My boyfriend is turning 29, and so we're throwing a party and inviting lots of people. We've splurged a bit on food - going to have an italian place cater family-style food - but are hoping to save money in every other respect. Luckily, our condo building has a beautiful gathering room that we're going to use. We're purchased a bunch of wine from Trader Joe's and are hoping to not serve it in plastic party cups, but don't want to buy a huge supply of wine glasses. Are there any creative tricks or decorating ideas that will make us feel classy but won't break our small bank?
I am looking for a cake decorating book that does not use fondant (except for things like flowers on top of the cake). I despise the taste of fondant and refuse to cover the entire cake with a layer of it just to have a smooth surface. Buttercream and royal icing, and ideally -- but not necessarily -- also gum paste. [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]
Where can I buy a number of different maps? I want to make a big, random map collage. [more inside]
How do I live in a house with light pink walls, and big bright blue accent walls? [more inside]
I'm looking for a specific kind of art involving people facing the sea...examples inside. [more inside]
I have to decorate my office door for Halloween. Pasting the words "Bah Humbug" over and over is apparently not an option. Please help. [more inside]
Decorating help in Chicago? [more inside]
How to build a wire frame for rice paper lampshade without wire hangers? [more inside]
What are those A19 light bulbs with the silver in the center called? [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]
I found a secret room in my apartment. How do I decorate it? [more inside]
Can this kitchen cart be repurposed as a bathroom vanity by people who aren't very handy? We want to use it for a vessel sink and can't find any vanities in our price range in this finish/color of wood. [more inside]
Help me find a high table, solid high chairs, and assorted furnishings for my retro kitchen table / sidebar nook in San Francisco! [more inside]
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]