18 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You're Obsessed with House Exteriors

by M.E. Russell

 

Who to follow on Instagram if houses are your jam!

When it comes to people, it's what's on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin' exterior, so we're sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike - we've got you covered.       

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Our Secret Tool for Making Interior and Tabletop Photo Shoots a Success, Every Time

by Bruno Bornsztein

I've been taking pictures of rooms for a long time, going all the way back to our very first Curbly room makeover projectShudder. Some of those old photos make me wish the internet was like Snapchat ... swiftly-disappearing. 

But the nice thing about old pictures (that I hate) is that they're a good way of measuring how far my photography skills have come, so I can really be proud of more recent photos I've created, like this:

Nursery School gym makeover


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Everything You Need to Set Up A DIY Photo Booth For Your Next Party

by Alicia Lacy

Everything You Need to Set Up A DIY Photo Booth For Your Next Party

These days, no party is complete without a photo booth. They're not only a fun addition to any shindig, but they're a great way to capture memories and they create the most meaningful party favors in the world.

While renting an old-timey booth or hiring a company to run one are both nice options, they cost a pretty penny. The reality is, creating a custom photo booth using the electronics most of us already have around the house (e.g. your computer, digital camera, printer, phone) isn't very complicated. In fact, it's relatively straightforward. And, when you combine the "photo taking device" with some custom photo props or easy DIY backgrounds, your photo booth becomes the life of the party.

Follow along as we share everything you need to know about creating a custom photo booth for the party of your dreams!

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15 Cool Ways to Display Photography and Family Photos

by Brittni Mehlhoff

We all have a stack of family photos hidden away somewhere, or tucked inside an album or two. Perhaps you have a pile of photography prints, in plain sight, still waiting to be hung on the walls. I know I am guilty of this one. Maybe, like me though, you just haven't figured out the best way to display those piled up photos yet. Let's face it, the fridge just isn't what it used to be. So, it's time to give those photos the proper home they deserve, with this Curbly original roundup: 15 cool ways to display photography and family photos in your home.   

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CanvasPop $2,500 Canvas Art Giveaway!

by Bruno Bornsztein

CanvasPop $2,500 Canvas Art Giveaway

It was a warm Sunday morning in March, and Alicia, Ayla and I were sitting on the front steps enjoying the unseasonable sunshine and blowing bubbles. Watching your three-year-old squeal with glee as she chases luminescent soap spheres is about as good as it gets, and those moments get burned in your memory pretty easily.

But just then Alicia grabbed her iPhone and snapped a picture that I think will be iconic of Ayla's childhood. As they...

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Roundup: 10 DIY Photography Wall Art Projects

by DIY Maven

created at: 05/16/2012

As a photography enthusiast, my display methods are pretty traditional. A perfectly processed photo (from Aspen Creek Photo), a Nielsen Bainbridge frame and I'm good to go. Of course there are many different ways besides the traditional method for displaying your photography. I've scoured the internet looking for the best of best. Here they are:

This first idea take traditional, small frames but

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Roundup: 5 Images of Protest

by DIY Maven

Man Being Arrested Protesting at the Democratic National Convention Photographic Print

In solidarity with SOPA and PIPA protesters today, I thought I'd round up some classic images of protest. These black and white photographs couldn't have much better composition if they had been planned. As it was, they weren't. That spontaneity adds to their story. (All prints are available in a variety of sizes and prices, as well as on stretched canvas, at All Posters.) 

The image pictured above of a man being arrested is from the LIFE archives. It was captured at the

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How to Take 'Dutch Master' Still Life Photographs

by DIY Maven

created at: 07/27/2011

A couple years ago, my photography mentor showed me a picture he took that looked like an oil painting in the Dutch Master vein. There was no fancy Photoshop manipulation. Just really beautiful, natural, evening light and great timing. Since seeing that picture, I've been a little obsessed with recreating the look. Some direction from my teacher and a lot of practice has me on the right track, according to said mentor.

I wish I could tell you it was very complicated, but it isn't. Here's the 411 on getting similar results:

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5 Modern Swimming Pools That'll Have You Dreaming of Summer!

by Capree K

created at: 04/14/2011

I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately.  Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm!  Madness.  To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead.  And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools?  Not much.  

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