Hi! I'm Alicia and I can tell you three very concrete things about myself when it comes to homes and loving where you live. 1. I adore the aesthetics (paint, furniture, artwork, trends). 2. I detest the maintenance (plumbing, leaky ceilings, big trees that get sick). 3. If I could sit in a person's home and take a mental inventory of all the special things that grace their walls and clutter their countertops, whilst creating a story about them in my head, it would be my dream job. Homes are facinating. They tell important stories about the people who inhabit them, and these are stories I love.
Earlier this week we shared some exciting news. We transformed our studio space into a bona fide retail shop! It's been a massive transformation, full of DIYs and clever hacks.
One of my favorite pieces was creating an accent wall featuring our favorite mantra: Better Together. This phrase has been a part of Niche since its inception, and we wanted to work it into the space in a meaningful way. Continue Reading
We recently made a big change to our former studio space. We took it from a place that housed projects, DIYs, and our work stations, to something totally different, and something we're really proud of and excited to reveal.
Curbly has officially been housed in this studio for the last 3 years, and it's provided an amazing place for the blog to grow and unfold. But, all good things involve change and making space for new things, and we've been quietly making a few of them around here. Continue Reading
On today’s episode of #toolschool we’re talking about gallery walls:
I don’t think I’ll ever be over gallery walls. No matter their size, shape, or style, they never disappoint me. I love how much personality they have. I love that they can be perfectly symmetrical and organized, or relaxed and eclectic. No matter your style, the one thing you need when creating a gallery wall is balance.
I recently created a gallery wall in the new shop we’re creating in the Curbly studio. Continue Reading
These days, no party is complete without a diy photo booth. They’re not only a fun addition to any shindig, but they’re a great way to capture memories and they create the most meaningful party favors in the world.
While renting an old-timey booth or hiring a company to run one are both nice options, they cost a pretty penny. The reality is, creating a custom photo booth using the electronics most of us already have around the house (e.g. Continue Reading
It’s advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little diy advent calendar village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.
Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate the season. Continue Reading
We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation – basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride – so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. Continue Reading
There's a lot happening in kitchen design these days, and everything from countertops to cabinetry to faucets are at your fingertips. While I love trendy kitchens, what I appreciate even more is a timeless kitchen that feels like the people who use it.
We don't often think of kitchens as having a “lived in” feel, but I think they should, and I'm especially smitten when they do. Continue Reading
We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in.
My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Continue Reading
Painting a room with an indoor paint sprayer sames time and results in a more consistent finish. Here's how we used one to transform a spare bedroom.
One of my favorite things about interior design and home improvement is discovering tools that help us do our job better. Painting is one of those jobs. We paint things all the time – walls, furniture, floors, baskets. Why? Because nothing transforms a space (or an object) quite like paint does. Continue Reading
If you live with a child between the ages of 4-10, chances are you have a tremendous collection of stuff lying around your house. In our case, many of the stuff comes in the form of tiny LEGOs and 4-wheeled Matchbox cars that serve as accidental (but totally legitimate) booby-traps in our home.
Have you ever stepped on a LEGO with your bare foot? It's absolutely terrible. Have you ever lost your footing and rolled your ankle on a small metal car? Continue Reading