Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

By: Chrisjob Apr 27, 2011

created at: 04/27/2011

Head's up, friends. Easter is over, spring has sprung, and we're moving on to a whole new season. First up: Mother's Day, which occurs on May 8th this year. To help you celebrate in style, we've asked our friend Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationery firm based in Portland, Oregon, to share some unique, independently designed and printed cards to share with your cool Mom. Embossed bouquets? No… Continue Reading

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Crafty Idea: Geometric Wall Art from Paint Chips!

By: Capreek Apr 26, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

So, let's say you collected a ton of paint chips for that Easter Egg Garland, but a) never made it or b) got greedy at the paint store and have a bunch of "left overs"... What do you do now?  Why, make some cool, mod, geometric wall art, that's… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Geometric Hanging Mirror Art

By: Craftmel Apr 26, 2011

created at: 04/26/2011

When decorating a home on a budget, it is always fun to glean inspiration from the pros, and make it a DIY. That is exactly what this mom and daughter team did to recreate this mirror art from Z… Continue Reading

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Chair Turned Picture Frame

By: Diy maven Apr 18, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

Just when you thought you had seen every kind of chair makeover imaginable, some clever individual decides to turn one into a picture frame. That clever person… Continue Reading

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Inspiration: Replicating Modern Art?

By: Diy maven Apr 14, 2011


If you're in need of some big art, you probably also have a big boring wall. Consider yourself lucky, because this decor problem really is a great opportunity to get your arteest on. Check out these creations, all of which could be reinterpreted to go onto thrifty MDF or even directly on the wall. BTW: I chose these particular pieces because of their linear quality, meaning you could use painter's… Continue Reading

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Roundup: Modern Easter Decor and Projects

By: Craftmel Apr 11, 2011

created at: 04/11/2011

Easter decor doesn't have to be all fluffy bunnies and fuzzy chicks.  Things like vintage letterpress typography (above) from Etsy seller  MonkiVintage can add a great touch of modern Easter whimsy to your home.  We've gathered a few more Easter ideas for you this year as the perfect addition to the… Continue Reading

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Make It: Faux Metal Wall Art

By: Diy maven Apr 05, 2011

You'll never guess what Suzy's faux metal wall art is made out of. Here's a pic of the… Continue Reading

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Five Eames Chairs that Aren't Just for Seating

By: Craftmel Apr 05, 2011


created at: 04/04/2011

In my opinion, the most loved and easily recognized and furniture designers of the Mid-Century are Charles and Ray Eames.  Together, they had the Midas touch when it came to home furnishings; if the Eames' designed it, it became a classic. 

If you aren't lucky enough to own an actual Eames Chair of any variety, how about using their images as… Continue Reading

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How To: Give an Inexpensive Door Mat a Welcoming Modern Makeover

By: Chrisjob Apr 04, 2011

created at: 04/04/2011

My hardwood floors took a beating this winter. All the in-and-outs with the snow, salt, and drippy boots left a dull, gray haze over the major traffic areas. So, I went to the local home improvement center to get a door mat, and guess what - there wasn't a one that could be considered "contemporary" and certainly not modern. All the nice ones were covered with Celtic designs, and puppy paw prints, and weird flowers...and the plain ones were this terrible chemical-laden black plastic that looked like it was more interested in welcoming folks to a factory rather than as guests to my… Continue Reading

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Craftivism: Yarnbombing and Other Shenanigans

By: Brittanymauriss Mar 31, 2011

created at: 03/30/2011

Craft + activism = craftivism. Speaking out through creativity. Exhibit A: yarnbombing potholes like the artist Juliana Santacruz Herrerra, who took to the streets of Paris with soft, squishy yarn. Her agenda? Highlight the deteriorating city… Continue Reading

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How to Make Your Own DIY Silverware Silhouettes

By: Craftmel Mar 30, 2011

created at: 03/29/2011

One of my favorite pieces of art in our home is a set of giant silverware pieces hanging on our dining room wall.  You can say I'm a sucker for large-scale forks, so it is no surprise that I got all giddy when I came across this set of silverware silhouettes.… Continue Reading

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Make a Fabulous Wall Feature from PVC Pipe

By: Craftmel Mar 29, 2011

created at: 03/23/2011

When one gal had spare PVC in her backyard after installing a sprinkler system, she turned excess into… Continue Reading

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3 Excellent DIY Wall Mirrors

By: Bruno Mar 28, 2011

Wall mirrors are a great way to add some punch to a room, while also opening up the space and making it seem bigger. Melissa at 320 Sycamore DIY'ed this great 'wall-o-mirrors' for her daughter's bedroom. Total cost $19.98:

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Curbly Giveaway: UPrinting Poster Prints

By: Bruno Mar 28, 2011

created at: 03/09/2011


Hey Curbliers, this week we have a nice giveaway from, where you can find lots of easy ways to get custom printed products. We're giving away a 18 x 24" poster print to five lucky winners (selected randomly). You can upload any image you like, and they'll print it in high definition with a matte or glossy finish and send it to you with a one-day turnaround! 

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Shape Spectacular: The Evolution of the Donut

By: Conmoderndiy Mar 24, 2011

created at: 03/11/2011

Black Lace/Veiled Square Bangle, 2008, by artist David Watkins.  Photo courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum.  See more David Watkins below.

The donut shape is the unsung hero of human ingenuity.  Look at archaelogical evidence of early wheels, for example - they were basically donuts.  The driving force behind technological innovation?  Perhaps.  A delightfully simple core element of design? … Continue Reading

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