The 5-Second Standing Desk

By: Bruno Jan 12, 2012

This January (like last year) we're talking about the creative spaces where we get work (and art, and doodles, and crafts, etc.) done. Yesterday I stopped by a letterpress printer's shop (getting some cards printed up for my upcoming trip to Alt Summit), and I was really struck by one thing. The guy's desk chair looked like it hadn't been used in about 27 years. His whole job happens standing up, moving around.

And then there's me. And my laptop. The majority of my work happens in the space between my fingertips and the keyboard, which means the rest of my body is out of the loop. But it turns out sitting your skeleton down in a chair all day is pretty much suicidal.The five minute standing desk

Fortunately, our friend (and editor) Chris Gardner came up with a quick way to fashion a standing desk… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Delightful Flowered Pillow Cover

By: Diy maven Jan 11, 2012
Ashley made this flowered pillow cover using a fancy fabric cutting machine called Go! Cutter, but she assures us that it's not necessary in its construction. Stacks of circles cut out of orange fabric scraps and some clever folding techniques give the flowers dimension. The overall outcome is nothing less than delightful! You can check out the entire tutorial at make it and love it.
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Genius and Easy Chair Seat Idea

By: Diy maven Dec 19, 2011

Seatless Chair

Do you have a 'seatless' chair like the one pictured above stashed in your basement or garage just waiting to be 'done?' Your first thought for making a new seat was probably a hunk of upholstered plywood, right? Before you get out the saw, look at this:    
Martha's team used 2 inch cotton (or nylon) webbing cut into strips and then woven across the seat and secured with a staple gun. A… Continue Reading
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How To: Make and Upholster a Storage Ottoman

By: Capreek Dec 19, 2011

created at: 12/19/2011

Ah, the ubiquitous storage ottoman!  These multi-functional bad boys can be had for cheap, cheap, cheap from just about any discount store, thrift store, yard sale, or "super mega market".  Of course, they're usually covered in some sort of horrible quality, lime green microfiber... maybe even hot pink with sparkly purple piping.  You know what I'm talking about.  Fortunately, there's an easy solution to all this garishly-colored… Continue Reading

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Make It: Pottery Barn Felt Wreath Pillow Knockoff

By: Diy maven Nov 08, 2011

Felt Wreath Pillow

There's knock offs and then there's knock ons, (as in 'right ons'), like Brandi's interpretation of Pottery Barn's new Jeweled Wreath Embroidered PIllow ($45), which couldn't get much more 'on'. To make it easier on herself, she… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Vintage-y Button Pillow

By: Diy maven Oct 27, 2011

created at: 10/26/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

This summer, while my boo and I were exploring one of our state's many charming and historic little towns, we happened to stop in at an antique and consignment shop. My 'pass' radar went up fairly quickly, but I did the cursory scan just to be polite. I was just about to turn tail and head out the door when my very observant boo said, "Look at this." He pointed to something I hadn't seen before and can only describe as a sack-like, vintage-y button pillow. I replied in a whisper--because that's what you do when you discuss knocking something off you see in a store--"I can totally make that!" Thus, the seed for this project was planted. I didn't have any specific fabrics in mind...until I scanned the selection at Fabric Direct. It was within their inventory that I found the perfect textiles for the job. So, how do we make one of these babies, and how can you get a 20% discount on the supplies?… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Mondrian-ish Patchwork Pillow

By: Diy maven Oct 20, 2011

created at: 10/20/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Did you hear that? Piet Mondrian just rolled over in his grave. (Either that or my cat fell off the chair on which she's napping.) Some of you may remember that I made a pillow based on the artist's iconic Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow in the fabulous Curbly title, Make It! Midcentury Modern. That interpretation was a, more or less, one-for-one fabric reinterpretation. For this new version, I decided to go a bit more lighthearted with what might be called Patchwork in Red, Blue and Yellow. 

Read on to find out how to make your own pillow, and get a special limited time discount on the fabrics IContinue Reading

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How to: Make a Spider Web Pillow

By: Craftmel Oct 11, 2011
created at: 10/11/2011
This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

I've got a fun way to bring some Halloween spirit to your home: a spider web pillow! Having grown up in the home of a soft furnishings professional, I'm something of a pillow snob, so I want to share how to make a high-end pillow the way the pros do.  Once you learn a few tricks, you'll never go back!

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Eye Candy: Bubble Chairs

By: Diy maven Sep 22, 2011

bubble chair

In 1968, after he conceived the Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio, a pioneer in using plastics in industrial design, created the Bubble Chair as a reduction of its predicessor. He wanted the chair to be light-filled, and since, as Aarnio maintained, "There is no nice way to make a clear pedestal," it had to hang from the ceiling. Iconic in shape, the space-age design is as fresh today as it was 45 years ago. Original Eero Aarnio Bubble Chairs are still to be had. To find a retailer near you, visit Eero Aarnio. (An original clocks in at around $4,700 whereas a knock off will set you back around $900.)

Okay, that was the 'good for you' educational part of this post. Now, let's get to the dessert, shall we? The photo pictured above looks to be straight out of 1968, white boots and all. Less downtown girl, the suburban-like interior (pictured below) from Twenty First Century Retro is… Continue Reading

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DIY Pallet Sofa

By: Diy maven Sep 13, 2011

created at: 09/13/2011

A couple of pallets stacked on top of each other, some throws, a bunch of pillows and cushions and Nina had herself a pretty sofa. Perfect for a porch (sleeping or otherwise), or, in… Continue Reading

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From Dumpster to Divine: Granny Rocker

By: Diy maven Aug 29, 2011

Thisis one of the reasons why I love dumpster diving. Ashley was the intrepid soul who did the diving and rescued this granny rocker. What does it look like… Continue Reading

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How to Turn a Vintage Suitcase into a Chair!

By: Diy maven Aug 24, 2011

created at: 08/24/2011

Remember Big Cat's adorable vintage suitcase cum bed? Well...Kate's chair is giving that kitty cozy a run for its money. Besides the fact that it's as cute as a button, she also assures us that the chair is super comfy. For those of us already planning a… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 DIY Kitchen Tables, Islands, and Cupboards You Can Make Yourself

By: Craftmel Aug 23, 2011

For the amount of time we spend in our kitchens (or, if you are like me, should spend in their kitchen), it is likely we have some DIY touches here and there to make it our own unique space.  Today I've rounded up twelve kitchen furnishing staples, all do-it-yourself style.

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How to Make a Blue Plate Special Pillow

By: Diy maven Aug 04, 2011

No, it's not just a comment on its color or pattern. This pillow was ACTUALLY made using a plate, AND, I might add, Curbly's favorite spray paint: Krylon. Here's the shopping… Continue Reading

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Snazzy Aluminum Lawn Chair Re-Web Makeover

By: Kellyb Jul 29, 2011

created at: 07/29/2011

Everyone has at least one of these old aluminum lawn chairs tucked into a dusty corner of the garage or porch. And every spring you think about how you should really just toss it, but then where would you sit come summer? Sure, you could go out and but new ones, but where's the fun in… Continue Reading

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