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Wednesday
Nov022011

Simple

... and damn clever. Found in the portfolio of photographer Lesley Unruh. (Don't you just love the simplicity of this shot?). From Home from the Hardware Store: Transform Everyday Materials into Fabulous Home Furnishings by Kathleen Hackett and Stephen Antonson with photography of course by Lesley.

Thursday
Aug182011

Daniel Friedman

We received an email recently from Allison, who is a big fan of her friend Daniel Friedman. Here is what she had to say: "I do not have any design skills whatsoever, but my friend Daniel is amazing! I've lately taken to telling him so. I threw his work on a blog in May. In particular, his most recent project (which you can find on the blog) reminds me of your latest posts-- white, beautiful, modern, enchanting." Isn't Allison a nice friend? :-) She is right - Daniel has a knack for turning what I can only describe as gawd-awful into bright and homey spaces anyone would love to spend time in...and he does it with hardly a budget and what looks like a ton of hard work. Plus, he has creativity up the wazoo. Below are some of projects with before and after photos (my fav!) and some of his DIY projects.

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Saturday
May282011

Reader's home - before and after

Iris from Inredningkaos emailed to share her apartment redo.

Here are some pictures from the kitchen, living room and dining room. We bought the apartment three years ago and completely redid everything from floor to ceiling. The first few months we lived in the apartment completely without a kitchen! All we had was an electric coolbox in the living room :)p Between the kitchen and dining room we removed a wall and instead we put a kitchen island with a stove to make a better space for cooking and entertaining, which we love to do! My favorite thing in this area is the white brick wall behind the television. My very handy boyfriend built in a pipe behind the bricks and underneath the floor where all the cords from the television and amplifiers go. I painted the art in my living room myself and I also painted the pattern on the rug! Hope you enjoy the pictures!

It's a wonderful transformation Iris! From a plain box-like apartment to a stylishly casual and cosy home.

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Thursday
Feb102011

Maureen's DIY headboard

Project #2 is from Maureen of The Inglenook Decor who was contacted by HGTV.com to create a budget-friendly DIY headboard that they wanted to feature. Maureen started the project by stalking Craigslist for somebody who could make a wood cutout, used leftover chalkboard paint and primer paint, dustless chalk (who knew?!?!) and a favourite vintage silhouette. I LOVE how it turned out. (Photos by Chris, silhouette image courtesy of Susie Harrington of Petite Prints).

Monday
Nov222010

Someone give this girl a TV show!

We received an email from a reader named Lauren recently...it seems Lauren wants to be a TV star. :-) And I think she totally has potential for her own HGTV show. She sent us a link to a webisode she filmed with Craigslist TV where she posts on craigslist offering to redecorate someone's place exclusively using craigslist to find all the design materials and furniture. Her video is alot of fun so I thought I'd share with you all. (P.S. Not only is she a decorator but an artist - find her work here.)