A Quick Start Guide For the Soft-Core Minimalist

Simple desk, minimalist workspace

A Guide To Minimalist Living

Are you starting to become intrigued with the minimalist lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? It might seem as easy as just throwing out all the things that don’t bring you joy, but it’s more than that. Let this guide to minimalist living take you through the easy steps that will help you have a stress free transition into minimalism.

What is Minimalism?

So, we all probably hear this term thrown around all the time, and it’s thrown all over your Instagram and Pinterest pages, but what exactly is it?  Continue Reading

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

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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Dramatic Bistro Kitchen Makeover

created at: 09/26/2011

Isabella’s kitchen was cramped and totally forgettable. With the help of designer Cameron MacNeil, it’s now open and inviting with a contemporary bistro feel. Some of the makeover highlights include marble countertops, a drawer dishwasher, a chalkboard wall and two vintage Spanish bronze chandeliers. Another interesting choice was to eliminate the ubiquitous kitchen table and to add a large eat-at island. To see the entire makeover, including some kitchen makeover tips from Cameron, visit this page on H & H. Continue Reading

Are Wall Decals ‘So Over’?

modern apartment Freshome20 Charming Apartment with Surprising Design Elements

Crusing through the usual sites recently, I came across a post at one of my regular stops. (No, I won’t mention which one.) The poster said that we were over wall decals, which made me ask two questions.

 One, “Do you have a turd in your pocket?” and two,”Are we over wall decals?” This morning, I spotted the one pictured above over at Freshome and squealed a little*. I guess that means I’m not over them yet. Continue Reading

Jaw-Dropping Row House Makeover

created at: 08/08/2011

Interior designer, Sary, turned her 12′ narrow Philadelphia row house into a stunning home for her family. We’ll have to take her word for it that the ‘after’ is actually a picture of the ‘before’ as it is nearly unrecognizable. That’s because Sary made over every surface, from walls to ceilings to floors. Wood treads were installed onto the stairs and a gorgeous brick wall was exposed, to name a few.

created at: 08/08/2011

If you’re impressed with these photos, just wait. Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 10 Luscious Brown Bedrooms

Oftentimes brown gets a bad rap among today’s interior design fans. For some, it will always be the color of dirt, and dirt = drab. For others, it might remind them of the brown coupled with gold so popular in the 1970’s. However, for others it is the color of chocolate. I’m guessing the people associated with these 10 bedrooms are in the chocolate category.

DPJohnson brown bedroom

bedrooms - Ralph Lauren - Fossil Buete Suede - white brown gold black white photo gallery espresso stained black wood sleigh bed brass chandelier beige lumbar pillows wood black French nightstands white cornice box boxes silk white drapes brass sconces white cane chair wainscoting beadboard chocolate brown walls bedroom

created at: 04/18/2011

So…drab or fab?????

Monica’s Whole Room Makeover

Desk - before

Monica from Crafty Nest was invited to enter SYLVANIA’s blogger room makeover. She and her brother Troy got to work and over a few weeks turned her office/craft room/guest room into a showcase of which any nester would be proud.    

Monica detailed the makeover with before and after pics galore–and with a few videos too. You can check them all out by following this jump

Desk - after

To take a gander at all of the entries in the SYLVANIA blogger room makeover contest, visit their Facebook page as they’ll be uploading images of the room makeovers periodically. Continue Reading