10 Tips for Decorating on a Budget.

By: Chrisjob Jan 06, 2009

Make it beautiful, and make it cheap. Holly Becker has collected ten tips from her own experience of decorating a small one bedroom in Germany. Go and do likewise.

1. Take IKEA seriously.

2. Yard sales!

3. Bargain at flea markets and secondhand stores

4. Share a car.

5. Shop online at places like Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon

6. Do it yourself.

7. Bundle your services like phone, internet, and cable.

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How To: Seasonal Exterior Crafts.

By: Chrisjob Dec 06, 2008

With all your interior decorations hung and making spirits bright, it's time to head beyond the icicle lights for some handmade outdoor holiday projects.

BHG has assembled six here, including a few natural wreaths and some clever use of grains, and a quick googling opens up all sorts of other options.

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Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 29, 2008

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  It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do someContinue Reading

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How To Create An Album Art Wall on the Cheap.

By: Chrisjob Sep 01, 2008

In my wife's (then, girl-I-was-gonna-marry-but-hadn't-yet) first post-college apartment, we filled the entire area over the sofa with album covers. We used sticky-tack, but the jackets were heavy, they fell often, and it ruined the surface of many of them.


This technique is much more brilliant. It's as simply as l-shaped screws. Of course. No harm to the jackets, and it allows the artwork to be interchanged as the modd strikesContinue Reading

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Goodwill Hunting: DIY Recyclable Roundup

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 07, 2008

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There have been gobs of juicy good finds at Goodwill in the past couple of weeks.  Maybe it's hot August doldrums and people feel like purging, but I've been hitting the jackpot on every visit.  Since my garage is overflowing with all kinds of  recyclable furniture, I decided to focus on accessory items for crafting and design for my weekly DIY newspaper column.   A few photos and some ideas are included for sparking your own creativity. 

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How To: Handcut Felt Mural.

By: Chrisjob Jun 28, 2008

Designer Mariana Leung spent all her funds purchasing and renovating her new home, leaving very little to decorate her new space. So, she turned to her fabric scrap bin to create this handmade wall mural out of leftover felt. And with some felt, painter's tape, and scissors of your own, you can follow her tutorial and do such yourself.

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Tutorial: Noren - Traditional Japanese Fabric Dividers.

By: Chrisjob Jun 27, 2008

Japanese sewing machine company Janome offers a great tutorial and a bit of info on noren (æš–ç°¾) : traditional japanese fabric dividers that are hung on walls, windows, doorways, or in between rooms. Simply join the pieces, hem, then reinforce by sewing a triangle. They provide tips for adding traditional embroidery, but I think they look mighty sharp in a basic mod fabric, as below, from Whip Up.

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25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home.

By: Chrisjob May 19, 2008

Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...

Ideas include:

  • Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
  • Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
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DIY Flower Garlands.

By: Chrisjob Apr 29, 2008

Amanda from Readymade, finding inspriration in The Darjeeling Limited, sought to bring a little springtime fun to her abode with some DIY flower garlands.

"Though the number of flowers you’ll need depends on how long you want your garlands to be, gather up at least a couple dozen blooms, as well as a needle and thread. Carnations are a good choice because they’re sturdy (and affordable!), but any locally available, Continue Reading

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Box Office Decor: Taking Design Cues from the Cinema

By: Chrisjob Jun 12, 2007



The first time I saw A Clockwork Orange (at 13), I was way too young: too young for the content, too young to understand the themes, or even the intricacies of the plot, and too young to recognize it as fine piece of filmmaking (with a remarkable Moog soundtrack). In fact, the only thing I could really appreciate was the insane postmodern interiors of the set décor...From the Korova Milk Bar to the internal shots of the homes to the wildlyContinue Reading

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If only it were DIYable....

By: Diy maven Jun 07, 2007

Okay, this must be the coolest outdoor decor item EVER. A little heaven on earth, Henry Hall Designs’ Cocoon Hammock with a Terrace Base is constructed of a "Taukkyan wood frame [and] electropolished stainless steel components." It’s a special order item and no price is given on the website, which we all know means it’s crazy expensive. (Rumor is it prices out at about $19,500. Ouch!) BUT, I’m thinking a few 4x4's assembled in an arty sort ofContinue Reading

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How to paint an indoor/outdoor rug.

By: Diy maven May 23, 2007

All home improvement stores sell big indoor/outdoor rugs. They’re cheap and they’re not attractive–dare I say ugly? Well, here’s a way to make one of those utilitarian things look fabulous.

What you need:

One indoor/outdoor rug. Mine is an Ozite, 6' x 8' rug in bark. It cost 12 bucks and I had a 2 dollar rebate. If this size is too big, you can cut them down with a scissors to any size or shape you desire–probably even puzzle pieces.

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Illuminated Cherry Blossoms

By: Diy maven May 10, 2007

Have you ever noticed how public places make use of white twinkle lights year round? Why? Because it’s festive, of course. Which is exactly the reason we should all consider adding twinkle lights to our homes. An easy way to this is snag a couple of Graham & Green’s lighted Cherry Blossom Branches. For 16£, you get a 100 cm high branch outfitted with 35 lighted flowers (available in pink & white). How festive is that?

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Better Surf Than Sorry

By: Diy maven May 01, 2007

If you’re a surfer, or even if you’re not, check out Better Surf Than Sorry’s website for everything surfboard-er-y. Of special interest to the Curbly crowd is their surf-style home decor, of course. Outfit your pad with some surfboard (and longboard) inspired paraphernalia and soon you’ll be embracing your inner Spicoli, kickin’ back under the breeze coming from your surfboard ceiling fan and dreaming of catching some sweet waves.

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