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First off, thank you so much for being so kind about my new curtains in the dining room! I am taken aback daily by how many genuinely nice people there are in this blogging community. Thank you for loving the curtains along with me, and also thank you for just being plain ol’ nice.

How to make a cheap, awesome, professional Curtain Rod

How to make a cheap, awesome, professional Curtain Rod
Dudes. This newsletter is something that I have wanted to do FOREVER. But it was just not something that I had the time or energy to take on.

Vintage Revivals

Vintage Revivals
DIY: Starburst Clock DIY: Starburst Clock I love clocks and especially love clocks with personality! Starburst Style clocks appeal to me in many ways but they're usually a little too retro or gold for my style-- so I was excited to try making a new version of the Starburst :) I'd love to see you do the same using the tutorial below! These clocks were my inspiration!

21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture

21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture Do you have some pallets or pieces of them that you don’t need anymore? Don’t just throw them away. There are lots of ways you can use them and turn them unto something original, original and very useful. Here are some examples that might help you. Feel free to improvise and don’t forget to use your imagination. Tables and desks
I see desks like these in thrift stores and on the side of the road all the time, and honestly, I can’t say that I feel inspired when I look at them. However, now that I’ve seen this refinishing job from Rebekah Disch, I’m reminded yet again that every piece of furniture can have potential in the right hands. I really like the color she’s chosen, and the subtle aging is a great little detail. Nice work, Rebekah! before & after: rustic refinished desk before & after: rustic refinished desk
before & after: creative chair reupholstery before & after: creative chair reupholstery I might be angering some die-hard upholstery experts out there when I say this, but I’m a firm believer in thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing fabrics. Clothing, rugs, industrial materials and even recycled non-textiles can be used to make an amazingly awesome upholstered chair. I love this chair from Katie Steuernagle for this reason. Her creative use of a Mexican embroidered dress to gussy up this old Louis chair is right up my alley.

DIY Chevron Rug

DIY Chevron Rug One of my favorite parts of my most recent project has to be the rug I made. From the very beginning of the project I kept talking about how I was going to make the rug, blah, blah, blah then the time came to actually make it and I freaked out a bit, but in the end it really was super easy. Here it is in all it’s glory:
This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age What does it take to transform a pile of old T-shirts into spectacular works of woven art? Just a spare hula hoop or embroidery hoop and the techniques we'll show you here. The oversize looms and easy-to-use loops of T-shirt fabric make these projects particularly appealing to beginning weavers. Learn the basic hoop weaving technique by crafting a colorful accent rug to brighten up a room.

Print Hula Hoop Rug Page | Crafts

Print Hula Hoop Rug Page | Crafts
You've all seen those zig zag rugs around on design and home dec catalogs, websites, magazines... The zig zag/chevron pattern is everywhere this season and I have been craving it as I redecorate our bedroom with something more contemporary! I was so excited to copy these gorgeous zig zag rugs: (West Elm) I am SO proud of my DIY zig zag rug--Tutorial! I am SO proud of my DIY zig zag rug--Tutorial!
We've talked about using paper decorations to punch up a last minute party, but there are ways that you can incorporate paper into your everyday décor as well. My favorite paper creations of late are tissue paper cherry blossoms, which are as pretty as they are easy to make.A few weeks ago I was charged with the task of decorating a ballroom for my daughter's school auction. The theme was cherry blossoms, and the result was magical…and budget friendly too! MATERIALS• Tree branches (branches with multiple off-shoots are best)• Tissue paper (A few sheets goes a long way. We used around 50 sheets for a huge room full of blossoms.)• Scissors• Scotch Tape (florist wire or glue can also be used, but tape is probably the least labor intensive)• Fishing line (optional depending on how you'd like to display the branches. How To Create Paper Blossoms | Apartment Therapy DC

How To Create Paper Blossoms | Apartment Therapy DC

Here’s a great way to snazz up simple textiles with an easy embellishment technique – machine appliqué! This technique allows you to apply cut-out shapes of fabric to the surface of another fabric, achieving colorful and interesting effects that would otherwise be complicated to sew. In this post I’m appliquéing a tablecloth, but you can use the basic instructions here to appliqué shapes on just about anything around the house — curtain panels, throw pillows, cocktail napkins, duvets, even totes. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: machine appliqué

Starburst mirror

So sorry for the suspense regarding my toolbox dresser project . I haven’t made much progress on it yet. In the meantime, I decided to make a starburst mirror. This project was a cinch because I learned from the mistakes I made on my sunburst mirror .
david stark’s post-it fridge project [i'm so thrilled to welcome one of my design idols, david stark, to the site today. david is sharing a fun post-it diy project inspired by his fantastic new book, david stark design. welcome, david!] I am really excited to share our new book DAVID STARK DESIGN with you all, and I look forward to your feedback on it! As an artist, it is both exhilarating and strange to stand back and view the trends and thought processes of your own work. Working on the book forced me to zero in on and articulate a design strategy that is instinctual to me.
Functional and space saving coat hooks aren’t easy to find. Some manufacturers have such hooks among their products but most of them are quite pricey. You would be amazed what you can make similar hooks from… Functional Space Saving DIY Coat Hooks
Dictionary Sacrifice Rosettes DIY I’m a little in love with the rosettes I use to top my origami gift boxes. They come from the humblest of beginnings, but end up looking pretty sharp smart when all’s said and done. Wanna make one —or sixty-three, like me? First, gather your materials: paper grocery bag cut-up-able dictionary page (or other contrasting paper)glue stickglue gun and glueselection of vintage buttonspaper cutter (or ruler and scissors) Next, cut your bag crosswise into 1.5″ strips.