10 Architecturally Wondrous Staircases

A friend forwarded me one of those emails her husband got at work. It was full of photos of amazing staircases plus some strange magic eye type puzzles. Being the visual person that I am, I became completely fixated on the staircases and even went so far as to search for more and more visually indulging photos of creative staircases. I couldn’t get enough. Who thinks of these designs? 

Clever Idea: Use Beautiful Door Knobs for Furniture Feet

During the late 90’s I was painting all sorts of wood furniture knobs to use as furniture feet and legs. The ‘adorable’ factor was that I painted the feet to match the fabric.  Now it’s 2011 and we’ve come a long way, baby. See how these modernly adorable Anthropologie knobs add punch to a plain old shelf.

Carleyy over on Instructables has a nifty little video to show you exactly how to add some charm to the bottom of a piece of furniture. Continue Reading

Ellen’s Amazing Upholstered Chair

One week ago, Ellen, author of NouveauStitch and my new online BFF, purchased this “before” chair at her local HomeGoods store with the intention of slipcovering it. As always, she knew exactly what she wanted and set right to work creating a slipcovered version of her inspiration chair. Well, things didn’t go as planned. Here’s where her passion and perseverence paid off. 

Being able to pinch hit is a huge asset in furniture restyling. Once she ditched the slipcover plan, she nimbly regrouped and reupholstered this chair in about a day. Continue Reading

8 DIY Headboards You Actually Can Do Yourself

DIY Headboards You Can Actually Do Yourself

You don't have to ask me twice to talk about DIY headboards! The headboard is that very special piece of furniture that's up for anything, design-wise (in my opinion, anyway!). Whether understated or ornate, headboards can be painted, upholstered, woven, salvaged, taped on the wall – you name it. You can essentially make a headboard out of anything that fits behind your bed. Ahh, so much freedom, so little time. Let's take a look at some of my favorites and how you can get started.      Continue Reading

4 Design Secrets to Conquer the Tall Wall Challenge

When so many people are challenged with decorating small spaces, it seems odd that there are those who struggle with decorating their great big tall walls. Luckily, there are more ways to capture and utilize that space than hanging a giant quilt way up there.(Don’t you love those three poufs?)

1. Shelve it and use your collections as art. Functional, decorative and it pulls the wall into the coziness of the room.2. Play up the height with tall trees, large vases with long and narrow bamboo sticks, tall nature murals. Continue Reading

Cat’s Soft and Sexy Boudoir Transformation

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Remember Cat from last week’s High Voltage Hallway Makeover?  Well here’s another one of her precious gems. I could hardly wait to show you her contest winning bedroom makeover. No joke. She actually won a Domino Magazine decorating contest and 10k for her soft and sensual bedroom upgrade. Hang on to your hats.created at: 02/13/2011

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And would you look at this vanity?!

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I’m speechless. Go over to The Golden Touch and see more Before and After photos.  Continue Reading

4 Hot Italian Font Wallpapers

Font decorating hasn’t captivated me, until now. These four rooms, dressed up in graphic font wallpapers by the Italian company Wall and Deco, have me rethinking this whole font decor thing. These walls add just the right character (Ha!, no pun intended) and would provide hours of obsessive word searching. Oh! Get a load of that duvet and pillow combo. Scrumptious.

Did you figure out the one you a steady handed DIY-er could easily knock-off?


10 DIY Dresser Makeovers To Die For

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There’s something quite beautiful about the fact that almost any old dresser can be turned into your own personal work of art. They’re essentially a blank canvas waiting for an inspired transformation. Often, the hardest part is seeing beyond the chipped paint and missing hardware to where you can take that thing. Whether it’s plain or fancy, painted or stained, here are 10 statement making dresser makeovers to inspire (well, only nine fit in my collage so you’ll have to read on through to see the tenth one). Continue Reading

High Voltage Hallway Makeover

Facing this kind of mess when you come and go would be enough to make you stay away, right? Hallways are like the overworked stepchild of the house; not being a destination room, they tend to suffer from neglect.  Cat, author of TheGoldenTouch blog, took charge, decluttered, organized and gave this sliver of her client’s space a jolt of electric personality.

Form Follows Function.

Read the full post here and be sure to check out Cat’s bedroom photos for which she won a Domino Magazine decorating contest. Continue Reading

Make an Urban Outfitters Inspired Ruffled Pillow Sham (from Old T-Shirts)

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Making something ruffled has been on my back burner for months. It’s not difficult, but takes a little time to calculate and stitch ruffles onto a base fabric. Over on Knock Off Decor, there’s an Urban Outfitters inspired ruffled pillow made out of an old t-shirt and a drop cloth. Oooooh, I love that creative reuse! Amy Jo from The Little Moments didn’t feel the need to pay a retail price when she has the skills and creative know how to do it herself. Continue Reading