Chase the Rainy Days Away with this DIY Painted Umbrella (With Video!)

How to turn your boring umbrella into a work of art

Do you remember this joke?: April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? The answer is “pilgrims” for those of you skipped the third grade. Cue eye roll. Anyway – we are headed right into the rainy season as March comes to a close and winter is finally releasing its chilly, chilly grasp. It's finally time to break out the umbrellas and rain boots! Keep reading to see how to make your rain gear more personal by DIY-ing this painted umbrella (P.S. Continue Reading

Go Big in Small Spaces: Why Dark and Bold is a Good Choice for a Tiny Bathroom

Dark, dramatic bathroom makeover using Sherwin-Williams Naval paint
Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams

We're back to share the tiny makeover we did in the tiny bathroom at the 2017 Curbly House. But the scope and the room are the only small things about the project – because we used a bold color that made a big difference. Read on to see our new, blue 'loo. 


For the last year or so, I've had a growing crush on dark powder rooms. Maybe it's because they're always small, so a dark dramatic color feels like a surprise. Continue Reading

When NOT to Paint Your Walls

created at: 12/06/2011

A few months ago I decided I needed to re-paint my craft room. I wanted to keep it blue, just a different blue. Something less baby and more blue jean. So, I went on a quest for the perfect hue. As you can see from the picture above, I collected a dozen or so paint chips. From Cascading Water to Blueberry Popover to Blue Smoke, I had blues coming out of my ears, and yet none, NONE were quite right.
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25 Blue Rooms

Blue Room Design Ideas

Azure, cobalt, sapphire, navy, powder, midnight, Prussian, electric, indigo, royal, ice, baby, robin’s egg, peacock, ultramarine, aquamarine, steel, slate, cyan, Oxford, Cambridge…is there another color in the spectrum with so many synonyms in the thesaurus? One way or another, all seem to be represented in these 25 dreamy blue rooms. 

Blue Room Design Ideas

Blue Room Design Ideas

Blue Room Design Ideas

To see the rest of the rooms, follow this jump to Shelterness.

Bruno & Alicia’s Hanukkah Table

Our Hanukkah table setting.

We’re a Christmukkah house (or a Hanumas house, if you prefer). I love the fact that we celebrate both holidays, because it provides us the opportunity spend time with loved ones, share traditions, enjoy amazing eats, and decorate.

Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening, and our table is already set. We assembled a simple table incorporating the colors blue, silver, and white. Using a vase we had on hand, and our everyday dishes, we spruced things up a bit with a few key holiday entertaining items from Pier 1 Imports. Continue Reading

A Sad Table Gets Blue

For fifteen years, this sad little, garage-sale-find coffee table was collecting dust in Melissa’s garage. A reconfiguration of living room furniture compelled her to rescue it from its isolation and give it a new life. The little table went from sad to blue, but a very happy blue indeed!

Moral of the story: Be brave with color. You can read all about the adventures of the little table over at The Inspired Room.

DIY Concrete Ofuro (Japanese Soaking Tub).

Splatgirl shares her totally amazing and DIY'd bathroom on Apartment Therapy:


Hello! I would love to share my bathroom. I designed and DIY'd this room from scratch. It includes a poured concrete Japanese soaking tub, concrete countertops and a 9 1/2 foot tall tile mosaic shower wall. It has his and hers vanities and a double shower with ceiling mount rain heads…


As far as bathrooms go, it was done very inexpensively and incorporates some ideas that I think are useful and fun whether one is on a budget or not. Continue Reading

Our Living Room

The living room began with faded wood panelling, had a brief stint with cream, an even more brief stint with yellow, and finally settled upon “November Sky”. The relationship survived its first year, which says a lot.

When we moved in, the windows were lined with fluorescent panels and heavy wool drapes. I bought simple, cheap cotton fabric buy the bundle from a local fabric shop and sewed like mad (I am a true novice with the machine of sewing). Continue Reading