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.
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...
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!)
Dormify via Cosmopolitan
Dormify via Cosmopolitan
Dormify via Cosmopolitan
Dormify via Insider
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@katiewalker99 via Seventeen
Dormify via Insider
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.
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!
Keep reading: 75 dorm room decor ideas you can DIY.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Options Under $25
1. Frosted spray paint for privacy in bathroom windows
Grab some painters tape and this can of frosted glass spray paint for less than $4 and you have got a pretty easy privacy fix.
2. Frosted contact paper window treatments
You can use the contact paper "as is" or you could use a cut out to make a fun pattern like this tutorial over at Thrifty Fun. This would be a great fix for a rental but my guess is the humidity from your bathroom would cause peeling. This might not be the best permanent solution but a great inexpensive temporary solution costing less than $10.
3. Privacy window vinyl static film
A more permanent option would be to spend a little more to purchase vinyl cling film for your bathroom windows. The cost depends on the size of the window but a 17 X 78 inch piece from Amazon costs around $14.
4. DIY privacy screen using lace or sheer fabric
A creative option would be to make a privacy screen to place in front of the panes of your bathroom windows. All you need is a wood frame and a remnant of lace. Check out how to make this lace window screen here. If you need a little more privacy use a more patterned lace or a sheer piece of fabric.
5. Hang thrifted art over part or all of your bathroom window.
Many people hang art in their bathroom, so why not use that art to cover a window? I know the photo is not a bathroom but a piece of art could cover a lot of window. For a smaller window positioned high, a small piece could cover the bottom window pane. If you want to keep it budget friendly head to the thrift store to find a treasure.
6. Install inexpensive bathroom window curtains
A short cafe-style curtain can create bathroom window privacy and still let in light from above. These bathroom window curtains fit perfectly in humid environments, as they actually repel water. Find them on Amazon for under $14.
7. Sew your own bathroom window curtains
Can't find any bathroom window curtains that fit your style or size? All you need to make your own is a tension rod, a bit of fabric, and some needle and thread. Check out this easy tutorial for the step-by-step instructions.
Want to make your own bathroom window curtains, but don't want to sew them? Find out how to make no-sew curtains by following this tutorial.
Options Under $50
1. A simple bathroom window curtain panel
Why over-think it when simple bathroom window curtains will create usable and durable privacy. This is what we use for my master bathroom window.
2. Custom cafe curtains
If you have a larger window use thicker drapery panels to cover the bottom part of the window. You would need to buy a curtain panel and a curtain rod putting this project over the $25 mark, unless you have a small window and can use a tension or cafe rod. Another budget friendly option is using kitchen towels for curtain panels.
3. Small faux wood shutters
This is such a great fix for smaller bathroom windows. You can find these at Lowes or other home improvement stores. If you have a standard size window you can often find paintable wood versions at local salvage stores or Habitat for Humanity Re-stores.
4. Double-sided mirror privacy window film
Turn your window into a tinted mirror with two-way window film. You will be able to see outside but they will not be able to see into your bathroom. The cost of this depends on the size of your window but a small window can definitely be covered for under $50.
5. DIY a roman shade with shower curtain fabric
You can use a tutorial like this one to make a roman shade using a fabric shower curtain.
6. Cordless bathroom window shades
These simple shades go up and down without the use of cords, meaning they're ideal for homes with pets or small children. Let light in as you please for under $50.
7. Hang a macrame wall hanging in the window
Privacy is key when you're in the bathroom, but it's also important to let as much natural light in as possible. Hanging a macrame wall hanging in the window (especially one in a light color), adds beauty and privacy. We love this one from Amazon!
Options under $100
1. Hang a mirror over your window
Block the view through your bathroom window with a large mirror. It works even if its not over your sink as well. It can be a great dressing or make-up mirror.
2. Hang vintage stained glass over your window
You can find vintage stained glass for under $100 at flea markets and antique stores. Hello, architectural detail!
3. Install Leaded Glass Window Film
I am actually not sure if the window above is window film but I have always wanted to try this leaded glass window film from Wall Paper for Windows. I also like the tudor style leaded glass. They have the blurred glass and the privacy frosted glass as well. The cost depends on your window size but its pricier and more durable than the less expensive window cling.
4. Hang a Bamboo Shade In your Bathroom
Bamboo shades are great options for privacy while also allowing light to filter through. Bamboo can also hold up to humidity pretty well as well. You can find many options under $50 at home decor stores or department stores.
Options Over $100
1. Install Plantation Shutters
These plantation shutters can be custom made to fit any window. You can order then at most home improvement stores in their special order area.
2. Install a leaded glass, stained glass or frosted glass replacement window
If you are remodeling this might be a good fix but it will be the most expensive.
3. Install Shower Grade Plantation shutters in your shower.
There are companies, like Hunter Douglas, that make shower grade plantation shutters and trim to install over existing bathroom windows in your shower.
4. Install Privacy Window Inserts
Indow Window is a window insert company that has a wide variety of uses for their window inserts. This is much less expensive than installing a new window. They have frosted privacy options that can be easily installed by any homeowner like the pictures shows above.
5. Install Bottom-Up Top-Down Roman Shades
Most custom blind stores sell bottom-up/ top down roman shades. By just using the cord attached they can work like roman shades or they can raise up from the bottom to shade the lower part of your bathroom windows.
In conclusion, there's no need to expose yourself. Hopefully one of these bathroom windows solutions will work for you!
Do you need storage for your small bathroom? Check out these 15 solutions to help with your small bathroom organization woes.
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...
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!
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.
3. Give a plain IKEA dresser an upgrade with fresh paint and unique drawer pulls like this leather handled RAST dresser.
4. Turn an IKEA coffee table into a beautiful upholstered bench for the foot of your bed!
5. Give a plain IKEA headboard a simple wood slat makeover with peel-and-stick pieces of wood.
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.
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.
9. Make a campaign dresser using an IKEA Malm unit, and you'll forget what it used to look like.
10. Incorporate today's trends by dying your white IKEA bedding with this beautiful shibori technique.
11. Cover IKEA storage boxes with pretty wrapping paper to make simple storage that matches your bedroom decor.
12. Turn an IKEA highboy dresser into a unique piece of art for storing your clothes.
13. Cover an entire bed frame with batting and fabric for a luxe bed frame makeover.
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!
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!
1. Shibori-dyed pillows: These beautiful blues are going to start off our pillow projects countdown. Shibori-dyeing has been in the spotlight for a few years now, and we're not sick of it. It's kind of like tie-dying, but without all the patchouli vibes. Plus if you were to rest your head on one of these pillows, it would kind of be like sleeping on a cloud.
2. Eyeball pillow: What a looker! The best part about this stuffed cushion is definitely the fringe eyelashes.
3. Botanical leaf pillow: The Monstera plant with its Swiss-cheese leaves is a home decor hit. In this tutorial, the pillow itself isn't square, which makes it a nice way to break up an overly-symmetrical couch.
4. Macrame pillow cover: The 70s are back, baby! And with them they bring macrame. It's not just for wall-hangings and plant holders, as seen in this most knot-y of pillow projects.
5. Stenciled pillow cover: If you're looking for a truly unique way to decorate, then stenciling is the method for you. This tutorial breaks down this classic crafting technique.
6. Geometric pillows: Sometimes simple is best in the land of pillows. These minimal grids were achieved using ribbon.
7. Bolster pillow from old towels: This one is clever - while it might be difficult to fill a regular square cushion with old bits of laundry, this bolster is filled with a rolled up towel!
8. Bleached landscape pillow: The lines on this cushion were created using a bleach pen. Nifty!
9. Thrift store clothes pillow: This has maybe happened to you: You're at Goodwill and you find a shirt with a cute pattern in the fabric, but the size is way too big! Buy it anyway, because you can transform it into a pillow cover with this tutorial.
10. Abstract pattern pillows: These unique iron-on decals take this pillow from "blah" to "bazinga!"
11. Button pillow: This pillow is cute as a button! Sorry, couldn't resist.
12. Cozy typography pillow: This cozy cushion is calling our name. The lettering was easily created via stenciling, and the fabric is flannel for extra cuddle points.
13. Geometric glitter pillow: Wow! This stunner is definitely the most glam on this pillow projects' list, and it kind of channeling some Wizard of Oz vibes.
14. Cyanotype pillow: Through this tutorial, you can learn how to use the sun to transfer beautiful cyan photographs onto fabric - perfect for making a pillow cover.
15. Ampersand pillow: And... and... and?? And wouldn't you like to know.
16. Floral patches pillow: Got an iron? Then you can do this project! While we might normally consider denim jackets as the primary destination for iron-on patches, this tutorial disagrees.
17. Mock French-linen pillows: This pillow with its trim and tufting seems complicated, but thanks to some clever DIY tricks, it's not!
18. Embroidered pillow: This tutorial just goes to show that with the right combination of fabric and floss, the timeless art of embroidery can make for a pretty and modern pillow.
19. Outdoor pillow: Learn how to make pillows that stand up to the elements!
20. Toile buttoned pillowcase: This pillow is perfect for our vintage-lovers out there. Plus, this tutorial demonstrates how to make matching covered buttons!
21. Envelope pillow case tutorial: And finally, a classic: How to make an envelope pillow cover. After that, you're all on your own!
Now that we've had a look at our own tutorials, let's check out more of our favorite pillow projects from across the internet!
As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.
Expensive art isn't for everybody. Sometimes you just need a creative way to fill a large wall without breaking the bank. Don't get me wrong, I love hanging artwork on my walls... but I have some areas in my home that are just too large to fill with big, pricey paintings right now. So today I'm sharing lots of interesting wall decor ideas using everyday items you probably already have at home.
Regardless of what the calendar says, one of the ways that I know it's really summer is that I switch from drinking hot coffee to refreshing cold brew. But if you start to get bored of the same old coffee every day, it might be time to spice things up with one of these cold brew coffee variations. I bet you definitely haven't tried all of these unusual flavor combos.