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]
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]
Not literally. But I'm stuck on picking a color. Special snowflake details inside. (Possible triggers for mental health issues) [more inside]
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]
What do I need to know about using removable wallpaper? [more inside]
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]
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.
Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever… with a budget of $200. [more inside]
How can I decorate my room to look like a Wes Anderson movie? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is the cheapest way to attractively curtain a very large window? [more inside]
How can a minimalist and a less-minimalist set up a homey and comfortable apartment together? [more inside]
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!
Ugly furnace installation. Any suggestions? [more inside]
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]
Cake-decorating filter: Help me make a queso fundido & chips cake! [more inside]
Help me find a very specific picture from a modern decorating magazine! [more inside]
Help me find an approximation of this kitchen island light. [more inside]
After buying a home we are stumped on how to design it and get ideas on living rooms, bath, etc. [more inside]
What are some good resources to learn how to decorate for Christmas? [more inside]
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.
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]
What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated? [more inside]
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]
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]
I have an all cedar 3 seasons porch and now that the weather is turning fallish I'm looking for interesting and creative ways to utilize the room...it's 10' x 12'. I also have a finished=eque basement that is being used for my office/sitting/extra room for guests that could use some low cost sprucing and more efficient space usage.
I want to paint my house interior trim a neutral/white color that will complement a wide range of wall colors in different rooms. How do I select from the gazillion whites out there? [more inside]
Are there like curtain engineers or something? My house has a very tall vaulted ceiling with windows going all the way up and in the late afternoon the room is completely not usable because of sun. [more inside]
How can I decorate my daughter's new bed? [more inside]
What is the best (easiest and cheapest) way to fix up rusty metal cabinets? [more inside]
How would I go about constructing this branchy chandelier with white fairy lights? I'm ambitious but not particularly handy with tools and craft resources.
I seek cute, easy cake decorating ideas for wowing a crowd of (mainly) 3 year old girls. In preparation, I just bought this cake decorating kit. Bonus points for decorating blogs, books, and so forth. Extra bonus points for good lemon cake recipes! [more inside]
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]
Building a house and want a home theater. Need input on dimensions, furniture, etc. from those who have done it [more inside]
So. This renovation just keeps getting worse. Now the bedroom is involved. Help me brainstorm new flooring, wall color, and keep me sane. [more inside]
I'm getting ready to dye Easter eggs with my kids, ages 7, 9, 11 and 14. Do you have any tips for decorating easter eggs? Our repertoire consists of using two colors, crayons, and putting on stickers. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]