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Leah French

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How to Update Your Space on a Budget

Monday March 31, 2014

You're not stuck with your current space just because your budget is small.

You may not be able to change everything you'd like, but you can give your place an update.

How to Mix Different Wood Finishes

Monday March 31, 2014
antique sideboard
A piece with multiple wood tones can unify the rest.
Photo © Leah French

Some folks think mixing different wood finishes in a single space means you can't yet afford a matching set. They're wrong.

If you browse the estates featured in high-end shelter magazines, you'll see far more mixed finishes than matching ones.

Mixing wood finishes is a good way to spice up a boring space. They're also a key componentof the popular layered look.

Alternatives to Conventional Nightstands

Monday March 31, 2014

What rule says your nightstand has to be a nightstand? None.

oak book table
Revolving Book Table
Photo © Leah French

Personalize your bedroom and keep it from looking like everyone else's sleeping space by opting for an alternative to a conventional nightstand. You can use everything from an an old rolling cart to a revolving book table.

Flea Market Furniture

Sunday March 30, 2014
old iron gate at the flea market
You can turn an old iron gate into a headboard.
Photo © Leah French

It's possible to furnish a home entirely -- and to furnish it well -- with secondhand finds.

That doesn't mean you'll use everything as is, or even for its original purpose.

Highway Yard Sales in April

Sunday March 30, 2014

It's time! April means the start of this year's highway yard sales.

The Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale covers almost 400 miles of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. At Antique Alley Texas, you'll find farm fields full of of antique, vintage, and handmade goods -- and those are in addition to the roadside booths lining its 37-mile route.

Both events begin on April 18.

Spring-Fresh Decorating Ideas

Saturday March 29, 2014

Painting by Tanky Wallace.
Photo © Wayne Shielly

Spring is the time to lighten and brighten your decor. With a few easy changes, you can make your interior feel as fresh as the outdoors.

In the photo, Memphis interior decorator Wayne Shielly combines light pink walls with a colorful floral painting for a cheerful, spring-appropriate look.

Give Your Home the Beachy Look

Thursday March 27, 2014

Vintage Seascape
Photo © Leah French

Did the long, cold winter make you long for a balmy beach?

If a vacation is still months away, you can always recreate that relaxing coastal look at home.

How to Repurpose Flea Market Furniture

Friday February 28, 2014

Antique chest and china cabinets
Photo © Leah French

If you're a dedicated treasure hunter and DIY decorator, you probably don't use every flea market find as its manufacturer intended.

Flea market decorating frequently means getting creative and repurposing.

Every Space Needs Something Old

Friday February 28, 2014

Antique mall chandelier

Every home needs a few old bits and pieces, even if your uber-modern taste tends toward the sleek and stark.

Vignettes

Friday February 28, 2014

Vignette by Carpenter & Carpenter DesignsCreating decorative vignettes on your mantels and tabletops personalizes your space and helps give it a desirable layered look. It's also the best way to show off your favorite antique and vintage flea market finds.

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