Fashion trends often transfer into interior décor ideas, but have you ever considered creating your own haute couture for the home? Style-savvy ladies know that just like your clothes, your home is an extension of your personal style, so as your mood and mindset change, it’s only natural to want to make over a room or two! Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your living space, and you don’t have to pay designer prices to get a fashion-forward look. There are many ways to transform your nest with a small touch-up and a little creativity.
Bobbie Thomas, Today Style editor and author of the Buzz column for In Touch weekly, highlights a few ideas for updating your abode.
Dolce & Gabbana commissioned art students to paint silk-tulle, organza and net, and then cut, layered and bunched the fabric into delightful dresses and gorgeous gowns. Why not make a masterpiece at home by designing your own duvet? Think of your cover as a canvas and revive the look of old linens instantly with some fabric paint. Even two simple flat sheets can be sewn together like a giant pillow.DesignerLinensOutlet.com and Amazon.com are great sites to search for discounted sets. Then all you will need is paint, sponges, brushes, stencils, trim or whatever tools you choose to help you get the look!
FolkArt Fabric Paints range from 1.49 - 1.99, Plaidonline.com
And to really make your bedding bloom, accent your new work of art with pretty pillows. Just twist and tie scraps of silk or chiffon to create romantic rosettes, or pin a bouquet of faux flowers to top off your look with a bit of texture. Joann Fabric and craft stores are stocked full of supplies to get you started. You can either wrap up or re-imagine a pillow you already own, or use a "No Sew Pillow Form."
Add a personal pop of color to your walls with Photofiddle.com, a free Web site that lets you upload your personal pictures and instantly transform them. With more than a dozen applications available from color sketches to "light peg" renditions of your favorite images, you can even pick the perfect size to print. It’s professional-quality custom art you have a hand in, for as little as $14.95 (and up, depending on size). But be warned, for those easily distracted by sites like Facebook or YouTube, this may become your new guilty pleasure at work!
The commitment-phobe who yearns to do something with those blank off-white walls will rejoice in the temporary touch that wall decals provide. WhatisBlik.com originally set out to turn your favorite words into wall art with their "Prose" custom decals, and they now offer dozens and dozens of "stickers for grown-ups." Their "Re-Stik" series is not only removable like the originals, but reusable too! ("Fly" Re-Stik decals $25, WhatisBlik.com)
And for a BIG change of scenery, consider a mural and make your wall an escape to another world, literally. Available in easy-to-hang panels that go up just like wallpaper, these oversize accessories for the home are more affordable than you may think. "Environmental Graphics" offers up nature's best, such as "Pebbles" by Gale Fitzsimmons, available in one size (13’ 8” wide X 8’ 3” high) for $99 at DecorPlace.com. Or check out "Murals Your Way"; they have more than 5,000 different images to choose from, and can also take a personal photograph or painting and turn that into a mural. If you are not comfortable putting up wallpaper (or have the help of a fabulous Props department), a link to the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers can be found on their Web site.
$7.95/sq. ft., MuralsYourWay.com
From feathered frocks to safari chic's call of the jungle, designers are looking to landscapes for inspiration, and so can you. Bring the outside in with feathers, branches, shells and other obscure outdoor treasures. These offbeat alternatives to flowers are available at local florists, farmers markets, or online sources such as Nettletonhollow.com. And while being crafty was once considered grandma’s pastime, it’s now eco-chic! Consider covering your trays and coasters using mock-croc-embossed paper, faux skins, or animal-print designs. Be resourceful by using a broken handbag strap, leftover ribbons or chic wrapping paper as a “pick-me-up” for your home. Coil string or rope around a vase using tacky glue to add an organic texture, weave a basket out of pussy willows for a unique candle crate. Or opt to accent by using dried flowers, which can keep their color for up to a year. Whether you re-use and re-invent with something around the house, or find yourself lost in the aisles at Michael's Arts and Crafts stores, all of these small suggestions are great ways to get a high-end look for less! Happy crafting!