26th Apr2012

Expensive Furniture for Less

by Dinah Wulf

Expensive Furniture for Less

Written By: Rasy Sor

Have you heard of the phrase, “champagne taste on a beer budget?”   I have and unfortunately, I too, am afflicted with this.  I definitely have champagne test on a beer budget when it comes to interior design.

One of my favorite furniture shops is Room and Board.   I usually go there for design inspiration since I’m unable to afford most of their furniture.  Then, I discovered that Ikea had very similar styles for a lot less!    I know.  I know.   Most of you are thinking, Ikea is the last place you’d shop when it comes to your home; especially when you use to shop there to furnish the apartment that you shared with 5 roommates because let’s face it, ANYTHING goes with your 3rd roommate’s bean bag.   Ikea, in my opinion, has definitely come a long way.

Here is some furniture that I love at Room and Board that I also found at Ikea, but for A LOT less!

Portica Dining Table at Room and Board $1,209


Porsby Dining Table at Ikea $219 (Savings $990)

Bella Table Lamp at Room and Board $299

Jonsbo Egby Table Lamp at Ikea $19.99 (Savings $279)

Reese Sofa at Room and Board $3,099

Sater Sofa at Ikea $399 (Savings $2,700)

Tiffany Counter Stools at Room and Board $299

Glenn Counter Stools at Ikea $69.99 (savings $229)


For more inspiration, get the Room & Board 2012 Catalog here! Room & Board Annual Catalog 2012 Furniture Home Storage Bed Dining Office Outdoor

09th Apr2012

Ombre Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

If you Google the word “ombre” you’ll find a lot of information on celebrity hair styles.  That’s not exactly what I was looking for.  So I researched a little further.  The best definition of the word  that I found was from Fire Mountain Gems, “Ombré (from the French world “ombrer” meaning to shade) is a dip-dye technique used on fabric where the color is graduated from light to dark.” The term is also used to refer to design color in general, not necessarily limited to fabric.  It was popular a few years ago, but I have found that it’s a trend that is back, as it is popping up everywhere. Lately, I’ve noticed it online, in magazines, and on television.

This week’s inspiration board is all about ombre! I found a few tutorials, and surprisingly a lot of erred links! Once again, forgive me if the link isn’t there. I must say, I love the dresser drawers the best.  There are a few examples below.  It’s a simple way to upcycle an old dresser or desk or add a little pizzazz to a nursery changing table. And yes, you are seeing it correctly… a design on a radiator! So clever!

I hope you enjoy my inspiration board!

Ombre Inspiration Board Links

Did anything on this inspiration board actually inspire you? Please fee free to leave a comment! :)


26th Mar2012

Natural Fibers Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

I love projects using natural fibers like, sisal, burlap, jute, and rope.  It’s eco-friendly, chic, and inexpensive.  What more could you want? It also goes with several types of décor styles from industrial to rustic and from nautical to French country. So, I created a Natural Fiber Inspiration Board for actually several reasons: 1) I am obsessed with Pinterest and Houzz and I can look at pictures for hours, 2) I wanted to share my favorites with my DIY Inspired readers, 3) My blog is my virtual diary, and also my virtual to do list.

I decided that it would be fun to do my own versions of inspiration boards so for now, I’ll try and use Monday’s posts for that… we’ll see how long that lasts!

I did my best to find the correct DIY tutorial for each photo.  Some of the photos on this inspiration board are from Etsy.com or other online retailers, so the link will tell you where you can purchase it (woo hoo!), because sometimes we don’t have time to make everything ourselves! Scroll all the way down; the links are below at the end of the post.  If there is no link, I couldn’t find it. Sorry! However, hopefully the photo itself will still give you some do-it-yourself inspiration anyway!

Links for Natural Fibers Inspiration Board DIY Tutorials

21st Mar2012


by Dinah Wulf

Remember Colorforms? I had this exact set as a child circa 1981 (Thank you, Bluebuddies.com).

I played with this Smurfs Village Scene almost every day.  I even recall getting it taken away from me at school because I was obsessed.  Today, as a big kid, I have new obsessions including blogging, scouring flea markets and thrift stores, and perusing the catalogue and staged vignettes at the showroom of IKEA.  I’ve blogged before about how I believe IKEA gets a bad rap, however I love IKEA because it’s affordable and stylish at the same time.

So what do you get when you fuse Colorforms with IKEA?  PANYL, of course! PANYL is an affordable way to give your IKEA finds a chic custom facelift in a few easy steps.  Take these EKBY shelves for example. These plain white shelves are given a whole new look with the PANYL walnut finish.

In three simple steps you 1) choose your IKEA product, 2) choose one (or two) of 34 different self-adhesive vinyl finishes, and 3) install your PANYL just like you did when creating your Colorform scene as a kid!

Love love love them! To be honest with you, they look BETTER than I imagined.

Check out the website, you can use a convenient interactive to help you pick the perfect color or finish before you purchase. Here are a few favorite examples. I love that there are several fun colors and finishes from hot pink to robin’s egg blue (perfect for a kid’s room).

My only issue? I don’t have enough! I need to buy one more PANYL for a third shelf! ;)


27th Feb2012

Free DIY Tools and Calculators

by Dinah Wulf

Today I thought I’d put some of my favorite free DIY Tools and Calculators together to help you out on your next DIY project! The style quizzes are fun and the calculators can come in handy. Have fun!


HGTV’s What’s Your Design Style Quiz

This is a simple ten question quiz to help you with your design style. Many of which is a choice of photos you choose that bests fits your fancy.


What’s Your Decorating Personality Quiz from Real Simple

This decorating personality quiz consists of nine multiple choice questions asking, “Which item do you like best?”  They appear to be random pictures, however represent something much more.  You calculate your style by counting mostly A’s, B’s, C’s, or D’s.  My problem? I had 3 A’s, 3 C’s, and 3 D’s… doh!


BHG Design a Room Layout

This Design a Room Layout tool is awesome! You start by selecting from four different room layouts. Once you pick a room you can reshape it to fit your room exactly!  You add furniture piece by piece from a wide selection. You can rotate and alter the dimensions of each piece of furniture as well! Brilliant!


BHG My Color Finder

I don’t know about you, but deciding on what color to paint a room is stressful! This free tool from Better Homes and Gardens is so helpful and useful. Find colors for both interior and exterior, room by room, and you even have the option to upload your own photo. If you don’t have a photo there are several selections for you to choose from that best fits your style.


Wall Paper Calculator

Don’t feel like painting? Home Depot offers an easy and user friendly wall paper calculator. It estimates the number of rolls needed to complete your project.


Carpet calculator

Home Depot also offers a handy carpet calculator as well. It estimates the number of square yards needed to cover your space.


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22nd Sep2011

10 Great Room Decor Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

10 Great Room Decor Ideas

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall!  Where has the time gone?  It’s the perfect time to update your space and give your home décor a stylish lift.  There’s no need to spend a lot of money. A few small thrifty changes will do the trick.  Check out these ten room décor ideas and inspiration to help get you started.  Just click on the photo or link to read more.

Brighten up your living room or bedroom with wallpaper or stencils. Think outside of the box. Wallpaper is not only for walls. Save and use wallpaper leftovers to update a piece of furniture or shelves.

Click here to get designer, Nathan Turner’s rustic industrial look for (a lot) less from Bravo’s show, Million Dollar Decorators.

Get inspired by the 1960’s Southern style from the film, The Help and design by House Beautiful.

Get Sharon Osbourne’s rockin’ stylish look for less, a design by Martin Lawrence Bullard.

Get innovative and eco-friendly with an industrial style and bring in reclaimed and salvaged pieces.

Get vibrant with vintage modern if you have an eclectic style.  This is the perfect style to incorporate your trash to treasure pieces.

Liven it up with smooth lines and classic stripes!

Get hip with hollywod regency and go 1930’s Hollywood glam with a modern twist.

Create a calming environment and relax with nature.  Bring the outdoors indoors!Check out these awesome retail finds.

Lastly, go thrift store glam with budget styling and refurbishing tips from Mr. Goodwill Hunting, a regular on The Nate Berkus Show.

15th Sep2011

Room Decor Ideas: ANIMAL PRINTS

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: ANIMAL PRINTS

Autumn is coming up… a great time to incorporate animal prints into your home.

Elle Décor has some of my most favorite decorating ideas and tips and animal prints is on their trend alert.  I often go to their website to get some inspiration. Some of the greatest designers often add  subtle animal prints in their designs. If utilized correctly, animal prints never go out of style and add a certain allure to any room. Leopard is very popular, but don’t forget about, cow, zebra, snake, or giraffe!  Check out these awesome animal prints.

Mixing animal prints is ok too.  It is said to be masculine, exotic, and timeless.  But proceed with caution because the main design mistake with animal prints is overuse. Pick a couple of pieces and don’t go overboard, say a chair and throw pillows.

If you on a budget, striking animal prints are always laying around discount stores, or get DIYInspired and purchase a small quantity of animal print fabric and reupholster a flea market find… so why not spice up your home and go wild!

Photo Sources: Linon, Brown Zebra, Pier One, JCPenny, The Foundary

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19th Aug2011

Room Decor Ideas: NATURE

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: NATURE

Bring the outside indoors with nature inspired design. Some of the most beautiful home décor is inspired by nature. Bringing in something natural brings life into your home. Check out these pieces from Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel, IKEA, and ZGallerie and get inspired by nature.

This modern swivel office chair from IKEA is whimsical and fun.  The print is subtle and in neutral colors. This chair is perfect for a kid’s room, craft room, or office.

If you are uncomfortable bringing in a piece of furniture, perhaps this hand towel from Anthropologie or these butterfly frames and coral tea light holder from ZGallerie better suit your taste. I love the rich bold color pallet of the hand towel. The butterfly frames have a nice rustic look, while the coral tealight holder has a calming beachy feel.


Driftwood is beautiful in itself. This end table from Crate and Barrel and this hurricane from Anthropologie, doubles as works of art.

Tip: Try your local lumber yard for inexpensive wood stumps.  Stain or paint and laquer it if you wish and place a glass on top to create your own unique piece of art.


Check out these curtains from IKEA.  They give the illusion of being immersed in nature while stying in the comfort of your own home.


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16th Aug2011

Inspiration from The Help

by Dinah Wulf

Inspiration from The Help

So I recently finished reading the book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.   It was a great read and I definitely recommend it.  It was one of those books that you can’t put down and are saddened when you finish it because you want it to keep going.  You instantly fall in love with the characters, both protagonists and antagonists. I love it when I find design inspiration from reading books.

The book The Help is now a film currently in movie theaters starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Allison Janney.   It takes place in the South in Jackson Mississippi in the early 1960’s and explores the daily lives and conflicts of gossip loving, bridge playing homemakers and their African American maids. This was a controversial time of racial hierarchy during the Civil Rights movement where Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks helped change history.

I’m interested to see how the book is depicted in film.  When reading books (at least for me), your imagination allows you to escape back in time and visualize each scene. The interior design at this time and place consisted of horizontal lines, heavy drapery, canopy beds, wood paneling, and floral and Asian inspired prints. Checked patterned floors and wallpapered walls in kitchens were popular in the 1960’s as well.

The pictures above are stills from the movie.  Here is some other inspiration from House Beautiful.  These are rooms that were featured in issues during the early 1960’s that are similar to what I pictured while reading The

This is a versatile kitchen featured in the February 1962 issue of House Beautiful.

This is a wood paneled living room featured in the October 1962 issue.

This is a wallpapered bedroom with a canopy bed featured in the November 1962 issue.

Pictured below is a living room featured in the October 1961 issue.

Exploring interior design from the past reminds me of what I love about design and provides new inspiration for me today.


10th Aug2011

Room Decor Ideas: BLACK & WHITE

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: BLACK & WHITE

Black is the color of authority and power, while white is the color of purity and cleanliness.  Both are popular in design because they are both neutral and timeless.  There’s something chic adding black and white to your room decor. It seems to never go out of style and black and white is simple and sophisticated. Add some elegance with these inspiring black and white ideas.

Another décor idea is to style your room in black and white with a pop of one accent color as pictured above. It makes a bold statement. I decorated my daughter’s nursery in black and white with a pop of green.  Not your traditional baby room colors, however I used a repeated damask print that gave the décor a feminine touch.  It will also stay in style as she gets older and grows well in to her teens.  I can keep the black and white, and simply change the accent color.

Whether you decide to be discrete with a lamp or kitchen utensils, or go excessive with wallpaper and carpet, black and white adds interest to any room.

Photo Sources: Anthropologie, Etsy, IKEA, ZGallerie, Laura Ashley, Home Design Ideas


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22nd Jul2011

Room Decor Ideas: THE BEACH

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: THE BEACH

I have been fortunate enough to go scuba diving a couple times in the crystal clear waters of the Philippine Islands.  The underwater world is just that, a gorgeous colorful amazing world of blues, purples, greens, oranges, yellows, and reds. It literally looks like a still from Finding Nemo. My favorite has always been the different colors of coral, similar to the pictures below.

If you don’t live close to the beach, why not bring it home? If you do live near the beach, why not bring it home?! Decorate your home with crisp whites or  an elegant coral pattern.  Arrange a collection of seashells or sand from your travels in a mason jar or vase and use it as a centerpiece.  Label the jar with your vacation destination and date on a tag with ribbon to add a personal touch. Hopefully this bit of inspiration brings you calm and relaxation.

Sources: Beach Decor Shop, Turbo Squid, Interior Zine, Style Hive, Trendi Living


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15th Jul2011

Million Dollar Look For Less: Jeffery Allen Marks

by Dinah Wulf

Million Dollar Look For Less: Jeffery Allen Marks

Being a Reality Show junkie, I didn’t need another show to watch, but got hooked on the first episode.  Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators is FABULOUS! This is my fourth blog segment, Million Dollar look for Less. The show is about an elite group of Hollywood interior designers whose clients are uber-wealthy and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars decorating one room. I basically break down these million dollar designs and copy the look for a fraction of the price.

This room was designed by Jeffery Allen Marks for a ton o’ cash, no less.  I picked this room because of the blue and green hues. I immediately gravitated to the green ottoman. I found a similar leather ottoman at Jordans.com for $249.00 (not bad).  A comparable industrial sofa table was found at Pier One for $179.95.

The blue striped area rug below can be found at DomesticModern.com for $209.00 and the black trimmed sisal rug can be purchased at TheRugs.com for $379.00.

You know I couldn’t do this segment without an item from IKEA! Although IKEA gets a bad rap sometimes, I’m a fan.  This armchair is a great find for $299.00.  And finally, I found this wire magazine rack at Pier One for $40.00. It’s an inexpensive option for the wire basket.

These pieces total less than $1400.00… not bad to get you started!


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14th Jul2011


by Dinah Wulf


A fantastic current style trend that began in the 1930’s is Hollywood Regency. It is full of the glamour and luxury that is Old Hollywood. It is an eclectic style that meshes the Old Hollywood feel with modern pieces. Room decor in this style doesn’t have to be expensive though. With a little creativity (and inspiration) you can reupholster a thrift store chair in velvet, add fringe to a lampshade, or lacquer or spray paint an old brass chandelier in black and achieve the Hollywood Regency look.  Also try decorating in black and white and add one bold accent color.

Here is some inspiration to get you started.

Typical of the Hollywood Regenecy decor style include elements such as lattice motifs, chandeliers, or tufted fabric.  Updated Hollywood Regency looks include bright bold colors and, shiny acrylic or mirrored accents and furniture.

Here are a few of my projects that include a Hollywood Regency flair, a simple envelope pillow and an updated children’s play activity table.


Photo Sources: Coleman Chairs, This Next, Jones, Décor Pad, Just Luxe

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07th Jul2011

Million Dollar Look For Less: Nathan Turner

by Dinah Wulf

Million Dollar Look For Less: Nathan Turner

Because of the show Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo, I decided to do a new blog segment, Million Dollar look for Less. The show is about an elite group of Hollywood interior designers whose clients are uber-wealthy and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars decorating one room. I basically break down these million dollar designs and copy the look for less for a fraction of the price. Who says you can’t have style for less?

This design is by Nathan Turner. I picked it because I liked how he integrated the industrial style table and the natural wood stools and classic upolstered chairs.

I found the table at Cost Plus World Market for $329.99 and the area rug at SisalRugs.com for $355.00.

The chairs are from Crate and Barrel at $299.00 and $399.00 each.

The stools were tough to find, but I found these at a reasonable price at SavvySpot.com for $325.00 each. The Urn made up for the price of the stools at $69.98 at Home Depot.

As far as the accent pieces go, I found three coordinating styles of mirrors, round, square, and rectangle at Direct-mall.com for $39.00 – $69.00 each. The shelf was a steal at IKEA for $19.99.

There you have it! Achieve this million dollar look for about $2500.00!


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05th Jul2011

Room Decor Ideas: STRIPES

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: STRIPES

Get it? Yesterday I posted Room Decor Ideas: STARS and today I am posting Room Decor Ideas:  STRIPES! I’m still in the patriotic spirit… anyway…

A  little goes a long way when it comes to stripes. Wide, narrow, vertical, or horizontal, stripes add a little fun to any room. Striped furniture or accessories add interest and style.  Classic pinstripes can give a modern update your decor and seem to never go out of style. Striped wall paint or wallpaper will make a room look larger and wider and vertically striped curtains can lengthen a room as well.  If painting a striped wall is too much, try adding a striped accent pillow, vase, or frame instead.  This pillow inspired by nature is a perfect example.  Check out these cool ideas for your decor and decorate in stripes! It’s perfect for Summer!



Sources: Anthropologie, Etsy, IKEA, Pottery Barn, ZGallerie

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04th Jul2011

Room Decor Ideas: STARS

by Dinah Wulf

Room Decor Ideas: STARS

Happy Independence Day!

There’s something beautiful about the shape of a star.  I found this incredible cardboard star-shaped coffee table designed by Ben Huggins.  It can easily be snapped together and does not require any tools!  It is made of black laminated plywood… genious!

Consider these other star shaped inspirations to bring into your home and room decor. Take the literal route with star shaped mirrors and wall art in your bathroom or be more subtle with star wall paper in a neutral tone.  The natural wood based glass top accent table has a rustic feel… my favorite of the bunch.

Sources: Homes Designing, Homeblogdesign, Feniture, Design Rulz, Direct Furniture For U, This Next

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