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Decorating Makeovers Part IV

In my final ode to House Beautiful's 101 Decorating Makeovers, from the February issue, here are some more of my favorite tips for renewing your home with small changes. To see them, just


Go here to see my other favorites, and be sure to pick up a copy of House Beautiful for 80 or so more decorating makeover ideas.

  • "If your kitchen is cramped, remove your upper cabinets and install open shelving. Just as much storage space, but without the bulk."
  • "Cover the books in your bookcase with white or brown kraft paper, and write the titles on the jackets with a fountain pen in really personal handwriting."
  • "Tired of your red coral? Spray it black!"
  • "Instead of centering one big piece of art over your bed, hang one really small piece. It will have even more impact."
  • "Rearrange your fireplace mantel. Instead of one candlestick at each end, mass lots of them on one side. Remember: Odd numbers make the best arrangements."

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plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 9 years
frosted glass could give the illusion of more open space, while hiding clutter and mismatched coffee mug, and keeping dust out. The open shelf look is too farmhouse for me. And I'm already a little too neurotic about things being in their correct place.... The only tip I really like is spray painting red coral black. The rest don't suit my style (esp. the one tiny piece of art thing - I hate when a tiny picture floats lost on a huge wall.)
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Agree with gruaig_rua, dust factor is HUGE when you have open shelving. I prefer closed storage.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
The book tip reminds me of covering books in elementary school...
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
Open shelving can often look so untidy - plus things get dusty when they aren't in the cupboard.
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
the tip about the books is a bit ridiculous if you ask me.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I agree that that kitchen is beautiful!
taboos taboos 9 years
I love that kitchen! My only concern would be re-sale. What would people think if you only had shelves and not cabinets? I'm just wondering...
vinnie vinnie 9 years
That kitchen is beautiful, but I can't do the open shelving. It means I would have to get rid of my mismatched coffee mugs!
mfern64 mfern64 9 years
I'm a big fan of rearranging and making small changes as opposed to redecorating. And it doesn't cost much! In my house, large furniture stays put, but artwork, mirrors, lamps, small tables , and accessories are always finding new places. Add a pillow, paint color, new candles and everything looks fresh. I'm def. going to pick up this issue!
emalove emalove 9 years
I love that kitchen, it's gorgeous!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
"Instead of centering one big piece of art over your bed, hang one really small piece of art. It will have even more impact." Sweet! I have a HUGE mirror with a bunch of litttle photos of sunsets I took around it over our bed :)
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