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Thursday October 4th, 2012

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Before & After: Recycled Lamp Mirror

These glass lanterns have been popping up a lot lately. I’ve seen them mostly repurposed as terrariums, which I love, but I don’t see many people taking them apart and tinkering with the individual pieces. Sarah Dorsey decided to disassemble her lantern and use the glass panes to create this beautiful faceted mirror; it’s easier…

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Thursday September 13th, 2012

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Thursday March 15th, 2012

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before & after: cheese box nightstands

Everyone has his or her own opinion about nightstands. Some people reject the idea of any nightstand without hidden storage, while others gravitate toward slim stools, floating shelves or sculptural blocks — perhaps to prevent clutter or because they prefer the minimalist look. Personally, I can see the value of both sides, but I daresay…

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Thursday February 23rd, 2012

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before & after: penny wall

With all of us here at D*S going through a major copper obsession right now, it should come as no surprise that we love penny installations — walls, floors, you name it. One of the greatest assets of using pennies for decor is the inherent variation in color and pattern you get; the salvaged look…

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Thursday September 8th, 2011

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before & after: ruler wall mirror

Old-school wooden rulers like these really take me back. I remember grabbing one from the big jar on my art teacher’s desk in fourth grade; it was always fun to get a new one and see how people had customized it with pen doodles, pencil etchings and various other markings. This is the largest design…

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Thursday July 28th, 2011

Thursday June 30th, 2011

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before & after: lamp globe birdfeeders

Karen has delivered so many great before & afters in the past. There was the log table, the portable fire pit and the awesome bird bath. I’m excited to share yet another project from Karen that carries her signature qualities: cute, cheap and amazingly clever. According to Karen, the trick to these seemingly gravity-defying birdfeeders…

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Thursday June 16th, 2011

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before & after: salvaged-wood wall

I don’t think I will ever tire of the salvaged-wood wall trend happening right now. How could I? There’s something visual happening with the texture of the varied wood boards and the dimensionality of these walls that is just very appealing, and I don’t think that will go away any time soon. Sarah’s wall is…

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