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A Room With A Barnyard View

Actually, the view from this window-turned-mirror is not limited to livestock. But creating it does require you to take a walk on the rural side. Less the manure. Cold Hard Sash First, you’ll need to find yourself a wooden barn sash window. The only place that I know of that sells these things locally, is […]

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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, Redux

Yesterday we discussed using decorative fabric to create art. Today we’re going to tackle something a bit more adventurous, so hang on! Calling all Picassos Take a trip to your local art supply store and pick up a large stretched canvas and create a masterpiece of your own. If you’re worried about your artistic ability, […]

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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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Color Quest: Underwater World

Blue Planet  Went to one of my favorite sites this AM, Cuteoverload.com and found this gorgeous picture of turtle kisses. Of course, if you’ve seen my mural pics, you know I have a thing for the world just beyond the surface of the nearest big body of water. Growing up in Minnesota, can you blame me? What amazing […]

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The King (of Kitsch) Has Left the Building

On November 1st 2006, the original pink plastic flamingo was slatted for extinction. Due to rising production costs, its manufacturer, Union Products of Leominster, MA decided to put an end to its life. The Birth of an Icon Born in 1957 to its creator Don Featherstone, the plastic birds have become the symbol of kitsch. […]

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Fridge Fixation

Okay, admit it. Your refrigerator door looks like a pop art project gone bad. Pictures, postcards, receipts, lotto tickets (both last Wednesday’s loser and next Saturday’s winner), a grocery list, and a friendly reminder from your dentist that it’s time for a checkup. Too important to cast aside in the dark recesses of some drawer […]

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For Sale: Beach Sand (Cigarette Butts Not Included)

What has the world come to? We’re buying sand for five dollars a pound. Sure, it’s clean and we don’t have to brush it out from between our toes, but it’s still just sand. This being said, I’m happy to announce, in the world of home decor, sand has become passe! Hooray!   Fall Freebie […]

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Have a Seat, But Don’t Forget to Flush

Okay, so the old toilet is now sitting in your front yard sprouting a lovely selection of greenery and the new toilet is awaiting your heinie. You just need a toilet seat and you’re ready to go. But before we get down to the business of the bottom, how about a tour of the toilet […]

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Here’s Johnny; Or Saying Hello to a New Toilet

Yesterday’s post covered the removal of an old toilet. Today we’ll go over the highlights of installing a new toilet. And don’t worry; this procedure isn’t nearly as gross as the removal process. Set the Head Some instructions will tell you to first apply a bead of caulk or plumber’s putty around the base of […]

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What’s a cheap way to fix chairs with broken caning?

Our dining ‘set’ is a thrift-store rescue; it was on its last legs and probably would have been put down (sent to the landfill) if I hadn’t come along to save it ($40). I think it was actually once a nice piece of furniture, built by the White Furniture Co. of Mebane, North Carolina. But […]

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Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

Replacing an old toilet isn’t as hard as you may think. All toilets come with do-it-yourself instructions, but here is a primer to remove a typical two-piece toilet to let you know what you’re really in for. Warning: crude material forthcoming. Tank Withdrawal First you’ll need to turn off the water at the supply line […]

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The Magic of Up-Lights

Let’s face it; the human face lit from below looks creepy. So, if you don’t want to look like a character from a John Carpenter movie or an aging starlet minus the pancake foundation, save the up-lighting for your abode. Negative Space, Man Positioning can up-lighters on the floor at the base of large houseplants […]

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Are Americans Getting Hip To Design?

Immigrants, expatriates, and airline-stewardesses have known it for a long time: there’s a startling gap between American and European attitudes toward design. Entering the U.S. after spending any length of time in Europe (or, for that matter, practically anywhere else) is eye-opening. Everything looks bigger, more imposing, like the world has been outlined with a […]

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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

Today we’re learning how to make a box joint jig. Read on to learn how!  Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything. And you’re welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand…but, with this easy jig, […]

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