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How to: Make an Easy Perpetual Chalkboard Calendar

by Faith Towers
How to: Make an Easy Perpetual Chalkboard Calendar

 

Organization is not my strong suit. Of course, I enjoy being organized, but somehow I never quite get there. So, I thought a new calendar might help to keep my schedule in order. I wanted to make one that I could reuse each month to keep track of my projects and appointments, so I decided to make a perpetual chalkboard version. And then? I stumbled upon the miracle of clear chalkboard paint... and the rest is, well, my own DIY perpetual...

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27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend

by Faith Provencher
27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Studio McGee

Sure, all-white kitchens are neutral and easy, but they also tend to lack personality. Why not infuse your space with a bit of extra color to add some character? Here are 27 gorgeous kitchens that aren't all white to get your creative juices flowing.   

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Good House

1. Blue-gray cabinets and a colorful rug add some serious personality to a kitchen with white walls and countertops. [Photo: Good House]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Domino

2. Lots of natural wood gives this space a rustic vibe that it wouldn't otherwise have if it were all white. [Photo: Domino]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: BeckiOwens.com

3. Pale blue lower cabinets add color and vibrancy to this lovely kitchen. [Photo: BeckiOwens.com]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Nonagon

4. This kitchen's backsplash is a complete and utter showstopper! [Photo: Nonagon]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Dans Le Lakehouse

5. Electric blue cabinets, stools and dishes give this kitchen a memorable look. [Photo: Dans Le Lakehouse]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: BHG

6. Black lower cabinets and a dramatic runner give this white-walled kitchen a glamorous look. [Photo: BHG]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Leuchtend Grau

7. Grey walls and wooden cabinets and floors give this kitchen a thoroughly unique style. [Photo: Leuchtend Grau]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Historias De Casa

8. Take a cue from the view from your window as these homeowners have done, matching their cabinets with their greenery. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Historias De Casa

9. A rich orange color lends this kitchen a deliciously retro vibe. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: The DIY Mommy

10. Black cabinets give this kitchen an unexpectedly bold look. [Photo: The DIY Mommy]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Onekindesign

11. Celery green subway tile creates a lovely backdrop for glassware in this kitchen. [Photo: Onekindesign]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: The Effortless Chic

12. A bold backsplash and coordinating cabinets give this kitchen nook a unique look. [Photo: The Effortless Chic]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Apartment Therapy

13. This mostly white kitchen gets a strong dose of color in the form of kelly green cabinets. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Historias De Casa

14. Mint green, copper and black are used here to freshen up a white backsplash. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Homedit

15. Light wooden cabinets and colorful wall tiles lend a super chic vibe to this kitchen. [Photo: Homedit

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Jacquelyn Clark

16. Here, white subway tile is balanced with dark blue lower cabinets and a beautiful red and beige rug. [Photo: Jacquelyn Clark]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Decoholic

17. If you like the lighter look but don't want to go all white, you might consider light grey with wooden accents like the kitchen above. [Photo: Decoholic]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Studio McGee

18. Bold tiling and dark green cabinets give weight and substance to this lovely Tudor style home. [Photo: Studio McGee]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Addison's Wonderland

19. Pale blue cabinets offset the marble countertops perfectly in this tall, airy kitchen. [Photo: Addison's Wonderland]

  

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: HZ Interiors

20. Dark green tiling and wooden elements make this kitchen feel like a nod to the great outdoors. [Photo: HZ Interiors]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Style By Emily Henderson

21. Patterned tile and blue cabinets for the win, yet again! [Photo: Style By Emily Henderson]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

22. Why not add a bold pop of yellow to an old set of cabinets? [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Greige Design

23. A medium gray is just as neutral as white... but way less boring! [Photo: Greige Design]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: My Scandinavian Home

24. Minty fresh cabinets feel very inviting in this simply-designed kitchen. [Photo: My Scandinavian Home]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: The Kitchn

25. Natural elements lend a unique sensibility to this sun-filled space. [Photo: The Kitchn]

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Elle Decor

26. Distressed green lower cabinets add lots of pizzazz to this large kitchen. [Photo: Elle Decor

 

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
Photo: Brit + Co.

27. And if you're feeling really daring... why not try using every color of the rainbow?! [Photo: Brit + Co.]

  

27 Ways to Move Beyond the White Kitchen Trend
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How To: Make a Modern Geometric DIY Leather Mouse Pad

by Capree K

How To: Make a Modern Geometric DIY Leather Mouse Pad

We're nearing the finish line of our office makeover (more on that later) and so I've turned my attention to some of the finer details... details like, you know, mouse pads. After a desperate search to find some that blended form and function in a way that made my aesthetic-loving soul happy -- and failing -- I decided to make my own. And I'm glad I did because, holy cow, I love them!     

These bad boys combine a few of my favorite...

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Make a DIY Fire Pit this Weekend With One of These 61 Fire Pit Ideas

by Rachel Jacks

A DIY fire pit is just what your backyard needs this summer, and here are 15 ways to build your own. #firepit #diyfirepit

Does the need to sit around a fire outside go back to our days as cave-dwellers? Probably, but we have way better stuff to roast over the fire now, and beer to drink with it. Just like our pre-historic ancestors (except with access to hardware stores, and power tools, and computers), you can make your own DIY backyard fire ring with these tutorials on how to build a DIY fire pit.       

If you've ever tried to make s'mores in the...

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Renter-Friendly DIY: How to Customize Your Own Removable Wallpaper

by Holly Wade

Customized Removable Wallpaper

Living in a rental is not my ideal situation, but I’ve learned to make the best of the space that I have and still make the customizations that I want. One of the best ways to customize a space is with a fun accent wall, and for renters who cannot paint or apply wallpaper, removable wallpaper is king! I wanted to create a completely customized accent wall without painting it, so instead, I created customized removable wallpaper using a form of solid-colored contact paper.

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99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
Source: One Kings Lane

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!          

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How To: Make a Paint By Numbers Cactus Pillow

by DIY Maven
Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow
Photo: Shrimp Salad Circus

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Wednesday: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter. Today: A Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow. To be honest, I vacillated over highlighting this project. That's because the original maker, Lindsay, used a service that provided

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How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows

by Jeran McConnel
How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows
Photo: Jeran McConnel

I can't get enough of graphic grid patterns.  It's a clean, less busy version of plaid. Add a grid pattern to a space, and it instantly seems modern and current. I few months ago I hand drew an entire wall in a grid pattern. Ever since, I've been on the hunt for all for more grid patterns to add to my home. These bold pillows in a classic black and white grid are sure to stand out in any space.

             

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IKEA Hack: How to Dye Faux Fur ... and Make It Into This Totally Stylish Lampshade

by Marwa Hayat
How To: Dye Faux Fur Pink and Make a Lampshade

Lately, I've been loving all the colorful furs I've been seeing in magazines, Pinterest, and my favorite interior decor sites. But when I saw how expensive it was to buy a few ... I knew the only way I'd be able to incorporate them into my home was to make them myself. So, I figured out this super simple technique to add some color and character to the common faux fur ... without creating a whole mess and spending a ton of money

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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60

I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.

Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.  

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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How to Make a Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree in 4 Easy Steps

by Capree K

A DIY modern wooden tabletop Christmas tree

We love the festive season! It’s the perfect time to get creative. If you’ve already got your tree trimmed and you’re ready for a new and exciting holiday project — or even if you’re keeping your Christmas décor minimal this year — this DIY wooden tabletop Christmas tree will bring a little extra festive cheer to your home.

These trees are super easy to make and to personalize. What’s more, they’re so durable. Bring them out year after...

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