Archive | August, 2011

Painted Stair Runner

29 Aug

To paint the staircase or to leave it in it’s heritage glory? That is the question…

Split the difference. This is a fabulous cost effective way to make a staircase ‘pop’ while not totally abandoning the beauty of the old stair treads. Much cheaper than getting a carpet runner too;) Go with white for a clean modern esthetic or change it up with a bright aqua blue or red for a punch of color. Fun!

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Makeshift Window Seat

8 Aug

I remember when I was a kid I just loved window seats…what’s not to love? They are a cozy place to curl up and read or make a great glorified dog bed/watch post. Custom cabinetry can be costly if you are wanting to build a window seat in your home but there is a more affordable route. It’s called Ikea! Oh Ikea how I love thee…

Why not go and check out some options to mix and match and create that great “built in” look. They have some great TV benches that would serve as the window seat and then flank it with a couple bookshelves (the Hemnes line has both). Throw on some nice decorative pillows and there you have it…custom look for half the price:)

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