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3 Extreme Chair Makeovers — Plus DIY Reupholstering Tips

Sitting on the side of the road, left in a dark street or shoved in the back of a garage — chairs of all shapes and sizes are located and return to life courtesy of Andrea Mihalik. Working out of her studio, Wild Chairy, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mihalik reinvents lost designs using a no-holds-barred strategy and most of ecofriendly materials. Employing old-world tactics and new patterns, she generates boldly designed chairs that not only look good but feel great too. Curious about what is needed to create these wonderful layouts? We sat down with this reupholstery whiz to select her brain on her favourite endeavors, ecofriendly reupholstering and tips for DIYers. Wild Chairy Q. How can you begin doing this? A. I got started in upholstery almost 3 decades back. In my career, I was a photojournalist, traveling the globe shooting everything from popes to presidents. Upholstery sort of found…

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8 Incredibly Clever Organizing Tricks

It would be wonderful to have a professionally designed closet or a spacious laundry room with a custom organizational system. But most people are dealing with small spaces, limited funds and big imaginations. Oh, and materials. A Great Deal of stuff. The very first trick to great organization would be to purge (you can call it curating if that feels better) frequently and ruthlessly. If you haven’t used it in a year, out it goes (unless, obviously, it’s authentic sentimental or monetary value). Once you receive your things down to a nice, manageable heap, you’re going to want a way to arrange it. Listed below are 8 smart, cute and affordable techniques. It’s so Straightforward and yet so revolutionary. Label, label, label. I especially love this method of coordinating beauty goods into bins tagged for skin, hair, face and other. This would do wonders for my only jumbled bin of…

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Fixing the Mantel

Decorating a mantel does not sound hard, until you really try it. Although the mantel is a little sliver of space, it starts to feel gigantic once you’ve got no idea how to accessorize it. The key with creating an eye-pleasing mantel screen will be to improve visual attention as far as possible. No, this does not mean cramming it. Instead, focus on creating a look which allows the eyes to travel and focus on more than 1 object. Melaragno Design Company, LLC Among the more well-known strategies to decorate a mantel is to apply the “three-plus-one” trick. This design technique is dependent upon different objects of different heights to create visual attention. Locate three similar items and set them on a single side of your mantel. Try not to line up them — coating and stagger them. Play around to find what seems and feels best for you. As…

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Built-ins Boost Storage in Small Baths

I have the world’s tiniest master bath. Though it’s plagued by a grab bag of design problems, such as brass sconces that somebody inexplicably dangled at chest height, my most pressing issue is storage. The skimpy cabinets and pint-size vanity shirt sometimes make me want to yank out my hair (particularly as I blow dry it in a room the size of a breadbox). My present “alternative” is really a basket that corrals toiletries, at least when I remember to stick back in there. But hope is on the horizon: We’re planning a remodel, sooner rather than later. And though we will not be gaining square footage, I have been on the search for storage approaches that can help us squeeze the most from the space we’ve got. These 10 clever built-ins are going into the idea file. Amoroso Design This slim structure packs at a lot of work, from…