As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I like to look for creative inspiration not just in the crafting community, but also in the DIY and interior design communities. Now, I have no decorating bone in my body, but I really enjoy watching interior designers at work, especially on shows like the Live Well Network’s Knock It Off!, where childhood best buds, Monica Mangin and Jess Jackson, of East Coast Creative blog fame, tackle the design dilemmas of their clients with a limited budget. Not only do I love seeing a ho-hum/plain jane room transformed, but more importantly – at least for me – I love to see these two ladies’ creativity at work with their DIY projects. When you are working with a limited budget, you have to rely more on your creativity to get the job done, and I am constantly blown away by Monica’s and Jess’s talents.
Another source of creative inspiration for me is the Roadkill Rescue blog, run by Beckie Farrant. Every day, Beckie scours the internet for upcycling and repurposing ideas and projects for the home and features the best of the best on her blog. Many of the projects involve taking an old, discarded piece of furniture and making it new again. You can see my very favorite projects that have been featured on the Roadkill Rescue blog on my Pinterest board here.
Anyway, watching and reading about all these creative DIY folks has gotten me really interested in budget interior design. Recently, while at Jo-Ann looking for supplies for a wreath project (more to come at a later date), I checked out the magazine rack there and came across this magazine, 100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers, from Better Homes and Gardens:
It’s actually in its second printing, so popular was it when it first came out. And I can see why. It is chock full of ingenious ideas to re-use and re-purpose inexpensive furniture pieces to make them uniquely your own. Some of my favorite ideas follow.
A canopy created from sheer curtain panels attached to a ceiling medallion,
a tufted, upholstered headboard made using a bench cushion suspended from a wooden trim piece,
a wooden barstool turned plant stand, trimmed with jute roping,
three stacked step stools turned into a bookcase,
a headboard featuring storage space, made from a bunch of repurposed old drawers,
a gift-wrapping station made from an old washtub,
a contained playroom made from a rehabbed computer armoire,
and a gardener’s workstation created out of a basic potting bench:
These are just some of the many ideas featured in 100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers.
What types of home interior projects inspire you? Besides craft magazines and books, where else do you look for creative inspiration? Please share in the comments.