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Downloadable: 4 Palm Springs-Inspired Desktop Wallpapers You Gotta Have this Summer

by Stephanie Lee

4 Palm Springs inspired desktop wallpapers

I can't even begin tell you how much I want to go to Palm Springs one day. It's got everything I could ever want in a getaway -  oodles of sunshine, poolside cocktails, canyons and hiking trails to explore - what's not to love?

And although it might be awhile before I get there (it's a long way away from where I am here in Australia), that doesn't stop me dreaming about all things related to summer holidays. Which is exactly how these...

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Behind-the-Scenes of Rustic Modernism: Your Complete Guide to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic

by Kate Wagner

Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor and style guide. How to get the look.

In 2016, NPR’s Natalie Jacewicz asked the question: “Why does every new restaurant look like a factory?” Indeed, over the last ten years, the industrial look has dominated popular interior design, aided by the enduring popularity of boutique companies like Restoration Hardware. Recently, more traditional stylings, sometimes called Farmhouse Modern or Texas Modern – like those featured on HGTV’s hit Fixer Upper – have permeated households far...

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Simple Solutions to Help Refresh Your Lifeless Patio for Summer

by Lidy Dipert

Simple Solutions to Help Refresh Your Lifeless Patio for Summer

Can you believe it's that time of year again...summertime! I don't know about you, but we spend as much time outside enjoying all the good weather while we can. And that's kind of the norm around here when you spend a lot of time indoors hibernating during those long winter months. In order to celebrate the most wonderful time of year, here in Canada anyway, a good outdoor living area is a must! As much as I love a good black and white...

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97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

by Faith Towers
97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: Houzz

Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that's true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn't look great, people will assume the inside doesn't either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home's curb appeal, here's an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.   

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18 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You're Obsessed with House Exteriors

by M.E. Russell

 

Who to follow on Instagram if houses are your jam!

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.       

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Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President

by Kate Wagner
Kate Wagner is the founder and editor of McMansion Hell, a web site for people who love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst. Photo: Sam Horine

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?

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My Favorite Organizational Apps that Will Get Every Part of Your Life in Order

by Faith Towers
My Favorite Organizational Apps To Get Every Part of Your Life In Order
Photo:  JComp

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.   

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Not Just For Hipsters: In Defense of Tiny Houses

by Kate Wagner

 

Photo: StudioBuell Photography

As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.

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.

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Roundup: 15 Best Free Fonts for your Designs

by Stephanie Lee

15 best free fonts for your designs

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!

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Roundup: My Top 5 All-Time Favorite Designers

by Stephanie Lee
My top 5 favourite inspiring designers - Leah Bartholomew
Photo: Leah Bartholomew

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! 

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Gift Guide: 20+ Hip Design Gifts Under $25

by Capree K

created at: 11/19/2012

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!     

created at: 11/18/2012
1. Crop It T-Shirt

2. Jar Tops

3. House Industries Stencil Script Tote

4. Wally Wallet Bottle Opener

5. Desk/Wall Letter Organizer

6. Geometry Cups

7. Shuffle Calendar

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