Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne's ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn't break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne

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Curbly Bookworm: Crafting with Wood Pallets

by DIY Maven
Crafting with Wood Pallets cover shot
Photo: Ulysess Press

Becky Lamb gets it: no matter what some people may say, crafting stuff out of wood pallets will continue to be popular. Her love of the humble shipping staple started a long time ago with a DIY shelf. Her love affair has culminated into a complete book packed with 25+ rustic projects using them, and they just might be the inspiration you need to finally start making stuff out of those pallets you've been collecting...

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Back to the Future, Furniture

by DIY Maven

Back to the Future, Furniture

Happy Back to the Future Day. (The day Marty McFly travels to in the second installment of the franchise.) The talking heads have been going absolutely tweaky pointing out the successes of the movie's prognostications (visit Gawker to see 14 things that came true, and, yes, there's a hoverboard  on the list). Such discussion does make me wonder what things might look like in Oct 21, 2045. As for decor, who knows? But these designers definitely have/had an eye to the future. But how will their creations be measured by the test of time?

Kata Monus's "experimental hybrid storage furniture" is a lovely confluence of hard and soft, woodworking and knitting. 

Photo: Data Monus

Sawaya & Moroni's "Fei Fei" chair sports some super sexy lines.

Photo: Sawaya & Moroni via the WSJ

Shaun Milburn's Babycotpod looks like it might take off--either flying or walking--at any minute. 

Photo: Shaun Milburn 

Say hello to "Shelly," an aluminum chair created by Peter Donders. 

Photo: Peter Donders vis Trend Hunter

No word on who designed this concept piece. It might make eating a bit messy; however, a board room would never be stuffy with one of them. 

Photo Madison Seating

More sexy lines from designer Svilen Gamolov in this figure EIGHT bar stool: 

Photo: Svilen Gamolov via Behance

Kris Van den Berghe created a bed with a built-in canopy that serves as a screen for a projection TV. The canopy, by the way, can be removed, washed, and even used in other ways, like as a room divider.

Photo: Kris Van den Berghe via dornob

Martz Edition's Gamme Tube is as much a sculpture as a chair.

Photo: Martz Edition

For a little sci-fi flicks mix, check out this floor lamp by Life Goods, which looks like an Imperial Walker. Want to dim it? Simply close the door.

Photo: Life Goods via Yanko Design

And, finally, this gorgeous piece of furniture-flesh--a bent plywood wood chair. But wait! It was created by Joe Colomobo in 1965...which just goes to show that superior design can be ageless. Will the others in this roundup be so fortunate? You tell us. 

Photo: Joe Colombo via Dwell

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Curbly Original
Before and After: My Little Boy's Room Makeover

by Jennifer Farley
Little Boys Room Makeover

A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.    

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

Here is how the only finished room in my house turned out. My kiddo loves color so the decision to paint the walls white might seem odd, but the room must be able to transition. We have a long renovation list of painting, so needing to repaint in a couple of years really isn't wise. From a design perspective, I knew the white walls would give the mix of colors and patterns I planned to put in the room some balance. The room was inspired by the buffalo check curtains. I found the upholstery fabric at a fabric warehouse.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I was on a major budget since we were upgrading the bedroom windows, floors, drywall, and the overall house HVAC. I saved money by using what I already had for the larger pieces. My hoarding finally paid off. Our adoption took over a year, so I also had some time to patiently search for deals. The rug is a carpet tile rug from the same local carpet warehouse that I found the commercial grade tiles for this rug. I was originally looking for a black solid rug but I liked the lightness the small white texture added. I also liked the price and durability. It is a 9 X 15 for about $160 after I bought extra tiles if needed to switch them out. Patience is the key for good deals. If you know what you want early on you can be patient and purposeful in your purchases.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The loveseat was actually bought three years ago on Craigslist for $50. I had no place for it then, but I new it was a piece I could use for a long time and reupholster when needed. It is actually a sleeper loveseat which allows this room to become another room for guests or visiting cousins. 

Little Boys room makeover

Here is an overview of the entire room. The shelving system is an Ikea hack using their inexpensive Ivar shelving units. We bought only the side units and added our own shelves cut to size. Because of the large base trim, we wall mounted them and painted them the wall color. I love this storage because it can transition with the room. Imagine a full-sized bed where the sofa is, the twin bed replaced by a desk in the big opening. Perfect teenage room, right?  The light fixture is a vintage mid century light who was hiding at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was pretty "as is" in its wood and antique brass "vintageness" but felt busy when we hung it up. A can of white spray paint makes it a statement fixture that blends.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The mid century bed was found at an estate sale and the Ikea Rast next to it was the only dresser small enough depth wise to fit cohesively within the shelving unit. Inspired by all the Rast hacks, I painted it. 

Little Boys Room Makeover

The dresser is one we have had for a long time, found at a thrift store. My son loves to draw and color so I hung some clothesline to display all this masterpieces. The calendar has been a life saver for me as a mom. It not only helps him understand his months, dates and days of the week, but it has also helped him be a little more responsible as he sees our family schedule for the month.

Little Boys Room Makeover

Books and toys are the cheapest things to style with in kids room. They add color and are useable. The jar is what we call the "treasure" jar. He picks up "treasures" everywhere and to manage the stuff that comes home, I created a jar for it all. He can fill it to his hearts desire but when the jar gets full, he has to make room for new ones.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I love this little picture-ledge gallery wall because it is so transitional. Since the art and photos are not attached to the wall I can change it up as he grows.

Little Boys Makeover

I am kind of obsessed with this lhama print. My son and I both smile at it daily. The sunrise photo is a custom painting from a local artist. It was given to my son the day he moved into our home. It is a painting of the sunrise on the day he was adopted. It makes me tear up at times so the silly lhama provides comic relief.

I often find myself choosing to linger in his room and just look around. Mostly because I am thankful for him and our story, but also because I love how it turned out. What I love most about the design of this room is it is anchored in timeless "grown up" pieces, yet the color and texture of all things "little boy" gives it a since of whimsy. We all need a little bit of whimsy in our life...don't we?

If you loved this before and after you have to check out this living room makeover from Curbly. Are you on a budget like me? Here are my tips to finding things at estate sales. Have you renovated a room for a kiddo? Please tell us about your favorite elements in their room.

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Roundup: 10 Common Items You Should Always Consider Buying at Estate Sales

by Jennifer Farley
Estate Sale Finds

I love vintage furniture but it can be expensive unless you know where to look. In the search of items for my home, I am more likely to stop at an estate sale than a garage sale or thrift store. I have found the "finds" at an estate sale to be more consistent. If you are wanting to find some interesting decor and stylish vintage pieces make a stop at a local estate sale. Here are 10 common things you will more than likely find there.   

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Before and After: 1-Day Bedroom Makeover

by DIY Maven
Before and After: 1-Day Bedroom Makeover
Photo: House Beautiful

Jacqueline had been meaning to buy a headboard and add more lighting to her bedroom, but hadn't found the time to do either. Enter NY designer Amanda Nisbet who, in one day, made over the room to suit Jacqueline's style perfectly. Besides not having a headboard and enough lighting, before Jacqueline wasn't

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Curbly Original
Our Makeover: A Modern Boy's Bedroom With A Dash of Adventure

by Alicia Lacy
Little Adventurer Boy's Room Makeover!

Yesterday, we told you all about our plans to make over our little boy's bedroom. Before we get to the big reveal, let's do a mini recap. 

We moved into the Curbly House when our son was two weeks old. Because we were insane people who purchased, gutted, moved into, and attempted to furnish and decorate a whole house with a brand new baby, his room was left looking fairly generic.

Curbly: Boy's Bedroom Makeover Before
A view of the nursery the day we closed on the house
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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

by Alicia Lacy
Curbly House Tour

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're posting the 'before' photos of every room, because it's important to acknowledge the past and - in our case - never repeat it. Here we go!

The Living Room

Before: Oh, sad, dark, dreary Edward Hopper-esque room, you were depressing and needed to lighten up a little.

Curbly House Tour // Living Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

After: Hello, gorgeous, feather-light room! You are so lovely and inviting; our very own watercolor.

We were fortunate to work with the super-fun, super-talented, queen of design, Ms. Emily Henderson, on this room and several others (namely: the master bedroom, sunroom, and dining room). Many hugs and high-fives go out to this gorgeous gal!

Curbly House Tour // Living Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Curbly House Tour // Living Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Living Room Resource List:

 

  • Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Aloof Gray SW 6197
  • Trim Color: Sherwin-Williams Pure White
  • Rug: Contemporary Luxe in Blue Steel from Loloi Rugs
  • Blinds: Laura Ashley Soft Fold Roman shades in Casualle Milk from Blinds.com
  • Sofa: Room & Board Anson Sofa in Vessel Cement
  • Danish Chairs: Family Hand-me-down/vintage (free/$80, plus $400 in fabric and upholstery)
  • Kaleidoscope on Mantel: Vintage (Loft Antiques)
  • Porcelain Succulents on Mantel: Waterstone Succulents
  • Majorette in Cloche: Vintage (Hunt & Gather)
  • Pot for Fern: Skars Tall bowl in white from CB2
  • Candle Holder: Tri Taper Candle Holder from CB2
  • Bronze Bust: Vintage (Hunt & Gather)
  • Photo over Mantel: Corncob Building by our friend John Kingman
  • Books: Vintage
  • Blanket Basket: Vintage (Hunt & Gather)
  • Pouf: West Elm
  • Coffee Table: Metal Smith's Drum Coffee Table (and here's a similar one at Overstock)
  • Bar Cart: Blue Ocean Traders
  • Giraffe Decanter: Vintage (Loft Antiques)
  • Marble Top Entry Table: Blue Ocean Traders
  • Desk: Family Hand-me-down
  • Desk Chair: Craigslist, $40
  • White Table Lamps: Jayne Oat Beige Glazed Ceramic
  • Threaded House Art: Happy Red Fish
  • Wood Triangular Side Tables: Vintage
  • Laptop Side Table: Pix Table by OCD Furniture from Forage Modern Workshop
  • Desk Lamp: RANARP Work Lamp from IKEA
  • Campaign Dresser: Vintage ($80) (painted with Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005 Latex Enamel)
  • Boy Painting: Vintage (Loft Antiques)
  • Windsor Chair: Vintage (Free with Craigslit-ed Dining Table)
  • Dimpled Vase: Kabasa Vase from CB2
  • Flannel Pillow: Fairbault Wool Pillow Cover – Ticking Stripe from West Elm
  • Gold Star Pillow: Nate Berkus Star Ikat Pillow
  • Throw: Herringbone Throw by Brahms Mount from Forage Modern Workshop
  • Metal Drum Table: Vintage (Hunt & Gather)

 

The Sun Room

Before: This was the room of 99 problems; falling ceiling tiles and chewed mullion windows were among them. But, ample natural light wasn't.

Curbly House Tour // Sun Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

After: New windows, new paint, new ceiling, new walls, new bench, and a reconfigured space completely transformed this sunny nook.

Curbly House Tour // Sun Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Sun Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

Sun Room Resource List:

 

 

Dining Room

Before: This tiny cramped room was begging to be opened up so that it could breathe a little bit.

Curbly House Tour // Dining Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: We now eat dinner in this room almost every night. It's a family space. The gallery wall of family photos is the heart of the room, and the entire downstairs.

Also, because we get asked about the practicality of a rug underneath a table where small children eat, the truth is: it's great! The wool is still kickin'.

Curbly House Tour // Dining Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 
Curbly House Tour // Dining Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
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Kitchen

Before: I get a little teary thinking about this old, decrepit kitchen. And, not for sentimental reasons. I loathed this room for its lack of appliances (no oven, no stove, and one 10amp outlet that required a trip to the fuse box every time we ran the microwave). I don't miss its color and mysterious animal smells either.

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: This is the room in the house that makes me pinch myself every time I walk into it. It's a kitchen, a family room, the place homework is done after school, and the place our friends congregate during dinner parties. It's the most used and most loved room in our house.

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Kitchen Resource List:


 

Mudroom & Bath

After: These two things are true about these two rooms:
1. There is nothing overrated about a mudroom.
2. Here's a joke that's no joke: We were really urine-ing for a half-bathroom on the first floor; now that we have one we feel a great sense of relief. 
Technically, there's no 'Before" here because the mudroom and half-bath were born out of our addition.

Apologies for the absence of 'After' photos of the half-bathroom; they are forthcoming once I decide which Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper to place on the walls. 

Curbly House Tour // Mud Room - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Mudroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Mudroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Mudroom & Laundry Resource List:

 

 

Master Bedroom

Before: Prior to being our bedroom, our master bedroom was a storage room. And by storage room, I mean, junk room. And, by junk room, I mean the room that could have landed us on an episode of Hoarders. Here's the empty room the first time we walked through the house (please excuse the gritty phone picture):

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom Before

After: In my dreamiest of dreams, I never believed I would sleep in a bedroom so beautiful. And, there's a chandelier! And, you know I sing Sia's "Chandelier" every time I enter the room.

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

Bedroom Resource List:

 

 

 

Little Boy's room

Before: The day after we closed on the house two rows of acoustic ceiling tiles fell from the ceiling of this room. It was clearly begging for change.

Curbly House Tour // Nursery - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: We wanted to design a room that captured our son's sense of adventure, while feeling grounded in classic design. Hence, the mountains with a hint of mid-century modern. 

Little Boy's Room Makeover
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover: Reading Nook
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover: Mountain Mural
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Little Girl's room

Before: During our closing with the relator, the daughter of the woman who previously owned the house told us that she once sat in this room and cried because it was her birthday and none of the children she invited came to her party. She told us that, for her, the house was full of sad memories. I panicked and feared we were making a terrible mistake purchasing a house full of sorrow. I then bought sage smudge in bulk and paraded through the house like a boss. I also placed little bowls of sea salt in all the corners to absorb the sadness (this, admittedly was a little cray-cray). If you look closely, you can see one of my sadness-trapping bowls in the picture.

Curbly House Tour // Child's Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After No. 1: This sweet, little bedroom is just like our daughter: joyful and bright. And, so far we're batting 1000 for birthday parties.

Photo: Alicia Lacy

 

 
 
Child's Bedroom Resource List:
 

After No. 2: As our girl grows, so does her style. In 2016, we gave her room a new look.  

Girl's Room Makeover - Wall Flowers
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

Girl's Room Makeover - Shelving

 

 

 

Girl's Room Makeover - Desk


 

Girl's Room Makeover - Modern and Magical

 

Child's Bedroom Resource List (Act II):


 

Storage Room

Before: This former bedroom was drab, bright yellow, and filled with thousands of bobby pins. Seriously, a truckload of bobby pins. They still mysteriously come up through the floorboards. 


 

After: Our 'Bonus Room' (that acted as a catch-all reservoir for far too long), finally became our cozy family den.

Cozy Den Makeover
Photo: M.E. Gray

 

Cozy Family Room Makeover - Basket Wall
Photo: M.E. Gray

 

Cozy Family Room Makeover - Trunk Storage
Photo: M.E. Gray

Den Resource List:

 

Kid's Bathroom

Before: This bathroom was full of problems, and they were all hidden beneath the raised floor that we tripped over every single time we entered the room.

Curbly House Tour // Bathroom - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Curbly House Tour // Bathroom (Step) - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: Every single wall, floor, pipe, tile, chimney stack, etc. was removed from the old bathroom to make way for the new one!

Curbly House Tour // Bathroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Curbly House Tour // Bathroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Bathroom Resource List:

 

 

 

 

Thanks for sticking with us this far. If you have questions about products, designs, or DIYs, please let me know in the comments! For more on the process of re-doing our house, check out the entire Curbly House Section!

A tremendous bouquet of thanks goes out to the wonderful, stunningly-talented photographer, Melissa Oholendt, who makes magic with her camera. 

 

 

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