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How To: Make Colorful Ice Candles

See how to make homemade "ice" candles out of taper candles (or wax flakes). Cut up the taper candles, heat them until melted, then pour into a container lined with ice (chipped ice, not cubes) with the wick dangling in from above. The ice will create an interesting design in the candle.

How To: Make Your Own Chalk Paint

If you're a big fan of home improvement, then you've you've probably painted a wall or item in your day. Not only can it get expensive, it's also time consuming, and very often just plain boring. Waiting for paint to dry so that you can add another coat is, well…like waiting for paint to dry.

How To: Make Sleek & Super Simple Drink Coasters Using Concrete & Plastic Cups

There are tons of materials you can use to make your own coasters, from wine corks to old magazines, but something as basic as concrete can look surprisingly sleek. These DIY concrete coasters by Blair over on Man Made DIY look great and are super cheap and easy to make. All you need is a box of quick set concrete, some plastic cups, sandpaper, and felt if you want to line the bottoms. The process is simple—just mix up the concrete in the cups, let it set, remove it, and sand down any rough e...

How To: Create an Entryway Using Ikea Billy Bookcases

Small studio apartment decorating can be challenging, especially when it comes to creating separate zones and keeping clutter at bay. In this video, you'll see how to create an entryway using Ikea Billy bookcases and natural jute grasscloth. This bookcase room divider serves many functions, including separating the bedroom from the rest of the space, and providing extra storage, crucial to organizing small spaces. And best of all, you can take your bookcase wall with you when you move out!

How To: Organize Your Bedroom Closet

Frustrated with a bedroom closet that doesn’t work for you? You’re not alone, and you don’t have to live with it the way it is! In this episode, a renter’s closet gets a makeover so she can have easy access to everything and have more hanging space. Taking the sliding doors off and getting rid of the shelf above the rod opens up all sorts of possibilities, including adding a double hanging rod. You’ll see how easy it is to organize your bedroom closet to maximize the space, all on a budget.

How To: Make a Drum Shade

Do you like everything about your apartment, except for that unsightly ceiling light fixture? No need to replace it, just cover it up with a DIY drum shade – it will instantly give your room a more sophisticated and personalized look. See how easy it is to make a customized drum shade that will fit any décor, all with inexpensive and easily sourced materials. This is do it yourself lighting on a budget that’s perfect for renters and anyone looking for a quick upgrade to their lighting fixtures.

News: The 'Electri-City' Tables by Ben Yates

I have an interest in using recycled materials in sculptures, particularly circuit boards and other wasted electronic and mechanical components with which I put together sprawling cities lit with fairy lights. These cityscapes can conjure an image of a parallel society built from what we throw away. Utopian or dystopian, the ‘Electri-Cities’ remain a feast for the eyes and the mind. What makes them particularly intriguing is the population of tiny model railway people—they bring a host of nev...

How To: Choose the Right Color?

Welcome! Today I would like to share a few hints about picking the right color. So, if you do not know what color your today's outfit should be or your or which color you should choose for your room walls, please follow my suggestions.

News: Bibliophile Dreamland

For most bibliophiles, a bookshelf-lined house as beautiful as the Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio's Shelf Pod house is a dream come true. The interior of the space consists of an endless grid of interlocking laminated pine-boards, which slot together to form latticed shelving units:

How To: Select Home Exterior Paints

Find out if there are local restrictions on color Before you fall in love with “Brilliant Blue”, “Gauche Green”, or any other paint color, check to see if any local authority restricts the colors you can use. This is especially important if you live in an historic area, newer subdivision, or townhouse community. It’s not uncommon to find a list of “approved” colors in these types of neighborhoods.

How To: Tile a kitchen floor with a border

In this video, we learn how to tile a kitchen floor with a border. First, you need to remove the flooring that is currently on the ground and sweep it clean. After this, lay down the paste and then the filling for the middle of it on top of the paste. Make sure this is pressed down firmly, then lay down the white paste on top of it. From here, you will be able to la down the tiles in a pattern that will make all of them line up together. Place the border around the sides and you will be finis...

How To: Lay floor tiles

In this video, we learn how to lay floor tiles. Lay the tiles in a diamond pattern, using a tape measure to make sure you have enough of them. You will need to cut the corner tiles so they fit in with the rest of them. Lay the tile adhesive down first before you lay the tiles down and make sure they are pushed down into place securely. Continue to lay the tiles down until you have covered the entire area. After this, you will lay mortar in the middle of it and then wipe it off clean to finish...

How To: Paint a kitchen cabinet

In this tutorial, we learn how to paint a kitchen cabinet. First, you need to take the cabinets off from the base using a screwdriver and removing the hardware from them as well. After this, you will need to sand down the entire area of the cabinets and then number the door so you know where to put it back at. After it's sanded, you will need to paint the entire area of the door until it's covered. Paint on another coat if you need to. When finished, let dry and then paint the other side. Whe...

How To: Become an interior decorating minimalist

Minimalists are the opposite of pack rats. Whereas pack rats thrive on the philosophy of "more is more," minimalists belive emphatically that "less is more." And if you're a decorating minimalist, that means using the fewest decorative objects possible to achieve a satisfying and cohesive room.

How To: Install faux wood cathedral ceiling beams in your home

Just because you have a cathedral ceiling in your home, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the beautiful decorative texture of wood beams. Faux wood ceiling beams are a great way to add character and warmth to a plain room. Compared to real wood, they're cheaper, lightweight and easier to install. See how to install them in a cathedral ceiling. This video gives you step-by-step instructions for installing fake wood beams, including materials and tools list.

How To: Install suspended faux wood ceiling beams in your home

If you already have basic faux wood ceiling beams installed in your home, then you may still want to go a bit further, and suspended faux wood beams is the way to go. It's decorative, cheaper than real wood, lightweight and can add character and warmth to a plain room. This video gives you step-by-step instructions for installing fake wood beams, including materials and tools list.

How To: Install basic faux wood ceiling beams in your home

Let's face it— we'd all like to have some decorative wooden beams on our ceilings in our living rooms. It's a great way to add character and warmth to a plain room. But you don't need real wood to get this look. There's a lightweight and cheaper alternative— faux wood ceiling beams. This video gives you step-by-step instructions for installing fake wood beams, including materials and tools list.

How To: Use color, texture & style in your home

In this tutorial, we learn how to use color, texture, and style in your home. When choosing a paint color for your walls, first make sure the color is something you don't mind seeing everyday. After this, choose furniture that has different textures on it. Use a combination of different flooring materials to create contrast in each of the rooms. Use plants and paintings for decoration, but have them in popping colors to make the room come together. Use area rugs on floors, this can bring the ...

How To: Design a winter themed flower centerpiece for home

In this tutorial, we learn how to design a winter themed flower centerpiece for home. First, you will use florist foam to place some winter branches from pine trees on the bottom. After this, stick some bare branches standing up on the inside. Then, you will grab some large pinecones and lay these around the side of the arrangement. From here, grab some short stem red roses and then apply these around the branches until everything is covered. This will finish up your arrangement and you can p...

How To: Make a vacation shadow box

In this video, Meg shows us how to make a vacation shadow box. First, clean your seashells with a solution of half water and half beach. Then use any other finds that you want for your vacation shadow box! Take the items, then carefully lay them out where you want them. Use push pins to place them in where you want them. Ad din a box to make it have even more depth. After this, you will be able to place these into the top of the box. From here, you can place this on your wall and enjoy your v...