3 Tutorials That Will Have You Lettering Chalkboards Like a PRO

Chalkboard lettering made easy
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Okay, show of hands… How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards, ready to start lettering, only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs –because that’s what I do when I wake up waaaay too early and I don’t want to get out of bed and my iPhone is within reach–I spotted a genius tutorial on Indie Craft Parade that shows how to letter like a total pro. Continue Reading

Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Industrial Chic DIY Furniture Projects

10 DIY Industrial Furniture Project Ideas
Photo: Brepurposed

We've been into industrial-style DIYs lately over here at Curbly, so today we thought we'd share some gorgeous DIY industrial furniture project ideas you can make yourself. These DIYs are filled with weathered wood, pipes and metal accents, giving them an oh-so-trendy look. Keep reading to check them out.   

 

Industrial bookshelf from an IKEA Billy bookcase
Photo: Grillo Designs

1. This petite organizational shelf is made using an IKEA Billy bookcase! Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Grillo Designs]

 

Industrial chic side table
Photo: The Golden Sycamore

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How To: Make a Modern Dip-Dyed Rope Dog Leash

DIY - how to make a dog leash

Colorful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately — and I am obsessed! But, with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they're a little outside most people's “dog stuff” budgets. If you'd still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever color your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl! You'll learn how to make a dog leash that perfectly fits your fido's taste (and yours!). Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: How to Put Together an Affordable Mid-Century Modern Patio

CB2 Ixtapa Chair
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Who loves a good deal?! Yep, me too! Whether you're setting up your patio for the first time this summer, or just giving it a little zhuzh for the season, it's always more fun when you find affordable goodies and killer seasonal sales – more summer for your buck, so to speak. For this shopping guide, I've put together a soft, summer-y version of Mid-Century Modern. Not too edgy, but with the right amount of clean lines and angles – and at an affordable price.        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

63 DIY Advent Calendars to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

A DIY advent calendar is the perfect way to bring tradition and beautiful holiday decor into your home for the Christmas season. We scoured the web for our favorites – Scandinavian-inspired, modern, inventive, and colorful – so we hope you find one to make with your family this year! 

 

15 Scandinavian-Inspired Advent Calendar Ideas

Scandinavian DIY advent calendar roundup

It's almost December, which means it's time to bust out your diy advent calendar! Here are 15 Scandinavian-inspired DIY options to try this year.     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

How to: Make a Super Easy DIY Terrarium Ready for Fall!

DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I'm trying to find ways to decorate my home seasonally without having to store more decor away for the year or reorganize an entire room for one holiday! As a busy mom, I'm finding less time to devote myself to redecorating the entire house. As much as I love it, it's nice to have a few pieces that can stay out year round and maybe save me a bit more time. A terrarium is the perfect solution to this problem!  Continue Reading

Round Up: 6 Ways to Cover Ugly Ceiling Light Fixtures

ceiling light covers that are easy to DIY

We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites ceiling light covers, all of which can be adapted to various styles so they serve as much as how-to's as inspiration for our own creations. Enjoy!


Maegan's Eame's inspired light fixture cover
Photo: Love Maegan

Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit Love Maegan to see how to do it yourself. Continue Reading