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5 DIY Decorating Projects Perfect for the Holiday Weekend
Long weekends are great times to get a few of those to-do-list items checked off. Once you’ve done the weekly chores and caught up with friends and family, there’s often little time left for rest and relaxation during a two-day weekend. There might...
Make a Cool Mail Organizer for Your Wall
We have a small, narrow entry in our home that seriously lacks storage. So having a designated place (off the floor, that is) where we can organize mail, receipts and other important papers is vital to helping that area stay clutter free. A few hooks...
Create a DIY Homework Station They’ll Really Use
In our home the end of summer ushers in back-to-school time for our three children; it also marks the beginning of crazy sports schedules, homework sessions and other school projects. Needless to say, this is the time of year when I’m always looking...
Branches and Twigs for More Than Just Decor
Twigs are a favorite design element of mine. They can be squiggly or straight, rustic or severe, white or dark. So it’s no surprise that they’re effective for way more than just furniture. Take a gander at some of the inventive ways that twigs...
Budget Decorator: A Most Affordable Gallery Wall
Wall art has a big impact on the design of your home. Whether it’s a picture, print, photograph, quilt — you name it — it can reveal your taste, your point of view, your color preferences, your family history and...
Turn a Beat-Up Bar Cart Into a Thing of Beauty
The other week at a furniture auction, I found a sad, beat-up laminate bar cart for just $2. (Yes, $2!) I was able to look beyond its scratches, dings and other signs of wear because I knew all it needed was a little TLC, wood filler, sanding and paint....
Gardening Fun: Plant a Fairy Garden
Looking for a fun, creative activity to do with your child this summer? Our local garden center was offering a fairy garden class, and my daughter and I found a way to combine our fascination with...
Make a Mod Solar Lamp Trio for the Garden
Two years ago I created three trendy twine light globes for my kitchen ceiling fixture. I recently decided to move on from that crafty look and switched to something made of glass. But instead of tossing those handmade globes, I stuck them in the garage...
How to Make a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Window Shade
Since I deal with privacy issues in my high-density neighborhood, I always coveted the costly window treatments that open from the top portion of...
Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?
You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s...
Is It Time to Take Down That Wallpaper?
There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when a papered wall simply must go. Maybe you’re moving into a new home and can’t stand paisley, or perhaps your child is growing up and no longer wants cutesy animals cavorting across the walls. Whatever...
How to Turn a Vase Into a Lamp
I have a thing about lamps. It’s my grandmother’s fault. She was an art professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the 1950s and ’60s. She had wonderful taste and an eye for beauty. Any object she lived with was, to her, potentially...
Make a Custom Nautical Mirror for Less Than $30
I love the simplicity of captain’s mirrors, with their extra-special hanging detail. And, surprise, making your own is easier than you might think. For a few hours of your time and less than $30, you can make your own captain’s mirror. Here’s how....
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