The Pinch of Yum Master Bedroom Tour

When we started Curbly in 2006, saying that your job was 'blogging' was a recipe for confusion. Lots of people didn't even know what a blog was. Fast forward a decade or so, and blogging as a profession is so well-accepted that you probably have a blogger or two living in your own neighborhood. That why we were excited, but not entirely surprised, when we discovered that prolific food bloggers Bjork and Lindsay Ostrom, from PinchofYum, lived about a mile from us. Continue Reading

How to Make Money as a Blogger

We're letting the secrets out! Here's how we make money as bloggers

The other day I bumped into someone who told me she was working on a novel about a lifestyle blogger, and it occurred to me that 'blogger' has now become a real, legitimate job title. You can even write a novel about it! But it wasn't always that way; for years I had to explain what blogging was before I could get to talking about my job as a blogger. Still, it's not a profession most people know a lot about, or understand well, so I decided to make a little video explaining how Curbly works, from a financial perspective.           Continue Reading

Full House Tour: Our 2017 Curbly House Renovation is Complete!

Curbly House 2017 Dining Room

The 2017 Curbly House is done! It went on the market last weekend, and (to my surprise and delight), we've already had several showings. After two-and-a-half months of intense renovation work, it feels a little weird this week, knowing there's nothing left to do except blog about it. I keep checking my 'To-Do' list, and it's all crossed off, which is my JAM! 

Scroll down for the full, room-by-room reveal of the 2017 Curbly House, along with complete product lists (from our featured vendor partner, Hayneedle) and details about how we transformed each space.  Continue Reading

Close to Completion: Curbly House Progress Update

It's been twenty days since my last progress update, and although that might seem like a long time to you, for me it has absolutely flown by with non-stop action at the house. We're really hitting the home stretch (is that pun? a bad joke? just bad writing?) now, and the whole team has gone into overdrive trying to get everything done. We're hoping to list the house for sale within the next two weeks, and I'm pretty confident we can do it … if everything goes right. Continue Reading

Kitchen Ideas for the Curbly House Project

Curbly House II - Kitchen Inspiration
Current mood (board): kitchen-y

We’re making headway on the Curbly House and the next two weeks will bring about a big leap in the transformation we’ve been dreaming about. We spent much of the last week trying to finalize our choices for kitchen cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and fixtures. While the room reveal won’t be ready until later, I wanted to share a peek at what inspired the design.  

Inspiration for the kitchen remodel

Curbly House Kitchen Inspiration - Gray Island

Photo: Decor Chic

 

Curbly House Kitchen Inspiration - Gray Cabinetry

Photo: Domino

 

We loved the idea adding gray base cabinets to the kitchen island, while keeping the rest of the cabinetry white, but in the end decided to stick with one color. Continue Reading

More Progress at the Curbly House

Curbly House 2017 - Living room, before

Summer has ended, school has started, and we are racing towards the finish line on the Curbly House 2017 project. Here's a quick update on what's going on:         

Interior painting is (almost) complete

In what seemed like no time at all, the interior walls transformed from a boring beige-on-beige wall-and-trim combo, into something with a lot more contrast and style: 

Bedroom, before

bedroom, after

Maybe it's hard to tell from these quick snapshots, but by adding a fresh coat of white on all the trim (throughout the whole house), we were able to make the wall color pop (our trim color is Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005). Continue Reading

Framing, Painting, and Holes in the Walls – Curbly House Update

Framing, Painting, and Holes in the Walls - Curbly House Update

Check out the progress at the Curbly House! Demolition is done, and framing is mostly complete. I've been working on a project in the basement, and painting is well under way in the rooms that aren't in need of any structural work. Here's a quick visual progress tour:

 

First up: kitchen demolition and framing

Framing, Painting, and Holes in the Walls - Curbly House Update

As a reminder: this is a before shot. The 'kitchen' was through the opening on the right, and this area was sort of wasted space in between the dining room (behind us) and the living room (front left). Continue Reading

Why the Curbly House?

I'm not sleeping all that well. I wake up in the night – the sound of thunder, my kids coughing, a truck going by – and when I try to go back to sleep, my thoughts run wild. Will the kitchen cabinets ship in time? How are we going to pay to move that ventilation duct we unexpectedly found? Why isn't that house down the block selling?

These are the sleepless thoughts of someone in the middle of a house flip. Continue Reading

Considering a Home Rehab? Ask These Seven Questions First

This is a guest post from Curbly House partner and real estate investor, Jon Peterson.

If you’re following along with our Curbly House project, you know we’ve just embarked on a pretty ambitious home rehab project. We spent months searching for the right property, and now it’s time for the fun stuff to begin (demo, construction, staging). 

Have you ever considered taking on a similar project? It can be a very rewarding experience; you get to take a home that’s in poor shape (often vacant), and add value through thoughtful improvements. Continue Reading

Destruction! (Just a Little) – Curbly House Week One

Well, folks, it's official! Jon* and I signed the closing papers last week, and we are now the proud owners of the new Curbly House! Now all we have to do is put in a new kitchen, renovate the bathrooms, add a new back door, replace the HVAC, finish the basement, improve the landscaping, and figure out how to get a parking space into the back yard! No biggie.

*Reminder: Jon's my partner on this project; he's a real estate investor with knack for DIY projects and a love of old houses in need of TLC.
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