Boob lights. Once you know what they are, you'll notice them everywhere. We've had one in our living room since we bought our house two years ago, and I've been meaning to do something about it for months now. And I finally did. Click through to check out the glamorous solution.
Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect).
When Al and I found out we were expecting baby number two, the walls of our quaint little 2/1 started to cave in all around us. We danced with the idea of moving to the ‘burbs, but after some serious soul searching and a few disappointing open houses, we thought better of it. Our dream has always been to raise our family in the city and we just didn't want to give that up so quickly. We were determined to make it work. After we came back down...
I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.
This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in.
When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.
I'm getting married in July (to the good sport pictured in the photo above) and I desperately wanted to have a photo booth at our wedding. But the price of photo booth rentals was prohibitive, so of course I started brainstorming ways to DIY one instead. Click through to check out my simple solution.
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!
Yesterday we told you about our plans to make over our old house before we put it on the market, and today I'm back to walk you through our design process. As far as I'm concerned, the design process is the stuff dreams are made of - you get to go wild with dreams and possibility. In fact, you have an obligation to do so.
While I always have to scale back (hello, budget), and redefine my dreams, I think examining the process is worthwhile. Have a look at the ideas we considered in bringing this room into all its glory.
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.
We all love a good furniture makeover, and these don't disappoint! Get prepared to swoon over these 19 furniture pieces that have been painted in totally unexpected ways. Each piece is inspiring because they're extremely unique. If are you're looking for ways to make over your latest thrifted find, these painted beauties will inspire you!
This kitchen didn't have much going for it, except for its size. So you can imagine that the makeover was pretty dramatic. Click through to check out the transformation, along with a few helpful tips on how to introduce color into your kitchen.
As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case.
How long it takes you will depend on your skill level, but as someone who is not an expert, I can assure you this should not take more than 30 minutes to make, so it's a perfect "quick" project or a perfect project for beginners. This envelope style pillow case is very simple to make because it does not require zippers or stuffing, and you can easily remove the covers for washing anytime.
The key materials I suggest for this project are outdoor fabric (more durable, thick) and densified polyester pad in your desired size. I used a brand called NuFoam in size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick and simply trimmed it to my desired size because they did not sell the exact size. I found this to be the best material because it's very light, washable and water will run right through it (as opposed to solid foam).
I ended up with size 15 x 16 cushions, so make sure you adjust your sizes accordingly. The materials below are per cushion.
- NuFoam densified polyester pad, size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick
- 1 yard outdoor fabric
- Scissors/rotary cutter
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
First, cut the pad to the size of the chair. In my case, I cut about 1 inch off to create a 15 x 16 pad. Because the pads have layers, it's easiest to cut only a little bit at a time.
Then cut one piece of fabric that is about 2 inches wider around than the pad (17 x 18 inches in this case), one piece that is 18 x 10 inches and one more that is 18 x 12 inches. These two pieces will create an envelope flap, so one should be slightly larger than the other.
On the larger flap (18 x 12), pin a thin seam along the 18-inch side and sew.
Pin all of the pieces together with patterned sides facing in and the sewn edge as the inner-most piece. This will be the one you see when the pillowcase is complete (see above).
Sew a thin seam all the way around the pillowcase without stopping, back stitching at each end. Trim loose threads.
Turn the pillowcase right side out and insert the foam piece. Place the cushion envelope-side down on a chair and lounge comfortably!
When it's time to wash them, simply remove the foam piece and wash all pieces. They're super easy to make and take care of, and they're just as stylish as store-bought cushions!
Sometimes large open spaces are harder to decorate than smaller ones. It's sort of like someone asking you what your favorite food is... the sheer number of options is intimidating! All kidding aside though, it can be tricky to decide where to put what and how to fill up the space. Read on to find out how the problem was tackled in this living space.
I don't know about you, but my laundry room is a black hole in which I spend as little time as possible. It's dark, tiny, and dank... in other words, the complete opposite of all these awesome laundry room makeovers. If you're in a similar boat and looking for some serious inspiration, check out these laundry room ideas.
Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY...
When the owners of this well-known tiny house found out they were expecting, they didn't move out like many of us might do - they turned an existing closet into a micro nursery! The resulting space is oh-so-cute and surprisingly functional. Click through to check out the incredible transformation.