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Making Slipcovers Fit by Adding Darts

Not all slipcovers give you the nice neat look you want. If you have a slipcover that slides off or pouches out and makes your furniture look tired and lumpy, you can improve the fit by adding darts. Darts [more…]

Correcting Slipcover Problems

Whether your slipcover is too long or too short, too tight or too loose, there are ways to improve your slipcovers so they add charm to the room. Here, the biggest slipcover problems are solved: [more…]

Solving Common Furniture Problems

If you don’t have the money to go out and buy completely new furniture, some of these troubleshooting tips may be perfect for you. Whether your couch is too big, or your furniture is showing its age, here [more…]

How to Make Lined Balloon Valances

A fully lined balloon valance on a curtain rod is a nonmoving treatment that looks complicated and fancy (when made with an ornate fabric, it harkens back to Victorian style), but it’s simple to create [more…]

How to Make Roman Shades

Roman shades pull up in sections with the help of a traverse cord or Roman shade cord (both available at a crafts store). Roman shades look elegant and streamlined in either the up or down position. [more…]

How to Create Storage Space with an Ottoman

In this project, you create a useful and tasteful ottoman made of two inexpensive trunks that’s perfect for an apartment where extra storage is at a premium, or for anywhere that you want to add a bit [more…]

How to Make a One-Piece Cascading Swag

The genius of this swag is in its lines. No matter how you turn it to create folds, the swag looks great because both sides are made of the same fabric. This project uses used two panels that you sew into [more…]

Tips for Choosing Curtain Fabrics

You have tons to think about when deciding on fabric for window treatments. Choosing the correct weight, texture, light-blocking or light-exposing qualities, and the fabric’s durability are just the beginning [more…]

How to Mix Patterns in a Room

You can use a traditional design strategy and combine a plain background on the walls and floor with patterned furniture. Then spread coordinating patterns around the room on the draperies, decorative [more…]

How to Decorate a Room with Texture

Walls, floors, and ceilings are your rooms’ background. Some people give more thought to the color of these surfaces than the texture. Think of them as equally important. Color can create spatial illusions [more…]

Choosing the Right Bed for Your Bedroom

To figure out which bed suits your decorating needs, think about the bed you currently have: its size, its style (which may be the starting point for your room’s style), and the comfort of the mattress [more…]

How to Maximize Bedroom Storage Space

The bedroom serves many functions — catching alone time, dressing, exercising, reading, sharing intimacy, watching TV, and more. Meeting all these functions within a room’s limited space — most bedrooms [more…]

Holiday Decorating with Tablescapes

Tablescapes are arrangements of items gathered in a grouping on top of a table. They're sometimes called tabletop arrangements. Typically, you can use anything as a prop for a great miniarrangement — for [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

Weekend Do-It-Yourself Projects: Repurposing 10 Ordinary Items

Springtime brings bugs. D.I.Y. bugs, to be exact. And if done right, D.I.Y. can be an affordable way to refresh your home. There's just one caveat: Doing things yourself takes time—and patience. [more…]

12 Accessories that Revitalize a Room

Just what accessories do you really need? Accessories that have a function have a competitive edge. For example, pillows can cushion as well as add color and pattern. An [more…]

Using Wall Mirrors to Decorate Your Home

Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . Reflective glass can be decorating magic for one and all! Wall mirrors serve as looking glasses, double the view they reflect, and add sparkle. Perhaps best of all, mirrors [more…]

Arranging Your Bedroom Furniture

The bed is the key piece of furniture in any bedroom, and it naturally becomes the focal point. Bedroom furniture is traditionally arranged according to a few general rules. For the most part based on [more…]


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