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45 Ravishing Red Rooms

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re seeing the color red just about everywhere—in our homes perhaps more than anywhere else. So in honor of Cupid’s day on the calendar, we felt the burning desire to share 45 favorite red-infused interiors to inspire you—and your loved one. How can you incorporate the color of passion, romance, power and assertiveness into your next room remodel? Take a look!

 

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Photo: elledecor.com

 

2.

red-room12

Photo: ruthburts.com

 

3.

red-room22

Photo: thedesignerpad.com

 

4.

red-room23

Photo: hometolife.co.za

 

5.

red-room

Photo: ruthburts.com

 

6.

red-room11

Photo: spencerofalthorp.com

 

7.

red-kitchen3

Photo: heartbeatoz.tumblr.com

 

8.

red-room7

Photo: milesredd.com

 

9.

red-room16

Photo: theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

 

10.

red-dining-room

Photo: suzannelasky.wordpress.com

 

11.

red-dining-room

mcharlesbeachinteriors.com

 

12.

red-bedroom

Photo: msn.com

 

13.

Red-dining-room2

Photo: ruthburts.com

 

14.

red-room3

Photo: msn.com

 

15.

red-room24

Photo: hometolife.co.za

 

16.

red-room8

Photo: ruthburts.com

 

17.

red-room4

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

 

18.

red-room-pink

Photo: diydesignandbuild.com

 

19.

red-room5

Photo: trendsblog.co.uk

 

20.

red-bedroom3

Photo: solarnovo.com

 

21.

red-room-wallpaper

Photo: pinterest.com

 

 22.

red-room6

Photo: milesredd.com

 

23.

red-room-kitchen

Photo: msn.com

 

24.

red-room25

Photo: thenletitbe.blogspot.com

 

25.

red-room29

Photo: housetohome.co.uk

 

26.

red-room9

Photo: habituallychic.blogspot.com

 

27.

red-room17

Photo: theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

 

28.

red-room31

Photo: houestohome.co.uk

 

29.

red-room-door

Photo: countryliving.com

 

30.

red-room30

Photo: realityandwhimsey.tumblr.com

 

31.

red-room40

Photo: mlinteriordesign.com

 

32.

red-room14

Photo: elledecor.com

 

33.

red-room13

Photo: ruthburts.com

 

34.

red-room15

Photo: nancyboszhardt.com

 

35.

red-kitchen2

Photo: casapinka.typepad.com

 

36.

red-room21

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

 

37.

red-room-paneling

Photo: architecturaldigest.com

 

38.

red-room26

Photo: coffeeklatch.be

 

39.

red-room

Photo: pinterest.com

 

40.

red-room20

Photo: keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.com

 

41.

red-room27

Photo: moroccanmaryam.typepad.com

 

42.

red-room28

Photo: buddhainteriors.tumblr.com

 

43.

red-kitchen

Photo: pinterest.com

 

 44.

red-room

Photo: studio-international.co.uk

 

 

And last, but certainly not least…

45. The Red Room in the White House.

white-house-red-room

Photo: whitehousemuseum.org

 


What Would You Do with an Extra $500?

diy-dollars

Welcome to week two of our ultimate DIY Dollars Give-Away—your chance to win one of four $500 Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards in February.

InComm Do It Yourself Home Improvement Gift Card
Photo: InComm

ENTER TODAY and every day this week (through 11:59 am EST Friday, February 15th) to be eligible to win the second of four $500 Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards. (Entry period for WEEK 2 is from 12:00 p.m. EST Friday, February 8, 2012 until 11:59 a.m. EST, Friday, February 15, 2012. See Official Rules below.)

The Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards from InComm are redeemable at thousands of home improvement retailers in the U.S. where Discover cards are accepted, including The Home Depot, True Value, Sears, Sherwin-Williams, Restoration Hardware, Lumber Liquidators and Menard’s.

What could you do with an extra $500? Put it toward brand-new vanity lighting, updating an old backsplash, or giving your bedroom a new coat of paint. With a little help from the Do It Yourself Home Improvement gift card, you can finally start checking things off your wish list. The options are limitless; the choice all yours.

Be sure to enter Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Give-Away daily to increase your odds of winning. And remember to check back next week for another shot at the prize!

To learn more about InComm, click here.

The “Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Giveaway from InComm” sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia; residents of Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Contest Period runs from 12:00 p.m. (EST) Friday, February 1, 2012 through 11:59 a.m. (EST) Thursday, February 28, 2012. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com. Alternative means of entry for Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules.


Weekend Projects: DIY Furniture Updates

It’s finally here—Friday! The weekend is a great time to relax, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to bring simple projects from start to finish, like DIY furniture updates. So get out your sanders, grab your paint and brushes, put on your “work” clothes and be inspired by the brilliance of Bob Vila Nation community bloggers.

 

1. Painting Furniture for a Distressed Look

DIY Furniture Updates - Distressed Look

Photo: Alchemy Fine Living

Going for a vintage look? Deana of Alchemy Fine Living teaches us two different ways of achieving a distressed finish to add character to any piece of wood furniture.

 

2. Stenciled Dresser

DIY Furniture Upgrades - Stenciled Dresser

Photo: Classy Clutter

Sure, everyone has a dresser—but every dresser doesn’t have to look the same! Make a statement with a stencil, some paint, and a little creativity.

 

3. Chairs—Before and After

DIY Furniture Updates - Chair Makeover with Paint

Photo: KYeager

If you’re looking for some sound advice on how to update furniture, consult a professional “make-over” artist, who makes her living turning old and boring pieces into new, exciting ones, using little more than a fresh coat of paint.

 

4. Painted Buffet

DIY Furniture Updates - Painted Buffet

Photo: Alchemy Fine Living

This wonderfully simple yet one-of-a-kind buffet transformation is testament to the fact that a small amount of paint can make a BIG difference.

 

5. Spray Paint and Stain

DIY-stain-dresser

Photo: Our Lake Life

This DIY looks so professional, it’s hard to believe all it took was spray paint and stain.So many DIY furniture updates are 2.5% know-how, 2.5% materials, and 95% inspiration!

 

For more on DIY projects, consider:

5 Things to do With Mason Jars
5 Things to do With Bottle Caps
5 Things to do With Vintage Ladders


Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Give-Away!

Bob Vila's DIY Dollars Give-Away

This month, we’ve teamed up with our friends at InComm to offer you the ultimate DIY Dollars Give-Away—four weekly chances to win a $500 Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift card to finish a work in progress or get a jump start on your next home project.

InComm Do It Yourself Home Improvement Gift Card

Photo: InComm

ENTER TODAY and every day this week (through 11:59 am EST Friday, February 8th) to be eligible to win the first of four $500 Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards. (Entry period for WEEK 1 is from 12:00 p.m. EST Friday, February 1, 2012 until 11:59 a.m. EST, Friday, February 8, 2012. See Official Rules below.)

The Do It Yourself Home Improvement™ gift cards from InComm are redeemable at thousands of home improvement retailers in the U.S. where Discover cards are accepted, including The Home Depot, True Value, Sears, Sherwin-Williams, Restoration Hardware, Lumber Liquidators and Menard’s.

Are there projects on your wish list that you would have tackled if it weren’t for the cost? Of course! So imagine what you will accomplish with an extra $500. Put it toward brand-new pendant lights, updating old appliances, or giving your house’s exterior a fresh coat of paint. The options are limitless; the choice all yours.

Be sure to enter Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Give-Away daily to increase your odds of winning. And remember to check back next week for another shot at the prize!

To learn more about InComm, click here.

The “Bob Vila’s DIY Dollars Giveaway from InComm” sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia; residents of Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Contest Period runs from 12:00 p.m. (EST) Friday, February 1, 2012 through 11:59 a.m. (EST) Thursday, February 28, 2012. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com. Alternative means of entry for Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules.


Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to Build Shelves

From old textbooks to the latest printing of Harry Potter, and from VHS to DVD and now Blu-Ray, we can’t stop collecting and hoarding rectangular objects! So instead of letting them sit in a messy pile for another eight months, why not display them proudly on a simple set of DIY shelves?

With the help of these outstanding tutorials on DIY shelves from around the web, you can finally find a spot for that Windows ’95 software package that, for some strange reason, you can’t bear to part with.

 

1. DIY Pipe Fitting Shelves

DIY Shelves - Pipe Fittings

Photo: thehousehippos.com

Would you call your style Industrial Chic? Then these pipe-fitting DIY shelves from The House Hippos would be the perfect storage solution for your space. All you need to supply are pipes, pipe fittings, and a few slats of wood—ingeniously assembled, of course.

 

2. DIY Ladder Shelf

DIY Shelves - Ladder

Photo: dandelionexpress.wordpress.com

Ladder shelves can be vertical or horizontal, wood or aluminum, made from classic ladders or step ladders—but this hanging, wall-mounted version from Dandelion Express stands out from the crowd.

 

3. DIY Pallet Shelf

DIY Shelves - Shipping Pallets

Photo: sethandkait.blogspot.com

If you can get your hands on a shipping pallet (or several), the possibilities for DIY shelves are endless. Try rearranging the slats to make these charming shelves, following in the creative footsteps of bloggers Seth and Kait.

 

4. DIY Shoebox Shelves

DIY Shelves - Shoe Boxes

Photo: cremedelacraft.com

I’ve heard of making rubber-band guitars out of shoeboxes, but shelves?! This DIY project from Creme de la Craft is a one-of-a-kind DIY success. Just paint and hang!

 

5. DIY Wine Bottle Shelves

DIY Shelves - Wine Bottles

Photo: zero-waste.co.uk

More advanced DIYers will love this wine bottle shelf from Zero Waste Design. Who can say no to a little upcycling?

 

Sunday Morning Project (if you’re looking for something a little less labor intensive):

6. DIY Floating Book Shelf

DIY Shelves - Floating Books

Photo: crunchyfarmbaby.com

Want to tackle a smaller project so that you’re free to spend the whole weekend watching Homeland? Then these “floating” DIY shelves from Crunchy Farm Baby are just what you’re looking for. All you need are a few L-brackets!

 

For more DIY projects, consider:

5 Things to Do with… Bottle Caps
5 Things to Do with… Wine Bottles
5 Things to Do with… Cinder Blocks


Five on Friday: Shining the Spotlight on You!

From upcycling “junk” to laying down floor tile, Bob Vila Nation community bloggers are taking home improvement to the next level—and then sharing their DIY prowess with the online world. Check out some of our favorites from the past week, and if you like what you see, there’s more where that came from over in our Community section.

 

1. Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big?

Five on Friday - Getting Rid of Clutter

Photo: Evolution of Style Blog

If you’re not careful.. clutter can take over. The Evolution of Style blog shows us how easy it is to reclaim your space with a few simple steps.
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Getting Ready for Winter!

After packing up your holiday decorations and ringing in the New Year, it might be tempting to look at the long stretch of winter ahead and buy a one-way ticket to Florida. But here at BobVila.com, we’ve decided to make the most of our time by installing new wood floors, adding a splash of emerald green, and finding the best snow shovel for the job. If you’re thinking of going into hibernation, we guarantee these top posts from the past week will give you good reason to reconsider.

 

1. 10 Snow Shovels to Clear the Path and Save Your Back

Snow Shoveling

Photo: mountainsidehospblog.com

Keep snow—and backaches—at bay this winter with one of these smart, ergonomically designed snow shovels.
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Top 5 Posts of the Week: 2013 Edition!

It’s 2013, ladies and gentlemen! And though we might be having a hard time with our New Year’s resolutions already, it was no trouble picking our favorite posts published this past week. Running the gamut from make-your-own organizing solutions to energy-saving improvements that will help you shrink utility bills, this week’s top content promises that it will be a busy year here at BobVila.com.

 

1. 12 Ways to Put your Home on an Energy Diet—TODAY!

Shower Head

Photo: waterpurifier.org

Unplug those phone chargers and turn off the lights—it’s time to take the energy conservation pledge.

 

2. Making a Case for Picture Rails

Picture Rails

Photo: Fougeron Architecture

They say everything comes back into style again eventually, including this lesser-known type of wall molding that’s both decorative and functional at once.

 

3. Tour the New IKEA House

Ikea House

Photo: Ideabox

Sure we all love shopping for those ultra modern furnishings at IKEA, but a house too?

 

4. 5 Thrifty DIY Organization Ideas

DIY Organization

Photo: casasugar.com

When organization is this cute, you’ll find yourself smiling while tidying.

 

5. How To: Store Christmas Ornaments

Storing Ornaments

Photo: Our Lake Life

It might be hard to admit the holiday season is over, but the final step in dealing with loss is acceptance. Go ahead, pack up those decorations.

 

For more top content this week, consider:

9 Pro Tips for Laying Ceramic Tile
10 Things to Do… With Cross-Cut Trees
Bob Vila’s 5 Must-Do Projects for January


Enter TODAY to Win an Espresso Kitchen Cart with Stools!

Today, December 24, is the LAST DAY of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your final chance to enter to win this Espresso Portable Kitchen Cart with Stools from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Espresso Cart Giveaway

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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Enter TODAY to Win a Sunpentown 16-Bottle Wine Cooler!

Today, December 23, is the twenty-third (and second-to-last!) day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Sunpentown 16-Bottle Thermo-Electric Wine Cooler from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Wine Cooler Giveaway

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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