Archive for the ‘DIY Decor’ Category

Here’s a fast and fabulous furniture idea from Blueprint Magazine, one of my favorite but sadly discontinued design sources. Closet storage cubes come together to create a coffee table and storage unit. How-to instructions and sources are still available on the Blueprint website, but it’s easy to figure out how it’s done — and design […]


Shabby chic less the shabby. This weekend project works great on cast-off dressers, sideboards, desks, and tabletops. If you don’t already have a piece in your own pad to experiment with, try hunting down a gem on Craigslist, a local flea market, Goodwill or garage sale. A Green Twist Finish it off with a hip, […]


Photo courtesy of Salvage One Sometimes the most precious pieces are ones are those you find in unexpected places. The antique mirror you scored at a flea market, the Phillipe Starck chairs you got for $69 each at Hotel Surplus Outlet, the handsome used Eames Lounge Chair knockoff bought on eBay for $50 (yes, it’s […]


Here’s a fabulous idea to celebrate the coming of spring: a constellation of petite vases courtesy of your favorite tea tin. FABULOUS VARIATIONS: Tea not your thing? There are probably other containers and bottles around your pad begging for rescue: that sexy, skinny bottle of olive oil you just finished up. Wine bottles with graphic […]


This fabulous DIY wallpaper treatment came from a high-end Italian furniture catalog of all places. A $6,000 plus Italian-crafted bed set against a wallpaper of newspaper that costs–if recycled, almost nothing. How to Fab Your Walls It’s all about experimenting with what you’ve got. Look around your space, or a friend’s. You can use almost […]


Looking for a quick style fix this weekend? Give any chair a fresh faced look by sewing a simple cushion. Sure you could upholster them in any fabric, but a rescued, vintage print injects an extra je ne sais quoi. Take this pair of cushions for example by Kim of Desire to Inspire: [I] found […]


It’s almost Spring. Time for a change. Here’s a great idea for turning a blah bistro table into a bold, designer statement. This IKEA bistro table was once a blonde, but now it’s gone red. The pattern was inspired by a Louis L’Amour book. Spotted this gem of a design redux over at Ikea Hacker, […]


It’s always exciting to see what’s new at Illu Stration, Mary Ann Williams’ German-based design studio known for innovating exquisitely tactile felt furnishings and accessories. Mary Ann sent me these photos earlier in the summer (oops) but aren’t they perfect for late fall? Oak Leaves is a modular system which are either available assembled or […]


My family is coming out to me this Christmas so I’ve started thinking about how to deck out the apartment — in a fabulously green way of course! So I’ve been on the hunt for decorations that serve double duty for the festive season and beyond (restyle is the Fab Green motto). Will post them […]


Instructions are out! How to convert cast-off carpet samples (of carpet cut-offs) into winning designs for home. The finalists, announced in June, included the above chaise lounge, a magazine caddy, a modern style bench and stools. Thanks to the team at Tricycle Inc. and Ample Sample finalists for sharing their design how-to’s with us. For […]