Thursday, April 16, 2009

More Le Papier Designs

Custom Silhouette Pillow Idea

Use your silhouette or your loved ones for an adorable look on this throw pillow from Le Papier Studio.

Perfect for an early Mother's Day gift.

You can chose the color of the silhouette as well as the subject's name.

Pillow measures 12"x12"
250 thread count cotton blend (machine washable)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Baroque Bookshelves

Check out these avant-garde baroque style metal bookshelves from Graham and Green

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Home Improvement Projects Under $20

I came across a great article on Better Homes and Garden's website and selected some of my favorite ideas. These home improvement projects may not cost a lot, but they will surely make a big difference in how your home functions.

1.Drawer and cabinet dividers are a must when it comes to keeping pans, lids, spatulas, and chip clips in their respective places. Some units match your cabinetry for a completely integrated and customized look.

2. Replace a standard floor grate with a more impressive -- and possibly more efficient -- wood or metal register grille. An inferior grate might not channel air in the best direction for optimum flow.

3. Make sure you have the correct threshold strip at room entrances where flooring changes. Some moldings adjust to various floor heights and have hidden fasteners.

4. Swap flimsy metal curtain rods for a hearty wooden dowel or a rich cast finial-and-ball unit. Match the rod to your wood trim or design elements such as your door hardware.

5. Replace a plastic switchplate with a wood, metal, or ceramic cover. Some are even textured to blend in with marble, tile, or stone surfaces. Do this for light switches, electrical outlets, and phone and cable jacks.

6. Update your cabinetry by replacing the pulls and knobs on all your drawers and doors. They'll keep your cabinets free of messy fingerprints and add a finished look to your kitchen or bathroom.

7. Create a between-the-studs shelf or cubbyhole where you need a little extra storage, especially in a bathroom. Use the space as a magazine rack or to house towels.

8. Hang a hook for each family member near the door where belongings get tossed upon entry. When coats and totes have a home, you'll feel super organized as you grab and go each day.

9. Dress up your windows with an herb or flower garden. Terra-cotta units are an affordable option or construct one from cedar planks. Attach your planter with brackets below a window.

10. Don't walk across the room to grab a towel. Add towel bars where you need them, or move the bars you have to make them more accessible. Hunt for bars that complement existing hardware in your kitchen or bath.

11. Replace mismatched, missing, or damaged moldings, end caps, baseboard, or quarter rounds. Curved areas may require a special piece or trim made of an alternate material.

12. Install a fixture to shed additional light on a dim area. Think about dark closets or corners where you sit and read and decide if you need more illumination.

13. Adding a lower bar to a closet lets you hang tops above and bottoms below and can effectively double your closet space. You might need to move the existing rod up a bit to accommodate the new arrangement.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ideas for a Vanity

Darby Vanity by Ballard Designs

You can't help but feel pretty sitting at this graceful Victorian vanity with hinged wing mirrors for a side-to-side view. Crafted of solid alder and birch, the generously sized top is large enough for writing. Five working drawers rest on gently turned legs with reeded corner details. Side mirrors can be locked into full open position with rear latches. Also comes in Fruitwood or Antique Ivory.

Meredith Vanity Desk

The vanity desk is a dressing table and a desk because of the Smart Technology™ powerstrip is hidden at the back. It provides a centralized plug-in point for hair dryers, laptops, phones and cameras. Three drawers hold everything from makeup to wiring supplies; the wide middle drawer has dividers. Framed in hardwood with tapered legs and molded drawer fronts. It also comes in black.

Vinstra Dressing Table from IKEA

Contemporary dressing table
with mirror in off white has smooth running extra deep drawers with stop and adjustable feet for high stability.