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November 3, 2019


Don't you love a score?  I'm all excited about this $10 gold frame (4' x 3') found at a rather permanent flea market in Berkeley, CA.  Kicking out the battered plexiglass and dusting it off the best I could, I could hardly wait to get it home.  Looks like it has a bad case of premature aging due to the weather but the patina is perfect.  The linen interior frame was nasty but a quick coat of flat black...

October 13, 2019

As we get closer to the holidays, I was thinking of affordable projects anyone could do in a day or two - just in time to show off to holiday guests.  What about updating a staircase? Ours is covered with carpet so we're a bit stuck, but that doesn't mean I can't dream. Don't you love this trompe l'oeil black runner?  It's amazing what an impact a little paint makes. Let's take a look at the impact of ju...

October 6, 2019

There's lots of reasons why we might not be looking up right about now, but maybe it's time.  Literally.  How about a ceiling makeover?  While there are ton of decorative options, including the above tin panel, let's look at some ceiling makeovers using a gallon or two of plain old paint.  It's hard to imagine how different these rooms would look if they each had a plain white ceiling....

September 15, 2019

Don't you love this headboard covered in charming "love bird" wallpaper?    Decorative headboards date back to ancient Egypt.  Still today, a headboard completes a bedroom and adds to the personality of our rooms.  Here's some fresh, quirky and inexpensive ways to make our beds look great. 

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I see ratan headboards at thrift stores and garage sales all the time.  Who k...

September 8, 2019

Don't you love this room?   Neutral for year-round enjoyment and oh-so-easy to update each season.  Just visualize changing the summery, moss green velvet pillow covers to russet orange velvet.  Add a few branches of autumn leaves in the vase and some gourds on the table - instant fall.  If new pillows can make a room, think what the luxe look of velvet pillows can do.  I've got a...

July 28, 2019

Doesn't summer seem to rushing by? Perhaps it's time for an inspired summery change for our bedrooms.  White bedding and affordable mosquito netting can transform your room to a cool, romantic staycation.  

How affordable? Mosquito netting to fit a double bed is a low as $29 online.  Netting at my local fabric shop is $1 a yard and comes in lots of colors.  Let's take a look at some inspira...

June 16, 2019

If there is one basket pendant lamp that's quickly becoming a classic, it's not the one pictured above. Oh, this is a perfectly nice basket lamp and it can be yours for $1470.  The real statement lamp is IKEA's Sinnerlig.  And that, my friends, can be ours for $69.99, lightbulb not included.  Fresh and young and applicable to almost any decorating style, this lamp is one for the ages. Let's take a look....

June 10, 2019

Can you believe flat screen TVs have been mostly affordable for about 20 years?  Aren't we lucky that they are both affordable and thin?  There are many ways to display our sets including mounting on the wall, ready for view.  If you don't want to look at a blank screen when the set is off, there are some clever ways to hide a wall-mounted TV.  There are also handsome ways to style your TV, whether it be...

June 3, 2019

Do you collect glass?  If I did, I'd collect milk glass. I recently bought 6 drinking glasses on eBay - turns out, cold milk does taste better in milk glass.  First made in 16th Century Venice, milk glass comes in many colors - all opaque or translucent - but white seems classic.  It was the rage in the 50's and 60's but I'm a fan as it Iooks modern today.  Let's look at some examples of how to use and d...

May 26, 2019

Do you have an indoor/outdoor rug on your patio?  If you do, you know how comfy, stylish and durable an outdoor rug can be.  Plus they are fade resistant, can be hosed off and often times, soft underfoot.  Perfect for outdoors.  But what about really using an indoor/outdoor rug indoors?  It's an affordable solution that gives you a big bang for the buck.  And, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to...

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