Late last month I was approached about reviewing Easy Decorating bookazine, and as someone who is addicted to DIY thanks to a certain website called Pinterest – I jumped at the chance!
The bookazine (magazine) from the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Country Living, and Woman’s Day, is not only chock full of inspirational DIY projects but stunning images and links to purchase the inexpensive beautiful home decor items featured.
If you love the chevron pattern, eclectic spaces, pale palettes, antiques, DIY projects, bright walls, fresh flowers or just interior design in general, you will LOVE Easy Decorating. Also be sure to enter the Easy Decorating sweepstakes for a chance to win a computerized Brother SE-400 embroidery and sewing machine to help kick start your home makeover.
Here are a few images and projects from the bookazine, but for more inspiration be sure to pick up a copy of Easy Decorating at your local supermarket, newsstand or bookstore. A digital edition is also available at Zinio.com or Nook.bn.com. Get more access to their specials by checking out their Facebook page at http://wwww.facebook.com/hearstspecials.
How to create covered boxes:
· Metal ruler
· Craft knife
· Scrapbooking paste
STEP 1 Measure the bottom and sides of shoebox, then add 1 inch to each side; cut a piece of wallpaper to this size.
STEP 2 Use paintbrush to apply scrap-booking paste to the base of the box and center it on a piece of wallpaper.
STEP 3 Line ruler along the side of the box so it extends beyond the edge. Cut straight along the inside edges of your ruler to make a flap that’s the exact width of the box plus 1 inch.
STEP 4 Apply paste to the long flaps of wallpaper. Pull one long flap up and around the short end of the box. Tuck and adhere extra paper inside the box. Repeat on opposite side.
STEP 5 Apply paste to short flaps. Pull short flaps up and over box edge to adhere.
STEP 6 Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for box lid.
How to create a can-do canopy:
This easy project makes smart use of an embroidery hook and store-bought curtains.
STEP 1 Unscrew a plastic 10-inch embroidery hoop; discard the inner ring.
STEP 2 Slide two 44” by 96” rod-pocket curtain panels onto the hook and screw it back together.
STEP 3 Take two 24-inch lengths of ½-inch-wide ribbon and tie one end of each (with a double knot) onto the hoop at the gaps between the curtains.
STEP 4 Tie the ribbons’ loose ends together in a bow.
STEP 5 Screw a pot-rack hook into your ceiling.
STEP 6 Slip the center of the bow over the hook to hang.
Before & After: These dramatic transformations are packed with quick, budget-friendly ideas you can use to reinvent any space.
All photos courtesy of Hearst Magazines
Disclaimer: I was given the Easy Decorating bookazine for review; I was not paid to review the product. Opinions (as always) are my own.