April 2016

vintage photos and cameras

Easy DIY Ideas: Projects with Vintage Photographs

Pull out those boxes of old photos and create some clever accents and thoughtful gifts for family and friends while celebrating times past. Scan and print or photocopy…

Glass house entrance

Outdoor Rooms: A Vintage Glass House

Inspiration thrives amid the rusty relics and creative repurposing at Barbara and Brent Hochstetler’s mercantile, Sister’s Garden & Bloom, located between Iowa City and Kalona, Iowa. Their greatest…

Outdoor Living: An Instant Patio Makeover

Even the most uninspiring concrete slab can become a lively and welcoming outdoor room overnight with a cheerful infusion of color, character, and comfort. Talk about a blank…

Painted desk

Create an Office Niche

While we don’t all have the luxury of a dedicated office in our homes, it’s possible to fashion a functional workspace within a small footprint in a living…

Living room detail

Decorating in Three Easy Stages

No matter what your personal taste and design aesthetic, unless you have a firm design eye and a healthy budget, the best way to transform a room to…

Planted vintage wheelbarrow in lawn

Easy Garden Ideas: Flea Market Containers

Almost anything can be transformed from a flea market find or junk rescue into a planted pot. Look for inspiration in all the likely places: tag sales, farm…

Seed packets and plant tags

Plan Your Garden: Keeping a Record

Do you ever find yourself at a loss when someone asks what variety of hydrangea you’re growing? Or wonder which kind of begonia it was that performed so…

Flea market potting bench top

Set Up a Flea Market Potting Bench

Organize your potting bench and give it character at the same time with flea market finds and repurposed treasures.   Start with a rustic piece like this weather-beaten…

Budget-Friendly Makeovers: A Small Dining Room Redo

See how a savvy homeowner turned an underused pass-through space into an inviting and functional dining area. In Jade Fox’s small home, the front door opens into one…