I love living right across the street from the public library. Sure, it makes checking out and returning things a breeze (and late fees inexcusable), but there's another benefit. Every six weeks or so, when I see the "Friends of Library Book Sale" sign hit the sidewalk, I can scootch right over and snag the best goodies for a cool 25¢ each.
Last week, I talked about finding interiors inspiration in the most unlikely of places, and this week I am building on that post with ten tips to a cozy, modern space.
The more places I decorate, the more I am reminded that decorating a home should be stress-free and fun. You just have to take it one room at a time. Right now, my husband and I are working on our living room. So I thought that would be a good place to start with today's tips.
I love poufs. Whether they're knitted, made from floor mats, or sewn from sturdy canvas (like this one), I think they look good in any room (not to mention the fact that they make excellent spare seating)!
Like I mentioned before, we don't really have an entryway that allows for a lot of coat rack/wall hook/shoe storage/seating fuss. That's not to say that I'm not constantly looking for inspiration in other people's spaces! Here are 10 clean and modern entryways and "landing zones" that could be adapted or re-interpreted for just about any home -- take a peek!
I'll admit that the coat rack/wall hook situation in our entryway (which is really just our living room) needs a little help. When we have guests over, they inevitably ask, "So... uh, where do you want me to put my coat?" -- which means "Dude. Get a coat rack already." We end up tossing jackets over the back of a random piece of furniture and call it day, but I'd love to surprise our friends with an actual, honest-to-goodness coat rack or wall hook the next time they come over. One of these modern DIY options ought to do the trick!
I spotted this ridiculously awesome (and relatively easy) DIY furniture project the other day and thought, "Oh my goodness. The world must know of this!" And you are the world, dear Curbliers -- or we are, if Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie are to be believed.
I'm constantly in awe of the quality of creative printables that amazing people choose to giveaway, FREE!
Here's my round up of a few of my favorite Valentine's Day themed items, from tongue and cheek whoopee cushions through to adorable geometric heart sharped boxes, there is something for everyone!
You may be familiar with the Unikko pattern, an iconic floral print from Finnish textile giant Marimekko. The bold print has been around since 1964 and graces everything from bedding to ceramics to shoes to cotton fabric-by-the-yard. It's the floral darling of the textile design world. It also, apparently, makes for a fine-tasting macaron!
No room inside for a crafting/creating/dreaming/making space? Consider taking your passions outside!
How to: Make a DIY Faceted Wooden Gem Paperweight...or Decorative Object...or Whatever This Is
I do as much as I can to stay paperless in my office. With online bill pay, shared online documents, lots of apps and software, and a general goal of wasting less, I can get pretty close, save for my trusty notebook and craft supplies. I've even moved my multi-tiered tray off my desk to create more working room.
But, no matter how I try, there's always a small pile of 8 1/2x11"s that I just can't seem to shake. And without an inbox/outbox setup, they just won't stay still. So, I decided I needed a paperweight. You know, to weigh down actual papers.
Currently, all our pendant lighting needs are being met, but the next time I need something awesome (and inexpensive) to light our place, I will definitely try out this DIY origami lamp!
Oh hey, remember this? My super gross office? Yeah, that bad boy is getting a makeover no matter which way you look at it. Since I'm a visual person and a planner, inspiration boards are a must! Check out my color choices and product picks -- and the spaces and artwork that inspired them -- below!
If you've caught a couple of my previous posts you'll know I'm a sucker for washi tape. While I've seen some great uses before I love this larger than life geometric art feature, it's one of the coolest creative uses I've seen and very much on trend.
Who doesn't love a pop of shiny, metallic goodness? This design trend has been hot for a couple years and, judging by the huge amount of gold and copper DIY projects we keep seeing, it doesn't appear to be going out of style anytime soon. If your own space could use a little touch of shine, check out these easy vase and planter projects -- they'll add just the right amount of flair to desktops, counters, or windowsills!
Many of us suffer from what I call 'White Wall Syndrome'. We spend so much time analyzing what to hang on them by pinning ideas and laboring over artworks we can't afford that we don't get around to actually doing anything with them!
This simple project is a great way to get some color up on your walls without costing the earth -- and it's the perfect family holiday project!
My facet-loving heart nearly exploded when these wall hooks showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago. Always up to a DIY challenge, my good friend (and Curbly Editor-in-Chief) Chris was kind enough to create these from scratch when I asked him if he thought it was something he could pull off. Not only did he rise to the challenge, but he did it in a way that anyone with some basic woodworking skills could re-create for themselves!
If puppy and kitten calendars aren't quite your thing, we've got a sweet DIY project that's sure to tickle your modern-aesthetic-loving fancy!
I love that this calendar can be used year after year, not to mention the fact that it's just plain awesome to look at. To recreate the look, all you need is some chalkboard paint and a bit of painter's tape. Check out Stylizimo for tips and a tutorial on getting...
The year is beginning to wind down, with New Year's just ten days away. It's been a great 12 months, filled with plenty of DIYs and no shortage of trends, from neon and color blocked to polka dots and ombre. To celebrate the trends of the year, here's a top 40 list focused on the best design trend projects of 2012.
I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I...
As 2012 rolls to a close, we're paying tribute to a year full of awesome DIY ideas with roundups of our most-loved projects and posts! First up, our ten favorite art and art-inspired decor projects. Enjoy!