In just 4 weeks, TV host and lifestyle blogger Karen Bertelsen took her 170-year-old home from granny-ish to grand.
Ever buy something amazing, only to find everything else in your home feels unbearably old-fashioned in comparison? For TV personality and thrifty DIY
maven Karen Bertelsen, the purchase of a sleek on-sale sectional precipitated a clean-sweep of her antiques-packed ("Picture Granny's house without Tweety Bird!") home. "If you buy a chair here, a table there, and then wait around for the perfect lamps, it can take years," Karen says. "I wanted none of that. I decided on a basic look and went nuts." She sold nearly all the antiques
, painted the walls and rounded up new furniture for an organic modern scheme rich in wood and balanced in white.
"I like things that are a mix of primitive and rough, and sleek and contemporary," says Karen. She also loves to do it herself, the crux of her blog at theartofdoingstuff.com
-- an exercise in frugal inventiveness that chronicles everything from her whirlwind decorating experience to her killer antojitos recipe.