How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

By: Chrisjob Feb 09, 2011

created at: 02/09/2011

What was once an extravagance for newly built homes of the 1980s and 90s has now become essential to the way contemporary families live: the mud room. A place to keep coats, shoes, pet paraphernalia, backpacks, sort through junk mail, and perhaps even do laundry. A transitional room, a liminal space, if you will, to help translate your home to the rest of your life.

But the high traffic can create a bit of chaos, and the mud room can often become a "junk drawer" for your entire house, creating piles of items that don't have another… Continue Reading

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High Voltage Hallway Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 07, 2011

Facing this kind of mess when you come and go would be enough to make you stay away, right? Hallways are like the overworked stepchild of the house; not being a destination room, they tend to suffer from neglect.  Cat, author of TheGoldenTouch blog, took charge, decluttered, organized and gave this sliver of her client's space a jolt of electric… Continue Reading

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Make this entry way storage unit

By: Diy maven Nov 01, 2010

Pretty Handy Girl has outdone herself with this entry hall organizer. The Pottery Barn-esque unit can transform any entry hall into that 'mud room' you've always wanted. And get this, PHG tells us the entire project… Continue Reading

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Ugly Sunroom Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 11, 2010

created at: 10/11/2010

In these parts, you need to suck every bit of sunlight out of the day to make it through the winter. An hour in the sunroom can do wonders.  The homeowners flipped this sunroom from a hideous sidenote to an unbelievably inviting hangout. And, they accomplished this  transformation on an itty bitty  budget. See, it can be… Continue Reading

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Sewing Table turned Entry Table

By: Diy maven Aug 23, 2010

small-entry-table beforeIn the last edition of the Curbly Make It! library, "Make It! Secondhand Chic", I turned an old sewing table into a laptop table. Since I didn't need a laptop table, I'm now using it as a little table at the landing of my stairs. Restored Style and I were, apparently, on the… Continue Reading

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Porch Re-Do with Slats!

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2010

Morgan's porch lacked privacy. It also provided no relief from the afternoon sun screaming into Morgan's living room. The answer to these conundrums?… Continue Reading

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How to Makeover a Concrete Porch

By: Diy maven Aug 09, 2010

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Kathy's porch was looking a little under the weather, so she decided it needed a little doctoring. Although she had a few things to deal with, including peeling paint and cracked concrete, Kathy was undaunted. She collected her… Continue Reading

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How To: Make an Easy, Hand Painted, Delightful Doormat

By: Chrisjob Jul 16, 2010

Looking down onto her front porch, Jennifer had an epiphany. "It's July," she observed, "but that's a Halloween-themed welcome mat." So, she grabbed some paint and got to work.

The results? A fun and playful welcome mat that spans the divide between handmade and standing up to the elements. Using some soft fabric paint, she created a bold border, then used an embroidery pattern to give the whole thing some character.  … Continue Reading

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A Problematic House

By: Diy maven Jun 10, 2010

This house has problems. From the mind of Jean-Pascal Flavien, the oxymoronically named No Drama House is nothing but...and purposefully so. The intention is to force its occupant to face of series of problems. Like just getting inside the thing, for… Continue Reading

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By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 21, 2010

created at: 04/21/2010

What more can you say about this dreamy, relaxing, chic daybed built for two? It's the epitome of perfection for a double or single nap on a sunny, warm afternoon. What did you say, call in… Continue Reading

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Stark Front Porch Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 05, 2010

created at: 04/05/2010

For the past two years I've been thinking about a porch makeover. My porch is full of kind of cool collected furniture but the color of the brick walls and the cushions need to be completely re-thought.  Thus, I've been searching high and low for… Continue Reading

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How To Build a Wood Slat Screened Porch

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 05, 2010

created at: 04/05/2010

Jeez, I barely got the idea out of my head and the creative and resourceful folks at The Brick House already built the snazziest wood slat screen for their porch. As you can see, it looks ultra sleek outside,  but looking out from inside the porch is even… Continue Reading

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Mod Porch Rockin'

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 22, 2010

created at: 03/22/2010

I just woke up this morning with natural wood on the brain. One thing led to another and Pow! I found a blog I've never seen called I (heart shape) Wood. A blog magazine devoted to all things wood. Well, combine that with an itch to get outside and do some front porch lollygaggin' and I found all shapes, sizes and styles of modern wooden rockers to dream of.  I don't care what anyone says, you think more creatively in a rocking chair and you look better doing it MODERN. Take a look at the collection of rockers… Continue Reading

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My Hallway Turned Gallery!

By: Diy maven Jul 16, 2009


created at: 2009-07-16

Like most homes, mine has a center hall. It's been neglected for a very long time as we've only used it to go from one room to another. THAT has all changed. When you think about it, there's a TON of real estate in a hallway; real estate that's perfect for highlighting art--preferably YOUR art. I decided that's what I… Continue Reading

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Create A Summer Getaway–in Your Garage!

By: Diy maven Apr 29, 2009

This charming one-stall garage was transformed into an outdoor getaway from spring to fall. What was done with all the tools and what-not usually found in such places, My Home Ideas doesn’t say, and I really don’t… Continue Reading

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