Behind-the-Scenes of Rustic Modernism: Your Complete Guide to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic

Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor and style guide. How to get the look.

In 2016, NPR’s Natalie Jacewicz asked the question: “Why does every new restaurant look like a factory?” Indeed, over the last ten years, the industrial look has dominated popular interior design, aided by the enduring popularity of boutique companies like Restoration Hardware. Recently, more traditional stylings, sometimes called Farmhouse Modern or Texas Modern – like those featured on HGTV’s hit Fixer Upper – have permeated households far removed from the show’s home in Waco, Texas.  Continue Reading

New Premium Tutorial: Make a Smart Bar Cart from an Upcycled Baby Changing Table

created at: 07/15/2010

Hi Curbliers – We're still stocking our premium membership section with lots of fun, original how-tos. Now that the little ones have all grown up, its time to create some adult fun by transforming an old baby changing table into a smart bar cart.

“An old, outdated, three-tiered baby changing table seems like a perfect candidate for a makeover. Although the shelves are a bit too deep for a book shelf and the design doesn’t lend itself to a side table, if you switch out two of the shelves, jazz up the wood finish with some metallic paint and add some decorative and functional wheels, you’ll have a party on wheels for indoor and outdoor entertaining.”

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Shabby Chic in Disguise

created at: 2009-08-10

Am I crazy or isn’t Swedish Country just Shabby Chic tidied up a bit, pink fuzziness removed from the photographs and tighter fitting white slipcovers? From every photo and blog I’ve seen touting Swedish Country, it looks to me like Shabby Chic.Marketing decorating styles has become very similar to selling fashion. If it’s renamed and given a little twist, it can be resold to an entirely new demographic. For some reason this reminds me of the genius of Disney. Continue Reading

DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

  • large shallow bowl
  • river rocks
  • floating candles
  • smaller clear vase for the middle
  • orange roses or tulips

What you do:

  1. Place flower vase in the center of your bowl
  2. Add rocks to the bottom of the bowl
  3. Add water to cover the rocks
  4. Add water and arrange flowers in the center vase
  5. Spread floating candles around the center vase
  6. Place your arrangement in the center of your table and light the candles

created on: 11/17/08

created on: 11/17/08

created on: 11/17/08

Three little vases were too many for the candles to float so I went for the single vase with more tulips. Continue Reading