How to Clean Up Your Basement (or Die Trying)

by Bruno Bornsztein

There is a secret I've been hiding. It is large, and it is dirty, and might even be in violation of a few state and federal laws. But hiding it doesn't make it any less real, so I've decided to just come out with it:

This is my basement.

And before you get any weird ideas; no, it's not full of dead bodies (dead mice, maybe). When I said state and federal laws I meant city and county building codes. But just because your basement isn't as bad as a murderer's doesn't mean it isn't really, really bad. Anyway, if that's the standard you're holding yourself to, you have bigger problems to deal with.

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My Colortopia: It Can Be Easy to Choose Paint Colors

by Bruno Bornsztein

I don't know about you, but that giant wall of color swatches at the home improvement store scares me to death. Whenever Alicia and I are painting a new room, we walk up to the paint department and I just stand there, mute, hoping she won't make me be the one to choose a color. 

MyColortopia

Well, Glidden paint has a new online tool that may eventually make the color-swatch-wall-paralysis problem moot.  It's called My Colortopia – a place where color-noobs and color-lovers alike can get advice on interior design and painting decisions.

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Roundup: 11 Great DIY Valentine's Day Ideas from the Curbly Archives

by Bruno Bornsztein

The Best Valentine's Post from the Curbly Archives

Wait, guys. Did you know Valentine's Day happens every year? It's true! It happened last year, and the year before that, and it'll happen again next year! And since we've been writing about cool (read: not cheesy, lame, and sappy) Valentine's Day projects for about five years now, I thought I'd dig up some old posts from the archives for your perusal. Check 'em out:

Make an Alexander Girard 'Heart' Valentine's Day Card

Girard Heart valentine

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8 Awesome Office Ideas from the Curbly Archives

by Bruno Bornsztein

Eight awesome office ideas from the Curbly archives

We're kicking off 2012 with workspace month – dedicated to helping you improve the spaces where you work and get creative. Whether that space is a home office or a soul-sucking cubicle (or, improbably, an amazingly great cubicle), we've got some good ideas for you. Check 'em out:

Capree's Mod Office Accessories Roundup

Mod office accessories roundup

Need a little inspiration to bring your office space into the modern era? You're not still using that cardboard desk calendar your realtor sends every year, are you? Well, Capree's the lass to get your time-travel started.

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Giveaway: Moen Twist Showerhead ($100 Value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

This week we've paired up with the folks at Moen to give away one of their new Twist Showerheads. The Twist is an innovative little gadget, a handheld shower that lets you switch between four spray settings easily, with the flick of your thumb. We got one to try out in our shower, and loved in (especially for bathing the little one).

Read on to find out how to enter the giveaway, and to hear what I thought about the review unit we tested out.

The Twist Showerhead from Moen

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The 5-Second Standing Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

This January (like last year) we're talking about the creative spaces where we get work (and art, and doodles, and crafts, etc.) done. Yesterday I stopped by a letterpress printer's shop (getting some cards printed up for my upcoming trip to Alt Summit), and I was really struck by one thing. The guy's desk chair looked like it hadn't been used in about 27 years. His whole job happens standing up, moving around.

And then there's me. And my laptop. The majority of my work happens in the space between my fingertips and the keyboard, which means the rest of my body is out of the loop. But it turns out sitting your skeleton down in a chair all day is pretty much suicidal.

The five minute standing desk

Fortunately, our friend (and editor) Chris Gardner came up with a quick way to fashion a standing desk out of 

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What's Your Color? Take the My Life, My Colors Quiz

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's that part of year when next year's color trend predictions are coming out, and it's a good time to start thinking about bringing more color into your home. In our case, Alicia usually tries to repaint the living room at least once or twice a year, just for good measure, and to drive me completely crazy.

This week, we've teamed up with Glidden to bring you their My Life, My Colors, quiz (below), a quick set of questions that'll help you...

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Hit List: Recapping Our 2011 Holiday Content (Gift Guides, DIYs and more!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Holiday Hit List - the best posts of the 2011 holiday season


We've made a real effort this year to ramp up our original content and roundups for the holiday season. Believe it or not, we actually started planning this stuff out in August! As a result, I think we have a collection of gift guides, roundups, and original content that is really superb (I admit, even I was shocked by how many posts it turned out to be).

In case you've missed any of it, or just want an easy way to see it all laid out, I'm going to list it all below! Come along!

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Curbly Essentials: Print-and-Cut Paper Snowflake Templates

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly Essentials: Paper Snowflake Templates

This month, we're giving away a free series of useful PDF tutorials that are perfect for the holiday season. We're calling it "Curbly Essentials", and today's download is a set of nine printable, cut-out-able paper snowflake templates. These sweet-looking things are modeled after photomicrogaphy of real snowflakes (if you have a minute, look at some of these images, they're amazing). 

Read on to see how to get today's download: Curbly...

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