- Fri, Jul 13, 2012 12:10 PM EDT | CommentsWho would have thought that a few pieces of tape could add color and personality to a room? With minimal cost and maximum creativity, here are a few examples of how to create impact with this simple adhesive. For more ideas, visit Remodelista.
- Tue, Jul 3, 2012 11:50 AM EDT | CommentsIt seems that today American families have more possessions and less space than ever before. In new book Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors , anthropologists from UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, working with photographer Enzo Ragazzini, documented the chaos and clutter in 32 ordinary middle class homes. The takeaway? Those junk rooms, piles of cords and overstuffed cabinets looks just as bad as you fear they do.--Erica Boorstein
By Ayn-Monique KhlareRed, White and Blue
red, white and blue room
In this 1960s cabin in the northeast corner of Georgia, every day is the Fourth of July. "The yard is full of blue hydrangeas," says Craig Kettles (C-Designs.biz), who decorated the home. "Between that and the view of Lake Burton, blue was a logical jumping-off point for a color palette. We added the red to give it pop." The iconic color combo, plus natural textures, distressed finishes and quirky antique furniture, gave this remodeled home its vintage American feel. Here's how to do it on your own. Photos by: Gridley & Graves
This vinyl floor is made with three shades of vinyl tiles.Start from Neutral
Though the living room reads as patriotic, it's actually grounded in neutral tones. "We painted the walls white and the floors a putty color to create a blank canvas," says Kettles. This brightened up the original pine planks-keeping the texture of the wood but making it easier to patch holes or cover any stains that co...Read More »
- Oprah.com | Decorating Guide | Mon, Jul 2, 2012 12:34 PM EDT | CommentsBy Abbe Wright
Photo: Noah Webb
Mistake #1: Bringing the Caribbean to Canton
"Some people, who return from traveling in Italy or the Caribbean, get inspired by the exotic locales and want to design a room based around where they've just been. I always remind them to maintain a sense of place-to respect where their home is actually located. The light and landscape is different, and so a tropical look won't translate unless you live in a similar climate. Instead, take what you love about the setting and incorporate into your home. Keep your pallet simple and use accessories that hint at the environment you love."--Tim Clarke, author of Coastal Modern: Sophisticated Homes Inspired by the Ocean (Potter)
Left:The whale bone over the mantel and the bleached coral on the coffee table give a slight nod to the sea without making the room feel like a beach cottage.
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Mistake #2: Hanging Art at Altitude"I often see homes where the art is hung too hi...Read More »
- Martha Stewart | Decorating Guide | Wed, Jun 27, 2012 3:37 PM EDT | Comments
These fun projects have the potential to change the whole atmosphere of a room without costing a ton of money.
Photo Enlargement Projects
Take a photo of something you love -- a dog that comes every time you call, a keepsake with beautiful cursive and a colorful stamp, your lucky Tuesday-night poker deck. You can blow it up with some hassle-free Internet help, then frame it, hang it, and be enormously happy every time you walk by. Get the how-to
Picture-Rail Shoe Rack
Some of your heels are works of art, so why not display them as such? Line the walls of a walk-in closet or a dressing area with picture-rail molding to make a tidy yet visually arresting display. Get the how-to.
Here's an illuminating idea: Transform a simple coffee table or end table by topping its surface with a piece of mirror glass. Get the how-to.
Transform a window into a mini-greenho
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When you begin to tackle your springtime and Easter decorating, an excellent place to start is with your mantel! But before you spring for those store-bought decorations, why not tap into your creative side and embellish this piece of your home with a few personalized pieces you already have lying around? If you're not sure how to start, I've got a roundup of easy-to-mimic mantels that are sure to inspire. Click through for 7 simple ways to brighten up your mantel for spring! - By Jacinda Boneau