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My Mismatched Crap + X = Beautiful Bedroom. Solve for X.

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]
posted by Comrade Doll on Jul 26, 2014 - 12 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

How can I make my cinder block classroom cozy?

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.
posted by mermily on Jun 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Do you have any suggestions for non-seasonal apartment door decor?

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]
posted by bibliophilia on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Looking for a particular sink.

This one. Any ideas about where to purchase one? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on Jun 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Dealing with Beige: Resources for Decorating Real Apartments

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?
posted by northernish on May 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Tricky window issue

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]
posted by showbiz_liz on Mar 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Small space living in SF

Help me make my apt a home! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Jan 15, 2014 - 21 answers

Resources for Period Accurate Decorating

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]
posted by dotgirl on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Tile in living room: fugly or nice?

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]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Help me update my bedroom to maximize calm and sleep

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]
posted by cman on Oct 12, 2013 - 17 answers

What are the best photographs in the public domain?

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?
posted by melodykramer on Aug 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Build Me Up / Bedframe Baby

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]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jul 20, 2013 - 7 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

Can I paint this rug?

I want to paint some designs on this hideous rug that I bought by mistake. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 13, 2013 - 25 answers

How to hang heavy items from walls & concrete ceiling w/o holes?

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?
posted by mprove on May 9, 2013 - 10 answers

"Old Reliable" by Sherwin Williams

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]
posted by A Terrible Llama on May 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Art framing question - drawing a blank.

What are those plastic clips called that are used to hold together a very simply framed photo or drawing? [more inside]
posted by cellura p on May 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for practical suggestions about adulthood (laundry & furniture)

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]
posted by htid on Mar 14, 2013 - 36 answers

Un-Depressing a small grey lounge

Suggestions for greening up an indoor space when I can't use real plants. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Winchester Mystery Rancher

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]
posted by julthumbscrew on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Which kitchen appliances/gadgets do you keep on the counter?

Which kitchen appliances/gadgets do you keep on the counter, and which do you store away in cupboards or a pantry? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 11, 2013 - 58 answers

Posters to finish my coworker's office makeover

One of my developers just had got an "office makeover" (mostly a much needed paint job), and now has about a half dozen Ikea RIBBA frames on the walls. Unfortunately, he hasn't figured out what to put in them. Fortunately, we're all here to help him out. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 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

Help me spruce up a coffee table in a magical way.

Bought a cheap wooden coffee table. Want to decorate it in a weird way. Any suggestions? It's your typical rectangular shape, nothing special. Some scratches on top. Design style: eclectic. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jan 3, 2013 - 27 answers

Removable wallpaper to cover hideous apartment detail.

What do I need to know about using removable wallpaper? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Dec 26, 2012 - 1 answer

How to relax a Christmas tree

How to relax a Christmas tree. It has been unwrapped now for two days and the limbs aren't relaxing much into a tree shape. It looks like it is preparing for re-entry rather than lights and decorations. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Dec 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Beyond UFYH?

I'm looking for blogs about homekeeping (cleaning, organizing, keeping up on housework, design/decorating, and that sort of thing with maybe some cooking or gardening thrown in). I like Unfuck Your Habitat and I used to read Apartment Therapy before moving into my own house. Are there any other blogs out there that offer inspiration/motivation to keep up with housework and/or design ideas? I'm very DIY and craft-oriented, and appreciate frugal living ideas, too, so blogs that incorporate those things are good, too.
posted by wansac on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever!

Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever… with a budget of $200. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Nov 21, 2012 - 11 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

What should I do to make my "aquarium stand" look nicer?

I'm in the process of setting up a planted aquarium and I'm trying to figure out what to do with the furniture it will be sitting on from an aesthetic standpoint. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Save my home from the 1980s!

I recently moved to (West) London from overseas and have to do some reasonably major renovation work on a 2-bed flat. This will include re-doing the floors, removing the dreaded "woodchip" wallpaper and therefore possibly re-plastering, replacing or fixing Artex-ed ceilings and possibly some dated/inefficient windows, and re-doing a kitchen. I am not sure what type of professional to call to get an overall plan and estimates or where to look for such professionals. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 answers

How much green is too much green?

Would it be weird if I painted three out of five upstairs rooms the same soft green color, if they were given different treatments? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 25, 2012 - 32 answers

paint chip paralysis

Our new house has awful walls, so we're getting it painted. Help me identify best practices and rules of thumb for choosing interior paint colors. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jul 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Choosing between sectional couches

Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jul 19, 2012 - 17 answers

How to decorate a new marketing department?

How can I create an amazing work environment for my employees? Moving to a new building and I have a blank slate for office layout, design and decor. [more inside]
posted by honkeoki on Apr 11, 2012 - 35 answers

Next up: how can I, at 5' tall, put up wallpaper without suffering a nervous breakdown?

Bought a house, hence the DecorateMyBedroomFilter! DYI: how do I put up a curtain rod for a window whose corner meets a slanted ceiling? Décor: what kind of wallpaper should I put up on a single accent wall of my otherwise very white and neutrally furnished bedroom? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Bright and modern.

I'm renovating my office, which is currently a monument to 80 years of bad decor. Help me modernize and brighten. Overview. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Affordable ideas for covering a very large window?

What is the cheapest way to attractively curtain a very large window? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 27, 2012 - 19 answers

How to create warmth and hominess without a lot of stuff?

How can a minimalist and a less-minimalist set up a homey and comfortable apartment together? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Want to jazz up my cube with fabric panels, but clueless about fabric

I want to spice up a couple of the panels of my work cubicle, tastefully. I have something like this in mind but I'm looking at different fabrics online and realizing I have no idea what type of fabric to go with (there's printed cotton, faux silk, linen, wovens) or even what category (sold for quilting, apparel, interior decorating purposes etc.). Does anyone know what I should go with? I'm happy to go to a physical store but I want to make sure I know what I'm even looking for in terms of look and feel. I don't necessarily need/want advice about pattern, just type of fabric. Thanks!
posted by lovingkindness on Feb 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Help hide these vents!

Ugly furnace installation. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jan 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Frameless LP jacket wall hanging?

I want to hang some LP covers on a wall, and remember years ago seeing a cheap little kit that was something like four pieces of clear plastic for the corners, connected by an elastic string X-shape in the back that could hang on a nail. The result was a neat frameless effect that I liked, but I can't find it again. Does anyone know what that kit was and where I can buy it? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Jan 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido cake!

Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido & chips cake! [more inside]
posted by stachemaster on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Help finding specific large dachshund photo?

Help me find a very specific picture from a modern decorating magazine! [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find an approximation of this kitchen island light.

Help me find an approximation of this kitchen island light. [more inside]
posted by chasles on Jan 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Home designing ideas

After buying a home we are stumped on how to design it and get ideas on living rooms, bath, etc. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me "Wow!" Santa

What are some good resources to learn how to decorate for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Dec 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Can you help me decorate this wall?

So I rent this house, and it has a stupid wall in it. Can you help me decide what cool, interesting thing I should do with it? I've posted a video on YouTube to show it to you.
posted by AbnerDoon on Dec 13, 2011 - 18 answers

How high do we hang this picture?

How high should this picture be hung above the sofa? This high? Or lower? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Nov 25, 2011 - 69 answers

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