Archive for the ‘Budget’ Category

Etsy Alchemy — Need Some Elves?

Etsy Alchemy — Need Some Elves? It’s too late for these elves to help you with Christmas. But did you know that Etsy has a service called Alchemy that can expand your creative output? With Alchemy, you dream up an item you want made. You enter a description, your ideal price, and your deadline. Then wizards from Etsy’s artistic community bid on creating your project. You award the project to the […] Read more »

Makeover — Embellished Glass Plates

Makeover — Embellished Glass Plates by Diana Durkes Today we beautify a thrift-store find with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. — For last month’s makeover, I used a thrift shop resource to turn old sweaters into a throw rug. This month, I thought I’d continue the idea of giving new […] Read more »

Recycled Sweater Wreath

Recycled Sweater Wreath Inspiration from two creative women converged for this DIY winter decoration. Our makeover maven, Diana Durkes and her Recycled Sweater Rug, and my Mom—wreath-maker extraordinaire. I knew I’d design a wreath this year. I grew up watching Mom wire all variety dried flora to round metal frames. I remember a year in New Hampshire when she had Dad drilling tiny holes through walnuts and chestnuts. […] Read more »

Penny Mosaic Abraham Lincoln

Penny Mosaic Abraham Lincoln Over the weekend an astonishing thing happened. Matt Groener of Oregon entered our Let’s Make Cents Challenge. His entry was a little late. About two and a half months late if we’re counting. But he could care less about the prize and I am thrilled by his entry. You’ll recall that for the Challenge inspired by the Standard Grill’s penny-mosaic floor, I made a nice […] Read more »

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug

Makeover — Recycled Sweater Rug by Diana Durkes Today let’s work some DIY magic with our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. — Not that anybody asked me, but in my opinion, crafters are geniuses. They take often overlooked bits of things, parts big and small, and put them together in the […] Read more »

Expecting Guests for the Holidays?

Expecting Guests for the Holidays? by GraceAnn Simoni Once again, today we are joined by Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares with us budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — The holidays are fast approaching. Is your guest room ready or has it become the place where everything that does not have a home […] Read more »

Patterned Pumpkins — Challenge # 19

Patterned Pumpkins — Challenge # 19 How about we try something different with a pumpkin? I went for some graphic ‘pop’ with patterns, and my nine-year old joined in the fun. We thumbed through my decorative sourcebooks (especially the Art Deco) for inspiration. Then we sketched a few quick ideas on a notepad. The pumpkin patterns are simply painted in cream-colored, acrylic craft paint. The two small pumpkins that she whipped […] Read more »

Autumn Leaves Decor

Autumn Leaves Decor We’re celebrating autumn with an Etsy shopping day today. So kick-back, let your mouse do the walking and enjoy these fall-themed finds for your home. Let’s start with Tlg Crafts’ tiny treasures, these Glass Marble Magnets. You’ll please several senses with Cricket Apollo’s Bright Autumn Leaves Lavender Sachets, or add textural art with Carol Broadley Pottery’s Maple Leaf in Clay. And your kitchen will adore […] Read more »

Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways

Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways by Diana Durkes Get your DIY on as our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. I was excited to find this framed mirror at a yard sale last weekend. The square shape was friendly, though its industrial grey paint color gave a mixed […] Read more »

Flea Market Shopping Tips From Kenneth Brown

Flea Market Shopping Tips From Kenneth Brown Thanks for hanging out with us by video last week, as we scored vintage furniture and accessories at the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market. With renowned designer and TV host Kenneth Brown as stellar guide, we delighted in our finds and honed our shopping skills. This Market is massive and we only covered a fraction of its home decor possibilities, but saw more than we […] Read more »

$20 Flea Market Quest — Challenge # 16

$20 Flea Market Quest — Challenge # 16 Ready for a treasure hunt Design Junkies? We soaked up some fab flea-market shopping tips when we explored the Rose Bowl with keen-dude-of-design Kenneth Brown. If you haven’t seen it, check out the video here. It’s time to apply that knowledge on your own shopping trip. Here’s your assignment…. Show us the decor your can score for twenty bucks at your local flea market . […] Read more »

Kenneth Brown Shops the Rose Bowl Flea Market

Kenneth Brown Shops the Rose Bowl Flea Market Let’s spend a Design Junkie’s dream day together in Pasadena, California as we scour a world-class marketplace for decorator finds with one of the planet’s top designers. Watch and learn from Kenneth Brown, acclaimed interior designer and host of HGTV’s reDesign as he shops the legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market. We get up with the sun and comb the Rose Bowl with Kenneth, a member […] Read more »

Makeover — Lamp with Decorative Paper Shade

Makeover — Lamp with Decorative Paper Shade by Diana Durkes Get your DIY on as furniture makeover and upcycler specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. This month’s makeover is a favorite of mine for adding fresh color or a new layer of pattern to a room. It’s also a great way to use the […] Read more »

Frugal Fabric Fun — Challenge # 13

Frugal Fabric Fun — Challenge # 13 My Aunt Patty is the consummate bargain hunter. Her home is lovely mind you; one would never know the source of some of her decor. But neighborhood garage sale? She’s there. Got to have a grape-shaped serving dish? She’ll scour her favorite thrift and consignment joints ’til she snags you one. Patty—who you’d never guess as my aunt because she’s so young—delights in tracking down […] Read more »

Makeover — Ribbon Upholstered Chair

Makeover — Ribbon Upholstered Chair by Diana Durkes We are in for a treat today, when furniture makeover and upcycler specialist Diana Durkes joins us as a HomeWorkshop.com Contributor. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago. I’m a plaids and stripes kind of person. Something about vibrant colors arranged in sensible lines and angles will have me forever gravitating to a […] Read more »

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