How-To: Make a Decorative Leaf Mobile

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 22, 2014

DIY Fall Leaf MobileIt's not often that I decorate my home for fall (aside from the classic pumpkin, of course). Perhaps it's because I tend to go budget-big for Christmas, but seasonal decor usually sits on the back burner during this time of year. Well, not this year. Things are about to change because I figured out a way to decorate for next to nothing! Chances are you already have everything on hand now… Continue Reading

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Curbly Pumpkin Challenge: Make Quirky Pumpkin Dioramas

By: Alicia Oct 17, 2014

Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create an series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

The best school assignment in the world is the diorama. It's an indisputable fact: Gathering tiny objects and assembling… Continue Reading

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Curbly Pumpkin Challenge: A DIY Pumpkin Project Inspired by an Iconic Pendant Light Design

By: Brittni mehlhoff Oct 16, 2014

I thought it would be fun to concoct a DIY pumpkin project that was inspired by a classic design from the past, as a part of the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge. So after thinking about it for a little bit, I came up with a pumpkin DIY inspired by Poul Henningsen, who designed some of the iconic light fixtures that you have seen copied by many a company. Want to see what I made?   

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How To: Make A DIY Enchanted Pumpkin Forest

By: Diy maven Oct 15, 2014

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

Um, yeah. I think I got a different memo than everybody else for this whole Curbly Pumpkin Challenge, because I went, like, off the rails. But it's not my fault. Really. I was just… Continue Reading

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How to: Make DIY Pumpkin Cups and Mugs for Tasty Fall Beverages

By: Chrisjob Oct 14, 2014

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create an series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

I'll admit it: I don't really like carving pumpkins. I always have grand plans, but by the time you head to the patch, select just the right one, gorge on popcorn balls, look for the carving tools, spread the newspaper, and begin the epic cleanout process...I'm… Continue Reading

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Curbly Pumpkin Challenge: How to Make a Decorative Pumpkin Vase

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 13, 2014

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create an series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each dayContinue Reading

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Halloween DIY: Make Weighted Bookends from Dollar Store Skulls

By: Brittni mehlhoff Oct 07, 2014

With a couple of dollars worth of plastic skulls, some scrap wood, and a few other materials, you can create a pair of weighted bookends that are strong enough to hold up plenty of books on the shelf, while also adding a little Halloween flair. Want to see how these turned out? Click through to see the after photos, along with the step by step… Continue Reading

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Makeover Tour: A Crowded Backyard Gets a Modern Deck Makeover

By: Capreek Oct 06, 2014

This gigantic deck took up most of the space in this narrow Minneapolis backyard and, rising above the fence line, provided little privacy for the homeowners. But with some hard work (and a jackhammer or two), they built the deck of their minimalist dreams! Read on to see the new space and get the scoop on this DIY backyard makeover in this month's MakeoverContinue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Adjustable Apron and Coordinating Bar Tool Pouch

By: Faith-towers Sep 30, 2014

Apron and Bar Tool Pouch DIY

Today I wanted to share my latest project with you... an adjustable apron made of cotton gingham and canvas, and a coordinating bar tool pouch. These are both super easy projects, and won't cost much to make either! Click through for the full… Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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