25 Blue Rooms

by DIY Maven

Blue Room Design Ideas

Azure, cobalt, sapphire, navy, powder, midnight, Prussian, electric, indigo, royal, ice, baby, robin's egg, peacock, ultramarine, aquamarine, steel, slate, cyan, Oxford, Cambridge...is there another color in the spectrum with so many synonyms in the thesaurus? One way or another, all seem to be represented

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Meg Ryan's Design Tips

by DIY Maven

An interior design enthusiast and remodeling junkie, Meg Ryan is a Curblier at heart. (Even if she doesn't know it.) In the June 2010 issue of Elle Decor, Meg gives us a tour of her Martha Vinyard's home. Meg did use the help of decorator Marsha Russel of Satinwood Ltd, who, according to Marsha was basically a sounding board and procurer. Meg was the visionary. We can get a peek inside Meg's house on Elle Decor's website, but for the full experience, we'll have to spring for a copy of the magazine. However, Meg does share her eminently practical design tips free of charge. Here they are in a nutshell.

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Mid-Century Modern Home: Too Perfect or Too Much?

by DIY Maven


This home in the Hancock Park area of LA has been used for a numerous photography and film shoots. Most recently, it starred as Annette Benning's home in 'Running with Scissors'. The house has five bedrooms, an open floor plan and a pool--complete with a cabana. Sold in 1997 to gossip columnist Janet Charlton, the home was again listed in '07 for just under 3 million. What sets it apart from many homes we've seen is it hasn't been 'seasoned'...

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Easy No Sew Daybed Bedskirt

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009/11/08

It may look like this smart, pleated bedskirt (dust ruffle) was custom made for this daybed bedding ensemble, but oh no. This simple, single pleated fabric panel is attached with velcro to the front bedspring rail. It can be removed and replaced easily for lots of under the bed storage.  KidSmartLiving.com gives you step by step instructions to make a sewn, and a no-sew version of this bedskirt. All you need to get

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More Ways to Brighten Your Home

by DIY Maven

Light and airy home office

Here in Curblyland we have been experiencing an inordinate amount of cloudy days lately. And it's gettin' to me. The sad part is now that the days are getting shorter, gray days are turning into long dark nights. Great if you're a nocturnal animal or a vampire. I am neither....yet, but if Antonio Banderas's Armand came knocking, I just might answer. But I digress. Here are some more tips (to add to your arsenal) to help you brighten your home on a cloudy day.

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Kickin' Back at Dunder Mifflin

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-21
 

Makes me wonder if Darryl has been getting in touch with his inner designer down in the warehouse. This furniture gives minimalism a whole new meaning. But, oh so NOT comfy. However, I am  diggin' the whole minimal thing Swedish Architechtural firm TAF  has going on.  Can you say "thinking outside the box?" 

The website is so chic-ly uber-minimal, it's hard to even discuss their designs. I guess you just have to see design, not explain it. 

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Creative Stimulation at The Selby

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/11/08

Before everyone goes all ORGANIZATION and starts decluttering on January 1st, get a load of these homes and spaces of interesting people and other creative types.  We routinely see the tidied up, photography-ready, static, empty room pictures in magazines and blogs, but Todd Selby captures the real life, inspiration-laden environments of the creatively gifted on his website, The Selby.

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