Name: bdogg_mcgee

From: Big D, Texas, United States

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8.03.2005,8/03/2005 05:15:00 PM
Adventures in Decorating
So during my unemployment stint I have been bitten by the decorating bug. We've lived in this house for a year and a half now and there were no window treatments and the family room lacked warmth. Plus, we'd been sitting on a damn loveseat since we moved in--I have no idea why we never moved the sofa from the front room.....

When my friend Laura was here I asked her to help me move the larger sofa in the family room and that was all it took. We started rooting around the house for ways to add color, and ended up covering the throw pillows on the sofa with old dark red pillowcases that were in my apartment bedroom. Then we added an ivory velour pillow to further accent and break up all the green in the sofa (there are little cream and red decorative accents on the sofa). Well, that still left window treatments, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to use fabric napkins folded into triangles and put up with simple nails to the wall. The whole treatment cost me $14 for the window in the family room and breakfast room. (The back room is essentially one large room with the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room.)

Sofa and Family Room:

Breakfast Area (temporarily used for the moment as my office):

Then I went crazy in the kitchen and decided I needed a little area rug in there. I had eight placemats that I have never used that matched the napkins I used for the windows, and cut the tassels from one side. I then taped them together on the underside with carpet tape and covered the seams with decorative ribbon on the top. The only drawback on this one was the glue I used to affix the ribbon to the rug--it came through and shows the glue marks. I don't have a sewing machine so I had to improvise! :( I think it still looks pretty cool, though.

Here's the rug:

So far that's been my foray into decorating! And it all cost me less than $25!


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