How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

By: Chrisjob Jun 13, 2011

The mix of natural and manufactured materials is a look that'll never get old. A balance between handmade and nature-made can give your outdoor (or indoor) spaces a sense of playfulness and air of just-thoughtful-enough without seeming fussy.

Like these DIY upholstered tree stumps, created with a found bough,  and some fabric and batting. No sewing or complex measuring… Continue Reading

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Make It! A Romantic Outdoor Chandelier

By: Diy maven Jun 13, 2011

created at: 06/13/2011

Dining by candlelight indoors is one thing; dining outdoors by that is romantic. In this our third original outdoor decor project for the month we elevate the romance by constructing an outdoor chandelier. 

Note: If using REAL candles in your chandelier, keep in mind the distance of the flame to objects overhead. Add to… Continue Reading

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Our DIY Paver Stone Walkway: Part 1

By: Bruno Jun 10, 2011

Getting a little help with my DIY paver stone walkway project
This summer, I'm really excited because I'm getting a chance to completely re-do our back yard walkway. With sponsorship from the nice folks at, I'm going to tear out our old, cracked, incomplete concrete walk, and replace it with a brand new paver stone one. 

I'm chronicling my (mis)adventures in a series of guest posts over at the blog, and the first one went up today. In it, I walk you through what's wrong with our current walkway (um, everything?) and give you an idea how I plan to fix it. I hope you'll follow along with me as I attempt this not-so-simple DIY project; I'll be sharing all my experiences, costs, and lessons learned. 

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 16th at 11:59 pm central time toContinue Reading

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Make It: A Sleek Outdoor Fire Pit on the Cheap!

By: Capreek Jun 09, 2011

created at: 06/09/2011

Well, I don't know about you, but I think I just found my next project!  But, first things first...  

...are y'all reading The Art of Doing Stuff??  Now, I'm not one to tell people what to do, but this is one site you don't want to miss.  So, bookmark it, add it to your RSS feed, whatever you have to do, but READ IT.  Daily.

Update: Chris, Curbly's own editor-in-chief, came up with this great DIY concrete fire pit design using about $40 in materials.Continue Reading

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It's Summer: Make a DIY A-Frame Tent!

By: Capreek Jun 08, 2011

created at: 06/08/2011

School's out for the summer and that means lots of time for little ones to grow restless.  Encourage some old school imaginative play, indoors and out, with this DIY a-frame… Continue Reading

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Make It! A Rain Chain

By: Diy maven Jun 06, 2011

created at: 06/06/2011

In our second original outdoor decor project for this month, we're going to make a rain chain! Why? Because they've become a very popular alternative to the utilitarian downspout as a way to direct rain from your gutters to the ground. Search 'rain chain' on the google and you'll see that besides being popular, they can be very expensive. My DIY alternative, however, can be assembled in about an hour and costs around 30… Continue Reading

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From Tub to Tuffet (NEW How-To Included!)

By: Diy maven Jun 03, 2011

created at: 06/03/2011


A galvanized steel tub, much like the one pictured above (albeit a bit older), went from holding curds and whey to propping up Miss Muffet's tired tooties. This particular itemContinue Reading

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How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Mod Outdoor Lounger

By: Capreek Jun 02, 2011

created at: 06/02/2011

Now that you've got your vertical pallet garden up and growing, it's time to sit back and soak in some rays from the comfort of a super cool pallet… Continue Reading

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How to Freshen Up Your Patio for Summer

By: Chrisjob Jun 02, 2011

created at: 06/02/2011

Now that spring cleaning is over, it’s time to focus on the area that gets the most use over the summer months – the patioEvery year around this time, families, neighbors and friends begin making plans for summer parties. Grills are cleaned and lawn mowers are powered up, but what about the patio or… Continue Reading

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You Have Too Much Lawn, and It's Driving You Nuts

By: Bruno Jun 02, 2011

It sounds almost un-American ... is there such a thing as too much lawn in a culture that glorifies riding lawn mowers and robotic grass trimmers? The overwhelming feeling about lawns seems to be "the more the better". And if they're more uniform than your wall-to-wall carpeting, even better.

Well, Evelyn Hadden, an award-winning gardening author and speak, is on a quest to change that. I came across her Web site,, a few… Continue Reading

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Make It! An Eames-Inspired Trellis

By: Diy maven Jun 01, 2011

created at: 06/01/2011

Okay my fellow Curblians, today we embark on a month-long how-to extravaganza of the outdoor decor variety! First up is my original design for an Eames-inspired trellis. It's super easy to make, which means you don't have to be an experienced carpenter to get fantastic results. So, without further ado....let's get… Continue Reading

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Double the Picnic Blanket Fun- A Summer DIY

By: Craftmel Jun 01, 2011

created at: 05/30/2011

The sun is out, and it is time to bust out your picnic baskets and frisbees.  But a picnic wouldn't be complete without a blanket!  Impress all your fellow picnic-goers with this practical DIY… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Paint Your Own Faux-Brick Sidewalk!

By: Capreek May 30, 2011

created at: 05/29/2011

Concrete sidewalk getting you down?  Spruce that bad boy up with this simple DIY idea!… Continue Reading

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5 Examples of Astroturf Used INDOORS

By: Diy maven May 24, 2011

Think of astroturf. Do images of 1950's 'welcome' mats or indoor sport stadiums came to mind? If so, check out these examples of the oh-so-green faux lawns used in home decor. You'll never think of astroturf in exactly the same way ever… Continue Reading

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Look Up! The Coolest Rooftop Gardens in NYC

By: Chrisjob May 20, 2011

created at: 05/20/2011

Before heading out for a sun-filled spring weekend, check out this amazing collection of eye candy. Refinery29 has assembled an amazing collection of New York City's amazing rooftop… Continue Reading

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