Saturday, August 21, 2010

home decorating tips so simple , we often forget them !

Thanks to HouseBeautiful for this simple bare-bones article with ingenious ideas about simple decorating.
12 Easy Decorating Ideas You Can Do in a Day

Small decor changes make a big impact in a home's look. Here are fast and inexpensive quick fixes from five interior designers.

Organize With Trays

Corral items like TV remotes on a tray on the coffee table. Put liquor bottles, glasses, and bar accoutrements on a tray in the living or dining room, like in this Georgia beach house. —Jim Howard

Display Children's Artwork

Display drawings in a colorful frame, or in a white frame with a colored mat. Hang them in an otherwise unimaginative space. They're full of spirit — and meaningful. —Eric Cohler

Remove Upper Cabinet Doors

If you love the look of glass cabinets, but want an affordable alternative, consider removing your upper doors. Arrange your dishes and glasses in an interesting way. Put miscellaneous items in low wicker baskets that are all uniform. —Jim Howard.

Paint the Lampshades

Buy an inexpensive paper shade and paint it red — Farrow & Ball's Blazer is a gorgeous scarlet. A red shade makes the light incredibly romantic and flattering.

Bring on the Branches

Put branches in a container. You could even then go to Home Depot and get a small spotlight to light them from below. It casts fantastic shadows into empty corners. —Jean Larette

Refresh the Bath

Change your shower curtain, or just the liner. Add fragrant candles and a small bouquet. Clear the counters of everything except your prettiest essentials. —Jean Larette

Update With New Sheets

Change your shower curtain, or just the liner. Add fragrant candles and a small bouquet. Clear the counters of everything except your prettiest essentials. —Jean Larette

Wallpaper the Backs of Shelves

Don't forget about closets and shelving. Try papering the back of a cabinet or bookshelf in faux-snakeskin, crocodile, or ostrich. Paint can't come close to the impact. It will inspire you to rearrange your shelves. —Jean Larette

Remove Some Rugs

Take up some of your rugs. Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful. Or get a carpet remnant and put it down in an unusual place, like a patio or balcony. —Eric Cohler

Accessorize With Books

Stack art, design, gardening, travel books — whatever you collect — on a table. Books are my favorite accessory because they're so personal — they reflect your interests. —Joe Nye

Paint Curtain Rods

This curtain blends into a wall painted a similar shade. You can achieve a similar look by painting rods and rings with a color that complements the curtains. Rub the paint on with a rag — it creates a softer effect. —Jim Howard

Also from HouseBeautiful online:
20 Decorating Secrets

Pick your paint colors last, choose mismatched seating, and don't forget the closet lighting. Here are the best tips and tricks that nobody ever tells you about decorating. ~ By Multiple Authors

101 Makeover Ideas from 101 Designers
So you want to do something different to your home right now? Here are 101 ideas from 101 designers, and there's something for every room. For even more ideas, read our other makeover stories. ~ By Christine Pittel

I love love LOVE the television on the easel. Super Creative and Super Easy!
"Go to Home Depot, buy a length of crown molding at least two inches deep, and nail it to the wall to create a picture ledge. I'd do it in a family space, like a kitchen or a hallway. Buy standard frames and pop in your children's art or family photos and change it around every few weeks." - Suzanne Lovell

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