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Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Room-by-Room Project Ideas and Inspiration

Room-by-Room Project Ideas and Inspiration

Summer is the perfect time to get projects done around the house. So whether you want to spruce up a room, undertake a full-scale gut rehab of your kitchen or bathroom, or just find better ways to organize, why not get some ideas from your neighbors. To make projects easier to find, we’ve added a new rooms feature in our site’s right sidebar. Here are the highlights: Kitchens — You’ll find some stunning transformations from rowhouses and bungalows. Who knew a galley kitchen could be so spacious? Bathrooms — With quality materials and solid construction, classic bathrooms can last for many years. But if your bathroom’s vintage tile and accessories are past their prime, a gut rehab might be right for you. Bedrooms — We’ve seen some fun shared bedrooms for kids, and even our own kids share a room, so don’t be dismayed by the tiny Del Ray second bedroom. Basements — Where do you escape the summer’s heat and humidity? If the beach or the pool are out of...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 | 1 comment

Signs of Spring Around the Home

Signs of Spring Around the Home

I’m not much of a spring person — allergies, rain, humidity starting to rise. But I do like coming home from work while it’s still light outside, watching the kids run around in the yard. Warmer temps means backyard bbqs, eating dinner outside, bike rides, and more time at the park. But I still need something to get into the spring spirit. I made some quick changes around the house this weekend, and things are starting to perk up. My first and obvious spring pick-me-up comes in the form of plants. I picked this goldfish plant up from Eclectic Nature on Sunday. It’s called a goldfish plant because its orange flowers look like goldfish. I can’t wait for some blooms. Tulips are another welcome friend in my house, these from Trader Joes’s sit in the front window. I love this Christmas tree Jack made in art class last winter, but it was way past time to switch out the art. My seasonal swap is this knight print, from a set...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 | 3 comments

Yarn Wreaths Three Ways

Yarn Wreaths Three Ways

DIY Del Ray brings you three different ways to make a festive fall wreath. One requires knitting skills, but the other two are easy enough for anyone with some yarn to tackle in under an hour and makes a great weekend project. Wreath #1: Yarn Ball and Pinecone Wreath Materials Needed: 1 skein of yarn (or multiple skeins of assorted colors) 1 wire wreath form Florist wire Aluminum foil Tacky craft glue Wire cutters 5-6 pinecones Steps: Make foil balls in various sizes. I like a variety of small and large — no two need to be alike. Wrap the yarn tightly around the foil balls covering most of the foil. It’s ok if some of the foil peeks out — you can adjust the yarn balls when you secure them to the wreath. For my wreath, I chose a chunky orange yarn, but you can use any thickness. The thick yarn takes less time to cover the balls. After you make all your balls, roughly determine how you...

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