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DIY pet-corner chalkboard label: Pet-food areas have a tendency to take over a small space when they're forced out into the open. Keep things in check by labeling this area with a fun splash of chalkboard paint. A unique color will brighten up the room and define your pet zone within a larger space.
What's the smallest space you've ever lived in? How big is your home now?
The smallest apartment was about 500 square feet, but many of the tiny quarters I've lived in were shared spaces, so divide that square footage in half. My challenge has always been that I'm not one of those small-space dwellers with a minimal design point of view. I can't live in an all-white box with one photo and a vase. I love my things around me, and I love pattern and color. I currently live in 720 square feet and just threw a party for 28 comfortably. So it's a space that functions, moves and grooves with my needs and lifestyle.
DIY balloon shades: Make classic balloon shades in a jiffy using patterned twin extra-large fitted sheets. Leave the lower half of each sheet's elastic edge on to create the balloon effect. Remove the upper edge elastic, fold the sheet over a curtain rod and fuse the fabric together with iron-on webbing.
Hang the rod up and finish off the look with ribbon pinned to the top of the shade. Tying the ribbon ends together at various heights allows this sheet to work just like an actual shade.
DIY pillows: Decorative pillows can make or break a living room or bedroom, but purchasing nice ones can get expensive. Instead of scouring the Internet for cheap pillows, try making a few of your own. Lee suggests looking for a set of linen placemats from a home collection you love. Placemat dimensions are about the same as a decorative pillow, so no measuring or cutting is required. Look for placemats with a fabric backing, give two of them a quick whir together under your sewing machine and fill with a pillow insert.