I need some creative ideas for decorating the thin border of unpainted wall space surrounding some new decorative light switch covers. [more inside]
posted by Nematoda
on Apr 14, 2008 -
Looking for various sources of inspiration for painting/decorating a new apartment. [more inside]
posted by Meagan
on Apr 4, 2008 -
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 -
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!
posted by lemonade
on Feb 19, 2008 -
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...
posted by lemonade
on Feb 12, 2008 -
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]
posted by amanda
on Feb 2, 2008 -
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?
posted by amyms
on Dec 2, 2007 -
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]
posted by electric_counterpoint
on Nov 12, 2007 -
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 -
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]
posted by katillathehun
on Sep 24, 2007 -
I need suggestions on inexpensive, not-too-tacky, fun Halloween decorations for the outside
of my house. [more inside]
posted by catfood
on Sep 21, 2007 -
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]
posted by Quidam
on Aug 23, 2007 -
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]
posted by jlowen
on Jun 25, 2007 -
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]
posted by shiu mai baby
on May 8, 2007 -
Are there any general rules for interior decorating, with emphasis on making the best use of space? [more inside]
posted by mintchip
on Mar 16, 2007 -
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?
posted by jbelkin
on Jan 29, 2007 -
I need an interior designer for a commercial project. What fees should I expect to pay and what is included in those fees?
posted by Jandasmo
on Jan 4, 2007 -
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]
posted by 23skidoo
on Nov 7, 2006 -
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]
posted by shiu mai baby
on Oct 30, 2006 -
Where can I find mathematical fomulas for calculating coordinating colors for interior decorating projects? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Oct 20, 2006 -
My front door opens directly into my living room...and there is no coat closet. Help me find some furniture (or other ideas!) to hide the shoes, jackets, purse, dog leash, mail, etc...or failing that, at least to get it off the couch and catch-all desk!
posted by sLevi
on Oct 13, 2006 -
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 -
My new apartment has a balcony with some pretty strange dimensions. It's only 3 and a half feet deep (wall to railing) but it's over 25 feet long.
I'm really not using the space, I'd like to come up with some cool uses for it.
The best idea I have so far is a hammock (there's a pretty solid wooden awning above that I could anchor it to) but I'd almost be afraid of toppling out over the (3 foot high) rails if I rolled over.
How can I make this a space that me and my guests will want to use?
posted by shanevsevil
on Jul 4, 2006 -
Wacky Tiled Walls, need cheap creative solution...For some strange reason the entire apartment is tiled! To make matters worse in each room there are about 4 or 5 different style of tiles. I need a cheap creative solution to make the apartment more home like and less like one big bathroom. Anyone? Please help!
posted by mscatch22
on Jun 22, 2006 -
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 -
Who makes a kickass indoor hammock? Who sells a kickass indoor hammock (online or, preferably, in Toronto)? What makes an indoor hammock kickass? What should I look for and what should I avoid? Thanks!
posted by dobbs
on Dec 17, 2005 -
I live in an apartment overseas in China. If any of you have been over here you know how asthetically unpleasing apartments here are: no carpet, dirty white walls, wood furniture with no padding. I'm adjusting to most things fine, but the lighting in my rooms is driving my crazy. Each room is equipped with a long (a little over a meter) white fluorescent bulb. Obviously, I can just not use it at all and just use lamps and such, but I'd rather not buy a bunch of lamps since I'll live here for less than a year. What suggestions do ya'll have for making the lighting nicer on the eyes and more "homey" feeling? [more inside]
posted by riverjack
on Dec 10, 2005 -
HomeImprovementFilter. Also, RiskOfBrainDamageFromPaintFumesFilter. I am purchasing two unfinished wood bookcases, and plan to paint them a glossy red. However, they are so heavy that once I get them delivered (4th floor walkup) I'll need to paint them in my apartment. I'm afraid that painting them in the apartment might be dangerous, fume-wise. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Aug 13, 2005 -
We're looking for a cool poster of the periodic table. This
are considerations, but we'd rather have something more interesting. A poster of one of the early designs would be especially neato.
posted by frykitty
on Jul 3, 2005 -