I'm Erin and decorating for dirt cheap is my thing. The curbside, cragislist and the dollar store are my shopping locations of choice and there's nothing I love more than a good low-budget-revamp, especially one that uses unexpected materials. I grew up in London, England (mostly) and moved to Toronto, Canada three years ago. Where I promptly acquired a puppy, a baby and a better-than-I-wanted understanding of brain injuries and their impact. My personal blog is Luck and Bliss, where I write about my kid and the stuff I've made.
Well I’ve finally slung together a tutorial for it and here it is…
First I just want to put a caveat out there. I did this with fairly heatproof materials and there’s no contact at all between light bulb and shade or between shade and any wires. If you even have to wonder “Huh, is this going to burn my house down?” Then it’s probably best to go and get a real light fixture. Continue Reading
Once upon a time, way back when, I became enraged with my ugly rental kitchen. Observe the horror:
I cursed it, I cried, I shook my fists at it. Then I did what everybody does (surely?), I looked for a solution on the internets. What I found was Curbly. Inspired by the spirit of Curbly Daring-Do I figured out a solution, and posted pictures of it here..
Three (three!) years have passed. My temporary contact paper solution has withstood all kinds of shenanigans and is, I suspect, INVULNERABLE to anything but Robot Laser Eyes. Continue Reading
Lego’s architecture series is perfect for those of us who had trouble giving up the blocks as kids. The collection now includes the Guggenheim in all it’s crazy-shaped glory (it looks particularly sci-fi in Lego).
Falling Water is also in the range, (though not available yet) and it has me cooing like a lovestruck pigeon (it’s like a perfect storm of awesome things. Meep.)
I like having painty, mod-pogded hands with chipped fingernails and saw wielding calluses, they make me feel all curbly-ish and like I’ve been DOING stuff. But girly? Not so much. BUT I reckon a pretty paper clip rose ring would make even my paws look dainty.
This slice of gorgeous was whipped up by Kerri of Cute Little Disaster, and all you need to make your own is:
I don’t know if Martha would approve, or even how they would look in the cold light of day. But at night? Pretty magical.
These 80 bags o’ light were a temporary art installation outside of the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. They would prob’ly be super-easy to recreate, even if you just jammed a few lurking bags over some outdoor bulbs for a temporary change up.
What’s better than chomping on food you grew yourself? Not a lot really. Except maybe chomping on food you grew yourself in a tiny space, without a garden, as if by MAGIC (like 8th-floor-balcony, middle-of-the-city Sweet Peppers). TheKitchn has a roundup of the loveliest, tiniest veggie patches for us urbanites looking for inspiration to play in the dirt. There are links to the best crops for pots (“crops” squee!) and a how-to on building self watering containers. Continue Reading
or ‘AluminIum’ foil for the Brit contingent. Real Simple has 6 things to do with foil, and very useful they are too. Though bizarrely, they haven’t added ‘use whole roll to make suit of armour when drunk’ or ‘fashion hat to thwart brain-wave stealing aliens’ to the list. But you can:
use it to iron dedicates
add those cool stripes to grilled food
get better TV… They don’t mean that it blocks Everybody Loves Raymond, just that it can clear up your picture quality.
Domino Magazine is the latest casualty of the crazy economy (and arguably the rise of Internet journalism). March’s issue will be the last on newsstands and WORSE they’ll be turning the lights out on their awesome and always inspiring website. I’ll be heading over to the ‘site to peruse and grab inspiration before it’s gone. If you need a quick reminder of what was so awesome about Domino how ’bout:
Doormats, they’re the first thing most folks will see as they step into your house, and in the winter they are the front line between horrid mud-melty-snowy boots and the rest of your place. So why aren’t they more awesome? Well they CAN be…. Martha has not one but TWO techniques to give a bog-standard mat a little va-va-voom (sure they’re relatively similar, but still…)
First a technique for adding a door number or lettering,