Decor

Baby Bedding: An Unconventional Yet Chic Solution

Baby Bedding: An Unconventional Yet Chic Solution

When I was pregnant with my first child in 2004, my husband and I found it difficult to settle on a crib set. Most of the options available to us were gender-specific – soft pink or baby blue – and we didn’t know the baby’s sex. But even if we […]

Mirrors On The Ceiling?

Mirrors On The Ceiling?

I have a confession to make. I have long since loved the mirrored-anything trend that I’m sure has jumped the shark by now. I just love how a mirrored piece of furniture can accent nearly any decor scheme while adding sparkle and shine to a room in unexpected ways. And […]

Easy-to-Make Glass Ball Chandelier

Easy-to-Make Glass Ball Chandelier

I can’t get over how easy and amazing this do-it-yourself chandelier was that Small Notebook created – for only $70. They got the idea from the smart folks at Readymade. Here’s what you need: 18 4-inch glass bubble balls from CB2 ($2 each) 4 cord sets from IKEA ($4 each) […]

Celebrity Homes That are Letdowns

Celebrity Homes That are Letdowns

I don’t know about you but when I see a celebrity on the cover of Architectural Digest, allowing us into their home, I expect to be blown away. I guess I just assume that if I had an unlimited budget, my home would easily “wow”. Since Arch Digest seems to […]

Setup Your Art Gallery At Home

Setup Your Art Gallery At Home

I’m always inspired by the fancy shelter magazines and the way they artfully hang and style artwork. I attempted this in my own dining room (and by dining room I mean the wall that attaches the kitchen to the living room) and it came out okay. But trust me, it […]

Furniture Facelifts: All the benefits, none of the pain

Furniture Facelifts: All the benefits, none of the pain

My recent post about refurbishing an old family sofa got me thinking about the value of old furniture. Personally, I think it is a wonderful thing. When I look around my house, I can count at least a dozen pieces where I’ve extended life with new upholstery or refinishing. One […]

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Tune Up Your Outdoor Furniture

Time to dust off your patio set and revel in spring weather. Here’s a few tips from the Washington Post to get iron, teak and plastic in shape. Wrought iron: If you see rust damage, scrub off as much as possible, ideally down to bare metal, with a wire brush. […]

4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

4 Secrets to Roll Up Awnings

If you’re looking for shade in the yard, there are a few options to consider. Roofing structures, patio umbrellas and pergolas are all possibilities. But roll up awnings will provide extensive coverage when you need it and can be tucked out of sight when you don’t. Is an awning the […]

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

Born Again: Refurbishing a Handcrafted Family Sofa

My dad made this sofa when I was just a toddler. It sat in our living room for years, and at eight feet long, it was the centerpiece of everything from family photos to teenage sleepovers. I suspect my dad built it more out of necessity than desire. In the […]

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

Solution For A Sagging Sofa

What I love most about the blogosphere is how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. While perusing one of my favorite fashion reads, Fashion Is Spinach, the delightful Ms. Spinach shared an ingenious solution to her sagging sofa cushions. She had bought a mid-century wood frame […]

Idea File: An Organized (and Stylish) Garage

Idea File: An Organized (and Stylish) Garage

Last week, we gave you a few ideas for late-winter maintenance including everyone’s favorite task: garage cleaning! But no matter how much you dread (or look forward to) garage cleaning and re-organization, leave it to Chicago-based blogger Nicole of Making It Lovely to transform a functional, utilitarian space into a […]

The Value of Second-Hand Furniture

The Value of Second-Hand Furniture

A new series from BBC Two called Cracking Antiques, aims to show you how second-hand furniture and antiques could and should be a part of your own home decor. IKEA and Pottery Barn are great but you’ll never find pieces with the same character that you could discover at an […]

Flea Market Style, The Magazine

Flea Market Style, The Magazine

Today, the shelter-centered parts of my feedreader exploded with excitement and joy — there was a new shelter magazine released! In the wake of such greats like Domino and Metropolitan Home being discontinued, it seems like a welcome reprieve to welcome a new contender to the ring. So, without further […]

10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

10 Must-Have Items for New Homes

After the International Builders’ Show, Forbes asked some consumer experts what they thought the 10 “must-have” items are in the new American home. The list was published in Feburary and can be seen in full here. With the economy being slow to rebound and many families looking to downsize their […]

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

Craft Your Way to an Updated Home

According to the Craft & Hobby Association, March is National Craft Month. And “crafting” is a great way to DIY some of the finer aspects of your home. Many different stores such as Joann, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby are hosting free events, classes, and workshops at their stores, and there […]

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Spotted over at IKEA Hacker, I love Melanie’s bench-coffee table contraption. Melanie used an Ikea office bench (in zebra), a Flort remote control pocket and u-shaped tables made from plywood. Here’s how she did it: For the U-shaped red tables, I went to the hardware store with the measurements of […]

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

Sometimes ready-to-assemble furniture is a nightmare. And by sometimes, I mean most of the time. Even for a moderately experienced DIYer like myself, identifying parts, trying to understand diagrams and figuring out where the heck part “g” is can be a total hassle. After a recent battle with a Target […]

25 Projects Under $50

25 Projects Under $50

While perusing my usual rounds of shelter blogs, I came across this post from Apartment Therapy’s sister site Re-Nest, giving ideas for 25 DIY projects under $50 and thought I’d pass it along. It’s not often these days that we have an extra $50 to spend (with our son turning […]