How to Install an Occupancy Sensing Light Switch (Video + Giveaway!)

By: Bruno Aug 16, 2013


Installing an occupancy-sensor switch is a quick, easy job that can make a big difference. This week, I got a chance to try out one of Lutron's Maestro Occupancy Sensing switches in our bathroom. Read on to see how I installed it, and to find out how to enter to win five Maestro switches for your home (a $100… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 20 Amazing DIY Outdoor Wedding Ideas

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 18, 2013

It's no secret that we all love DIY around here, especially when it comes to home improvements and decor. But there are plenty of other categories to cover when it comes to how-to projects. So today I'll be focusing on a realm that we haven't delved much into before: weddings. This roundup of DIY outdoor wedding ideas covers everything from outdoor lighting projects and unusual centerpieces to thoughtfully handmade photo booth backdrops and DIY ceremony arches. There's even a driftwood… Continue Reading

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11 DIY Outdoor Mood Lighting Projects

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 12, 2013

This season feels made for hosting outdoor dinner parties and relaxing under the trees of your own backyard, especially once the sun goes down. And one of the first things I think about when it comes to outdoor entertaining is mood lighting. Why? Well, there aren't a lot of bell and whistle decorations needed for the great outdoors. A few well placed lights and great food is all you need. So here are 11 DIY ideas for outdoor lighting, that will bring ambience to your backyard with… Continue Reading

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Make It: Modern DIY Brass Chandelier

By: Capreek May 22, 2013

Oh, hey there drop-dead gorgeous chandelier! What's that, you say? You're totally DIYable?! Tell me more!… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Minimalist Wooden DIY Tripod Table Lamp

By: Capreek May 06, 2013

A simple, low-cost DIY lighting project that you can make from the most basic materials, without any special tools, that looks great and is completely customizable?! YES,… Continue Reading

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How to Turn a Tin Can into a Stylish, Industrial Table Lamp!

By: Capreek Apr 04, 2013

created at: 03/25/2013

Before you toss that tin can in the recycling bin, take a look at this clever DIY lighting idea!… Continue Reading

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Curbly Giveaway Reminder: Win 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs plus a $250 Home Depot Gift Card

By: Capreek Mar 15, 2013

created at: 03/13/2013

Have you entered our awesome giveaway with Cree yet?? You could win a $250 Home Depot gift card and 10 of Cree's new state-of-the-art LED light bulbs. Don't miss out!

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How To: Make Easy Modern DIY Concrete Pendant Lights

By: Capreek Mar 13, 2013

created at: 03/13/2013

Concrete table lamps, concrete stools, and now concrete pendant lights: I am clearly obsessed with new uses for this inexpensive material!… Continue Reading

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Test Lab: The Cree LED Bulb - In Action

By: Bruno Mar 13, 2013


This week we're running a great giveaway with Cree (click here to find out how to win 10 Cree LED Bulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card), so I got a chance to try out their new bulbs. If you haven't been following along with the development of energy efficient lighting technology, it's safe to say things have changed a lot in the last five years. CREE LED bulb testYou now have real, affordable, decent-looking options for energy efficient bulbs, and Cree is one of the best. Read on to find out why.

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs

By: Bruno Mar 07, 2013

created at: 03/06/2013Here's a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we're teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Read on to find out how to… Continue Reading

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Before & After: An Inexpensive Vase-to-Table Lamp Makeover

By: Capreek Jan 21, 2013

created at: 01/21/2013

You guys... I love when people get crafty and turn ordinary objects into extraordinary, way-more-functional objects. Like this clever decor hack from Curbly reader Kim!  … Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern DIY Tube Light

By: Capreek Dec 17, 2012

created at: 12/17/2012

This minimalist DIY light reminds me a little bit of the (much, much more expensive) Pipe Light by Tom Dixon. While his version is made from powder coated aluminum, this clever interpretation is crafted from -- wait for it -- a discarded cardboard poster tube!… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Tree Branch Floor Lamp

By: Capreek Dec 10, 2012

created at: 12/10/2012

This DIY tree branch lamp is a unique project that could easily be scaled to your liking (a desk lamp, perhaps?)!… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Mini Marquee Lights

By: Capreek Dec 03, 2012

created at: 12/03/2012

Bonjour! Let's make some teeny tiny marquee lights! Maybe in a more season-appropriate "Cheer" or "Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" perhaps? Whatever word you choose to run with, here's how!… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Geometric Pipe Pendant Light

By: Capreek Nov 12, 2012

created at: 11/12/2012

We've been seeing brass, gold, and copper making a big splash in home decor for the last few years, but these metallic pieces usually carry a hefty price tag, especially in the lighting department (um, have you seen the prices of Lindsay Adelman chandeliers??). It's always exciting, then, to see people get creative with inexpensive materials and come up with something super stylish and on-trend, like this brass and copper pipe light!  … Continue Reading

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Make It: Easy Faux Stained Glass Votive Holders

By: Capreek Nov 01, 2012

created at: 10/28/2012

Not only are these colorful glass votive holders stunning, they're a cinch to make!… Continue Reading

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Win a $450 Shopping Spree from Euro Style Lighting!

By: Capreek Oct 09, 2012

created at: 10/09/2012

Curbly and Euro Style Lighting have teamed up to host an Olioboard design contest! Entering is easy (and the prizes are awesome!) -- read on for more details on how to enter.… Continue Reading

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Make It: Modern DIY Geometric Frame Pendant Light

By: Capreek Oct 02, 2012

created at: 10/02/2012

Inspired by one of my favorite lights (the Frame Pendant by Iacoli & McAllister if you're curious), this DIY version is equally colorful and a fraction of the cost. Also? The perfect project for a rainy and cold autumn… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Modern DIY Cardboard Pendant Light

By: Capreek Sep 28, 2012

created at: 09/27/2012

Got a cardboard box? Awesome! Turn that sucker into a pendant light!… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Favorite IKEA Lamp Makeovers and Hacks

By: Capreek Sep 24, 2012

created at: 09/24/2012

What do salad bowls, bed frames, and shelf brackets have in common? They've all been turned into stylish, DIY lamps! Oh, and they're all readily available from IKEA. Here are ten of our favorite IKEA lighting hacks -- enjoy!… Continue Reading

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