I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
My potential apartment is small and has a large fireplace where a TV would normally go. Where can I put my TV? Suggestions for decorating a small apartment appreciated too! [more inside]
Watching A period piece film and wondering if, before gas and electric lighting, having a roomful of candles ever really illuminated things as much as they appear here or were all large rooms of the time like spotily-lit caverns after dark? [more inside]
What should we do with this newly opened up space in our finished basement? [more inside]
My first grade classroom looks slightly like a (colorful) prison. It is white painted cinder block. It has three big windows with blinds and most of the furniture is kind of dilapidated. There are fluorescent lights. I have a few houseplants and even had a friend build some colorful curtains for the cubbies and cabinets, but I can't seem to kick the institutional feel. It also smells sort of weird. What are some of the make or break elements that make a space feel cozy, homey, livable? Especially for a child-friendly place.
A person may be able to get plenty of decoration inspiration from pictures of artfully distressed lofts outfitted with floating shelves and new paint and fixtures, but surely there have to be some blogs out there about decorating late 20th-century beige-fests with rules against hanging anything from the walls. Any links?
Is there a website/forum/secret society that can help identify specific products from pictures submitted? This time, specifically, I'm looking for this gorgeous bathroom sink, or something remotely close to it. But in general, i wonder if there's place that functions like Whatthefont does for fonts, where you upload a picture, and a community of enthusiasts can comment with their best guess on the origin of the item. Thanks!
I have a metal tray-style table I'd love to fill with moss. The tray is about 1.5" deep. My livingroom is pretty bright but my bedroom is dark. My questions for you are: 1) How do I install the moss? 2) Where do I put it? 3) How do I maintain it? Do I need a clear surface over the moss to contain moisture or can I rely on regular watering/misting? 4) If the moss won't work, are there other low/small similar plants I can substitute with?
I live in a studio apartment (600 square feet) with an open layout that's a bit challenging to work with. I have this beautiful IKEA Hemnes daybed. Just yesterday I moved it to a new location that I thought would make better use of the space. [more inside]
I'm (re-)learning Spanish and am finding the stories in my "First Spanish Reader" to be somewhat lacking in interest. Since I enjoy thumbing through architectural/interior design magazines, I thought a print subscription to one in Spanish would be a fun way to learn. I've encountered the Spanish version of Architectural Living ("Arquitectura Viva"), which seems alright. I'd like to know if there are other options. For reference, my preferred aesthetic is stark modern with aged materials (examples: wabi sabi, Scandinavian and excessive concrete). Muchas gracias!
I absolutely adore minimalist, bare-bones style, and I can't get enough of looking at big, spacious home interiors with almost no clutter. I'd like to find books or online resources like Taschen's 100 Contemporary Houses, just not $60. [more inside]
I've been thinking of buying noise dampening products to make my car interior quieter. It seems that the common approaches are to get spray-on dampener for the wheel wells and peel/stick sheets for areas like the trunk. Some people go nuts and tear the entire car apart to line the entire cabin with sheets. I don't have time or money to go nuts, but I would be willing to be a little crazy to target the top 3 or 4 sources of cabin noise, if I could figure out what they are. [more inside]
I was watching THIS video that someone posted on Facebook the other day. I was really struck by the brown wall treatment in this guy's home. Best examples are at :40sec through 1min. I have been looking for it for some time. Pretty sure it's NOT Venetian plaster, as the texture is right, but Venetian plaster is glossy and slick looking. This look is textured, but matte finish, not glossy in any way. Can any of you interior decorator/designer types help me identify it? I would love to get this look in my house.
It's a 1999 Honda Civic Hatchback. Apparently cars of this type and age have a tendency to develop a leak around the tail lights. This leak was fixed recently but the car either hasn't dried out from that yet or is damp *again.* The windows are perpetually fogged up and often need towelling and the seats (fabric) are suspiciously cool. How to dry it out and keep it that way? Thank you!
My apartment has ugly yellow walls and I can't do anything about the color. How can I make them less bland? [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]
InteriorDesignFilter: I have three 22x28" baroque frames that I need to fill. [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!
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]
What are some good resources to learn how to decorate for Christmas? [more inside]
Have you worked with an interior designer? [more inside]
I know this is a next to impossible inquiry but I'm doing it for a very kind Australian friend who requested I do research in this area for a friend of his who, also, lives in Australia. It seems that this man has created a very innovative and clever new design for the interior of a motor home (they do a lot of "caravaning" in Australia) and he would like to be able to find an American contact so he can come to the U.S. and exhibit his design at motor home/caravan shows here. Where would I begin to look?
Baseboards - Stained or Painted? My boyfriend and I are buying a house, and the builder has installed lovely paneled wood interior doors. He said that he would like to stain them to match the cabinets (a medium stain called "spice") and will also stain the baseboards. I love the look of the stained doors, but am concerned the baseboards might look...I don't know, old fashioned or something. Does anyone have stained baseboards, and do you love or hate them? Also, if we later decide to paint them white, how much of a pain is that?
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]
Do you know of an interior designer in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Here's a joke: Knock, knock. Who's there? A dairy goat. A dairy goat who? A dairy goat who ate all your paint. hahahaha
Not a joke: What kind of paint do goats prefer? [more inside]
I need to install new carpet in my 2-bedroom house. I know next to nothing about this. Sorry, we're not looking for wood or vinyl floors at this time. I just want to hear from people who've been through this experience. Got one grade-school age kid, one dog and one cat. What type of carpet deals with this traffic, resists stains and still looks good and is moderately priced? Also any advice on trying to learn how to install this yourself vs. professional installers.
Decorate my apartment for me, please! [more inside]
My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year. [more inside]
Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources or ideas? [more inside]
Looking for sleek, classy, non-tacky interior design inspiration from the 1970's. [more inside]
I'm looking for a specific kind of art involving people facing the sea...examples inside. [more inside]
Decorating help in Chicago? [more inside]
Is there a precedent/community for crowdsourcing interior design? Like many geeks, I lack the proper gifts, and wonder what resources could be thrown at it. [more inside]
Please suggest images I could convert into crewel which are cartoon modern in style, but not depictions of characters. [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).
Where can I find more switchplates like this? It's metal, something heavy, so not aluminum. Kinda art-deco style.
What gift should I get an individual that graduated from an interior design school? [more inside]
Can I replace a 28-inch-wide interior (closet) door with a new one off the shelf at Lowe's or Home Depot, with no carpentry required? Or would I need to rout out the hinge areas and align the knob with the existing hit plate? [more inside]
Some months ago I came across a site that, I think, makes products from bespoke designs by young designers, or at least makes such products available for purchase. I think (am almost certain in fact) that it is based in the UK. I cannot remember the site and no amount of searching turns it up. [more inside]
Does anybody know of an entry level architectural drafting course or introduction to architecture course being given in New York City (or near NYC) during the summer for a reasonable price? [more inside]
Window hardware and curtain suggestions for a 12ft opening? [more inside]
How can I quiet the interior of my car on the cheap? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any attractive powered speakers? Ones that look like they belong on a bookshelf and not next to a PC? [more inside]
Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment? [more inside]
Interior/exterior design memory loss: a few months ago I was casually flipping through one of the many interior design magazines on the shelf at Borders and saw an article about an amazing place that I'd love to find more details about. Unfortunately I was distracted and don't remember many details... [more inside]
Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
How should I clean an interior brick wall? [more inside]
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