Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Plan and Inspiration Board

by Erinh

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Plan and Inspiration Board

When setting out to redo our master bedroom I was looking to take it from "hot mess" to simply hot. When gathering inspiration I was constantly drawn to saturated colors, prints and patterns, and layers of personal touches.  

Here's the inspiration board I put together to serve as the starting point for our makeover:  

created at: 04/11/2011

I grabbed these images from various blogs and magazines I like. If you're doing an inspiration board, I recommend using something like Curbly's "clippings" feature to keep your ideas organized (another good service is Pinterest).

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

by Erinh

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

Since getting married last April (our one-year anniversary is in two weeks!), I've been delighted by all the amazing changes married life has brought. Sadly, the house my husband bought before we met isn't one of them. These "before" photos illustrate our need for an upgrade:

created at: 04/13/2011
To call our suburban, split-level, 4-bedroom house a "project" is a serious understatement.It was built in 1975 (remember all the great design from that year?), so it is resplendent with wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings and a basement full of cedar paneled walls.

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Yea or Nay: Chandeliers in the Bedroom?

by DIY Maven

 

Blue accented bedroom with dramatic drapes, crystal chandelier and oyster-framed mirror

There's something about a chandelier in a bedroom that suggests decadence and romance. Both good reasons to have one, if you ask me. Here's a few that might get you thinking about adding one to your boudoir too...or not. What do you think?  Yea or nay on a chandelier in your (or anyone else's) bedroom?

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My own glass planet.

by DIY Maven

My own glass planet.

Last week while perusing my local Pottery Barn, I spotted a reflective glass sphere in the holiday discount area. I picked it up and held it in my hands. The tag said it was mercury glass and there was a note inside that PB recommended inserting a strand of twinkle lights into the opening at the sphere's bottom. As I was gazing at the ball, one of the sales associates walked by, saying, "Oh! You're very lucky to have found that!" I nodded. Okay, sure, whatever.

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Five Original Ways to Use String Lights

by Peaches2010

Five Original Ways to Use String Lights

Who doesn’t love the twinkle of string lights? They lend oodles of atmosphere to any environment.

Good News: String lights are on clearance right now! You can save some major cheese by stocking up right now. 

Bad News: When displayed plain and lonely, string lights tend to read a little too HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Or worse, WELCOME TO MY DORM ROOM.

Solution: Get creative. With the addition of a few inexpensive items you probably already have around...

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Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

Making your home a better place doesn't take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don't need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be the...

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Get Nested: Meg Answers Reader's Decor Questions, Round #3

by Meg Allan Cole

Get Nested: Meg Answers Reader's Decor Questions, Round #3

Here we go onto round 3! Most of you asked right on the blog post, but today I am answering the Facebook discussion board questions. Lighting, couches, big spaces to cover, these are great questions that I see a lot of people identifying with.

Tania Johnson asked: I have a bedroom that is solid walls of wood and really like the wood look. I am not against staining it I just don't want to cover it up. Shelves will be going up somewhere and so...

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How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

My friend and Curbly team member Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.

I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one...

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DIY Fractal Chandelier & Other Cases of Fractals in Design

by Bruno Bornsztein

Last week, famed French mathematician (and father of fractal geometry) Benoît Mandelbrot passed away, and there's no question his influence reached way beyond mathematics. A few years ago we posted about a sweet DIY Fractal Chandelier:

DIY Fractal Chandelier

Jackson Pollock's famous drip paintings were done using a technique much more systematic than you might think. In fact, when some of paintings were analyzed, researchers found they contained fractal patterns...

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