Decorative Sticks: What's the right vase height to stick height ratio? I'm really bad at decorating/visuals. A friend had decorative sticks, like this and this, and I'm copying her, so my question is if, for example, I have 3' sticks, how high should the vase be? Bonus points if you know where I can buy a modern/contemporary vase and sticks together for under $100.
Help me decorate my 1920s craftsman bungalow dining room. I have my grandmothers kinda beat up table, hutch and buffet from the 1940s. They are veneer medium wood and either need to go or need paint. I donated the chairs because they were rickety and not comfy. [more inside]
Help me figure out a solution for textured rental walls? [more inside]
Where can I find pictures of inspired dining room table settings? [more inside]
Help me identify the "cat house" in this picture. [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommended interior painters in the GTA? Specifically, not that expensive, fairly quick but do a decent job (standard fare I'd imagine). [more inside]
Suggestions for making a Guitar Hero cake look like the guitar controller? The problem is all the black.... [more inside]
What's an easy, convenient way to store framed pictures temporarily? (Especially when they're different sizes.) We have lots of framed photos, maps, etc. that we like to switch out every 6-12 months. We want to protect the glass and frames, of course, but ideally we'd also be able to access the pictures and switch them out relatively easily, without having to unwrap some hellish Christmas present of tape and cardboard and padding every time.
What decorating magazines will show me rooms in different colors, and then tell me what those colors are? And who makes it? [more inside]
Where can I find a small number of vinyl records (20 - 30) inexpensively? Alternately: other things to spray paint and throw on my walls! [more inside]
Help me find some modern accessories to go with my modern furniture. [more inside]
I'm moving into a new home soon and, sadly, I have absolutely no interior decorating talent whatsoever. I've managed to get by most of my adult life by snagging ideas from magazines and tv shows, but two things about my new house have me stumped. Here's where you come in... [more inside]
Where to find pretty and unusual desk and office accessories? [more inside]
What are your personal experiences with products or methods to keep your area rugs from moving around on your carpet? [more inside]
Any tips on decorating my new home that has dark wood paneled walls? I want to try and lighten the place up without actually redoing the walls since we are renting.
Creative ways to display flatware? [more inside]
One final attempt. Anyone know where I can find this blue vase? [more inside]
I need some creative ideas for decorating the thin border of unpainted wall space surrounding some new decorative light switch covers. [more inside]
Looking for various sources of inspiration for painting/decorating a new apartment. [more inside]
I've already checked out officefurniture.com, IKEA, Office Maxand Staples. Can you recommend a place to get modern type office furniture, particularly desks for around $500 or less? I'm looking for either a corner desk or L-shaped.
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]
I need a 'decorative' desk chair. It doesn't have to be too comfortable, it only gets used for occasional filing. But it is in a bedroom, so I'd like for it to be fun and modern. Ikea is the only place I could think of to look, and I'd like some more options. Thanks!
I have been wanting to redo the bedroom in blue and chocolate brown, and I really really love this duvet cover, the king-size sky version, although I wouldn't mind if the blue was a few shades darker. Is there something similar but cheaper out there? And maybe made of a sturdier fabric...
I'm helping a friend with her baby room this weekend and am looking for tips about working with a limited space and organizing it for two kids! [more inside]
What are your favorite home improvement/design/decorating websites? [more inside]
I feel guilty for not wanting to really "go all out" with Christmas decorating this year. I'll do the tree, of course, but every year I feel like doing less and less in terms of the "whole shebang"... My kids are basically "grown up" (ages 19 and 15) but I feel like I'll be letting them down if I do less than what's expected. The thought of totally getting into the decorating this year is exhausting. Can any other Mefites relate to this? And, if so, how did you deal with it?
What happens to letters from demolished buildings? What happens to old lettering on commercial buildings in general? Of course, the real question is, can I get my hands on them? [more inside]
How to make a SMALL bedroom livable? [more inside]
Who knew finding a tabletop alarm clock would be so hard? [more inside]
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]
I'm working on redecorating my apartment. Now, I'm a sucker for Bombay Company/Pier 1/World Market goods, but I'm saving my pennies for more important things. What are some inexpensive, do-it-yourself ways to give my apartment that "worldly," tastefully-exotic look? [more inside]
I need suggestions on inexpensive, not-too-tacky, fun Halloween decorations for the outside of my house. [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]
Is there anywhere that sells wholesale (or at least large quantities of) fruit in the Boston area? [more inside]
I need to figure out how to display a somewhat delicate tea brick in a shadow box I bought, without the brick disintegrating. [more inside]
How do I revive a kitchen when we can't change it? [more inside]
Help me make my rug obey. [more inside]
What color should I paint my spare bedroom/office? [more inside]
I have seen steel cable used as cool magnetic bulletin boards before, which got me thinking.... If I were to run horizontal steel cable at a consitent heigth around all 4 walls of my home office, what could I do with it? [more inside]
I have a vision for decorating my bathroom. It sort of involves an amateurish take on trompe-l'oeil -- I know I've seen it before, but I can't think of where. I'm hoping the Hive can put me on the right path to creativity. [more inside]
where can I find the right frames for these large pictures? [more inside]
Are there any general rules for interior decorating, with emphasis on making the best use of space? [more inside]
Why do some (mostly older European?) doors have the knob in the center? Was there some technology reason? security reason? Design carry-over from the door latch design before knobs?
What can I do with a dead bird (beyond outright disposal)? [more inside]
I need an interior designer for a commercial project. What fees should I expect to pay and what is included in those fees?
I want to use album covers as wall hangings. I want ones that aren't too busy, have only a few colors used, and don't have words on the front (or the words are very small). Recommend me some. [more inside]
Can I paint my flat in winter, when it's below 10 to 15 degrees celsius? [more inside]
Color scheme help: This weekend I got bold with my interior colors, painting two adjacent rooms two colors I love. The problem is making it all work. [more inside]
How can I make my house's decor appear sophisticated and interesting? [more inside]