Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

DIY Garden Window Mirror

DIY Garden Window Mirror by GraceAnn Simoni Here’s a quick DIY idea, and a timely tip, from Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — Enjoy your outdoor view…twice! Add some sparkle and reflection to you space, with a DIY Garden Window Mirror. The deck on my house […] Read more »

DIY Art at Home — Books

DIY Art at Home — Books My walls have never been the place for the blah. If it’s bold, colorful, and graphic – sign me up. And as you know, I’m a fervent DIY’er. So when I saw Lola Gavarry’s new book, DIY Art at Home, 28 Simple Projects for Chic Decor on the Cheap (Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010), I snatched up a copy. Gavarry, a designer who creates artwork for residential […] Read more »

Set a Stylish July 4th Table

Set a Stylish July 4th Table From the Archives: Deck out your Independence Day table with flair, when you whip up a batch of our Patriotic Peeps Placemats – personalized for the family!   It’s a fun DIY project! Click here for complete instructions. Read more »

Pimp My Desk Challenge

Pimp My Desk Challenge In our neck of the woods at Lake Tahoe, Memorial Day Weekend is prime yard sale time. Is it the same where you live? Each year I look forward to driving through the neighborhoods, seeing what’s tucked under the towering pines and firs, and snapping up bargains. This time, our oldest daughter — nine years old — was up early, and pumped to go on […] Read more »

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan Here’s a fun, DIY makeover to help freshen up your tabletop. I’d read here that Contact Paper makes a good stencil material, so I thought I’d give it a try and make over our well-used IKEA lazy Susan. It went from this sad, water-stained (but functional) round… To this happy, decorative centerpiece! First I slapped on two coats of a stain-blocking primer, sanding in-between coats. […] Read more »

DIY Canvas Paintings Inspired by Jackson Pollock

DIY Canvas Paintings Inspired by Jackson Pollock by Regina Garay Let’s dance with paint today with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her creative work and inspiration at Fauxology. — My friend, Sharon Adelman, is a true DIYer.  She loves color, she loves design, she loves learning new skills…it’s the starting that’s the hard part.  We were recently on a double date with our […] Read more »

Recycled Jeans TV Remote Pocket Pillow

Recycled Jeans TV Remote Pocket Pillow Here’s a practical project that adds a touch of whimsy to your couch. “Where’s the remote, Mom? Hey!! Have you seen the remote?” The interrogation and cushion tossing begins in family rooms across the country. You’d better hope we can find the remote before the opening face-off of The Sharks game. The solution? A Pocket Pillow to hold the remote. And this one’s extra-special, crafted […] Read more »

Makeover — Girl-Next-Door Painted Cupboard

Makeover — Girl-Next-Door Painted Cupboard by Diana Durkes Don your possibilities spectacles and scour the alleys, Design Junkies! It’s DIY time with furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving. This cupboard deserved a second lease on life, I thought when I came upon it in the alley last month. It was in well-used but sturdy […] Read more »

Quick Spray Paint Projects for Spring

Quick Spray Paint Projects for Spring by GraceAnn Simoni Here’s a speedy DIY decor update from Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — Spring and good weather are finally here. The sun is shining and the birds are singing outside my office window. This means I will again get […] Read more »

Transforming Light Fixtures

Transforming Light Fixtures by Regina Garay We’re doin’ the DIY today with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her creative work and inspiration at Fauxology. — As a decorative painter, I have access to many finishes and techniques that transform surfaces.  A few years ago, I discovered a beautiful lamp in a gorgeous bright lime green.  I bought it and […] Read more »

DIY Upholstered Ottoman with Painted Fabric Quilt

DIY Upholstered Ottoman with Painted Fabric Quilt Quilts are in style. I’m glad because truth is for me, they never went out. Quilt designs are a comforting link with our past, and today’s quilt artists are incredible. (If you ever get the chance — drop in on one of the large quilt shows like Pacific International and you’ll see what I mean — awesome artistry and craftsmanship.) I’m especially smitten with the […] Read more »

Carlisle Train Station Makeover

Carlisle Train Station Makeover There’s a buzz in Carlisle, England around the bold DIY makeover of its railway station, finished late last week for the filming of a Homebase TV commercial. Painted bridge photographs by Martin Armstrong Production designer Darrell Cooke and designer Kate McConnell created the metamorphosis of the station for the home improvement giant’s advert. Purple damask wallpaper, comfy couches and floor lamps adorn one platform, and […] Read more »

DIY No Sew Elegant Window Valance

DIY No Sew Elegant Window Valance by Leona Gaita Today we are joined by Leona Gaita, HomeWorkshop.com Interior Design Expert and Contributor. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance. — If you get the urge for a fresh little warming up for your windows, but you don’t know your way around a sewing machine, here’s a very […] Read more »

2010 Color Trends

2010 Color Trends by Regina Garay Today let’s talk color with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her creative work and inspiration at Fauxology. — You would think that since color is such a personal choice for many of us, that the yearly color trends would not make a ripple at all.  We like what we like, correct?  However, color […] Read more »

Makeover — Eastlake Parlor Chair

Makeover — Eastlake Parlor Chair by Diana Durkes Wahoo! It’s time again for chair sorcery from 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. What to do with a challenging, homely chair? Years ago, this one may have occupied pride of place in the parlor. It emulates the Eastlake style, a late 1800’s […] Read more »

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