Aug. 27


LINKS WORTH LOOKING: Budget Conscious Befores and Afters

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. I thought I would follow up my basement transformation this week with some great affordable makeovers by others that I have spied recently.

1. One of my absolute favorites is by Lauren Liess over at Pure Style Home. What’s cool about this dining room makeover is that nothing major was done. The wall color, major furniture pieces, floor covering and lighting all stayed the same. Yet Lauren really ramped up the style factor with small changes. She restyled the sideboard, recovered the pop out seats of the dining room chairs (an easy peasy DIY that everyone knows about), added a rattan accent chair and she framed 2 fabric remnants. Cote de Texas blog says the fabric is available at Calico Corners for a very inexpensive price. Lauren achieved a whole lotta look for a minimal cost. Get the whole story by clicking right here.

Lauren’s before:

Lauren’s after:

2. Over at Eddie Ross an entire master bedroom was done using very affordable sources. Of course, Eddie never disappoints. His post about his budget design for a client’s bedroom is packed with ideas.

My favorite makeover in this room is the transformation that this little horse print got simply by reframing. Check it out front and center above the bed. The final shot in this series is the before shot of the bedroom. Read more about this complete transformation by clicking here.

3. Julia, at Hooked on Houses, says she is not a designer. Could have fooled me. She did an amazing job with her kids’ playroom. Take a look at this before and after. Then read how it was all done DIY by clicking here.

4. Finally, I especially liked this furniture redo brought to my attention by Competely Coastal blog. They picked it up from The Painted Hive, an Australian blog that is new to me. Gotta love the web.

This little piece was found as junk.

It got an overhaul that included decoupaging the top with gift wrap showing vintage maps. The knobs were given a nautical vibe and The Painted Hive even provides a template for you to use. Click here for a step by step of the process.

Lots of creativity out there recently!

Aug. 26


NOW AND THEN: Patchwork

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Patchwork is not just for the country look anymore. Today’s patchwork has more sophisticated colors and patterns. Think “hip bohemian” or “gypsy”. Not at all “down on the farm”. And it is not just limited to quilts. (Though there is that too!) This first photo from Living Etc. says it all: the multi-colored mid-century floor lamp, the crystal chandelier, sunburst mirror and the patchwork sofa. Uber cool. But there is more. Lots more.

Anthropologie is a prime “go to” source in the US for the new patchwork look. You can get a folding patchwork chair with the gypsy look at Anthropologie for $198 and very bohemian bedding starting at $168.

Room and Board offers the Savoy, a patchwork rug that deconstructs oriental patterns in several sizes starting at $1499. Over at Urban Outfitters, they have interpreted the trend in lighting with their multicolored “gyspy” chandelier, in 2 sizes. The one shown is $158.

And just this week, Apartment Therapy recommended a patchwork look as a way to use remnants of old wallpaper.

But is this chic patchwork trend really brand new?

I don’t think so. I spotted this vintage patchwork pouf at East Hampton’s Mulford Farm Antique Show this summer.

And check out the very fashionable Gloria Vanderbilt and her bedroom. It dates from 1970.

Photos from the book Horst Interiors

Patchwork: love it or hate it?

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