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10 DIY Home Decor Tricks

Designer Michael Garvey, known for his sophisticated interiors, happens to be a scrappy DIY genius at home. Real Simple popped in for a peek—and for the secrets to his 10 most inventive upgrades.  

Small bedroom with metallic faux headboard
Dean Kaufman
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Create a Gilded Chamber

Is your bedroom the size of a closet? Garvey’s is, so he flanked the bed with tall Ikea cabinets, which provide storage. Then he drilled holes in the side of each for the wires of his homemade sconces. Mottled metallic wallpaper bounces the light around. It’s Wuthering Heights meets Studio 54!

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