I live for a great trash-to-treasure project. And this piece literally came from the trash.
I wasn't intentionally dumpster-diving, but one of our neighbors in the building was moving out, and leaving a lot behind. While taking out the garbage, I found a plastic case that had a lovely blue typewriter inside (immediately snatched that up), a squeaky office chair (I left that behind), and this ratty old seat. Continue Reading
With the recent resurgence of bohemian style, it's no wonder that rattan is also making a comeback. But you might be surprised to discover that rattan can look surprisingly chic. Context is everything, and mixing a rattan piece or two in with more modern elements can make all the difference between a room that looks like the revenge of the '70s, and one that looks like you just added in a bit of natural rattan flair. Continue Reading
When it comes to making design changes in your home, you don't want to spend more money than you need to – especially on the accent pieces. The cost of details add up fast if you aren't being mindful of the price tag. However, affordable furniture and home decor is out there – if you know where to look. We've rounded up 100 of our favorite affordable furniture and home decor items, each coming in under $100 each. Continue Reading
I’ve had these ottomans for a while, but I’ve never quite loved them. I recently updated my bedroom, and realized that they would be perfect at the foot of the bed… if only they were a different color. So I painted and reupholstered them and now they’re perfect! Click through to check out the whole process.
The new ottomans fit perfectly into the color scheme in the bedroom, and they feel a bit more contemporary. Continue Reading
We’d had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy’s Kitchen Makeover.
One of the more practical issues we faced with our current kitchen was inadequate storage. Because installing more cabinets was a bit out of our budget, we decided to make a simple built-in bench for a two-for-one punch: a place to sit AND a place to put things. Continue Reading
DIY chair covers are a great way to personalize your furniture. Here are some ideas of improving butterfly chairs with homemade covers:
I recently lucked into purchasing an old butterfly chair for $20. Twenty dollars! I'm currently in the middle of making it over and was scouring the web for inspiration and found a plethora of gorgeous chairs to buy or DIY! I'm going to attempt the latter. Check out the roundup of diy chair covers for your own inspiration below! Continue Reading
Furniture styles can be confusing. What's the difference between contemporary and modern? Or rustic and country? Keep reading to find out… we'll spell it out for you with easy to understand definitions and examples too.
Arts & Crafts Furniture
The Arts & Crafts movement began in the late 19th century, as a reaction against the ornate and often poorly-made furniture of the time. Simple, rectilinear shapes were characteristic of this style, and pieces were usually handmade using wood (as shown above). Continue Reading
With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.
A vintage mid-century chair is always a great find. Unfortunately, the affordable ones are usually in bad condition, and they get passed up by many buyers because it's intimidating to figure out where or how to fix them. Last winter I bought a mid-century chair at an estate sale for $15, with broken webbing, and worn-out cushions. But the structure of the chair was in excellent condition. If you find one like this, don't pass it up! Continue Reading
If you love to go antiquing as much as I do, then you've no doubt struggled with the conundrum of how to incorporate that beautiful new turn-of-the-century table into your mostly-modern living room. Have no fear, my friends, because today we're sharing some easy tips and tricks that will have you blending furniture from different eras in no time.
1. Sofas With Coffee Tables
Blending a vintage coffee table (or a trunk in this case, in the photo above) with a contemporary sofa can be tricky if you have no idea where to start. Continue Reading