Angel Roberts and Robert Vannewkirk, she a former wardrobe stylist for "That 70s Show" and he a former set designer, have both decorated for a living. When it came to their own home, they focused on maintaining serious style while working with a serious budget.
With budget and Angel's mantra to "decorate with whatever makes you happy" in mind, the couple turned to color and their daughters' artwork to inspire their modern, practical, and personal style.
Try hanging colorful weather-resistant rugs on the walls of a patio or deck for instant outdoor wallpaper. It's an easy way to mask unsightly concrete or cracked stonework.
Incorporate children's art into your decorating for a bold splash of color and sentimental value.
Make ordinary pieces of furniture playful by adding wide stripes of color. Comb your favorite flea market or Craigslist for castaway chests and dressers that could use sprucing up.
Enliven a child's room. Angel and Robert painted a 6-inch-wide band of pink around the center of their daughters' bedroom wall, ran brown grosgrain ribbon (held up with white tacks) through the middle, and hot-glued lime green ribbon to the bottom edge.
Use colorful ribbon to jazz up an ordinary bulletin board. There's no need to glue; just staple the ends of the ribbon to the corkboard and you'll have a quick and easy message board.
Organize your supplies. "When you have a lot of crafts, you have to keep everything organized or you'll never find them," Angel says of the labeled cubbies she made for her girls' toys and art supplies.
Turn an empty wall into a work of art. Here a coat of hot-pink paint and removable wall decals fill the bill. These large stickers by Blik come in a wide variety of colors and shapes.
Provide space for kids' craft projects. Angel turned part of an office into a crafts space for her kids. Bins keep paint, ribbon, fabrics, and wrapping paper handy. "Kids love to come over, hang out, and create," she says.
By Jessica Thuston, Cottage Living