How-To: Make An Eco-Friendly Bath Mat

By: Capreek Mar 29, 2011

created at: 03/29/2011

Perhaps in the whirlwind that is Spring Cleaning, you've encountered some towels that have seen better days.  Before you throw them away, consider repurposing them as an eco-chic bath… Continue Reading

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How-To: Make Your Own Faux-Zinc Letters

By: Capreek Mar 28, 2011

created at: 03/28/2011

Typography in home decor has been a big trend for a while now, but those over-sized zinc letters you see tend to be pretty dang expensive.  Thankfully, we spotted this great tutorial for making your own realistic looking (and cheap) DIY… Continue Reading

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3 Excellent DIY Wall Mirrors

By: Bruno Mar 28, 2011

Wall mirrors are a great way to add some punch to a room, while also opening up the space and making it seem bigger. Melissa at 320 Sycamore DIY'ed this great 'wall-o-mirrors' for her daughter's bedroom. Total cost $19.98:

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Quick and Easy Mason Jar Makeovers

By: Chrisjob Mar 28, 2011

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One thing's for sure: mason jars are awesome. They're widely available, inexpensive, and work equally well inside the kitchen and out, and their looks are oh so au currant in design mags these days.

Celeste snagged several dozens from Freecycle, and came up with two awesome projects to transform them from clear and functional to something… Continue Reading

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The DIY Spirit

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 25, 2011

created at: 03/15/2011

Photo is a reproduction of Anni Albers' original washers necklace taken from the DIY Anni Albers Washer Necklace Kit available here from San Francisco's Museum of Craft and Design.

For me, the DIY spirit boils down to crafting something meaningful out of accessible materials and reconfiguring everyday objects for a different (and perhaps inspiring) use.  Here's two objects of art that typify this spirit:

Artist Anni Albers's… Continue Reading

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The Disappearing Kitchen Island

By: Brittanymauriss Mar 25, 2011

created at: 03/25/2011

Some inventive fellow named Tim Thaler came up with the design for a mechanized kitchen island. Want a space to prepare your food? Kitchen island comes up. Want more square footage on your floor? Kitchen island goes down. And how does he operate the switch? With the click of a button on his iPhone. Yes, apparently there's an app for… Continue Reading

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Garage Organization 101

By: Diy maven Mar 25, 2011

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During Curbly's Spring Cleaning Month, we've been concentrating on the indoors. Today we venture out a bit and head to the often neglected garage!    

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With warm temperatures here (or, hopefully, just around the corner) it's a great time to reclaim your garage for its intended purpose, as, according to the US Department of Energy, only 1/4 of all homeowners with a 2-stall garage can't even park 1 car in their… Continue Reading

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Shape Spectacular: The Evolution of the Donut

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 24, 2011

created at: 03/11/2011

Black Lace/Veiled Square Bangle, 2008, by artist David Watkins.  Photo courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum.  See more David Watkins below.

The donut shape is the unsung hero of human ingenuity.  Look at archaelogical evidence of early wheels, for example - they were basically donuts.  The driving force behind technological innovation?  Perhaps.  A delightfully simple core element of design? … Continue Reading

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Teddy Bear Skin Rugs?!

By: Brittanymauriss Mar 24, 2011

created at: 03/24/2011

Okay, now I've seen everything: hand-sewn fur rugs made from repurposed teddy bear skins! And not just tiny little rugs for decoration -- we're talking giant 9-foot by 7-foot rugs for the living room. For your friends to wonder why this odd-patterned rug looks so familiar and yet so alien in its setting.

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The rugs are created by Agustina Woodgate, an Argentinian transplant living in Miami, who invests a great deal of time… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Pantone Magnets

By: Capreek Mar 23, 2011

created at: 03/22/2011

I have a not-so-secret obsession with all things colorful and design-related, so when I saw these Pantone magnets my little heart did a cart wheel.  I mean, why didn't I think of this?  It just makes so much sense.  Not to mention this may be the easiest DIY project we've ever… Continue Reading

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Home Cleaning Check List and Cheat Sheet

By: Chrisjob Mar 23, 2011

created at: 03/23/2011

It's Spring Cleaning and Home Organization month on Curbly, and we're doing our best to make things manageable and easy so you can whip through the process and enjoy your clean home!

Over the last few weeks, we've been offering free, downloadble check lists and cheat sheets to make your spring cleaning efforts simple and effective. First, we shared a list of tasks and DIY, green cleaners for the kitchen, and last week, an… Continue Reading

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How-To: Make a Scandinavian-Inspired Coat Stand

By: Capreek Mar 22, 2011

created at: 03/22/2011

Until my dream of living in a Scandinavian Modern cabin comes to fruition, I'll just be content with simple flourishes of inspired decor and accessories like this rustic modern coat stand.  It's a gorgeous little piece that packs a big ol' Scandinavian punch - and its DIY rating is off the… Continue Reading

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5 Amazing Japanese-Inspired DIY Projects

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 22, 2011

The Japanese aesthetic has been hugely influential in Western art since the time of Van Gogh.  And, you guessed it, this aesthetic continues to be a powerful force in the mainstream DIY and craft culture, even beyond the ubiquity of gorgeous Japanese washi tape and origami.  From traditional techniques aimed at solving quotidian challenges to those pushing the limits of modern craftmanship and art, Japan offers incredible… Continue Reading

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Make a DIY Junk Drawer Organizer on the Cheap

By: Chrisjob Mar 22, 2011

created at: 03/22/2011

Junk drawers. Everyone's got one. Which I think is okay, because homes do really need one. You need a central location to store something like a pencil so you don't have to run upstairs to the office everytime.  A place to keep the things you don't wanna forget about, like gift cards, receipts, your Netflix DVD envelope, or for "need it when you need it" items like coasters or matches. Having a designated spot for these random items is way better that leaving them out on side tables and countertops.

But just because you need a junk drawer doesn't mean you can just pile items atop each other and then go banging around in there as you look for that other earring you thought you saw in there the other day. That's why you, my friend, need a custom, inexpensive junk drawer organizer that you can make… Continue Reading

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How To: DIY Frames for Panorama Pics

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 21, 2011

created at: 02/28/2011

I have far too many would-be-awesome-if-they-were-pieced-together panorama photos.  I’ve done a few great treks and when I’m standing in front of an amazing vista, I can’t help myself - despite knowing that these have always ended up hidden away, not put together, and unappreciated.  They’re difficult to frame and not terribly attractive due to the odd shape of the final product.

After some… Continue Reading

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