For those of us in love with design, it may come as a shock that there are those who don’t live and breathe interiors. However, there are many, many people out there who have never picked up a copy of House Beautiful in their lives. Even so, some come to the realization that they want a more […]

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Decorating a room well takes creativity, focus, discipline, and time. There are a number of reasons people cave and hire a decorator, including: They’re not sure of their style. They want something unique and high quality (i.e. not Big Box). They’ve become overwhelmed at the number of choices there are when it comes to designing […]

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  • Julie S

    This was a great list of sources for high end looking stuff but I did find the title misleading! Your initial advice about getting a whole room plan lined up before moving ahead with purchases is gold but that was about the only thing that related to the title. I would have loved to hear more about how that plays out in real life for the DIYer – it’s actually the method I used for the open living space in our new, currently being renovated, home, and it truly makes a gigantic difference from the more common haphazard approach. I’m still having some trouble pulling the trigger for a few areas as I’m not sure if I’ll want cream chairs in front of the fireplace once it’s painted over and so forth. Or I have pins with three different colors of accent chairs for the sofa area, which one do I go with? Right now I am solving these problems by making my best guess for some, and waiting till we’ve moved in to see what I want for others.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Julie. You caught me out! You’re right, the image is misleading, whereas the title of the post is more what I wrote about — getting the designer “look” rather than a decorating how-to from start to finish. Blame “Outlander” — I didn’t editorially fine tune as much as I normally do. Sorry!

      The problem is that a step-by-step guide to decorating would be a very long post, indeed! And my blogging mentors keep telling me I need to come up with some sort of “freebie” for subscribing to my blog so that my list can grow, and this is one of the things I’m considering.

      Each space can pose its own challenges, as you are finding. For DIYes, it is daunting to pull the trigger on some items for fear of making mistakes. That’s often when I get called for consults, which I charge for at an hourly rate. If you have a good sense of your style and just need help making a few final decisions with more confidence, this is something you could consider. Beats buying a $500+ chair only to find that the scale/pattern/you name it is wrong.

      Sounds like you’ve done some great work so far, though! I’ll keep the step-by-step guide in mind. 🙂ReplyCancel

Back in January, I did a post on my favorite source for original art on the web, Saatchi Art, which offers curated art from emerging artists all over the world, in every medium and at every price point, along with free advisory services. (Read the post for a few of my artist picks.) But even “every […]

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So, I know that I said that my DIY days died with the cry of my firstborn child, but here I am, eating my words (and some seriously yummy brownies. I’ll get to that.) A number of months ago, I wrote a blog post on How to Freshen Up Your Parents’ Formal Dining Set that’s been […]

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  • You make it look like something even I could do! Suddenly everything looks like fair game for some paint. Thank you Amy.ReplyCancel

  • Mila

    Wish I had the time and space to finish off some secondhand pieces like this. Gorgeous! And helpful post.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      That is one of the great things about this paint — almost odorless — so you can do indoors! I remember painting a small side table in the middle of February in our tiny Washington Heights apartment. I nearly killed us with the smell and then nearly froze us out because I had to open the windows for two days in the middle of winter.

      I wasn’t very bright back then. Not that things have improved much!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Looks great! I can’t wait to see the finished product!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    I have repainted many pieces of furniture over the years, both with spray paint and latex, but I still haven’t tried the chalk paint. Your post has me seriously wanting to try it since it’s much less prep work than what I have done in past years. There isn’t a retail store that carries the FAT paint in my area, but I really like the selection of colors they have. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll look at Miss Mustard Seed colors again.
    Thanks Amy.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Milk paint is a different beast, though I know that Amy Rothe absolutely loves to work with it. You might try reaching out directly to the FAT Paint Co. and see if any of their retailers do online orders.ReplyCancel

When I was in college, one of the sorta funny, corny, traditional (and when I say traditional, I mean dating back only-God-knows-how-many decades, if not a century+) songs we sang for the Glee Club was called “Pea Green Freshmen.” The very last verse went like this: “Where, oh where are the funny, funny faculty? (3 […]

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  • Thank you for your creative thinking. In a million years I never would have considered a trundle bed, but love the look of that home office / spare bedroom!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Glad you like the ideas. That office is beautiful. I also love the half-painted blue walls. I most often like my walls consistent — not “huge” on accent walls, etc., though there are many instances I like — but that rooms comes off beautifully and doesn’t feel at all trendy to me.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Trafton

    We have twin beds in our guest room and it finally occurred to me to stash extra mattresses under them for families who stay with us. No pretty trundle because we move them to a neighboring room. So, much less elegant than your ideas, but so much better than an inflatable mattress, and I do have a bed skirt over them!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I think it’s brilliant! And definitely cost effective. 🙂ReplyCancel