My design partner [and daughter] and her family recently moved from their 950 square foot cottage in the woods. We devoted all of our time to making her house a well-designed home, with a mediocre budget and tons of inspiration. We DIY'ed, Craigslist-ed, treasure-hunted, sewed, and stenciled our way through the house to pull her vision together. While it was a sad day when she moved from this cottage leaving our design stamp behind, the young couple who purchased it fell in love with all of our touches and didn't want to change a thing! That was a wonderful compliment.
We love to find inspiration in everyday items - like tablecloths! Bethany and I made a canopy over the queen-size guest bed from a rectangular Serena & Lily tablecloth. We built the custom headboard with plywood and foam mattress covers and upholstered it with a John Robshaw tablecloth. Mirrored end tables and spray painted lamps made the space decorative instead of cramped.