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The woman who helped usher the interior design industry into full flower in the United States was prolific in putting out ideas that will help freshen up today's interior design business. Look at our latest Designer Monthly, Interior Design: Look Forward by Looking Back to Dorothy Draper.

Did you ever have a problem designing small spaces?  Take a look at how top interior designers solved this common problem in our latest Designer Monthly, How to Design Small Spaces at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.





Make More Than Jewelry With Your Materials. 


Holli Brown Mosaics

Have you ever looked at something in a store and said I can make that. If you are crafty, you see DIY projects as something you are excited about. Sometimes it turns out that it was not as easy as we thought to make. Don't let that burst your bubble. Maybe you didn't find the right project for you. If you are still determined to persevere on with a DIY project with materials you have sitting around, then these projects should get you thinking about what to do next with those beads and chain hanging around in your jewelry supplies. 

Eiffel and Empire

Think about revamping a pair of shoes you never wear anymore by either blinging up the heel with crystals, or gluing on rhinestones, or replacing the center strap with a chain to dress it up. 


Halter tops are great projects to play around with. Changing out the neckline or tank top straps with some chain, or beads, will give it a new and refreshed look. These recycled tops found on ebay inspired me to recycle some of my tired old tanks. 




Best Phone Cases found on

Add some beads to a summer straw hat, like this one by Melissa Odabash. The turquoise stones are great for summer but you can get creative with whatever color beads you like. Best Phone Cases on Etsy has fun gluing all sorts of things to their phone cases. 

Mirror by Georgia Peachez

Every one has materials they have no idea what to do with. Start recycling them and get creative! Make sure you have fun while doing it. This mirror by Georgia Peachez looked like it was fun to make. 


Are you interested in taking a great jewelry design course and learning more about how to make your own jewelry or get started professionally in this creative field? Sheffield School began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

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  • Reader Comments (4)

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    May 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertahmidriad
    It is nice for you all to add some extra details re; courses offered and great that you pay hommage to people such as Dorothy Draper. Likin the tips offered by recycling clothing Thank-you all!
    June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikki
    What type of paint did you use to transform the shoes? It looks so much better. I love it with the touch of green-coloured paint.
    September 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenise johnson
    Thanks author for your nice site and great shared to tank
    October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraquaculture tank

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