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Choosing the Right Table for Your Dining Space

Decorating needs differ for informal (casual) dining and formal (dressy) dining. Informal dining can take place on almost any surface, from coffee tables to TV trays. The formal dining room, on the other [more…]

Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Artwork

When it comes to buying art, there is one main rule: Buy what you love and can afford regardless of the type of art. Don’t hesitate to hang different types of art together. The only time you shouldn’t [more…]

How to Furnish a Formal Dining Room

Formal dining rooms make even ordinary menus seem extraordinary. A fancy dining room can double as an elegant library or study (and with a hideaway armoire for the PC, perhaps a home office) between dining [more…]

Solutions for Dinners in Small Dining Areas

Americans are casual diners, so not everyone has a formal dining room for dinner parties. Whether you just have a small dining room or you are planning a meal for a dozen guests and you don’t have space [more…]

Tips for Placing Art in Your Home

Professional decorators use a long list of traditional rules for displaying art. You’re free to accept or reject experts’ opinions, but it never hurts to consider them. When you hang a large, important [more…]

How to Make a Table Slipcover

A well-dressed table can add sophistication to any room You can use this softening slipcover for a side table, a dining room table, a front hall table, or anywhere you want to add a bit of style with fabric [more…]

How to Measure Fabric to Make Curtains

Making your own curtains isn’t too hard. You start by choosing a fabric and deciding how much to buy. Fabric is woven in several conventional widths: 36 inches; 42 to 45 inches; 54, 58, and 60 inches; [more…]

How to Measure Fabric for Slipcovers

There are several tricks to determining how much fabric you need to buy before you begin making slipcovers for your sofa or chairs. Fabric is woven in several conventional widths: 36 inches; 42 to 45 inches [more…]

Budget Fabrics for Making Curtains

If you have decided to make your own curtains to save money, you may be shocked by fabric prices. A few different factors can add up to a higher cost for your fabrics. Keep the following points in mind [more…]

How to Make Sure You Get Enough Fabric for a Slipcover

One of the most important parts of planning your slipcover project is measuring your furniture correctly. You need to understand the different parts of your slipcover and how they come together to make [more…]

How to Create Patterns for Window Treatments

The advantage to making patterns for your curtains or shades is that you can easily create many panels that will be identical to each other. You can also easily replicate a treatment in many different [more…]

How to Make Curtains without Sewing a Stitch

One of the best things about window treatments that don’t require any, or very little, sewing is that you can frequently change them because they’re so quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. If you’re a [more…]

How to Make Scarf Swags for Your Windows

Scarf swags are a wonderful way to dress up a room by adding romance and a bit of softness to already existing draperies, such as sheers. They loop and drape over a decorative rod, jazzing up some plain [more…]

How to Make Ultrasuede Curtains

These Ultrasuede curtains are very simple window treatments that effectively block light and give your room a modern look. They’re great for young men’s rooms, or any room where you want a bit of style [more…]

How to Make Ultrasuede Strip Curtains

This ultramodern “curtain” allows plenty of light to come through, sways in the breeze, and is sure to be a conversation piece among guests. It’s created with horizontal panels of Ultrasuede [more…]

How to Fashion Frayed-Edge Draperies

Frayed-edge curtains are a simple treatment and require no sewing at all, just a few clips for hanging. This treatment lends a natural, organic-looking feeling when the frayed ends move in the breeze. [more…]

How to Make Ribbon Curtains

Ribbon curtains look like something you encounter in the drive-through car wash. You get a flowing, festive look with this treatment, which is also terrific in doorways. When the curtain is stationary, [more…]

Unusual Ideas for Curtain Tiebacks

Curtain tiebacks need to be functional and they need to look good. That said, you don’t always have to use store-bought fabric to do the job. Look around your house. You may already have the material hanging [more…]

Tips for Selecting Slipcover Fabric

Choosing a fabric for your new slipcover doesn’t have to be a chore. A beautiful fabric — in a medium- or even a heavyweight, with a texture, pattern, and color you like, and the durability factors you [more…]

Tips for Making Slipcovers

A well-made slipcover can be an easy way to change the look of a room without incurring the expense of buying new furniture. The biggest sewing challenge you face when making slipcovers is how to manage [more…]

How to Make Your Slipcovers Fit

If you find that your slipcover doesn’t fit as perfectly as you’d hoped for, or if it’s doing a slip and slide when certain members of your family hop or jump on it, consider using a few of these tips: [more…]

How to Make a Quick Armchair Slipcover

Armchairs are naturals for slipcovering. If you’re covering an armchair that has a rounded back, consider a fabric that drapes well, such as slipcover-grade chenille or soft twill. A stiff or overly crisp [more…]

How to Make Slipcovers for Dining Room Chairs

Making slipcovers for your dining room chairs is so easy. It takes a bit of fussing, but no sewing, and the results are elegant. All you have to do is wrap, drape, tie, pin, and arrange the fabric so it’s [more…]

How to Quickly Re-Cover an Ottoman

This project is a wonderful way to spruce up an old ottoman. Maybe yours is covered in dark leather that’s cracking a bit or a fabric that has generally seen better days, and you want to add it to a room [more…]

Ideas for Decorating Slipcovers

Deciding what kind of trim you want to add to your slipcover project is mostly a matter of taste. For example, if you like an ornate look, consider using a jasmine, which is a trim that features a cut [more…]


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