My Dumbest Decorating Decisions

By: Diy maven May 13, 2014

Okay, so I just finished reading an article on Houzz by Fred Albert in which he confesses to his dumbest decorating decisions. Included are buying a too-big dining room table twice and dip-staining shingles. It's a funny article with equally funny comments as his readers confessed to their disastrous decorating decisions too. ("Barney" purple and "Pepto-Bismol" pink are mentioned on more than one occasion.) Anyway, it got me to thinking about the dumb decorating decisions I've madeContinue Reading

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Are These the 22 Weirdest Paint Names Ever?

By: Diy maven Feb 21, 2014

Naming paints sounds like a fun job, doesn't it? You'd always have to be thinking of new and clever monikers for paint that will grab customers' attention. After reading some names on this list, however, I'm thinking it might be a tricker assignmentContinue Reading

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The 5 Things I Have to Clean Before Guests Arrive

By: Diy maven Feb 12, 2014

I love a clean house. That means that I clean or straighten up something every day. A quick wipe down of a bathroom sink, a speed dust-mopping. You get the idea. So you can imagine what happens when company is coming over. I go into hyper-drive. I do all the stuff that's expected, but I also do some things that I wouldn't necessarily do duringContinue Reading

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Help! What's the Best Silver Metallic Paint on the Market?

By: Diy maven Sep 12, 2013

I feel sick. Last night Sweetie Pie brought home a scale model of a Boeing 717 that he received from a business associate. As I was admiring it, I turned it on its side to read the inscription on the bottom of the base that holds the arm that in turn holds the plane itself. To my utter horror, theContinue Reading

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Do DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kits Really Work?

By: Diy maven Sep 04, 2013

I've seen professionally refinished tubs that look brand new. The process costs less than removing and replacing existing tubs, but it's still not inexpensive. There are DIY alternatives out there that LOOK like they work, but do they?? I've rounded up a few of the more popularContinue Reading

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Are These REALLY the 20 Most Beautiful Living Spaces in the World?

By: Diy maven Mar 19, 2013

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Ultra Home has assembled an enviable list of what they believe are the 20 most beautiful living spaces in the entire world. It's hard to disagree with them, but what do you think? Are they the most beautiful living spaces you've Continue Reading

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Infographic: Bachelor vs. Bachelorette Pad Designs

By: Diy maven Sep 12, 2012

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The peeps over at sent over a fun infographic entitled The Bachelor Verus the Bachelorette Pad that includes the "must haves" for each based upon criteria compiled by nearly a dozen popular design sources, including Vanity Fair, Apartment Continue Reading

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Out of Sight or On Display: Where Do You Keep Your Paper Towels?

By: Diy maven Sep 07, 2012

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One of our ongoing housekeeping goals is to keep crap stuff off our kitchen countertops. Not only does it look neater (obviously), it also makes things easier to clean, and it makes the counter space look much more expansive. I've been toying with the idea of getting one of those in-drawer knife holders so I can get rid of the big block, but my Continue Reading

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The HP Designer Matchup Challenge Week 2: Vote for Your Favorite Design!

By: Capreek Aug 20, 2012

created at: 08/20/2012

Last week, we introduced you to Goil and Tom from TUG Studio, who will be creating a one-of-a-kind product -- based entirely on your votes -- for the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Our first round of voting was to determine the type of product and material. Well, your votes have been tallied and the results are in!     

 Admittedly, as a crazy dog lady, I was hoping "something for my dog/cat" would win. Alas, it wasn't in the cards. I'm still pretty stoked about the results, though! Are you curious? Yes? Okay, drum roll...   Continue Reading

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Cast Your Vote: The HP Designer Matchup Challenge

By: Capreek Aug 15, 2012

created at: 08/14/2012

You know all those awesome design-y reality shows where contestants are given crazy challenges like "build this entire room out of jelly beans...and discarded cat hair!!! Muahaha!"?* The HP Designer Matchup Challenge is kinda like that -- but WAY cooler. Why? Because YOU get to make all the decisions!    

Curbly is super excited to team up with one of our favorite designers for this super rad, random, and totally cool challenge: to present a product at New York Fashion Week -- designed by you! So who'd we pick? Goil Amornvivat and Thomas Morbitzer of TUG Studio, that's who. (Okay, okay that's two of our favorite designers!)

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The 4 Things Home Buyers Want (Infographic)

By: Diy maven Jul 10, 2012
created at: 07/09/2012

The folks at Improvement Center collected data from the National Association of Home Builders to create this informative and fun infographic detailing what home buyers want these days. Trends are (thankfully) turning away from McMansions and to smaller homes with Continue Reading
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Survey: Green Cleaning, Hype or Hallelujah?

By: Bruno Mar 19, 2012

Green Cleaning Survey
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Last week, we asked about your laundry habits. In today's installment, we're wondering what you think about the green cleaning craze.

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Survey: What Are Your Laundry Habits?

By: Chrisjob Mar 13, 2012

created at: 03/12/2012

This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Last week, we asked about your general cleaning habits and frequency, and today's installment is about that most dreaded of household chores: the laundry.

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Survey: How Often Do You Clean?

By: Bruno Mar 05, 2012

Is this how your dryer's lint trap looks? Take our survey and tell us! 
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Our first one, today, is about how often you do the little recurring maintenance things that make cleaning such an annoying (and important) chore.

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Sleeper Survey #3: Lighting, Socks, and Pets, Oh My!

By: Bruno Feb 21, 2012

For Bedroom Month here on Curbly, we're exploring your sleeping habits in a series called "Sleeper Survey," (see the first and second installments). Today we're digging a little deeper into your bedroom tendencies, with some questions that we hope will push your buttons (just a little bit) and spark some good discussions. Read on to cast your vote!Continue Reading

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Sleeper Survey #1: Do You Make Your Bed?

By: Bruno Feb 09, 2012

Sleeper Survey: do you make the bed?
It's Bedroom Month here on Curbly, so this week, we're kicking off a series called "Sleeper Survey" all about the hidden habits of the Curbly Reader's boudoir. We're starting off pretty tame, with a question about your bed-making tendencies (don't worry, we'll turn up the controversy next week). Read on to cast your vote and see the results so far!Continue Reading

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