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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: The Reveal!

By: Bruno Jul 05, 2011

 

The big reveal! My patio/walkway project is finally done!

I spent a big part of June re-doing our backyard with a brand-new paver stone walkway and patio, sponsored by HouseLogic.com. Today, I'm happy to announce the big reveal! Go check it out on the HouseLogic blog, and get a video walkthrough of our finished project.

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

Click play to watch a timelapse of our patio andContinue Reading

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SALE: Three Make It! eBooks for the price of two!

By: Bruno Jul 01, 2011

Get all three Curbly Make It! eBooks for $20 (through July 31st)Now through July 31st, you can buy all three of our Make It! how-to manuals for just $20 (that's three for the price of two). That's Make It! Mid-Century Modern, Hardware Store Decor, and Secondhand Chic for just $20! 


Each book includes a bunch of detailed, beautifully-photographed projects created by your favorite Curbly writers. And it's a high-res download, so you can print them out at home!(You can always buyContinue Reading

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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 3

By: Bruno Jun 27, 2011

I spent the last three weeks digging, hauling, cutting, and oftentimes cursing our backyard into shape with a new patio and walkway. In this installment of the series, I get started on the actual demolition and construction. Come follow my progress on the HouseLogic.com blog!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 30th at 11:59 pm central time to enter!).

Click play to watch a timelapse of our patio and walkwayContinue Reading

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Recycled Concrete Planter Wall

By: Bruno Jun 23, 2011

Our hilarious leftover concrete pile
As you may know, I recently re-did our backyward walkway, taking out (what felt like) a ton of concrete, and replacing it with paver stones (here's the blog post series on that, if you'd like to follow along). 

As a little side project, we had to figure out what to do with all the leftover concrete. We had a pile of it that was about 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall, in assorted shapes and sizes, behind the garage. Of course, we… Continue Reading

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Our DIY Paver Stone Project: Part 2

By: Bruno Jun 20, 2011

Over the last two weeks, I've been making-over our mildly pathetic back yard with a brand new paver stone walkway and patio. In this part of the series, I'll show you how I planned the whole thing out (including a sweet 3D rendering), and how much I spent on materials in the first (of several) shopping trips. 

It's all over on the HouseLogic blog, and I think you'll be really surprised to hear how I my costs under control. Go check it out!

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June23rd at 11:59 pmContinue Reading

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Our DIY Paver Stone Walkway: Part 1

By: Bruno Jun 10, 2011

Getting a little help with my DIY paver stone walkway project
This summer, I'm really excited because I'm getting a chance to completely re-do our back yard walkway. With sponsorship from the nice folks at HouseLogic.com, I'm going to tear out our old, cracked, incomplete concrete walk, and replace it with a brand new paver stone one. 

I'm chronicling my (mis)adventures in a series of guest posts over at the HouseLogic.com blog, and the first one went up today. In it, I walk you through what's wrong with our current walkway (um, everything?) and give you an idea how I plan to fix it. I hope you'll follow along with me as I attempt this not-so-simple DIY project; I'll be sharing all my experiences, costs, and lessons learned. 

PLUS: HouseLogic is giving away a $100 gift card to a randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my guest post (hurry, you have until Thursday, June 16th at 11:59 pm central time toContinue Reading

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ManMade Giveaway: $100 AmEx Gift Card from HGTV

By: Bruno Jun 06, 2011

ManMade is pumped to be joining up with HGTV to giveaway a $100 American Express Gift Card so that you can buy the things you need to get creative. Tonight, June 6th, HGTV is premiering a new program, HGTV'd. Here's a sneak peak; keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway:

In each episode, a different HGTV star will travel across America in an 18-wheeler, surprising fans with jaw-dropping makeovers… Continue Reading

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You Have Too Much Lawn, and It's Driving You Nuts

By: Bruno Jun 02, 2011

It sounds almost un-American ... is there such a thing as too much lawn in a culture that glorifies riding lawn mowers and robotic grass trimmers? The overwhelming feeling about lawns seems to be "the more the better". And if they're more uniform than your wall-to-wall carpeting, even better.

Well, Evelyn Hadden, an award-winning gardening author and speak, is on a quest to change that. I came across her Web site, LessLawn.com, a few… Continue Reading

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to House 8810

By: Bruno May 31, 2011

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

House8810 is a funky online shop with so much cool stuff it's hard to know where to start. Fortunately, Capree has posted a roundup of her favorite House8810 gear, so, um, that's where to start. 

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Anyway, this week we're thrilled to be giving away a $100 gift card you can use to get all the bi-plane fighters, wonderland tablecloths, or porcelain owls you can fit in your shopping… Continue Reading

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Thanks a Million! (and a Free Download)

By: Bruno May 31, 2011

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Hi friends, I just wanted to take a minute today to thank you for supporting Curbly and driving our incredible growth this year. This May, we surpassed 1,000,000 pageviews for the first time ever, and that's a pretty big deal for us. Our Facebook page has more than 4,000 fans, and our Twitter flock is, well, OK, still a little small but we're working on it (hint: go follow us on Twitter!). 

In fact, we're so thrilled you choose to visit us every day, we'd like to offer you a thank-you gift: a free copy of our Make It! Hardware Store Decor PDF (a $9.99) value. Yep. All you have to do is use the link below to download it (hurry, this link will expire at 3pm CST on May… Continue Reading

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