How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

Here’s a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

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Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism’s iconic artists. He’s best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Continue Reading

19 Things to Do Before Going on Vacation This Summer

How to prep your home before going on vacation

School's out for the summer, and vacation time is here again! Are you planning a big trip this year? Maybe it's a road trip across the country, or maybe it's a cruise. Perhaps an outdoor camping getaway or you're headed to a cabin by the lake. What ever the reason, if you're leaving your home unattended for a few days or even weeks. While your house can't actually get lonely without you, it will miss your maintenance. Continue Reading

Decorate Your Home with Cozy Holiday Luminaries

DIY holiday luminaries made from an aluminum sheet and thread
In partnership with the Home Depot

Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I’m a homebody for certain, and I’ve learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Continue Reading

10 Tips To Make Your Home Buying Process Go Smoothly

10 Tips To Make Your Home Buying Process Go Smoothly
Photo: Freshome

Buying a home can be scary. Trust me, I know… I've done it twice. But those have also been two of the best decisions of my life. So today I wanted to share some tips for ensuring that your home buying process goes as smoothly as possible.   


10 Tips To Make Your Home Buying Process Go Smoothly
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1. Figure out exactly what you want ahead of time. Make a list of “must haves” and “cannot haves” and think about the architecture style and location as well.

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Thinking of Buying an Old Home? Here are 13 Questions You Need to Ask Before Making an Offer

13 questions to ask yourself before making an offer on an old house.

The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.     Continue Reading

18 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re Obsessed with House Exteriors


Who to follow on Instagram if houses are your jam!

When it comes to people, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin’ exterior, so we’re sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike – we’ve got you covered.       


Follow These Home Exterior Insta Accounts | No. 1: Patticake Wagner

1. Patticake Wagner: Starting with a local to the Twin Cities, Patti strolls around Minneapolis finding the cutest and classiest houses on the block. Continue Reading

Not Just For Hipsters: In Defense of Tiny Houses


Photo: StudioBuell Photography

As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.

To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.

The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 10 Super Unique House Numbers

Eye Candy: 10 Super Unique House Numbers
Photo: Via The Decorator

First impressions are important, and that goes for your home too. Your house number is a good place to get creative. Here are ten fun ideas to get you inspired.   


Eye Candy: 10 Super Unique House Numbers

1. This giant five is set on the front stoop instead of the traditional placement on the door. [Photo: Via Offbeat Home]

2. This house number has LED lights behind it so it’s still visible at night… genius! [Photo: Lifehack

Eye Candy: 10 Super Unique House Numbers

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The Skinniest House in the World?

created at: 11/07/2011   

Writer Etgar Keret wants a house. A skinny, four feet wide house that will be nestled in between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland. 

created at: 11/07/2011

The house was designed by Centrala, and it will feature all the stuff you expect in a traditional house as well as futuristic entry stairs  that ‘fold up at the press of a button and become part of the first floor.’ For more pictures and information about the project, visit NPR.

Inside the Keret house.

Spotted at Dooby Brain. Continue Reading