How To: Turn One Stool Into TWO Stools

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2014

I'd been looking around for a small stool to help our arthritic fur-child get on and off the bed at night. (If you're used to sleeping with a cat on the foot of the bed, you'll understand.) The problem was, I couldn't find a stool that I liked that was the appropriate size and height. Before sketching up a design to make one from scratch, I thought a trip to the thrift store might be in order. Hey, you never know, right? When I… Continue Reading

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How to: Bright and Colorful Geometric Grilling Organizer

By: Rachel mae smith Sep 26, 2014

My partner and I recently moved from San Francisco to Portland, Oregon. After living in such a small space in SF for years, we're excited to spread out a bit in our new space. One thing that we've really missed is having a backyard...so the first thing we did when we arrived is buy a… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Favorite Soups to Get Ready for Fall

By: Matt allison Sep 24, 2014

Roundup: 10 Favorite Soups to Get Ready for Fall

As I look back on my tenure here at Curbly as a staff writer and foodie I thought it might be an idea to look back into the archives and fish out some of my favourite soup recipes that I've shared over the years that are perfect for Fall weather. So herewith my top 10 recipes for you to sink your teeth (and spoons)… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 16 Fantastic Fabric DIYs for the Kitchen and Dining Room

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 23, 2014

With today being the first official day of fall, it won't be long before many of us are spending a lot more time in the kitchen, cooking. And there may even be a dinner party or two. So, I've rounded up some awesome fabric DIYs that will leave both your kitchen and dining room looking good for the rest of the year. Everything you'll find on this list is made of fabric. There are pom pom placemats, hand stitched hot pads, colorful tablecloth ideas, tea towels, and more. Click through to see all 16 fabric projects for the kitchen and dining… Continue Reading

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Taming Workspace Clutter with Simple, Modern Shelving

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 16, 2014

We all have a spot in the house that looks a little something like this. Don't we? It may not be quite as bad as mine was, but I think you get the picture. That before photo was an actual corner of my workspace I had let pile up for way too long. I couldn't find anything in that stack of bags and boxes anymore. So I partnered with Sauder to cut down on the clutter and tame my workspace.

I knew that in order to get this 4 ft wall in my office… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 22 Free Kitchen Wall Art Printables

By: Diy maven Sep 12, 2014

Isn't it fabulous that there are so many talented people out there who are willing to share their gifts to anyoneContinue Reading

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Counter Clutter: 9 Tips To Help You Avoid The Mess

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 11, 2014

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I honestly wish this photo was a joke. But in order to share my excitement about the "afters", you must see the "before". Ugh. I like to think of myself as a neat person. I do. I'm neat and tidy. USUALLY. On occasion, things in my life tend to pile up (literally), and before I know it, I've gone a whole month without organizing my workspace/kitchen/bathroom counter. I've sworn off that part of me, and I'm sharing a few tips to help you stay a littler… Continue Reading

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Guess The Kitchen Gadget: The Modern Art Edition

By: Diy maven Sep 10, 2014

Some are clever; some look like works of art; all are handy. That's what this game of guess the kitchen gadget, the modern art edition, is all about. As always, clues will be given as well as answers at the end. Good luck!

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Free Download: Keep Your Home Clutter-Free With Our Handy Cheat Sheet

By: Bruno Sep 09, 2014

Free PDF download: Cheat sheet with tips to curb the clutter.
Someone (my father-in-law?) once told me there's a difference between dirty and disorganized. And while that seems sensible (a messy bathroom is annoying, but a filthy bathroom is just gross), I can't help thinking one thing usually leads to another. 

So, to help you keep your junk organized, and therefore make it easier to actually clean the spaces that junk might otherwise obscure, we're offering you a free downloadable cheat sheet to help keep your home ordered and clutter-free. Read on to get… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 13 Fabulous and Functional DIY Bathmat Projects

By: Diy maven Sep 05, 2014

Thick, white, and folded over the edge of the tub or shower door. Sound familiar? Then you, too, may be suffering from Unimaginative Bathmat & Placement Syndrome. But don't worry; we have the cure. The thing about these DIY bathmat projects is that because they're stylish, you won't want to tuck them out of the way, whichContinue Reading

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IKEA Hack: How to Make a Simple Mantel from a Wood Shelf

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 04, 2014

For me, a mantel is a must. Where else will I share all my fave holiday decor items and hang the garlands?! Our new apartment came with a fireplace, but no mantel above! Crazy, right? I wasn't about to enter the holiday season without one, so decided to make my own with a piece of plywood found at IKEA and some other basic pieces of hardware!  … Continue Reading

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Best of Curbly: 19 of August's Most Popular Posts

By: Brittni mehlhoff Sep 04, 2014

It's that time again. Time for another round of Best of Curbly. This last month was filled with fun how-to projects, great room makeovers, and some helpful tip-based posts for organization and furniture arranging. Click through to see the top 19 posts on Curbly from the month of… Continue Reading

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Let's Hang Out: 14 DIY Ideas that Hang from Ceiling

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 28, 2014

Whether it's a pendant light, a planter, a mobile, or even a suspended table, if it's cool and it hangs from the ceiling, it's probably in this roundup. There are a lot of great ideas that would be perfect to try over the long, upcoming, Labor Day weekend. So 'let's hang out' and go through this list of 14 hanging DIY ideas to see what inspires… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Patterned Mousepad from a Cork Mat

By: Rachel mae smith Aug 27, 2014

How-To: Turn a Plant Cork Mat into a MousepadI don't know about you, but I always seem to struggle with finding a mousepad I actually like. The patterned ones at office supply stores tend to be a bit too generic and the plain ones just don't give my desk that extra pop it needs. So when making over my office space in our new apartment, I decided to make my… Continue Reading

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Before and After: How to Style and Organize your Desk in 6 Simple Steps

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 26, 2014

Does your desk look anything like this one? Disorganized, a little messy, and just kind of boring? If so, I have some tips to help get your desk organized and looking good, in a flash. Click through to see the after photos and my 6 tips for styling and organizing your desk… Continue Reading

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Dorm Room Living: 3 Little Essentials That Can Make a Big Difference

By: Diy maven Aug 22, 2014

The internets are replete with dorm decor ideas this time of year. Although they all offer great ideas, a lot of them just aren't practical. Some might take more time to construct than you'd like; others might take up too much packing space. Some might not even suit your dorm room once… Continue Reading

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13 DIY Ways to Use Leather in your Home

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 21, 2014

No matter what time of year it is, it seems like leather is always in style. I've been seeing a lot of leather DIY projects, in particular, and some clever leather hacks as well (drawer pulls, anyone?). So, I thought I would roundup some of my favorites today. Here are 13 DIY ways to use leather in your… Continue Reading

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DIY Bleached Landscape Pillow

By: Alicia Aug 20, 2014


Our little boy was born two weeks before we moved into the Curbly House, and for the last two years - with the exception of a few pictures on the wall, his bedroom has remained untouched. For the most part, this has been intentional, because we wanted to hold off creating a space for him until we knew more about him. And, frankly, we be tired, and adding another room to our makeover list was just not in our cards... until now.

We're currently… Continue Reading

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This to That: Traditional Light Post Lamp Turned Moody Moroccan Lantern

By: Diy maven Aug 19, 2014

This light post lamp looks rough, but it's solid brass under that gunk and black finish, which is why I've held on to it for more years than I can remember. I'd always intended to remake it into an outdoor lantern, and I finally… Continue Reading

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