Cost-Effective Ideas for Changing Out Your Window Treatments in Summer

Sheer custom draperies

Changing your window treatments with the seasons might sound impractical and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for great cost-effective ideas for changing out your window treatments in summer to sheer draperies or fabric shades…

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Announcing the winner of stencil giveaway

The winner of our stencil giveaway (chosen randomly) was Atieno Okelo Williams .

Hopefully she’ll share photos of her project, which sounds really interesting…

We’re Giving Away These Amazing Stencils!

Expires Jun 10th, 12am.

Enter to Win this Casablanca Stencil and the Dandelion Stencil valued at $59 total from Cutting Edge Stencils…

Adventures in Creating Accent Walls with Stencils

I’m a big fan of accent walls. In fact I have just finished creating two accent walls in two different rooms using a stencil for the first time. Both of these projects were low-budget, so I embarked on a DIY adventure that I will share with you here.

Making the Most of a Small Home Office Space

More and more people are working at home these days, and many people are having to make small spaces work as efficient home offices. Not an easy task, but fortunately the less space we have, the less space we waste! Below is an example of a very tiny office in my home that was hard to work in because there just wasn’t enough space to put office supplies such as the printer, fax, and work-in-progress paperwork. Mind you there are other office spaces in this home as well, but using this tiny room as an office is the best use for this space…

Shade Structures & Cabanas – Ideas for Creating an Outdoor Paradise in Your Backyard

It can be hard to relax in your yard when there is always something to do, but perhaps beefing up your outdoor setting with a cabana or shade structure will help you to relax outdoors. Also, by creating a room setting you’ll be expanding the living areas of your home…

Inspiration for De-cluttering and Building your Decorating Budget

Spring is an excellent time to de-clutter and hold garage sales. Early spring is also a great time to start the process, before the weather tempts you to get outside in the garden. (Especially if you live in Portland, OR, where we’re off to a cold, damp start to spring!) Then once you clear out your excess clutter, your home is ready for spring cleaning and redecorating. Read more for inspiration…

Are Window Treatments Worth the Investment?

In the professional interior design world, we think window treatments are a key component to a polished interior, whether the style is modern, contemporary, or traditional.  But do you think they’re worth the investment?  Here are some photos of rooms before and after window treatments have been added to help you decide… Click on photos for a larger view… Source Above:  … Continue reading

Create a Fresh, Fun, and Funky Teen Room or Den on a Dime

Teen rooms are little tricky in that typically teens, (especially girls), tend to frequently change their minds about their room design and color scheme. Consequently, and rightly so, most people don’t want to invest a lot of money in these rooms. Below is a real life example and tips on creating a fresh, fun, and funky teen room on a dime…

Glitz and Glam Must Haves for an Updated Interior– If You’re Not into the Rustic Touches

If you’re not into adding any rustic touches to your decor as I discussed a couple blogs back, than you may want to consider adding some glitz and glam touches. Glitzy touches can come in many forms, from metallic paint colors, to a little bling on your chandelier. Here are some fun examples to help you see what I’m talking about…