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Dorm Room Living: 3 Little Essentials That Can Make a Big Difference

By: Diy maven Aug 22, 2014

The internets are replete with dorm decor ideas this time of year. Although they all offer great ideas, a lot of them just aren't practical. Some might take more time to construct than you'd like; others might take up too much packing space. Some might not even suit your dorm room once… Continue Reading

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How To: Crochet a Wire Tea Light Candle Holder

By: Diy maven Aug 20, 2014

Kara's delicate, wire tea light candle holders makes me want to bust out my crochet hooks. In this case a 'G' size, which, when working withContinue Reading

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This to That: Traditional Light Post Lamp Turned Moody Moroccan Lantern

By: Diy maven Aug 19, 2014

This light post lamp looks rough, but it's solid brass under that gunk and black finish, which is why I've held on to it for more years than I can remember. I'd always intended to remake it into an outdoor lantern, and I finally… Continue Reading

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard"Continue Reading

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Becky's 1960 Vintage Trailer Craft Studio

By: Diy maven Aug 13, 2014

Becky and her husband tricked out their vintage 1960's Streamline trailer to serve as her craft studio, and the outcome is nothing less than delightful. Paper crafting, sewing, whatever...if I had this gem in my yard, I'd never want to leave it.

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For Sale: The Upper Midwest's Most Expensive Condo

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2014

In late 2011, Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher, bought the top two unfinished floors of the Phoenix on the River, a luxury high-rise that overlooks the Mississippi River and pretty much all of downtown Minneapolis. Mr. Rechelbacher's vision for the 12,000 square foot space was not only to create a stunning home but also a backdrop for his extensive midcentury art collection. The three bedroom, five bathroom condoContinue Reading

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Roundup: 12 NEW Pieces of Furniture Made Out of 12 OLD Pieces of Furniture

By: Diy maven Aug 11, 2014

New furniture made out of old furniture doesn't sound very earth-shattering as far as do-overs go, but when you see what these tables, chairs, dressers, and etcetera looked like before compared to what they look like now, it'sContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 15 Totally DIYable Wooden Furniture Ideas

By: Diy maven Aug 08, 2014

Ever since I wrote my first post on Curbly back in '06, some of my favorite finds have been products that are totally DIYable. Especially wood working products. Shelves, tables, light fixtures, cubbies, I'm not choosy. The items just have to be stylish yet simple enough to reproduce just by looking at them. Going through Curbly's coffers, I found no less than 15 of these gemsContinue Reading

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How To: Make a No-Sew Tribal Floor Cloth

By: Diy maven Aug 06, 2014

Mandi had a space in her house that didn't suit a standard size rug, so she decided to make one for it. Oh, yeah, and it's no-sew too. Mandi refers to her new rug as 'tribal' in style, but because any heavy weight woven fabric will do in its construction, the sky is the limit as far our own personal design styles go. TheContinue Reading

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Make It (I Dare You): DIY Glass Bottle Chandelier

By: Diy maven Aug 05, 2014

This DIY glass bottle chandelier sorta blows all those other DIY glass bottle chandeliers we've seen out of the water. Of course it wouldn't be as easy a DIY either. That's where the 'dare' comes in. You see, the makers of this chandelier--the folks behind DIY Network's Blog Cabin--whippedContinue Reading

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