14 Home Decor Products you can Totally DIY

by Holly Wade

14 Home Decor Products you can Totally DIY

I love stores like Antropologie, Urban Outfitters and West Elm as much as the next person, but I can't afford to decorate my whole home with their products. I pick and choose my must-have items to splurge on and, whenever possible, I DIY the rest based on my favorite store-bought pieces. Some home decor products have gorgeous DIY versions with full tutorials available online, so why not give it a try?!

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15 Ways to Guarantee You'll Keep Your Kitchen Cabinets Organized

by Holly Wade
15 Products for Organizing your Kitchen Cabinets

Small space living is not ideal, but I make it work thanks to the abundance of helpers out there that 1) support my slight hoarding habits and 2) keep my house somewhat organized. I have a small rental kitchen, and despite the fact that I have way too much stuff (and I own it!), I stay extremely organized and you can too! These 15 products are perfect for organizing your kitchen cabinets, so no matter how much or how little space you have, you experience Zen at home.

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71 Last-Minute Mother's Day Printables

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of free Mother's Day printables. We've got you covered with cards, prints, tags, and more!

Mother's Day is just around the corner (it's this  Sunday  - don't forget!). If you're anything like me, the holiday has crept up on you. There are so many different things to celebrate about our mamas (and grandmothers, spouses, and mother-figures), but what it ultimately comes down to is telling her you're thankful for her. Whether that means making her breakfast, bringing her flowers, or sending her a note in the mail, these (free!) Mother's Day printables can help you get the job done.      

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68 Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters

by M.E. Gray
Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters
Source: Apartment Therapy; Photo Credit: Sophie Timothy

Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.             

Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually...

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99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
Source: One Kings Lane

September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!          

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Which is Our Favorite IKEA Hack of them All?

by M.E. Gray
IKEA Mirrors round-up - Hacked!
Photo via IKEA Hackers

Hanging a mirror is a painless way to add depth and interest to a wall. Mirrors reflect light and movement in a room, they're eye-catching, and they can make a space appear bigger than it is. If you know us here at Curbly, you know we LOVE a good IKEA hack. Today we're reflecting (sorry!) on some of our favorite IKEA mirror hacks and transformations, all in uniquely awesome ways. Keep reading!        

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Seriously Effective DIY Apartment Upgrades That Won't Tick Off Your Landlord

by M.E. Gray

Upgrade your rental apartment without ticking off your landlord!

Apartment-living, like anything in life, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Con: the walls are so thin you can hear your next door neighbors breathing. Pro: when the 20-year-old fridge in your kitchen inevitably breaks, you're not the one who has to replace it! I've been living in rentals for about eight years now, and while one day I'd like to buy a little fixer-upper of my own, for now I'm figuring out how to enjoy the temporary spaces I inhabit. Here are a few tricks I've learned that can help you put your own mark on your apartment. Bonus - everything is reversible, so you don't have to worry about a disgruntled landlord!     

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20 Ways to Elegantly Decorate Around and Disguise Your TV

When we moved into our current apartment, we decided to mount our TV on the wall. Mainly, this was because our cats liked to stand in front of it, but we also just liked the look! Now, it's over a year later and there's nothing on that wall except a TV, which is the eyesore of the room. I'm a BIG TV fan, but I don't like the look of a giant black screen singled out on my wall. Because I was in need of some eye candy myself, I rounded up my favorite ways to decorate around  your TV to incorporate it into your decor, or completely transform it into a hidden TV. Now I can't wait to finally decorate around my TV to make the room look a million times better!          

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Halloween Movie Night: What You Should Stream This Weekend To Get Into The Spooky Spirit

by DIY Maven
Photo: Food, Life, Design

Since cutting the ties with cable/satellite several years ago, we've become devotes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. (Yes, all three.) It's gotten so bad good that on the rare occasions when we do watch something on regular TV, the hubs invariably offers an aggrieved huff having to suffer through commercials. Although, considering

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130+ Halloween Costume Ideas If You Have No Idea What You're Going to Be Yet

by M.E. Gray

128 Ideas on What to Be for Halloween

As an adult, you've got a lot of important decisions to make every year, but one of the most important is what to be for Halloween! We're only kidding - but sometimes it does seem like an overwhelming responsibility! If you're still scratching your head as to what to be, take a scroll down this list and see if anything tickles your fancy. We have costume ideas for couples, whole families and groups, or for a party-of-one. Asking yourself, "What should I be for Halloween?" Look no further. Happy Halloween!        

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36 Dorm Room "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray
Before and After: Dorm room decor ideas
Styling: Emily Henderson; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms.              

Before and After | Dorm Room Decor Ideas

(If you're exploring these dorm room decor ideas on a desktop computer, the before images are on the left, and the after snapshots are on the right!)

Dorm room decor ideas: Before

Dorm room decor ideas: After



Cute dorm rooms: Before shot

Cute dorm rooms: After shot

Thou Swell


Cute dorm rooms | Before

Cute dorm rooms | After

The Sorry Girls 






The DIY Playbook


Daily Mail






Dorm room decor ideas - Before

Dorm room decor ideas - After

Apartment Therapy


Dormify via Cosmopolitan




Apartment Therapy


Dormify via Cosmopolitan


The Sorry Girls






Dormify via Cosmopolitan


Dormify via Insider




The Sorry Girls






At Home with Nikki/YouTube




@katiewalker99 via Seventeen




Ann Lê Style


Before: Cute dorm rooms

After: Cute dorm rooms

Dormify via Insider


Before: Dorm room decor ideas

After: Dorm room decor ideas

Lola Magazine






My Home Ideas

Before and After | Dorm Room Ideas for Guys

Well-designed dorms aren't just for girls - boys want stylish rooms too! Check out these examples of dorm room ideas for guys.

Before pic

After pic

Kara Paslay Designs


HGTV before

HGTV after

HGTV Handmade/YouTube 


Daily Danny 




Whether you're sending someone off to college, you're headed to the dorms yourself, or you're reminiscing about your formative years, hopefully these dorm room decor ideas inspired you!


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Seriously Useful Apartment-Friendly Closet Organization Ideas for Renters

by Erica Young
Seriously Useful Apartment-Friendly Closet Organization Ideas for Renters
Photo: Elena Elisseeva/Shutterstock


Most beautifully organized closets have one thing in common - built-ins. Whether it be custom shelving or even IKEA installations, a little (or a lot) of construction is needed. But what if you're a renter, and you can't make any permanent changes to your closet? Are you doomed to a single hanger rod and basically a hot mess? Luckily we have some solutions that don't require a power drill. Read on for renter-friendly ideas that will keep your closet nice and tidy.

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Fall Style Guide: The Cutest and Coziest Fingerless Gloves

by Amber Dickson
Fingerless Gloves
Source: Martha Stewart

When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable.  Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe.  They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks.  Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options.  You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.       

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If You Make These DIY Cat Toys, You'll Make Yours the Happiest Kitty on the Planet

by Marlene Sauer
How to make easy DIY cat toys
Image by Marlene Sauer

It's pretty clear by now that cats are taking over the world. From global Instagram cat celebrities, to cat cafes, to enough cat-themed accessories to clothe an army, our feline friends have us wrapped around their paws. My own cat, Jax, is no exception --- he is definitely the boss in our household. Now he's even got me making DIY cat toys!          

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These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

by Jennifer Farley

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door. 
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...

Obviously, we had to remedy these problems. Bathroom windows are a good thing! They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.       

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75 Kids' Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

by M.E. Gray

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself? We've rounded up 75 fun DIY...

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15 IKEA Bedroom Hacks to Try this Season

by Holly Wade
15 IKEA Bedroom Hacks to Try this Season

IKEA is always a good choice for inexpensive furniture, and many of its furniture and home decor accessories make great bases for DIY projects. Are you planning to revamp your bedroom this season? Even if you're not, you're going to love these IKEA bedroom hacks that make basic products look like brand new, unique pieces!


Photo by ICH Designer

1. Use a child's bed slat to make a stylish but functional wall organizer for hanging baskets, magazines and more! 

2. Why not make your nightstand more tech-friendly? Give an IKEA Tarva nightstand a makeover so your electronics plug in more easily. 


Photo by Vintage Revivals

3. Give a plain IKEA dresser an upgrade with fresh paint and unique drawer pulls like this leather handled RAST dresser.

Photo by Style Me Pretty

4. Turn an IKEA coffee table into a beautiful upholstered bench for the foot of your bed!

Photo by Sugar & Cloth

5. Give a plain IKEA headboard a simple wood slat makeover with peel-and-stick pieces of wood.

Photo by Paper & Stitch

6. Make your own table lamp with a concrete base for less than $30 using an IKEA lamp. 

7. Beautify your walls with this simple brass corner frame hack using vinyl. 

Photo by Oleander + Palm

8. A fresh coat of paint and a little re-purposing allows you to turn a simple step stool into a modern plant stand perfect for the corner of your bedroom. 

Photo by Homey Oh My

9. Make a campaign dresser using an IKEA Malm unit, and you'll forget what it used to look like.

Photo by Rachel Denbow for A Beautiful Mess

10. Incorporate today's trends by dying your white IKEA bedding with this beautiful  shibori technique

Photo by Club Crafted

11. Cover IKEA storage boxes with pretty wrapping paper to make simple storage that matches your bedroom decor. 

Photo by Hello Lidy

12. Turn an IKEA highboy dresser into a unique piece of art for storing your clothes. 

Photo by Manhattan Nest

13. Cover an entire bed frame with batting and fabric for a luxe bed frame makeover.

Photo by IKEA Hackers

14. Create a ton of storage under your bed with this IKEA KALLAX shelf hack

15. Lastly, re-purpose an IKEA spice rack as a bedside shelf with a light!

All of these unique IKEA hacks would be a great addition to a bedroom or other areas of your home. Take advantage of affordable home decor from IKEA, and use these great tips to put your own spin on it! 

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Cushy, Comfy, and Definitely Not Lumpy: Our Favorite DIY Pillows from the Curbly Archives

by M.E. Gray

Curbly's favorite pillow projects from the archives

If you're ever looking to change up a room in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money and doesn't require a lot of commitment, then pillows are certainly the way to go. They're interchangeable, they immediately add something to the room (whether it's color, texture, or both), and they're snuggly. So what's not to love? We're looking back at some of our own favorite pillow projects from the archives; because while store-bought is fine, it doesn't require a lot of effort or previous experience to create a one-of-a-kind cushy masterpiece. Now, on with the pillow talk!              

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