Say Hello to the 2017 Curbly House

by Bruno Bornsztein

2017 Curbly House

Y'know, it's weird. For the better part of a decade, Alicia and I have made a living by (I hope) making spaces beautiful. But we've never really embraced that as our job. We've always viewed as "we run a blog, and we get to do room makeovers sometimes, too." This year, we're embarking on a totally different project: a complete home remodel of a property that we don't plan on living in.

See, earlier this year I got to thinking, there are...

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The Curbly House: Where Are They Now?

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly House status update!

The Curbly House has been on a blogging hiatus, because, well... we had a baby and moved into an "under construction" house two weeks later. Then, we proceeded to lose our minds.

But as the baby grew bigger and we finally started being able to distinguish between night and day, things started to happen around the house. So here's a long-overdue update on where things stand with the Curbly House, and what's coming up next. Here we go!

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50's Rambler Turned 2-Story Villa

by DIY Maven

50's Rambler Turned 2-Story Villa

Local interior designer Brian Ellingson served as demolition crew, architect, general contractor and landscape designer to transform his and his partner's 1950's one story rambler into a two story villa. They were committed to the home's original footprint as well as re-using as much of the salvage as possible, including the original oak and pine floors. The transformation is quite remarkable. Visit Star Tribune to see more images and to read...

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Bruno & Alicia's Kitchen Makeover, Part I

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's Kitchen Month on Curbly! So Kelly, Melanie, and I will be doing a series of kitchen tours. We'll walk you through our kitchens, point out what we love and what we don't, and show how they got to be the way they are.

Our old kitchen


When we bought our house almost ten years ago, the kitchen was a Frankenstein monster. Every cabinet had been hand-crafted by the previous owner, god bless him and his malfunctioning measuring sticks. No two pieces of wood were...

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Nancy's Total Family Room Overhaul

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Nancy's Total Family Room Overhaul

A self-described design enthusiast, Nancy Marcus Gueret managed to achieve what I would call a Regency style family room  makeover that will knock your socks off. It's no wonder her friends and family enlist her help with their own decorating dilemmas.  Actually, she's done a multiple room makeover job that's as good as any decorator I've ever seen.

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4 Bold and Bright Headboard Ideas To Spark Up Your Bedroom

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

4 Bold and Bright Headboard Ideas To Spark Up Your Bedroom

This tweener week is the time I look around my  tired old digs and realize I need some fresh decorating inspiration. It's time to stir things up a bit. I've loved my hanging headboard long enough. Here are 4 fresh headboard ideas guaranteed to lift your decor out of the winter doldrums and make you love hanging out in your bedroom on cold winter nights. This blue headboard is easier to make than it looks, but I am really enamored with  the polka dot bench with those luscious acrylic legs. Where can I find those?

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How To Build Sawhorses

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Build Sawhorses


Next time you see sawhorses in a shop, don't take them for granted. It takes more than a little effort to build a pair if you've never done it before. I've tried the store-bought kind. They don't hold a candle to custom sized, good old fashioned handmade wooden sawhorses.  Even if you're just dabbling in some carpentry projects, you need a good pair of these handy helpers.

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