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September 30, 2009

Wood picture frame

Filed under: Wood Working — DO or DIY @ 12:41 pm

Woodworking: How to make a picture frame

First you should decide whether you want to frame your picture/ image as it is or want to add a border. Borders are useful if your artwork is small or if you want to frame an image in order to create a focal point. Use a mount that complements or contrasts the artwork. You can either buy a suitable ready-cut mount or make your own by cutting piece of  mounting card to the required size and cutting out a window to fit your image. Attach the image to the mount with masking tape..

September 24, 2009

Making a Strut

Filed under: DIY Crafts — DO or DIY @ 2:21 pm

How to make the strut for a paper picture frame

Having made the picture frame you’ll need to make a strut for it to stand upright.

Cut the strut out of a piece of thick card – the length of it should be about half of the length of the frame.

The strut should be in the shape of a tie, like this:..

Cut a piece of your covering paper 3/8 in (1cm) larger at the sides and pointed end – on the top allow 1 1/4 in (3cm). Glue the strut into place with adhesive, then turn in the sides and the pointed end – leave the top extension free.

September 17, 2009

Paper Picture Frame

Filed under: DIY Crafts — DO or DIY @ 5:26 pm

Paper Crafts: How to make a picture frame

This is an easy paper craft project offering unlimited possibilities. You can use any type of paper – already decorated or ready to be customised. It’s an ideal gift if you want to give someone something that is made by you especially for them..

You’ll need the following materials and tools:

  • Thick card for frame
  • Paper for covering – printed, decorated or textured
  • Plain lining paper
  • Thin card  – for spacers
  • Adhesive  – PVA is best
  • Craft knife or scissors

September 14, 2009

Kitchen Decor

Filed under: Kitchen — DO or DIY @ 2:50 pm

Having thought through your design you must consider the kitchen decor – i.e. the style, the color scheme, the furnishing. You should always opt for a style that goes with the rest of your interior. Many people make the mistake of putting an overtly high-tech kitchen into a cottage or a rustically decorated home. This is wrong.  If your home is decorated in country style – your kitchen should also fit in with this decor. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have modern kitchen appliances or you have to have cheesy furnishing – there is always a contemporary take on the "country style". Or choose the timeless Shaker style that seems to fit most interior decorating styles..

September 9, 2009

Small Kitchen remodeling

Filed under: Kitchen — DO or DIY @ 3:54 pm

Small kitchen remodeling

I have talked about the basic principles of kitchen design and the factors that determine the final result – just to remind you: budget, space & time. However, when you have a small kitchen, remodeling is mainly space determined, which means you have to be clever with design.

Small kitchens are actually more time-consuming than big kitchens -not just on a conceptual level – but on a practical level too. Everything has to match, fit and work out spatially – whilst bigger layouts are more forgiving of mistakes and inaccuracies..

August 20, 2009


Filed under: Interior Design — DO or DIY @ 11:57 am


In my experience, the most successful kitchens I’ve designed have been those where I’ve used the concept of "zoning"..

What is zoning?

I investigate my clients’ lifestyle and design a kitchen accordingly by creating zones for certain activities & storage. For example, those who do juicing daily get a juicing zone – an area where the juicer fits easily and is near to the sink & waste-disposal. Those who drink tea & coffee a lot get a "coffee zone" – an area where the kettle / coffeemaker sits, with a cabinet next or above for mugs & cups, tea & coffee. I like to fit these areas into a roll-up cabinet – or make a feature out of them by leaving them open (doorless) and cover the sides and back with contrasting materials, such as hardwood, glass or aluminium. They become a sort of window – see examples below.

August 18, 2009

Kitchen remodeling

Filed under: Kitchen — DO or DIY @ 12:53 pm

Kitchen remodeling:: tips & ideas

When you decide to remodel your kitchen, the three most important elements you should consider are space, time & budget. Only having thought about these should you start thinking about style & d?cor. So don’t get the brochures just yet – first examine these issues. The three elements are correlated but let’s examine them separately – staring with the last..

August 13, 2009

Reclaimed Parquet Floor

Filed under: DIY Project — DO or DIY @ 3:39 pm

Reclaimed Parquet floor

laying reclaimed flooring

Here are the pictures of the parquet floor as it was left by the floor layers. The floor-laying was almost completed. They worked on it for ten days and did a good job. I don’t understand why they decided to leave after ten days of work!

I have found another guy who is coming on Monday and will finish laying the edges.

Then the floor will be sanded at least twice, the gaps between the tiles will have to be filled (the parquet bits are old and some are uneven), then sanded again lightly. This will be followed by two coats of polyurethane varnish.

August 10, 2009

Decorating Kids Rooms

Filed under: Home Decorating — DO or DIY @ 1:59 pm

Decorating kids rooms

I’ve written many times before about the basic rules of successful interior design – but when it comes to decorating a child’s room, it’s another ball-park. This is the place where you can let your creativity go wild and experimental. This is the room for themes, colors and extremes..

August 3, 2009

Designer Rugs

Filed under: Flooring — DO or DIY @ 6:33 pm

Designer Rugs

Being a designer myself, when I hear the label "designer" attached to a product I get excited yet suspicious at the same time. When it comes to rugs – what is difference between a designer rug and a contemporary rug or traditional rug? Is a designer rug actually unique and of better quality – or just more expensive because of its label?

Having searched on the net, it seems that designer rugs either have a famous artist or designer’s name attached to them or have some strong bold patterns to justify the word "design". Indeed some of them look like they have been designed, but rather badly – in fact some of them verge on the edge of vulgarity.

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