How to Make a Faux Fur Pouf for Under $40!

Faux fur pouf DIY

I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Continue Reading

5 Time-Saving Tips for Packing School Lunches

School lunch ideas
Source: Shutterstock / Oleksandra Naumenko

I'm not a mom that loves the laid back, anything-goes freedom of summer vacation. I'm the mom who always greet the “Back to School” season with welcome arms! There are so many things to love about the school year: my children are back on a regular routine, early bedtimes are enforced, I'm not monitoring screen time and sibling fights all day, and I get a little time to myself while they're gone. Continue Reading

36 Dorm Room “Before and Afters” That’ll Totally Inspire You

Before and After: Dorm room decor ideas
Styling: Emily Henderson; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms.               Continue Reading

Go Back to School with a Dip-Dyed Ombre Laundry Bag

Go Back to School with a Dip-Dyed Ombre Laundry Bag

'Tis the season for going back to school, and that means all of you dorm dwellers will be back to putting off laundry (I know I do!) and carting it all to the laundry room at the last minute. In order to make carrying your laundry as easy as possible, make a simple dip-dyed ombre laundry bag that's as stylish as it is functional! 


Go Back to School with a Dip-Dyed Ombre Laundry Bag

These extra large canvas laundry bags are the perfect material for easy dying in your favorite color – in this case, petal pink. Continue Reading

Kid-Friendly DIY Project: Back to School Pencil Cases

DIY back to school pencil case

Our oldest daughter begins school after Labor Day, and at the moment there is much anticipation buzzing around our house because their teacher and class placements will be mailed in the coming weeks.

This year, our girl wanted to come up with a gift she could share with her friends to celebrate the start of school. After a walk through the ‘Back to School’ section of Target, we came up with a simple DIY pencil case embellishment that she’s excited to share with her friends. Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm Designs To Steal This Semester

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

The fall semester is about to begin and Curbly has you covered. Here are three stylish and shoppable designs that you can steal for your dorm.

Dorm Room Design #1

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester
Pin & Shop This Dorm Room Design from Ikea & World Market

The above moodboard is a combo from World Market and Ikea.

If there was ever a one stop shop for college, Ikea is your store. There is no better store for storage items which is what you need the most for your home away from home. Continue Reading

15 Awesome Office Items that Will Make you Feel Like You’re Headed Back to School

August is back to school month, which means pencil and binder shopping for the kiddos. But what about the adults? You can get in on the fun of back to school too, without having to step foot into a classroom. This list of awesome office supplies and accessories will have you inspired in no time. Your office is the new classroom  with the cool picks from this list.


Photo: A + R

1. Wire trash bin

Photo: Amazon

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Roundup: Dress Up Your Dorm Room With These 10 DIY Projects

Roundup: Dress Up Your Dorm Room With These 10 DIY Projects
Photo: Brit + Co.

Believe it or not, it’s almost back to school time! And for many of you, that means heading back to an empty white college dorm room. Well there’s no excuse to leave it that way because we have ten easy, colorful DIY projects to dress up your dorm room.   


Roundup: Dress Up Your Dorm Room With These 10 DIY Projects

1. Make wall confetti with colored paper and painter’s tape… get the tutorial here. [Photo: We Are Scout]

2. Or decorate your walls with fabric words using these instructions. Continue Reading

Bake It: Back-to-School Pencil Push-Up Cake Pops

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Can you believe it’s back-to-school season already?? I swear the summer was just getting started! (I haven’t even been to the pool yet… how sad is that?) To kick off all these school shenanigans, here’s a very clever treat to bake, make, and give!    
Would you be surprised to know that this sweet treat idea comes from Angie Dudley of Bakerella fame? Probably not, right? That lady is all kinds of creative, I tell ya.

This “Pencil Push-Up Cake Pop” requires a simple white cake recipe and frosting (along with a bit of food coloring, of course) and some push-pop containers, which you can find in abundance online or at specialty kitchen and cookware shops. Continue Reading

Before and After: A Cool Classroom Makeover

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In the spirit of back-to-school season (sorry, kiddos; cheers, parents!), we’re sharing this cool and colorful classroom makeover!    
created at: 08/06/2012
Heather from The Lovely Cupboard decided her classroom needed a little more personality and cheer. With a fresh color scheme, playful prints and fabric, and some home-y touches, she took this 5th grade classroom from, dare I say, drab to fab. My favorite detail, of course, is the new dog-themed desk!
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Check out more photos and details from this classroom makeover over on The Lovely Cupboard! Continue Reading