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Curbly Pumpkin Challenge: Make Quirky Pumpkin Dioramas

By: Alicia Oct 17, 2014

Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create an series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

The best school assignment in the world is the diorama. It's an indisputable fact: Gathering tiny objects and assembling… Continue Reading

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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

By: Alicia Oct 02, 2014

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're posting… Continue Reading

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How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue

By: Alicia Sep 09, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue // ManMadeDIY

Curbly's Editor and ManMadeDIY extraordinaire, Chris, recently hosted an all-out backyard barbecue, and he's got all of the details - including clever tips, delicious wine, and recipes - on… Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Curbly House Garden Shed and Mini Backyard Makeover

By: Alicia Aug 28, 2014

The inside of the Curbly House has received a whole lot of love over the last couple years, while the backyard has been ignored with a capital "I".

We partnered with Lowe's to make some small improvements to the backyard and ended up with a mini makeover that improved the area tenfold. Read on for all… Continue Reading

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DIY Bleached Landscape Pillow

By: Alicia Aug 20, 2014


Our little boy was born two weeks before we moved into the Curbly House, and for the last two years - with the exception of a few pictures on the wall, his bedroom has remained untouched. For the most part, this has been intentional, because we wanted to hold off creating a space for him until we knew more about him. And, frankly, we be tired, and adding another room to our makeover list was just not in our cards... until now.

We're currently… Continue Reading

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A Guide to Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Blanket

By: Alicia Aug 05, 2014

Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Picnic Blanket

The dog days of summer are here and it's only matter of time before the heat becomes a distant memory. This time of year is fleeting, and we've been taking advantage of the sunlit evenings by eating almost all of our dinner picnic-style.

Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors; they're easy to pack, and even easier to clean up. We're rounded up a few tips and recipes to inspire your next picnic in the park. Read on for our… Continue Reading

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9 Tips for Smart Kid-Friendly Design

By: Alicia Jul 01, 2014


Creating a home that's both stylish and family-friendly can be a hard balance to strike. But, with some creativity and clever space planning, making your home a place that can be safely enjoyed by the entire family is achievable. We've rounded up a list of nine tips that blend style and function. 

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Adding Curb Appeal with Simple DIY Landscaping

By: Alicia Jun 02, 2014


The Curbly House has come a long way since we bought it two years ago. From major construction to a whirlwind makeover with the ever-talented Emily Henderson, the interior of the house has been showered with love. But, the outside, not so much.

This spring, we committed ourselves to begin the process of prettying up the outside of our house and creating some much needed curb appeal. While we have a long road ahead that includes having the… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Raised Bed Boulevard Garden Using the Square Foot Method

By: Alicia May 16, 2014

How to make a raised-bed boulevard garden
Last month we told you all about our raised bed garden plans, and today we're back with all the juicy details. In a nutshell, this was a huge project in terms of the research and planning, and the easiest when it came time to actually do it. It was a great lesson in "preparation is everything". We're so grateful to Duluth Trading Co. for giving us a motivational kick in the pants to get this project done.

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How To: Host a Simple Wine and Cheese Pairing Party

By: Alicia Apr 30, 2014

How to host a simple wine and cheese party.
Wine and cheese are like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire - gorgeous together and perfectly suited. But, like any great relationship, they're each complicated and require a little finesse and understanding to work well together.

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