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Last year was full of changes for our family, and in particular for my daughter. A new house, a new brother, and a new pre-school. That's why, when I started thinking about how to design her new room in the Curbly House, I wanted it to be perfect, inspiring, cozy, and hers. The day we moved in, Ayla's room was the most done room in the house, and to date, it's the only done room in the house. This room was my baby, and it's for my baby, so today I'm going to show you more pictures than a proud grandma stores in her wallet. Let's go!
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The Curbly House has been on a blogging hiatus, because, well... we had a baby and moved into an "under construction" house two weeks later. Then, we proceeded to lose our minds.
But as the baby grew bigger and we finally started being able to distinguish between night and day, things started to happen around the house. So here's a long-overdue update on where things stand with the Curbly House, and what's coming up next. Here we… Continue Reading
The best furniture makeovers are not necessarily the most over the top. A little paint and some new hardware can make Goodwill and Craigslist finds look like they're straight off the showroom floor. Take for example these 12 makeovers, each is as fresh as a spring day.
Local interior designer Brian Ellingson served as demolition crew, architect, general contractor and landscape designer to transform his and his partner's 1950's one story rambler into a two story villa. They were committed to the home's original footprint as well as re-using as much of the salvage as possible, including the original oak and pine floors. The transformation is quite remarkable. Visit Star Tribune to see more images and to… Continue Reading
House & Home's own Mark Challen and designer Priscilla Wikkerink take us on a tour of Mark's kitchen renovation. The 'before' was dark, dated and messy! 'After' is a breath of fresh air. Brasserie-inspired, it now features… Continue Reading
How many times have we seen a perfectly good piece of thrift furniture with embossing? Oftentimes it can be a deal-breaker. Brooke, however, found a way to get around that troubling design choice. Wood putty! She also employed her Silhouette to make a vinyl etching, which she applied to the mirror itself. So charming. This is what the hall tree looked like before in its… Continue Reading
It's not often when a 'before' makes me wince, but this buffet, which had been stored in a barn, did. Beth & Nick saw its potential and turned it into a changing table. Are you ready to take a look at it now? Hold on to your… Continue Reading
If you love before & afters as much as I do, you must visit Shelter Style. Each of the DOZENS of makeovers highlighted is the work of Joetta Moulden, whose creations have been included in some very big name magazines including This Old House, Better Homes & Gardens and Every Day with Rachael Ray. Her #1 rule makeover rule is to "rethink what you already own instead of buying more furniture and accessories." (We like that!) From bathrooms to kitchens and every room in… Continue Reading
When we started our master bedroom makeover, we thought replacing our overhead lighting would be our biggest challenge. But then it all turned out to be quite simple, so we had ample to time to tackle other, more labor-intensive projects such as cutting, painting, installing, caulking and repainting all new baseboard and window trim. Phew, now that took some serious time. I love having a husband who… Continue Reading
In making over our bedroom as part of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makover Challenge, replacing the old light fixtures was one of the bigger projects we tackled (making over your room? Check out their daily sweepstakes on Facebook). Need a little reminder? They're very 1996:
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Located in Las Vegas, this bathroom needed a some punch. Designer Gina De Pasquale paid tribute to the home's mid century modern architecture while simultaneously bringing it into the 21st century.
I especially find admirable Gina's choice to mix 'high- and low-priced fixtures and accessories'. For example, the… Continue Reading
Remember the post about the couple that turned a church into a home? Well, that makeover has some serious competition with these remakes. First up is a 1930's church located in Rotterdam,… Continue Reading
First things first: I love, LOOOVE a good before and after! It's the dangling carrot that keeps me going and feeling inspired. If someone can turn that into that, then my projects don't seem so intimidating and I get a tingling "I can do anything" sensation. And you know what? It feels good... So good, I want to spread the joy to everyone. If you'd like that same tingly feel-goodery, then follow the carrot to this awesome Scandinavian Modern kitchen… Continue Reading