How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 28, 2012

created at: 11/27/2012

If you live in a smaller home, you know that Christmas trees take up a lot of valuable space during the holidays. Space that you may not have to spare. Right? So why not try this fun and fringy DIY alternative Christmas tree idea, that towers over 6 feet tall, but takes up virtually no space at all. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the perfect holiday photo backdrop. Pretty cool, huh? Here's how to make your own giant wall art Christmas tree at… Continue Reading

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Survey: Green Cleaning, Hype or Hallelujah?

By: Bruno Mar 19, 2012

Green Cleaning Survey
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Last week, we asked about your laundry habits. In today's installment, we're wondering what you think about the green cleaning craze.

Read on to cast your… Continue Reading

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This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

By: Kemilybond Mar 13, 2012

created at: 03/13/2012

Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s… Continue Reading

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Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

By: Craftmel Mar 13, 2012

created at: 03/13/2012

It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap… Continue Reading

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This Month in Green Design: A Home Made from Cars, Stylish Coffee Shops, and an Inflatable House

By: Kemilybond Feb 14, 2012

created at: 02/13/2012

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and brings us a monthly column on the latest in conscious and green design.

I’ve been mulling over the perfect opening for my first in a series of guest posts on green design and thus decided that the very best way for to dig in would be…to say, hello.

Hi.

I’m the Shelter editor at EcoSalon, where we write about a great many things pretty and green. Our aim is… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Plastic Spoon Pendant Lights

By: Diy maven Feb 08, 2012

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Remember the plastic spoon rose? Turns out that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as spoon-crafting is concerned. Take for example these (dare I say?) gorgeous spoon pendent lights. 

Holes in spoons negate their intent, but they also take artist's Daisuke Hirawa creation (pictured… Continue Reading

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Stump Stool Squared

By: Diy maven Jan 10, 2012

created at: 01/10/2012

Remember my log side table? I still love it unconditionally, but this square stump stool is giving it a run for my love's money. By Kalon Studios, the stumps are cut from green "100% Raw FSC Certified domestic Ash or Maple." As the wood dries, the… Continue Reading

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Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2011

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created at: 12/09/2011This 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 Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my… Continue Reading

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Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

By: Diy maven Sep 26, 2011

created at: 09/26/2011

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Eco-Friendly Materials for Building The Ultimate 'Green' Kitchen!

By: Capreek Sep 15, 2011

created at: 09/15/2011

Curbliers, it's time to get down with 'the green team'!  Whether you're remodeling, starting a new build, or just like daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens, we've rounded up our five favorite eco-friendly building materials.  Ready to dream green?  Let's… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

By: Capreek Sep 07, 2011

created at: 09/06/2011

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

By: Capreek Sep 05, 2011

created at: 09/04/2011

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read… Continue Reading

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Seriously Cool DIY: Sprout a Sofa

By: Craftmel Jun 14, 2011

created at: 06/13/2011

How's this for yard art?  I'm absolutely certain the Jones' next door don't have a grass couch in their backyard.  This puts a whole new meaning on… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Make a Mudroom Shoe Rack from Pallets!

By: Capreek May 09, 2011

created at: 05/09/2011

As with mason jars, there seems to be no limit on what you can do with a discarded pallet.  We've shared quite a few projects in the past, but this may be the simplest/easiest of the bunch!… Continue Reading

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Gorgeous Shipping Container Guest House

By: Diy maven Mar 31, 2011

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I never thought I'd ever use 'shipping container' and 'gorgeous' in the same sentence, but in this case, I think it's appropriate. Chosen for its punchy blue color, the container's transformation into a celebration of renewables--and a fabulous guest… Continue Reading

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The Ultimate Green Cleaning Product Roundup!

By: Capreek Mar 24, 2011

created at: 03/23/2011

If baking soda and lemon juice aren't your thing but you'd still like to avoid cleaners with a) mysterious chemicals you can't pronounce and b) warning labels that cover half the bottle, we've got the guide for you.  Included below is a roundup of ten green cleaning products and companies - and why they're good for you and the space you call… Continue Reading

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7 Very Green Kitchens for St. Patrick's Day

By: Diy maven Mar 11, 2011

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In honor of St. Patrick's Day next week, here's some kitchens that are wearing o' the green. From celery to string bean, there seems to be something for everyone. Even… Continue Reading

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The $200 Microhouse

By: Chrisjob Mar 10, 2011

created at: 03/10/2011

Oh boy, what couldn't you do with a tiny, modern home in your backyard?! Especially when the materials only cost… Continue Reading

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The Top 3 Money-Saving Cleaning Must-Haves!

By: Capreek Mar 03, 2011

created at: 03/03/2011

There are a million different cleaning products on the market all vying for a spot in your supply closet, not to mention a chunk of your budget.  But before you bring home the next new wonder spray, consider these three money-saving cleaning must-haves: they're widely available, kid and pet friendly, and cheap, cheap,… Continue Reading

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The Architectural Equivalent of a Mullet?

By: Diy maven Feb 28, 2011

created at: 02/28/2011

ACROS Fukuoka in Fukuoka City, Japan is all business in the front, party in the back. That's due to its green, terraced roof,… Continue Reading

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