Tina also made several pieces of art around the house, including this fishscale-looking project. You can follow her instructions to make your own, too.
Next time you see a dilapidated Scrabble box at the thrift store, pick it up! Those old letters could be new magnets for your fridge, thanks to this project from Alicia at Atypical Type A.
Monika of Splendid Willow shows how a coat of Benjamin Moore's "Old Navy" oil-based high-gloss paint and new pulls give an old chest a new lease on life.
We like this spic-and-span garage organization project on DIYLife. You might even end up with an extra parking spot when all is said and done!
You can get away with a lot in a dorm room — after all, you're young! So make the most of it by bringing in an eclectic mix of colors. But for bigger purchases, like, say, a rug or chair, stick to neutral tones or black or white. Go nuts instead with less expensive accessories that can be switched out easily if you tire of them
Spots here and there for children throughout a home make so much sense. Rather than being overrun with toys, peacefully integrate the kids' world with yours. Note the storage under the bench, the built-in shelving, and the small piece of chalkboard wall. The chairs in the background are actually high chairs.
This bright blue provides a great background for a collection of mirrors. The many details in this exotic setting all come together into one smooth whole.
Measure depth. Make sure your closet is deep enough to handle this task. Lots of closets are only slightly deeper than the width of a hanger. Take your binders, printer and scanner and place them on the closet floor and shut the door to make sure the shelves you install will accommodate them. (Remember you can orient your printer and scanner sideways if necessary). Also, figure out if your space is large enough to accommodate file cabinets; if so, make sure you install the desktop high enough so that you can slide them underneath.
Jazz the space up as you would any other room. Make the area feel special by using wallpaper or a fun color on the walls.
Save space by eliminating the closet doors. Perhaps you've got pesky doors on tracks or you don't have the room for regular hinged doors to swing open. Here simple curtains contain a craft space.
Bricks. Salvaged bricks seem to be more and more difficult to come by with each passing day, and they are worth picking up whenever they become available. Even the smallest collection of bricks will yield some interesting patterns in the garden. If you're worried about weeds, use mortar between them.
Vary the shades. Paint your same-style chairs in varying shades of the same color. Consistency is already achieved by the style, so playing with the color simply helps add a playful visual interest
Consider a host and hostess chair. Host and hostess chairs are two distinctly different chairs placed at either end of the table. They’re a great excuse for throwing in a separate style, and can also be a great way to add extra color.
Mix patterns with solids. If all your chairs are the same style, add interest to their display by upholstering half of them in patterned fabric and the other half in solid, and set them up every-other around the table. LOVE THIS TABLE TOO!
Let the chairs be the pop of color. Have a space done primarily in neutrals? Let the chairs carry in the color by choosing a bold, enticing shade.
Let's get warmed up to the idea of repurposing the dining room by removing the table setting and all but one chair. Now you have the home office you've been wanting. Use a couple of drawers in the adjacent buffet for file storage. Return chairs to table when company arrives. Easy. Done.
Ever since Strangers with Candy I've been hooked on Amy Sedaris. It turns out she's quite the welcoming and quirky hostess, and this book is full of fun and hilarious advice for entertaining at home.
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A skirt can cover just the legs, or an entire piece of furniture, either to conceal any flaws or define a whole look. This foyer table looks so elegant with its tailored pleated skirt and nail heads. I wonder what the frame under it looks like.
In a bedroom, a tailored skirt keeps the feel of the space more contemporary. Don't be afraid to show off your skirt with some detail: a band of a second fabric, buttons, bows, or fringe, depending on the look you want.
The polished aluminum seats are a great match for sleek metal counters. The lighting track and the stools have a great relationship as well: The stools bring the material all the way down to the floor; the light track lifts it up toward the ceiling. LOVE THESE BARSTOOLS!
Likewise, the stool balances out the amount of metal in the room when there are stainless steel appliances and vent hoods. JAMAICA BAR STOOLS
The classic French Tolix metal stool comes with and without backs and in a variety of colors.
Four tufted panels create a very tall headboard. This is a good trick for matching the scale of a room with very high ceilings, bringing the bed up to chandelier height
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