TODAY | April 03, 2013
>>> to add new life to any room. kimberly whitman is an editor at large for " southern living " magazine.
>> thank you.
>> take stuff that's been hanging around, repurpose it and freshen things up around the house at the same time.
>> they bring back great memories but maybe they don't necessarily fit your personal style.
>> scarves, things like that you can repurpose.
>> this was an old house coat , an old rug and scarf. maybe you have great memories of your grandmother running around in the house coat , you buy a simple pillow form and lay it out. this one is smaller than the pillow but you can use a solid border, if you like to sew you can do it on your own or take it to a tailor.
>> just what guys love more pillows.
>> they have to take off the bed and put down. also broaches and jewelry. they were in style, our mothers or grandmothers wore them a lot but what a wonderful way to honor a mother or aunt but gluing their broach to a picture frame and putting a picture of them inside. it's so easy i can do it with you now. we have a great picture here, a broach, we'll put hot glue on the frame, very hot and we stick it on there. isn't that pretty?
>> you let it set and you're done.
>> you let it sit and you're done. this one i need to move up but it's a nice touch.
>> personalizes it.
>> you can buy an inexpensive frame and add this personal touch. lot of brides are pinning broaches or family heirlooms to their bouquets and carrying them down the aisle.
>> i have a ton of vases from family members. you say you can let there be light .
>> i like that, let there be light . we've converted the vases into lamps.
>> how hard is that?
>> it's very easy. if you're not handy it's simple. you can buy the lamp kits, inexpensive at the hardware store, you can attempt to do it on your own if it's a symmetrical save. if you're using a witcher, you may want to take it to the professional, not ex-steamily expensive and you get a fresh, new shade, something to give it a more modern touch or add a little bit of color and stick it on that and voila you're done.
>> my motto if it can kill me i'll get a professional do it. i'm going to take the vase and have somebody else do it. this on the other hand is not going to kill me.
>> you can do this, maybe your grandmother or uncle's old pocket squares you want to frame, these are simple square frames and i like this, if you have a modern home or if your personal style is more modern, this looks almost like modern art . we put the pocket squares and hang them up in a design that suits you.
>> this next idea i find fascinating.
>> i'm glad you like this.
>> this is cool, could you take family pictures or heirlooms, letters and there's a company that turns them into wallpaper.
>> it's online, $60 you get a whole roll of wallpaper which will do half of a bathroom. you scan in maybe old wedding invitation , old love letter , some old photographs and spoonflower.com will print it on fabric or wallpaper.
>> you certainly wouldn't want to do a whole room.
>> but an accent wall would be great to have. this is a collage of wedding announcements, pictures and portraits. fun way to get them up on the wall.
>> i love the banners, too.
>> this is great for a family reunion , someone's major birthday, anniversary, take an old picture and get it in a banner and honor them on the wall.
>> kimberly thank you so much, great ideas from " southern living " magazines and great idea to