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100 Ideabooks by decordemon
Interior Brick: Paint it or Leave It?
While house-hunting for the perfect Mid-Century Modern ranch, I’d get super stoked at the idea of rushing into my new home and letting those interior brick walls have it. The plan included 10 gallons of flat white paint, me sporting overalls and a roller...
Custom Draperies 101
I'm the biggest $@!#%& snob when it comes to dressing windows. My rule of thumb: Leave those panes bare until you're ready to drop some cash on the real deal. Pre-fab panels can sometimes turn out pretty nice, but most of the time they become a wrinkled,...
DIY: Turn Your Carport Into an Outdoor Dining Room
When your house gives you square-footage-challenged lemons, you make square-footage lemonade ... or in my case, lemon-wheel-garnished sangria. Each spring, as the weather changes from dreadful to dreamy, I come to realize how my dining room only accommodates...
DIY Project: Mobile Container Garden
Each time I assume the role of gardener I end up turning my plants brown, then hosting funerals for them. Determined to turn that black thumb green, I decided to take baby steps starting with a small, mobile container garden, then slowly work my way into...
Exterior Lighting: Take the Drama Outside
I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The oceanside city lends itself to outdoor entertaining pretty much year-round. One of the most essential elements to outdoor night time entertaining — albeit it in Florida or Fort Knox — is proper...
Slipcovers: Problem Solvers With Style
As somewhat of a modernist, I've often turned my nose up at slipcovered pieces. Then my sister had two boys, the messy kind that jump a lot and break stuff. Needless to say, I am now a large fan of the slipcover. For the past year or so, from one client...
DIY Project: How to Make a Chalkboard Tabletop
No matter how high-end my clients go with their choice of dining table, if they have kids it's pretty much guaranteed it will end up doubling as a scribbling, let's-pull-the-crust-off-the-bread, juicebox-sipping coloring station. What's the point in spending...
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 Project: How to Recover a Seat Cushion
I have two close friends, both thirtysomething, who seriously don't know their left from their right. It's kind of amusing sitting in the passenger seat as one of them, Laura, constantly inquires, "Do I make a Laura or a Brian at the stop sign?" Situations...
DIY Project: Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed
Back in 2008, I bought a Mid-Century modern starter home and filled it with custom-designed furniture before adopting my ultra-shedding, ultra-white rescue terrier, Gidget. While I totally adore HER, the snowy mess her coat leaves on my dark brown velvet...
Pint-Sized Design: Olivia's Pinkalicious Kids' Room
Two words sum up every square inch of 5-year-old Olivia's 9' x11' bedroom: thrifty and pink. Both interior design and resourcefulness are part of the happy little sprite's DNA; daddy Jon is an architect and mommy Stacey is a research analyst. When Olivia...