Fabric Fixes In Stage 1, the items displayed on the shelves created a cluttered look. Now blue fabric panels conceal items stored here. Iridescent cornflower blue wallpaper affixed to the back of the built-ins transforms them from builder basics to designer goods. The blue coordinates with the window treatments to begin the living room's red-and-aqua palette. DIY Project: Suspend fabric panels from tension rods to create movable doors and conceal clutter.
Take a Seat Drive through any neighborhood on trash day and you're sure to find a beat-up chair or two. Rescue the sturdy ones with sandpaper, primer, and paint. Re-cover the seat by cutting fabric 3 inches larger all around and attaching it with a staple gun. For extra flair, embellish the chair back with rub-on lettering.
On Display Look for ways to elevate everyday household items. Dryer sheets, powder detergents, muffin liners, you name it, look so much better "displayed" in clear canisters than in their actual packaging. Muslin pouches can organize small collections
Wow with Wallpaper Nothing adds dimension and pattern like wallpaper, but even one roll can be pricey. To cut costs, focus your project to the backs of bookshelves and use high-quality gift wrap instead of wallpaper. The paper can be applied just like wallpaper, using wallpaper paste. (If you're noncommittal, I've found that double-stick tape or 3M hanging strips also work wonderfully.) At about $8 per roll, you won't feel guilty about the little spruce-up.
Pretty Work Space Whether your desk is in the living room or a home office, ban the banal! Even the most utilitarian desktop necessities should add to your space's glamour. Shop discount stores for colored juice glasses to use as pencil cups, contain small supplies such as a stapler and paper clips on a tray on top of a decorative box (turn it upside down), and go for the chicest stacking paper trays you can find.
Create Vintage Charm Family photos gain new prominence displayed in filigree metal frames embellished with vintage brooches. Thread thin satin ribbon through the open areas of the frame.
Frame Photos in Jewelry Decorative pins and belt buckles make fun frames for family photos. Remove the buckle's center catch if needed, and tape a photo to the back. To prop your pieces, fold 1/2-inch-wide strips of cardboard into triangles, and then tape them to the backs.
A No-Sew Pleated Cover For a classic look, make this pleated shade cover with a patterned fabric and covered buttons.
Tabletop Order Coffee tables offer lots of space for books, flowers, and decorative pieces. To keep objects orderly and pleasing to the eye, use trays to group similar items, such as ceramics and pillar candles. Try clustering candles of different sizes and colors in one tray and bowls or vases in another. Then jazz up a stack of books by topping with a vessel filled with found objects.
Window Treatment What We Did: Adding crown molding polished things off, and hanging the drapes high and wide around our big picture window framed the view without blocking the light. DIY Tip: Hang your curtain rods well above the top of your window -- about 3 inches below your ceiling or crown molding. By hanging bamboo blinds right under the rod, you can create the illusion that the widow is much taller, thereby adding height and drama to any space.
Aged to Perfection Distressed cabinets, such as these aged black ones, give off a beautiful vintage vibe. A granite countertop, exposed brick walls, and slate flooring make a dramatic statement by playing off the dark cabinet finish.
Pretty Practical Cabinets work hard, but need not be used for function only. With crisp white woodwork and stylish glass in the original doors, the top section of this wall set stores an abundance of dishes. A tasteful skirt puts a pretty face on non-display items on the shelves below.
Less is More Removing the doors from some of the upper cabinets reveals the space inside, making the kitchen look larger. Paint the interior a rich accent color to spice up the kitchen even more.
Creative valance Customize your window treatment by creating it with some of your favorite things. Here, a series of nostalgic floral napkins drape prettily over a length of rustic twine. You could use antique hankies or favorite fabric scraps the same way. Prop dishes or glassware along the window ledge for an added shot of color.
Cafe curtains let the light shine Set a happy mood in the kitchen with sheer white cafe curtains that welcome natural light while providing just the right amount of privacy. Dress them up with a no-sew embellishment that matches the room's comfy, casual feel. It's so simple: Use fabric adhesive to attach a strip of burlap along the top of the curtain. Then add a button below each loop for a custom look. *Sun room
Highlight a window two ways Glued-on fabric or wallpaper gives a plastic pull-down shade an arty update. Paint just the window trim to frame the shade.
What We Love Therma-Tru's Smooth-Star collection features fiberglass entry doors that look like fine painted wood and stand up to dents, dings, rust, and corrosion. To add curb appeal, customize the door with decorative glass inserts that reflect your style and allow more light into your home. Choose from a wide variety of door styles and glass styles.
Color Star Allow a favorite color to be the star in your bedroom. In this room, a gentle aqua blue colors everything from draperies to furniture to accessories. With such an apparent color star, restrain the rest of your palette to a few restful neutrals. Gray and creamy white play supporting roles in this bedroom, creating a serene sea-inspired space.
Draw the Eye Painting one wall an eye-catching color is a fast and effective way to create a focal point. Here, the sweet fuchsia color could have turned sickly if applied to the whole room. By limiting the violet tint to one wall and contrasting it with the complementary yellow headboard, the bed takes center stage.