I just rented a new apartment and am basically furnishing it from scratch. One big issue that I am having is that I have no experience decorating etc I have a real refined vision of what I want aesthetically and plenty of pictures, but I am having a hard time achieving it. I also don't always know what things "go" together and what things don't etc I also see something that I like and can't find it in stores. Are there any resources that are inexpensive or free that I can take advantage of? Thank you in advance [more inside]
I'm planning on building loft beds for my kids. They have ceiling fans smack in the middle of their ceilings. For obvious reasons, kid hijinks in a loft bed and a ceiling fan spinning at dangerous speeds just inches from their faces is a bad combination. And I hate the ceiling fans anyway. So...I'm trying to crowdsource ideas on what to put in place of the ceiling fans. I can't really just remove them and put one of those flat plates over it, since the ceiling fans are also the main light for the room. I need to replace them with something. I'm looking for style ideas for: 1. A light source 2. That can be installed in the center of the ceiling 3. That doesn't hang down too far. Any ideas?
My kid really wants a rubix cube themed bedroom. I said I would see what I can do. So....... any ideas on what I can do? I love this kid more than breathing so I'd really like to make it special. [more inside]
Our awesome boss is leaving/retiring to move back home to Minnesota. My co-worker had the fabulous idea of throwing him a party with a "Minnesota" theme. However, we have never actually been to Minnesota. Can we pull it off? Give me all things that are awesome about the North Star State. Thanks, MeFites!! [more inside]
I am moving to an apartment in NYC with a private 1,500 sqft patio. I'd like to make it awesome. What are some cool/fun/unique/amazing/outrageous things you would put out there or do with it? Open to all suggestions (inflatable hot tub, tiki bar, etc.).
We have a barn-type door which covers a small closet in our kitchen. I'd like to make it into a fun visual focal point and would love some ideas on how to do it. [more inside]
Our new house has this tiny downstairs bathroom. We'd like to turn it into a fun(ky) feature or themed room. We're open to any and all suggestions. [more inside]
In a week's time I may have to face a metal circuit breaker box, and floor-to-ceiling electrical piping, sticking out from a wall in my already small studio. I'm seeking decorator-style help. What can I do to make this even marginally less hideous? [more inside]
In the wake of big-time heartbreak (see previous asks if you must), my pets and I are moving from a lovely, bright little house with a yard into a shoddy two-room basement apartment with three windows. How can I brighten up the space, and my attitude? Specifics inside. [more inside]
What are the best fish for a widescreen 13 gallon aquarium? [more inside]
I'd like to teach myself interior design (for my own spaces, not to do work for others). I think I have the ability to do it well, but so far I've been disappointed with my results. What resources do you recommend? [more inside]
I need inspiration and advice for painting canvasses with acrylic paints. I have never painted like this before. I will be doing a 3 x 3 grid of canvases on a very tall white wall, and was thinking something super simple, like solid colors and/or abstract shapes. But I'm afraid of it looking really bad. Can you give advice for getting decent results, and also maybe find examples of something you think a beginner could do? [more inside]
Because baby needs to learn not to invade Russia [more inside]
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]
I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
Does anyone make reasonably-priced short curtains (around 4' long) that suit a modern bedroom? [more inside]
We are thinking about bidding on a house at auction next week that has a very unusual living room. My husband thinks it can be modernised to be amazing, but both of us are struggling to see exactly how. Obviously the flooring and light fixture would be changed, but to what? Does anyone with better design sense than us have specific suggestions or links to similar looking spaces? I think I'd feel a lot better about bidding for this place if I had a clearer idea of what we could do with it. [more inside]
Rent controlled apartment that needs paint, new carpet, etc. He doesn't want to move because the location is good. Can he ask the landlord to upgrade? Should he offer to split it? [more inside]
Decorating-challenged man with limited colour sense has large family room (24' x 30') with walls divided roughly half way up the wall (on three sides) by narrow (4") shelf/plate rail. Is there a general guideline/rule for painting such a room with one colour up to and including the rail and another colour from there to the ceiling? [more inside]
My potential apartment is small and has a large fireplace where a TV would normally go. Where can I put my TV? Suggestions for decorating a small apartment appreciated too! [more inside]
I'm hosting a brunchluck (brunch potluck, for my birthday) and want it to be festive, warm, etc. I'm not sure how to decorate/theme/make it really warm and welcoming given that it's going to be rainy and grey outside. Difficulty level: grad student brokeness and I'm *really* not a decorator, plus additional logistics questions. [more inside]
We just bought somevintage burled wood dressers, campaign style. Having trouble knowing what to buy for night stand for the same room. We don't want matchy matchy 1960's revival room but something modern/contemporary. [more inside]
I am going to need a bookcase in a room I am redecorating. Downstairs is a HORRIBLE 80s chipboard wall unit thing with dark, not at all convincing fakey veneer. Complication: I'm redecorating the room to a Hannibal theme. [more inside]
We're throwing a hollywood-themed party, and we'd like to have 2-4 plain white spotlights moving across the walls. To my surprise, though, I can't find anything like that for under at least a thousand dollars, even in the DJ lighting world. We don't need anything super bright or controllable, just little oscillating LED lamps. Would rather stay under $50. Please help!
Autumn is on its way and I'm looking for ways to make my living room as cozy, homey, warm, snuggly and relaxing as possible... while still keeping it tidy and stylish and without too much clutter. [more inside]
What is it about my dining room that makes me not want to be in it? [more inside]
Mr. TEA and I have just become responsible for furnishing a two-bedroom apartment in the Algarve. The apartment is in good condition but entirely empty. We would be furnishing it for family use and possibly for rental. My go-to furnishings store at home (the US), Ikea, is hours away, although I'm wondering if it would be worth the trip just for dishes, pots, pans, and glasses. I speak very little Portuguese, although Mr. TEA is more fluent.
We're in the slow process of stripping back the rooms in our house, and have discovered that the ugly white beam in the middle of our room is actually a wooden beam - great! The only problem is, it's still just one beam in the room, and off-center. I've uploaded a picture here. How can I make this room look less wonky? [more inside]
We're putting down new wood floors in our bedroom. We've got lovely curtains, terrific bedding. And I just painted the walls a pleasant grey/purple tone. But our dresser and headboard are two different shades of cheap light-colored IKEA wooden stuff. The new floor is yet another light wood tone. Is there some kind of wash or paint treatment I can apply to my headboard and dresser that will pull them out of the light wood range and into the other colors in my palette, so that our stuff can finally match? [more inside]
What should we do with this newly opened up space in our finished basement? [more inside]
My first grade classroom looks slightly like a (colorful) prison. It is white painted cinder block. It has three big windows with blinds and most of the furniture is kind of dilapidated. There are fluorescent lights. I have a few houseplants and even had a friend build some colorful curtains for the cubbies and cabinets, but I can't seem to kick the institutional feel. It also smells sort of weird. What are some of the make or break elements that make a space feel cozy, homey, livable? Especially for a child-friendly place.
What can I add to my apartment door that is NOT distastefully preppy, hideous, ghetto fabulous, arrives with an invisible "steal me" voice, or requires a million screw holes? I never thought that I would struggle to come up with a decorating idea! But I am. I like colorful, but minimalist designs, but otherwise I am open-minded. Feel free to post links to galleries of door decor(not pinterest unless it's a specific diy), photos or make suggestions based on your own projects. Sometimes a touch of inspiration is all that's needed. [more inside]
A person may be able to get plenty of decoration inspiration from pictures of artfully distressed lofts outfitted with floating shelves and new paint and fixtures, but surely there have to be some blogs out there about decorating late 20th-century beige-fests with rules against hanging anything from the walls. Any links?
What sort of window treatment should I use for a window that is right next to the adjacent wall? Here's a picture. [more inside]
Help me make my apt a home! [more inside]
I own a 1931 Arts & Crafts style house in Seattle, and am looking for resources to help me give it some "period accurate" accents. (For example, my foyer houses a working, refurbished phone from the 1930's). [more inside]
I am getting rid of the horrible pet-stained carpet in my living room and am considering replacing it with tile. Is this a completely crazy idea? [more inside]
I'm sometimes an anxious person. Most times it doesn't really bother me, but it does affect my sleep, thereby indirectly affecting other parts of my life. I'd like to improve my bedroom layout and decor to maximize my calm and relaxation when I enter bed. I'm hoping to give my sleepy time a little boost so that I can set aside life's worries for at least 8 hours a night. [more inside]
I am decorating a new apartment and would like to put some nice pieces of art on the walls. I love some of the photographs in the Library of Congress collection and have thought about having them blown up and printed high-res. Which brings me to my question: What are the best high-res images (in the public domain) floating around the Internet? Or collections of public domain high-res images that I can turn into posters?
We have a king-size bed (Mattress, boxsprings) that is just sitting on the floor of our bedroom, taking up a big chunk of real estate and looking sort of shabby. To free up space, I would like to move the bed into a narrow alcove-like part of the room. This means we wouldn't have room for nightstands and so need a headboard w/ shelves. For aesthetic reasons, I would like a frame to cover the sides of the boxsprings. No need for the bed to be raised, it will still rest on the floor. For money reasons, I would like suggestions on how to build such a thing myself, or recommendations for good but economical products. [more inside]
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]
I recently moved into a loft in a really nice building. One issue I'm up against is that I am not permitted to drill any holes in the walls or concrete ceiling. I have been using the 3M Command strips and hooks and they work well for small things. However, even the hooks rated for 3 lbs failed to hold my very light-weight surround speakers. I also have a display case for my shot glass collection that weighs 21 lbs before even adding the glasses to it. I am thinking that may just have to live as a resting, rather than hanging, display. But I would also like to hang a lightweight pendant style lamp over the area I've set up as my living room. The ceiling does have some concrete protrusions that extend down from it. Would some hardware like a C clamp be solid enough to hang something like that from? Other suggestions? And recommendations for hanging artwork besides the Command products?
Can someone recommend a specific pleasant white-ish or neutral shade of paint that I can use on my walls repeatedly for like, forever? [more inside]
What are those plastic clips called that are used to hold together a very simply framed photo or drawing? [more inside]
There are a couple of things that I have problems with: laundry, and getting my home looking furnished and decent. Especially my bedroom. Can you help? [more inside]
Suggestions for greening up an indoor space when I can't use real plants. [more inside]
Manic Pixie Dream Architecture: please point me towards any websites/books/magazines/blogs/etc. which show weird/cool/unique/interactive design features (e.g. secret/hidden doors) in non-mansion homes. [more inside]
Which kitchen appliances/gadgets do you keep on the counter, and which do you store away in cupboards or a pantry? [more inside]