Easy Pick-Me-Ups

Want to add more oomph to your abode in a weekend afternoon? Read on.

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Sometimes the smallest home improvements can look so good. Perhaps one of these ideas will capture your imagination.

Change your dining room lighting. Lighting can really transform the personality of a room. Wish you had something groovier over your table? How about a George Nelson bubble lamp? Maybe something more romantic, like a crystal chandelier? (Overstock.com has an excellent and affordable selection.) Remember, before you start installing your fixture, turn off the power at your electrical box.

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Hang a stylish mirror. Whether you want to add more depth to a room or just need a new perspective of your face, mirrors are the perfect addition to any room. Like antique-y stuff? Visit Olde Good Things. Their store, based in New York City, has one of the largest selections of antique architectural items. We like their antique tin mirrors a lot.

Install a luxurious showerhead. Fewer things in life feel as good as a hot shower. Make your daily hose-down the best it can be. Replacing a showerhead is easy—trade in your standard one for something more tricked out.

Add a snazzy doorknocker. The front door is a home's opening statement. Express yourself from the get-go with a quality brass knocker. The Brass Gallery offers a host of traditional and whimsical ideas. Ladybug knocker, anyone?

Replace your dresser drawer knobs. You can give any piece of furniture an update with new hardware. We love the choices at Restoration Hardware, or for a more quirky selection, check out Look In the Attic. They have every type of hardware imaginable. Asian, nautical, Western—you'll find something here.

Paint your powder room. Bright colors like a red, marine blue, or tangerine inject a small room with big personality. If you don't know the first thing about DIY painting, read these helpful tips.

Install a message board. Need to communicate more effectively with the ones you love? Try building a message center for your kitchen or mudroom. Sunset magazine has a DIY project we really like.

Ryan Homes Tip: If you're an ambitious do-it-yourselfer, visit Lowe's Creative Ideas. They've got tons of innovative how-tos at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.