Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind. Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space! Continue Reading
We bought the 29th Avenue house at the end of 2013 and have been slowly giving this 1920s bungalow a facelift, room by room: first the bathroom, then the office, and now the master bedroom! The previous owners had painted every room in, apparently, the darkest colors they could find. Considering our home has tiny rooms, even smaller windows, and we live in Cloud City, USA aka Portland, the dark and dismal vibes just weren't going to cut it. So, "Operation Cheer Up" was born. Continue Reading
It's tempting to go neutral for floor coverings, but there's something about a bright, patterned rug that's just so appealing to me. It's a great way to give a room that wow-factor that will make your friends envious. Keep reading for ten great examples.
We talk a lot about color here in the Curbly neighborhood, which led me to wonder, is there such a thing as too much color?? Then I started looking for evidence, collecting images of rooms that seem to be on the tipping point. I'll let you decide onto which side they fall....color fail or color fabulous.
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It's officially National Painting Week - one of our favorite times of the year, because paint is, well, magical. You just wave a magic wand (ahem, I mean...brush), and it transforms rooms like nothing else. It's a powerful feeling, holding so much potential in your hand, wielding that brush and roller like a wizard. Kazaaap!
For this year's project we focused on the bonus room of our house: the porch. The truth is, we are porch people. That soft summer air drifting through the screens, the cool fall nights lounging with friends, the sunset on city streets. That’s what your porch is for, and if you have one, you know how lucky you are. Read on to see how we transformed ours.
Virginia and her hubby Jesse decided to transform their 1970's basement family room into a bright, relaxing getaway. But they started out on a really unfortunate footing, which was on 'poop brown' tile. They plunked down $1000 on the stuff that wasn't returnable. So Jesse spent two weeks installing the it, while Virginia silently freaked outContinue Reading
I'm on a bit of a citrus kick. And a color kick. And I obsess over and collect tea towels. So when you combine those three things, only magic can happen. And that's just what these tea towels are. So cheery, bright, and perfect to display in any kitchen!
I am all for adding fun art pieces to the walls in my home, especially when they serve a functional role as well! These fun geometric wood and color coat hooks are an easy solution when your room is lacking a little character and color...and storage. Let's make some! Continue Reading
Everyone should have a credenza, buffet, or side table somewhere that they can style differently throughout the year. It's great to have a space that is basically just sitting there, waiting for you to try out different styles on it. Think of it like a painter's sketchbook; a place to explore design ideas that you might later develop more fully throughout your house.
This year, we were excited to participate in Sauder's "Put Together" Design Challenge this spring, because few things are as fun as dressing up a piece of furniture and making it your own. Read along to find out my three steps for styling a credenza.Continue Reading
Okay, confession time. I have a lot of random junk in my garage. I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has "potential", I buy it and save it for a rainy day. This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust. I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it. It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.
Amy had been swooning over the Faceted Ory Knob at Anthropologie pictured above, but at $10 a pop, she would have been out $20 plus s & h for the two knobs she needed. On the other hand, her DIY version was free. Yup, free, because she had all the supplies on hand. (Even if they weren't, we're talking a significant savings versus the store Anthro route.) So, whatContinue Reading
National Painting Week might be our favorite week of the year - because the power of paint in a room's transformation is astounding and it never gets old. We're participating in Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week once again and we're delighted to be in the company of a group of beautiful bloggers to show off the power of paint.
This year we decided to paint our porch for National Painting Week because we're lucky to have oneContinue Reading
Little bowls are a handy thing to have around the house. They're great for holding jewelry, keys or even office supplies. And what's better than a small bowl? A brightly colored small bowl with a pretty pattern! Click through to find out what these lovely pieces look like when they're finished.