DIY window-valance-finished

After a year of thinking about my guest bedroom valance project, it finally came to fruition. Why did it take so long? Because it took me forever to convince Mike that this über-DIY project was feasible. The plan was to build a window valance out of wood, wallpaper it to match our accent wall, and ...

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silver wall sconce

Hanging by the front door of his former bachelor pad, Mike had sconces made of old terracotta roof tiles. They were definitely a bit rugged for my taste but I loved their simplicity--just a candleholder drilled into a found object. Then I started thinking, with that formula, a sconce could really be anything. For the ...

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guest-bedroom-design3

This bedroom design was born out of a mix-up—and I’m thrilled with the mistake. With a coat of Benjamin Moore’s metallic Veil Cream, these walls have a subtle sparkle in the sun and warm glow by lamplight. It’s the prettiest paint and was intended for all four walls—but in efforts to save an unused roll ...

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bedroom-decorating-headboard

When we first saw our late-19th-century condo in Hoboken, NJ, Mike and I fell in love with its original architectural elements: wide plank floors, high ceilings, crown molding, plaster medallion, and fireplaces--but the 21st-century touches weren't exactly a selling point. From peach paint to shiny gold hardware to wrought-iron fixtures, it all had to go. ...

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