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“This idea from designer Summer Thornton is a great example of an easy way to give a space architectural interest, colour and pattern all in one go, while keeping the project budget manageable,” says Laban. “She simply framed out a wallpapered section of the wall with painted moulding for maximum impact and minimum cost.”
“Granted, photographer Beth Jansen has a great eye for colour, but this is an idea that can be recreated with your favourite palette,” notes Laban. “The key is to be fearless and mix and match until you find the right balance for you.”
“Graphic designer Nicole Balch (author of Making It Lovely) created an impressive at-home library by doing a full wall of simple (inexpensive!) bookcases with glass doors,” explains Laban. “By setting them up in multiples, they create much more impact and give the room a real sense of style, purpose and visual interest.”
“Decorating a room with vintage furnishings that you admire is a surefire way to end up with a space that is unique, personal and often, filled with better quality pieces than you would get if buying new on a budget,” Laban says. “Food writer Dana Joy decorated her living room with thrift store finds and pillows from her own childhood.”
“Artist and illustrator Chuck Anderson created this floral panel that is colorful, romantic and the perfect counterpoint to the dark, dramatic walls of his master bedroom,” says Laban.
“Designer Melissa used a basic wall decal in both its standard form and as a stencil in the painted panel section,” explains Laban. “By trying something just a little bit different, she created a more unique take on a standard decor item — and had half leftover to use elsewhere in the house!”
“Architect Jacob Chartoff created his own take on industrial chic with this bedside table made from glued together, stained pieces of plywood mounted on an old drum stool,” says Laban. A simple bed frame and bedding allows the unique side table to shine.