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Buy or DIY: 10 Hanging Planters
Hanging planters are having a resurgence in popularity, and with their space saving design they are a perfect fit for square-foot-deficient plant hoarders (ahem, me) and 70’s aficionados alike. Here are a few great options to buy or DIY one for yourself. BUY: 1. Brass Himmeli Hanging Planter no. 2, $65 from Hruskaa on Etsy 2. Scribble Hanging Planter, $70 – $90 from Pigeon Toe Ceramics 3. 3 Tier Oval Porcelain and Cotton Rope Planter, $140 from Light and Ladder on Etsy 4.
Sep 19, 2013
DIY to Try: How To Make Your Own Mudcloth
My love affair with mudcloth is well documented. If you are unfamiliar with the stuff, mudcloth is a somewhat heavy fabric, sewn in strips, and dyed naturally with mud. It usually has a graphic pattern of geometric lines and dots, in high contrast black and white. Given the process of making it, it’s no surprise that the real deal is also somewhat expensive.
Sep 16, 2013
Get Laken’s Look!: DIY Dorm Bed Canopy Project
Yesterday we saw the reveal of Wash U freshman Laken’s spruced up new digs. Today, Laken is showing us how she created the custom bed canopy shown above. If you like the look, you can make one for yourself! Materials Large 24″ diameter embroidery hoop Two curtain panels (we used one package of IKEA Vivan, for $9.
Aug 28, 2013
Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Before & After Reveal
Laken, the college freshman we introduced you to last week, is all moved in and set up, and ready to start classes this week. She took her college blah dorm and turned it into something personal and comfortable. Want to see what she did with her space? Let’s break it down, and see what Laken did to make it work: 1. Configured her furniture, i.e. raised the bed, to allow for more storage. As a result, the dresser, some storage bins and a hamper fit nicely underneath and stay out of sight.
Aug 27, 2013
Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Before Photos
Laken is an incoming freshman at Washington University in Saint Louis and, just this Sunday, moved into her new dorm on campus. She was greeted by a very typical sight: commercial grade carpeting, conspicuous vents, and standard issue furniture. The dorms are very nice by all accounts, but it’s always a challenge to transform an impersonal space into a comfortable home for the next nine months.Laken has less than a week to get her room ready before classes begin.
Aug 21, 2013
Back To School Basics: DIY Wooden Pencil Box Project
Freshly sharpened pencils. Crisp sheets of white-lined paper. Colorful paperclips at the ready. Do these things make you irrationally happy? Then you might like this easy DIY project for back-to-school (or for yourself of course) that celebrates clean slates and a new year of learning. Nerd alert! Scissors Bowl of Warm Water InstructionsIf you didn’t read my earlier post on transferring images onto wood, here’s a recap on my method using Lazertran.
Aug 15, 2013
How To Stick To A Budget in Your Nursery or Kids Room
It’s easy to get over-excited when decorating a kids’ room, right? I mean, planning a room full of fun items, colorful things, cute things – I know from experience – makes it really hard to keep that cash in your pocket. And yet, as a parent I also know that overwhelming pressure to keep costs down for the family. So today we’re broaching the un-fun but essential topic of how to make that nursery creation or room-redo budget work.
Aug 13, 2013
How To Create Rope Light Word Art
Whether for a holiday, or any day really, decorating with lights can be fun and festive decoration. Feeling limited by holiday-themed options? Consider customizing the perfect message inspired by neon typography. You can try on a DIY rope light sign for way less money and way less commitment.Pick a Word or an Abstract DesignPick a word or name with sentimental importance, or just something that looks stunning hanging on the wall.
Aug 8, 2013
DIY to Try: Travel Photo Diorama
Materials: Any deep photo frame smaller than 8.
Jul 28, 2013
Renters Solutions: Temporary Cork Floors on a Tiny Budget
After researching various options that wouldn’t make my landlord cringe (we’re renters), I realized that they were all 1. Out of the budget, 2. Too permanent, or 3. Ugly. Ideally I wanted flooring that would be under $1 per square foot and could be something I might potentially reuse. Here’s what I found and how I made my rental flooring dreams come true under budget.
Jul 8, 2013
How To Make Your Own DIY Vintage Plate Tiered Dessert Stand
Here’s a quick and easy project for parties of all types; whether for kids or adults, casual or formal. These tiered stands are inexpensive to make, and a great way to use old dishes destined for donation. They also look just fancy enough and add great height to a dessert table — all good things.
Jun 13, 2013
Charley Harper for the Nursery
Artist Charley Harper’s work has been enjoying a revival, largely thanks to Todd Oldham, and parents are finding it a great fit for the nursery. Animals and color – what’s not to love? Here are 15 examples of different ways to bring some Harper to your child’s room. Click through if you’d like to see more of these rooms.Row 11. Charley Harper Bird Art in Julianna’s Rainbow Room2.
Jun 7, 2013
Before & After: Simple Changes Make a Big Difference
It doesn’t always take expensive and dramatic changes to refresh a room. Follow me after the jump to see how Andi used small details to pack a new punch in her attic guest room.Just by adding adding a bold blue and a few new accessories, Andi took this guest room from minimal and plain to cheery Mediterranean cottage. She painted in headboards, added a table, lamp, pillows, and a window treatment, and called it a day.
Jun 6, 2013
Free Botanical Art Prints for Your Walls
I recently moved back home for the summer, and my childhood room needed an upgrade in the wall art department. I found some pretty (and free!) botanical prints from Poppytalk that I plan to use, but I also found two other sources for downloadable prints that I shared in the links below. I am going to print them out and use washi tape to temporary hang them, but you can frame them and create a beautiful gallery wall as well.  1. 6 Botanical Prints2-4.set 1set 2set 35.
Jun 4, 2013
Off the Shelf vs. Do it Yourself: Riveted Metal Table Lamps
TargetCirca LightingAll in all, this version ran me about $34, including the lampshade. I didn’t have any of the materials (except the tin) to begin with, but you might find an old lamp to disassemble and re-use. I think it’s also possible to do this project with faux rivets. If you don’t want to invest in a rivet tool, glue down the metal instead, and insert some small 4mm brads to get a similar studded look.
May 29, 2013
100 DIY Ideas for the 3-Day Weekend
It’s the start of the first three day weekend of the summer, so in keeping with (and expanding upon!) recent Apartment Therapy tradition, we put together a big list of DIY projects to consider for the days ahead. From crafting to cleaning, renovating to relaxing, there is an idea here for everyone – 100 to be exact! Join Us on Pinterest:Apartment Therapy Learn to make your pics prettier: How To Instantly Improve Your Photos Give your dining chairs a new (tufted!
May 24, 2013
The Peel-and-Stick Makeover: Wallpapered Fridge
Light fixtures can be changed. Colors can be painted over. Ugly floors can be covered. They’re not all easy projects for renters who’ve found themselves in apartments cramping their style. But they’re all do-able, and importantly, reversible. Just like this solution for covering ugly appliances with removable peel-and-stick wallpaper.To be clear, Peaches of DIY and Lifestyle Blog Aunt Peaches didn’t have an ugly fridge.
May 15, 2013
DIY Project Idea: How To Make a Lamp Out of Anything
The key to making a table lamp is finding the correct socket set-up and mount. Some readymade kits already exist but, otherwise, you have to figure out what works best for your chosen vessel-turned-lamp base. I myself had a random wooden vase/candleholder that perfectly accommodated a basic globe shade from the hardware store. It was screaming to become a lamp, and I was more than happy to oblige.
May 14, 2013
Large Scale Art on the Cheap: Black & White Engineer, Draft or Blueprint Copies
Making large-scale prints for your wall can be a very expensive endeavor, but Elsie at A Beautiful Mess discovered a way to blow up her favorite photos (we’re talkin’ poster size) on the cheap: black and white engineer prints, also known as draft prints or blueprint copies.The prints aren’t perfect, but for prices ranging from $0.75 per square foot to $4.99 per print at places like FedEx Kinko’s and Staples, one shouldn’t expect them to be.
May 2, 2013
How To Create a Gallery Wall on a Budget
Gallery Wall InspirationWith $200 to spend upfront and a large space to fill, I knew my vision of a gallery wall was not immediately attainable. I would be hard pressed to find just frames for this price, let alone mats and art. I took a different approach in order to spread the cost out over time and avoid rushing into buying pieces I didn’t love.
Apr 30, 2013
Think Outside the Rectangle: Round Rugs
image:851831fee7209b14826993fa190ac93a5280beb9 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I once had a round rug in my living room and while I eventually grew tired of the color and pattern, I loved the visual interest the circular shape added. It made the room feel open and fresh and pulled together. Designers often suggest using a round rug to trick the eye into making a room appear larger – which makes them ideal for kids bedrooms.
Apr 9, 2013
Before & After: Disguising Offset Windows Behind a Bed
Recently I helped a lovely couple redesign their bedroom. They already loved the wall color and the abundance of natural light, but the placement of the windows left something to be desired.  They also wanted to upgrade from a queen size bed to a king, while enhancing the airy feel that they liked best about their bedroom.
Apr 1, 2013
How To Baby Proof Your Rental
Uh-oh. Has that baby of mine really worked out how to get in the refrigerator? Already? And the cabinets? Time to baby proof our rental. But how, when there is so little we can change? Here are a few of the challenges we renters face when baby-proofing, and the simple steps we can take to overcome them. If you can, start at the very beginning. When looking at a property, speak to the landlord about any safety concerns you have about the space.
Mar 26, 2013
DIY Ideas: Foam Core Crafts & Fixes
On one of my frequent trips to the local dollar store, I was elated to find a huge box of foam core, and my brain immediately started buzzing with possible uses for it. Foam core can be a quick, inexpensive, and lightweight tool around the home whether you’re a renter looking for temporary solutions, you’re on a budget, or you just want a quick and easy craft project. Here are 10 of my favorite ideas for this handy material.
Mar 12, 2013
Before & After: Kid’s Corner Gets a Mini (Mario!) Makeover
Katja gives full instructions, along with photos of the process, over at her blog, Shift Ctrl ART Thanks so much Katja — both projects look great!
Mar 6, 2013
15 More Washi Tape Project Ideas for Kids Rooms
Earlier this week we showed you fifteen of my favorite washi tape project ideas for kids. I came across so many great ideas during my search that I decided to write a second post! Here are fifteen more washi tape project ideas for your little ones:Row One:1. Washi Tape Wall: Ann Kelle2. Cross-Stitch Mural with Washi Tape: Becoming Gezellig3. Masking Tape Gems: Objects & Use4. Washi Tape Letter: S.A.S. Interiors5.
Mar 1, 2013
Before & After: Sophisticated and Dramatic Wainscoting
I came across this project from a comment left in my recent post Brags! What DIY Project Are You Most Proud Of? It came from Julia from the blog Chris Loves Julia. They were looking to change up their living room for a more sophisticated yet casual look and Julia fell in love with some dramatic wainscoting images and got the bug to re-create it at home.It took them just a few hours over two days to put it up and then one day to paint it.
Mar 1, 2013
Before & After: Little Boy’s Room Gets a Creative New Look
I love it when kids’ rooms look like, well… a room fit for a kid! This is a great example of a clean, organized, yet creative space for a little one to flourish.Kara Rosenlund designed this room to be a cheerful, relaxed space perfect for a growing little boy. From the dramatic floor-to-ceiling chalkboard walls, to the sunny ceiling fan, to the “grass” rug on the floor, there’s no risk of mistaking this room for a serious grownup space.
Feb 27, 2013
How To Confidently Choose Paint Colors: Mark’s Foolproof Methods
Last February, I invited past House Tour participant Mark Wynsma over to socialize, share some macarons, meet my Frenchie and discuss design. His home is fantastic with his brave DIYs, his eclectic style, and of course his bold and (very) successful use of color. Many of my friends have mentioned his tour to me as their inspiration for painting their homes in bold hues, and now that I am looking to paint my home (currently all white), I naturally asked him for his thoughts.
Feb 26, 2013
15 Washi Tape Project Ideas for Kids Rooms
If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive way to add a little color and whimsy to your little one’s room, look no further. Washi tape is exploding in popularity, and with it a whole host of DIY ideas for kids’ decor. From wall murals and decorations to hopscotches and race tracks, the ideas are limitless. Here are a few of my favorites: Row One: 1. Washi Tape Tree: BoligLiv 2. Washi Tape Wall Art: Ninainvorm via Apartment Therapy 3. Washi Tape Bookshelf Art: Poppinette 4.
Feb 26, 2013
Removing Old, Bulky Shower Doors Is Much Easier Than You Think
We see a fun, fresh bathroom in your future.
Feb 26, 2013
How To “Fake” a Gallery-WrappedCanvas Print
This tutorial is inexpensive, easy, and best of all: low-risk. I was in need of some art for our bathroom, and it needed to be rather large and until I can afford what I’ve really got my heart set on — rather cheap.I decided to take a poster that I liked (picked up at a craft store for around $10) and skip the large expensive frame. Instead, I made it look like a wrapped canvas, using a cheap old thrift store canvas I had lying around.
Feb 25, 2013
The Best Online Sources for the Art Lover on a Budget
Build your collection without breaking the bank.
Feb 21, 2013
Before & After: Samna Transforms a Studio in 5 Days
Samna flew out to New York from her home in Seattle to help her sister set up her studio apartment. With only five days and $500, here’s how she transformed the rental into a chic hangout.From Samna: Here’s what I had to work with: My sister’s apartment in a post-war building, 248 square feet of bedroom/living area and kitchen, $500 budget and five days to get it all done. This project is for all of the people who claim “I don’t have time.
Feb 21, 2013
DIY Decor Project: How To Make Conduit Pipe Curtain Rods
When my boyfriend and I moved into our new home, we were faced with three walls of windows in our living room, one of which was twelve feet long. We loved the light, but we didn’t love the prospect of paying out the nose for custom rods, or for all the pre-made ones it would require. So we devised a way to make three lengthy rods for under $25.
Feb 21, 2013
Before & After: Coffee Table Turned Tufted Ottoman
Brooke, from the home décor blog Inside-Out Design, started with this run-of-the-mill old coffee table, and with some ingenuity and a lot of handiwork, she and her husband transformed it into a one-of-a-kind hand-tufted ottoman.Brooke used West Elm’s Ikat Print by the Yard fabric as inspiration for completely transforming the coffee table.
Feb 20, 2013
50+ DIY Project Ideas for the Bedroom
When you’re renovating, redecorating or simply sprucing up your home, it can get really overwhelming to take on too much at once. So let’s pare it down and fully focus on one room — the bedroom. Here are 50 plus DIY project ideas to get you started on the journey to a beautiful sanctuary, from super quick and easy to worth-the-effort challenges: Headboards can be as easy as painting a rectangle on the wall or as complicated as building a structure out of a fireplace mantel.
Feb 20, 2013
How to Make an Easy, No-Sew Cushion
If you read the January Cure diaries, you probably saw my window seats, both bare and then with cushions. If you’re interested, here’s how I made the cushions in about an hour. FoamUpholstery fabricPlywood SheetsThin Batting (Optional) Measuring TapeScissorsHammer or Rubber MalletStaple Gun (with staples of course)Foam CutterKnife, electric or otherwise1. Measure your space and cut foam to the same dimensions.
Feb 20, 2013
Before & After: Colorful Kids’ Art in the Dining Room
Interior designer Lauren Liess had clients with a brand-new dining room looking for a stylish and personal upgrade. The family had a bold, cheerful style (and some budding Picassos!), so she came up with the perfect solution: a kids’ art wall!She added some new curtains, a new overhead fixture, and some sconces in the middle of the gallery wall — but the focus is the kids’ art, which adds a lot of color and fun to the room!
Feb 20, 2013
Before & After: From Boring Bedroom to Chic Shared Space
Yeah, okay, this bedroom is fine. It’s got some beds, so it’s functional. It’s got walls, you know, because you need those. But it lacked pretty much everything else. Until now…What a transition! Out of nothing, Kelly created this super stylish playroom/studio for her to share with son Aston.
Feb 19, 2013
Make Your Own Before & After
We’ve been showcasing a lot of Before and Afters here this month, and perhaps it’s inspired you to do a few of your own. You may, however, still have doubts, and may find that you ask yourself “can I really do that?” Well, here are some simple beginner DIY’s that you most definitely can do. Time to make your own Before & After.1. Paint a Globe.Take a globe you already have (preferably one of those 3D topographic ones), or acquire one.
Feb 18, 2013
Before & After: Kids’ Bathroom Gets Board & Batten Treatment
This bathroom isn’t terribly awful — but it isn’t terribly interesting, either. Come see what some new lighting, a framed-out mirror, and some board and batten walls can do for a rather ho-hum bathroom.Jenny from Project Maddox was determined to tackle her kids’ bathroom and make it just a little less “just moved in” and give it a more custom look.
Feb 18, 2013
Before & After: A Moroccan Pattern Stenciled Bathroom
This relatively plain bathroom got a major face lift with something that looks as good as wallpaper, but is actually impeccably painted, DIYed stencil handiwork. While that has a huge impact on the space, there are a few other east improvements that A Pumpkin and a Princess implemented that helped transform the room — can you spot them?Crystal from A Pumpkin and a Priness set out to makeover her guest bathroom, all on her own.
Feb 6, 2013
Before & After: Boy’s Bedroom Redo
Michele’s son had outgrown his room’s decor, and everyone was sick of the orange, purple and red color scheme. It took a couple of weeks to re-do it completely, using a lot of what they already owned, plus adding a few new things to the mix. The goal was to keep it affordable and simple.This room might win the award for the most handmade things in one space.
Feb 5, 2013
How To DIY a String Light Headboard
If you’re like me, your Christmas gear — the tinsel wreath, fake tree and way too many lights — is still floating around the apartment and still hasn’t quite made its way into 2013 storage hibernation. To put off the chore indefinitely, re-use your holiday lights in the bedroom with this home-y optical headboard idea.Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen‘s website features this photo of a unique bedroom idea.
Jan 17, 2013
Re-Thinking the Gallery Wall: 10 Funky New Ideas
You’ve seen them in our Apartment Therapy House Tours and all over the blogosphere. When it comes to decorating, clustering pictures is trés chic. And it’s really no surprise; a gallery wall adds a nice bit of texture to a room and is a great way to make a big visual statement without splurging on a huge piece of art. But what if you want to take your arrangement a little beyond just a few frames hanging on a wall? Here are 10 stylish and novel ideas for creating a gallery wall.
Jan 14, 2013
15 Alternative Christmas Trees
Whether you’re short on space, away from home for the holidays or just looking to decorate in a more innovative fashion this year, there are times when the standard tree just won’t do…Enter the alternative Christmas tree — 15 creative ideas for adding cool to your yule this year. Some of these trees are 3-dimensional, and some are flat. Some are quick and easy, while others may require a few tools to assemble.
Dec 17, 2012
Natural Holiday Decor Idea: Beautiful Birch Branches
Birch branches are plentiful at many garden centers and floral departments this time of year, and their sparse beauty can be used a number of ways, from elegant centerpieces to chic alternatives to traditional evergreen trees.TOP ROW:1. Baubles and birch branch tree display from Canadian House & Home.2. Birch branch card tree from My Room Design.3. Birch branch candles from The Lady and Her Pen.4. Birch branches bundled together as a bold centerpiece from Etsy seller Blue Skies Forever.5.
Nov 9, 2012
Warm It Up: Tips for a Cozy Dining Room
With October behind us and the winter season looming large, I start thinking of warm soups, fresh baked bread, and gathering around the table to share a meal — now’s the time to cozy up your dining room. Here are five easy ways to bring some warmth to your table.1. Add some fabric to the tabletop. Covering bare surfaces helps add warmth to your table. This DIY table runner is from Better Homes & Gardens.2. Think about some extra cushions.
Nov 2, 2012
30 DIY Decorations for Halloween
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, but I usually channel all my energy into making a costume versus decorating my home. That might change this year, because some of these crafty projects are just too good to ignore. (I mean, come on, look at that little pumpkin with fangs!) Whether you’re having a party, or just entertaining yourself at home, these are a fun and festive way to enjoy the holiday. FIRST ROW: 1. Halloween Hang Ups from Martha Stewart 2.
Oct 16, 2012
The Best Chesterfield Sofas You Can Buy Right Now
They're not just for dens, libraries, or fancy home offices.
Oct 1, 2012
How To Make an Alphabet Shadow Box
We’re always on the lookout for new ways to display the alphabet in a child’s room. Using an old picture frame and some wood, you can construct a shadow box, stencil letters onto the glass, and fill it with tiny, found objects to represent each letter. Click through for the complete how to.
Sep 18, 2012
Design Details: Bathroom Mirrors Done Right
The bathroom mirror is the kind of decorating detail that should receive far more attention than it does. After all, you look at it every day. It provides a critical function for daily grooming but is also a relatively easy way to inject a dose of personality and style into even the most clinically stark bathroom.And it is easier (and usually cheaper) to change a mirror than to replace a toilet, wall tile or sink!
Sep 6, 2012
How To: Cut a Mat for Framing Artwork
Invest in a simple mat cutter and the world of framing is at your fingertips. Cutting mats is easy, inexpensive, and takes your artwork to a new level. It looks custom, even if you buy a readymade frame from a store.What You Need:Materials:Mat boardArtwork Tools:Sharp straight blade, such a X-Acto knife or box cutterMat cutter, like this Logan 4000 Pull-Style CutterStraight edge rulerPencilProtective cutting surfaceStore bought frame Instructions:1. Make sure your cutting surface is clean.
Sep 5, 2012
How To Install a New Light Fixture
I can’t tell you how easy this project is. Seriously, my bloodhound could do it. This is also one of those things you can do to make yourself happy as a renter, but that won’t piss your landlord off. After removing it, just keep the old light and put it back up before you move out.
Aug 28, 2012
How To Refinish Wood Floors
Do you have some gorgeous wood floors that have seen a bit of abuse? Have they been hiding under carpet for years? Getting them professionally refinished is the easiest way to give them a facelift, but you will pay a pretty penny to do so. If you are handy and willing to take on a bit of a project, you can actually go about doing this yourself for just a couple hundred dollars.
Aug 24, 2012
Mixing It Up: How To Combine Patterns Like A Pro
Mixing patterns is one of those decor areas that people seem to shy away from simply out of fear of not knowing what to match up. Well, we’re here to help get your feet wet and give you the confidence you need to feel free to mix it up!As the lovely living room above, from Lonny, amply illustrates, it’s a worthwhile skill to add to your decorating expertise and the only way to truly get comfortable with using patterns is to give it a go.
Aug 7, 2012
Thrilling Thresholds: 10 Ways to Dress Your Doors
Doors can be so much more. If you’ve ever lived with a hollow core door (like most of us) you know what I’m talking about. Even if you can’t have something like this secret library door, by Peter Pennoyer Architects, there are other ways to do it up. Here is some inspiration:1. Cover Them: With starch and water, you can “wallpaper” fabric to any surface. When you’re sick of it, simply pull it off. That’s your cue to get giddy from all the possibilities.
Jul 30, 2012
How Much Fabric Do I Need to Reupholster This Chair, Sofa or Stool ?
Next time you are standing in that thrift store (or your great aunt’s living room) pondering whether to take home the groovy chair with the hideous and shredded upholstery, this tool may come in handy. Because sometimes it is hard to imagine just how much fabric would be needed to redo a chair or sofa. And every yard counts.Via: Honey & Fitz. – click through for an option to download them for easy printing or to keep them on file for handy reference.(Images: Butler K.
Jun 22, 2012
Case Studies of Real Life Upholstery Jobs: What Do People Really Pay?
Here are some examples of real people who have had work done–and what they actually paid. And we have also included some words of wisdom (and pricing ranges) from a handful of designers and upholsterers.Case Studies of Real Life Upholstery JobsHere are some real examples from friends who have upholstered various pieces of furniture. It should be noted, of course, that most of these folks live in Washington DC, which is hardly the country’s best locale for bargain goods and services!
Jun 19, 2012
Stealthy & Stylish Tech Disguises
My wireless router is more of an exhibitionist than a shrinking violet. Given the location of my cable hook-ups and a few tricky reception spots, that black flashing box has become an unusually prominent feature of my decor. And let’s not even mention the tangle of TV cords, the pride of place of my game systems, and the real estate taken up by my printer.
Jun 12, 2012
Old & New: Pairing Antique Dining Tables with Contemporary Chairs
We have all seen the eclectic look of rustic farmhouse tables with modern chairs. But what about a more polished and formal dining tables? How would such a table look with chairs from a different era?Our dining room chairs, antique balloon back chairs we snagged at an auction, are on their last legs. They are unstable and not very comfortable for lingering around the table. I still love them but think I would rather scatter them through the house as occasional chairs.
Apr 26, 2012
Decorator’s Trick: Curtains On Bookshelves
Hanging curtains across bookshelves seems to be a move that high-end interior designers make in their own spaces, and perhaps they are on to something. After all, if you’re like me, keeping your bookshelf neat and tidy takes some intention. Why not have the freedom of covering up the mess when it gets out of control?Advantages to this strategy include a layered look that’s sure to add some warmth to any space.
Apr 26, 2012
Fragrance Free Flowers For People Who Don’t Like The Smell Of (Most) Flowers
When people find out I work at a flower shop but I don’t like the smell of (most) flowers, they either laugh at what a funny place the world is….or they shove some peonies in my face, saying “But have you smelled these?!? Smell them!!!” While peonies, jasmine, lilies, and narcissus may smell like heaven to you lucky ones, to some of us they merely bring on headaches. Thank goodness, then, for these understated blooms, no less lovely for their lack of scent.
Apr 20, 2012
How To Make a Forsythia Wreath
Some days are meant to be spent outside, and today was one of them for me and my daughter. As we took a walk down our road, admiring the forsythia in bloom, I had a thought about trying to recreate a forsythia wreath I saw hanging on someone’s door the other day. I grabbed my pruners and some twine and clipped some branches. Usually this is the point where I go online and search for the perfect tutorial. Not today.
Apr 19, 2012
Black and White & Great All Over: The Striped Rug That Works (Almost) Anywhere
No, it’s not new. It’s not even particularly newsworthy. But I find myself drawn to rooms with this popular black and white offset striped rug. For something so modern and graphic, the rug is surprisingly versatile.It gives formal antique-filled rooms some punch and brightness. It serves as a neutral backdrop for more modern rooms. How can something with such a busy pattern suit so many styles?
Apr 18, 2012
Chelsea’s Cozy & Eclectic Garden Apartment
Name: Chelsea OlsonLocation: Presidio Heights — San Francisco, CaSize: 430 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 — rented Chelsea is a friend and coworker as well as a talented graphic designer, photographer, and fashion blogger. I’ve been looking forward to sharing her seamlessly styled, yet functional, space on the site.
Apr 17, 2012
How To Make a DIY Drum Shade
For this DIY, Isabelle LaRue of Engineer Your Space explains how to make a custom shade to spiff up a less-than-exciting ceiling fixture. Renting doesn’t mean you have to live with boring ceiling light fixtures. Instead, you can camouflage them with a DIY drum shade! Find more of Isabelle’s DIYs for renters at her website, Engineer Your Space.
Apr 12, 2012
How To Make Terra Cotta Pot Pendant Lamps
At last night’s Apartment Therapy Design Evening, we heard from a couple of readers who presented their original DIY projects in front of a sold-out crowd. For those who weren’t able to make it, here are the full instructions for making Robin Horton’s Terra Cotta Pot Pendant Lamps.Robin Horton of Urban Gardens came up with this clever DIY lamp for a potting shed they converted into a “Creative Garden Retreat”.
Apr 12, 2012
In Defense of: Organizing Books by Color
No, this post isn’t intended as an invitation for a full-on throwdown in the comments section (entirely). I’m just feeling feisty today, and decided that it might be fun to play the devil’s advocate on that most controversial of design decisions: organizing books by color.Whether you love it, hate it, or just love to hate it, if you’re a design fan then you’ve definitely noticed the trend toward color-coded bookshelves in recent years.
Apr 6, 2012
How To Make Polymer Clay Plant Markers
Quite a few years ago, my sister showed me an article in a gardening magazine about how to make your own plant markers out of polymer clay. It was a much cheaper alternative than buying pre-made labels, not to mention I liked that you had the option of personalizing them to your specific plants. I bought the clay but, like many of my other projects, it sat around waiting for that rainy day.
Apr 5, 2012
Are You A Compulsive Re-Decorator?
For some people it starts small: they fall in love with a pillow in a catalog, they bring home a quirky vase from a trip abroad, they bookmark a great paint color. For others, it comes on like a tidal wave: on Friday their home is Shabby Chic, by Monday, it’s a study in minimalism. Others tread a fine line, moving their stuff from one room to another, or they flip flop their furniture arrangement in their own version of musical chairs. Whole blogs are built around the concept.
Apr 4, 2012