The Less Lamp: Ingenious or Ridiculous?

By: Diy maven Mar 24, 2011

created at: 03/24/2011


Right out the box, the Less Lamp really isn't much of a lamp at all. Its black egg shape lets no light pass through. Ridiculous, right? Which is why to make it 'work' you gotta break it with its accompanying pickaxe. Bust off a chunk or put dozens of little holes in it,… Continue Reading

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Clipped: Inspiration from around the Web

By: Bruno Mar 24, 2011

Here's some of what has been catching our attention lately:

Flux goes from flat to chair in only ten seconds.

The Flux chair (clipped by Designspark), goes from flat to ... not flat ten… Continue Reading

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12 Incredible Mosaics from Around the World & Web

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 23, 2011

Mosaics, I love you. Let me count the ways.

  • You are ancient.  The oldest evidence shown in the archaelogical record indicates that mosaics date back to 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia.
  • You are seemingly universal.  So many cultures and so many artistic traditions have adopted you as their own medium of expression.  Each work is imbued with a unique look specific to the time and place of the maker.
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Nintendo Duck Hunt Art Bomb

By: Diy maven Mar 22, 2011

The classiest piece of Duck Hunt art

Etsy seller dpad bombed a vintage duck print with the Duck from Nintendo's Duck Hunt. The picture measures 21" x 26"; the pixelated character is made from 1/4" tiles… Continue Reading

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Make Your Own Papier Mache Nightstand

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 11, 2011

Finding the right size side table or nightstand presents a challenge for the small space dweller. Here's a DIY side table/nightstand project to the rescue. Recycling  cardboard and paper into this functional piece of furniture brings the cost down to practically nothing, not to mention the eco-hip artsy practicality of the whole project.  See how… Continue Reading

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5 Rolled Magazine DIY Projects

By: Diy maven Mar 07, 2011

Two things glossy magazines have going for them: they're colorful and plentiful. This also means they're a perfect medium with which to make other stuff. The starburst pictured above seems… Continue Reading

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10 Marvelous Examples of Tea Bag Art

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2011

created at: 02/23/2011

Have you seen Armén Rotch’s tea bag art yet?  (Pictured above if you haven't.) They look a little like pixilated landscapes that, apparently, smell heavenly. After seeing them, and falling a little in love, I was wondering who else was making art using tea bags. Here's some of the best I found. 

These first two are by Alejandra Villasmil. There's… Continue Reading

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10 Architecturally Wondrous Staircases

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 23, 2011

A friend forwarded me one of those emails her husband got at work. It was full of photos of amazing staircases plus some strange magic eye type puzzles. Being the visual person that I am, I became completely fixated on the staircases and even went so far as to search for more and more visually indulging photos of creative staircases. I couldn't get enough. Who thinks of these… Continue Reading

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Curbly Giveaway: $100 VistaPrint Giftcard

By: Bruno Feb 21, 2011


Hey Curbliers, this week we're giving away a $100 gift card to, where you can get all kinds of custom printed products like invitations, calendars, t-shirts, and photo books:


How To Enter to Win

To win this giveaway, you need to leave a comment on this post:

  • Leave a comment in the section below. In it, tell us what you'd get printed up with your gift card,… Continue Reading
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4 Design Secrets to Conquer the Tall Wall Challenge

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 15, 2011

When so many people are challenged with decorating small spaces, it seems odd that there are those who struggle with decorating their great big tall walls. Luckily, there are more ways to capture and utilize that space than hanging a giant quilt way up there.(Don't you love those three poufs?)

1. Shelve it and use your collections as art. Functional, decorative and it pulls the wall into the coziness of… Continue Reading

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4 Hot Italian Font Wallpapers

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 09, 2011

Font decorating hasn't captivated me, until now. These four rooms, dressed up in graphic font wallpapers by the Italian company Wall and Deco, have me rethinking this whole font decor thing. These walls add just the right character (Ha!, no pun intended) and would provide hours of obsessive word searching. Oh! Get a load of that duvet and pillow combo.… Continue Reading

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Five Easy Tips to Make Small Rooms Seem Bigger

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 02, 2011

Interior decorators and home stagers hold the secret to making small spaces seem bigger. It may seem like a mystery, but there are concrete tricks of the trade that are routinely used to 'stretch' the walls out a few extra feet. It's all about the visual feel of things. 

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14 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Modern Male

By: Capreek Feb 01, 2011

created at: 01/31/2011

Valentine's Day will soon be upon us, so it's high time we bust out some gift guides!  If you've got a modern male on your sweetheart list, here are fourteen gift ideas he's sure to… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Ugly Pine Shelf Makes an Amazing Comeback

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 31, 2011

You know that aisle at Goodwill that has all the cruddy wood knick-knacks made out of pine with that yellow orangey stain? It's the one that has lots of wood pieces with heart shaped cut outs. Change of policy: Don't walk by it, stop and hunt for a display shelf. You will not believe what a little TLC did for this… Continue Reading

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Make a "LOVE" Sign

By: Diy maven Jan 25, 2011


Char used canvas and chipboard to replicate Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE. The project couldn't be easier, and… Continue Reading

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