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. . . and these are great articles! With a round-up of pictures originating from all of your favorites in one common place: Cottage Living (sniff, good-bye old friend), Coastal Living (back off, recession!), and the like.
For instance, today I got the latest article: Get Designer Flash for Half the Cash! How is that for recession appropriate? Or just plain smart. Read on for my favorite tips and pictures from this article, and click here for the article in its entirety.
An old front door gives a new house instant character. This English pine door was salvaged from a ruined building. A stand-alone picket gate may seem out of place without a fence, but it adds cottage charm for less time and money.
Elevate Common Items
For a custom look, try adding a three-inch band of striped fabric to the edge of inexpensive curtain panels. Play with levels of formality by using an unexpected material, such as rope or twine, to hang prized objects on the walls.
Skip the Mats
Framing prints or other art on paper between panes of glass allows your wall color to show through. This trick creates an immediate visual dialogue between the room’s color and the artwork.
Use What You Have
Say goodbye to stainless steel filing cabinets and dark brown desks, and make your home office playful and inviting. We decoupaged this draftsman desk with inexpensive marine charts. The end result is a one-of-a-kind custom desk you can create in an afternoon.
Live on the Edge
If your trim is more interesting than the walls, go ahead and call it out with color. “I don’t think you have to follow the old rule that trim has to be white and color is saved for the walls,” reassures Steven.
Mix It Up
Bored with a perfectly coordinated bedroom’s monotony and symmetry? Try pairing mismatched bedside lamps. You can find inexpensive, interesting lamps and other accessories at flea markets; just remember to look for complementary shades that pull everything together.
Control the Clutter
Coat hooks are a thrifty and stylish answer to crowded, jumbled drawers. Stephen uses baskets, hooks, and open shelving to create a user-friendly kitchen, putting utensils (and utility) front and center. Toss out the knick-knacks and invest in well-designed, colorful appliances you can proudly display on your counter tops.
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P.S., Myhomeideas is doing this segment for the month of March, 31 beautiful Bedrooms in 31 days. TGIM after all, friends!