I love Better Homes & Gardens' special publication magazines like Creative Home and my saved copies of the now defunct Budget Style (each and every issue was worth keeping!)
I want to share with you a favorite inspiration story from Creative Home. It was part of a reader room makeover. The designer Jenni Hipplewi took the reader from white walls and beige furniture to a blast of pattern and color. If I can translate this makeover to my apartment I will be a very happy woman. Using a bright and varied palette of green, orange, and blue, the decor would definitely fit in here.
The furniture was recovered with brighter fabrics in multiple patterns and textures. Then more color and pattern was brought in through small amounts of bold decorator fabrics on accessories and two different paint colors on the walls. Then the artwork was created using a computer software program, PaintByNumbers (already featured here.)
Ingenious idea #2 (#1 being the computer generated artwork) was covering an unwanted chandelier with a huge homemade drum shade. This is a great temporary way of dealing with this if you do not want to repaint it.
The brightly painted cabinets are lined with coordinating patterned paper