Our Makeover: A Modern Boy's Bedroom With A Dash of Adventure

By: Alicia Mar 28, 2015
Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover!

Yesterday, we told you all about our plans to make over our little boy's bedroom. Before we get to the big reveal, let's do a mini recap. 

We moved into the Curbly House when our son was two weeks old. Because we were insane people who purchased, gutted, moved into, and attempted to furnish and decorate a whole house with a brand new baby, his room was left looking fairly generic.

Curbly: Boy's Bedroom Makeover Before
A view of the nursery the day we closed on
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Make It: DIY Hanging Pendant Light

By: Lexy.b.ward Mar 25, 2015
diy bead pendant light
photo: A New Bloom

You've most likely seen hanging pendant lights around the web for a while. I love the look, but can't find the right cord to match. This wooden bead pendant is so perfect for any room and you have to see why!      

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Make It: DIY Copper & Wood Hanging Light Fixture

By: Lexy.b.ward Mar 20, 2015
diy hanging wood and copper light fixture
photo: Vintage Revivals

I don't have anything to say except that I love this lighting installation and my bedroom needs one like it asap! I'm willing to hone my woodworking skills to make one!      

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Reveal: Our Baby Boy's Nursery Makeover is Finished!

By: Meghan and al Mar 11, 2015

When we found out we were having a baby boy, my vision of a neutral nursery of ivories and golds came to a crashing halt as I suddenly wanted the room to feel very boy like- with strong greens and dark blues and unmistakably boyish features. So I changed the natural taupe wallpaper to the hunter green safari, and charged on.Continue Reading

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Make It: Incredible DIY Dining Room Chandelier

By: Capreek Mar 05, 2015
Love & Renovations

I'm of the belief that dining rooms are the perfect space to put statement piece lighting; it's akin to having your own personal installation art. If you love the idea of adding big "wow" factor lighting to your dining room without breaking the bank, check out this awesome DIY idea!     Continue Reading

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Before and After: $20K DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2015

Photo: Koko Likes

Usually, DIY kitchen makeovers around the Curbly neighborhood clock in at much less than $20k, but Koko and her husband Quincy splurged on all new appliances and cabinetry. The last of those can be a budget-buster, so, when you think about it, $20k is steal. Before, the kitchen wasContinue Reading

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Roundup: 25 Clever Uses for Old Tires

By: Diy maven Feb 12, 2015
Photo: Big Brand Tires

When you think of using an old tire to make something, you probably think "tree swing." Sure, swinging while sitting inside a tire can be fun, but it's not a very imaginative use of the tire itself. For something really outside the wheel, check out theseContinue Reading

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How To: Turn a Wire Planter Basket into a Glitzy Chandelier

By: Diy maven Feb 11, 2015
Photo: hammer and heals

Amanda saw a coconut-lined planter and thought, "Chandelier." What?? Yup. The DIY chandelier is used to camouflage a builder-grade ceiling light fixture in her house. Materials she used, besides the basket, included some metallic silver spray paint, about 24 feet of decorative crystal garland,Continue Reading

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Make It: Easy DIY Neon Love Sign for Valentine's Day

By: Capreek Feb 03, 2015
Meg Allan Cole

Dump the chocolates and cheap flowers this year and go for something totally unique: a neon sign that proclaims just how you feel!    Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Geometric Brass Pendant Light + WIN A KINDLE!

By: Alicia Jan 24, 2015
DIY geometric brass pendant


This easy, gorgeous DIY pendant light echoes the projects in our Make It! Hardware Store Decor eBook, so we're excited to share it with you, and hope you'll also check out the eBook!

Ok, on to the DIY: 

To create your own DIY brass tubing pendant light, here's what you'll need:

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How To: Make Your Bathroom Feel More Luxurious

By: Diy maven Jan 19, 2015
Photo: Coastal Living

I love the idea of making a bathroom look and feel more expensive without a wallet-busting makeover. Now, granted, the bathrooms pictured in the accompanying roundup aren't your run-of-the-mill bathrooms, but Julia's advice could make a luxurious difference even to the most mundane WC. Below is the CliffsNotes version of Julia's suggestions. Which ones would you consider doing? Which have you already done? Any of her tipsContinue Reading

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Make It: Colorful and Modern DIY Wood Pendant Lamp

By: Capreek Jan 07, 2015
Photo: HomeMade Modern

So, I'm kind of obsessed with lighting; if I had the space, I would totally collect cool lamps. But I don't and, honestly, a house full of lamps would be kinda weird. If I did, though, this DIY wood pendant lamp would definitely be at the top of my list!     Continue Reading

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Make It: Easy DIY Gold Log Candle Holders

By: Capreek Jan 06, 2015
Photo: Life Over Easy

The holidays may be over, but that doesn't mean you have to put all the shimmery goodness away! These gold log candle holders are equal parts glam and rustic -- and are perfect for any time of year!     Continue Reading

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How To: Make Ping Pong Ball Cafe Lights

By: Diy maven Dec 30, 2014
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Before you put those Christmas lights away, you must check out Liz's delightful ping pong ball/LED string light project. The balls give the lights a diaphanous quality that make themContinue Reading

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How To: Turn an Aluminum Baseball Bat into a Modern Pendant Light

By: Capreek Dec 29, 2014

I have to be honest: never in a million years would I have looked at an aluminum baseball bat and thought "Hey, that would make an awesome light!". But, someone did and you know what? They were right!     Continue Reading

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Do It Sparkly: DIYable Sequin-lined Lampshade

By: Diy maven Dec 29, 2014

This sequin-lined lampshade from DaWanda is like a perpetual celebration of New Year's Eve. Available in a variety of sequin colors, the lampshade clocks in at 86.90 Euros (about $106 US), but it looks like the maker doesn't ship to the US. What's a Yankee to do? Make one, of course. A black lampshade is easy to find, ($49 on Amazon), and justContinue Reading

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Make It: DIY Wood and Leather Pendant Light

By: Capreek Dec 03, 2014

If you have a poorly-lit nook or corner that you'd like to get more use out of, this pendant light project is for you!     Continue Reading

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How to: Make Simple Glowing Cloches in Minutes

By: Alicia Dec 02, 2014
DIY lighted cloches are easy to make and affordable.


Tiny twinkly lights on bendable wires may be the best invention ever. They're star-like, and whimsical, and they make everything they touch immediately festive and delightful.

While you can wrap these bendy little strands around everything from branches to ceramic figurines, my favorite use for them is to cloche them, alá Restoration Hardware:

Restoration Hardware's cloched starlights are DIYable.
Photo: Restoration Hardware

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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 talentedContinue Reading

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