Basic accordion folders take on a cheerfully brilliant disguise, one that should help you distinguish files from one another, to boot. Follow the how-to to make a set—you just might find yourself more motivated to tackle some paperwork.
A year ago, this galley kitchen had a dated, awkward setup that didn't work for the couple and their two young daughters. The room is now dressed head to toe in fresh greens and whites, with nickel-plated hardware sparkling at every turn. See the before-and-after pictures.
Curtains establish the mood of a room: Sheers seem to emit airy freshness; cafe curtains communicate stylish flair; tab-tops are ever so modern; and heavy velvet drapes connote traditional formality. With some careful measuring and a bit of patience, you can make a very attractive pleated valance to enhance simple sheers. Here's three ideas for sewing your own curtains.