8 Awesome Office Ideas from the Curbly Archives

By: Bruno Jan 26, 2012

Eight awesome office ideas from the Curbly archives
We're kicking off 2012 with workspace month – dedicated to helping you improve the spaces where you work and get creative. Whether that space is a home office or a soul-sucking cubicle (or, improbably, an amazingly great cubicle), we've got some good ideas for you. Check 'em out:

Capree's Mod Office Accessories Roundup
Mod office accessories roundup

Need a little inspiration to bring your office space into the modern era? You're not still using that cardboard desk calendar your realtor sends every year, are you? Well, Capree's the lass to get your time-travel started.Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Easy DIY Worktops and Desks You Can Make Yourself!

By: Capreek Jan 17, 2012

 created at: 01/16/2012

Whether you're crafting, blogging, drawing, or drafting, we've got the DIY desk for you.  Check out ten of our faves below and let us know which worktop has you worked up!   

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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 out of 

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Organize Your Space: DIY Craft Table

By: Craftmel Jan 11, 2012

created at: 01/10/2012

One of my main challenges as a creative person (I like to think of myself as such!) is the mess that comes along with it.  It seems to me like a good solution to the constant moving of project piles would be a good storage solution, like this DIY desk.   Continue Reading

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Napkin Folding 101: Style Up Your Thanksgiving Table

By: Craftmel Nov 23, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

By now, most Thanksgiving dinner plans have been made and we're all working on finishing touches, like how to make our Thanksgiving tables look their best.  If you aren't going to go the napkin/napkin ring route, you can always use some creative folding to add a little extra wow to the table.   Continue Reading

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A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

By: Bruno Nov 10, 2011

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was drivingContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Fall Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

By: Craftmel Nov 02, 2011

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

I've been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while.  Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn't an option, since all we've got are cacti and Mesquite trees 'round these parts.  This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I've got exactly what I wanted.  Want to make one too?  Read on to find out how, and get a 20% discount on the fabrics used in this post!Continue Reading

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How To: Make Faux Leather Autumn Napkin Rings

By: Craftmel Nov 01, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

I know that the time to host family and friends for cozy dinners and parties is upon us, so I thought it would be a good idea to make some napkin rings to make place settings a little more festive.  Read on to make this VERY easy project!Continue Reading

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Brilliant Candlestick to Pedestal Table Conversion!

By: Diy maven Oct 19, 2011

created at: 10/19/2011

Think back to all those goofy candlesticks you saw the last time you were at the thrift store. Now think of all that ugly art you also saw. Now think about how they'd look turned into a pedestal table. Now think....oh forget it. Just look at this:Continue Reading

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Make It: A Rustic Log Slice Side Table

By: Kellyb Oct 07, 2011

created at: 10/06/2011

Every time I see someone trimming a tree or cutting one down all I see are slices of possibility. Stools, wall plaques, coasters, so many options! Well, here's another one to add to the list.   Continue Reading

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Curbly Giveaway: Craftsman 10" Laser Trac Table Saw ($349 value)

By: Bruno Oct 03, 2011

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

created at: 07/11/2011

If you're like me, always trundling over to the neighbor's garage to borrow time on his table saw, then this is the giveaway you've been waiting for. This week, we've teamed up with the folks at Craftsman to give you guys a really solid, 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (model 21807). This thing retails for almost 350 bucks, and the reviews on it are overwhelmingly good (seriously, look for yourself, it's one of Consumer Research's best buys) 

Craftsman 10" Table Saw with Laser Trac (#21807)

And, over at ManMadeDIY, we're also giving away a really nice Craftsman Miter Saw, so you can double your chances to win (well, I'm not a statistician, not maybe not really, but come on). 

Last weekend, our own Chris Gardner was on a fun online TV called the Craftsman Experience, showing off his mad tooling skills, so we're excited to let you have a chance to win one for yourself.

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Make Katie's Bedside Table

By: Diy maven Sep 20, 2011

created at: 09/20/2011

Katie needed a bedside table, so like any resourceful DIYer, she made one. And you'll never guess what she used to get the job done. Continue Reading

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Make It: A Rolling Coffee Table with Hidden Storage!

By: Capreek Sep 14, 2011

created at: 09/14/2011

Roll out!  Or roll away.  Or roll open, shut, or partially closed at a jaunty angle.  All this (and more!) is possible with this colorful DIY coffee table.  Say goodbye to storage woes, my friends... and just keep rollin'.   Continue Reading

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How To: Turn Any Bookshelf Into a Fold-Out Desk

By: Chrisjob Aug 31, 2011

I work from home, so I'm extremely grateful to have a dedicated office and craft room. But, I realize that's not always possible when space is at a premium. Luckily, if you have a space to store your books, you have space to create a custom, storable office, in the form of a fold-out desk.   Continue Reading

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Back to School: Colorful Essentials for Happy Dorm Living!

By: Capreek Aug 24, 2011

created at: 08/24/2011

It's back to school season and for many starting or returning to college, a white cinder block room awaits.  Hooray for student housing!  Balancing school, jobs, and a social life is difficult enough, so we're making sure your home away from home is as non-depressing as possible.  We've rounded up a few of our favorite colorful essentials to make dorm life happy on the inside - and friendly on your student budget!   

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