How To: Make a DIY Book iPhone Dock

created at: 06/19/2012
Unsightly phone cords be gone!  Books on the nightstand are no longer just for late-night reading; now your phone has a nifty new home while it recharges, thanks to a clever DIY-er.   Allison at Little Lovelies was tired of her cord falling behind her nightstand, and wasn’t in love with the modern, tech-y iPhone docks available, so she created a way to keep her cord in place, stay true to her decor, and keep her phone in the upright position so she could see the time much easier at night. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Handbag from a Book

created at: 12/28/2011

This week we’re giving ourselves a bit of a break after a hectic and awesome finish to 2011. We’ve dug out some oldies but goodies from the Curbly archives that you may have missed. Today; check out this fun upcycling idea: making a purse from a secondhand book!

Click here to read the original blog post! And make sure to check back tomorrow for another blast from the past.

Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest

created at: 12/09/2011

created at: 12/09/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they’d like to receive this year. Today, we’re excited to welcome Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.    Continue Reading

Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you’re Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking and a new career.

Soon thereafter, she began selling cupcakes in Brick Lane Market in London’s East side. It was then she came to another turning point. Continue Reading

Spooky Halloween Silhouette Cutouts

created at: 10/13/2011

In my family Halloween is our favorite holiday. Some years we go more all out, others we keep it more low-key and elegant. And we generally keep the outside of the house pretty tame until the day of trick or treating, when cobwebs and luminaries and spooky music make their appearance. But there’s just something about these spooky silhouettes that make me think this year’s going to be a little bit different.  

created at: 10/13/2011

Have you seen this book?  Continue Reading

How to: Turn Old Books into New Pumpkins

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother might have turned a pumpkin into a coach, but did you know we have the power to turn ratty old paperbacks into pumpkins? Chances are we already have most of what we need to make them. (We like that.) If not, here’s our shoppinglist:


  • Old paperback books
  • Craft sticks
  • Orange ink pad OR Orange acrylic paint
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Exacto knife
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Sheet of paper
  • Scissors
  • Green felt
  • Brown Cloth Stem Wire (found in the floral aisle)


For the entire tute, head on over to Crafting Mom. Continue Reading

Super Creative Bookends that are Not Your Typical Storybook Ending

created at: 03/16/2011

This is my pathetic bookshelf. Yes, I still have college my textbooks.

I wish I could say my bookshelves were full of classic novels and first editions, but the best I can do is a 3rd Edition of Hypnobirthing and an entire row of fantasy books.  If that doesn’t hurt my literary morale enough, the shelves are unorganized to boot.  What I need are some attractive bookends to make my book collection look a little more impressive and easy on the eyes. Continue Reading

The Bedside Bookmark Abode…Or, How to Make a Tiny, Adorable Wooden House

created at: 02/24/2011

There are a few things that simply seem to belong on a bedside table: a lamp, alarm clock, perhaps a pair of glasses, and a few magazines or books. Then, once you add a few personal items (mine usually include a crossword puzzle or two and a glass of water), and there’s not a lot of extra space for any accessories or “decor” items.

So, I wanted to make something to add a little bit of fun and style, but that doesn’t take up too much prime nightstand real estate or interfere with the other items. Continue Reading

Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

created at: 07/28/2010



For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one’s home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one’s bookshelves, like peering into one’s home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We’ve grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. Continue Reading

DIY “Colour-In” Dress is the Coloring Book You Can Wear.

diy dress

Turns out, you don’t have to know a lick about sewing to create your own clothes…

All you gotta do in stay in the lines.

From Inhabitat: “Berber Soepboer and Michiel Schuurman have come up with a way for you to put your own creative spin on a dress – no sewing necessary! Their Colour-In Dress lets you decide how colorful, monochromatic, zany or simple you want your a-line frock to be. Just use the included textile markers to color away to your heart’s content.” Continue Reading