DIY Entertainment Centers – Build Your Own on a Budget

What could be more fun than gathering around the big screen television and hunkering down with a boatload of movies, favorite snacks and drinks? While those ginormous television consoles that took up half the room are thankfully a thing of the past, thin, lightweight and brilliant big screen televisions continue to be more affordable and mainstream. Whether you are in the market for a newer and bigger TV or are perfectly content with your current model, finding that perfect entertainment center to house that big screen TV, Blu ray and DVD player, electronic components and large collection of movies has never been easier or more affordable.   Why spend your hard-earned money on a ho-hum entertainment center when you can create the perfect custom-made, home theater experience that fits … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Decorating Fireplace Mantles

Is your Fireplace Mantle littered with family photos and knick-knacks, interspersed with an odd candlestick or vase?  Does it lack a sense of style or cohesion?  Are you uncertain how to arrange the space? Fireplaces can be tough to decorate;   a wide, shallow shelf placed halfway up the wall with a big hole underneath makes for a rather awkward design element.  However, with a few basic decorating options in mind, this space can become the gorgeous focal point of any room. Let a Wall Hanging Dominate the Space The simplest way to add drama to the space above your fireplace is with a big, graphic piece of wall art.  In a room with a neutral palette, this is a great place to inject an unexpected punch of color...or in a room with an existing color scheme to highlight a bold … [Read more...]

How to Style Your Coffee Table

Coffee table: Pottery Barn Stumped about how to style the top of your coffee table? I'll be honest, mine is usually covered with assorted action heroes, video game controllers, a wad of gum and pb & j crusts. But IF we wanted to impress the neighbors, how would we do it? While a vase of fresh flowers or a stack of books always works, here are some tips for combining objects in fresh and fun ways: Books, a plant & a decorative object on a coffee table make a great table-scape. Create interest with items of all one color by using different shapes or textures. Try opposites: pair smooth with rough, shiny with dull, old with new, round with square, organic with man-made. Vary the heights so that each object is just a little bit shorter than the next tallest item. This keep … [Read more...]