interior design http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11478/all en-US Turn One Room Into Two With These 10 Simple Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/turn-one-room-into-two-with-these-10-simple-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-one-room-into-two-with-these-10-simple-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000047587136_Large.jpg" alt="couple planning home decor" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I used to live in a 350 square foot studio apartment, and space was hard to find. Yet, somehow I managed to fit a bedroom, office, living space, reading nook, and kitchen into one open room. How? Some very tricky maneuvering. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-live-large-in-a-small-space?ref=seealso">20 Ways to Live Large in a Small Space</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few ways you can carve out the zones you need without upping your rent.</p> <h2>1. Furniture Placement</h2> <p>Before you install or purchase anything, check your furniture placement to see how it could be modified. In one of my apartments, I set a long desk on the back of my couch (a lot like in <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/matthew-maus-creative-loft-in-114390">this loft space</a>), fashioning an office and living room in one open spot. Before moving anything, measure your furniture and try plotting out different arrangements on a piece of paper.</p> <h2>2. Rugs</h2> <p>Did you know that rugs have a lot of visual power? It's true. They can define spaces without much heavy lifting. Don't shy from larger ones either, since there's a science behind <a href="http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/tips-to-choosing-the-right-rug-size/">choosing the right size</a> for the room or purpose. Measure your entire seating area, for example, and make sure your rug overlaps the chairs by a few inches.</p> <p>Tip: Carpet warehouses are great for finding flooring options you need at low prices. You can pick out a remnant roll and have it cut to size and bound into an inexpensive rug.</p> <h2>3. DIY Dividers</h2> <p>Get creative and <a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Felblogdedmc.blogspot.com.ar%2F2010%2F10%2Fcomo-hacer-un-separador-de-ambientes-en.html&amp;edit-text=&amp;act=url">make your own room divider</a> with simple materials like a wood frame and some yarn or rope. Projects like these go beyond the utilitarian and become practical art. Of course, you can also purchase room dividers at stores like Target or on Amazon. Here's a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O31MHS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000O31MHS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LNBSPQNDNOVQPW5W">natural wooden screen divider</a> for less than $50.</p> <h2>4. Bookcases</h2> <p>One of the easiest ways you can divide a room in no time is by picking up a pair of bookcases or those <a href="http://www.meredithandthenewyorkie.com/2012/02/expedit-love.html">handy cube organizers</a>. The bonus here is that you don't just get two rooms for the price of one, you also gain some much needed storage space for all your stuff. Make your displays eye-catching by mixing decor pieces with more practical items.</p> <h2>5. Custom Shelving</h2> <p>Or try DIYing some custom shelving for a similar impact. This couple made an impressive set of <a href="http://sarahmdorseydesigns.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-build-custom-shelving-for-only-35.html">storage shelves</a> that divided out a living space for around $35. If you're into building your own stuff, be sure to check places like Habitat's ReStore, which sells donated building materials for very little money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Make Your Apartment Awesome Without Losing Your Deposit</a>)</p> <h2>6. Armoire</h2> <p>Large pieces of furniture make even more convincing room dividers, especially in tall loft spaces. Check out this <a href="https://sanctuarydecor.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/0001tn.jpeg">gorgeous armoire</a> that helps distinguish a bedroom from other spots in an open space. Flea markets, thrift shops, and even antique markets are wonderful places to look for pieces like these &mdash; and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-with-confidence-and-strike-the-best-deal">try to negotiate</a> for the best deal possible.</p> <h2>7. Clothing Rack</h2> <p>In much the same way, a <a href="http://www.abitofsass.com/2013/10/clothes-rack-closets.html">clothing rack</a> can act as a visual barrier between two spaces. Say, if you need to separate a living &quot;room&quot; from a bed area. Those of you low on closet space might appreciate bringing your clothing out in the open and hiding away unsightly things behind closed doors. It's a solid excuse to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">lean your wardrobe</a> to just the clothes you love.</p> <h2>8. Pallet Divider</h2> <p>My husband recently found a few wood pallets on the side of the road in good condition. They're sitting in our garage, and I would have never thought to make a <a href="http://myfriendstaci.com/2010/09/07/wood-pallet-room-divider/">pallet room divider</a> with them. The rustic look would go well with a variety of decors, and you can connect them with triangle hinges for simple stability.</p> <h2>9. Fabric</h2> <p>I have used fabric and curtains in my apartments and houses to do some heavy lifting. This <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-lighting-designs-of-serge-131484">floor to ceiling curtain installation</a> gives the room some awesome separation &mdash; all with a soft elegance. Install a large curtain rod or pole where you need it and slip on your curtains. I find deals on panels at discount shops and dollar stores. You can also <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains">make your own curtains</a> in a flash.</p> <h2>10. Sliding Doors</h2> <p>I love how this couple <a href="http://j-lolefty.blogspot.com/">made a nursery</a> out of nothing using Ikea <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/19115/">sliding doors</a> (the PAX system). Since these doors move on a sturdy track line that needs to be installed &mdash; screwed into the floor and ceiling &mdash; it's a more permanent solution. And all together it will cost several hundred dollars even with the least expensive door kit. I think we can all agree, though, that the end result is truly amazing if you need a long-term fix.</p> <p><em>How have you turned one room into two?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-one-room-into-two-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-ingenious-ways-to-upgrade-your-furniture">15 Cheap and Ingenious Ways to Upgrade Your Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-greener-cheaper-alternatives-to-paper-cleaning-products">9 Greener, Cheaper Alternatives to Paper Cleaning Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired">Top 5 Online Resources for the Design Impaired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating">40 Ways to Use Spray Paint for Cheap and Easy Decorating</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home DIY furnishings interior design tiny home tiny spaces Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1289848 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Your Kids Room Look Awesome for Under $100 http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child-bedroom-99772061-small.jpg" alt="child bedroom" title="child bedroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to kids, fancy doesn't necessarily equate to fun. Sure, most youngsters would love to have <a href="http://www.rakuten.com/prod/hansa-great-dragon-ride-on-stuffed-animal-45-tall/249615793.html?listingId=284214186&amp;sclid=pla_google_EndeavourToys&amp;adid=29963&amp;gclid=CjwKEAiAj-KiBRC48YzhnLSg0D0SJAClOhK3oi08D0-fhUHtqYcwZax_VGidi2ziAzUWTxUJMPteYxoC3ozw_wcB">a rideable dragon to explore far-away lands</a>. But they're also just as easily entertained by a really good coloring book. So if you want to design an amazing bedroom for your child &mdash; one that reflects serenity, fun, and imagination &mdash; you're going to need a stock of creativity more than cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Great for Under $100</a>)</p> <p>There are tons of fantastical little improvements you can integrate into a kids room that require very little money &mdash; so long as you're willing to get down and dirty with a paint brush and maybe a spot of hot glue. Read on for our roundup of some of the best budget room design enhancements that are sure to amaze your little one for years to come.</p> <h2>1. Make a Pool Noodle Headboard</h2> <p>What's cheap, colorful, and protects your child's noggin? Why, <a href="http://www.m-magazine.com/posts/diy-pool-noodle-headboard-15337">a headboard made of pool noodles</a>, of course. Simply trace the shape of your desired headboard onto a sheet of wrapping or contact paper, cut the noodles with a kitchen knife to achieve the appropriate height, and hot glue the noodles onto the paper. Then use picture hanging tape to affix your new headboard to the old one &mdash; or straight onto the wall behind the bed. Voila! This project requires about 30 minutes and $15 dollars, depending on the brand of pool noodle you choose to buy. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-use-pool-noodles"> 20 Ways to Use Pool Noodles</a>)</p> <h2>2. Apply Giant Animal Stickers on the Walls</h2> <p>Adding larger-than-life accents to your child's bedroom walls is one of the easiest ways to breathe life onto a blank canvas. All you need is a roll of removable wallpaper (<a href="http://www.spoonflower.com/shop?shop=wallpaper">these gorgeous prints by Spoonflower cost about $7.50 per foot</a>) and stencils (<a href="http://www.thislittlestreet.com/blog/2014/04/24/diy-giant-animal-wall-stickers-with-free-printable/">lifestyle blogger Audrey Smit has flamingo and unicorn stencils available</a>) &mdash; plus a little patience while you trace and cut out your designs. This project requires about 30 minutes and $22.50, depending on how many and how large you want your wall animals to be.</p> <h2>3. Encourage Your Tyke to Channel His or Her Inner Monkey</h2> <p>Bringing you child's favorite part of the jungle gym right into their own little sacred space is a great way to promote fun and fitness. One relatively low-cost option is the climbing cargo net, a ladder made of rope and wooden dowels that promotes coordination, balance, and strength. All you need is the net &mdash; we recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A9UOQQU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A9UOQQU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=V2XRZENEFTUF7FYV">the triple-wide climbing ladder by HearthSong</a> ($49.98) &mdash; and the know-how to affix it firmly to the ceiling. Then take a step back and watch your little monkey get to climbing!</p> <h2>4. Coat the Walls With Chalkboard Paint</h2> <p>Coloring books and poster board are cool, but for kids it's always more fun to draw on forbidden surfaces. So why not transform those boring white bedroom walls into a blank canvas? Simply brush <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DCTH2G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DCTH2G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OHRXP4JRK2DS3IZT">a thick coat of chalkboard paint</a> ($6.99) onto the wall and let the creating begin! This project won't cost you more than the price of a can of paint and a couple pieces of chalk, assuming you already have a paint brush at the ready.</p> <h2>5. Accent the Walls With 3D Art</h2> <p>Another low-cost way to dress up the bedroom walls is with a DIY flock of origami birds or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KUN6SYE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KUN6SYE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZFLBNRG3LR33XNND">a cluster of decorative butterflies</a> ($3.99). These wall accents add texture to an otherwise flat surface, not to mention they are one of the trendiest features right now in kid bedroom design. Simply buy or create your desired 3D objects and secure them to the wall with double-sided tape. No matter which route you choose, this project will cost you no more than a few bucks.</p> <p><em>Have you gussied up your kid's room for cheap? What'd you do? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired">Top 5 Online Resources for the Design Impaired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/off-the-wall-21-clever-uses-for-leftover-wallpaper">Off the Wall: 21 Clever Uses for Leftover Wallpaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit">10 Cheap Ways to Make Your Apartment Awesome (Without Losing Your Deposit)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stretch-out-a-small-space">Stretch Out a Small Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY cheap decor interior design kids room Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1258601 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Awesome for Under $100 http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-arranging-flowers-kitchen-153749668-small.jpg" alt="woman arranging flowers kitchen" title="woman arranging flowers kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The kitchen is the hub of life. Sure, it's where we put the cat's food and scrounge for snacks in the middle of the night, but also, major life events happen in and around the kitchen. Why shouldn't it look a little nicer? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-make-your-yard-look-awesome-for-under-100?ref=seealso">14 Ways to Make Your Yard Look Awesome for Under $100</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to make your kitchen look awesome for under $100.</p> <h2>1. Display Fresh Flowers and Fruit</h2> <p>It's as easy as it sounds. Clear out a space on your main countertop or kitchen island. The next time you're at the farmer's market or grocery store, buy a little extra fresh fruit and a bouquet of flowers. Grab a basket and a vase from a place like Dollar Tree where you can find really <a href="http://www.dollartree.com/floral/vases-bowls-containers/559c543c543/index.cat">cute decor for only $1</a> each. Not only will it look beautiful, but you might eat more fruits and vegetables as a result!</p> <h2>2. Install Attractive Shelving Units</h2> <p>No need to head to Home Depot for plywood &mdash; you can buy <a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=wall+shelves&amp;category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories&amp;lnk=snav_sbox_wall+shelves">pre-made fashion shelves</a> at places like Target for as cheap as $15. Find some shelves that only need a few screws or nails to install on one of your walls. Now you have a great spot to place spice bottles, utensils, and tchotkes.</p> <h2>3. Use a Magnet Strip for Prep Utensils and Knives</h2> <p>This is a trick many avid cooks use. The knife block is not always convenient, and why dig through a cluttered drawer for a bottle opener? Buy a magnetic strip (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/RSVP-Endurance-Deluxe-Magnetic-Knife/dp/B007SPKRMG/ref=lp_13840861_1_2?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1415142100&amp;sr=1-2">like this $16 one</a>) for your wall so you can place your select knives, bottle openers, and other metal tools like nut crackers and more. It's utilitarian and elegant, like right out of a Sur Le Table catalog.</p> <h2>4. Find Cute Drawer Pulls</h2> <p>Give your kitchen unexpected flair by mixing and matching cute drawer pulls. You can find these anywhere from Lowe's to <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/category/hardware/home-hardware.jsp#/">Anthropologie</a>. It's a great way to breathe new life in your tired, worn out drawers with a shabby chic vibe for only $25.</p> <h2>5. Derust and Decalcify Your Fixtures</h2> <p>While cleaning is no fun, this could be one of the best things you could do for your kitchen. Clean out your sink area of dishes and other items. Use a <a href="http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm">cleansing agent like C.L.R.</a> to coat your metal fixtures as well as any ceramic. Follow the instructions, scrub away, and you'll be left with what will look like a brand new sink for only $6 and some elbow grease.</p> <h2>6. Stick-On a Blackboard</h2> <p>Have an odd area of empty wall space? <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016KQZGQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0016KQZGQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=O7Y56ICXQMKVCGNI">Try a stick-on blackboard</a> to make your kitchen feel like a cute cafe for only $10. Use it to write menus, a meal calendar, errands, or anything else. It's also a good place to make it clear whose turn it is to do the dishes!</p> <h2>7. Pour Staples Into Pretty Canisters</h2> <p>Items like flour, sugar, rice, beans, candy, and more tend not to do well in the same paper or plastic bags they came in. Buy some glass, ceramic, or stainless steel <a href="http://www.target.com/c/canisters-canister-sets-kitchen-storage-organization/-/N-5xtr4">canisters for under $30</a>. Not only will you avoid bugs, dust, and other ills, you can make your shelving look neater.</p> <h2>8. Change-Up Your Window Dressing</h2> <p>Have a window with nothing going on? Try buying a <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/category/home-decor/window-treatments/kitchen-bath-curtains/12156/">small window shade</a> in a bright and cheery color or pattern. There are many out there for $30 and under. It's the kind of small difference that makes a kitchen feel more inviting and attractive.</p> <h2>9. Paint Cabinets, Doors, and Drawer Faces</h2> <p>If you've got dark and dreary construction grade cabinets, brighten them up with a couple of coats of paint and primer. Sure, there's some planning and elbow grease involved in <a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20209705,00.html">repainting your cabinets</a>, but this is a job that truly refreshes a drab kitchen. Shop aggressively for paint and supplies, and you can do it for $100 or less, depending on the size of your kitchen &mdash; and of your tool chest.</p> <p><em>Have you spruced up your kitchen for cheap? How did it come out? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-sort-of-small-kitchen-gadgets-that-equal-big-savings">4 Sort-of Small Kitchen Gadgets that Equal Big Savings!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50">5 Ways to Totally Change a Room for Under $50</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/furnished-for-free">Furnished For Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living decor interior design kitchen refresh renovate Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:11 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1256480 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Like a Castle http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-your-tiny-apartment-feel-like-a-castle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-make-your-tiny-apartment-feel-like-a-castle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home-renovation-couple-476101829-small.jpg" alt="home renovation" title="home renovation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you live in a small space? You're not alone. It can feel stifling at times, but I'm here to help you discover a few ways to push out those walls (even if only in your mind). The following are some tried-and-true tips I used back in my own studio and one-bedroom apartment days to make my living arrangements seem much less bleak. Actually, I remember the whole adventure being quite fabulous &mdash; it just takes a change of perspective. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-save-on-apartment-living?ref=seealso">7 Ways to Save on Apartment Living</a>)</p> <h2>1. Clear Out</h2> <p>Examine the furniture and other clutter (gadgets, tchotkes, etc) you are currently holding onto and figure out what you can purge. Fewer things means more space both physically and visually. You'll also spend far less time maintaining and cleaning your apartment. Added benefit: Selling extraneous items on sites like Craigslist can give you a little extra cash to spruce up your apartment or to sink into your savings account.</p> <h2>2. Freshen Paint</h2> <p>If your landlord allows it, paint your walls. Light, muted colors create the illusion of more room versus dark, bold ones that tend to box everything in. If you have more than one area, use the same color paint, which will extend the visual impact farther and give your mind the illusion of openness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit?ref=seealso">10 Cheap Ways to Make Your Apartment Awesome Without Losing Your Deposit</a>)</p> <h2>3. Make a Focal Point</h2> <p>Another trap apartment dwellers fall into is having no clear <a href="http://roomology.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/a-comment-on-curtains/">focal point</a>. The eye wanders around with no place to go. If you cannot paint, consider creating an accent wall using temporary wallpaper in a simple print. For example, you can create a <a href="http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/02/diy-triangle-accent-wall-for-less-3/">strong, beautiful pattern</a> using inexpensive contact paper. Just peel away when it's time to move. Note: It's best to take advantage of your apartment's natural assets (a fireplace, cool woodwork, a view) when choosing a focal point.</p> <h2>4. Create Zones</h2> <p>When I lived in a tiny studio, I was able to create <a href="http://www.homedit.com/decorate-studio-apartment/small-studio-boho-style/">mini &quot;rooms&quot;</a> that made the 350 square feet seem much bigger than it actually was. I used a <a href="http://www.bobvila.com/diy-room-divider/44560-divide-and-conquer-10-room-dividers-to-bring-order-to-your-space/slideshows?noredirect=true#!4">room divider</a> to section off my bed (futon) area from a cozy chair and small bookcase that was my makeshift library. On the wall adjacent to the kitchen, I arranged a long desk I made from a skinny door that housed my computer (that doubled as my television), office supplies, and craft items. How you section will depend on your needs and apartment, but get creative. If it's not working, you can always move stuff around.</p> <h2>5. Move Furniture</h2> <p>That's right! Play with the layout of your apartment. Many of us move in and put our furniture where it initially seems to make sense. Over time, you might discover that a new layout would maximize your square footage and better serve your everyday activities. Keep in mind that with small apartments, you want to make <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-space-solutions-multipurpose-rooms-that-work-167311">multipurpose solutions</a> whenever possible, like using a daybed for sleeping and guest seating.</p> <h2>6. Think Up</h2> <p>If you don't have a lot of ground to work with, consider moving your attention up the walls. Storage <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60282186/">for books and other items</a> is particularly easy to bring above eye level. And don't shy from piling up high, even to the ceiling or above the door. Making use of <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/inspiration-roundup-making-use-of-vertical-space-168731">your vertical space</a> is smart and can look quite savvy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/studio-apartment-living-a-5-point-survival-guide?ref=seealso">Studio Apartment Living: A 5-Point Survival Guide</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you live in a tiny place? How do you keep it feeling like your castle?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-your-tiny-apartment-feel-like-a-castle">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-live-large-in-a-small-space">20 Ways to Live Large in a Small Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-and-cheap-storage-solutions-for-tiny-apartments">10 Fun and Cheap Storage Solutions for Tiny Apartments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cleaning-rules-you-should-be-breaking">6 Cleaning Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-super-cool-ways-to-add-hidden-storage-to-your-home">10 Super-Cool Ways to Add Hidden Storage to Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home apartment castle interior design organization Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1246891 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/office-businessman-78812509-small.jpg" alt="office businessman" title="office businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether at work or home, our offices have a way of becoming the catch-all areas of our busy lives. Littered with old projects, out-of-date electronics, and boxes of last year's Girl Scout cookies, it's easy for an office to end up looking less like a professional workspace and more like an oversized hall closet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit">10 Cheap Ways to Make Your Apartment Look Awesome</a>)</p> <p>But if you want to dial in little more style, here are 12 ways to make your office look awesome.</p> <h2>1. Ditch the Corporate Art</h2> <p>Queue the collective eye-roll. Prepackaged corporate art (you know the stuff &mdash; three people rowing a canoe at sunrise with the &quot;teamwork&quot; caption) probably works against the very morale you're trying to build. Awesome offices are authentic offices, not motivational billboards.</p> <h2>2. Add a Few Surprises</h2> <p>Your office should reflect your personality. Mix in some vintage touches, a kitschy accessory, an antique, or something handmade. When well done, blending these accents into your office décor can take your space out of the mundane, add a bit of humor, and communicate who you are and what you love.</p> <h2>3. Tidy Up</h2> <p>It's not the sexiest option, but cleaning and organizing your workspace is the most basic way to improve its aesthetics and &mdash; even better &mdash; it's free. Clear the clutter and then clean primary surfaces like the floors, windows, and your desk. It'll set the stage for more refinements later.</p> <h2>4. Flick Off the Fluorescents</h2> <p>Is there anything worse than overhead fluorescent lighting? It saps our color, exhausts our eyes, and can even reduce our productivity. Shop around for a table lamp or two (even if you use compact fluorescent bulbs, the effect will be softer and more welcoming) and add window treatments that maximize natural light. While you're at it, explore other ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-rules-of-creating-a-powerfully-productive-workspace">create a more productive workspace</a>.</p> <h2>5. Blow Up a Close Up</h2> <p>Need some tasteful but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-or-cheap-wall-art">inexpensive art ideas</a> for your office? Why not photograph the detail of a flower, the emblem of a vintage car, or the subtle pattern of a leaf? If you're not talented behind the lens, search online and download a digital photo with the appropriate <a href="http://search.creativecommons.org/">Creative Commons</a> license. Make it your own by cropping, zooming, or adding custom effects.</p> <h2>6. Add Texture</h2> <p>Texture is the unsung component of good interior design. Even in offices, it can add visual interest and dimension. Accent pillows, upholstery, window treatments, and rugs are all great ways to work rich and varied textures into your workspace.</p> <h2>7. Untangle and Wrangle Cords</h2> <p>Is your computer area turning into a dusty and tangled nest of cables, cords, wires, and plugs? If so, it's time to get organized. Label each with plastic bread bag tags, wrap with Velcro strips, and run cords along the backside of a desk using eye hooks or clips. Or, <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/302229/get-organized-clean-up-your-wires-cables-and-cords">explore other methods</a> to control the web of wires.</p> <h2>8. Live in Color</h2> <p>Aren't we all tired of Office Beige and Daily Grind Gray? There's no rule that dictates your workspace can't be colorful. Mix in vibrant greens, oranges, yellow, or blues &mdash; just be sure to keep colors <a href="http://www.belightsoft.com/products/resources/using-the-color-wheel.php">complementary</a> to avoid overload.</p> <h2>9. Get Dramatic</h2> <p>Displaying art can be a bit tricky; most people don't go big enough. Grounding your space with a single large statement piece can be more attractive than dotting the walls with several smaller prints, photos, or paintings. Go for something grand that fits the scale of your office and reflects your personality and taste. Complement with one or two smaller pieces, but err on the minimalist side.</p> <h2>10. Embrace the Printed Word</h2> <p>There's more than one way to create compelling art. Enlarge and print a favorite poem, quote, or excerpt from a book. Matted and framed, it can become an unexpected and unique art piece. Choose a subject matter that relates to your business; a childcare enterprise might have a page from The Little Prince, or a landscape design service might feature a quote from the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted.</p> <h2>11. Chalk It Up</h2> <p>We've all seen chalkboard spray paint used in kitchens and kids' rooms, but what about your office? A chalkboard is a quick way to take a note while you're on the phone and it's more stylish than a startlingly white whiteboard.</p> <h2>12. Get Shady</h2> <p>Our offices are often furnished with cast-offs from other rooms. But when it comes to letting the light shine in, you need to be a bit more intentional. We spend long hours at our desks, so it helps to choose window treatments that take full advantage of good views, maximize natural light, and minimize glare. Explore honeycomb shades, plantation shutters, sheers, or Roman shades; these options allow you to adjust lighting as-needed and won't weigh your room down like heavy drapery can. If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-curtains">make your own custom curtains</a>.</p> <p>Remember, the key to an awesome office isn't a mystery: just avoid clichés, spice it up (elegantly) with your own personality, add a surprise or two, and minimize the clutter. With a few simple steps, you can change not only your workspace, but the quality of work you do in it.</p> <p><em>Do you have an awesome office? What advice do you have for those stuck in drab digs?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50">5 Ways to Totally Change a Room for Under $50</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-pitfalls-that-can-bloat-a-home-office-budget">7 Pitfalls That Can Bloat a Home Office Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-ways-to-make-old-things-seem-new">18 Ways to Make Old Things Seem New</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Awesome for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Style cheap design cubicle decor home office interior design Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:07 +0000 Kentin Waits 1239949 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Totally Change a Room for Under $50 http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home-418904-small.jpg" alt="painting" title="painting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You want a fresh look for a room ,and you're low on funds. This doesn't mean you're stuck. It just means you need to get creative, spend some time, and invest some effort to infuse newness into your space. Here are five ideas to help you remake a room for $50 or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-cheap-home-decorating-projects-that-look-amazing?ref=seealso">Cheap Home Decorating Projects That Look Amazing</a>)</p> <h2>1. Feng Shui It</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Free!</p> <p><em>Feng shui</em> is an ancient art of arrangement with deep design and lifestyle roots. Its main tenants are:</p> <ul> <li>De-clutter and make space to freely move around a room;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make sure your space has plenty of light;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have the first thing you see when you enter a room be something beautiful that you love.</li> </ul> <p>The best part about feng shui is that you can get a new look for your room without spending a dime.</p> <h2>2. Paint a Fresh Coat on the Trim, a Wall, or a Door</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $50 or less depending upon the area you want to paint.</p> <p>Paint can do wonders to change the look and feel of a room. There are a number of high-quality, non-toxic, and affordable options available such as <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-painting-contractors/paint-products/eco-spec-wb-interior-latex-paint?lang=en_US&amp;role=C#advs=0&amp;tab=3">Benjamin Moore Pristine EcoSpec Paint</a>, <a href="http://www.yolocolorhouse.com/#4">Yolo Colorhouse</a>, and <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/catalog/harmony-interior-acrylic-latex/">Harmony Interior Latex</a> that come in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. Painting a whole room can be costly and time-consuming, though painting the trim, just one wall, or the door of a room will give it a fresh feel for minimal cost and time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-ways-to-use-spray-paint-for-cheap-and-easy-decorating?ref=seealso">40 Ways to Use Spray Paint for Easy Decorating</a>)</p> <p>One of my favorite tricks is to use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006BAEI6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006BAEI6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">blackboard paint</a> in one small area so that I can draw on the walls (daily!) and write inspirational sayings that keep me motivated. These drawings can be changed regularly to give your space a constant feeling of newness.</p> <h2>3. Change the Soft Stuff and Add a Pop of Color</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $50 or less depending upon how many accent pieces you buy.</p> <p>If painting feels like a project that's too big for you right now, add pops of color with easily changeable accessories and decorations &mdash; pillows, linens, candles, flowers, and repainted picture frames give us the opportunity to brighten up a space and change its look without costing us a bundle. My local thrift shops have helped me find a number of accent pieces for next to nothing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods?ref=seealso">Finding the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a>)</p> <h2>4. Frame and Hang Your Own Photos</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> ~$40 for a set of 8 photos.</p> <p>Our smartphones today have incredibly high-quality cameras. Snap some photos, print them, frame with inexpensive frames, and arrange them into a beautiful collage. Need some help and inspiration with this project? Your local <a href="http://www.michaels.com/">Michaels</a> store has a great blog, a knowledgeable staff, and discounts galore on thousands of craft products including frames, mats, photo paper, and hanging hardware. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs?ref=seealso">How to Save Old Photographs</a>)</p> <h2>5. Recycle, Reuse, and Repurpose</h2> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> $0 - $10</p> <p>I love to find new uses for old things. Rather than buying vases for flowers, I paint my used glass juice and wine bottles or use mason jars. Hooks help me turn the pots and pans in my kitchen into art while also making them easily accessible and de-cluttering my cupboards. I also use hooks to hang my scarves and jewelry so that they both decorate the room and remind me to wear them. Secure the bottoms of inexpensive wooden fruit crates to the walls to create bedside tables that have built-in shelves. Before you toss anything, think about how it can be remade into something new. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-common-kitchen-cast-offs-you-can-repurpose-into-cool-new-things?ref=seealso">Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose</a>)</p> <p>Home decorating doesn't need to be expensive. Creativity, elbow grease, and a bit of time can help you craft a space you love. It's something that you can do on your own or with family members and friends. Share your tricks, tips, and progress in the comments below. Happy redecorating!</p> <p><em>Have you re-done a room recently on the cheap? What'd you do?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-totally-change-a-room-for-under-50">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-your-kitchen-look-awesome-for-under-100">9 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Awesome for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-simple-ways-to-make-an-apartment-a-home">14 Simple Ways to Make an Apartment a Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-awesome-decorating-hacks-anyone-can-do">30 Awesome Decorating Hacks Anyone Can Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-one-room-into-two-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Turn One Room Into Two With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home decor interior design paint redecorating Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:24:26 +0000 Christa Avampato 1125160 at http://www.wisebread.com Off the Wall: 21 Clever Uses for Leftover Wallpaper http://www.wisebread.com/off-the-wall-21-clever-uses-for-leftover-wallpaper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/off-the-wall-21-clever-uses-for-leftover-wallpaper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-4965032-small.jpg" alt="wrapping paper" title="wrapping paper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've done any home remodeling projects or gone thrift shopping lately, no doubt you've seen your fair share of scrap wallpaper rolls. They're everywhere &mdash; mismatched cast-offs in nearly every pattern, color, and style &mdash; still in the shrink-wrap just waiting to be repurposed. With such a glut in supply, I thought it prudent to brainstorm a few ideas on exactly how to repurpose all this decorating detritus. So grab a roll and try your hand at a few of my creative uses for leftover wallpaper. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a>)</p> <h2>1. Table Runner</h2> <p>For inside or al fresco dining, a few feet of wallpaper can be unrolled to make a unique and stylish table runner. Don't worry about dribbles and stains; when you're done, just wipe off and roll it back up or recycle it.</p> <h2>2. Art Matting</h2> <p>Why pay for custom matting with so much scrap wallpaper around? Cut to size and frame your favorite family photos or small art pieces.</p> <h2>3. Scrapbooking</h2> <p>Wallpaper with a small scale pattern can make nice embellished detail for a scrapbook. Use it to create photo corners, page borders, or cut out figures and letters.</p> <h2>4. Framed Art</h2> <p>Large, bold, or abstract wallpaper designs <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-or-cheap-wall-art">can become art all by themselves</a>. Compose an off-center study of a single wallpaper design detail. Mat and frame for instant and unusual art. Create a coordinated look by pulling colors from the framed paper and using them throughout a single room.</p> <h2>5. Gift Wrap</h2> <p>This is one of my favorite ideas &mdash; use scrap wallpaper as wrapping paper. Folding and taping takes some practice because the paper is a heavier weight, but the look is classic and always comment-worthy. Go for plaids, pinstripes, or other classic patterns and color-coordinate the wrapping for all of your gifts at the holidays, for a baby shower, or for other special occasions.</p> <h2>6. Gift Tags/Gift Card Holders</h2> <p>Cut small squares from wallpaper rolls, fold, and use as hanging gift tags. Use larger pieces to craft elegant gift card holders; use adhesive photo corners to secure the cards in each holder.</p> <h2>7. Surface Protector for Crafting</h2> <p>If you're a crafter like me, you know the hazards of cutting and gluing on your favorite tabletop or desk. Use wallpaper as a durable and disposable surface protector for your crafting projects or kids' art projects.</p> <h2>8. Placemats and Matching Napkin Rings</h2> <p>Cut matching placemats from wallpaper rolls and use indoors or out. Make matching napkin rings by cutting thin strips of wallpaper and gluing the ends together.</p> <h2>9. Drawer or Shelf Liner</h2> <p>Spruce up a guest room dresser or those pantry shelves by using wallpaper as drawer and shelf liner. Wallpaper cut to size works perfectly, is durable, and is easy to wipe clean.</p> <h2>10. Bulletin Board Cover</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-10-ways-to-improve-your-home-office-cheaply">Class up your home office </a>by customizing your bulletin board. Cut a piece of vintage wallpaper to fit exactly inside the frame and tacking at the corners. Paint the frame a coordinating color.</p> <h2>11. Collage Projects</h2> <p>Collage is great art medium for adults and kids alike because it's so forgiving. Try your hand at assembling a collage that includes wallpaper scraps, fabric, found objects, old photos, and images from cast-off books. Not happy with the way a piece is turning out? Just remove what you don't like and try it again!</p> <h2>12. Temporary Coasters</h2> <p>Add some elegance to an evening on the patio by making disposable coasters. Cut to size with pinking shears. Make personalized coasters for a party so guests don't grab the wrong drink.</p> <h2>13. Book Dust Jackets</h2> <p>Need a durable dust jacket for a text book? Try using wallpaper. Get your kids involved and <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2090384_make-book-dust-jacket.html">make custom book covers</a> for back-to-school.</p> <h2>14. Paint Drop Cloths</h2> <p>Have a dozen particularly hideous rolls of wallpaper from the 80s (read: seafoam green and apricot)? Roll it along the baseboards of a room you're painting to catch those inevitable drips and splatters.</p> <h2>15. Party Decorations</h2> <p>Have you been to a party supply store lately? The prices are high enough to put the damper on any celebration. Use colorful wallpaper to create streamers, scalloped table skirts, and large signs on a budget. Add some glitz by embellishing with glitter, paint, or silk flowers.</p> <h2>16. Puppet Theater Backdrops</h2> <p>Little kids love puppet shows. Get creative with wallpaper scraps and try your hand at set design. Cut, paint, and embellish landscapes, streetscapes, and interior stages for a kids' puppet theater.</p> <h2>17. Birdcage Lining</h2> <p>Polly wants a crafter. Wallpaper is more durable, protective, and nicer to look at than newsprint.</p> <h2>18. Papier Mache Projects</h2> <p>Use newspaper to create <a href="http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/papermache/a/051500pm.htm">the foundation of a papier mache project</a>, and then add wallpaper strips as the outer layer. It'll add strength and rigidity to your creation and give it a more finished and decorative look.</p> <h2>19. Dollhouse Decorating</h2> <p>Encourage your little Martha Stewart or Nate Berkus. Use scrap wallpaper to decorate your kid's dollhouse. Make it a fun project you can do together. Gravitate toward small-scale patterns for the smaller-scale format and use a thin coat of craft glue or a glue stick to apply.</p> <h2>20. Fun Menus for Family Dinner Night</h2> <p>Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations can all be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day-with-kids">made a bit more special</a> with fun family dinner menus. Use wallpaper as the border or the cover for the menu, and play around with the name of your &quot;restaurant&quot; and the items on the menu.</p> <h2>21. Garland or Tinsel on a Christmas Tree</h2> <p>Long thin strips of classic wallpaper glued back-to-back can give a unique look to any Christmas tree. Wrap it like garland, and when the season's done, just roll it up for next year. Or add your homemade &quot;garland&quot; as an accent to fresh evergreen boughs.</p> <p>The next time you pass a few rolls of wallpaper at a yard sale or thrift store, see if there's a particular pattern you like. Chances are you'll find dozens of additional ways it can be used in crafting, at the holidays, for picnics, and for other practical projects around the house.</p> <p><em>Have you found a novel use for wallpaper? What's your favorite off-the-wall wallpaper idea?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/off-the-wall-21-clever-uses-for-leftover-wallpaper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-pretty-projects-for-pine-cones">5 Pretty Projects for Pine Cones</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts interior design recycling wallpaper Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:36:35 +0000 Kentin Waits 981012 at http://www.wisebread.com Top 5 Online Resources for the Design Impaired http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/title-image-design-impaired-400.jpg" alt="Painting a wall" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If the pages of home design magazines leave you drooling &mdash; and frustrated about your own lack of skill &mdash; there&rsquo;s no need to give up on your dreams of having a chic, modern, or even award-winning look to your home. At our <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/10/top-5-online-resources-for-design-impaired.html">newest My Life Scoop article</a>, we gathered the top websites to help you become more skilled in your design efforts, and we're previewing two of them here!</p> <h3><a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/">Green Your Décor</a><b><br /> </b></h3> <p>With an eye for trends that are easy on our environment, Jennae Peterson of Green Your Decor gives her picks for the best new eco-friendly design products while sharing her own DIY projects. In addition to cheeky commentary via her <a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/5442/drab-fab-recycled-tie-clock/">Drab or Fab reviews</a> and putting step-by-step &ldquo;green&rdquo; tutorials right into your hands, she shares practical advice for those who are looking to cut costs by thinking outside the design box. Her <a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/5424/avoid-bed-bugs-buying-furniture/">bed bug prevention piece</a> is perfect for new and used furniture connoisseurs, while the guide for <a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/5227/curate-home-quality-pieces-over-time/">curating quality pieces over time</a> is priceless. If your love for Mother Earth runs deep and the time to design something different is now, this is the blog for you.<b><br /> </b></p> <h3><a href="http://www.readymade.com">ReadyMade</a><b><br /> </b></h3> <p>You&rsquo;re probably already familiar with the print magazine from the same people. <em>ReadyMade</em> has been bringing unique and trendy DIY projects to a culture of <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/10/top-5-apps-for-artists-and-designers.html">inner artists</a> for years. While their site is mostly focused on afternoon projects (<a href="http://www.readymade.com/projects/home_organization_101_floating_box_shelf">bookshelves</a>, <a href="http://www.readymade.com/projects/gourd_planter">planters</a>, and even <a href="http://www.readymade.com/blog/home-and-garden/2010/10/13/a_collection_of_very_contemporary_chicken_coops">chicken coops</a>), they do have some very well done whole-room plans to harvest ideas from. Perhaps the most valuable feature of the ReadyMade site is its collection of blogs and community posts. Why leave notions of <a href="http://www.readymade.com/blog/readymade/2010/10/13/calling_all_color_buffs">ways to use up paint chips</a> to just one sole author, when an entire audience can give their two cents?</p> <p><iframe width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/15786146?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0"></iframe></p> <p>Are you overwhelmed by all of the online design resources? We&rsquo;ve got a few helpful places to start with. These projects are 101-level and approved by professionals!</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/decorating-gray-00000000042822/index.html">Decorating with Grey</a> (Real Simple)</li> <li><a href="http://momadvice.com/blog/2009/01/notebook-experiments-will-a-loft-bed-save-us-space">Incorporating the Use of a Loft Bed</a> (Mom Advice)</li> <li><a href="http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/10/before-and-after-basics-dry-brush-painting.html">Dry-Brush Painting Basics</a> (Design Sponge)</li> <li><a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/4748/before-after-thrift-store-chair-turned-tree-swing/">Thrift-Store Chair Turned Tree Swing</a> (Green Your Décor)</li> <li><a href="http://www.readymade.com/projects/surf_shack_fold_down_table">Surf-Shack Fold Down Table</a> (ReadyMade)</li> </ul> <p><em>Do you have a design nut living inside you that needs to be set free? Read the complete list of Wise Bread approved resources <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2010/10/top-5-online-resources-for-design-impaired.html">at the original My Life Scoop article!</a></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/like-diy-avoid-these-ten-costly-mistakes">Like DIY? Avoid These 10 Costly Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-improvements-that-pay-off">Home Improvements That Pay Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-own-furniture-9-helpful-tips-for-non-carpenters">Build Your Own Furniture: 9 Helpful Tips For Non-Carpenters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-tips-to-winterize-your-home-for-cheap">7 DIY Tips to Winterize Your Home for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-repair-a-dripping-faucet">Should You Repair a Dripping Faucet?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living Home build furniture home decor home improvement interior design Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:00:13 +0000 Linsey Knerl 269690 at http://www.wisebread.com Stretch Out a Small Space http://www.wisebread.com/stretch-out-a-small-space <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stretch-out-a-small-space" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000010097320XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve finally found the space of your dreams, only it&rsquo;s not as spacious as it ought to be and now you don&rsquo;t know how you&rsquo;re going to fit all your goodies into the digs. In fact, the more you look at your space, the more you wonder how you even imagined you could fit everything into it, including yourself. Have no fear. There are tried and true design tips that work, regardless of the size of your room or apartment.</p> <h3>Pare down to just the basics</h3> <p>Deciding what you can&rsquo;t live without in your room and then working around that is your first step to pepping up a little space. It&rsquo;s especially important in small rooms to stick to the basics. In a bedroom, that would include the bed and probably a dresser. In an office, that would be the desk and a bookshelf which could double as a printer and photocopier stand. You might need to find different furniture or sell your old furniture to make it work.</p> <h3>Lighten it all up</h3> <p>The simplest thing to do is to brighten up your room. Keeping your curtains open and light streaming in creates the illusion of more space. Adding lamps helps too. A few here and there create focal spotlights at night. Another great trick is to add brighter bulbs to the room. General Electric, for instance, offers a great line of bulbs called Reveal that filter out the yellow rays and filter in clean, bright light, which is great for winter months in darker places.</p> <h3>Arrange furniture on a diagonal</h3> <p>You can create a visual distraction by arranging furniture on a diagonal. It breaks up the monotony of furniture lining the walls and creates a cool storage space right behind the furniture. I once stuff all of my unpacked boxes, sporting stuff I didn&rsquo;t need, behind a dresser I put on a diagonal in my studio apartment. You couldn&rsquo;t even see them unless you looked behind the dresser.</p> <h3>Pick a focal point</h3> <p>This is one of my favorite aspects of interior decorating: finding the perfect centerpiece for a room. What&rsquo;s the most eye-catching, in a good way, piece in your living room? Making that the focal point will liven up your space. If you have a stellar view of the mountains from your dining room, point the table in that direction. Similarly, if you have an amazing painting in your bedroom, put the bed right across from it. It gives you something to look at and makes the room pop.</p> <h3>Vary the textures in a space</h3> <p>All wood floors with all wood furniture makes for a dull room. But tossing a few Oriental or Mexican rugs on the floor can jazz it up. In a bedroom, you can add some solid colored pillows on top of a patterned comforter to break things up. Or silk pillows on top of a cotton bedspread. If you have a lot of pottery on the bookshelves as decoration, maybe you want to add some interesting photos in handmade frames in between pieces. The idea is to break up the monotony and add variety to the space. There are lots of options. Play around with them until you find the ones you like the best.</p> <p><em>These simple tricks can make your space feel like more and add some flair to your room. What are some ways you've managed to make the most of a small space?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stretch-out-a-small-space">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-display-your-art">How to Cheaply Display Your Art</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-online-resources-for-the-design-impaired">Top 5 Online Resources for the Design Impaired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/off-the-wall-21-clever-uses-for-leftover-wallpaper">Off the Wall: 21 Clever Uses for Leftover Wallpaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-kids-room-look-awesome-for-under-100">How to Make Your Kids Room Look Awesome for Under $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY home decorating How-To Guide interior design Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:00:14 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 4084 at http://www.wisebread.com Furnished For Free http://www.wisebread.com/furnished-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/furnished-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/325170831_fa62cd4561.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Free is such a great word. It brings images of cool things and cool experiences flying your way for less than the cost of an average cup of coffee or snack at the grocery store. It&rsquo;s even better when all of that free stuff helps you furnish an entire apartment at no real cost to you, aside from a little bit of time and gas.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s exactly what I did a few years ago. I had pared down all of my belongings to just two suitcases and a few boxes before I moved overseas. When I returned, I didn&rsquo;t even have a sleeping bag to use on the floor of my new place. That problem was easily solved with a little bit of ingenuity and some Internet research.</p> <h3>Start Your Search on Craigslist</h3> <p>One of the best places for free stuff is <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites">Craigslist</a>. Craigslist offers a plethora of amazing goodies for nothing or next to nothing. You can check under the For Sale/Wanted section where there&rsquo;s a free link or you can surf through the furniture and appliance sections. Even a general search in a broader category can pull up some interesting tidbits. Don&rsquo;t forget: The closer it gets to moving day, the more inclined people are to start giving household goods away for free. Keep an eye out for anything that has a specific date on it.</p> <h3>Join a Freecycling Group</h3> <p><a href="http://www.freecycle.org/">Freecycling</a> is another beauty of a place to find free furnishings. Once you join a Freecycling group in your community, you can start surfing through the postings. If you&rsquo;re in a hurry to find things, try searching the group postings specifically for what you want. If you have more time and a general interest in collecting things, you can sign up for a daily or weekly email or check the postings out periodically. The summer that I spent decking out my apartment, I found everything from a bookshelf and a table to dishes and utensils for the kitchen. I even came up with a few unexpected niceties like almost new place settings and a set of matching glasses.</p> <p>With Freecycling, though, it&rsquo;s a give and take situation. While you can easily find and pick up dozens of furnishings, clothes, and books, you have to be willing to give something back to the community. After I had furnished my apartment and was well on my way to creating a comfortable living space, I started looking around for things I no longer needed. I donated an old laptop to a non-profit that needed one and spent some time showing the woman who picked it up how to work the different programs. I also donated books and hangers the next time I moved.</p> <p>To get started, sign up for a group in your area. Make sure to read the rules for how to post ads and how to respond to ads. Each group uses its own specific terminology and online rules of etiquette.</p> <h3>Hook into Free Stuff on the Web</h3> <p><a href="http://kashless.org/?gclid=CNPU_8qt3Z0CFSZdagodqShVNQ">Kashless Krew</a> is one of the newest freecycling sites out there and uses all the benefits of Web 2.0 technology to spread their message, which is to &ldquo;give and get free stuff.&rdquo; Similar to Freecycling, the idea is to re-use things in a community. You might not need your old iron any more, but it might be exactly what someone else is looking for. Plus, with Kashless Krew, you can hook into Facebook and look for free stuff while you do some social networking.</p> <h3>Take a Stroll Through Your Neighborhood</h3> <p>A final place to look is at your local curbside. No kidding, especially if you&rsquo;re living in a college town. Students start dumping their belongings on the streets towards the end of every semester and year. I&rsquo;ve found dressers, books, and even a clean futon mattress just by keeping my eyes peeled while going on a casual walk or bike ride through my neighborhood. Plus, if you tell your friends and family what you&rsquo;re looking for, they can keep their eyes peeled too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all about staying connected. Once you&rsquo;re hooked in, you&rsquo;re all set to find cool stuff for free. Have fun furnishing your digs!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/furnished-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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