The carpet is down. The furniture is in. The original Curbly House is officially on the market! We spent the last few weeks putting in long hours to get the living room (and the rest of the house) ready for showings, and we're excited to share the reveal with you today! Read on to see how we designed a cozy living space that will (hopefully) help us sell the house quickly to a lucky new family who will enjoy it for years!
I have some pretty huge professional goals this year, and one of them is about redirecting the Curbly ship into new waters. Specifically, our whole team is committed to pouring all we have into creating original content (projects, roundups, and tutorials) and taking on more room makeovers. I believe in the power of transformation, so I'm committing myself to it.
We're beginning this theme of transformation by revealing a little secret: for the past few weeks, we've preparing to sell our old house! You guys: I'm so excited about this! This house was our first home (the original Curbly House, which we'd been using as a vacation rental); it's the home where we brought our newborn children, and interestingly, it's the one we never talked much about. Today I want to give a little background of the house, as well as our efforts to get it in tip-top shape for whomever lives there next.
Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, I've wanted to add a runner to our stairs. They're really slippery, and they're also just really boring. So I decided to install a runner myself. And here's what I found out.
My dear friend Mandi has got to be the "Queen of DIY." I was in a craft competition with her once, and when I found out she was a fellow contender, I practically threw in the towel before it began. I don't know if any square foot of her house hasn't been affected by Mandi's Touch. See that dimensional zebra rug? Yep, she made that. No zebras involved.
Carpet tiles have been around for a while now, but there's always been one limitation: they're square! If you love the idea of utilizing this flexible floor covering in your home but want a playful dot instead of the standard square, you're in luck. Check out how to make your own circular carpet tile rug below!
Have you heard of Vecco? If not, let me explain. Vecco is a system of templates, colorants and sealants which lets DIYers customize just about any carpet--area rug or wall-to-wall. Now, before you say, "Sounds like stenciling to me," it is and it isn't. Yes, there are stencils (templates) involved, but Vecco colorant is nothing like any paint you've ever used. The system sounded so intriguing, that when they recently offered to send over a test kit, I had to accept and share my findings with my fellow Curbers.
Buddy, check this one out. This is not a purchase rug with a manufactured texture. It's straight-up, everyday home improvement store carpet, with a handmade, labyrinth-like pattern.
Can you guess how they pulled it off?
Back in July of 2008, I showed you how to turn black and white striped fabric into chevron upholstery fabric. What I really wanted, but didn't know exactly how to execute it, was a chevron patterned area rug. This is by far the best tutorial for a chevron patterned rug that I've seen. Carissa from The Fabulous Design File shows exactly how to do it. Think of the color possibilities. (gray and cream, gray and cream, gray and cream)
This clever take on the bearskin rug was created from an antique antique hand-knotted wool Tabriz rug. The piece was cut and shaped to resemble a bear's hide, and the excess was shaped to create an adorable, pink wool bear head, complete with shiny eyes and open maw.
Garish casino carpets are deliberately chaotic. And you thought they got a closeout deal at Carpet World, no sirree. These are custom casino style carpets you'll only seen in Vegas and other casino joints. Now how bad can they really be?
Looking down onto her front porch, Jennifer had an epiphany. "It's July," she observed, "but that's a Halloween-themed welcome mat." So, she grabbed some paint and got to work.
The results? A fun and playful welcome mat that spans the divide between handmade and standing up to the elements. Using some soft fabric paint, she created a bold border, then used an embroidery pattern to give the whole thing some character.
All hail the comb-over! Not on bald dudes' heads; on this carpet by Meirav Pled Barzilay, which has a bald spot. (Not the designer, the carpet.) Its comb-over is supplied by 'felt strands of varying lengths'. So long are they that they can be used as a blanket or pillow.
A coffee table that interacts with its rug. Absolutely precious.
When a project seems only do-able by a professional, it makes me want to conquer it that much more. Maybe it's because I secretly long to be a subcontractor or something. Anywho, carpet binding has always seemed to be something for which the DIY-er needs a professional. Well, not anymore! Watch this video...
This trick is a classic: Instructable-maker Condongolev highlights the basic, but clever, technique of sliding cables, cords, and wires in that tiny groove between the carpet and the wall. Just extend the wire, and use a pointed, but blunt object (like a broken pencil) to push it into the little space. Works great for speaker wire, coax cable, power supplies, etc.
The Ample Sample 2008 contest challenged designers to come up with creative and recyclable uses for the standard carpet sample. The winner was Vala Abolghasemy, who created this rocking horse stool, perfect for media rooms, college dorms, and kid's rooms. The instructional PDF can be downloaded here (though the text is a little garbled on my computer, the pictures'll get you there.)
The "Housekeeper" from Club Femina suggests solutions for:
And all sorts more...
Although I included links to these handy guides in my CSI: Carpet Scene Investigation post, I thought they deserved a post of their very own. First, from Fabric Link comes an alphabetical who’s who of horrible stains. From acid toilet cleaners to wine, there’s something for everybody. Also worth a look-see is 3M’s stain removal guide, which they bill as alternatives to using one of their own products. How magnanimous of them.
If you’ve ever been in the market for carpeting, you know what a daunting job it can be. Besides color and style, there’s a whole carpet lexicon that only makes matters worse. By identifying and defining these individual terms, we might be able to get to the bottom of the conundrum of choosing the perfect carpeting.
There are three terms that describe the construction of a carpet’s surface. They are weight, density and twist.
"Dan Golden is a New York based artist who has shown his playful yet sophisticated work in galleries for nearly a decade.
In 2006, born from a desire to reach beyond the art world, Golden partnered with interior designer Ford Lininger. Together, the two developed a line of luxurious, contemporary rugs based on Golden's art and launched the collection in Spring 2007."
These handtufted rugs come in four standard sizes, with custom sizes and schemes...