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Under my feet

My quest for the (near) perfect bathroom rug has FINALLY paid off, and I got a good deal, no less! My bathroom is a very strange amalgam of design choices. My obessions with Koi fish and seashells are well represented, but my towels are a deep royal blue. So blue, orange, and tan have been […]

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Simple Living Room Update with New Pillow Covers

My favorite way to change up my living room decor is to add new pillow covers.  It can update the room surprisingly quickly.  Here’s a pattern for the easiest pillow covers you can imagine.  You don’t even need a sewing machine, you can do this with a little hand stitching and “stitch witchery”.  Firstly, Ikea […]

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How to Flip a House in 90 Days: Construction Continues

As we covered approximately 2000 feet of molding and 20 six-panel composite doors, it was was necessary to employ several tricks to keep our sanity. Painting Tips That May Prevent Insanity   Since we had removed the baseboard moldings where we were going to install the hardwood floor, we were able to paint the walls […]

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Marilyn Frank of F2 – Add Light, Form, Color, Context to your Home

This is Part II of the Marilyn Frank/F2 interview.  Part I is here.  In this part, Marilyn tells us how to incorporate her design ideals into interior design.  Judging from the picture on your profile, your apartment also seems to capture what you’re going for in your work: light, form, color and context. How about […]

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How to Flip a House in 90 Days: Let the Construction Begin

With the cabinetry ordered and the house gutted, we started construction. Well, one of us did, as walls needed to be framed in the unfinished basement. While that was attended to, three of us started the never ending painting process. Prep-Work But before brush touched pigment, we removed all light switches, registers, doors (except the […]

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Picture Wall (IKEA frames)

This was this past weekend’s project… though obviously it’s not quite finished yet (no photos in the frames).  But it’s been on the to-do list for a while, so it’s nice to finally see it up. We’ve always liked the Picture Wall system, but at $350 for a 3′ x 5′ section (when we knew […]

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The Fix Its: DIY Magnetic Flower Vases

Alicia found these great magnetic flower vases that amaze your dinner guests by balancing implausibly on the table-top. Unfortunately, the price tag was also implausible ($42 dollars!). So, in true Curbly fashion, we decided to do it ourselves. Here’s the video, details and links are below. For those of you who want to try this […]

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Chalkboard Wall

This is the easiest project ever: – An empty wall + 1 can chalkboard paint = instant conversation piece  It took about 30 minutes to get the wall covered and it only cost $20.

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Chair Refinishing Project

This project is from last year, when I lived in a teeny-tiny apartment in New York City’s East Village. Nonetheless, it’s worthwhile endeavor if you find yourself with some dingy old chairs in need of some refinishing love. In this case, I got the chairs from my grandmother. Though they look kind of cool in […]

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“Mobile” Home – a mobile made from old CDs

Now that cassettes, LPs, and even CDs have become obsolete, what are we to do with them? DIY Maven came up with a very creative solution for making use of old LPs. So, here’s a suggestion of what to do with some of those old CDs: make a mobile out of them! What You Need […]

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New Life for Old LP

For a great recycling project, how about turning an old LP into a bowl? If you’ve already hauled your vinyl to the curb, don’t worry. Thrift stores and charity sales almost always have some records they need to get rid of. What You Need An old LP or two An oven-proof bowl (I used stainless […]

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A room without a wall (or door!)

My dilemma is this:  As of yesterday, I will be living with two of my friends in a lovely apartment in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco (if you’ve never been I highly advise you to…). Through the luck of drawing straws, I go stuck with the faux bedroom.  My room was actually a living […]

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Affordable Modern Platform Bed

Half inspiration and half “How To” this post will show you how I made an affordable modern platform bed for under $300. Design.  This is where you should spend a good deal of time.  There are a lot of things that go into the design process, including, but not limited to: the space your bed […]

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Easy Photo Wall on a Shoestring … er, Wire, Budget

A couple years ago I attended a play at The Theater in the Round in Minneapolis (really bad site) and in the lobby they had this cool system for hanging cast bios and other info that consisted of wire, pulled taut across a span, in this case from floor to ceiling, with small hardware holding […]

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Dinky Dwellings

McMansions all over the country are quaking on their foundations. Gigantic houses are quickly falling out of favor for a more diminutive abode. Enter the 400 square foot mini home. McHurricanes, McBoomers, and McMansions In response to FEMA trailers hauled out an masse after hurricane Katrina, New York based designer Marianne Cusato drew up plans for […]

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Living in a Comic Strip

The Art Hotel in Berlin (Arte Luise Kunsthotel) prides itsef on the eccentric and unique interior design of its building. Every room is different and original: The concept of this somewhat different hotel – “art instead of grandeur, poetry instead of room service” – is winning guests over. Let’s take a tour… In the ‘Comic’ […]

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Big Art Love

A fellow Curbly poster recently raised a question concerning large, vacant walls void of not only art but color. This is such a common complaint, the query seemed to deserve a post all of its own. Filling vast wall spaces with multiple framed pieces of art can be expensive, and the busy look might not […]

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The Fix Its: How To Revive Your Dining Room Chairs

Are your dining room chairs on their last legs? Mine were. They were already looking bad three years ago when I bought them for $40 at a thrift store. Well, this weekend, Alicia and I decided we’d had enough. Thanks for watching our first-ever installment of ‘The Fix Its’ (that’s me and Alicia); we plan […]

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