Decorating Projects 61 Ideabooks

In the digital photo age, not only do most of us have cameras on us at all times, but we have printers that can turn them from pixels into paper. There’s been no formal study I can find, but it only stands to reason that people have more photographs of friends and family in their possession now than at any other time...
DIY: Make a Designer-Look Pillow Sham
I love the look of designer Greek key pillow shams — they can stand alone or mix with other patterns, since the simple border contrasts perfectly with busier fabrics. Unfortunately, they can be pricey. A designer sham can set you back about $50 to $100,...
Make Your Own Rustic-Chic Headboard From Salvaged Doors
I hate watching home remodels that result in destroyed architectural components that could have been either reused or donated. Old doors are a good example. Here's how to turn a pair of weather-beaten cast-offs into a handsome headboard. If...
From the Pros: How to Paint Interior Walls
Painting an interior wall might seem like an easy design fix, but like most home projects, it's more than a quick job. "Most people think that painting over a wall with a light color only needs one coat," says Philip Storey of Redhill...
Reluctant DIYer's Diary of a Dresser Makeover
I had a secret New Year's resolution this year. It was to successfully complete a Do-It-Yourself project from start to finish. I'm just going to put this out there: I hate DIY projects. I'm lazy, I'm very far from being a perfectionist (do you remember...
Turn a Shipping Pallet Into a Stylish Ottoman
A low-slung upholstered ottoman is an easy, budget-friendly and high-impact DIY upholstery project. And because you make it yourself, it's completely customizable. The first thing you'll need for this project is a frame. Retrofitting a shipping...
DIY Project: Sit Pretty with Mismatched Chairs
About a year ago I was on the prowl for totally un-pedestrian, one-of-a-kind furniture for my breakfast nook. After an hour or two strolling through designer showrooms, it became apparent that what I wanted to spend for the entire room would simply cover...
DIY: The Secret to Hanging a Plate Collection
Hanging a group of plates is pretty easy if you have the right tools and a helper. When you do it yourself, getting the spacing right can become a finger-whacking, wall-scarring spackle fest. It does not have to be this way. Read on for the secret to...
Revive Your Space With a Homemade Pillow Cover
One of the fastest ways to update your bed or sofa is to swap out pillow covers. Store-bought pillow covers can be costly, but you can experiment with colors and try unusual patterns by buying the fabric and sewing the covers yourself. I am nowhere near...
Add a Touch of Elegance With a Ceiling Medallion
Once considered a stuffy traditional architectural detail, the ceiling medallion is actually a gem that can transform your room in just a few hours. Historically made from plaster, ceiling medallions can also come in wood, metal or affordable...
Decorating 101: How to Start a Decorating Project
Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating can be a challenging task, filled with costly decisions whose outcomes...
Get a Wallpaper Look With a Hand-Painted Touch
I love to draw inspiration from anywhere I can. A while back I came across the Ashbury Mosaic tile by Walker Zanger. I loved the...
Keeping Cabinet Color on the Down Low
My friend Jeffrey just moved into a charming 500-square-foot cottage in Seattle. It was built in the 1920s and is one of eight little Craftsman houses tucked onto a single lot in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Although the cottage was modernized...
Fill a Blank Wall on a Beer Budget
Have you ever stood in front of a blank wall in your home and broken into a cold sweat thinking about what it might cost to fill it? Perspire no more! Here are some ideas you can do yourself, on a pretty tight budget, to make your walls sing.
My Houzz: DIY Details Add Personality to a Dutch Home
According to Mirjam Vetter, everything becomes prettier with a layer of chalk paint. Vetter is an avid collector of secondhand goods, and loves to transform mundane or found objects into small treasures. She rummages...
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