Curbly Original
How to: Make Simple Glowing Cloches in Minutes

by Alicia Lacy
DIY lighted cloches are easy to make and affordable.


Tiny twinkly lights on bendable wires may be the best invention ever. They're star-like, and whimsical, and they make everything they touch immediately festive and delightful.

While you can wrap these bendy little strands around everything from branches to ceramic figurines, my favorite use for them is to cloche them, alá Restoration Hardware:

Restoration Hardware's cloched starlights are DIYable.
Photo: Restoration Hardware

Do you see how those beauties are like magic captured under...

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Curbly Original
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
Dining Room Resource List:

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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How To: Make a Mason Jar Vanity Light

by DIY Maven

How To: Make a Mason Jar Vanity Light

Lauren used a builder-grade fixture to make a fabulous Mason jar vanity light, and it only cost her $6 and 20 minutes of her time to do it! Besides the materials pictured above, we'll also need some spray paint and primer IF we want to change the color of the fixture, that is. If not, well, then we're good to go. Check out

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Roundup: 10 DIY Outdoor Games and Activities

by Matt Allison

Roundup: 10 DIY Outdoor Games and Activities

Make the most of the warm weather and get outdoors! We've round-up a couple DIY Outdoor Games and Activities that are designed to appeal to both kids and adults alike, enjoy the family fun.

Giant Jenga

1. Giant Jenga via A Beautiful Mess

Lawn Twister

2. Lawn Twister via You + Me

Monster Bean Toss

3. Monster Bean Bag Toss via Crafty Carnival

Oversized Pick-Up Sticks

4. Oversized Pickup Sticks via Better Homes & Gardens

Lawn Scrabble

5. Lawn Scrabble via Constantly Lovestruck

Ring Toss

6. Ring...

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