DESIGN YOUR HOME
28 Ideabooks by Lauren Donaldson
DIY: Create a Custom-Stamped Curtain
With simple fabric and a stamp carving kit, you can make your own pattern to apply to curtains and other textiles
For those who are creatively inclined, it can be a challenge to find the right fabric at the crafts store. If you like the DIY route, though, it's easy to make your own. With a simple stamp...
Discover the DIY Secret Weapon of Decoupage Glue
With this liquid glue and sealant in your crafting arsenal, you can tackle a variety of home DIY projects in a single bound
If you're a crafter, it is important to stock your creative space with basics: scissors, rulers, paper, pencils. Decoupage glue should be on that list of materials as well,...
Guest Picks: Soothing, Refreshing Mint
Minty fresh flavor isn't just great for gum, ice cream and toothpaste. Let this cool color infuse your decor too
There is something so soothing about mint. I noticed this the other day as I enjoyed a summertime cone of mint chip ice cream. As a flavor, mint is known for that refreshing taste, and as a color, it embodies much of the same sentiment. Make that cool...
Utility Fabrics That Go the DIY Distance
Durable, easy to find and inexpensive, these utility fabrics can bring surprisingly high-end results to your everyday DIY projects
Linen, muslin, drop cloth and duck fabric are all inexpensive and versatile options that can help you revamp a space. Since these fabrics are usually neutral in color, are durable and can be found at many fabric, craft and hardware stores, they're great...
Surprise Contender: Burlap for Accessories
Burlap gets a bad rap, but don't bristle at the thought of using it. With these tips, it can put your decor in fine form
Burlap is one of the most popular utility fabrics and a great material to have in your arsenal for home projects. It is durable, versatile and surprisingly strong even though it has a very loose weave. The textural quality of burlap can complement...
Make a Fashion-Forward Ombré Tablecloth
Ombré, big in fashion, can also be infused into your home decor. And when you apply the gradient effect to your favorite pieces yourself, you have control over the result, making it bold and bright or more subtle to suit your...
Pick the Best Flooring for Your Creative Space
We give you the lowdown on carpet, concrete, cork and more flooring options so you can focus on your art or craft
A handful of components go into setting up the perfect creative space: enough room, the right supplies, easy access to tools and simple organization — there is a lot to think about. And if you are building your studio from scratch...
Rule Your Organizing With a DIY Yardstick Hanger
With just a ruler and some hardware store staples, you can craft a handy wall organizer for tools, plants, jewelry and more
Spring cleaning may be over, but with summer upon us, it may be time to spruce things up by getting organized....
Take Better Photos of Your House in a Snap: Part 2
Do you swoon over beautiful interiors in your favorite design books, glossy magazines and Houzz photos? Do you see these images and feel underwhelmed by your own space? Beautiful interior photography is often the product of a professional photographer...
Guest Picks: Summer Cottage Breakfast Table
My family and I gathered around the table for breakfast the other day, a ritual that does not happen frequently because of work and busy schedules. As we ate and conversed it got me dreaming about the ideal summer breakfast — where it would be and what...
Take Better Photographs of Your House in a Snap
Let your home show its true colors with these tips for photographing with the right camera settings, lighting and more
Interior photography can seem like an art form limited to glossy magazines and flashy design websites. But even if your home is far from being featured in Dwell, you can still benefit from having a few quality...
Whip Up a Lighting Fixture From a Tart Tin
Are your cupboards packed with baking relics from a past era? Over the years kitchens tend to accumulate old baking sheets, pie tins and muffin pans. Their patina and wear may make them unsuitable for cooking, but these pieces need not be...
Small-Business Savvy: Set Up a Shipping Station
Packaging and shipping products efficiently is an essential part of your creative business. Is your studio up to the task?
When you're setting up a creative studio, the initial focus will be in adapting a space so you can practice your art. If you make quilts, you will set up a table with a sewing machine. If you make ceramic bowls, you will need a potter’s...
Easy DIY: Charmingly Rustic Hanging Chalkboard
If you can lift a sponge brush, you can transform a wood scrap into a useful chalkboard for a good old-fashioned to-do list
Even with all the modern technologies — computers, the Internet, smart phones — it can still be a challenge to keep your daily chores organized. Sometimes all you need is an old-fashioned to-do list and a simple check-off system. There...
Small-Business Savvy: Photograph Products Like a Pro
Take impressive photos of your work for a website, a portfolio or packaging with any camera and these 5 tips
The world is a visual place, which means that if you are running your own creative business, one of the most critical jobs is to photograph your work successfully and then to present it online to your audience. It is no little matter. Captivating...