Simple, Minimal Felt Placemats You Can DIY

DIY These: Simple Felt Placemats

Around the middle of September every year, my interest in food (and eating said food) spikes by like 110%. I start saving new recipes on my phone, researching different restaurants, and expanding my shopping horizons at the grocery store. I imagine it relates to some ancient hardwiring in my body as winter approaches – at least that’s what I’m tell myself as I’m stuffing my face. I’m already thinking about the hot meals I’m going to be preparing in the cold of winter, and wanted some simple felt placemats to pair those meals with.        Continue Reading

Check Out What a Difference a Fresh Coat of Paint Made on this Boring Old House

Exterior home makeover before

Do you remember the original Curbly House? It's probably inaccurate to call it that. Because we rarely wrote about it, and even more rarely posted photos of it. It was our first home, the one Bruno bought in college, shared with roommates, and later with me. It was the house we brought both of our children home to (though our youngest only slept there for 10 days before we moved him to his new nursery). It's a sweet little house that holds some of our sweetest memories. Continue Reading

Reveal: A Dingy Bathroom Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

After years of dreaming of our perfect bathroom, we had honed in on a look that we knew we would be pleased with for years to come. I pinned and pinned my little heart out until Pinterest finally started saying, “This looks familiar; didn't you already pin this?” Our vision was set, now we just needed to find a way to bring this vision to life.


As you saw a few days ago, we had our work cut out for us. Continue Reading

The Curbly House: Our Dining Room Makeover with Emily Henderson

Last week we told you all about the magic that's happening in our master bedroom, thanks to Ms. Emily Henderson and the lovely folks at Sherwin-Williams! This week, we're back to give you a little preview of what's in store for the dining room. 

But, before we get into the details of our new-and-much-improved dining space, let's take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

When bought the house, the dining room looked like this. Continue Reading

Master Bedroom Makeover

Mai at A Cup of Mai has spent the last 3 months making over her master bedroom. The bones were there in the before: nice big window, platform bed. The after, however lets Mai’s sophistication sing. The gray walls are the perfect backdrop to the pops of yellow and crisp white additions. For more pictures of Mai’s master bedroom makeover, follow this link to A Cup of Mai. (I SO identify with her statement that she returned half of everything she bought during the process. Continue Reading

How To Choose a Gray

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If gray’s the new beige (or brown), you better get started researching the multitudinous colors of gray available at your paint store. Apparently, others perceive grays in a much wider range than I imagined. My grays have tended to be in the gray flannel family, but Better Homes and Gardens has put together a slideshow of the gray spectrum to show you an expansive array of gray. With these options, you won’t be limited in your accent colors. Continue Reading

How To: Use Air Conditioner Condensation to Water Plants.

Condensation…it’s everyone’s first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.

So, what’s a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.

From DIYNetwork: “No matter what kind of air conditioner you have, whole house or window box, it drains water that you can capture. Continue Reading