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Blind faith

I need to replace my doors going out to my deck. [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Craft room floor ideas and considerations

My new house will have a dedicated craft room. (squee!) But the floor is currently carpeted, and I intend to work on messy and incendiary crafts. I think I should probably rip up the carpet -- what should I do with the concrete underneath? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Oct 7, 2015 - 13 answers

What color should I paint my room?

I'm not *great* at colors but I want to paint my room. Photos of current room here: I'd like to coordinate around the color of the turquoise dresser and the color of the chalkboard paint square. What color should I paint my walls? The more specificity the better (aka "match this exact shade" vs "paint it yellow") because I'm really not great at colors, but all suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Online shopping sites that provide unique/quality items?

Please keep in mind that I don't mean random novelty items like the ones in ThinkGeek or any shop in Etsy, but websites that provide quality stuff in any of the following categories: home/decor/kitchen, stationery, clothes, accessories, beauty/skincare. [more inside]
posted by SkinsOfCoconut on Aug 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me fly some freak flags!

You know those houses with the seasonal nylon, decorative house flags? The ones with the puppies smelling flowers, or the spring tulip, or Santa in the winter and stacks of books with leaves in the fall that wave in the breeze outside of people's houses? I need some help finding some house flags... [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Bedroom decor for a scientifically inclined six year-old

DirtyOldTown and I have a pretty great six year-old boy child who is spending the week at his grandma's house and during that time, we're moving him into a larger bedroom. His last room was Lego-themed, but we want to give him a room that's a little broader and a little less merchandising specific this time around. Really, we are less about a theme and more about filling the room with cool stuff he would like, so that when he comes home and sees it, he'll be drawn to it and start enjoying some independent time. (He never enjoyed hanging out in his tiny bedroom he was in before). Looking for fun (and not overly expensive) ideas for knick knacks, doo dads, wall art, etc. to make an inquisitive junior scientist excited about his new lair. [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Jul 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Medieval Knick Knacks?

Are there any surviving evidence of household decorations from medieval times in Europe? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Jul 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Attractive laptop/phone/table charging station solution desired

I'm sick of the mess of usb and power cables all over my living room and specifically on the side table next to my spot on the couch. What solutions have you come up with to deal with the ugliness of an abundance of frequently used electronics that you want to have handy that passes a reasonable adult living room decor bar? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to find an authentic Moroccan Pouf in Seattle

I'd like to buy a Moroccan pouf for my new livingroom but I'd rather not order one from Etsy if I can get one in person. I live in Seattle and would love to know if there are any shops around here where I might find such a thing - especially if you have actually seen one there and aren't just speculating. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jun 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Best product question: furniture pads version

We have hardwood floors and despite the use of carpets, there are now lots of scratches in areas of heavy use. We have felt pads on the legs of our stuff but the things seem to come off at every opportunity, especially on items that are moved often (dining chairs). I hate having to reapply them and I hate the stupid black felt circles that come off knocking around the floor all the time. Is there a better way? What is the absolute best pad I can buy? Most items have wooden legs but a couple are metal. Can't easily increase amount of rug converge.
posted by bq on May 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Identify this home decor product line from the 70s/80s?

Can anyone help identify this design (I know it was at least used on sheets and wallpaper, if not more products)? This is a design on a product line that has since been discontinued. I'd like to know who used to sell these products and how to find them. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dmalashock on May 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me buy some cleats

I'm looking for wood cleats to hang some prints and a piece of fabric. [more inside]
posted by tealcake on May 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Replace my curtains. And my shower door. Reasonable requests?

I rent a duplex from a retired couple who lives next door in the other half of the duplex. After living there for a year and a half, I'm planning on staying another year and would like to change some curtains and switch out the shower door. They've just raised rent (after reading in the paper how expensive rents were in our area, and thinking "Hm, we could be charging her more!" They told me this.) so I feel like now is a good time to negotiate. [more inside]
posted by witchen on May 5, 2015 - 22 answers

How can we make our wedding celebration at a bar more...weddingy?

About a month after our small civil family-only wedding ceremony, we're throwing a party at a bar so we can celebrate/get drunk/dance with about 50-60 of our friends. Open bar and our playlist: done and done. We'd like to put some creative, inexpensive touches on this event to make it feel more like a wedding and less like a big birthday party. (Inexpensive is key. We love the idea of a photo booth for example, but they're rather pricey to rent.) I'm hopelessly uncreative. Any ideas?
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Apr 3, 2015 - 29 answers

Don't leave me hanging!

What interesting thing can I hang on the back of my front door to disguise some ugly holes? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Mar 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Help us decorate our baby's nursery

My husband and I are working on decorating a nursery for our first baby (due in 10 days!). We have most of the furniture figured out but we can't figure out what to put under the window. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Feb 16, 2015 - 26 answers

Name that flower

My daughter really loves the flowers on the vinyl tiles that I am planning to rip up in our upstairs bathroom. Can you help me identify them and possibly find some prints of these or think of a creative way to display and preserve a few? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 13, 2015 - 20 answers

Storing my sofa feels silly and expensive, but I can’t decide what to do

My partner and I moved in together last year and we are lucky enough to each have room of our own in addition to our master bedroom. We decided to add a built-in Murphy bed and bookshelves to my room (for guests) as it had the better layout for that. I use my room as a home office and it’s perfect for that purpose. [more inside]
posted by Lescha on Jan 26, 2015 - 24 answers

An entry runner that won't make me crazy, or our crazy rug even crazier

Years ago, I couldn't resist purchasing a huge, multi-colored, very shaggy area rug, and I'd like to keep using it in our main room. We need to get a runner for our entryway, but it will sit very near this rug, and I cannot figure out what color and texture will work best. I spend a lot of time in this room, and will look at these rugs side-by-side all the time. I don't want them to look awful together. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor on Jan 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Curtain for a 66" wide window

The window in our new apartment living room is 66" wide and 72" high. I am looking for a curtain and can't find anything except shower curtains in the width. Searching for "wide curtains" yields curtains that are too wide (like 84" or 96"), and I wasn't able to find panels narrow enough to do the job with two of them. The window is right up against the corner of the room on one side, so I can't just extend the curtain beyond the width of the window to accomodate a greater width. Any advice?
posted by layceepee on Jan 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Need image reference for Chinese business/office interior

I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Dec 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me make my big house seem ... smaller?

Our old farmhouse was remodeled in the 50s and as a result, the living room is seriously something like 35 x 20 in some spots, while others are 'only' 15 feet wide. We moved here from a house that could fit IN our current living room. It's freaking me out. I'd really like to make the house, our living room especially, seem more cozy. What are some ideas or hacks to make this happen? I see lots of tips on how to make rooms seem bigger, but not so many to make the walls feel like they're closing in on you.
posted by checkitnice on Nov 9, 2014 - 27 answers

Furniture/Home Decor Shops in Sweden

My husband and I are traveling to Sweden soon. We both love Scandinavian design and would like to visit some furniture/home decor shops while in Sweden. What are some good, not too expensive furniture shops to visit in Stockholm and Sundsvall? We're interested in both local chains (Ikea not included) and boutique shops. Is it possible to buy furniture there and have the shop ship them to the US for you? Are the shipping costs generally reasonable? Thanks!
posted by wcmf on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Modern Japanese design shops & studios

My wife and I are visiting Japan soon and would like to visit interesting shops or design studios that specialise in uncommon and/or beautiful products, specifically for homewares, textiles and children’s toys and decor. We’re interested in contemporary design and want to get a feel for the modern Japanese aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 9, 2014 - 11 answers

We disagree about futons.

My SO and I are having a good natured but heated argument about futons vs. pull-out beds. Convince one of us that one or the other is a good thing. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 27, 2014 - 60 answers

Help Me Decorate - Dining Room Rug Edition

I love this rug but it's either too small or too big. Help me find something similar? [more inside]
posted by the artless dodger on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

How to frame my brother's art?

I'm looking for interesting ways to frame some art being donated to a fund-raising auction. The art is like comics art (little one-page illustrated stories), but the audience isn't comic collectors. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me replace my gross kitchen lights.

Looking for an industrialish-type fixture to replace the brass boob in my ceiling and the snowglobe stuck above my sink. [more inside]
posted by the artless dodger on Jul 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Best use / design of finished basement living space

What should we do with this newly opened up space in our finished basement? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

My house needs new awnings. What would look good as a replacement?

My house has front and back awnings, and they are torn, unravelling, and covered in lichen. I would like to get new ones, but I don't know what would look good color-wise. I also don't know whether I'd prefer metal or cloth. I do know that the back one should probably be metal, since the current one has a big rip where the cloth sagged when it was covered in snow, and then the door opened and ripped it. I am not the most color-coordinated. Should I go with a red/tan pattern similar to the house, or something that would stand out more?
posted by Slinga on Jun 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Ideas for inexpensively decorating walls and ceilings?

I started a School Beautification Club and I need ideas... [more inside]
posted by figaro on Feb 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Film noir, "Private Eye" Frosted-Glass Door?

In the process of building my home brewery, I find myself stuck on the idea of having a Sam Spade / Mike Hammer / generic Film Noir door as the entrance. How to get that look and feel without having to go raid the prop lot at a film studio? What are my magic search terms? [more inside]
posted by jpolchlopek on Jan 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me hipsterize my office.

Looking for cool hipstery, geeky office decorations, posters, furniture, office supplies, etc. Gimme your ideas Mefites! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Oct 18, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I display photos and postcards somewhere other than my fridge?

Our new fridge is not magnetic and our new apartment is very plain and white. I am not very crafty or DIY oriented, but it would be nice to find somewhere/some way to display all our photos and pictures, and personalise the place a little in the process. I don't mind expending some money on this. [more inside]
posted by retrograde on Aug 2, 2013 - 14 answers

sick of Apartment Therapy

I like looking at Apartment Therapy for tours and DIY ideas but it's gone annoying and stale. What are some other decor blogs with fresher content? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Jun 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Appealing and clever name for a weekly home decor workshop for men

This is a group for single men who are moving into their first home of their own. We need a snappy name. Help please!
posted by DarwinianDan on Jun 14, 2013 - 37 answers

On the cheap and during the weekend...DIY home decor!

Aside from a few major professional-only renovations for our house, what we can do to make our home the way we would like? (Bonus points for simplicity!) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Young Lamp Love

Anyone know where I might be able to purchase lamps similar to the bedside lamps featured [see 4th picture down] in this reader redesign feature on Young House Love a few years back? At the time, the owner said she found the lamps at HomeGoods. Of course, since we're now a few years past that, there's nothing like that at my local HomeGoods. Has anyone seen lamps like these online recently? I'd be willing to pay up to $200 for something similar in size and style. Thanks!
posted by somanyamys on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

What kind of indoor plant do I want?

I have always been one of those "I have no green thumb" type people, but now I want an indoor plant for my NYC apartment. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Feb 6, 2013 - 31 answers

Paint my kitchen!

Not literally. But I'm stuck on picking a color. Special snowflake details inside. (Possible triggers for mental health issues) [more inside]
posted by 1066 on Jan 16, 2013 - 21 answers

How weird is it for an office to lack a desk?

I would like to take the big, corner desk out of my office and instead have a couch, along with a laptop table that I can use as needed. Or maybe a small stand-up desk off to the side. I am wondering what the outside perception might be, as well as any potential problems I may not have considered. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jan 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Practical yet Attractive Uses for narrow-necked glass bottles?

I have a few old glass bottles which I've cleaned, de-labeled, and given airtight cork tops. They're attractive bottles, about 750ml each with narrow tops, and I'd like a practical way to show them off ideally in the kitchen. I already used one to infuse olive oil and other to hold my dried dried beans rather than leaving them tied up in the pantry. What else can do with them?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Finding a pendant lamp that won't break my bank

Where can I find an affordable, attractive, globe-ish pendant lamp? Like this one, but under a gazillion dollars. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Nov 29, 2012 - 6 answers

hey, wanna see this picture of me looking awesome doing fun things?

Narcissism filter: I love looking at pictures of me and my loved ones. I'd like to have more photos of my family up in the house but there are some snowflakey, silly issues... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 22, 2012 - 26 answers

Where to acquire Ethnic Wool Blankets...?

Apologies for the title; I'm in love with the style of patterned wool blankets that are typically marketed as "navajo", "indian", "afghani", "nepalese", "mongolian", "oaxacan", "peruvian", "bulgarian" etc etc etc. As far as I'm concerned they're all beautiful. But where can I find them for less than $100 per piece? I'm assuming if these are made by people in the aformentioned places, they don't sell them for US$100. Does one need to be rich and/or travel around the world just to get some pretty blankets?
posted by oneous on Nov 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me live in a Wes Anderson movie

How can I decorate my room to look like a Wes Anderson movie? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Nov 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Millwork painted upper floor(s), natural downstairs

Light color paint upstairs, natural wood downstairs in older homes and apartments. Why? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna on Nov 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Find me a clock

I am looking for a neat-looking clock. [more inside]
posted by bq on Sep 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Is this a recipe for disaster?

Living with white decor - what is it really like? Is it as intimidating as it seems? Do you have tips for keeping things clean? Will all the white seem cold and boring after awhile? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

When home decor ideas hit a brick wall

Help me decorate to divert attention from a large expanse of exposed brick in a small bedroom. [more inside]
posted by harmless on Aug 25, 2012 - 14 answers

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