Make This: DIY Incense Holder, Plus the Lowdown on Aromatherapy

DIY clay incense holder

One of my favorite things about the autumn months is coming home at night and snuggling by the heater under warm blankets with candles or incense burning in the background. The heavenly scents help me to unwind after a long day at work, and incense holders are so easy to make that there's no excuse not to have a stick or two burning away while you cozy up and get stuck into that good book. Click through to learn how to make your own DIY incense holder, and head to the bottom of the post for more information about the benefits of incense!        Continue Reading

How to Fold Everything in Your Dresser

How to fold everything in your dresser

There's nothing quite like the frustration of trying to find a shirt in a dresser drawer packed full of balled up clothes. There's no order, and everything is kind of just shoved in there. While it may be tempting to just close up your dresser drawers when they start to get chaotic, being able to have everything nicely folded and visible will make getting ready in the morning a million times easier. So, rather than just tossing that tee in the back of the drawer, fold it properly the first time so you can find it when you need it.  Continue Reading

How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

created at: 09/04/2012

When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.   created at: 09/04/2012The trick? She used super low-cost canvas stretcher bars from the art supply store (30¢ a foot) and attached them with 3M adhesive strips ($3.99). Continue Reading

Start Off the New Year Fresh: How to Clean Your Mattress

Cleaning Your Mattress: A step by step guide (with video!)

Happy 2018, folks! Are you feeling the energy of a fresh year, or are you still crawling out of the laze of the holidays? I’ve finally started to put all our Christmas decorations away which is making the transition feel more natural. All this organizing and putting away of things is propelling me towards some deep cleaning goals that I’ve always wanted to attempt. There’s a long list of tasks I want to tackle, but priority number one was cleaning my mattress. Continue Reading

How to Make a Dress from Scratch in 15 Minutes!

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a dress that's stylish and convertible, in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do – all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.  

How to make a dress from scratch - sewing tutorial


I used jersey material for my dress, but most fabrics with some stretch will work. Continue Reading

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to feel like you’re stuck in a rut. The parties are over, the celebrations are done. The winter has you feeling all “bleghh,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have the mid-winter blues, a great place to start is by mixing things up. It’s still cold outside, but that’s no excuse to be blah. We have four quick and easy ways for you to perk up your winter accessories! Continue Reading

How to Make Your Home Instantly Smell Like Christmas

Time is flying by, and Christmas is already less than a week away! If the holidays have you stressed and you’re looking for a way to relax, or if you want to fill your home with the rich aromas of winter, we have you covered! This quick recipe makes a warm batch of festive aromatherapy to fill your home – perfect for holiday parties or snuggling on the couch with a classic Christmas movie.   





  • 1 large pot
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon, broken in half
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • A stove or burner
  • Water to fill the pot
Watch this video for the full scoop on how we made this stove top potpourri!
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Week 4 Journal: Bye Bye Bathtub (and Chimney Too)

Our Bathroom
The Curbly House
bathroom looked decent, by all accounts, and except for being a bit on the small side, functioned just fine. So I was actually prepared to leave it pretty much as-was, maybe with a few fixture replacements, some new tile, and paint. But what we found when we took out the first floor ceilings underneath the bathroom made that impossible. Read on to find out how we gutted the bathroom, and watch an awesome/scary video (depending on your point of view). Continue Reading

Our Energy Rehab Results Are In!

 We’ve started out our Curbly House project with a series of energy improvements. Find out how a new HVAC, ductwork, and insulation are paying off.

created at: 06/26/2012
A house is such a personal thing. It’s private, intimate. It’s family. And yet, in most cases, it belonged to someone else before you. And someone else before them. How does a house that belonged to another family for fifty years become your own? How do you know when that change has happened?    Continue Reading

Week 3 Journal: Demolishing the Bedroom Ceilings (VIDEO)

The Curbly House: Week Three Journal (VIDEO)The first week of demolition on the Curbly House went so smoothly, you kind of had to expect things would get worse in week two. And worse they did get. Read on to watch my weekly video journal and learn how not to take apart a ceiling.

As you (may) know, we’re remodeling our hundred-year-old Dutch Colonial in hopes of getting it ready for us to move in this summer with our new baby (due mid July!). Continue Reading