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Time for Tea: The Ultimate Modern Tea Towel Roundup!

by Capree K

Time for Tea: The Ultimate Modern Tea Towel Roundup!

My name is Capree and I have a tea towel problem.  It's almost a compulsion really: I am always, ALWAYS finding new tea towels to obsess over.  My head is full of hundreds of these little textile goodies; it's overflowing and needs to be purged!  Luckily for you, this self-initiated intervention is taking the form of a roundup.  I hope you're ready.  And if, at the end of this, you find yourself craving tea towels too, consider yourself warned!  

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From Lumpy to Fabulous: A Bed Pillow Makeover and How-to!

by Capree K

DIY throw pillows from old lumpy pillows

We all have them: old lumpy pillows that have seen better days but, for whatever reason, we can't bring ourselves to get rid of.  They hide in chests or closets "just in case", waiting for an unsuspecting overnight guest or even, perhaps, the perfect DIY project.  If you have a few of these forgotten pillows, we have the solution for transforming them into something better!  Read on!  

created at: 07/25/2011

Katy from KdBuggie Boutique and Designs offers up...

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Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

by Capree K

Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

And by super easy, I mean if you have any motor skills AT ALL, you can make a bath mat just like this recycled cork one ($125) (shop other cork bath mats, and here)

Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea.  All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame.  Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box.  No cutting, gluing, sealing, or drilling required.  BAM...

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Roundup: 25 Modern Rugs Under $200

by Capree K

Roundup: 25 Modern Rugs Under $200

I'm a lover of all things modern with an absolute (and nearly uncontrollable) weakness for textiles.  So when I heard that April was modernism month here at Curbly, I knew a roundup of bold, drool-worthy rugs was certainly in order!  Of course, it would be easy to show you eye popping designs that go to the tune of $3k and up, but where's the fun - or reality - in that?  Instead, I'll show you 25 beautiful, budget-friendly rugs that'll look great in any modern, contemporary, or transitional space for less than $200!  Ready?  Let's go!  

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Knittastic: Make Your Own Designer-Inspired Pouf

by Capree K

Knittastic: Make Your Own Designer-Inspired Pouf

Knitted poufs have been huge, huge, huge lately and while I fully embrace the trend, I don't really care for the accompanying price tags.  From Christien Meindertsma's $2400 Urchin Poufs to Ferm Living's $268 knitted floor pillows, they seem a little more than steep.  If you've got the skills - or a grandma who loves you dearly - you can make your own for a fraction of the cost!  

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How To: Make an Inexpensive DIY Reed Diffuser

by Chris Gardner

DIY reed diffuser tutorial

Inside: how to make a DIY reed diffuser to make your house smell amazing, fresh and clean.

You can pick up all you want, but the true indicator of how clean a home really is? The way it smells. During spring cleaning season, we wait for the days where it's warm enough to open the windows and air out the house, and do some serious scrubbing to get rid of the worst odor offenders. And when all's back to neutral, it's time to fill your home...

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3 EASY Ways to Turn Books into Objets d'art

by DIY Maven

3 EASY Ways to Turn Books into Objets d'art

Many  books are works of art in and of themselves. Old, worn hardbacks can look lovely as is. However, other titles are less than comely. Take any out of date reference book for example. (Damn you Encyclopedia Britannica!) Those and other ugly ducklings are just waiting to be given a makeover. Here's three ways to breathe new life into books, thereby turning them into objets d'art.

First are burlap wraps, kind of like the ones in the image...

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iPhone App to Picture New Furniture in Your Space

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

iPhone App to Picture New Furniture in Your Space

Have you ever picked out a piece of furniture that you imagine will look great in your space and then once you get it home and situated, you think to yourself "What the heck was I thinking?"  Well, I've discovered an iPhone app that will give you a good idea of what a piece will look like in your very own space. I chose the above chair, took a photo of the blank space in my office, emailed this to myself so I could show you. 

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