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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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Kicking Off Our Spring Gardening Plans (Plus a $200 Cash Giveaway!)

By: Alicia Apr 17, 2014

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We've spent the last two years working on the inside of the Curbly House, and it's high time we started focusing some of our energy on the outside. Specifically, the yard - a space that's in shabby shape after months of construction and damage from heavy machinery. We needed a kick in the pants to get going on the landscaping, and are starting small with a vegetable garden project with the help of Duluth Trading Co. 

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A Perfectly Purple Little Girl's Room Makeover

By: Alicia Apr 11, 2014

SW National Painting Week Feature

We are thrilled to be a part of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week again this year. It's one of our favorite weeks because it involves some of our favorite bloggers doing amazing things with paint! If you haven't had a look at all of the amazing things happening this week, please take a look at Thrifty Decor Chic's walk-in closet makeover and Recycle Consign & Design's chairContinue Reading

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A Sneak Peek at Our National Painting Week Project

By: Alicia Apr 04, 2014

This year we're lucky to be a part of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week! It's great fun joining a bunch of other awesome bloggers to show off the amazing impact paint has on a home. 

In the past, we've played it a little safe with our National Painting Week projects, sticking to neutral grays. But this year, our project packed a punch and is anything but safe. Here's a sneak peek of some of the colors we worked with:

SW National Painting Week Violets

We're thrilled to be in the company of some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers, including Remodelaholic, Design Crush, Simply Grove,… Continue Reading

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Springpad Notebook Apps for DIY Organization

By: Alicia Mar 19, 2014

Springpad Industrial DIY notebook
Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Springpad team to help you tackle DIY projects and perfect your handiwork skills. Springpad is a popular personal organizer app used by millions to keep track of everything from projects to supply lists. It's free and you can use it on the web, iPhone and iPad, Android, Kindle, and Nook.

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Stop Wasting Money on Cleaning Products: Make 4 Simple DIY Cleaning Solutions (with Free Printable Labels!)

By: Alicia Mar 14, 2014

DIY cleaning solution recipes with free printable labels (PDF download)
Over the last month I've been experimenting with making my own cleaning solutions. I was skeptical about the effectiveness of a homemade, natural-ish cleaner, but given the amount we were spending each month on 'green' cleaning products, I thought it was worth a go. 

The good news is that I've discovered four recipes that are easy to put together and good at getting the job done. Below are a collection of recipes. And, pretty… Continue Reading

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Free Download: Curbly's Alternative Uses Cheat Sheet Bundle

By: Alicia Mar 10, 2014

Alternative Uses Cheat Sheet

March is here and in our neck of the woods, Spring arrived like a lion. If you're anything like me, the extra sunlight and climbing temperatures make you want to scrub your house from head to toe.

To help you feed your spring fever, we've compiled a set of PDFs to help you tend your house using items you have around the house (vinegar, coffee grounds, baking soda, and olive oil). Read on to find out how to download the set!

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