Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

by Chris Gardner

Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

created at: 12/09/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.   

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Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

by DIY Maven

Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you're Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking and a new career.

Soon thereafter, she began selling cupcakes in Brick Lane Market in London's East side. It was then she came to another turning point. She discovered

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Spooky Halloween Silhouette Cutouts

by Kelly B

Spooky Halloween Silhouette Cutouts

In my family Halloween is our favorite holiday. Some years we go more all out, others we keep it more low-key and elegant. And we generally keep the outside of the house pretty tame until the day of trick or treating, when cobwebs and luminaries and spooky music make their appearance. But there's just something about these spooky silhouettes that make me think this year's going to be a little bit different.  

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Super Creative Bookends that are Not Your Typical Storybook Ending

by Craftmel

Super Creative Bookends that are Not Your Typical Storybook Ending

This is my pathetic bookshelf. Yes, I still have college my textbooks.

I wish I could say my bookshelves were full of classic novels and first editions, but the best I can do is a 3rd Edition of Hypnobirthing and an entire row of fantasy books.  If that doesn't hurt my literary morale enough, the shelves are unorganized to boot.  What I need are some attractive bookends to make my book collection look a little more impressive and easy on the eyes.

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The Bedside Bookmark Abode...Or, How to Make a Tiny, Adorable Wooden House

by Chris Gardner

The Bedside Bookmark Abode...Or, How to Make a Tiny, Adorable Wooden House

There are a few things that simply seem to belong on a bedside table: a lamp, alarm clock, perhaps a pair of glasses, and a few magazines or books. Then, once you add a few personal items (mine usually include a crossword puzzle or two and a glass of water), and there's not a lot of extra space for any accessories or "decor" items.

So, I wanted to make something to add a little bit of fun and style, but that doesn't take up too much prime nightstand real estate or interfere with the other items.

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Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

 

 

For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one's home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one's bookshelves, like peering into one's home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We've grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. They indicate that someone actually lives in a space, and can always serve as great conversation starters.

So, we wanted to honor the book's place in the home by elevating a single volume into a home design element. And there's no better way to draw attention than to put something living inside of it. And so...the upcycled book planter.  

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8 Ways to Customize Your Billy Bookcase.

by Chris Gardner

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Billy Bookcase system, Ikea is not only issuing a book, but a special grafitti-ish version covered in Shakespeare quotes. [Perhaps the source of the "Billy" name those thirty years ago?]

But the Swedish manufaktürer isn't the only one gettin' in on some customized Billy-ness. For year, decorators, DIYsters, and other Ikea Hackers have been given these classics some color and flair. The Guardian Online has...

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Ikea News: The Billy Bookcase Book.

by Chris Gardner

Billy, the book

The Billy Case System, the world's most sold bookshelves [I got four, how many do you?] is turning thirty this year. To celebrate? Ikea is releasing a book to celebrate its release: "Billy, 30 Jahre Jung."

You don't even need Swedish 101 to figure the title out, but if you have passed your intro to German courses, here's some text from Stilsucht: "BILLY – das meistverkaufte Regal der Welt. 41 Millionen Stück sind bisher eingeladen...

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DIY Themed Bookends.

by Chris Gardner

Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.

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From EvilMadScientist: "We said that it's simple, and it is: it's a brick wrapped in a piece of paper...hese are "cement bricks" -- red dyed cement-- and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books." These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could...

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How to Make a Matchbook Booklet

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Matchbook Booklet

Here’s a really easy way to make a booklet, perfect for poetry readings, musings, ceremonies of the wedding and anniversary variety.....well, you get the idea.

To make one, you’ll need:

  • One sheet of 8 ½" x 11" cardstock.
  • 2 or three pieces of copy paper.
  • A craft knife and cutting board. (A pencil and scissors will work too.)
  • A ruler.
  • Two brads. (I used 1/4" size.)
  • A boning tool, optional.
  • An paper awl, paper punch or small nail.


To...

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