How to Take Great Sparkler Pictures with Your Phone

Sparkler pictures - writing with light
Photo: Amber Dickson

Sparklers pictures are a fun and festive part of any 4th of July gathering.  Find out how you can document the day by taking long exposure photographs on your smartphone.  Your Instagram feed is going to shine!           

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Sparklers in hands
Photo: Amber Dickson

Safety First When Creating Sparkler Pictures

The most important step is insuring your safety and that of the people around you.  Always make sure any children are closely supervised.  Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be handled carefully.  Continue Reading

What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

 For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. Continue Reading

59 DIY Landscaping Ideas and Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Space

The Curbly House 2017 | DIY landscaping ideas
The Curbly House 2017

Being a homeowner is a big responsibility, and while there’s plenty to take care of inside you home, don’t forget about the outside, either. If you’ve ever looked into the cost of hiring a professional landscaper, you know they’re not cheap. Fortunately, there are a slew of inexpensive and affordable DIY landscaping ideas at your disposal, so long as you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty. From the front yard to the back, barbeque pits to bistro lights, here are 59 ways you can affordably improve your outdoor space.              Continue Reading

Fun Outdoor Games and DIY Entertainment Ideas

Outdoor games for kids, families and adults

It’s finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it’s also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard. Here’s a collection of our favorite outdoor games that are fun and easy to put together.         

 

DIY Giant Jenga Set Tutorials

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21 Awesome DIY Planters to Kick Off the Summer Months in Style

Unofficially, summer has already started and one of the easiest ways to freshen up your space, indoors and out, is with plants. So, why not try one of these 21 DIY planter ideas to help transform your space on a limited budget. Bonus! These planter projects won’t take up your whole weekend. In fact, most of them will only take a couple of hours. You in? Let’s get to it.

 

 

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1. Hanging DIY bangle planters

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How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

Here’s a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

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Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism’s iconic artists. He’s best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Continue Reading

Make It: Printable Garden Planner

Printable garden planner

While I like to dream about becoming a skilled gardener someday, the reality is I have a terrible brown thumb and I kill most plants I touch. I think a lot of my garden woes have to do with inattentiveness though – I forget to water my leafy friends, fertilise them, or do anything that might come close to caring for them. Terrible right?

 

So I decided to make up a planner to track my plant care, watch seedling growth, monitor pests and plan out my garden beds. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Quick Projects To Boost Your Curb Appeal

Roundup: 10 Quick Projects To Boost Your Curb Appeal
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I don’t know about your front yard, but I know mine has seen better days – after a long winter and the late arrival of spring, there’s a lot of work to be done. But it won’t take long with these easy tips. Give the front of your home a boost with these ten simple yet effective projects.   

 

Roundup: 10 Quick Projects To Boost Your Curb Appeal
Photo: On Sutton Place

1. Add a wreath. This might be the easiest one, and it will also make a fairly noticeable difference. Continue Reading

How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

In this post, you’ll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways …

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it’s still very strong and holding up wonderfully. Continue Reading

10 Small Space Container and Herb Garden Ideas

Growing your own herbs is incredibly satisfying. Not only do they take up very little space, they take your cooking to new heights as you start experiment with different flavor profiles, you can even read our guide to choosing your own here.

 

Here are 10 ideas for planting up your own, small space herb garden.

Indoor Herb Garden

1. DIY Indoor Herb Planter via Design Sponge

BBQ Herb Planter

2. How to Turn a Dingy Old BBQ into an Herb Container Garden via Life on the Balcony

HANGING POTS WITH DRAINAGE

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