Style Your Home Like A Pro
Its that time of year when you take one look arond the house and think, is there anything I can do to make it look better before inviting guests over? November’s issues of InStyle magazine offers some great easy tips for 10 mini-makeovers that work miracles without alot of expense or effort.
1. Dress up a table. Refresh an old favorite or give an inexpensive one a grand look with fabric. A draped table appears so inviting, and you just have to change the material to mix it up. For a formal touch, let the edges pool; for a tailored, clean vibe, cut and hem it so it skims the floor.
2. Turn Your Kitchen into a Showplace. Domed-glass cake stands look elegant, especially when used in multiples. Display greens or fresh fruit.
3. Add a monogram. Make fluffy white towels more luxurious with your initials. Give a three-letter monogram a modern twist by using a combination of colors.
4. Wallpaper the ceiling. Craving a jolt of color and pattern? Bold florals look particularly dramatic. Monochromatic walls in deep tones keep things from appearing frou frou and also allow the paper to stand out.
5. Bring the outdoors in. Olive trees have leaves with a feather-like quality that softens the space. Select one that is tall enough to graze your ceiling. Ground it by placing it in an oversized sea-grass basket and keep it in direct sunlight.
6. Master the stack-of-books trick. In almost every story in a decorating magazine, you’ll spot piles of books crowned with an object or two. Designers love this look, which not only brings personality to a room but can also be used to break up the library-neat rows on a bookshelf or create a stylish vignette on a coffee table. Gather similar-size volumes in a favorite palette and top them with a large seashell or a patterned bowl. Pare down your choices to one or two items that have meaning for you.
7. Think inside the box. To rein in the clutter on a coffee table, keep the remotes on a tray. A shiny silver style will lend a polished look. In a more casual setting, go for lacquer or rattan. Keep the tray generously sized to hold all of your channel-surfing essentials as well as magazines and books.
8. Toss a Throw Just So. Ever wonder how decorators make a blanket look unstudied yet pulled together at the end of a bed or on the arm of a sofa or chair? There is an art to it, pick up the blanket in the center, hold it high abover your head to form long, linear folds, then toss it into place.
9. Customize a Lamp Shade. Buy ribbon or trim from a craft or fabric store, and affix it to the edges using a glue gun or Elmer’s. Or paint the entire shade with fabric dye.
10. Display Your Art in a Graphic Arrangement. Grouping similar prints creates a compelling critical mass, and it’s even more striking when the gallery spans an entire wall, just skimming the baseboards. The pieces come together almost as single piece of artwork, which makes it interesting.