Browsing Archive: September, 2012

Cost Less At Cost Plus

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, September 28, 2012, In : Shopping 

I haven't been to Cost Plus World Market in ages...have you? I was in the neighborhood so I stopped by to check out their inventory and was I surprised!


They had some fantastic, colorful cotton and jute rugs on sale for up to 50% off (large and small sizes).

You could throw a small one in an entry, on your kitchen floor, or use this big neutral paisley in the bedroom.

Have a small sitting room to furnish or just need a small settee for your bedroom? This was really cozy and comfortable in l...
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Instant Personalized Art

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Très chic!

What a wonderful way to be able to view and display your favorite this digital age.

Take advantage of technology, create a conversation piece, and fill a large space in a fabulous way.

If you take pictures with your iPhone, as I do most of the time now...I mean that's when I get my best candid shots can now instantly download and format them so easily with one of the many apps out there.

You can either print them on to a canvas or a contact sheet that you ...
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Presto Change-o!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, September 22, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

I know what you're going to say..."Another light?"

It's just sooo hard for me to resist a $7. deal at the The Goodwill!

All I had to do was paint it. I was planning on painting it a bright glossy red or even a glossy black, but after cleaning and priming, it just looked amazing in white! So I found a Matte White Krylon spray (not glossy) which makes it look like a plaster sculpture in real life. Pretty Cool. I would actually put a bit longer Black drum shade on it though.

The moral of this sto...
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Flowers & Leaves

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Flowers 

Sunday was my 17th Anniversary...Wooo Hooo! Shocking...Time flies when your having fun!

My honey brought home one dozen beautiful roses for a perfect arrangement so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share them with you and show you how to make a statement with lots of greens!

You can use as few as 3 to 5 flowers (or none at all). Take a stroll in your backyard, grab some greens (any kind will do) and be sure to place your greens in the vase first. They will act as the structure to hold y...
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Coffee Table Magic

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, September 15, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

I love to find simple ways of creating furnishings. About a year ago I posted a couple of creative ways of putting together a 3 minute coffee table. Here are two more!

If you're in need of a quick one, just gather all of your magazines that you've been saving, stack them up, and place a piece of glass right on top.

This one you can create by taking four cinderblocks and laying a stone slab right on top. You can find some nice stone slabs at your local salvage yard. Just be sure and inset the ...

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Jean Prouvé DIY Sconce

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Jean Prouvé, the french metalworker who was a self taught architect and designer, made incredible contributions to the design world. One of them being this very simple wall mounted metal lamp which is one of my favorite modern lighting designs.

If you study his designs you will see that because they celebrate simplicity, the feel of his designs can be created using basic materials that are easily accessed.

I think this small sconce would look great in pairs, flanking a sofa or even a bed. B...

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Rewire Your Own Lamp!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, September 7, 2012, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

When you come across a little treasure at the junk shop or flea market, wouldn't you like to bring it home and transform it into a beautiful piece for your home? It's super easy to do.

Here's how you can do it in less than an hour.

I wish I had taken a picture of the state I found this one wouldn't have believed it! For $10. how could I go wrong. It was really dirty brown with some rusted parts still hanging off of it.

The first thing you do is take it apart and clean it. Then decide ...

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As an Interior Designer, I am constantly looking for new ways of re-purposing and re-using what people already have as well as finding new resources for affordable furnishings. This is just a place to share great resources, ideas, information about the trades, and ways of doing things yourself to help make your own home fabulous! 

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