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.
Like many bloggers and freelancers, my laptop is my life! So having a cushioned laptop sleeve to protect it is really important whenever I travel with it. My boring foam laptop sleeve just needed an upgrade to feel more personalized, so I figured out this fun way to add some bold, graphic lettering to the front to really make it pop.
If I had a dollar for every time I received a request to take on Donald Trump's interior design, I'd have enough to buy coffee for quite a few weeks - no small feat.
As the Internet's chosen McMansion taxonomist, I have spent a lot of time with tacky. After spending so much time with tacky that my fingers have started to stick together at the mere thought of a grand estate, here is my thesis: 99% of McMansion decor is inspired by people like Donald Trump. As Fran Lebowitz so elegantly put it, "Donald Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person." It's a pretty simple system, really: gold = rich. Columns = rich because banks have columns. Chandeliers = rich because they're big and shiny. You catch my drift.
We as people have been fascinated by the dwellings of celebrities since the dawn of celebrities, who, back in the day, were usually royalty or the Pope. Donald Trump's Manhattan penthouse apartment is a particularly interesting (and recursive) instance where a celebrity decorates based on the taste of previous celebrities. In this case, King Louis XIV and King Louis XV of 17th and 18th century France. Luckily, the world was spared from the continuation of the heavily ornate Rococo style for a couple centuries thanks to the French Revolution. Then the 80s happened, and Donald Trump came with them. A fun guessing game to play is: Is it the French Palace of Versailles or a Donald Trump apartment?
Apps are a part of our daily lives in so many ways - they help us get places, work out and they even remind us about appointments. And today I'm here to share even more ways that you can use your phone to organize every aspect of your life. Read on to check out my favorite organizational apps that will help you get your life in order.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.
Greenery, the 2017 PANTONE color of the year, has had a polarizing effect so far. Some people love it, others hate it. If you fall into the latter category, then you'll definitely want to check out these ten real world examples of green alternatives that we've rounded up. Click through to check them out.
To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.
The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. In America, the vehement reaction to the tiny house is to be expected, as Americans love the cleverness of their design and their roguish mission, but at the same time balk at the idea of having less stuff. Of all the editorials against tiny houses, the most common topic of their ire is the thought of tossing out most of their belongings.
However, those who attack the tiny house movement don't understand that the move to live in smaller dwellings is ultimately a good thing, and that their smug editorials do more harm than good to the cause of living more efficiently, with a smaller environmental footprint.
I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it's expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn't always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec's office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.
Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I'm especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. For something like this, a classic frame would be way too expensive, and not the right fit, design-wise.
So, I took a cue from the classic pull-down maps of my elementary school classrooms, and created a simple way to hang it on the wall with a lot more character. This month we've been teaming up with our friends at True Value, my local neighborhood hardware store, and I think this project shows off how you can come up with a great, stylish-looking final project using simple materials and just a few tools.
Over the years, I've managed to gather many good, free fonts that I've hoarded away in my laptop like squirrels hoard nuts. Truth be told, I've got a bit of a font addiction and I'm not ashamed to admit it - after all, they're so useful, how can I resist?
If you want to expand your font collection, click through for some of my favourites. Trust me, whether you design a little, a lot or almost never, you'll find these come in handy regardless - and best of all, they're free!
There was a time in my life where if you'd asked me who my favourite artist or designer was, I wouldn't have been able to name a single one. Which is so odd, because nowadays I have a list of favourites as long as my arm whose styles influence me in so many ways, from how I craft, to the way I decorate for parties to how I envisage my dream home will look.
Regardless of whether your not you design or create art yourself, having a list of people whose aesthetics you admire can really help to inspire you at times when you find yourself in a creative rut. Read on to see some of my favourites!
Cool gifts for that design-obsessed friend/family member/special someone that will seriously impress without breaking the bank?? YES! It can happen -- and we've rounded up over 20 gift ideas any aesthetics-loving person on your list will swoon for!
When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants, smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me.
For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. You've heard it said by stereotypical developers that it's all about" Location, Location, Location." In this case, that's very true. The success or failure of your little green friends is quite heavily dependent upon where they sit.
The midtown offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce has us musing Mad Men of late over at EcoSalon, so it seems only appropriate that much of this month’s post focuses on sustainability trends in skyscrapers, start-ups and big business.
Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.
"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."
Watch this excellent video to see the boys in action:
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome design and lifestyle blogger, as well as master home makeover-er, Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely.
This year, I'm hoping for things to make me, my tech devices, and my home look cute. I have all the books I want, all the fun crafty supplies I could use, and all the things I need, so why not wish for a little bit of cute?