Our Secret Tool for Making Interior and Tabletop Photo Shoots a Success, Every Time

I've been taking pictures of rooms for a long time, going all the way back to our very first Curbly room makeover projectShudder. Some of those old photos make me wish the internet was like Snapchat … swiftly-disappearing. 

But the nice thing about old pictures (that I hate) is that they're a good way of measuring how far my photography skills have come, so I can really be proud of more recent photos I've created, like this:

Nursery School gym makeover


But today, I thought I'd just share a little tip that has helped improve my photo process immensely. Continue Reading

DIY Kitchen Makeover With a Twist

Megan's kitchen before
Photo: One Kings Lane

What I love about Megan’s DIY kitchen makeover is it’s totally unexpected. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of kitchen makeovers out there that, although they look fabulous after, they all kinda look alike. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing; they’re popular for a reason. But as someone who searches for kitchen makeovers on the intertubes on a regular basis, something different is good. Now back to  Megan’s kitchen. Before, it was in rough shape and suffered from a serious lack of personality. Continue Reading

7 Budget-Friendly And Beautiful Bathroom Makeovers

7 Budget-Friendly And Beautiful Bathroom Makeovers
photo: Dans le Lakehouse

I love before and afters. They might be one of my favorite things to look at just to see the differences a little or a lot of work can make. I’m currently into bathrooms, but know that I can’t break the bank when it comes to a makeover. Here are 7 before and afters that didn’t wear out any wallets!      


7 Budget-Friendly And Beautiful Bathroom Makeovers
photo: Turning It Home

1. $70 bucks gave this bath a completely new look! Continue Reading

Before & After: 5 Basement to Stylish Family Room Makeovers

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Basements are usually not the first place you’d think of turning into your living or family room, but as families expand and space shrinks they may just be the ticket, growing down rather than up.

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First up is Kayla Aimee’s ‘budget’ basement makeover, nothing about this seems budget to me, the end results are truly opulent.

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Rising NHL star Alex Steen and his wife Sofie recently moved into a big home in the suburbs with their infant son and two dogs and went about turning their unfinished basement into an all-star multifunctional room that is stylish and comfortable. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 DIY Bedroom Projects to Improve Everything From Your Style to Your Sleep!

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It’s bedroom month here and we’re kicking things off in full Curbly fashion with a roundup of our favorite DIY bedroom projects!  From headboards to lighting, we’ve got ten ideas to help make your life easier, more stylish, and even more restful.  Ready?  Let’s go!   


First up is a big impact, low cost DIY headboard idea.  It’s modern, quirky, and fun–and one of our favorite bedroom projects ever.  Check out how to make your own mod dot headboard right here. Continue Reading

Top 10 Furniture Makeovers of 2011

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In this recap of 2011 makeovers, we turn our attention to furniture. From dumpster finds to brand new furniture to vintage pieces, nothing was safe from a makeover. All inspire gasps and even one controversy! So read on and hold on to your hats.   

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First up is Theresa’s upholstery class project, which went from mauve to marvelous.

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Ashley rescued this granny rocker from a dumpster.

After giving it the old once over, this granny is rockin’. Continue Reading

Best of Curbly: Top Ten Kitchen Makeovers of 2011!

Best Kitchen Makeovers of 2011 (sponsored by Caesarstone)

It’s Top Ten time, people!  We’re celebrating a year of inspiring makeovers and DIY ingenuity with a look back at some of the biggest and best kitchen updates of 2011.  From minor to major, we’ve selected the ten most impressive kitchen transformations of this past year.  Enjoy!   



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10. This kitchen started pretty much as a blank slate, but with a lot of work (and a whole lot of paint) it became a portrait of the homeowner’s personality!   Continue Reading

Before & After: A Kitchen of Amazing Awesomeness!

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You may think the title is an exaggeration, but folks, I swear it’s not (it’s also what the homeowner calls it and, frankly, I have to agree)!  So, are you ready to ditch this frightening ‘before’ and get on with the ‘after’ party of amazing awesomeness?!  Let’s go.  


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Madame Sunday, as you may know her from the Internets, recently completed this incredible kitchen renovation.  From the cabinets to the lighting, the tile to the stainless steel farmhouse sink (YUM), I love everything about it!   Continue Reading

5 Tips To Make Your Space Much More Interesting

Choosing interesting furnishings is like choosing interesting clothing and accessories, only bigger. The right mix and match of (personally) significant  pieces is the new design aesthetic. L.A. designer Alison Blumenfeld recently shared her tips while blogging over at Cocozy.

Since it’s your space, it needs to be about your life, your personality, and your experiences. How do you translate that into home furnishings? Alison spells it out right here. While you may feel nervous about breaking out of the box, it’s really quite freeing. Continue Reading

Makeover Misses?

I dunno. Maybe it’s me, but it seems like I’ve come across a lot of makeover misses or ‘not quite rights’ these days. What do you think?     

It’s not that Tim’s bedroom looked better before, but there’s something about the after that seems, well…I dunno. 

Great lines here

but these lines after?

If you happen to run across any questionable before and afters, I’d love to see them, so please send links!