Wednesday, May 26, 2010

cheap ideas from BHG

BHG = Better Homes and Gardens...a daggy mag to be sure...but here's a few good ideas from their website...
Stretching fabric around the panels in cabinet doors...requiring a small amount of fabric and a staple machine thing...preferably electric...and careful aim... 
Door knob coat will need door knobs, a drill and wall plugs...then all you've got to do is get the ferals gorgeous kiddlywinks to hang their stuff there...could work on the back of a door that's a novel idea...door knobs on doors!
Framed tea towel...look at that dopey bird...

goodness me...I already did all about it here if you haven't's mildly amusing (and you'll be pleased to know I've got a better camera now and have learnt a thing or twenty-two about taking photos)
Group clear glass bottles, jars, vases together with or without flowers. OK, I'm almost sure this wasn't wholly and solely THEIR idea...but it does look pretty nice doesn't it?

Hang some plates on the wall... granny but...bless me...if I haven't done that as well...even if one plate is now a can read about that little saga here...(notice how I'm giving you these links just in case that little linkedwithin gadget doesn't know what it's doing and because I like to get a little extra mileage out of my posts as they usually take so bloody long for me to compose!)
And last but not least, BHG tells us we should make our sinks sparkle-arkly with Gumption. Not pretty...but practical!

So, does reading Better Homes and Gardens officially make me a dag? I suspect there a helpline for that do you know?!? A 1300 number I can call??
[n.b. for overseas bloggy peeps not familiar with the word dag; in this context it's used as a term of endearment and not given its literal meaning...that, believe me, you do not want to know!]

all images from here; they're claiming you can do all of these things for less than $20...and I suspect they're right! Although not if you were to count the cost of my labour...nothing, but nothing is ever that straightforward at the tranquil townhouse!


  1. Not fair to use a word that isn't used in this part of the world! Actually had to go and look up a meaning - do you realize that there are numerous meanings for it? Luckily, they did list an Australian one - and I would say that reading BH&G doesn't make you a dag! I think that you have already done many of the featured ideas or versions thereof (fabric in the back of bookcase rather than the front!). Have a great day. xxx M

  2. No, reading BHG doesn't make you a dag Kerry!
    We often watch it on a friday night (that does make me feel like a dag, it was not even 2yrs ago I would have been out partying in the city on a fri night) but anyway, whenever I watch BHG I always want to buy the mag, I never have but one day I will :)

  3. Love the birdie print and the plates on the wall! :)

  4. Yep, you are President of Dagville my dorky friend! Nah, just JOKING! I'm in a bit of a loony tunes mood this morning - probably high on paint fumes and glue! BH&G do have some great ideas that are well worth stealing. And I don't blame you for linking past posts, I'm all for getting as much mileage as possible. Have a great day sweetpea! K xx

  5. Take all the frugal decor tips you can get I matter where they're from. I must admit I don't actually mind some of the stuff BHG does (gotta love Dr Harry too!).
    Love how Mary had to look up the definition of 'dag'. I bet she found some 'interesting' ones (think sheep!).


  7. No you are not a dag, sometimes they have some great ideas.

  8. My husband recently coined a new term "doing a Tara", every time I do anything that's a bit crafty. It's usually preceeded by a chuckle and followed by merciless teasing.

    They are daggy! But they do have some great ideas, so "hooray to daggy!", I say.

  9. I have a subscription to BHG does that make me daggy beyond redemption???? Great ideas Kerry and I am pleased to see that you have completed a few of your own!!! xx

  10. Ha! I won't define you by your reading material, Kerry. After all plenty of dags read Vogue and the like at the Doctor's surgery, comme moi!

  11. I somehow always end up with a subscription to that magazine. I swear, I'm not sure how or why but they just keep showing up. But I'll take a good idea wherever I can get it :)

  12. I love the framed tea towels...birdies are just so cute!!!

    :) Laura

  13. Gotta love BHG for some great ideas:) Dagville, here I come!!! Hope you are having a wonderful week lovely ~ Txx

  14. Hee hee, I've never bought BHG before but picked up 4 copies the other day at an Op Shop for 20 cents each, worth it just for the recipes. I think the segments where they show you how to make a cabinet out of MDF are hilarious, I wonder how many people really get out there to Bunnings and get all the bits and pieces, too much work I say!

  15. Such pretty ideas, who cares where they come from!
    Oh, by the way, I love watching BHG. Go the dags!! ;)

  16. Kerry, I was just wondering what dag meant.. I think I got it now:D
    This BHG mustn't be so bad after all, I never thought about framing tea towels..I quite like the idea ,particularly if it's my new Cath Kidston ones!

  17. Hey you changed your banner! Sorry if I have missed that. Love the picture with the plates on the wall.

  18. Kerry -

    Thank you for your heart felt condolences regarding my Nana, on your blog. I really appreciate your kindness and you are right - it is a celebration of a life - well lived.
    Thank you for your uplifting and reassuring words.

    You have changed your picture! I thought it was a different Kerry! You have had a complete overhaul of your blog?? You have been very busy indeed. You could give up your day job and do this stuff for a living.

    Regards, Tracey at Velvetine Lily x o x

  19. Well I think you are a bit of a dag, and not because of the magazine. And your tea towel idea was so inspired they copied it. Hope you're having a great week. xx

  20. I think B H and G has actually improved is a good one to flick through in the grocery line and I admit it is cheaper as mags go...really enjoyed this post, cheers Katherine

  21. Not a dag at all Kerry - I quite enjoy watching BHG on a Friday night too :) I like all the ideas you've posted - some nice little decorating ideas and my sink definitely needs a bit of a shine at the moment too xx

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