5 Inspiring Trash-to-Treasure Rooms

By: Craftmel Mar 21, 2012

created at: 03/20/2012

We're all busy cleaning and sprucing and organizing this month, and one of the side effects from the Spring-Cleaning bug is we tend to notice that things need a little... updating.  Well, these rooms needed a little more than updating... they needed a complete overhaul and some much needed decorative ingenuity.  Want to take a peek?   Continue Reading

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How To: Turn Button-Up Shirts into Throw Pillows!

By: Capreek Mar 13, 2012

created at: 03/12/2012

Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did!  It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen.  Also?  Her "before and after" photos totally cracked me up:   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 most up-and-coming boxContinue Reading

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Alternative Uses for Baking Soda: Free Cheat Sheet Download

By: Bruno Mar 13, 2012

Alternative uses for baking soda (PDF download)
This month we're focusing on cleaning and organization, and we're giving away a series of helpful cheat sheet PDFs from the Curbly library. So far, we've shared a kitchen cleaning cheat sheet, a bathroom cleaning cheat sheet, and a general house cleaning cheat sheet. Today, we're unveiling a brand new one: a cheat sheet with alternative and household uses for baking soda.

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Roundup: 8 Clever DIY Ways to Organize Your Recycling

By: Diy maven Mar 09, 2012

created at: 03/12/2012Around here, we take recycling very seriously.  My sweetie even takes things to work that can be recycled there that can't go in our weekly curbside pick-up. With so much to recycle--and to know what goes where--we need to have a recycling system. A few months back we did treat ourselves to Simple Human's Rectangular Recycler. (Which, BTW, if you're going to buy one, buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond and use their 20% off coupon because, otherwise...ouch.) But that's for INSIDE. Now we need to tackle the outside. Oh, well. One step at a time. With these ideas, I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Now, on to the roundup!   Continue Reading

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Inexpensive Art from Throwaways

By: Diy maven Mar 08, 2012

created at: 03/06/2012

Can you guess what the maker used to create these art pieces? Here's a hint: not paint chips.Continue Reading

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7 Creative Storage Solutions to Curb the Clutter

By: Craftmel Mar 08, 2012

created at: 03/07/2012

Our family of five lives in a small condo here in Arizona, and after our latest adorable addition came 3 months ago we've had to get really creative with our space.  I have to utilize every square inch of real estate here and that means that there is no room for monsters under our beds- we've got too much crammed under there for them to move in.  The need to keep things at a controlled chaos has caused me to search for creative storage solutions like the under-the-bed rolling storage bins above by That's My Letter, and I thought I'd share a few!   Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Using Umbrellas as Lampshades

By: Diy maven Mar 07, 2012

Scraphaker's roundup of umbrellas used as lampshades has made me pea-green with envy...because I wish I had thought of it first. Be damned bad luck, you'll want to Continue Reading

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GENIUS: Turn a Lotion Bottle into a Cell Phone Charger Holder

By: Diy maven Feb 29, 2012

created at: 02/29/2012

Ashley wanted to have a place to stash her cell phone while charging. Inspiration struck when she saw this little item on Amazon. After reading less than stellar reviews, she decided to make one using an empty baby lotion bottle. The outcome? See for yourself:Continue Reading

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Roundup: 9 Cool & Creative Uses for Old Coffee Cans

By: Diy maven Feb 27, 2012

created at: 02/27/2012 

My mom and dad--and grandma and grandpa--all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn't meet one with which they could part. It's rubbed off on me, I'm afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:

Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner Continue Reading

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Franken-Furniture

By: Diy maven Feb 21, 2012

created at: 02/21/2012

These old pieces of furniture were disassembled and then re-assembled into a new piece of furniture with an entirely new purpose. Note the various hooks, all of which were parts of the chair. Dr. Frankenstein would be so proud.Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Totally Awesome Leftover Wallpaper Projects!

By: Capreek Feb 15, 2012

created at: 02/15/2012

After under-ordering the wallpaper for our little half bath a few years ago, I was super paranoid about not having enough when we put up this bold, colorful pattern in our guest room.  Turns out, I completely over-ordered and now we have practically a whole roll sitting unused in a closet somewhere.  I've been itching to put it to use in a fun and creative way--and I think I may have hit the jackpot with these five DIY ideas!   Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Inspiring Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeovers!

By: Capreek Feb 13, 2012

created at: 02/13/2012

Sure, you can toss thousands of dollars at a bedroom makeover and it'll probably look pretty great.  But today we're celebrating the unique creativity of DIYers who make their spaces look like a million bucks on a budget.  Check out our ten favorite budget-friendly bedroom makeovers from the Curbly archives--they're full of thrifty inspiration and clever DIY projects!   Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Plastic Spoon Pendant Lights

By: Diy maven Feb 08, 2012

icff 2010, international furniture fair, design squish blog

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 above) into Continue Reading

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More Than Just Paint: 5 Inspiring DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas

By: Craftmel Feb 08, 2012

created at: 02/07/2012A coat of fresh paint can change a worn piece of furniture into something new altogether, and has served as a tool in every DIY design fan's arsenal. And sometimes, the piece is just right to create even more impact with texture...giving a piece a custom, hand-designed look. Here are five DIY ideas to give your dresser a full-on, next-level makeover.

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