I came across a few really great DIY Paint projects that I thought would be fun to share. I’ve found over the years that doing design work for others or writing about here on ::Surroundings:: it has sapped my energy for rolling up my own sleeves and getting my hands dirty. So, I’m going to … Read more
What is it about the New Year that makes us want to do makeovers – ourselves, our homes, for our clients, etc?? I have a desire to just blow everything up at my house and start over. However, that’s not really in the cards for the moment. So, I’ll be focusing on smaller items – … Read more
My friend, children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies, is sharing with us a great project he did last year that turned into this gorgeous, huge, yard ornament for the holiday season. Brian is a very handy guy and there’s not much he can’t MacGyver. Usually I don’t post holiday – meaning Christmas-ish – topics … Read more
Ok, so you’re immediately thinking this is a post about flea marketing or attic diving, and yet, it’s not. One man’s trash is a reason to build a trash bin. That man, you ask? My dad. Many years ago, my Dad built the trash bin you see in the above pic that’s at the end … Read more
As I’m making my plans for what I’m keeping from my parent’s house, this cherry stereo cabinet has always been on my short list. This piece has been in my life for as long as I can remember and even played the role as altar when I made my First Communion privately at home. (Not … Read more
A couple of weeks ago I ran across this really easy and eye-catching DIY wall tile art project on another blog. But, I am completely embarrassed to admit that I forgot to write down where I saw it, as I really wish to attribute this project to the correct source. So, if you’ve recently seen … Read more
The May 2008 House Beautiful featured this lovely bedroom with a really striking tufted and be-ribboned headboard. Upholstered headboards are hot, hot, hot right now; we’re seeing them everywhere. Undoubtedly, the one featured in this photo is a custom piece. A custom built headboard with tufting and detailing such as this might range from $1,500 … Read more
Here’s a great project from Painter Girl, a decorative painter. With magnetic paint and a trompe l’oeil border, this is a great DIY project that is totally customizable to your own design scheme. From an elegant stencil such as this damask pattern to something more modern, it’s both decorative and functional!
As I’ve mentioned before, I live in a condo. What I may or may not have mentioned is that my condo has no closets or any other kind of storage. My kitchen only has two drawers. Can you imagine? A kitchen with only two drawers??? I work at home and have many hobbies, so my … Read more
Eric over at Modern Self has been showcasing his great bathroom makeover project. His fabulous apartment was featured as part of Apartment Therapy’s recent Smallest, Coolest contest. In this post, he showcases the amazing one of a kind striped walls in the bathroom. Thanks for sharing, Eric!