Wanna Learn How to Be a Better, More Organized Blogger? Start with an Editorial Calendar!

by Chris Gardner

Editorial Planning for bloggers

Perhaps you've got your own design, craft, or lifestyle blog and would like to see it grow. Or maybe, you're interested in starting your own and you'd like to do things well from the get go. Or maybe, you really just love Curbly and would like to know a little more about how things work behind the scenes. 

Whatever the reason, check out Bruno's post about how we create an editorial calendar for Curbly every month. And see how we use a...

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Before and After: A Worn, Dated Chair Gets a Bright and Colorful Makeover

by Chris Gardner

Before and After: A Worn, Dated Chair Gets a Bright and Colorful Makeover

My friend Britany has a hard time getting rid of things. She's not a hoarder by any means, and her home is actually quite clean and clutter-free. But it is full of beat up, hand-me-down pieces of furniture that she got in college. (And, though I wasn't there, likely weren't all that attractive when they were new). Case in point? This chair, in all its early 90s green-and-cranberry glory.

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How to: Make a Simple, Inexpensive DIY Wooden Jewelry Organizer

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a Simple, Inexpensive DIY Wooden Jewelry Organizer
When it comes to home organization, we generally do pretty well. Nearly everything in our house has a dedicated space, and is neatly stored close to where we actually use them. Long term storage goes in one place, all seasonal goods have a spot, as well as weekly items that see more action. Our real problem is: where do we put the stuff we use every day? 

When items get touched multiple times during a twenty-four hour period, where do they go...

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Free Download: How to Keep Your Home Organized and Clutter-Free Cheat Sheet

by Chris Gardner

Free Download: How to Keep Your Home Organized and Clutter-Free Cheat Sheet
Spring cleaning is all about airing scrubbing away the sediment of the winter, airing out your home, and getting things all nice and tidy for a whole spring and summer's worth of welcoming guests and entertaining, staying efficient, and just enjoying a wonderful, clean home.

Of course, once you've gotten everything all tidy and fresh, you've got to keep it that way. So, we're offering a free, downloadable cheat sheet to help you keep your home...

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How to: Make a DIY Faceted Wooden Gem Paperweight...or Decorative Object...or Whatever This Is

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a DIY Faceted Wooden Gem Paperweight...or Decorative Object...or Whatever This Is

I do as much as I can to stay paperless in my office. With online bill pay, shared online documents, lots of apps and software, and a general goal of wasting less, I can get pretty close, save for my trusty notebook and craft supplies. I've even moved my multi-tiered tray off my desk to create more working room.

But, no matter how I try, there's always a small pile of 8 1/2x11"s that I just can't seem to shake. And without an inbox/outbox setup, they just won't stay still. So, I decided I needed a paperweight. You know, to weigh down actual papers.   

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How to: Give a Gaudy Glitter Reindeer a Classy Papier-Mache Makeover

by Chris Gardner

How to: Give a Gaudy Glitter Reindeer a Classy Papier-Mache Makeover

'Twas a few weeks before Christmas 2011, when I discovered the might glory of the craft store glitter reindeer. I had so much fun hacking these glam-covered beasts into something a little less insane, that I wanted to rescue this elegant species from their harsh coats of coarse, uneven glitz again this year. Last year, I came up with a trick for removing the factory glitter and replacing it with something more refined. This year, I wanted to...

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How to: Make Easy DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Easy DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Last holiday season, I had so much fun experimenting with sprayable glitter (see: here, and here, here, & here), that this year, it nearly didn't feel like Christmas unless I busted out the glitz again. But then, when a friend asked if I had any ideas to make some super easy, small woodland-style Christmas trees for a centerpiece, I knew exactly what to do. 

So, here's how to make a whole forrest of tabletop winter trees in less than five...

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How to: Make a DIY Mid-Century Modern Sofa Table

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a DIY Mid-Century Modern Sofa Table

This week, Curbly is excited to be teaming up with Storey Publishing to share original how-to projects from the newly released PlyDesign: 73 Distinct Projects in Plywood (and Other Sheet Goods) by Phillip Schmidt.

 

The sofa table exists primarily because no one wants to look at the back of a couch. And granted, it’s a handy place for reading lamps and perhaps some photos or display-worthy books. But the problem, for some of us at least, is that a sofa table feels a little too traditional and grown-up, sort of like joining a country club or driving an automatic.

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How to: Build a DIY Modern Toy Box or Storage Unit from Plywood

by Chris Gardner

How to: Build a DIY Modern Toy Box or Storage Unit from Plywood

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting your house into Metropolitan Home or Architectural Digest but then screwed it all up by having kids, modBOX 2010 might just be your salvation. It is, in the words of its designer, “a modernist toy box for the hipster tyke.” Yet as cool as it looks on the outside, modBOX is all about the kid experience. It has a big catchall chest (perfect for emergency cleanups), plus two drawers that pull out, two book niches...

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