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It's Time to Banish This from Your Bedroom Once and for All

by M.E. Gray

Why having a technology-free bedroom will help you sleep schedule, you relationships, and your happiness

Each room of your home serves a specific purpose. The kitchen exists to nourish. The living room is there for relaxation. The dining room, for fellowship. And we don't need to go into the details of what the bathroom is for. But arguably the most important room of your home is the bedroom. It's your sanctuary, your safe space. It's the place where you go to lie unconscious for 6-8 hours in order to function properly as a human being! Since the bedroom's purpose is so different from that of the other rooms in the house, this room deserves a different set of rules. And there's one rule that a lot of us are guilty of breaking every day: No technology in the bedroom.       

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How My Family Lives Without Cable & Stays Entertained

by Jennifer Farley

How My Family Watches Television Without Cable

Heads up: this is not a post about how our family doesn't watch TV. We are a busy family, like any other, but we do love to watch our favorite shows and sports. Instead, I want to share how our family manages to enjoy television with out spending a ton of money on cable TV service each month.

We decided to cut the cord nine years ago, and haven't looked back. We've had to adapt our methods as networks and subscriptions have changed, but I don't think we missed anything we have really wanted to watch. Here is how we do it today. 

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Curbly's Wall Art Shopping Guide: 20 Design-y Prints for Film and TV Buffs

by Capree K

Curbly's Wall Art Shopping Guide: 20 Design-y Prints for Film and TV Buffs

As a lover of film and TV, this might be my favorite wall art shopping guide so far! It was also really, really, really hard to narrow it down to a mere 20 prints. My suggestion?? Hit up your favorite online marketplace (Etsy, Society6, Cargoh, Supermarket, etc.) and do a search for the shows you love the most. It'll blow your mind. Meanwhile, here are my picks for awesome movie- and TV-inspired prints!   

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On The Set: How to Get the "White Collar" Look

by DIY Maven

Matt Bomer and Tim Dekay Talk White Collar

Before we begin, let's take a few moments to reflect the being who is Matt Bomer. Not only does he play Neal Caffery, the main character in USA's White Collar, he is without a doubt the most beautiful man walking the planet. (If you disagree, I'd be happy to argue the point in the comments below.) Now, on to the topic of this post: how to get the White Collar look. 

Although Peter and Elizabeth's house is amazing, its Neal's loft that draws my attention and for more reasons than you might think, considering my intro. It's an excellent example of an eclectic mix that reflects the wealth of knowledge on disparate subjects of the fictional person that lives there. That person is a little retro, a little mod, a little old world and a whole lotta interesting.

created at: 02/16/2011
    

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On the Set: Get the look of "The Big Bang Theory"

by DIY Maven

Big Bang Theory,Jim Parsons,Johnny Galecki,Kunal Nayyar,Simon Helberg,The Boyfriend Complexity

One of the most interesting sets on television today is Sheldon and Leonard's apartment. Every time I watch an episode of TBBT, I invariably notice something I hadn't seen before. I've now found myself actually looking for details I might have missed. This 'Where's Waldo?' type game can be played when viewing all the characters' living spaces, but most particularly when watching hijinx unfold at Sheldon and Leonard's. SO...today I decided to...

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Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ask Curbly: TVs, Clawfoot Tubs, Cheap Organizing and Weird Beds

If you've never checked out our Ask a Question forum, now's the time to start. It's a perfect place to ask for help with home improvement and decor questions, and you can help others out by offering your own expert (or amateur) advice.

I thought I'd highlight some of the more interesting recent questions from the forum today (please add your answers or suggestions if you have any):

xox_nicole: How can I make a clawfoot tub into a couch?

I have always wanted a clawfoot tub, a la Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I've never been able to find anyone who has actually turned their clawfoot tub into a couch.  I've done a little research and found out that you're supposed to use a cut-off saw with a fiberous cutting blade, rather than a circular saw, to cut cast iron. Anyone done this before, or have any helpful tips about cutting cast iron tubs?

Cast iron clawfoot tub

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Reverse-Engineered TV Homes

by DIY Maven

Mark Bennett, Home of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (Batman)

Mark Bennett's artwork is very unique and utterly cool. He reverse-engineers fictional homes from TV series and sells them as artwork/blueprints. And if you can read the fine lettering on the image above, you'll see that it's the blueprint for none other than Wayne Manor. 

He's also done the entire town of Mayberry.

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How To: Make Your Own "Team Conan" T-Shirt

by Chris Gardner

DIY Team Conan Tee

If you've ended up on the non-NBC side of last week's titantic Tonight Show decision, then show off your pride with this DIY "Team Conan" t-shirt. Designed by yarnstress Vickie Howell (on whom I have a not-even-a-little-bit-secret crush), it's as easy as download, transfer, and color.

Materials

  • Plain T-shirt
  • Tulip Fabric Markers
  • Transfer Paper & Pencil
  • Conan Template (see below)
  • Cardboard
  • Masking Tape

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Converting an Old TV into a Chair.

by Chris Gardner

From Apartment Therapy Unplugged:

"We've seen vintage TVs turned into storage units and even aquariums to house our scaly friends, but we've never seen such a shag-a-licious chair like this before! It's an image from the 1986 architecture book "Freestyle: The New Architecture and Design from Los Angeles" by Tim Street-Porter"

Converting an Old TV into a Chair.

I guess the how-to goes like this: remove the screen, remove the guts, applied shag, and sit!

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The Solar-Powered Television!?!

by Chris Gardner

Hmmm....Harnessing the power of outside to stay inside?  "A 26-inch solar-powered LCD television that can be powered by a thin-film photovoltaic panel! Sharp’s plan is to distribute the TV and solar module to areas that have no easy access to grid power. The triple-junction thin film solar cell module is the cost effective panel to date that is being mass produced by Sharp.... The television itself is an ultra low-powered LCD screen that uses...

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How to Get on a TV Design Show

by DIY Maven

How to Get on a TV Design Show

(A small outdated kitchen before a visit from Divine Design.)

If you’re a fan of HGTV, then you’ve probably daydreamed about having a team of designers come into your home or garden and having at it. If you’d like to bring your fantasy to fruition, here are some steps to help get you there.

  • First watch a bunch of make over shows and pick the one/s that suit your style.
  • Surf the web to see which shows are looking for people willing to...

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How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

by Chris Gardner

How To Calibrate Your HDTV.

You spend all that time researching your new tv...then you spend all that money purchasing your new tv, and all that effort to get it hung at just the right height, to figure out the remote, etc.

This article from the New York Times helps you with that final step: calibrating your TV to get the colors, brightness, and contrast just right.

Options include:

  • Having the electronics store (such as Best Buy's Geek Squad) do the work, but for a...

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How To Sharpen Up Your HDTV

by Chris Gardner

Forbes.com writes, "Getting a brand new high-definition TV should be an enjoyable experience, but when you open up that big box you could also be opening up a frustrating can of worms. HDTVs are complicated gadgets. It's not like the old days when you could just plug a TV into the wall and everything magically worked. HDTVs require a little nuance and a little knowledge.

Without this set-up savvy, you might be left looking at an absolutely...

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How To Buy A Flat-Screen Television.

by Chris Gardner

It's no longer a matter of keeping up with the Jones, or a luxury of the leisure class. Chances are your next TV purchase will be of the flat-panel, widescreen technology.

How To Buy A Flat-Screen Television.

With the improvement of the quality and cost of these techonologies comes the difficulties of making lots of purchase decisions. No longer can one drive to the store, decide on a size, and pick the picture that looks the most clear.

Some questions to consider:

  • LCD or Plasma?
  • How...

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Fashionably Nostalgic Televisions

by DIY Maven

Fashionably Nostalgic Televisions

Vintage is big, no doubt, but if you want a retro look in your boob tube with 21st century amenities, you’re probably out of luck. Or are you? Enter Predicta TV by Telstar.

You choose the cabinet style, tube enclosure and colors, and then Predicta takes it from there, assembling a television with new components that looks like it came straight out of the McCarthy Hearings era.

With present day features, your Predicta TV will include all the...

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