When you have a new home done or remodeled, often architects forget important features. Like where the furniture is going to go. That's right, they don't plan for televisions or beds. We had this problem in our master bedroom. I had to do some last minute redesigning so the bed wouldn't have to go in the middle of the room. So here's a great idea to get windows without sacrificing a wall for your bed to go against. Brilliant!
Just like the post below, the walls are the same color. It's a great warm, vibrant color that's somehow not overpowering. It's called Audubon Russet from Benjamin Moore. Check out and get a sample at My Perfect Color.
I love this idea that I saw at a friend's house today. She had custom cabinets made by my Amish friends in Central Illinois. For the cabinet lighting, they created a space for the wiring to go so she could use small spot lights with no visible wires! Love it!
Two-story foyers are so popular today. But what do you do with that big window above the door? That's what Sharon wants to know below:
I have been working on decorating our new house and have come to a point of
frustration that has me stopped in my tracks! We have a two story foyer with a
window above the front door. I want to cover it with something but I have two
issues. 1) It's going to look silly if the treatment doesn't come all the way
to the ground and 2) there is yet another window next to it at the stair landing
which will need to compliment or match the top window. Any ideas??? I want
some color and drama!
Thank you! Sharon
Check out my advice and add your own in the comments.
This question came from a reader wondering how to blend a new floor with an existing floor and trim.
I want to take up the carpet in my den and replace
it with Pergo laminate flooring. My trim (plus stairs and balcony) are light oak
and my walls are painted white. The closest flooring is just a little darker than
the trim. It is not enough contrast and not the same color. Should I go with
another color flooring? I just finished my kitchen with light oak floors and my
cabinets are the same light oak as my den trim and I think it is OK but another
color flooring would be better. Please help me.
Dwight See my ideas and add your own in the comments.
Here are 10 ways to dress up inexpensive drapes for a luxury, custom look. I especially like the scarf over the panels and the ribbons glued on as embellishments. Also, I have been stumped as to what to do for my son's sports-themed bedroom, complete with Chicago Bears bedspreads. When I saw the stencilled panel idea, I thought I could do that on a straight valance with the Bears front and center.
Here's an 11th idea from me. If you find sheets, table cloth, or fabric that you'd like a window panels, simply cut it to length and attach to a pole using clip on drapery hangars (clip on one end, circular hangar on the other.) Fast and easy!
I saw this idea while waiting for my son at the orthodontist's office. It showed how to take rag or cotton rugs (inexpensively available at Target, Walmart, etc.) and stitch them together to create a great runner for a porch. Of course the same principle would apply for a kitchen, family room or hall way. While they showed stitching end to end, the same principle would apply to make an area run and stitch on the long and short ends.
I've modified their directions a bit, so here are my step-by-step instructions:
1) Cut off any fringe from an end you intend to join to another rug.
2) Butt the two short ends of two rugs together and join with a large zig zag stitch.
3) Using heavy duty bias tape, lay it on the BACK side of the two rugs and cover the seam of the butted ends.
4) Sew the tape down on BOTH sides of the seam and ends. Turn the tape under on both ends to form a finished look.
5) Repeat steps 1 - 4 as many times as you want to sew rugs together.
This will give you a colorful runner or rug for indoor or out!
Ceilings have traditionally been white. A color creatively called "Ceiling White" just to avoid any confusion of what color a ceiling should be.
But no more.
Just like you decorate your floors with rugs, accent wood, or tile mosaics, ceilings are now causing the eye to look up.
Here are just several ideas to take your ceiling from unnoticed to unmistakable:
Paint your ceiling an accent color, either the entire ceiling or accents/borders. Don't be afraid to go bold if you're only doing limited sections.
Lattice adds texture and a 3D effect on your ceilings as the photo above shows.
Wallpaper gives interest if you use a textured or geometric patterned paper. This may not be the place for heavy florals though. I've seen many wallpapered ceilings but nothing in a heavy design.
Sponge white clouds on a blue sky to bring the outdoors in and give your room new space.
Use a metallic or pearl paint to your ceiling.
Tongue and groove bead board gives a traditional yet cottage feel to any room. Paint it white or another color. Blue is often quite tranquil.
Murals provide a great reason to look up.
Marbelize with faux painting and veining for a palatial feel to a bathroom or dining room.
Shir fabric from the walls to gathered in the center under the chandelier or center light fixture for a soft romantic feel. (This would also be a great way to camouflage cracking plaster in an older home.)
So don't forget your ceiling when you're decorating and designing a room in your home.
The editors at Traditional Home magazine went to top designers to get their favorite decorating trick. They compiled them all in a slideshow. I'll admit the round rug tip sounds intriguing and I love the handy guideline for determining the minimum size of a chandelier. See if any ideas help you in your home by checking out the article here.
Does this or has this scenario ever sound familiar: Your furniture is dated, worn, or scratched. You have a big party, family event, old friends visiting, boss coming over for dinner, or something and you want your house to look appealing. But the bank account says a furniture shopping spree is out of the question. What do you do?
I've said before that slipcovers have come a long way over the years - I've used them myself to decorate a living room that I had no idea how I wanted to decorate and no time or money to buy all new furniture. But beyond slipcovers, there are a myriad of ideas of how to update your furniture without blowing the budget. Yes, paint is one, but there's more. Check out these budget furniture ideas.