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how adorable are these wall decals? one of our soho employees sent these photos, which are of a craft project she and her sister did for her sister’s new baby’s room.  they found vintage sheets and cool textile fabrics and cut out the shapes.  they then corn starched them and attached them to the walls of his bedroom.  this is something you can do with any fabric and it adheres really well, plus they peel right off if you ever want to take them down or change them up!  i love this idea, and there are so many things you could do.  here are a few more examples i found to stir the creative juices:

there’s also a full tutorial to show you how to do it right here!

Cath -Dec 17, 2013, 2:47PM
I LOVE it. What a great way to perk up a plain white wall! I think the birds flying in a flock are my favourite!

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a little lace

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lately i am completely obsessed with lace curtains…ever since i went to our creative director’s home and saw her bathroom, which is draped with lace instead of walls, i have been wanting to get some for my place.  they add such a soft touch to a room, and i love the way light looks when it streams through, creating patterns on the floor.  my place is a big open studio sort of like hers, so there are lots of opportunities to try this – the beaded curtain in my bedroom doorway is looking like it will be replaced pretty soon…

Laura -May 25, 2010, 3:56PM
Beautiful! Where did you find all of these amazing fabrics?
Angela -May 05, 2010, 1:24PM
Love the lace, cant wait to do some of my own. I will be on a mission this week to find some deals, maybe the Sal for the lace?

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yesterday we took you on a tour through the home of our creative director, and today i want to give you a little peek inside her closet! read on as she describes her personal style…

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if you missed it, check out our tour of her home here!

MarkSpizer -May 03, 2010, 6:14AM
great post as usual!
Fashion Serial Killer -Apr 30, 2010, 4:50PM
nice stuff looks like my closet but with WAAY more stuff.. good taste ;o)

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for the second episode of home sweet home we paid a visit to one of our most inspirational fp girls – our creative director.  now, before we went to her place i was told what it looked like, but if i hadn’t known i’m sure i would have thought we were lost when we pulled up out front.  she lives in a large, renovated garage that it is by far one of the coolest spaces i have ever seen.   like a geode, it appears a little rough on the outside but crack it open and the beauty inside will take your breath away…i could have spent an entire day exploring the treasures that abound throughout her home – it is full of trinkets that she has picked up throughout her travels and i can only imagine the stories that lie behind each tiny detail.

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in her words…

“i always love places that are not so pretty on the outside. i like to surprise people with the interiors. don’t judge a book by its cover.

when i was little my father lived in key west, florida. i went to visit him and was surprised to see his house was hardly painted and looked kind of haunted. i said, “daddy! you live here!?” and then when he brought me inside it was quite nice. he told me back in the day it was a way to deter the tax collectors from knocking on your door. so now i just surprise my friends and they say the same thing – “you live here!?”

what sold her on this place?

“it was the big cast iron beams! i saw great potential in the ceiling.”

it took quite a bit of work to transform the space into what it is now – and lucky for us, she has pictures of the progress. read on for many more photos, and stay tuned for the video coming later today!

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Dickies -Apr 30, 2010, 11:31AM
WOW, that is truly awesome, I would love to live in a garage especially that one, I have seen some really cool places to live in my time but I think that tops it all. Having the ability to park your car in front of the T.V has always been a dream of mine. Thanks for sharing this.
Sandy -Apr 28, 2010, 7:50PM
love this place!

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i first heard about these adorable custom-made stools on decor8, and i fell in love! the contrast of the recycled distressed wood and brightly colored crochet definitely reminds me of something i’d see in my grandparent’s house.  the best part is, you get to pick your colors and creator ingrid jansen will custom make your stool – so it is unique, personal and special.  in going through her flickr stream i found myself saving photo after photo as the inspiration was endless…

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christi -Feb 11, 2012, 5:06PM
i absolutely love these!
nursing schools -Apr 16, 2010, 12:41AM
I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

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before woodstock became known worldwide for the most famous music festival of all time, it was a quiet town in rural new york that artisans, painters, musicians and freethinkers called home.  they lived off the land and made things by hand- even their homes.  they used local stone, wood and scavenged materials to create shelters that are as unique as they are impressive- ranging from the cave-like dens and teepees to cabins and stone structures.  these homes are documented in the book “woodstock handmade houses” and turning the pages is like stepping into one hidden world after another, imagining all the stories each sanctuary holds.  it is a constant source of inspiration that will never age.

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fp julia -Apr 07, 2010, 11:24AM
hi laura- yes i know, they did name it after the town of woodstock, ny though.
Laura -Apr 07, 2010, 11:05AM
Awesome homes, though!

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this might be one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen.

inspired by a painting they found on ebay and paint by numbers artwork, scott and cheryl white turned their blank wall into mural art.  to do this they made a color transparency of the painting, and using a projector, traced the image onto the wall with pencil.  they then created a chart of all the colors and assigned them numbers, and got to work painting! it took them eight months to complete this masterpiece but imagine how much fun you’d have doing it! read more to see some awesome photos of the white’s wall before and after.

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Bronwyn -Apr 07, 2010, 3:41PM
I got to do this in school, when I had my design chosen to be painted as a mural... I sketched it onto acetate, projected it, traced it and painted it! Such a fun job to do! (as long as you have a great playlist to paint to!)
Jessica -Mar 31, 2010, 2:29PM
I love this!!! I am so gonna do this when i get my own place! :D

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i just saw these fabric-covered pots on creature comforts today and i thought they would make a perfect follow-up to my post about plants.  instead of splurging on nice flower pots, buy a bunch of standard cheap ones and cover them with pretty patterned fabric!

this is one of those projects you can be really creative with- if you have scraps of fabric lying around at home you can combine different colors and textures to make a really unique looking flower pot.  or you could take an approach like the tutorial on lavender and limes and use soft vintage looking floral fabrics you can find at an arts & crafts or fabric store.  OR this is another great use for old free people shopping bags! either way the results are one-of-a-kind and add a little touch of unexpected cheer to your potted plants.

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all you need are some terracotta pots, fabric, mod podge (to coat the fabric with so it stays on the pot), and a brush (for applying the mod podge)! for more detailed instructions check out lavender and limes.

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plants are really pretty to look at but they’re also good to have around the home because they improve air quality.  they’re literally a breath of fresh air, and a way to bring a little bit of the spring that’s blooming outside into your home.

similar to the paper whites we posted about a little while back, amaryllis flowers are really easy to plant inside.  plus they come in bright shades of pink and red that are a welcome burst of spring color after the brutal winter we’ve had!

you can follow the same instructions as the paperwhites to do this yourself (see here) – the only difference is you’ll need a larger vase because these bulbs are much bigger, as you can see! the flowers grow pretty tall too so it’s a good idea to use a stake to keep them standing upright as they grow.

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i never would have thought succulents could be so beautiful but they come in a huge variety of colors and textures you can combine to make a really beautiful plant… and you can be creative with the potting and arrangement to create something really unique.

instructions for planting your own succulents can be found here.

and just because… this wall of succulents is amazing:

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images: apartment therapy; re-nest.

sue forey -May 24, 2013, 4:31PM
I really love this living wall. I think my garden NEEDS one!

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warmer weather makes me long for a house with a room that’s partially…or mostly…outdoors.  sunlight streaming in, curtains blowing in the breeze, birds chirping.

…just a little inspiration from a uk company called toast. so beautiful.

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i love these creative uses of lights by interior designer jan eleni!

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i’m just a fan of string and rope lights in general- i like leaving them up all year round, because they add such a nice soft, warm light.  now i’m tempted to put a big cluster of them on my wall or ceiling…

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yes it’s another dresser idea but i wanted to share this today too because i think its such a unique, cool idea.

if you happen to have a really old beat up dresser that you don’t use, take out the drawers and paint them a a bright color, line them with some cool wallpaper and turn it into a sweet-looking shelf!

i  think this would look awesome if you used some old vintage wallpaper like these…

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so what do you guys think, would you try one of these ideas on your dresser?

project source; wallpaper images.

Stacy -Mar 05, 2010, 4:56PM
I once did something similar with old drawers that were being discarded from my apartment building-- from a kitchen that was being re-done. I really like the idea of lining the drawers for some extra color. One could also try wrapping paper or contact paper, available in lots of patterns in hardware stores (designed for lining shelves and drawers)-- or even scented drawer liner paper, which is often available very cheaply at places like T.J. Maxx. :)
lisa -Mar 05, 2010, 10:57AM
I saw something really similar in the ReadyMade book. That magazine is a must have for the creative mind.

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