Take a Look Inside this Clean, Modern Living Room Makeover

Curbly living room reveal. Shaw LifeHappens carpet.

The carpet is down. The furniture is in. The original Curbly House is officially on the market! We spent the last few weeks putting in long hours to get the living room (and the rest of the house) ready for showings, and we’re excited to share the reveal with you today! Read on to see how we designed a cozy living space that will (hopefully) help us sell the house quickly to a lucky new family who will enjoy it for years! Continue Reading

Styling to Sell: A Living Room Makeover for the Original Curbly House

Curbly living room makeover with Shaw Floors

I have some pretty huge professional goals this year, and one of them is about redirecting the Curbly ship into new waters. Specifically, our whole team is committed to pouring all we have into creating original content (projects, roundups, and tutorials) and taking on more room makeovers. I believe in the power of transformation, so I’m committing myself to it.

We’re beginning this theme of transformation by revealing a little secret: for the past few weeks, we’ve preparing to sell our old house!  Continue Reading

The Easiest Way To Add A Stair Runner For Under $120

The Easiest Way To Add A Stair Runner For Under $120
Photo: Faith Towers

Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, I’ve wanted to add a runner to our stairs. They’re really slippery, and they’re also just really boring. So I decided to install a runner myself. And here’s what I found out.   


The Easiest Way To Add A Stair Runner For Under $120
Photo: Faith Towers

It’s really easy! This will only take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your stairs. But there is one caveat – it’s easy for straight staircases. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Zebra Skin Rug

created at: 02/28/2012

My dear friend Mandi has got to be the “Queen of DIY.”  I was in a craft competition with her once, and when I found out she was a fellow contender, I practically threw in the towel before it began.   I don’t know if any square foot of her house hasn’t been affected by Mandi’s Touch.  See that dimensional zebra rug?  Yep, she made that. No zebras involved.

created at: 02/28/2012

Mandi couldn’t find a rug within her price range, so she went to town with a box cutter and two different rugs.  Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Circular Rug from Carpet Tiles!

created at: 01/02/2012

Carpet tiles have been around for a while now, but there’s always been one limitation: they’re square!  If you love the idea of utilizing this flexible floor covering in your home but want a playful dot instead of the standard square, you’re in luck.  Check out how to make your own circular carpet tile rug below!   

Tyler Goodro, one of our favorite bloggers and modern DIY guru, recently put together this tutorial for cutting a round rug from carpet tiles.   Continue Reading

Test Lab: Vecco Colorants for Carpet Makeovers

created at: 07/25/2011

Have you heard of Vecco? If not, let me explain. Vecco is a system of templates, colorants and sealants which lets DIYers customize just about any carpet–area rug or wall-to-wall. Now, before you say, “Sounds like stenciling to me,” it is and it isn’t. Yes, there are stencils (templates) involved, but Vecco colorant is nothing like any paint you’ve ever used. The system sounded so intriguing, that when they recently offered to send over a test kit, I had to accept and share my findings with my fellow Curbers. Continue Reading

How to: Make a 3D Maze Rug

created at: 06/27/2011

Buddy, check this one out. This is not a purchase rug with a manufactured texture. It’s straight-up, everyday home improvement store carpet, with a handmade, labyrinth-like pattern.

Can you guess how they pulled it off?  

Check it: hair clippers. Sean from Make: says,

I used an old pair of electric clippers, and though the blades were pretty much toast when I was done, they weren’t new to begin with, and they only cost $10 to replace. Continue Reading

How To Create an 8′ x 10′ Chevron Rug

Back in July of 2008, I showed you how to turn black and white striped fabric into chevron upholstery fabric. What I really wanted, but didn’t know exactly how to execute it, was a chevron patterned area rug. This is by far the best tutorial for a chevron patterned rug that I’ve seen. Carissa from The Fabulous Design File shows exactly how to do it. Think of the color possibilities. (gray and cream, gray and cream, gray and cream) Here’s what she used, a low pile berber 8′ x 10′ area rug. Continue Reading

Cruelty-Free “Bear”skin Rug

This clever take on the bearskin rug was created from an antique antique hand-knotted wool Tabriz rug. The piece was cut and shaped to resemble a bear’s hide, and the excess was shaped to create an adorable, pink wool bear head, complete with shiny eyes and open maw.


At $1,800, its not likely going home with any of us soon, but anyone can enjoy its cleverness. And for a DIY take on cruelty-free taxidermy, check out this faux wood deer head silhouette from our sister site, ManMade. Continue Reading

7 Casino Style Carpets to Keep You Gambling

Garish casino carpets are deliberately chaotic. And you thought they got a closeout deal at Carpet World, no sirree. These are custom casino style carpets you’ll only seen in Vegas and other casino joints. Now how bad can they really be?The ridiculous patterns and color combinations cover miles and miles of casino floors so guests will stay revved up and ready to gamble. An awake casino guest is a gambling guest.

Dr David Schwartz from the Center for Gaming Research in Nevada said: ‘Casino carpet is known as an exercise in deliberate bad taste that somehow encourages people to gamble.’
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