Studio Apartment Woes: Create a Bedroom Out of Thin Air!

By: Capreek Feb 09, 2011

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What's more shocking to me, other than the fact that this studio apartment was transformed into a one bedroom, is how much bigger it looks after!  It's magic, I tell you.  Magic (and lots of hard… Continue Reading

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4 Hot Italian Font Wallpapers

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 09, 2011

Font decorating hasn't captivated me, until now. These four rooms, dressed up in graphic font wallpapers by the Italian company Wall and Deco, have me rethinking this whole font decor thing. These walls add just the right character (Ha!, no pun intended) and would provide hours of obsessive word searching. Oh! Get a load of that duvet and pillow combo.… Continue Reading

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Before & After: Bedroom Makeover for Under $100

By: Capreek Feb 08, 2011

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Would you be up to the challenge of transforming a bedroom from drab to fab with a budget of $100 and a restricted time frame?  It sounds almost unfeasible (and incredibly stressful), but this crafty homeowner did just… Continue Reading

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10 DIY Dresser Makeovers To Die For

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 08, 2011

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There's something quite beautiful about the fact that almost any old dresser can be turned into your own personal work of art. They're essentially a blank canvas waiting for an inspired transformation. Often, the hardest part is seeing beyond the chipped paint and missing hardware to where you can take that thing. Whether it's plain or fancy, painted or stained, here are 10 statement making dresser makeovers to inspire (well, only nine fit in my collage so you'll have to read on through to see the tenth… Continue Reading

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How to Accessorize the Pottery Barn Way

By: Diy maven Feb 08, 2011

This weekend, a friend and I went to a seminar at our nearby Pottery Barn for an 'accessorizing' seminar and, like a good blogger, I took notes to share with my peeps. If you're not a fan of the PB style, that's cool. These suggestions will work for any… Continue Reading

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How To: DIY Hanging Succulent Garden

By: Chrisjob Feb 07, 2011

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I just finished drying a load of dishes, and looked down upon my Skinny LaMinx tea towel and noted I hadn't gotten an update from Heather's blog in ages, and wondered what happened to all her juicy content.

Turns out, something went awry with my feed reader, and I've been missing all kinds of cool stuff: new prints, patterns, and how-to projects like these awesome handcut cork magnets and my favorite: this DIY hanging garden project. I love the idea of hanging planters, but the macrame work on secondhand pieces I could fine was always a bit stale and 70s-ish, and the new ones way too Tuscan and overwrought with wrought iron. 

But, with a bit of time, you can create your own hanging garden that's vintage-inspired, but still… Continue Reading

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3 EASY Ways to Turn Books into Objets d'art

By: Diy maven Feb 07, 2011

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Many  books are works of art in and of themselves. Old, worn hardbacks can look lovely as is. However, other titles are less than comely. Take any out of date reference book for example. (Damn you Encyclopedia Britannica!) Those and other ugly ducklings are just waiting to be given a makeover. Here's three ways to breathe new life into books, thereby turning them into objets d'art.

First are burlap wraps, kind of like the ones in… Continue Reading

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Make an Urban Outfitters Inspired Ruffled Pillow Sham (from Old T-Shirts)

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 04, 2011

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Making something ruffled has been on my back burner for months. It's not difficult, but takes a little time to calculate and stitch ruffles onto a base fabric. Over on Knock Off Decor, there's an Urban Outfitters inspired ruffled pillow made out of an old t-shirt and a drop cloth. Oooooh, I love that creative… Continue Reading

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Roundup: Crafty Valentine Goodness Across the Blogosphere

By: Diy maven Feb 03, 2011

Hearts! Hearts everywhere! With so many fabulous tutorials out there, it's hard to choose only one. Of course, with these clever & easy how-tos, you can do them all with time to spare. Pictured above is felt heart garland from How AboutContinue Reading

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How to Take an Almost Free Tropical Getaway

By: Diy maven Feb 03, 2011

Translucent Waters Cook Islands

A friend of mine is suffering from a major case of the winter blues, which isn't so unusual this winter. Last week I suggested she take a tropical stay-cation. The idea sounded so appealing, my boo and I did just that last Sunday. It was super fun and just what we needed to break the winter doldrums. Besides that, it cost us next to nothing, we weren't subjected to security pat downs… Continue Reading

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How to: Dye Beads with Blackberries

By: Diy maven Feb 03, 2011

created at: 02/03/2011

In my review yesterday of Sasha Duerr's new work, The Handbook of Natural Dyes, I mentioned that the publisher gave me permission to share one of the projects in the book. I found one perfect for those who are new to natural dyeing: dyeing beads with… Continue Reading

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To prove I'm not 'just all talk'...

By: Diy maven Jan 31, 2011

created at: 01/31/2011

Awhile back I posted a link to a tutorial for a bathroom wall shelf. I showed the pic to MWT and asked, "How about it?", to which he replied, "Sure." So, we went to the lumber store the following weekend and bought what we didn't already have on hand to make it. Ultimately, we didn't refer to the original how-to. Didn't need to, and if you… Continue Reading

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Weekend Project: Slipcover a Thrifted Cube

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 28, 2011

Not that long ago I was asked to create some cube bean bags. After figuring and re-figuring, I came up with the pattern, added a zipper and filled it with those little styrofoam beads. BIG pain in the you know what. Why go to the trouble when you can find oodles of cheapy cube ottomans at the secondhand store?  Since the cheapest of the cheaps are covered in hideously benign microfiber, find a yard or two of fun fabric and stitch your own custom cube slipcover. Better yet, look for two and make a pair. DesignSponge s… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: Done!

By: Chrisjob Jan 27, 2011

Welcome to our blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into a space where work can actually get done, and look pretty cool while it happens. 

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Part VII: The (Big?) Reveal For a year and a half, I had a spare bedroom that was more-or-less the kind of of place where you shut the door when you had company over. Heck, I didn't even like spending time in there, opting to do most of my work on the sofa instead.

So, I toughened up, made a few trips to the hardware and craft store, came up with a few original IKEA hacks, vowed to keep my space organized, and created a space where I spend more time than in any other room. Sometimes I even… Continue Reading

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DIY: Incredible Painted Foam Mat Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 26, 2011

This is one of those makeovers that make you look twice--or maybe a dozen times. Sarah transformed foam interlocking mats, like the ones pictured above into the floral mat pictured… Continue Reading

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