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Behind the Scenes: How a Window Gets Made

by Bruno Bornsztein


This spring, I had a chance to tour the manufacturing facility at Andersen Windows Corporation in Bayport, Minnesota. Bayport is a small town (about an hour from Minneapolis) on the banks of the scenic St. Croix river. It's a beautiful setting, and one Andersen has enjoyed for a hundred years. Preserving the river is really important to the company, and one reason they take great care to produce their windows and doors in an environmentally-conscious way. Read on to see what I learned about how windows get made, and watch my video tour!

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Sneak Peek: Curbly House Bathroom Reveal

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our bathroom makeover reveal teaser

Guess what? It still feels like winter here in Minnesota. Last year around this time we were happily painting a new nursery for our then-unborn baby boy, with the windows open and a warm breeze wafting through the house. This year, not so much:

Hey, what's going on here? Isn't this supposed to April?

FYI, here's what things looked like last year for National Painting Week (notice the short sleeves and generally increased level of happiness):

So what's all that stuff sitting in our...

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Test Lab: The Cree LED Bulb - In Action

by Bruno Bornsztein


This week we're running a great giveaway with Cree (click here to find out how to win 10 Cree LED Bulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card), so I got a chance to try out their new bulbs. If you haven't been following along with the development of energy efficient lighting technology, it's safe to say things have changed a lot in the last five years. 
CREE LED bulb test
You now have real, affordable, decent-looking options for energy efficient bulbs, and Cree is one of the best. Read on to find out why.

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 03/06/2013
Here's a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we're teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Read on to find out how to win!

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How to: Make a DIY Lighted Umbrella Stand

by Bruno Bornsztein

Make a lighted PVC pipe umbrella stand

There’s no end to the home furnishings that can be constructed and crafted from sections of PVC piping. Found in the plumbing aisle at the hardware store, this material lends itself to drilling, cutting, and painting, and accepts fabric beautifully. There’s no guesswork here. A two foot section of 6”-diameter PVC pipe is the perfect base for a fabric covered umbrella stand, but why stop there? Let’s light it up!

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Curbly Giveaway: Win Two Picture Frame Galleries from Change of Art ($300 value)

by Bruno Bornsztein

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With Valentine's Day coming up, I know some of you are looking for a creative gift for your special person/pet/self. Well, look no further! A gallery wall of picture frames from Change of Art fits the bill perfectly; just fill it up with some family snapshots and you're ready to go! We'll give you two! Read on to learn more about this week's prize, and how to win!

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