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).
I want to make something special for my mother's upcoming birthday. I've been looking around and I got inspired to make a cake with rad decorations on it. I've got a few questions tough, namely regarding icing, and I'd love some pointers. [more inside]
Where can I find more switchplates like this? It's metal, something heavy, so not aluminum. Kinda art-deco style.
I've been virtually stalking a particular lamp sold online at csn stores; I planned to decorate around this particular lamp because it had a shelf attached, didn't need hardwiring and they were ~$40 each.... but they're sold out now. Where to look next? [more inside]
I'd like to buy a cool, large map to hang on my wall. [more inside]
We are in the midst of a kitchen renovation project, and our cabinets arrived. We ordered victorian white, which looked off white in the showroom, but now that it's in our kitchen the cabinets have a pinkish hue. Pink was not what we were looking for. We're doing absolute black honed granite counter tops, and are trying to decide on what color to paint the room and ideas for the backsplash. Here's a link to a picture of the cabinets. The question: how can we subdue, or neutralize the pinkish hue?
How can I decorate my living room wall with lots of photos without framing them or tacking each one up individually? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to make my furnished, but spartan/box-like apartment more pleasant to live in. [more inside]
I need a sewing machine; how much should I budget, where should I look, and what features should I be looking for? [more inside]
I want to fill my living space with art. Looking for: oversized posters and prints with high quality and reasonable cost, original work by fringe/unknown artists, and objects that could be hung like art (tapestries, quilts, etc.). [more inside]
How can I rehab or replace my gross kitchen floor for under $500? (Manhattan specific) [more inside]
Any cake decorating stores in the Minneapolis area that sell and stock decorative air brushes? [more inside]
Where can I get a stuffed moose head (also: other crazy decorating suggestions)? [more inside]
I am renting a room in shared house, which means that, as with many roomies/housemates, the bulk of my possessions have to live in one room. Please suggest blogs or tips for organising and making the place look nice! [more inside]
Just moved into a windowless office. The lack of daylight is killing me. Please suggest hacks to brighten my office. [more inside]
I have a finished attic, but the walls are all 45 degrees. How do I hang pictures fom these kinds of walls? [more inside]
Decorating a small flat in London on a budget without resorting to IKEA? I'm tired of having my place looking studenty and would like to pick up some nice, unique furnishings and accessories. I don't have a lot of space or money to work with, however. I know about Gumtree, but can you recommend some stores I can visit to get ideas as well as buy cool stuff? I live in W2 (which isn't exactly budget-friendly, I know.)
Best way to display/honour/care for a decades-old paper book with massive sentimental value? [more inside]
We purchased some decorative weapons & printed tapa cloth (masi) from Fiji. How do we hang them on the wall? [more inside]
Who are your favorite Etsy artists who sell large-ish prints at reasonable prices? [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]
What are your top tips for removing textured paint from a plastered wall? [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]
How can I display old QSL Cards in my home? [more inside]
Can anyone help me identify these patterns? I'm looking to i.d. both the large windowpane fabric covering the chairs, as well as the yellow and white print on the pillow on the chaise. And, if they are no longer in production, perhaps something similar?
Single guy needs to furnish and decorate an empty apartment. Completely lost -- please help! [more inside]
Please tell me about the coziest, softest, and most comfortable things in your home. [more inside]
Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment? [more inside]
Can someone give me a primer on translating the British terms for wall / house paint into their American equivalents? [more inside]
How would you decorate a living room with a mirror wall? [more inside]
We're remodeling our kitchen and adjacent family room and we need help finding someone in the Rochester NY that can help us pick out and coordinate the colors of our walls, counter-tops, rugs and floors. I've been looking at the web sites of interior designers and decorators and I find them very intimating. It looks like they work on $$$$ projects and we have a modest house and a modest budget. Do you have any recommendations or suggestions?
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 recently started working with fondant and have made 2 practice cakes now in preparation for making my son's groom's cake for his wedding at the end of this month. I pretty much have the whole rolling it out and draping it over the cake part down, but I can't get it to look smooth & glossy like it does in the pictures and videos I have studied. [more inside]
What can I make with these decorative letters that I bought at a gift shop clearance sale? [more inside]
Seeking free/cheap print-quality stuff online with which to decorate our new home! [more inside]
Why are some small spaces cosy while others make you feel claustrophobic? [more inside]
What office accessories can you not live without? [more inside]
I need advice on changing the color and leg length of an IKEA table. [more inside]
We're moving into a new place in a few weeks, and we've got a nice glass block "window" in the bedroom. We love it, but the boyfriend needs darky darkness in order to sleep at night and there's a street light right outside the window. Help me figure out a window covering/curtain/shade/other! [more inside]
I really like art in the style of Hatch Show Print and Yee-Haw Industries. What other similar great artists am I missing out on? [more inside]
I have access to free printing on canvas paper, so I'd like to find some high-resolution (100 dpi minimum) images of neat illustrations and unusual images to frame. [more inside]
Where can I find tasteful, simplistic chic seat covers that aren't too plain? [more inside]
We're finishing an attic to use as a living space. Said attic is ~400 sq ft and has sash windows and skylights, and Mr. desjardins is going to put white beadboard paneling around the walls. The floor is old, dark wood in bad shape, but we do not have time/money to sand/refinish. What colors should we paint the paneling and floor? The walls angle in dramatically so I don't want to feel claustrophobic. [more inside]
How to you curb your desire for material goods? [more inside]
I have a large and beloved collection of People's History posters. Last year I had them mounted on thin foamcore (thinness illustrated here), thinking that would lengthen their lives, but I cannot keep them on my walls. [more inside]
How can I cover or otherwise improve the ugly wall sconces in my apartment? [more inside]
Help me find a non-traditional quilt! (All my overly-fussy requirements inside...) [more inside]
My Bioshock obsession has turned into an Art Deco obsession. What are some inexpensive ways to turn portions of my home - specifically, home office and bedroom - into Rapture rooms? Looking for ideas for which items to collect, as well as any specific online merchants to acquire them from. Bonus points for photos of great interior spaces made over into Art Deco wonderlands.