring it for years while we worked on other parts of the house. Eventually, it became harder to ignore.
Feb 10, 2016
The 5 Best Parts of a Friends-Focused Galentine’s Day Get-Together
On February 13th, grab your best girlfriends host a Galentine’s Day party that celebrates all the women in your life. There are really only five things you need to pull it off! → Celebrate Your Friends With A Leslie Knope-Approved Galentine’s Day Party 1. Friends: Let’s just start here because duh. Invite the people that know you best.
Feb 10, 2016
This Customizable DIY Dresser Drawer Bookshelf Is Just What Your Wall Needs
Reuse old dresser drawers to create a bookshelf installation like Mike and Kate’s! The couple found free dressers on Craigslist and used the drawers to transform an empty wall in their Chicago home. dresser drawers (preferably dovetailed) paint wall mounting hardware measuring tape hammer drill From Kate: I turned to Craigslist and found free dressers, took the drawers, and trashed the dressers themselves (don’t worry—they were really ugly).
Feb 10, 2016
Before & After: A Bold Blue Guest Bathroom
Whitney of Whitney J Decor was charged with shaking up this guest bathroom and adding more storage. She was able to add a ton of character while avoiding major renovations. From Whitney: My client gave me full, creative control of her guest bathroom, but the only exception was that I couldn’t make any changes to the floor or any permanent fixtures (like sink, faucet, tub, etc.).
Feb 9, 2016
Celebrate Your Friends With A Leslie Knope-Approved Galentine’s Day Party
It’s hard to believe that Galentine’s Day didn’t exist until a couple of years ago, when it was coined by Parks & Recreation’s Leslie Knope as a way to get together with female friends and recognize your importance in each other’s lives. Like Festivus before it, Galentine’s Day now transcends television and is practically a national recognized holiday (or at least it should be). And it’s a total gem of a day.
Feb 8, 2016
A DIY Update to 70s Style Bi-Fold Doors
I think nearly anyone who buys a 1970s ranch home will likely end up with those dark wood, hollow core bi-fold doors. We ended up with them in two of our three bedrooms. Replacing them with more modern, up-to-date bi-fold doors can run over $150 per pair, so why not put in some elbow grease to bring those doors to life and save yourself about $100?
Feb 7, 2016
Before & After: A Tourism Kiosk You’ll Want to Live In
Project by: Relish Interiors Location: British Columbia, Canada Leah was asked to revamp a Boler trailer into west coast inspired tourism kiosk. The result is a charming small space that may induce some serious pillow envy. From Leah: I was commissioned by Tourism Powell River, in beautiful British Columbia, Canada to makeover a 10′ Boler trailer into a mobile Tourism Kiosk that represented our west coast influence.
Feb 6, 2016
A DIY Stencil Project That Will Make You A Stencil Believer
Having never stenciled anything before in my life, I was nervous about whether or not I’d be able to do it. But I can tell you now, there’s nothing to it (I loved it so much I purchased a second stencil for another project almost immediately after completing this project).
Feb 5, 2016
Before & After: An Almond & Orange Bathroom Leaves the ’80s Behind
I can’t believe it took us 10 years to renovate our small 1980s bathroom. With the hideous almond tub, loo, sink and the orange wood cabinetry, things should’ve changed long ago. After I took a week off of work and my husband took a few days, we got to work on demo on a Sunday. We expected to be done by Wednesday but had some buffer days just in case. We found we needed new plumbing to fix low water pressure which set us back on our timeline.
Feb 5, 2016
Before & After: A Quick & Cost Effective Rental Kitchen Fix
Our kitchen has really tacky fake granite particle board counters. Someone at some point in our building’s history thought it would be a good idea to cover the backsplash in this same ugly material, which not only draws attention to how absolutely fake the “granite” is, but also just generally looks horrendous.
Feb 4, 2016
Before & After: A (Mostly) DIY Compact Kitchen Remodel
I’m happy to share with you the DIY makeover of my compact apartment kitchen, which went from dark and red to bright and white (mostly). The only thing professionally installed was the countertop, and the rest was a lot of hard work over a few months. For cost reasons, the layout, appliances, and cabinets are all the same. The details are as follows: Cabinet molding: F.D.
Jan 30, 2016
Lighting Problems Renters Can Relate To (And What To Do About Them)
Rental apartments aren’t known for crystal chandeliers and beautiful statement lighting. Instead you get (almost always) awful and (frequently) unflattering light with shadows that turn even the prettiest people into Bela Lugosi — not to mention dated fixtures desperately in need of an aesthetic upgrade. Learn how to improve your lighting situation with one of these solutions.
Jan 29, 2016
DIY Cardboard Play Town
Looking for something to do with all of those online shopping boxes? Stef, of Non Toy Gifts, walks us through this super cute and super simple cardboard town. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 2 Days Project Cost: $30-$40 1 or 2 cardboard boxes, depending on the size Paper for stencils Craft paint and brush Craft knife Hot glue gun Start by creating stencils for each type of house and use them to cut 6 cardboard pieces for each of the houses.
Jan 28, 2016
Record Listeners Rejoice: Here’s How to DIY a Bargain Craigslist Turntable into a Stylish Custom Record Player
Katie and Patrick spend a lot of time listening to music on the record player that Patrick restored. As they shared in their House Tour, “Since we don’t have a fireplace, it’s the hearth of our home.” Because of Patrick’s career as an audio engineer and tour manager, he worked on the project over the span of five months in between tours. Had his schedule allowed dedicated time at home, he says he could have completed the project in about three weekends.
Jan 27, 2016
Organization Inspiration: Small Hallway Storage Projects That Make a Big Difference
Hallways are awkward spots in our homes, both overlooked and undervalued —they’re weird in-between places that we pass through multiple times daily, but we don’t actually spend a lot of time there. What they don’t have to be is a waste of space. With a little time and effort they can be storage powerhouses. Who says you can’t have built-ins in the hallway?
Jan 22, 2016
Before & After: 1960s Ercol Windsor Gets a Serious Style Boost
With a good eye and some great fabric, Meredith turned around a so-so (but still lucky!) internet find into a gorgeous mid century showstopper. From Meredith: About a year ago I found a 1960s Ercol Windsor chair posted on Kijiji (Canadian Craigslist) for $100. The yellow, fuzzy fabric did nothing for me but I knew I could do something about that.
Jan 20, 2016
Top Ten: Best Modern Chandeliers Under $500
I’ve recently been given the enviable task of picking out a chandelier, and I have to say—chandelier shopping is the next best thing to tiara shopping. Here are my top 10 finds, each of them sparkly, fun, pretty, and far more affordable than most respectable tiaras… I’m not sure why I love chandeliers with adjustable arms so much, but I do.
Jan 18, 2016
Before & After: A Pared Down DC Kitchen
I just purchased my first home, a one-bedroom loft condo in DC’s Chinatown neighborhood. It’s a great location in a beautiful building, and most of the other units have very high-end finishes (and sell for $$$). Several of the units, including mine, were done with builder-grade finishes and sold at below-market prices to local artists about 13 years ago.
Jan 18, 2016
Before & After: A $9 Thrift Store Upcycle
My daughter picked up this sad little dresser at a thrift store thinking I might have some fun with it. It had suffered an unfortunate paint job and was nicked and bruised and cried out for some love to bring it back to life. I began by patching any problem areas with lightweight spackle and gave it a vigorous sanding. After I was sure I had really roughed up the finish, I decided to forego primer and went straight for a glossy latex paint in a rich, deep blue-green.
Jan 17, 2016
DIY Hanging Shower Planter
It’s no secret that we are huge plant proponents and Madalyn’s clever shower planter is a super fun way to add a little green to your bathroom.
Jan 16, 2016
Before & After: A Family Hand-Me-Down’s DIY Makeover
I think most of us have had the internal debate over a family hand-me-down. There’s a moment where we teeter on throwing it out because it doesn’t fit in our lives, but feel we should keep it out of a sense of loyalty or nostalgia. Trini made the best of the situation by saving her family’s chair, while updating it to suit her tastes. From Trini: This chair has been in my family for decades. It was passed down to me with blue flowered tapestry fabric.
Jan 15, 2016
Before & After: A Dining Table That’s Worth the Work
This is my latest piece of furniture that I’ve refinished. After doing my last dining room table I was so happy with the results that I chose to forget how much sanding and time had been involved. I think that for people who see the potential in secondhand objects it can be hard to pass up a project. When I saw this dining table with queen anne legs and a pretty scalloped top I had to restore it. The shape was beautiful but the scratches on top and badly scuffed sides needed some work.
Jan 12, 2016
How To Dye Textiles With Coffee & Tea
Keep things au naturale with this easy tutorial.
Jan 2, 2016
Before & After: Bland Bookshelves Become a Crisp Credenza
I love to build things and have built all kinds of shelving, but I admit I’m all for a shortcut that makes my life easier (and in this case cheaper). These $10 garage sale bookshelves I found are solid wood, well-built and side by side were the perfect size to create a credenza. There is no way I could have built them myself for $10, the wood alone would have cost at least $50, not to mention the time and labor.
Dec 28, 2015
DIY 3D Paper Reindeer Head (Just in time for Christmas!)
If you’re looking for a non traditional holiday DIY (that you could totally leave up year round), look no further than this stunning paper reindeer. It should take you about 3 days (on and off) and come in under $30, so get cutting! Glue Stick Double-Sided Tape 100 lb Cardstock Paper Ruler (with sharp edge) X-acto Knife / Scissors Instructions Download template. Print template out on 100 lb cardstock paper (using the paper color of your choice!
Dec 22, 2015
Simple Last-Minute Holiday Centerpiece Ideas
Don't let the holiday countdown stress you out–we're here to help you make the most of it!
Dec 19, 2015
Before & After: A $5 Find Gets a Sleek New Look
We needed some extra storage space in our new house and when I spotted this piece that was the perfect size for just 5 bucks, I purchased it with the idea of turning it into something completely different. At first I was a bit reluctant to take the legs off because they were the cutest part of the thing but couldn’t really change the style if I kept them so, off they went. I then removed the moldings and the doorknob and suddenly the piece was a blank canvas.
Dec 19, 2015
Before & After: A Craigslist Chair Gets a Little Shimmer
I have been teaching myself to reupholster furniture. When I found this sturdy vintage arm chair with cane sides on Craigslist for $15 I knew it could be a gem. The chair has a wonderful horsehair cushion and did not require any new batting. I cleaned it up, applied Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White, lightly distressed the edges, and put a couple coats of wax on the frame.
Dec 18, 2015
Before & After: A DIY Fireplace Fix
My husband and I recently moved into a brand new townhome in San Diego, California. We absolutely love the new place but for some reason, the builder created really awkward and unevenly sized “designer nooks” above the fireplace. We tried to think of ways to design around them but ultimately we knew we needed to cover the holes up and create a mantle.
Dec 16, 2015
Small Space Survival: 5 Smart Techniques to Steal from a 300 Square Foot Home
Those surviving successfully in a small space have lessons they can share with the rest of us. Five smart ideas are in this New York City home — and they all fit in just 300 square feet. All your furniture being at the same height can make a small room feel even smaller, fast.
Dec 16, 2015
Leave Empty or Adorn? 3 Questions to Answer When Facing a Blank Wall
Whether moving into a new place, rearranging your furniture or just on the hunt for a new look, you might occasionally find yourself in front of a blank wall, wondering if it should stay blank or be adorned with art. Before you start drilling any holes, answer these three questions. It’ll help you make the decision to keep a wall blank or fill it with decor. Perhaps you have a fabulous fireplace. Rad rafters. Gorgeous window trim. Wood floors that could make you cry tears of aesthetic joy.
Dec 13, 2015