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Best use / design of finished basement living space

What should we do with this newly opened up space in our finished basement? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I make my cinder block classroom cozy?

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.
posted by mermily on Jun 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Dealing with Beige: Resources for Decorating Real Apartments

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?
posted by northernish on May 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Like Whatthefont but for interior products? Help me find my dream sink?

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!
posted by PardonMyFrench on May 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Is it possible to build and maintain a live moss table?

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?
posted by qzar on Feb 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Is it really bad luck for a bed to face the window and away from the mai

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]
posted by starpoint on Jan 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me identify this globe cluster chandelier

I'm trying to replace this lighting fixture and need a match. [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Architectural magazines in Spanish?

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!
posted by FiveSecondRule on Jul 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Books/Websites with Photos of Contemporary/Minimalist Interiors

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]
posted by Unangenehm on Jul 12, 2013 - 5 answers

What are the major sources of cabin noise in cars?

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]
posted by brenton on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

What is this awesome wall treatment?

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.
posted by Spyder's Game on Feb 1, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I fix/prevent damp car interior?

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!
posted by srs airbag on Jan 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Interior advice: What do I do about these yellow walls?

My apartment has ugly yellow walls and I can't do anything about the color. How can I make them less bland? [more inside]
posted by thebots on Apr 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Next up: how can I, at 5' tall, put up wallpaper without suffering a nervous breakdown?

Bought a house, hence the DecorateMyBedroomFilter! DYI: how do I put up a curtain rod for a window whose corner meets a slanted ceiling? D├ęcor: what kind of wallpaper should I put up on a single accent wall of my otherwise very white and neutrally furnished bedroom? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Double, Double, Toile and Trouble...

InteriorDesignFilter: I have three 22x28" baroque frames that I need to fill. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Want to jazz up my cube with fabric panels, but clueless about fabric

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!
posted by lovingkindness on Feb 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Frameless LP jacket wall hanging?

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]
posted by mediareport on Jan 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me "Wow!" Santa

What are some good resources to learn how to decorate for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Dec 28, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I work with an interior designer?

Have you worked with an interior designer? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Nov 13, 2011 - 4 answers

American contact for motor home innovation?

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?
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Oct 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Stained or Painted?

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?
posted by odayoday on Sep 29, 2011 - 18 answers

How to get curtains for a large odd window arrangement

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]
posted by cmm on Aug 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Need interior designer in Los Angeles

Do you know of an interior designer in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Jun 11, 2011 - 7 answers

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]
posted by librarina on Mar 29, 2011 - 6 answers

How to buy new carpet for a 2-bedroom house?

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.
posted by caveatz on Mar 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Decorate my apartment for me, please!

Decorate my apartment for me, please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Dome Light Stuck On

My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year. [more inside]
posted by DU on Jan 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources?

Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources or ideas? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for sleek, classy, non-tacky interior design inspiration from the 1970's.

Looking for sleek, classy, non-tacky interior design inspiration from the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Dec 15, 2010 - 20 answers

Please help me find more art with a surreal, ocean-related motif.

I'm looking for a specific kind of art involving people facing the sea...examples inside. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Decorating help in Chicago?

Decorating help in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Crowdsourcing interior design?

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]
posted by rtgoodwin on Oct 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Crewel Cartoons

Please suggest images I could convert into crewel which are cartoon modern in style, but not depictions of characters. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Sep 2, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas

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).
posted by sourwookie on Aug 18, 2010 - 26 answers

Art Deco Switchplate

Where can I find more switchplates like this? It's metal, something heavy, so not aluminum. Kinda art-deco style.
posted by allelopath on Aug 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Interior design school gift options?

What gift should I get an individual that graduated from an interior design school? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Aug 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Off-the-shelf door replacement - easy?

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]
posted by amtho on Jul 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Metrosexual but lacking bookmarking skills.

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]
posted by derMax on Jun 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Affordable summer archictural drafting courses in NYC?

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]
posted by RobertFrost on May 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Like a goldfish in a bowl...

Window hardware and curtain suggestions for a 12ft opening? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Mar 30, 2010 - 1 answer

I can't hear myself thinking while I drive. Help!

How can I quiet the interior of my car on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Jan 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Where can I find attractive powered speakers?

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]
posted by bryanlacksfocus on Dec 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment?

Where can I find funky, fascinating wallpaper for my apartment? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion on Dec 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Relocation relocation relocation of an interior design article

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]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady on Oct 28, 2009 - 0 answers

A splinter for my mind's eye

Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

How should I clean an interior brick wall?

How should I clean an interior brick wall? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Sep 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Pet-proof privacy, does it exist?

Decor-challenged homeowner seeks pet-proof window coverings. Please share your experiences and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Jul 29, 2009 - 13 answers

The only time you'll want to combine garbage disposals and bidets!

What are some interior fixtures unique to houses in different parts of the world? [more inside]
posted by atrazine on Jul 27, 2009 - 33 answers

Creative careers?

Help me advise my sister-in-law on a creative career path! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jun 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Innovative office design: What works and what doesn't?

Innovative Workspaces: What works and what doesn't? [more inside]
posted by degrees_of_freedom on Jun 16, 2009 - 20 answers

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