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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....
Bring Living Color to Your Table
What makes a recipe good: simplicity, sophistication and the ability to share it. In The Plant Recipe Book, Baylor Chapman brings 100 delectable recipes to the table, in the forms of living centerpieces and sides. Chapman was gracious enough to...
Hide All Those Wires in a DIY Charging Station
Most people designate a place in their home for charging electronic devices like phones and tablets. And most people deal with the disaster zone of knotted-up cables that ensues. In my home it’s a fire hazard and a far cry from being child safe. So...
Salvage Style: A DIY Upholstery Project Makes a Grand Entrance
When it’s time to refresh any space in my home, I first take an inventory of furniture, materials and fabric that I have on hand. Even if you don’t have a stockpile of these things to work with, it’s still fairly easy to create stunning pieces from...
Make Your Own Barn-Style Door — in Any Size You Need
I have a thing for barn doors and often photograph random ones while sightseeing. I live in New England, so they’re easy to find on old barns in seaside towns or farmhouses in the country. I love the look of industrial hardware combined with a simple...
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