This November will mark ten years since we launched Curbly (woah). And in all that time I think it's fair to say we've learned a few things (please, please don't go back and look at some of our early blog posts, photos, or videos). So this fall, we're trying something new: we're announcing our first-ever photography workshop. We're teaming up with our friend (and ridiculously-good photographer and...
Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as...
I'm not a pro-sewer. I can follow a simple pattern. And I can stitch up pillowcases like it's my job, but I rarely venture into the unknown. I'm feeling a bit more confident after seeing a simple tutorial for recovering old chair cushions. It looks easy enough and the outcome is so pretty with that piping!
A few years ago, when my wife and I moved across the country, we had absolutely no idea if anyone would ever come visit us. Sure, we had strong relationships with family and friends, and we moved to a city with plenty of attractions for visitors, but the truth is: we just didn't know. We were far outside of driving distance, and cross-country air travel is an expensive investment. Both of our families had generations of firm roots in the Midwest, so it wasn’t just a location shift; it was a conceptual one too.
Good news: people came. They came for summer trips, for holidays, to spend time with us, and as a free launching pad for their own Pacific Northwest vacations. A few years later, they’re still coming. This summer alone, we’ve had no fewer than thirteen guests, with four more scheduled before the end of the year. We've become a little haven for folks exploring the mountains, the ocean, the waterfalls, the ancient forests, and the exceptional food and culture that Portland has to offer.
Pillows give personality to a space, and the most affordable way to style your home with pillows is to make them yourself. But, unique fabric can be pricey so I tend to look for fabric in the thrift store's clothing section. It's fun, one of a kind, and cheap. Here's how to make a pillow from thrift store clothing!
Custom lighting can be a bit costly to add to your apartment or home. While you can pay someone to completely overhaul your space, you can make tiny changes here and there all by yourself. Starting with a beautiful pendant light complete with a leather tassel!
Have some old leaky garden hoses on hand? Grab some black zip ties and start coiling them up into a funky-cool outdoor rug. Yes, the result would probably be a heavy rug, but that also means it would stay in place! It would be a perfect companion to
If you've recently visited a thrift store you know there are always tons of books available. Here are ten projects that might make you want to grab a few the next time you go.
If you've ever worked with leather, you know the addiction that comes with manipulating such a sturdy and stylish material. You can sew it, tan it, and let's not forget that skill we learned back in grade school - stamping leather! These luggage tags can be made with a few tools and a few simple steps!
Getting locked out of your house is a real pain. In our house, it happens almost weekly to a certain member of our family (his name begins with a 'B' and ends with a 'runo'). And while it's a great hassle to him, it unfailingly becomes an even greater hassle to everyone in his sphere. I have lost count of the number of times I've had to leave the gym, a restaurant, a glorious champagne tasting with friends to bail him out. Because it...
Okay, this might currently be my favorite thing on the web this week! I love a good woodworking project and this lovely side table might be just the thing someone like a beginner could dip their toes into!
Rugs are expensive meaning the painted rug trend is a strong force out there in the design and DIY world. Some of these rugs are pretty amazing...maybe even better than you can find in a store. Today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite DIY painted rug projects. Maybe you could try one of these in your own home.
Have you ever been in a pickle when it comes to window shades? Not all window sizes are the same, and it can be tricky to find a shade to fit your space perfectly! Cut them down to size the right way!
Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat?
If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations):
You've got the floor pillows, the cozy blankets, but what about the low floor table??? Enjoy your meals on the ground in style with this super easy DIY project! No woodworking skill required!