sofa and throw pillows

When making items all by yourself, you can choose projects that fit your taste and personality. Pick your favorite colors and textures, and after that, use them just as you wish. This is the great advantage of DIY home décor projects.


Whether you’re doing it for fun, decoration, efficiency, or self-sufficiency purposes, there are some impressive DIY home decor projects which you could approach.

Famous for his very sophisticated interiors, the designer Michael Garvey is a fierce DIY home décor genius. A showcase of his intelligent solutions is his cozy Brooklyn digs, which brings a fantastic amount of elegance to his buck. Here are some of the Garvey’s most inventive upgrades:
Using a non-slip metal ruler and a Sharpie, Garvey drew custom graphics, after taking out the inserts, on his throw pillows and on the arms of his sofa. A metallic tape is playing the role of a silver trim on the lampshade, metallic tape which he also used in his dining room on the bottom edge of the tabletop.
The molding on the walls was nailed in place, painted, and glued on to look as if it has been there for more than 100 years. Garvey, who is also a master of IKEA hacks, said that if you go to the store and ask for a trim board, it already comes fitted and ready for application. He added to a formerly open-shelved cabinet some old-time V-cut doors.

At first, purchase the frames with precut mats. Then, in order to fill them in the size you need, print out your favorite images. If you look at his wall, you can see that it only has to types of frames: silver ones with linen mats, and black frames with white paper mats. Garvey feels like no matter what you put inside, it will always feel cohesive. He buys these cheap narrow frames from stores like Target or West Elm. After taking the door off a freestanding cabinet and painting the inside with a rich and neutral color, add a nice picture. In order to hang a piece of childhood art made on his computer, Garvey used a bunch of T-pins.

You can double your décor just by placing a small table up against a huge mirror. When space is not an issue, use lots of flowers and branches in order to create a focal point. He thinks that the more random and mismatched the patterns are the better, so don’t try to make the stools look like one another. He used gaffer’s tape that has a cloth-like composition, to collage his stools. The tabletop covered in layers of duct tape develops a really rich finish, being just an everyday material. You might say it looks like polished leather. If you want to split the surface into quadrants use long strips of tape, and then fill in each section with small pieces that are pointing in every direction. If you fail, just add more. When you finish, iron the borders of the tape using the back of a spoon.