Make It: Geometric Painted Rug

By: Lexy.b.ward Nov 18, 2014
DIY Geometric IKEA Rug
Photo: Sally MacNicholas

No nursery is complete without a rug. While planning out the nursery, I knew that I wanted something to match the geometric vibe of the room, without being over-the-top. Not being able to find one I liked, I was thrilled when I happened upon some upholstery fabric at a fabric store in Idaho. I originally planned to use the fabric for one of the crib's throw pillows, and the pattern was simple enough to recreate as a rug!  … Continue Reading

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How To: A Flea Market Dresser Gets A Gilded Makeover

By: Lexy.b.ward Nov 17, 2014

Every nursery needs a dresser/changing table/statement piece, am I right? When putting together our daughter's nursery, I knew that I wanted something unique, but still simple. I found an old white dresser at a local flea market, and gave it a few coats of coral paint. Instant gratification, but it was still missing something.      

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Oh-so-Chic Teen Bedroom Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 17, 2014

Based upon her dream bedroom wishes, I'm guessing Maddy isn't your typical teenage girl. You can tell from what her bedroom looked like before that she certainly has an eye for design. A lot of people--teenage or otherwise--would LOVE a bedroom that looked like that. But, as I said, Maddy isn't your typical teenage girl. Plus, she was getting older and her tastes were getting even more refined. Step in her very… Continue Reading

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Nursery Reveal: Small Office Turned Bright Geometric Nursery

By: Lexy.b.ward Nov 15, 2014
Geometric Nursery Reveal
Photo: Sally Mae Photography

There's just an indescribable feeling when projects you've been working on are finally finished. That's exactly how I feel with our nursery. It's absolutely my favorite room I've ever been in. It turned out just like I wanted and I can't wait for you to see! Ya just gotta look. 

But first, you'll remember the before...

geometric nursery reveal
Photo: Lexy Ward

And the inspiration...

geometric nursery reveal
via Ouef

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How To: Make a Cozy T-Shirt Shag Rug

By: Diy maven Nov 11, 2014

Lana used new Jersey fabric to make her oh-so-cozy rug, but one could easily use a bunch of old t-shirts as well. Imagine the hodgepodge of color that might result using them! But I digress. All we need to make one is aContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Fantastic DIY Projects Using Brown Kraft Paper

By: Faith-towers Oct 30, 2014

10 Fantastic DIY Projects Using Brown Kraft Paper

I have a rather large, seemingly endless roll of brown kraft paper, so I'm always on the lookout for fun ways to use it. I've been running across quite a few lately... here are ten of my… Continue Reading

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How To: Sew a Rope Basket Using a Sewing Machine

By: Diy maven Oct 03, 2014

Did you know you can use your sewing machine to sew a rope basket? I didn't until I saw Kiera Coffee do just that. Mind, blown. I guess I always thought you'd need an industrial sewing machine to do such a thing. Anyhoo,Continue Reading

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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

By: Alicia Oct 02, 2014

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're posting… Continue Reading

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Make It: Accent A Wall With This Do-It-Yourself Triangle Pattern

By: Lexy.b.ward Oct 01, 2014

geometric accent wall

There are tons of ways to bring color to the bedroom. From blankets to pillows to wall art, you can do it all. Looking for something more permanent that packs a punch? Well, this DIY Triangle Accent Wall ought to do the trick!  … 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: Make A Colorful Teepee with Calico Fabric & Yarn

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 18, 2014

diy teepee

You've seen them. Teepees are all the rage for children these days. They can cost upwards of $300 which can make it a tad pricey to give to a kid who may potentially destroy it. Don't worry, you can create your own with a few simple hardware store supplies and a few yards of affordable fabric!  … Continue Reading

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Make It: Screwless Floating Bookshelf

By: Matt allison Sep 17, 2014

Screwless Floating Bookshelf

I love this contemporary take on a floating bookshelf. It's hard to believe but the entire bookshelf is completely screwless! Simple timber studs and good old 'no more nails' is all… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Magnetic Wooden Frames

By: Matt allison Aug 27, 2014

Magnetic Wooden Frame


I collect wall art. Curated of course, artists aren't hoarders, merely selective collectors. The problem is I'm forever changing my mind and swapping prints in and out. Framing can get expensive so enter this quick and easy DIY project: a simple magnetic frame that allows you to change out your favorite artwork! Follow the tutorial at the… Continue Reading

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Make It: Gold Geometric Pendant Lamp Shade

By: Matt allison Aug 13, 2014

House Doctor Inspired Lamp Shade

Make this simple Nordic House Doctor inspired lamp by using an Umbra wall decor set and some electrical wire. With a few simple tweaks create your own custom light fitting. Details and instructions at the link below.

House Doctor Inspired Lamp Shade via Free Series

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How to: DIY Geometric Hammock Chair

By: Faith-towers Aug 11, 2014

DIY Geometric Hammock Chair

As a child, I always loved hammocks... so this DIY appealed to the kid in me. This particular tutorial is easy to follow and the final product is just so fun. Click through to check it… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 NEW Pieces of Furniture Made Out of 12 OLD Pieces of Furniture

By: Diy maven Aug 11, 2014

New furniture made out of old furniture doesn't sound very earth-shattering as far as do-overs go, but when you see what these tables, chairs, dressers, and etcetera looked like before compared to what they look like now, it'sContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Cactus Pillow

By: Matt allison Jul 30, 2014

DIY Cactus Pillow

I've got a soft spot for cacti and succulents, can't get enough of them, problem is they don't play well with toddlers. I stumbled across this easy craft project that is at home in the living room or playroom, no risk of an accidental spiking. Full instructions and template at the link… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Sticker Mandala Art Piece

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2014

I've seen stickers turned artwork before, but this is the first time that I've seen a blow by blow tutorial showing the process. Fabulous. Erica from Honestly WTF is the genius behind it, and when you see the outcome of this project, you'll probably let loose a WTF too. I mean… Continue Reading

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3 Tutorials That Will Have You Lettering Chalkboards Like a PRO

By: Diy maven Jul 25, 2014

Okay, show of hands. How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards to do the lettering only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs--because that's what I do when I wake up waaaay… Continue Reading

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9 Tips for Smart Kid-Friendly Design

By: Alicia Jul 01, 2014


Creating a home that's both stylish and family-friendly can be a hard balance to strike. But, with some creativity and clever space planning, making your home a place that can be safely enjoyed by the entire family is achievable. We've rounded up a list of nine tips that blend style and function. 

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