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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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5 Ways To Wrap Gifts Using Office Supplies

by Faith Provencher
5 Ways To Wrap Gifts Using Office Supplies | For Curbly by Faith Towers Provencher #creative #gift #wrapping #holiday
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 Sometimes I get sick of using the same old gift wrapping supplies every year - they just never seem to run out! So this year I decided to get a little creative with my Christmas gift wrap by using office supplies to decorate plain brown kraft paper packages. And it was surprisingly easy! Click through to see five different ways to wrap gifts using office supplies.      

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Tired of Red and Green? Try A Fresh Christmas Color Scheme This Year

by Rachel Jacks

Tired of green and red? Check out this inspiration for decorating with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme.

If someone mentions Christmas colors, red and green probably instantly come to mind. But though they're the default,  they're far from the only choice for a Christmas color scheme. If you're not a fan of the color combination, or it just doesn't look good with your existing regular decor, why not get creative with your Christmas colors? Check out these ideas for alternative Christmas color palettes for decorating your home.          

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How to Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume

by Faith Provencher
Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Last year I made a sushi costume for my dog Charlie, and this year I thought I'd stick with the same food theme... so he'll be going to our local Halloween "Yappy Hour" as Taco Tuesday! Click through to check out the tutorial.      

 

Materials

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

  • Felt in red, green, yellow and cream
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue
  • 12x12 inch piece of burlap (or a few inches larger for a big dog)
  • 1 inch piece of velcro
  • Marker that matches your dog's fur color
  • Black Sharpie
  • Cardboard
  • Gold and yellow acrylic craft paint
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • 2 feet of white elastic, 3/8 inch wide

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by cutting two half circles out of cardboard. These will be the taco shells. Measure from your dog's front legs to his or her hind legs and use this measurement as the length of your semicircle. 

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Use a foam brush to paint both taco shells. Use yellow and gold together without mixing them to get this textured look. Let them dry and do the back sides also.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, cut out your "toppings" from felt. Cheese, tomatoes and lettuce are my favorites!

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Glue them down randomly using a hot glue gun, overlapping different colors. Leave the sides empty as shown above... this is where you will eventually attach the toppings piece to the taco shells.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, cut a piece of yellow felt in half and glue the two pieces together end to end so you have a long strip that's 24x4 inches. Then glue the edges together lengthwise as shown above to create a long tube that the collar will slip into. 

  

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Trim it so that it is just a touch shorter than your dog's collar. Flatten it out and write "Taco Tuesday" on the area without a seam using a black Sharpie.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Flip the collar cover over and glue two 6 inch pieces of elastic to the back - one almost at the end, and one about halfway over. Use a marker to color the elastic the same color as your dog so it blends in with his or her fur.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, glue one end of the toppings piece to the inside of one taco shell as shown here, about 3 inches from the top. Repeat this process with the other side of the toppings piece and the other shell.

  

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Try it on your dog at this point and measure how far the collar should be from the taco shells and then glue the elastic pieces at that point. Add one more piece of elastic about 1/3 of the way down the bottom edge of one shell and glue the soft side of the velcro to the other shell as shown above. Measure on your dog one more time, and then glue the corresponding piece of velcro onto the elastic at that measurement.

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Clip the collar around your pooch's neck, attach the velcro underneath and you're ready for Halloween! 

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's really pretty adorable, and he got used to it once he had it on for a few minutes. Plus, your friends will get a kick out of it. Happy Halloween! 

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
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Make This! DIY Contemporary Wood and Concrete Coat Rack

by Faith Provencher
DIY Wood and Cement Coat Rack
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Our house lacks closet space, especially by the entryway... so I've always wanted a fun coat rack that I could put near the door. But if you've ever tried to buy a coat rack online, you know that it's hard to find a cool one - and the ones that are attractive usually have crazy price tags to match. So of course I decided to make one! Keep reading to check out the instructions for this super easy wood and cement coat rack.   

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Fall Style Guide: The Cutest and Coziest Fingerless Gloves

by Amber Dickson
Fingerless Gloves
Source: Martha Stewart

When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable.  Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe.  They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks.  Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options.  You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.       

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10 DIY Daybeds Done On The Cheap

by Lexy Ward

A DIY daybed can be a great way to add some comfortable lounging space to your home. Check out these great examples. 

DIY daybed roundup - 10 examples

We love having guests over for long weekend visits. And now that we have a guestroom, I throw out the invite to family and friends regularly! Prep your guestroom or patio with one of these gorgeous daybeds that are either made from scratch or just include simple and cheap updates

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Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room

by Faith Provencher
Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: New Darlings

September is a transitional time of year... the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture - so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.   

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3 Tutorials That Will Have You Lettering Chalkboards Like a PRO

by DIY Maven
Chalkboard lettering made easy
Background by Mateusz Liberra / Shutterstock

Okay, show of hands... How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards, ready to start lettering, only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs --because that's what I do when I wake up waaaay too early and I don't want to get out of bed and my iPhone is within reach--I spotted a genius tutorial on Indie Craft Parade that shows how to letter like a total pro. Inspired, I started digging - and today I'm sharing three great tutorial for chalkboard lettering that'll make it seem like you went to calligraphy school.              

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75 Kids' Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

by M.E. Gray

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself? We've rounded up 75 fun DIY...

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Cushy, Comfy, and Definitely Not Lumpy: Our Favorite DIY Pillows from the Curbly Archives

by M.E. Gray

Curbly's favorite pillow projects from the archives

If you're ever looking to change up a room in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money and doesn't require a lot of commitment, then pillows are certainly the way to go. They're interchangeable, they immediately add something to the room (whether it's color, texture, or both), and they're snuggly. So what's not to love? We're looking back at some of our own favorite pillow projects from the archives; because while store-bought is fine, it doesn't require a lot of effort or previous experience to create a one-of-a-kind cushy masterpiece. Now, on with the pillow talk!              

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Conquer Clutter with 44 DIY Jewelry Organizers and Displays You Can Make Yourself

by Rachel Jacks

Display your jewelry with these DIY jewelry organizers and storage ideas you can make yourself. #DIY #jewelry #jewelrystorage #organization

As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.               

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Eye Candy: Beautiful Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Mosaic tile backsplash
Photo: ToppsTiles

Searching for the perfect mosaic tile backsplash for your kitchen be overwhelming. The sheer number of options is mind-boggling, which means that figuring out a unique style that fits your personality can be difficult. So today we're sharing some inspiring mosaic tile backsplash ideas that will help you pin down the look you're going for. Bits of china and tile have never looked so beautiful. Here are a few mosaic back splashes that just might make you start breaking dishes. Opa!           

Modern tile from Clayhaus
Photo: Smithcraft

These circular tile mosaics give the kitchen a happy, whimsical sort of feel thanks to their bubbly shape (literally and figuratively). They were made by Clayhaus Modern Tile using their You Design Tool which allows clients to customize the colors of the circles. They also offer hexagon patterns, rhombus patterns, and many others. 

 

Metallic mosaic
Photo: New Ravenna

If you're looking for a metallic finish, this mosaic tile backsplash by New Ravenna is made using 24K gold glass, agate and quartz jewel glass. The gilded surface adds a beautiful reflective quality, giving it a sophisticated feel that many other tiles don't have. The unique design makes it feel very high end.

 

Recycled glass mosaic kitchen backsplash
Photo: Domino

This backsplash and countertop is made using recycled glass, so it resembles the terrazzo pattern that is so popular lately. While this doesn't appear to technically be a mosaic tile made with mesh backing, it still achieves the same look thanks to its many small pieces. Read more about it here.

 

Tiled image mosaic kitchen backsplash
Photo: Via Homeyou

If you're really looking to go bold, you might consider tiling an image on your backsplash. This definitely requires prior mosaic tiling experience, but if you've got it, flaunt it! (Otherwise though, hire a pro). This will make an incredible impact on your space, and will forever be a conversation piece for your guests. 

 

Creative and colorful mosaic kitchen backsplash
Photo: TraveyStephens Interior Design

This mosaic tile backsplash is made using a variety of different types of tile, and even utilizes broken pieces of pottery in many areas. And they took it one step further, making it functional by adding a broken half of a mug to hold pencils and a pair of scissors. What a unique idea!

 

Gorgeous rustic mosaic tile backsplash
Photo: My Domaine

This beautiful mosaic tile backsplash is really two patterns in one... the shapes made by the grout lines and the subtle colors in the tiles themselves which form a lovely natural brown hue all together. Something like this which combines both geometric and organic shapes would perfect to offset any kitchen that is feeling too white. 

  

Neat triangular mosaic kitchen backsplash
Photo: ToppsTiles

This light colored mosaic kitchen backsplash has the look of penny tiles with a more contemporary vibe thanks to the triangular tiles. The subtle variation in color from tile to tile picks up the surrounding hues perfectly, tying in the warm wooden countertop and the crisp blue walls.

 

Single panel of mosaic backsplash
Photo: Design Sponge

Marisa over on Design Sponge chose to use black grout in her colorful backsplash. 

 

Creative kitchen mosaic backsplash

Artistic kitchen backsplash

Check these two out from Therese Dejardin Studio. 

 

Geometric mosaic kitchen backsplash
Photo: Casa Sugar

Adore the sweet contemporary pattern of this one, which relied on a tile cutter rather than a hammer for its creation.

 

Curbly kitchen mosaic tile backsplash
Photo: Mosaics by Ginger

And, finally, Ginger's Major Mosaic Kitchen Makeover posted right here on Curbly a few years back, which is so great it needed another shout out.

 


Eye Candy: Beautiful Mosaic Tile Backsplash Ideas
Photo: Domino

Have you seen any other interesting backsplash ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!

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Interesting Wall Decor Ideas Using Everyday Items

by Faith Provencher
Interesting Wall Decor Using Everyday Items
Photo: Stitch Design Co.

Expensive art isn't for everybody. Sometimes you just need a creative way to fill a large wall without breaking the bank. Don't get me wrong, I love hanging artwork on my walls... but I have some areas in my home that are just too large to fill with big, pricey paintings right now. So today I'm sharing lots of interesting wall decor ideas using everyday items you probably already have at home.   

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Make This: Decorative Copper Leafed Plants

by Marlene Sauer
Copper leaf plants
Photos: Marlene Sauer

"I have too many plants..." -- said no one ever. 

Except, perhaps, people who can't keep plants alive.

Good news for all you plant-murderers: faux plants can often look as gorgeous as the real thing. Especially if you glam them up with my all-time favorite crafting material, copper leaf.

Today I'm going to show you how to make copper leaf plants so that you can bring some unique and botanical beauty to your summer decorating. That's right, we're leafing leaves! Ready to see how?          

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Eye Candy: 10 Inspiring Eclectic Outdoor Spaces

by Faith Provencher
Eye Candy: 10 Inspiring Eclectic Outdoor Spaces
Photo: 100 Layer Cake

It can be easy to pay less attention to your outdoor space... you probably spend less time there than you do in your living room. But it deserves just as much attention as any other room in your house! And you can approach it the same way, by layering textiles and adding decorative accents. So today we're sharing some inspiration to get your creative wheels turning. Here are ten of our favorite eclectic, boho chic outdoor spaces.   

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