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5 Tips to Keep Your Bathroom Presentable 24/7

By: Diy maven Mar 03, 2015
Photo: Sweep Beat

Have you ever used the bathroom of one of your favorite restaurants only to find it filthy? That happened to me once. I loved their food, but I couldn't get over the condition of the bathroom. I figured if a public space like that is in such a state, what did their kitchen look like?? Ick. Anyway, the day I used the bathroom was the last day I set foot in that particular restaurant. That's the thing about bathrooms: they leave a lasting impression. If they're clean, then the rest of houseContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Fairytale Bedroom Come True

By: Diy maven Mar 02, 2015

Photo: Huffpost Home

Kylie is a lucky 5-year-old little girl with a very resourceful mommy, Bethany. She teamed up with Laurel and Wolf to have Kylie's bedroom made over. No less than 10 designers submitted inspiration boards for the makeover. Bethany posted them all on her blog, and then let her readers decideContinue Reading

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27 Cooking Diagrams that Will Save Your Culinary Life

By: Diy maven Feb 27, 2015

Image: BuzzFeed

Your guests are to arrive in 5 minutes and you realize you don't have any bottle vinaigrette in the house. What do you do?? Grab a cook book and start paging/reading or glance at a cool diagram for an even better substitute? If you're a visual cook, the latter, of course. It's just one of the diagrams inContinue Reading

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How to Turn a T-Shirt into a Cat Tent

By: Diy maven Feb 25, 2015
Photo: jessyratfink @ Instructables

This Instructable involves two things that I love: ingenuity and animals. In this case a sweet cat named Lu who served as tent-maker assistant. The human behind the construction is Jessy who says turning a t-shirt into a cat tent only takes about 5 minutes. Other things you'll need to make oneContinue Reading

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Make It: Dreamy Dream Catcher Mobile

By: Diy maven Feb 24, 2015
Photo: Honest to Nod

Honestly, I haven't jumped on the decorating with feathers craze. Perhaps because when I was a child and picked up an errant feather off the ground, my mother would yell, "Put that down!" I mean, you know, cooties. But thatContinue Reading

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From Hole to Holy Cow: Gorgeous Basement Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2015

Photo: House Beautiful

Last week House Beautiful put together a nice little roundup of clever basement remodeling and storage ideas. All are cool, but this basement remodel seriously caught my eye. How many basement 'holes' like the one pictured above have you seen? If you're like me, probably too many. Check out the stunningContinue Reading

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Before and After: $20K DIY Kitchen Makeover

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2015

Photo: Koko Likes

Usually, DIY kitchen makeovers around the Curbly neighborhood clock in at much less than $20k, but Koko and her husband Quincy splurged on all new appliances and cabinetry. The last of those can be a budget-buster, so, when you think about it, $20k is steal. Before, the kitchen wasContinue Reading

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Kickstarter Hot Pick: Bookniture

By: Diy maven Feb 18, 2015
Photo: Bookniture on Kickstarter

It might look like a book, but if you tried to read it, you'd be disappointed. That's because it's really a piece of multifunctional furniture. Bookniture is 'advanced honeycomb paper structure[s]' that open up to create extra seating (they hold up to 375lbs) , end tables, coffee tables, andContinue Reading

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Arts and Crafts Cottage Forgoes Stickley for a Modern Vibe

By: Diy maven Feb 17, 2015
Photo: Elle Decor

A perfect example of not judging a book by its cover, or, in this case, a house by its exterior, is this Beverly Hills, CA cottage. The owner had it built across the street from his home as an 'architectural folly.' (We should all be so lucky.) The construction was inspired by none other than the Gamble House by Greene and Greene. As farContinue Reading

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Review: The Best Bottle Cutter Money Can Buy

By: Diy maven Feb 16, 2015

Photo: DIY Maven

Four years ago, I threw out the question: "What is the best bottle cutter on the market?" A lot of readers weighed in. Some gave recommendations, others just wanted a definitive answer, which is what I wanted. Finally, FINALLY, we decided to get to the bottom of the bottle cutter question and have a product shoot out between four popular models. Our competition has not been without a little drama, as one of the bottle cutter makers has, apparently, gone out of business since the inception of this review. That being the Bindu Studio's Bottle Cutter. We've decided to leave the Bindu in the review just in case some of you stumble upon one secondhand. That being said, it's time to introduce each of our competitorsContinue Reading

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