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'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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
What do I need to know about using removable wallpaper? [more inside]
How can I decorate my room to look like a Wes Anderson movie? [more inside]
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]
How should I arrange and decorate my new teeny studio apartment to make it feel homey but not cramped, and not like I'm spending all my time in my bedroom? [more inside]
I finally have a room of my own to decorate! ...And it's the size of a walk-in closet! Help me figure out how to make this tiny space into my home. [more inside]
Considering moving into a basement apartment, just can't get over the basement-ness of it all. Any strategies for making it feel more welcoming? [more inside]
I am moving into a large windowless room in the middle of a nice industrial loft apartment. I need help figuring out how to make it an airy, light, pleasant place to be. I would love to hear suggestions for aesthetic solutions to make it feel light and airy, as well as what you would do to the walls of this space construction-wise (windows? vents?). [more inside]
I now am the proud leaser of an apartment, and more pertinently, of an unfurnished bedroom. Before I go out and say "this looks nice, I'll buy it," what are some good resources, tips, threads, or hacks for furnishing and decorating a bedroom or living space or the like? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to make my furnished, but spartan/box-like apartment more pleasant to live in. [more inside]
Decorating Filter: I'm moving to a new apartment and finally want to rid myself my cheap, student cultch and want to have a more modern, adult decor. Problem One - I don't know what I need to avoid/get rid of to keep my new place looking professional rather than studenty. Problem Two - I don't have a giant amount of money to spend on new items to decorate with. [more inside]
Making the apartment my own and I want it to SCREAM "girly." I am doing lace, pearls, and ruffles. What are some great design on a dime ideas or websites for additional design concepts? [more inside]
Nazar Boncuks on my stoop, a Mezuzah on my door frame, prayer flags outside... help me represent all faiths!
Help me decorate a multi-faith home! [more inside]
Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment? [more inside]
How can I introduce some color in my very brown apartment - AND - can you recommend some cheap sources for cool/hip furnishings & paintings? [more inside]
I'm looking for a detailed and thorough guide on home lighting principles and ideas. Where is this source? [more inside]
Help me figure out a solution for textured rental walls? [more inside]
In a few weeks I'll be moving into a new apartment. I have the option of painting the walls (as long as they go back to white when I move out), and I'd like to do something really cool. What should I do? [more inside]
Are there any general rules for interior decorating, with emphasis on making the best use of space? [more inside]
My new apartment has a balcony with some pretty strange dimensions. It's only 3 and a half feet deep (wall to railing) but it's over 25 feet long. I'm really not using the space, I'd like to come up with some cool uses for it. The best idea I have so far is a hammock (there's a pretty solid wooden awning above that I could anchor it to) but I'd almost be afraid of toppling out over the (3 foot high) rails if I rolled over. How can I make this a space that me and my guests will want to use?
How would you arrange living space in this oddly shaped area? [more inside]
Is there any aesthetically pleasing way to arrange two computers (and desks, office chairs), a TV (and table), and a big comfy couch in a single room. I'm always embarrassed at the ugliness of my functional apartment when people come over. [more inside]
I'm moving into a new apartment this week, and it's pretty small by most standards. Does anyone have any decorating tips for tiny apartments (studios in particular), and suggestions for cheap places to get a new bed and other necessities? [more inside]
I am looking for books and/or magazines with lots of photos of pre-20th Century living spaces. Why, you ask? Because I'm trying to paint the walls of my 115 year-old brownstone apartment in a color that (1) I like and (2) complements the architecture.