Well, folks, it's official! Jon* and I signed the closing papers last week, and we are now the proud owners of the new Curbly House! Now all we have to do is put in a new kitchen, renovate the bathrooms, add a new back door, replace the HVAC, finish the basement, improve the landscaping, and figure out how to get a parking space into the back yard! No biggie.
Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect).
I have some pretty huge professional goals this year, and one of them is about redirecting the Curbly ship into new waters. Specifically, our whole team is committed to pouring all we have into creating original content (projects, roundups, and tutorials) and taking on more room makeovers. I believe in the power of transformation, so I'm committing myself to it.
We're beginning this theme of transformation by revealing a little secret: for the past few weeks, we've preparing to sell our old house! You guys: I'm so excited about this! This house was our first home (the original Curbly House, which we'd been using as a vacation rental); it's the home where we brought our newborn children, and interestingly, it's the one we never talked much about. Today I want to give a little background of the house, as well as our efforts to get it in tip-top shape for whomever lives there next.
This kitchen didn't have much going for it, except for its size. So you can imagine that the makeover was pretty dramatic. Click through to check out the transformation, along with a few helpful tips on how to introduce color into your kitchen.
Sometimes large open spaces are harder to decorate than smaller ones. It's sort of like someone asking you what your favorite food is... the sheer number of options is intimidating! All kidding aside though, it can be tricky to decide where to put what and how to fill up the space. Read on to find out how the problem was tackled in this living space.
When the owners of this well-known tiny house found out they were expecting, they didn't move out like many of us might do - they turned an existing closet into a micro nursery! The resulting space is oh-so-cute and surprisingly functional. Click through to check out the incredible transformation.
When Ariel and her husband moved into their current home, the office walls were a bland flesh color that didn't spark much creativity - but just wait until you see what it looks like now that Ariel has gotten her hands on it. I'll give you a hint... you'll be green with envy once you see it! Click through to read all about the makeover process.
This living room had good bones, but it wasn't living up to its potential. With mismatched furniture and no real style, it left something to be desired. But just wait until you see the space after the makeover!
This bathroom was like many many others out there - filled with builder-grade materials from decades past. But its owners saw past the drab brown hues and transformed it into a fresh new space with a bold color scheme. Click through to see what it looks like now.
Some of the best makeovers out there can be found in interior designers' portfolios. But there's another avenue to mine, and that's portfolios of professional home stagers. Jill Ball is a home stager whose motto is "minimal design, maximum impact." If you check out
The IKEA ÅRSTID Wall Lamp is one of those items that I would pass right by because of the lamp shade style. But the genius blogger behind Shine Your Light didn't, and what she came up with is beautifully contemporary. Click through to check out her incredible sconce hack.
We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.
The last area we really needed to tackle in our kitchen makeover was the tiny mudroom entrance in the back of the kitchen. It was the black hole of the space where everything piled up and overflowed. We knew we wanted to keep it simple, while still having it feel a part of...
This living room needed some serious help. It was dull and disorganized, but with lots of potential. Just wait until you see what happens once Barbara gets her hands on it. Click through to check out the beautifully transformed space.
If you haven't seen Mr. Kate's home makeover videos, you're missing out. She and her partner Joey are not only charming, they're incredibly talented too. When they paired up with equally charming and talented makeup guru Manny MUA
Oftentimes personality gets lost in a specific style. Be that style modern or transitional or everything in between. It seems we get so wrapped up in our Pinterest pages that we forget to instill individuality in our decor. This is a problem Kim does not have. Her dining room
IKEA has long been a great source for inexpensive home wares, and people have been creating hacks out of those products for almost as long. And some of those hacks are so unique that it's difficult to tell they're even IKEA products. Click through to check out ten of our favorite such hacks.
Susan's experience of flipping a house was--in her words--priceless. And even though she didn't make a lot of money on the home in which this kitchen is located, she had a buyer within 5 days of putting it on the market. It's not surprising, considering the transformation
This isn't the first time Anika's IKEA IVAR cabinet has undergone a transformation. The first time involved a can of white spray paint and knobs that matched those in her kitchen, as she used it as an extension
If I had to pick the most versatile IKEA product, it would definitely be one of the stools. The Marius, Frosta and Bekvam are three of the most popular... and boy do they ever have a lot of uses. So today we're sharing ten of our favorite IKEA stool hacks with you. Keep reading to check them out.
IKEA's FROSTA Stool has become a staple item for the retailer. Why is the design so popular? Probably because they're incredibly versatile as they can work in a living room as easily as a child's bedroom; they're stackable so they