On Mowing the Lawn

by Bruno Bornsztein

The blades of the push mower go shlick-shlack-shlick-shlack through the three-weeks-since-its-last-mowing grass as cuttings stick to my legs in the humid evening air when suddenly a dark blob goes flying away from me and oh it's a frog! and it lands perfectly in the middle of the sidewalk and does not move and then begins to seep, seep bright glossy red slowly from its underside as though he was an ink pen staining a sheet so I approach slowly...

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The One Crazy Thing My Wife Did That Makes Me Want to Get Into Risky Business

by Bruno Bornsztein

Niche Boutique - Minnesota fashion and lifestyle pop up shop

Don't worry, this post is rated G (sorry if you were hoping otherwise). But although there's nothing racy that follows, there is a pretty inspiring story. As I mentioned last week, one of my big goals for the coming year is to push myself to do things that feel completely, totally crazy and out of my comfort zone. 

This is not my natural tendency, at all. I always like to say I'm a small thinker, and maintainer, a...

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This All Changes Today

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Hennepin County Library - my 'office' for the first few months of Curbly's life.
Free WiFi and a coffee shop on the first floor.

I'm just going to admit it. I'm not really a blogger. I launched Curbly ten years ago, and somehow, amazingly, it has developed into a successful blog (and business). But in that time I've written maybe a handful of things that would even qualify as blog posts.

Why?!

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When Autumn Leaves Start to Wall

by Bruno Bornsztein


Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It's a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song's chords and melody at the same time, and ... hey, isn't this supposed to be a DIY blog!?

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Our Secret Tool for Making Interior and Tabletop Photo Shoots a Success, Every Time

by Bruno Bornsztein

I've been taking pictures of rooms for a long time, going all the way back to our very first Curbly room makeover projectShudder. Some of those old photos make me wish the internet was like Snapchat ... swiftly-disappearing. 

But the nice thing about old pictures (that I hate) is that they're a good way of measuring how far my photography skills have come, so I can really be proud of more recent photos I've created, like this:

Nursery School gym makeover


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IKEA Hack: How to Make a Modern Concrete Pendant Lamp

by Bruno Bornsztein

Make an IKEA-hacked concrete pendant lamp

Are you a fan of IKEA hacking? Do you love concrete? Of course you do! This light pendant project employs ShapeCrete, a uniquely shape-able concrete that allows the user to “pack” the mixture into a form, eliminating the need for complicated knockouts and additional forming supplies (read: save money, time and headaches). Unlike traditional concrete, ShapeCrete allows us to take advantage of a huge range of pre-made molds and forms to create concrete objects like this uber-stylish pendant.

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Welcome to the New Curbly!

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly Logomark

Hey, are you even reading this? A huge number of our readers probably aren't, because most of you come here from Google or Pinterest searching for one specific thing, and then leave. That's exactly what we're trying to change with this redesign. We're re-branding Curbly in hopes of making it a place you trust to inspire and teach you, every day.

When Curbly launched, nine years ago, these things didn't exist: iPhones, Pinterest, self-driving cars, and my two children. Curbly was meant to be a social network for people who were into design, decor, and home improvement. And while our mission, "Love Where You Live", hasn't changed, just about everything else has.

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