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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

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

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

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

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

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated?

What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help.

I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Sep 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Decorating: Color schemes, design for dark wood trim?

Decorating: We bought an old 1920's American Four-square style home. It is beautiful, well-built, in great condition. The problem is that myself and my girlfriend cannot seem to decide on color schemes that fit with dark wood trim, and I'm talking really dark, original woodwork. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jun 3, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me turn a big, dark square into a light, airy crib.

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]
posted by jennyjenny on Nov 22, 2010 - 17 answers

I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas

The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
posted by sourwookie on Aug 18, 2010 - 26 answers

What are some cheap decorating ideas for a grown up girly-themed apartment?

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]
posted by penguingrl on Mar 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment?

Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion on Dec 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Best office ever?

What office accessories can you not live without? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jul 9, 2009 - 39 answers

Home decorating suggestions for a belly dancer?

Creative inspiration for bohemian home décor in a tiny, rented studio apartment? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on May 2, 2009 - 7 answers

cute diy boat decor, plz.

I'd like to do some interior design/cozying to my sailboat's interior. Before charging off with a sewing machine and some rubber cement, I thought it might be good to seek some advice. Got any? [more inside]
posted by cior on Mar 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me make my home beautiful!

What are your favorite home improvement/design/decorating websites? [more inside]
posted by elquien on Dec 30, 2007 - 13 answers

How to paint a moving water effect on wall?

I want to paint one of the walls in my bedroom so that it gives the impression of flowing or moving water. The idea is to give a kind of mountain stream effect by: *putting river rocks along the edge of the wall by the floor *by making a small floor indoor water fountain with the same rocks for the middle of the wall. How can I get this effect on the wall? [more inside]
posted by riverjack on Sep 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Looking for interesting floor/table lamps.

Looking for a unique or stylin' a) table lamp and b) floor lamp. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Sep 23, 2006 - 8 answers

This is my beautiful house...

How do you figure out a real estate buyer profile? We've purchased a home and will be doing some updates. We don't know how high end to go. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Aug 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Ideas for inexpensive yet stylish curtains?

Window Dressing: Cheap, Creative, Easy – need I pick just two? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Sam on Jun 20, 2006 - 16 answers

Can our apartment be functional and still look nice?

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Feb 12, 2006 - 20 answers

Interior design / ID software

Fear of decorating: Is there actually good interior design software? I'm looking for something that lets me visualize room dimensions, colors, textures, materials, furniture dimensions, actual furniture, etc. I'm using Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by ontic on Apr 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Help me decorate my apartment, please

Help me decorate my apartment, please. [more inside]
posted by adrober on Oct 10, 2004 - 8 answers

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