My Dumbest Decorating Decisions

Okay, so I just finished reading an article on Houzz by Fred Albert in which he confesses to his dumbest decorating decisions. Included are buying a too-big dining room table twice and dip-staining shingles. It’s a funny article with equally funny comments as his readers confessed to their disastrous decorating decisions too. (“Barney” purple and “Pepto-Bismol” pink are mentioned on more than one occasion.) Anyway, it got me to thinking about the dumb decorating decisions I’ve made  over the years. Continue Reading

Are These the 22 Weirdest Paint Names Ever?

Naming paints sounds like a fun job, doesn’t it? You’d always have to be thinking of new and clever monikers for paint that will grab customers’ attention. After reading some names on this list, however, I’m thinking it might be a tricker assignment  than I first imagined. Or colorists just like to yank our chains. Take Grandma’s Sweater (Benjamin Moore), for instance. Can you guess what color what is? How about Miami Weiss (Behr)? Or Hipsterfication (Behr)??  Continue Reading

The 5 Things I Have to Clean Before Guests Arrive

I love a clean house. That means that I clean or straighten up something every day. A quick wipe down of a bathroom sink, a speed dust-mopping. You get the idea. So you can imagine what happens when company is coming over. I go into hyper-drive. I do all the stuff that’s expected, but I also do some things that I wouldn’t necessarily do during  a regular weekly cleaning. Here are the top 5 things that get extra special attention for when guests are expected. Continue Reading

Help! What’s the Best Silver Metallic Paint on the Market?

I feel sick. Last night Sweetie Pie brought home a scale model of a Boeing 717 that he received from a business associate. As I was admiring it, I turned it on its side to read the inscription on the bottom of the base that holds the arm that in turn holds the plane itself. To my utter horror, the  plane wasn’t attached. It fell off its pins and hit my tiled kitchen floor. The rudder cracked and those horizontal stabilizer dealies broke off completely. Continue Reading

Do DIY Bathtub Refinishing Kits Really Work?

Bathtub Refinishing Kits

I’ve seen professionally refinished tubs that look brand new. The process costs less than removing and replacing existing tubs, but it’s still not inexpensive. There are DIY alternatives out there that LOOK like they work, but do they?? I’ve rounded up a few of the more popular bathtub refinishing kits.  Take a look and weigh in to the discussion. Have you DIYed a tub makeover? What product did you use? How’s the finish holding up?

 
Armorpoxy
Armorpoxy (buy on Amazon) has a great name, plus they claim to be ‘commercial’ grade.
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Are These REALLY the 20 Most Beautiful Living Spaces in the World?

created at: 03/18/2013

Ultra Home has assembled an enviable list of what they believe are the 20 most beautiful living spaces in the entire world. It’s hard to disagree with them, but what do you think? Are they the most beautiful living spaces you’ve ever seen? Have you seen better

You’ll have to click here to see the entire list,  but here are a couple that caught my attention. Although I’m so over winter, I wouldn’t mind spending some time at the Firefly ski chalet in Zermatt, Switzerland:

beautiful living space 5 Top 20 World Most Beautiful Living Spaces

And for the opposite end of the weather spectrum, the Ladera Resort in St. Continue Reading

Infographic: Bachelor vs. Bachelorette Pad Designs

created at: 09/11/2012

The peeps over at ForRent.com sent over a fun infographic entitled The Bachelor Verus the Bachelorette Pad that includes the “must haves” for each based upon criteria compiled by nearly a dozen popular design sources, including Vanity Fair, Apartment Therapy, Forbes and HGTV, to name a few. Take a look by clicking here (or read the bullet points below), and then pipe in. Do the tips coincide with your criteria of what makes a stylish his/her living space? Continue Reading

Out of Sight or On Display: Where Do You Keep Your Paper Towels?

 created at: 09/07/2012

One of our ongoing housekeeping goals is to keep crap stuff off our kitchen countertops. Not only does it look neater (obviously), it also makes things easier to clean, and it makes the counter space look much more expansive. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one of those in-drawer knife holders so I can get rid of the big block, but my paper towel storage stumps me.  We try to use as few paper towels as possible for environmental reasons, but I still like to have them in easy reach just in case.  Continue Reading

The HP Designer Matchup Challenge Week 2: Vote for Your Favorite Design!

created at: 08/20/2012

Last week, we introduced you to Goil and Tom from TUG Studio, who will be creating a one-of-a-kind product — based entirely on your votes — for the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Our first round of voting was to determine the type of product and material. Well, your votes have been tallied and the results are in!     

 Admittedly, as a crazy dog lady, I was hoping “something for my dog/cat” would win. Alas, it wasn’t in the cards. Continue Reading

Cast Your Vote: The HP Designer Matchup Challenge

created at: 08/14/2012

You know all those awesome design-y reality shows where contestants are given crazy challenges like “build this entire room out of jelly beans…and discarded cat hair!!! Muahaha!”?* The HP Designer Matchup Challenge is kinda like that — but WAY cooler. Why? Because YOU get to make all the decisions!    

Curbly is super excited to team up with one of our favorite designers for this super rad, random, and totally cool challenge: to present a product at New York Fashion Week — designed by you! Continue Reading