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Teaching myself interior design

I'd like to teach myself interior design (for my own spaces, not to do work for others). I think I have the ability to do it well, but so far I've been disappointed with my results. What resources do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Sep 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Teach me how to read!

I'm terrible about "setting the mood" for reading. I'd like to develop a ritual or create an environment (at home) that will invite me to ignore all other distractions, curl up with my books and read. So, how do you stage your home reading environment? Do you have pre-reading rituals to get you in the mood? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me beautify this bathroom

Hi everyone. I just moved to a lovely new place, but there is a major downside: the bathroom floor has a door on it, leading to a small basement room. Please help me figure out how to best cover it! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Aug 18, 2015 - 32 answers

What should I put in my terrarium?

I'm planning to buy a terrarium like the one pictured here for my office. [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Jul 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Modern alternative to fake flowers?

What are some of the things you can use in small and/or large vases that are not as short-lived as fresh flowers and not as lame as fake flowers? I should probably add that I am not crafty (shoppable links preferred to DIY ideas), I hate cacti, and I love bright colors.
posted by rada on Mar 6, 2015 - 26 answers

creative, non-invasive solutions for turning a space into a wall?

Architects, craftspeople, interior designers, anyone else...help me with ideas for closing off my open bedroom in a heavily eaved, converted attic! Cross-section of the entryway space here. More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

How to decorate a home in the short term, before a remodel

My sweetie and I own a small, fixer-upper home. We have many, many home projects coming up, including a big kitchen remodel that will probably be completed in six months. What can we do to make the place look nice until then? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Nov 23, 2014 - 13 answers

How do they do it?

What are some best practices that hotels use (housekeeping/food service etc) that I can use for my apartment living? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Oct 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Cozy my living room!

Autumn is on its way and I'm looking for ways to make my living room as cozy, homey, warm, snuggly and relaxing as possible... while still keeping it tidy and stylish and without too much clutter. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Sep 30, 2014 - 19 answers

This is going to involve suspenders, isn't it?

Say I choose to live my life as a (superficially) middle-class educated man from the late 1920's USA, but, you know, with internet and healthcare. What fashion magazines/articles/pictures/blogs do I model myself after? What interior design resources inspire me? What kind of accessories do I use? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Sep 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Best way to display postcards?

Interior design filter: We have a bunch (15-20) of cool postcards that we'd like to display. In our old apartment, there was a narrow (maybe 20") wall next to our desks that worked really well to "frame" the postcard collection, but in our new apartment, our only viable wall is like 20 feet long, which makes it look weird to put up a handful of postcards. Assuming that we are neither crafty nor inclined to spend tons of money (no custom framing), what's the best way to show off our postcards? Something nicer-looking than a bulletin board would be good.
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jun 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Home design/decorating blogs that AREN'T minimalist

My sweetie and I are doing some big redesign stuff in our house, and I am trying to find design/furniture/decorating inspiration. I am looking specifically for blog that go beyond the minimalist look. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Apr 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Renting a room. The walls are pink. I'm a dude. What I cover it with?

Is there any cheap neutral-colored wallpaper that I could use that's temporary? Or anything else that I can cover it with that I can take down later? I just can't do a pink room, man. [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Dec 18, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me learn the principles of interior design and lighting

I've got loads of inspiration from things like Pinterest and Houzz and blogs, but what I really want to learn are the basic principles of good interior design and lighting. What should I read/watch? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Nov 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Interior design for the weird?

I have a small home office which also houses several varieties of exotic animal. How do I maximize my space usage and minimize the bending and lifting? [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Oct 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Chalkboard-painting a stainless steel refrigerator: possible?

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

The ceiling above the ceiling

When and how did exposed ductwork along the ceiling become "a thing" in interior design for restaurants and shops? I'm fairly certain you didn't see this sort of modern touch in the 1950's, so something happened between then and now where this became more common and I'm really curious as to how it came about. Any interior design/architecture buffs out there know the answer?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

I want the Camry of sofas, not a Yugo or a Porsche

Where do you go when you've graduated from IKEA and are ready for decent, but not necessarily heirloom quality furniture? We're just hoping to find some stuff to carry us through the next 8-10 years, or is that unrealistic? How much should we honestly expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

How to furnish a long, narrow living room

We're moving soon! Yay! Our new house has a difficult room, though: a long, narrow sunken living room that is making it difficult to plan. How can we best make use of the space? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 23, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I interior design on the cheap

I want to learn how to furnish and decorate my apartment on a budget. What blogs should I look at? I already know about Apartment Therapy. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Jan 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me furnish my "grown up" apartment in NYC.

Help me furnish my "grown up" apartment in NYC. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Dec 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Raise the roof (but make it cool, please)

My 10' by 10' bedroom has HUGE 14ft ceilings. Most of my floor space is taken up by my queen-sized bed. What interesting things can I do with the extra head space? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Oct 4, 2012 - 15 answers

paint chip paralysis

Our new house has awful walls, so we're getting it painted. Help me identify best practices and rules of thumb for choosing interior paint colors. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jul 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Cozy it's not

Highly functional large room ideas for a small family of three? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on May 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Bright and modern.

I'm renovating my office, which is currently a monument to 80 years of bad decor. Help me modernize and brighten. Overview. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Design Nostalgia

Looking for online stores with interior design elements like Design Within Reach. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

I have some serious conference room envy.

Data on office layout & team collaboration? My workgroup needs more conference rooms, and I'd love to have studies to back up my suggestion. [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Feb 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Interior design blogs for us plebians?

What are some on interesting interior design blogs that feature regular homes and apartments, done on a budget, as opposed to opulent, fancy, expensive places? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Feb 8, 2012 - 4 answers

My dream house, illustrated

What is the name of illustrations of rooms? What is this Japanese art style? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Feb 7, 2012 - 3 answers

The (gl)ass ceiling

How can I take advantage of my office ceiling? I have a fairly small office, but recessed bookcases run around two of the four walls to about 10 feet high, and the ceiling is about 12-13 feet high. I like the high ceiling as is, but can't help thinking that I should be hanging something kick-ass like a pterodactyl. Or a dirigible. Specific links would be wonderful. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Feb 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Help spruce up my bathroom!

What color should I paint my bathroom? How about the floor? Difficulty: existing wall tiles are pink and I don't know what to do with them. Budget and skills are somewhat limited. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 14, 2012 - 26 answers

My usual method of slapping up a Chicago flag and a Queen poster seems somehow inadequate.

Help me decorate my office! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 9, 2012 - 32 answers

What to consider when designing the layout of an IT office?

Goodbye cube farm! Help me redesign the layout our IT office! [more inside]
posted by cad on Dec 14, 2011 - 27 answers

You're artsy. I'm as graceful as a lump of coal.

How do you develop a sense of aesthetics in interior design? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Nov 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive?

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Oct 13, 2011 - 39 answers

How Can I Enhance My New Apartments Inherent Qualities?

How Can I Build On My New Apartments Innate Features? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Oct 9, 2011 - 4 answers

I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help.

I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Sep 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Where to get seat cushions?

I need new cushions for my mid-century modern armchairs. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 10, 2011 - 3 answers

How would you make a scaled plan of photo/art frames and the wall to organize a plan of attack for drilling/mounting?

I've got a ton of picture frames big and small that I want to hang in my living room all at once on one big wall and want to plan out their layout before drilling. Is Sketchup a good tool to use? Or what/how would you do a scaled plan of the frames and the wall to lay them out in a certain order? Tetris for mounting pictures.
posted by talljamal on Apr 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Media stand/TV table needed but what should I be looking for?

Interior design for idiots: Looking for a media center but have multiple types/colors of wood going on. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Mar 6, 2011 - 5 answers

I need to decorate my apartment. How do I begin?

Please help me decorate my home like a grown-up for the first time! Tons of details inside. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on Jan 15, 2011 - 32 answers

Is it worth it to hire an interior designer / decorator?

MeFi, please help me make a good decision of money versus sanity/time regarding hiring an interior decorator / designer. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Nov 19, 2010 - 11 answers

"Home is home, be it ever so humbleā€¯

How can I make my house feel/be more homey? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Sep 1, 2010 - 54 answers

What is this unholy design scheme?

Is there a name for this style of interior design, or is it just general weirdness? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Aug 29, 2010 - 9 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

George Washington didn't eat here.

I need inspiration and suggestions for bright, clean, unfussy interiors... incorporating early-American-style furniture. [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Apr 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Mad Men is a nice place to visit, but I don't want to live there!

Single guy needs to furnish and decorate an empty apartment. Completely lost -- please help! [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! on Feb 8, 2010 - 41 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

A place of my own

Calling for ideas on what to incorporate into my den/workroom/lair! [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Dec 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Rochester NY decorating services / help?

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?
posted by 14580 on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

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