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    Kwikset 916 Smartlock

    Getting locked out of your house is a real pain. In our house, it happens almost weekly to a certain member of our family (his name begins with a 'B' and ends with a 'runo'). And while it's a great hassle to him, it unfailingly becomes an even greater hassle to everyone in his sphere. I have lost count of the number of times I've had to leave the gym, a restaurant, a glorious champagne tasting with friends to bail him out. Because it always seems to happen during bad weather, well past the bedtimes of our children, uphill both ways in the snow, etc., etc. ...

    We've tried every clever and reasonable solution to the problem with no success. All of our neighbors have spare keys to our house (and they never seem to be home in our time of need). We've kept keys under the doormat - which is really silly – and we tried one of those ugly, fake rock key holders (and after one save, the key never made it back). 

    And so, every time I leave the house and Bruno leaves the house, I wonder if he'll make it back into the house. It's funny, but not really.

    So, we decided to try a little something new. We partnered with the folks at Kwikset to give their SmartCode 916 Electronic Deadbolt a try. The lock comes with a good old fashioned key, for people like me who have good luck with keys. But, it also has an electronic keypad for people like Bruno who can not keep track of a key to save his life.

    We installed it a week ago, and I will not tell you how many times it has saved us (that number rhymes with "great"). It has also allowed our 7-year old to let herself into our locked back door after playing with a neighbor friend down the road. This was significant to her, because it spared her the 35 steps she would have otherwise had to take to make it to our very far away front door.

    Ah, but I digress. Let's get back on track.

    Install a smart lock

    The SmartCode keypad was easy to install. In fact, I did it by myself with only a Phillips screwdriver and the hex wrench that came with the set. It really is as simple as removing your old lock and handle, and following the very simple installation guide that comes with the set. We made a video to show you how easy the process is from start to finish. Have a look!

    We're thrilled with the new setup. It's nice to know we can just run out the back door and leave the house secure, even if we didn't grab keys.

    And here's the coolest thing: the new lock syncs with our SmartThings home automation system! We set up ours to automatically lock the door at night, or after 5 minutes of inactivity. Plus we can lock or unlock it from our phones at any time, so if we're ever out of the house and can't remember if we locked the back door ... it's not a problem).

     

     

    This post is sponsored by Kwikset. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Curbly! 

     


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    Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all the bright colors around me. Maybe I'm getting old. Or maybe it's the onset of fall and cooler weather. Either way, every so often I like to step back from the vivid neons, deep, saturated hues, and loud primary colors. A neutral, calming color palette is what guided this little credenza re-styling. Read on to see how I did it.

    I channeled a more minimalist, cool style to decorate our dining room credenza. Using items we already had in our decor arsenal and a few new pieces, I created a simple vignette. Here are the rules I followed to bring a bit of serenity into our home.

    THE RULES

    1. Keep it Simple: Cool colors are classic callbacks. For a slightly more modern look,  focus on the neutral color palette of black, white, and gray. 

     

    Keep it natural and organic 

     

    2. Keep it Quiet: With a neutral color palette in mind, it can be easy to over-style. But minimalism thrives when it creates space for pieces to breathe. 

    3. Keep it Natural: Adding subtle elements of nature - be they plants or weathered woods. These organic elements lend a natural feeling to the style, creating softness and delicacy.

     

    WHAT I DID

    1. I kept the color palette very simple: black, white, and grey. The modern horse photograph anchors the whole style, and everything that went on the credenza had to complement that bold steed. 

    2. Everything I included in the styling had simple lines. But, oh no -- simple does not mean boring! The long legs of the candelabra are striking, as are the geometric lines of the single candle holders. The vase is covered in a Scandinavian print that scales well with the surrounding pieces. 

    3. The books and smaller art pieces fill in and ground the space. Although they make the credenza feel full, their cool colors and minimalist lines keep things very chill.

     

    I've included a full source list below! Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments.

    Candelabra: Similar here.

    Lamp: Nate Berkus Crosshatch Lamp

    Horse Art Print:

    Beach Library Print: 'Library by the Sea' by Jeremy Miranda

    House Art: Threaded Houses by Happy Red Fish

    Vase: DIY (we used porcelain markers on simple white ceramic tumblers)

    Geometric Candle Holders: Similar here.

     

     

     


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    For the last two months we've been running non-stop on the design treadmill trying to get our new studio ready for its debut. We've replaced floors, demolished walls, painted, and done a handful of unconventional cosmetic fixes in order to get the space in 'blank slate' order. From there, came a two-week self-imposed game of "which design road should we take today", as we've slowly cobbled things together. The good news is that we're getting there -- inch by inch, row by row, we're nearly ready to share the new space with you. 


    In the meantime, we've been doing a series of smaller DIY-type projects and hacks to give some basic pieces a little more kapow! We needed a record stand for an old (broken) record player Bruno found at a garage sale and has been tinkering with all summer long. We were inspired by this IKEA hack from The Surznick Common Room.

    Using an IKEA KALLAX shelving unit, and a set of Pretty Pegs legs, we created a record stand that's made up of simple lines and a little mid-century character. Here's what you need to complete this very simple project...

    Materials

    To attach the Pretty Pegs to your KALLAX shelf, simply drill the universal mounting plate onto the KALLAX, and attach your legs. It will take you less than 15 minutes and you'll feel like you accomplished something big and important!

    Since our very vintage record player came with a set of large removable speakers, we simply wedged them into two of the KALLAX shelves, and then styled the remaining shelves with plants and accessories we had on hand, filling in with our very modest record collection. Though our collection is wee, we do have this WHITNEY HOUSTON record that makes me feel like the Queen of Sheba.

    Here's a closer look at what we've got going on in this pocket of the space:

     

    We'll be back in the coming month with the rest of the space! In the meantime, take a look at our old studio -- a place we loved dearly.

     


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    We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation - basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride - so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. All hacks are listed in alphabetical order by their original IKEA birth name. 

    ALEX

    IKEA Hack ALEX
    Sugar & Cloth

     

    IKEA Hack ALEX
    A New Bloom

     

    IKEA Hack ALEX
    The Lifestyle Directory

     

    IKEA Hack ALEX
    Full Time Fiesta

     

     

    ALSEDA

    IKEA Hack ALSEDA
    Curbly via Mormorsglamour

    BESTA

    IKEA Hack BESTA
    Sugar & Cloth

     

    IKEA Hack BESTA
    Petite Apartment

     

     

    IKEA Hack BESTA
    A Beautiful Mess

     

    IKEA Hack BESTA
    Place of My Taste

     

    IKEA Besta cabinet hack
    The Vintage Guru Shop

    BILLY

    IKEA Hack BILLY
    The Makerista

     

    IKEA Hack BILLY
    IKEA Hackers

     

    IKEA Hack BILLY
    Golden Boys & Me

     

    BORBY

    IKEA Hack BORBY
    Thou Swell

    DOKUMENT

    IKEA Hack DOKUMENT
    IKEA

    EKBY

    IKEA Hack EKBY
    Teste De Lengo

     

    IKEA Hack EKBY
    Nalle's House

     

    IKEA Hack EKBY
    Houzz

     

    EKORRE

    IKEA Hack EKORRE
    Sarah Sherman Samuel

    EXPEDIT

    IKEA Hack EXPEDIT
    Amy Krist

     

    IKEA Hack EXPEDIT
    Honey Bear Lane

    FAKTUM

    IKEA Hack FAKTUM
    IKEA Hackers

    FAS  

    IKEA Hack FAS
    IKEA Hackers

    FIRA

    IKEA Hack FIRA
    Curbly

    FJALKINGE

    IKEA Hack FJALKINGE
    100 Layer Cake-let

    FOTO

    IKEA Hack FOTO
    Lulus

     

    IKEA Hack FROSTA
    Design Sponge

     

    FROSTA

    IKEA Hack FROSTA
    Coroflot

     

    IKEA Hack FROSTA
    Vtwonen

     

    IKEA Hack FROSTA
    Apartment Therapy

     

     

    GRUNTDAL

    IKEA Hack GRUNTDAL
    Just a Girl and Her Blog

     

    IKEA Hack GRUNTDAL
    Apartment Therapy

     

    HEAT

    IKEA Hack HEAT
    Curbly

     

    HEMMA
     

    IKEA Hack HEMMA
    Curbly via Instructables

    HEMNES

    IKEA Hack HEMNES
    The Vault Files

    HYLISS

    IKEA Hack HYLISS
    Remodelaholic
    IKEA Hack HYLISS
    Proverbs 31 Girl

    INBJUDANDE

    IKEA Hack INBJUDANDE
    Poppytalk

    INGO

    IKEA Hack INGO
    East Coast Creative

     

    IKEA Hack INGO
    IKEA Hackers

    IVAR

    IKEA Hack IVAR
    Nur-Noch

     

    IKEA Hack IVAR
    IKEA

     

    IKEA Hack IVAR
    Nur Noch

     

    IKEA Hack IVAR
    Style by Emily Henderson

    KALASA

    IKEA Hack KALASA
    Teste Di Legno

    KLUBBO

    IKEA Hack KLUBBO
    Deko

    LACK

    IKEA Hack LACK
    Hommie UK

     

    IKEA Hack LACK
    Triple Max Tons

     

    LAPPLJUNG RUTA

    IKEA Hack LAPPLJUNG RUTA
    The House that Lars Built

    LERBERG

    IKEA Hack LERBERG
    Weekday Carnival

     

    IKEA Hack LERBERG
    Burlap & Lace

     

    LINNMON

    IKEA Hack LINNMON + LERBERG
    Advice From A Twentysomething

     

    IKEA Hack LINNMON
    Curbly

     

    LUDVIG

    IKEA Hack LINNMON
    IKEA Hackers

    MALM

    IKEA Hack MALM
    A Beautiful Mess

     

    IKEA Hacks MALM
    Curbly

     

    IKEA Malm bedframe hack
    Sugar & Cloth

     

    MARIUS

    IKEA Hack MARIUS
    The Kitchy Kitchen 

     

    IKEA Hack MARIUS
    Curbly

    MINNA

    IKEA Hack MINNA
    IKEA

     

    MOPPE

    IKEA Hack MOPPR
    IKEA

    MYSINGSO

    IKE Hack MYSINGSO
    Kristi Murphy

    NORNAS

    IKEA Hack NORNAS
    A Beautiful Mess

     

    IKEA Nornas table hack
    Kicsihaz

    OLEBY

    IKEA Hack OLEBY
    Curbly

    RACKA

    IKEA Hack RACKA
    A Little Bit OCD

    RANARP

    IKEA Hack RANARP
    Lovely Indeed

    RAST

    IKEA Hacks RAST
    Bliss at Home

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Hello Lidy

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Decor 8 Blog

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Style Me Pretty

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Redbook

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Addison Meadows Lane

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Hawthorne & Main

     

    IKEA Hack RAST
    Midwestern Girl DIY

    RIBBA

    IKEA Hack RIBBA
    Curbly

     

    IKEA Hack RIBBA
    Lindsay Stephenson

    RORT

    IKEA Hack RORT
    The Every Girl

    SELJE

    IKEA Hack SELJE
    Curbly

     

    IKEA Hack SELJE
    See Kate Sew

    SINNERLIG

    IKEA Hack SINNERLIG
    Curbly

     

    SJOSLEV

    IKEA Hack SJOSLEV
    Hayley Photography

     

    SKOGSTA

    IKEA Hack SKOGSTA
    Style Me Pretty

    SKOGSVAG

    IKEA Hack SKOGSVAG
    Farm Fresh Therapy

    SODERHAMN

    IKEA Hack SODERHAMN
    Petite Party Studio

    STALL

    IKEA Hack STALL
    House Tweaking

     

    STAVE

    IKEA Hack STAVE
    Curbly

     

    SVARTAN

    IKEA Hack SVARTAN
    A Beautiful Mess

     

    TARVA

    IKEA Hack TARVA
    In My Own Style

     

    IKEA Hack TARVA
    Cheaper and Better DIY

     

    TRADIG

    IKEA Hack TRADIG
    IKEA Hackers

    TUPPLUR

    IKEA Hack TUPPLUR
    Curbly

    VIKTIGT

    IKEA Hack VIKTIGT
    Curbly

    VITTSJO

    IKEA Hack VITTSJO
    Little Green Notebook

     

    IKEA Hack VITTSJO
    Style Me Pretty

     

     

    IKEA Hack VITTSJO
    Style Me Pretty

     

    Vitttsjo Ikea hack coffee table
    Simple Details

    VURM

    IKEA Hack VURM
    Curbly

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    Back in the spring we teamed up with  We Are Knitters to give away a few of their awesome Udon blanket knitting kits. That giveaway did so well we decided to give away some more! Read on to find out how you can enter (hint: it's easy and free!)... 

    We've once again teamed up with We Are Knitters to give away five of their amazingly-comfy Udon Blanket Knit Kits (each worth $125).

    The Udon blanket is easy enough for anyone to make, and snuggly-soft enough that everyone will want one! We Are Knitters' super-clear instructional videos mean there's really no excuse not to try.

     

     

    Each kit includes:

     

    • 5 balls of 100% Peruvian wool yarn (200gr each)
    • Size 19 wooden knitting needles
    • The pattern
    • A small knitter’s sewing needle
    • An embroidered label

    This kit would make a perfect DIY gift the holidays ... but you know that already don't you!?

    Not sure you could tackle this for your first knitting project? Check out some real-world success pics from Instagram:

     

     

     

     

     

    How To Enter:

    Easy, just enter through the form below 

    Click the form above to enter, or click here to open it in a new window

     

    Hurry and get your entry in! This giveaway ends October 10th, 2016. Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.  


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    Mud cloth + Halloween are a winning combination! The traditional black and white African story cloths boast beautiful, bold prints that look amazing and modern on the organic shape of a pumpkin.

    Mud cloth has a deep and rich history, and it happens to be having a moment today. We created a pair of printed pumpkins, inspired by the likes of Homey Oh My! and Chica and Jo. Our process was a little different, read on to hear all about what went down when we made these pretty pumpkins.

     

    Materials

     

    • Foam pumpkins (real ones would do too, we just liked the permanence of the faux ones ... and the fact that they were already black and white).
    • Black and White Acrylic Paint
    • Paint Brushes
    • A few hours. This project is time consuming, but also relaxing!

    Step

    Find some mud cloth design inspiration. Here's a collage of the prints we loved the most:

    Mud Cloth Painted Pumpkin DIY

    Step

    Paint your pumpkins. We used black paint on the white pumpkin, and white on the black one. It took about 2 hours to paint both, but when deadlines are looming and there never seem to be enough hours in the day, painting gourds is a Zen-like luxury.

     

     

     


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    DIY a set of hobnail milk glass pumpkins

    We're back today with another no carve easy-peasy pumpkin (check out our mud cloth one from yesterday). We're kicking it old school with a milk glass pumpkin that manages to look classically vintage whilst sporting a clean, modern pattern.

     
    We were inspired by this tutorial from Spray Paint & Chardonnay, but ordered our steps a little differently. 

    Materials

     

     

    Step

    To create the hobnail effect, put a million dots on your faux pumpkins using 3D puff paint. Let them dry for 24 hours.

    DIY your very own hobnail milk glass pumpkins

    Step

    Cover your pumpkins with spray paint. You may need 2 coats depending on the original color of your faux pumpkin.

    DIY your very own hobnail milk glass pumpkins

     

    DIY your very own hobnail milk glass pumpkins

    DIY your very own hobnail milk glass pumpkins


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    Slash and Axl Rose costume

    We're heading to a Halloween costume party this weekend and we needed to pull a couples costume together at the last minute. We made a list of famous duos - Ricky & Lucy, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Peanut Butter & Jelly... but decided to go edgy and classic: Axl Rose + Slash.

    Here's how we pulled our costume together using things we already had (blacks pants and flannels) and a few key pieces we ordered on Amazon Prime (you have time to do the same)!  

    Materials

    For Axl Rose:

    For Slash:

    Slash and Axl Rose Costume

     

      What are you going as for Halloween this year?  

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    Prince Purple Rain Costume

    It would be a shame to leave a Prince-themed costume out of our DIY costume repertoire this Halloween, for three compelling reasons:

     

    1. Everyone admires Prince.

    2. We live in Minneapolis, a city that holds Prince in its heart.

    3. He epitomizes what it means to be an artist. He is a legend.  

     

    So this Halloween, we're paying tribute to Prince with a Purple Rain-inspired costume. Read on to find out what we did...


    Materials   

    Step

    Shape small balls out of the Poly-fil and attach them to your hat with a glue gun. To be most cloud-like, your balls should range in size of about a baseball to a softball. 

     

     

    Step

    Cut raindrops out of your glitter paper. We stacked two sheets of glitter paper and cut so that our drops could be glued together with a sparkly side out. 

    Step

    Cut ribbon in varying lengths (ours were about 2-3 feet long).

    Step

    Using your hot glue gun, put a dab of glue on the inside (no-glitter side) of a raindrop, place your ribbon down the center of the drop and place the matching raindrop on top to make a completely glittery raindrop. Repeat, spacing your raindrops as you like.

     

    Step

    Sew one end of your ribbon-y raindrops to your hat. Repeat.

     Prince purple rain costume

    Don't miss our other Halloween costume this year: Slash and Axl Rose

    What's your genius costume idea this year?

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    Not so long ago – 16 months to be exact – we revealed our old, new studio space. It was a beautiful, sun-filled room that offered us a space to be creative and a way to separate our work life from our home life. It was quiet and peaceful, blocks from our house, and a stone's throw from our children's schools. But when the building changed ownership and major renovations loomed, it was impossible for us to remain. That was more than a little heartbreaking for us. 

    The old Curbly HQ
    Our old studio space. Tiny, but mighty! Right?

     

    We searched high and low for the perfect new space, realizing along the way that there's no such thing. The perfect place is the one you make perfect.

    So we packed boxes, made 36 round trips between the old space and the new, swore we would hire movers next time, and never looked back. 

    The perfect place is the one you make perfect.

    Today, as I write this post in our new studio I can tell you that it is glorious and perfect. But it took a long time to get to this place. Up until a month ago it was not much more than a stack of organized boxes, one semi-styled shelving unit, and a couple of desks with rolling chairs.

    Curbly HQ workspace with rolling desk chairs from Target

    I had a hard time figuring out the design of the space because it's so large. I love an open floor plan more than anything, but struggled with how to create different spaces in a large L-shaped room. There was an obvious area (the bottom of the L if we're running with that analogy) further away from the street, that seemed like an obvious work space. We arranged our desks there and it felt right from the beginning. But much of the L remained, and to be perfectly honest, I had no vision when it came to its flow and function.

    Our lounge areas


    Lounge area (above) and lunch table (right). 

    Our lunch table

     

    So, we started playing around with furniture arrangements. And, it looked a lot like Ross, Chandler, Rachel and their couch. We knew we wanted an area that felt cozy, like a lounge of sorts, as well as a place to hold meetings. Initially, I planned to keep those areas separate, but they sort of accidentally morphed together in a natural way, and now I love the way they've teamed up.

    Lounge and lunch area at Curbly HQ with couch from LampsPlus

    A large portion of the space remains open and airy, which is exactly what we need. We do a lot of messy projects, DIYs, and photography, and those things require having open space that's flexible and re-configurable. That's exactly what we've got! While part of the space can feel chaotic and disastrous, the rest remains beautiful. Words can not describe how much my brain loves this. 

    Here's a brief description of how we organized the space, and some of the tricks we used to make it feel cohesive:

     

    • The entire space feels unified, open and airy because it has neutral walls and consistent flooring. We went light on the walls with a soft gray ( Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice 7647). It has the clean feel of white, but the versatility of gray (depending on the light it morphs from warm to cool, and allows the artwork and mirrors we have on the walls to stand out).
    • We went much darker on the floors. The planks have texture and knobby-ness. The rich brown tones warm up the entire room. In the beginning, we considered a cement or white floor, but I'm continually grateful we went the wood route. 
    • The light fixtures are the most beautiful, eye-catching elements in the space. They're sculptural, modern, and a little bit industrial. The two metals, oil rubbed bronze (which reads 'black') and bronze (which reads 'gold'), work well together and make the fixtures stand out. Every person who enters the room comments on them and I'd like to shake the hand of the person who designed them because they are a stroke of lighting brilliance. 
      We skipped the traditional teardrop-shaped chandelier bulb in favor of a round one; it makes all the difference in the world, giving the fixtures a distinctly modern feel.
    • We used a large area rug to frame the lounge area. We moved our beloved Loloi Anastasia rug over from the old space, and it quickly found a happy home here. It houses the sofa and coffee table (I could devote an entire blog post and even write a novel about my devotion to that coffee table and all its warm wood goodness).
    • While the area rug frames the horizontal space of the lounge area, the combination of the sofa (and flanking plant and lamp) and a simple gallery wall visually frames the space vertically. I love the way the gallery wall works: We broke a lot of rules about symmetry and balance when we put it together. It's quirky and a little off kilter, but it's delightful. 
    • The meeting area came together easily. It's separate from (but in eyesight of) the work area. It gets a healthy dose of sunshine, and the bar cart and walnut chairs give it a meant-to-be feel.

    Modern geometric light fixtures

    Ceiling fixtures from LampsPlus.com

     

    Coffee table decor

    Side chair details

    Our Curbly HQ 'foyer'

    Office bar cart with mirror

     Slippers for office guests

    Office shelving unit with styled accessories

     Hydrangeas

     

    Lunch table at Curbly HQ office space

    Product List

    Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice (SW7647)

    Chandeliers: Hawking Bronze Pendant Chandelier

    Desks (and Legs): LINNMON Tops (Small and Large) + Prettypeg Legs

    Wall-Mounted Paper Roll: Up Against the Wall Paper Holder

    Desk Floor Lamps: Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamps

    Desk Table Lamp: Mid-Century Tripod Table Lamp

    Bookshelves:  FJALKINGE

    Curtains: Leno Weave Sheers

    Desk Chairs: Upholstered Desk Chair

    Rug: Loloi Nyla Rug in Slate

    Sofa:  Landry Dark Gray Sofa

    Floor Lamp: Telescoping Floor Lamp

    Toss Pillows: Global Lumbar Pillow

    Side Table: Discontinued, but this one is stunning!

    Coffee Table: Dwell Studio Newell Nesting Cocktail Table

    Wicker Accent Chair: Vintage

    Tulip Table: DOCKSTA

    Walnut Accent Chairs: Ranger Mod Walnut Accent Chairs

    Bar Cart: Discontinued, but we love this one!

    Wicker Mirror: Discontinued, but this one's a beauty!

    Record Stand: KALLAX + Prettypegs

    Round Mirror: Brass Mirror

    Gallery Wall (+Prints): RIBBA Frames + assorted prints and photo prints from Unsplash.com

     

    We're beyond excited to be in this new studio, and hopefully we'll be here for a long time to come. 
     

    What's your favorite thing about your workspace? What's the first thing you would change, if you could? Let me know in the comments!

     


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    Exterior home makeover before

    Do you remember the original Curbly House? It's probably inaccurate to call it that. Because we rarely wrote about it, and even more rarely posted photos of it. It was our first home, the one Bruno bought in college, shared with roommates, and later with me. It was the house we brought both of our children home to (though our youngest only slept there for 10 days before we moved him to his new nursery). It's a sweet little house that holds some of our sweetest memories.

     

    In every way, this house is a record of our true DIY journey. When Bruno first moved in, we spent many Friday nights painting walls, ripping up carpets, and trying to cleverly cover up quirks (think: floral Contact paper and paint in a lot of places where it didn't belong). We listened to Mason Jennings albums and played Weezer and Counting Crows's August and Everything After on repeat. We were inspired by the movie The Royal Tenenbaumsand painted the house accordingly. Primary colors and patterns were everywhere, and it was all kinds of wrong style-wise, but it was a joyful snapshot of our 20-something life on a tight budget.

    Home painting progress - poised taupe
    Sometimes progress doesn't look like much.

    Later on we toned everything down with tasteful colors, and I painted the living room thirty-two times in ten years. I'm not being hyperbolic, that is a real true statement of fact.

    With the arrival of our two children, we outgrew the house, but we weren't totally ready to let it go. The real estate market was not in our favor when we moved, so we rented the house to neighbors for a few years.

    Few things bring me as much joy as seeing a house as it's meant to be

    As with all old houses, the house aged and the exterior most certainly did not match its beautiful insides. We knew it was time to paint the aging stucco. It was a boring, drab white, and dirty from years of exposure. The stucco and trim were unified in color, leaving all the house's character hidden. You know how sometimes you go out wearing an outfit you know just doesn't look right? That's how this house felt.


    Sherwin-Williams Emerald zero-VOC paint

    So, as we began exploring paint colors, our friends over at Sherwin-Williams announced their color of the year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The instant we saw it, we knew it was the right color for our house. It's neutral, but warm and organic. It's a warm gray, with rich browns and purples mixed in. It was the perfect color for the house because it grounded the stucco and felt like a perfect fit. We paired it with Snowbound (SW 7004) as the trim color, and the results were so super stellar.

    Poised Taupe from Sherwin-Williams (exterior paint makeover)

    The house looks like it has always supposed to look, and few things bring me as much joy as seeing a house as it's meant to be. It reminds me of the early 00s show MADE, where ordinary people learned a new skill or talent and practiced with a coach for weeks to perfect it. The show always ended with a big debut, everyone cried, and I imagine the subject's life changed because their dreams were realized and the stars aligned offering them a life that was charmed forevermore. I feel like that's what happened to our house.

     

    Once the house was completely transformed through paint, all of its other external imperfections were illuminated. The overgrown shrubs flanking the entry needed to go, the 20-year old roof was bringing the whole project down, and it was a real bummer.

    We knew it was time to completely commit to moving the house into its deserved glory. So we stretched to put the money together to fund a re-roofing and light landscaping (we DIYed this part), and completely transform our beloved first home.


    Have a look

    Paint makeover - gray and white trim

    Rear shot - grey body and white trim paint exterior

    exterior flower details

     

     

    Poised Taupe is neutral, but warm and organic. It's a warm gray, with rich browns and purples mixed in. It was the perfect color for the house.

     

    front step with red mailbox and mums

     

    And, guess what? We have some big plans for the inside of the house too! We're on a strict budget, but isn't that so much more fun? We're excited to see where the project takes us. Stay tuned!

    A huge shout out, hug, high-five, and gratitude goes out to our friends at Sherwin-Williams. They were our house's MADE coach, and we couldn't have realized this dream without them!

     

    This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. We've worked with them on lots of posts, and can't say enough about the quality of their paint. Still, all opinions are mine alone. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Curbly possible.

     


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    Adult ADvent Calendar DIY project idea - materials

    I'm going to use this platform to declare this: advent calendars are kinda the best. They capture all the excitement building in the hearts and minds of children and they temper it by delivering it in small doses the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Growing up, the method my parents employed was a drug store calendar filled with tiny poor-quality milk chocolates that my brother and I retrieved by poking our fingers through a small perforated square. And, we loved it! We looked forward to receiving those calendars every year – and I'm sure the small morsel of so-so-chocolate helped tame us a little bit.

    Seeing the complete joy my own children get out of the advent calendar tradition got me thinking about why we don't give them to adults. I know we're the mature ones who have the composure and will-power to wait until Christmas to open our gifts ... but, c'mon, that's no fun. So this year I decided Bruno was going to partake in the slow trickle of magic that is advent.

    Read on to see how I put an adult calendar together; maybe it'll inspire you to try one of your own. 


     

    Materials

     

     

    • 24 boxes (envelopes or pillow boxes would do the trick too)
    • Numbered stickers
    • Twine
    • 24 knick-knacks (Most of mine were $5 and under) 

    Step

    Number your boxes 1 to 24.

     

    Step

    Fill them with treasures*.

     

     What to Put in Those Boxes:

     

    The sky's the limit, and yet, you want to keep those 24 treasures affordable. Here are some of the items I put inside the boxes:

     

    Step

    Wrap them up in twin whilst humming "My Favorite Things"

     

    Step

    Take great satisfaction in the knowledge that you are knowing you are making someone's day...

     

    What special gifts or gestures or kindness are you planning this holiday season? I love to hear all the fun ideas our readers come up with, so please share yours in the comments!

     


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      Gift guide - holiday gifts for everyone you love

      I write this next sentence every year, and every year I believe it more: if buying gifts could be my full time job, I would be the happiest person on the planet. 

      I love everything about gift giving. The rituals, the sentiments, the experience of finding the perfect thing for the perfect person. It's a total thrill and my total Kryptonite. 

      This holiday season, we partnered with  Minted to create a set of gifts perfect for the people you love most. Your man, your woman, your boo, your bestie, your bae. They're all accounted for in this collection.

      Plus! Minted is giving away $1,000 in merchandise, just for our readers! You could have practically your entire holiday gift list taken care of, just like that. Here's how to enter (and hurry, you must get your entry in before November 28, 2016)
      Enter to win the $1000 Minted giveaway

      So, grab your warm beverage of choice, settle in under your coziest blanket, and have a look at these gorgeous gifts. 

       

      For The Home

       

      Minted City Foil Map

      Foil-Stamped Map Prints - Starting at $36

       

      State Map Paintings (In case you're tired of the red state/blue state maps we've been seeing for months)

       

       Gold Foil-Dipped paper trees

      Well these Gold Foil-Dipped paper trees are just stupidly cool. You could make them yourself, but at $12 for a set of two, why would you?

       

      Minted Custom House Letterpress

      Custom House Letterpress Print (Yes, it's a letterpress of YOUR HOME!). Starts at $82.

       

      Minted - pinboard monocrhome modern

      This Urban Monochrome pinboard is the perfect way to show off your holiday cards

       

      Minted holiday wrapping paper

      Bahh! This wrapping paper is so cute! It's called "Charleston Doors" and I don't even care what's in the box.

       

      Minted lamp shade - tetrahedron

      That lampshade. Those prints. 

       

      Housewarming gifts are the best, aren't they? I mean, you're literally giving someone a little piece of their home. Those foil city (or state) prints are stunning, sweet, and incredibly thoughtful. They also happen to seamlessly fit with any decor style. 

      If someone presented you with a letterpress print of your sweet home you would weep tears of joy and disbelief. I would weep too. We would cry because your home is your special place, your haven, your retreat, and this custom letterpress gift captures all of those feelings. 

       

       

      For Her

      Minted Constellation Artwork

      Zodiac Print by Annie Clark
      Whether your moon is in the seventh house or not, this print will look good there.

       

      Birthstone Foil Art - She'll love this

      Birthstone Foil Art - She'll love this as much as she loves the constellation artwork. It's sweet, stunning, and it feels gorgeously personal.

       

      Going for a Swim

      Going for a Swim - I love the movement, the peace, and the stunning colors of this print.

       

      Those sweet astrological prints are the perfect blend of personal and feminine (they also have birthstone prints that are equally as charming). The soft watercolor background and the foil constellation lines are stunning together.  

       

      Find her favorite poem, lyrics, or quote and have it emblazoned in rose gold (or gold, or silver). You will be her favorite person forevermore. 

      Minted Custom Poem Artwork

      Can't think of the right thing to say? These custom poem prints are perfect. Take her favorite couplet, quote, or song lyrics and turn it into gifting perfection.

       

       Melancolia - The soft watercolors of this print make it ethereal

      Melancolia - The soft watercolors of this print make it ethereal. It's perfect for one of the strong, beautiful, bold women is your life.

       

      Highway print

      Pacific Coast Highway - This is the most lovely print for a California girl (or a California girl at heart – aren't we all one of those?)

       

      Parisian Rooftop

      Parisian Rooftop - If she's been to Paris (or dreams of going there one day), this photograph says it all.

       

       

      For Him

      Bison art print from Minted

      Channel his spirit animal with a limited edition print like this handsome and ruddy yak. Yakkety yak.

       

      Custom Stationary 

      Custom Stationary - Make him feel extra important with his name on his own stationary or notepad

       

      Drift - black and white print

      Drift - It's one part sparse, and one part achingly detailed. I love this print because its inked lines are gentle and woven together in a seamless way. It would look stunning atop this artful shelf.

      Minted Commissioned Artwork

      Commission a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork through Minted's commission service. Fill out a few questions about style and color palette you're looking for and Minted will pair you with an artist to commission a custom piece. This service starts at only $75!

       

      House in the Woods - calm quiet print

      House in the Woods - Got a guy in your life who treasures the calm and quiet of the woods? This print says all that and more.

       

      Eeeeerp! Record-scratch noise. Back it up. You can get a custom, one-of-a-kind, specially-commissioned artwork starting at $75? That's amazing.

       

       

       

      For Your Best Friend

       

      Minted Heart Snapshot Print

      Heart Snapshot Art -  This beautiful piece is made from 30 of your best bestie-selfies, arranged in a big, beautiful heart. And, you can get it for as little as $29.

       

      duet divers prints

      Duet - For the Thelma to your Louise.

      Minted custom journal

      Give your friend a personal journal or planner, customized with her name  in script.

       

      water color hearts print

      Watercolor Hearts - Do you have a forever friend who has been there since the beginning? Do you have a box full of photos to document that forever? How about turning them into a sweet memento with this watercolor print!

       

      hahahah print

      Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha - For the one who makes you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt. 

       

       

       

       

      For Pet Lovers

      Minted Custom Pet Silhouette

      A custom piece of artwork might be the most thoughtful gift there is to give. Lovers have been doing it for ages, extolling their beloveds in oil portraits, poetry, and song. Just upload a photo, and Minted will create a silhouette!

       

      Goldfish watercolor

      Take Me With You - How sweet is this little goldfish print? I think I need a goldfish.

       

      Minted Kitty Print

      Capture a furry friend's essence in a sweet, custom watercolor. Again, just upload a photo, and they take care of the rest! If you're more into Fido than kitty, here's your piece: 

       

      Pup love photograph custom framed

      Pup Love - Capture that sweet puppy dog face with this custom print.

       

       

       

       

      A Gift of Design Service

      Minted Personal Styling Services
      Take a quick design quiz, upload photos of your space, get professional suggestions how to style it. Easy.

       

      One of the recurring questions Bruno and I receive is the plea for help with artwork. How to hang it, how to frame it, how to arrange it and pair it. Minted offers a cool service that helps you select works that suit you and then decide how to display them.

      Professional design services - how it works

      This is one of those give-a-man-a-fish gifts. Your gift of Minted's Personal Art Styling service will serve them for years, helping them better understand their own tastes, and learn how to put them on display. 

      Minted design quiz - color palettes

       

      Oh, you read this far and somehow missed the fact that Minted is running a $1,000 giveaway, exclusively for our Curbly readers? Well, no judgment from me. Here are those details again:

      Minted is giving away $1,000 in merchandise, just for our readers! You could have practically your entire holiday gift list taken care of, just like that. Here's how to enter (and hurry, you must get your entry in before November 28, 2016, at 11:59 PM, Pacific).
      Enter to win the $1000 Minted giveaway

       

       

      This post is sponsored by Minted, a brand we love with great products for the home from hundreds of independent designers around the globe. 

       


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      Make this sweet and simple DIY folded paper Christmas tree!

      Christmas trees aren't for everyone. They can be pricey when you're on a budget, tricky in a small apartment, and nearly impossible with pets. 

      This year we came up with a super affordable, easy to assemble, clever tree that only requires a wall, a roll of tape, a stapler, dexterous fingers, and about an hour of your time. Read on to see how we made this folded paper tree.

       

      Materials

      Step

      Fold 50 sheets of paper the long way in an accordion pattern. Start by folding the paper in half, lengthwise and then fold the two ends in toward the middle. Your paper will look like the letter "M" (or "W" if you please) while on its side.

       

      Step 

      Staple the long ends of the paper together and repeat. You'll want roughly 6 sets of paper that are 10 sheets, or "M"s long.

       

      Step 

      Fold another 30-40 sheets of paper widthwise in the same accordion pattern. You'll want the height of your fold to be roughly the same size as your previous folds. You can eyeball it or use one of your previous folds as a template.

       

      Step 

      Staple the short ends of paper together and repeat. 
       

      Step

      Attach the first set of 10 "M"s to the bottom of the wall with tape. The first layer should be your longest. You can make the subsequent ones shorter as you create a true tapered tree shape. We used Scotch tape for this because I have never had a bad experience with Scotch tape on a painted wall. But, you could easily use removable GlueDots or another adhesive of your choosing. The stapled together "M"s will have a fan-like look and you'll want to let the drape that occurs with the weight of your paper hang a little bit. It makes it more tree-like as you build up your tree. 

      Step

      Continue to build your tree, row by row. As you add layers, you may need to begin trimming the ends off of your rows of "M"s. We took about an inch off of 3 sets of the long "M"s and 1-3 inches off of 2 sets of the shorter "M"s. We continued tapering until we reached the top of the tree.

      DIY Festive Folded Paper Christmas Tree

      DIY Festive Folded Paper Christmas Tree

      Step

      To create your tree's top, simply accordion fold a sheet of paper, staple the top and fan out the bottom before attaching it to the wall.

      And, there you have it, folks! Your own, joyful little wall tree made of paper and your own two hands.

      DIY Festive Folded Paper Christmas Tree

      DIY Festive Folded Paper Christmas Tree


      Love this project? Share your love by pinning it!
      DIY Festive Folded Paper Christmas Tree

       

       


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      36 Christmas Songs to Take You Through December


      Nothing ushers in the holidays like a healthy dose of Christmas music. We've created three playlists to carry you through the holiday season. We've got plenty of Bing Crosby and Brenda Lee, but we've got some new tunes we hope you'll love too. Think of this as a nostalgic throwback to the 90s. Each playlist is a mix tape from us to you!

      Sit back with you glass of eggnog, wrap some presents, or get a fire going in the fireplace and soak up these holiday tunes. Remember to tell us your favorite holiday songs in the comments!

      Classic Christmas Playlist

      My all time favorite Christmas album for all the ages is the Ray Conniff Singers Christmas album. There, I said it! It took every last one of my powers of restraint not to include the whole album on this list. My hope is that these standards are nostalgic staples that will take you way back. 

       

       

      Unconventional Christmas Playlist

      Although I think it's impossible to tire of Dean Martin, every now and then a tiny break is in order. This mix offers just that. 
       

       

      Family Christmas Playlist

      Listening to holiday music with family is one of life's sweet, simple pleasures. Although my children have been thoroughly indoctrinated to love and respect all classic Christmas music, we mix it up a little bit with these holiday jams. 

       


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      Gift guide - holiday gifts for everyone you love

      I write this next sentence every year, and every year I believe it more: if buying gifts could be my full time job, I would be the happiest person on the planet. 

      I love everything about gift giving. The rituals, the sentiments, the experience of finding the perfect thing for the perfect person. It's a total thrill and my total Kryptonite. 

      This holiday season, we partnered with  Minted to create a set of gifts perfect for the people you love most. Your man, your woman, your boo, your bestie, your bae. They're all accounted for in this collection.

      So, grab your warm beverage of choice, settle in under your coziest blanket, and have a look at these gorgeous gifts. 

       

      For The Home

       

      Minted City Foil Map

      Foil-Stamped Map Prints - Starting at $36

       

      State Map Paintings (In case you're tired of the red state/blue state maps we've been seeing for months)

       

       Gold Foil-Dipped paper trees

      Well these Gold Foil-Dipped paper trees are just stupidly cool. You could make them yourself, but at $12 for a set of two, why would you?

       

      Minted Custom House Letterpress

      Custom House Letterpress Print (Yes, it's a letterpress of YOUR HOME!). Starts at $82.

       

      Minted - pinboard monocrhome modern

      This Urban Monochrome pinboard is the perfect way to show off your holiday cards

       

      Minted holiday wrapping paper

      Bahh! This wrapping paper is so cute! It's called "Charleston Doors" and I don't even care what's in the box.

       

      Minted lamp shade - tetrahedron

      That lampshade. Those prints. 

       

      Housewarming gifts are the best, aren't they? I mean, you're literally giving someone a little piece of their home. Those foil city (or state) prints are stunning, sweet, and incredibly thoughtful. They also happen to seamlessly fit with any decor style. 

      If someone presented you with a letterpress print of your sweet home you would weep tears of joy and disbelief. I would weep too. We would cry because your home is your special place, your haven, your retreat, and this custom letterpress gift captures all of those feelings. 

       

       

      For Her

      Minted Constellation Artwork

      Zodiac Print by Annie Clark
      Whether your moon is in the seventh house or not, this print will look good there.

       

      Birthstone Foil Art - She'll love this

      Birthstone Foil Art - She'll love this as much as she loves the constellation artwork. It's sweet, stunning, and it feels gorgeously personal.

       

      Going for a Swim

      Going for a Swim - I love the movement, the peace, and the stunning colors of this print.

       

      Those sweet astrological prints are the perfect blend of personal and feminine (they also have birthstone prints that are equally as charming). The soft watercolor background and the foil constellation lines are stunning together.  

       

      Find her favorite poem, lyrics, or quote and have it emblazoned in rose gold (or gold, or silver). You will be her favorite person forevermore. 

      Minted Custom Poem Artwork

      Can't think of the right thing to say? These custom poem prints are perfect. Take her favorite couplet, quote, or song lyrics and turn it into gifting perfection.

       

       Melancolia - The soft watercolors of this print make it ethereal

      Melancolia - The soft watercolors of this print make it ethereal. It's perfect for one of the strong, beautiful, bold women is your life.

       

      Highway print

      Pacific Coast Highway - This is the most lovely print for a California girl (or a California girl at heart – aren't we all one of those?)

       

      Parisian Rooftop

      Parisian Rooftop - If she's been to Paris (or dreams of going there one day), this photograph says it all.

       

       

      For Him

      Bison art print from Minted

      Channel his spirit animal with a limited edition print like this handsome and ruddy yak. Yakkety yak.

       

      Custom Stationary 

      Custom Stationary - Make him feel extra important with his name on his own stationary or notepad

       

      Drift - black and white print

      Drift - It's one part sparse, and one part achingly detailed. I love this print because its inked lines are gentle and woven together in a seamless way. It would look stunning atop this artful shelf.

      Minted Commissioned Artwork

      Commission a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork through Minted's commission service. Fill out a few questions about style and color palette you're looking for and Minted will pair you with an artist to commission a custom piece. This service starts at only $75!

       

      House in the Woods - calm quiet print

      House in the Woods - Got a guy in your life who treasures the calm and quiet of the woods? This print says all that and more.

       

      Eeeeerp! Record-scratch noise. Back it up. You can get a custom, one-of-a-kind, specially-commissioned artwork starting at $75? That's amazing.

       

       

       

      For Your Best Friend

       

      Minted Heart Snapshot Print

      Heart Snapshot Art -  This beautiful piece is made from 30 of your best bestie-selfies, arranged in a big, beautiful heart. And, you can get it for as little as $29.

       

      duet divers prints

      Duet - For the Thelma to your Louise.

      Minted custom journal

      Give your friend a personal journal or planner, customized with her name  in script.

       

      water color hearts print

      Watercolor Hearts - Do you have a forever friend who has been there since the beginning? Do you have a box full of photos to document that forever? How about turning them into a sweet memento with this watercolor print!

       

      hahahah print

      Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha - For the one who makes you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt. 

       

       

       

       

      For Pet Lovers

      Minted Custom Pet Silhouette

      A custom piece of artwork might be the most thoughtful gift there is to give. Lovers have been doing it for ages, extolling their beloveds in oil portraits, poetry, and song. Just upload a photo, and Minted will create a silhouette!

       

      Goldfish watercolor

      Take Me With You - How sweet is this little goldfish print? I think I need a goldfish.

       

      Minted Kitty Print

      Capture a furry friend's essence in a sweet, custom watercolor. Again, just upload a photo, and they take care of the rest! If you're more into Fido than kitty, here's your piece: 

       

      Pup love photograph custom framed

      Pup Love - Capture that sweet puppy dog face with this custom print.

       

       

       

       

      A Gift of Design Service

      Minted Personal Styling Services
      Take a quick design quiz, upload photos of your space, get professional suggestions how to style it. Easy.

       

      One of the recurring questions Bruno and I receive is the plea for help with artwork. How to hang it, how to frame it, how to arrange it and pair it. Minted offers a cool service that helps you select works that suit you and then decide how to display them.

      Professional design services - how it works

      This is one of those give-a-man-a-fish gifts. Your gift of Minted's Personal Art Styling service will serve them for years, helping them better understand their own tastes, and learn how to put them on display. 

      Minted design quiz - color palettes

       

      This post is sponsored by Minted, a brand we love with great products for the home from hundreds of independent designers around the globe. 

       


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      Not so long ago - four years, to be exact - we moved into the Curbly House with one room complete. It was Ayla's room, and it was dunzo, styled, and cozy because she was 3-years-old and going through the double-whammy transition of moving into a new house, and having a new baby brother (all in the span of 10 days!). 

      Ayla's Room Before
      Ayla's Original Curbly House Room


      Her room was adorable and comfortable, and she clocked hours of magical play inside of it. The room's color palette was largely her choosing, and its style was a direct reflection of her. 

      And then, as all children do, Ayla got older and her tastes began to change. She became a reader (that's one of the great joys of parenthood, you parents of babies). She wanted a separate place to play with friends. She wanted a respite of peace and quiet, and a little independence in our rather boisterous house. About a year ago, because she's clever and very aware of what Bruno and I do for a living, Ayla began asking about making changes to her room. She wanted purple walls. Then turquoise. Then magenta. Then black. She wanted all traces of light pink removed. And lots of gold.

      She also, legitimately, needed her space to be arranged more intentionally. She needed a quiet space to do homework, a larger bed for sleepovers, and a cozy chair for reading. 

      So we set to work. At times it was like pulling a mule through mud. Because, guess what? Designing a room around your 7-year-old's ever-changing list of ideas, dreams, and hopes is hard werk.  

      I painted her room twice this time around. The first time, I chose a gorgeous white that ended up being way too sterile when paired with her painted trim work. The second time around we went with a warmer white that simultaneously carries some cool violet tones and some warm blushes. It's called "Simple White" (SW7021) and it's truly lovely.

      Once the paint dried, I spent several weeks bringing virtually every color of the rainbow into this little girl's room in intentional ways. I love using area rugs to set the tone of a room; they really ground a space. Drawing a color palette from a stunning area rug is my best trick and one I will continue playing until someone tells me otherwise.

      In the case of Ayla's room, the area rug we chose was the most generous color palette I've ever worked with; it made 'working the rainbow' simple. We started with a silver and plum colored rug from Loloi's Anastasia Colection. It's perfect. It feels great to walk (and play) on. Its color palette is neutral and a little shimmery, and it manages to incorporate every color on my girl's list: gray, magenta, blues, purples, gold.

      We wanted to stick with clean lines and a bright white color when it came to the furniture in her room. But we also wanted to add some warm bronze metallics and wood into the mix. We did this using a combination of Land of Nod shelving, an IKEA bed, and a Target desk.  

       

       

       

      We upgraded to a full-sized memory foam mattress from LexMod. It's so comfortable, sleepover friendly, and because it comes tightly rolled in a box, it was a dream to maneuver up the stairs and captivating to unbox. 

      We pulled the colors of the rug out in some clever ways. The fringe on the duvet and pillow cases is a sweet nod to the magenta in the rug. And the bold color palette of the throw at the end of her bed wraps all the colors into one loud, beautiful statement. 

      From there we added lots of purple and blue in the wall flower installation we created behind her bed. I love the way the flowers appear to grow upward from behind her bed. It's like a secret garden of vines, and it's enchanting. 

      The floral wall was also a budget-friendly alternative to large artwork. We spend about $60 on silk flowers to cover the entire wall. To create it, I followed this tutorial from Sweet Teal.

      Take a look at the 'befores' and 'afters'. You can find the product list with every last detail below!

       

      Before
      This is what the room looked like on the day we bought the house.

       

      A shot of the room just before we moved in, ready for our (then) little three-year-old

       

       

       

       

       

      Product List 

      Wall Color: Sherwin-Williams' Simple White (SW 7021)

      Rug: Anastasia Collection in Silver/Plum by Loloi

      Bookshelf: Modern Modular Frame by Land of Nod

      Wall Shelves: Gold Standard Wall Shelves by Land of Nod

      Bed + Mattress: IKEA NORDLI Full-Size Bed + Aveline Mattress from LexMod

      Bedding: Metallic Heart Sheets + Tassel Duvet in Berry

      Throw: Montara Throw

      Toss Pillows: Pom-Pom Pillow + Tassle Pillow + Heart Pillow

      Pendant Light: Globe Pendant in Milk Glass (14")

      Desk: Porter Mid-Century Modern Writing Desk

      Lounge Chair (Gold): Domino Lounge Chair by Land of Nod

      Reading Chair: Mid-Century Chair with Colored Buttons

      Bedside Table: Land of Nod, Discontinued (Similar here)

      Lamp: Pillowfort Unicorn Lamp

      Wall Art: 10 Mil Besos + Mischief Maker

      Desk Organizer Pegboard: Discontinued (Here's a similar one)

      Desk Chair: Vintage

      Curtains: Mini Fringe Curtain Panel by Nate Berkus

       

      Want to see a tour of her little brother's room? Check it out here. 

       


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      'Tis the season of gift giving and the perfect time to learn how to properly wrap a gift. With a little practice, you can forgo gift bags altogether, and learn to create perfect corners and tidy packages. And, we'll even show you the sweetest way to wrap a bottle of wine. Grab your tape and scissors, your favorite roll of wrapping paper, and a spool of ribbon - let's wrap. 

      Wrapping a Standard Box
       

      1. Begin by rolling out your wrapping paper and placing your gift atop it. Be sure you have enough paper to fit around the entire gift (you can do this by simply pulling the paper around the gift and cutting a few inches longer than this measure). Cut your paper.
         

         

      2. Bring paper from the long side of your box up to the center of your box and secure it with a piece of tape.

      3. Pull the other side tightly to avoid wrinkles, fold the end of under (about a ½-inch so you have a crisp clean line) and tape it closed.

      4. Moving on to the shorter ends of your box, face the open end toward you and push the right and left edges in to form flaps at the top and bottom.

      5. Fold the top flap down to the box, pulling tightly, and tape it. Then, fold the very end of the bottom flap up (about a ½-inch to give you that crisp line), fold the bottom flap up tightly and tape it in place. Repeat on other end of package.

      6. Add your bow. If you want your ribbon to extend around both sides of your box, cut a ribbon about 4-5 times the length of your box.

      7. Fold the ribbon in half and center the middle on the center of your box’s center. Pull your ribbon around to the bottom of your box and cross the ribbon’s end. Extend the ribbon at a 90 degree angle and pull it around the ends of your box, meeting at your starting point.

      8. Feed the ends of your ribbon through the bottom of the flat part of your ribbon, tie a knot, and then a bow. Add spruce tips of any accoutrements you like.

      Bonus! Wrapping a Bottle of Wine

      Last minute gift? Don't worry about it; everyone likes a bottle of wine! Use a patterned dish towel as a clever way to wrap it. That way the recipient gets two gifts in one!

      1. Fold your tea towel in half lengthwise.

      2. Slip your bottle in to the open end and fold that bottom right corner in.

      3. Roll the bottle all the way to the end of the towel, leaving about 6 inches at the end.

      4. Fold the end in about an inch to create a smooth line and continue rolling the towel around the bottle.

      5. Place a ribbon around the base of the bottle's neck to secure it. Tie your bow and there you go!

       


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      Niche Pop-Up Shop in St. Paul, MN

       

      Dear Curbly Readers,

      I'm interrupting our regularly scheduled content to tell you about a joyful side project I've been working on over the last few months.

      Bruno talked a little bit about it here. And I wanted to tell you a little more about it because my great hope is that our Twin Cities readers might pop in this weekend.

      Niche Pop-Up Shop in St. Paul, MN

      Here we go!

      Recently, my superstar friend Molly and I decided to put into a practice an idea we'd been dreaming up for months. We were looking for a way to help women feel transformed and join forces with other ladies in a beautiful environment. And so, our pop-up shop Niche was born. We feature a curated collection of clothing and accessories at an affordable price. 

      Is this a strange thing for a Curbly editor to do on the side? A little bit. But, I believe in the power of transformation with my whole heart. Whether it's the perfect paint color, a lucky garage sale find, or the way you feel when your home is decked out for the holidays. To me those things are much like feeling like Beyoncé in a dress, adding a blinged-out necklace to a tee shirt, or finding a pair of leggings that have all the right scaffolding and all the right comfort. I believe all of it is important and meaningful. And I believe those transformations are one and the same. Just like in our homes, when our outsides match our insides, we become our best selves. And I don't think that's trite or vapid, I think it's the truth.

      Working on Niche has been one of the great joys of my adult life. If you live in the Twin Cities, I hope you'll come see us this weekend in the Curbly space. We'll have beautiful clothing and accessories, and the perfect paint color to boot.

      NICHE HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP

      Date: Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11

      Address: 2506 University Ave. West, St. Paul, MN 55114

      Hours: Saturday: 4-10pm & Sunday: 1-5pm

       

       

       


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      DIY Large-Scale Tapestry Wall Art

      Fabric is a staple in the home and one of the most versatile materials to DIY with. We've teamed up with our friends at Fabric.com to head down a fabric rabbit hole - exploring everything from fibers, to trends in patterns and colors, to the easiest projects you can create with fabric.

      And for those of you who want to try your hand at a project, we came up with a super simple, stunning DIY wall art idea you can create using your favorite fabric and slats of wood.

       

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      Some of Our Favorite Fabrics to Try in Your Home Right Now

      Whether you're considering a very basic toss pillow cover, or thinking about whipping up a new set of drapes for your living room, these are some of our favorite prints, patterns, and fabrics to consider:

      Indigo-Inspired

      Top:
      Top: Plaid Shirting / Nate Berkus Santa Maria / Floral Indigo
      Bottom: Lacefield Mumbai / Tribal Vintage Indigo / Inda Ikat

      Indigo is a color that's traditionally thought of as being somewhere between blue and purple on the color spectrum, and with a definite mood associated. It's named after the Indigofera Tinctoria plant from which the dye is derived. 


      Pretty Plums & Blushes

      Top: Linen Rose / Bright Heart Oh Deer / Kona Cotton Plum
      Bottom: Whisper Triangles / Shirting Wine / Flannel Plaid & Stripes

      We're seeing plum colors and blushes coming back in a big way. These pink fabric shades are perfect for clothing (think: dresses, shoes, accessories). Of course, blush colored bridesmaid dresses come to mind quickly, but all sorts of pink clothing ideas make sense. 


      Botanical

      Island Hopping / Tropical Botanics / Fronds

      Bohemian (boho-chich) is trending hard right now, and for good reason. Boho clothing, rugs, home decor and and even jewelry are beautiful and simple to make or find.  Would you make a boho wedding dress out of one of these fabrics? Not so sure; but maybe for some brave soul!

      Florals

      Top: Dwell Saskia / Floralism Azure / Les Fleures
      Bottom: Dwell Ming Dragon Admiral / Baroque Peacock Roses / Toscana Tile

      Ahhhh ... florals. So calm, relaxing, and joyful. Any of these floral print fabrics would make a great wall-hanging (or even wallpaper, if you're really creative). For that matter, you could take a nice picture of one and use it as a floral background for your phone or desktop. 


      Black & White

      Top: Quirky Pinstripe / Flock Velvet / Remix Crosses
      Bottom: Pique Squares / Handcut Shapes / Wool Houndstooth

      Black and white is always so simple, stunning, and classic. It's just really hard to go wrong with a black and white color palette. Black and white curtains are a great way of incorporating some bold pattern in your decor. Or put that pattern on the floor as a rug, or over a couch as a throw! 

       

      Looking for something else? Check out the huge selection of fabrics available at Fabric.com. They have more than 500,000 yards of fabric in stock, and offer free shipping on orders over $49. 

       

      Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fabric

       

      Fabric 101

      Fibers are the basic components that make up fabric. There are two classifications of fibers: natural and synthetic (man made and regenerated) fibers. Natural fibers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are derived from plants and animals.

      Synthetic fibers are usually filaments that are extruded and cut to a desired length. Manufactured regenerated fibers are made from the chemical-induced transformation of natural polymers.

      In a nutshell, fibers are organized into the following categories:

       

      • Natural: Cotton, silk, linen (flax), hemp, leather, wool, and luxury fibers such as alpaca and angora.
      • Regenerated: Acrylic, Acetate, and Rayon (and more)
      • Synthetic: Polyester, Spandex, Nylon (and more)
      • Blends: Poly/Cotton, Spandex/Cotton (blends aim to combine the best characteristics of each fabric, e.g. polyester/cotton blends breathe well and wrinkle less)

      When working with fabric in home decor and design, these fabrics are the ones you will most frequently meet:

       

      Cottons: Cotton is abundant, available in different styles, colors, and nearly every print and pattern you can dream up. Cotton fabric is prone to shrinking (remember to account for this when ordering), and should most certainly be washed and dried prior to use.
      Best Use: light-filtering curtains, quilts, toss pillows

       

      Heavyweight Fabrics - Duck, Canvas, and Denim: These fabrics are much heavier and thicker than basic cotton and are, therefore, substantially more sturdy.
      Best Use: outdoor projects, toss pillow covers, upholstery

       

      Flannel: Flannel is similar to a basic cotton, but one side is generally soft to the touch. Flannel is prone to pilling though, so take care with washing and caring for it.
      Best Use: blankets, toss pillow covers

      Flannel Fabric

      Fabricut Left Bank Flannel

       

       

       

      Wool: Wool is a natural fiber with built-in insulation properties. It's also durable and 100% wool is fire retardant. In home decor, wool blends are ideal because they're softer and less scratchy than 100% wool.

      Best Use: blankets, toss pillow covers, upholstery

       

      Home Decor or Upholstery Fabric: These fabrics come on large rolls and are offered in much wider lengths than other fabrics. They are generally high-quality and will hold up well to home use.
      Best Use: curtains, rugs, upholstery

       

      Helpful Fabric Vocabulary

      Fabric Grainlines from Isn't That Sew
      Fabric Grainlines from Isn't that Sew

       

      Selvage: The thin, self-finished edge of fabric. Selvages are tightly woven to prevent the fabric from unraveling or fraying. Wikipedia

      Cross grain: The crosswise grain is perpendicular to the lengthwise grain or selvage edge. The cross grain is also known as the "weft". Isn't that Sew

      Straight grain: The straight/lengthwise grain of the fabric is parallel to the selvage edge. The straight grain is also known as the "warp". Isn't that Sew

      Bias: A garment made of woven fabric is said to be "cut on the bias" when the warp and weft threads are at 45° angle to its major seam lines. Wikipedia


      10 Beginner Fabric Projects to Try Today

      10 Easy Fabric Projects To Try for Your Home

      Super-Simple Dishtowels - A simple pattern, an even simpler project.

      Easy No-Sew Curtains - The fabric of your choosing, Stitch Witchery, an iron, and time is all you need to make yourself a new set of curtains.

      Magnetic Ironing Mat - A mat that sticks to the top of your dryer for the most efficient laundry day you can imagine!

      Sweet and Simple Potholders - A stylish, functional project to hold all the hot things.

      Floor Cushions - Fabric + Bed Pillows = Cozy Floor Cushions

      Mitered-Corner Dinner Napkins - Create your own set of napkins with this basic sewing project.

      Reversible Fabric Storage Bin - Cuts, folds, and an iron get you a darling set of storage bins.

      Folding Magazine Rack - Hardwood dowels and fabric combine to make a modern magazine rack.

      10-Minute One-Piece Envelope Pillow Covers - A quick and simple sewing project that's perfect for beginners!

      Fabric Pots for Your Plants - Wrap your house plants in gorgeous prints.

       

      The Best Tools & Books to Help You with Fabric Projects

      Gingher Fabric Scissors: Sharp blades and fabric are a match made in heaven.

      Brother CS6000I Sewing Machine: If you're looking for a great, reliable, basic machine, than look no further. This is the sewing machine we own, and though it has the potential to do fancy things, I use it strictly for straight lines. On lightweight and upholstery-weight fabrics it has held up well for the last 6 years.

      Fiskars Cutting Mat: I love this set for its size and simplicity.

      Soapstone Fabric Marker:Drawing lines on your fabric is required in nearly every sewing project. These markers are a favorite because they wash out.

      First Time Sewing:While I can't personally vouch for this book, it's well reviewed on several sewing sites; in fact several people recommend it in lieu of a class.

      The Sewing Book: An Encyclopedic Resource of Step-by-Step Techniques: Like, First Time Sewing, this book is well reviewed and celebrated for its clear, visual coverage of sewing basics.

      Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing: This book is recommended as a supplement to a sewing class. The photos are helpful for visual learners, but a reasonably solid understanding of the basics is recommended in order for this book to be most beneficial.

       

      5 Fabric & Sewing Blogs to Follow


      Purl SOHO: Dozens upon dozens of gorgeous sewing tutorials for your home.

      A Fashionable Stitch: Sunni covers everything from clothing to home goods - with a side of wit that will endear her to you.

      Madalynne: Maddie Flanigan has a wonderfully detailed 'Best of 2016' section that's not to be missed.

      Closet Case Files: Modern trends and helpful tutorials.

      Mood Fabrics: The famous Project Runway fabric shop has a blog full of useful information - like how to sew seams!

       

      DIY Large-Scale Wall Tapestry: Using Fabric as Art

      It's an undisputable fact that framed fabric makes bold, beautiful artwork. It's affordable and easy to work with, and it can get you the scale you want without bleeding your pocketbook. We created a gorgeous, massive, focal point using a large span of fabric in a vibrant print, hem tape, a staple gun, and sanded and stained wooden slats.. Here's how you can do the same:

      Materials

      • Fabric - We used 4 yards of upholstery-weight fabric. The fabric was 54 in. wide and we trimmed it to an 80 in. length. Buy it today:
         

        P KaufmannLongrock Fiesta

        Screen printed on cotton duck; this versatile medium weight fabric is perfect for window treatments (draperies, valances, curtains and swags), accent pillows, duvet covers and upholstery. Colors include orange, citrine, grey, charcoal, plum, teal, green and tan.

        P Kaufmann Longrock Fiesta Fabric

      • 2 Wooden Slats - 1 in. by 3 in., cut to 56 in. length (Pro tip: Most home improvement stores will cut lumber for you if you don't have a saw yourself)
      • Sand Paper
      • Wood Stain
      • Twine
      • 2 Screw Eye Hooks
      • Iron-On Hem Tape
      • Iron
      • Staple Gun

      What Materials You'll Need to Make A Hanging Fabric Tapestry

      Step

      How to build a wall tapestry using wood slats and fabric.

      Using a piece of sand paper, sand away any rough edges from the wooden slats.

      Step

      Make cheap wall art by using stained wooden slat and fabric.

      In a well-ventilated area, apply wood stain to all sides of the wood slats. Let dry completely.

      Step

      Use iron-on hem tape to make some inexpensive wall art!

      While the wood stain is drying, lay the fabric right-side down on a large surface that can be ironed on (i.e. carpeting, a large blanket, or towels). Set the iron to a medium, dry heat. Lay out the iron-on hem tape about 1/2 inch from the selvedge edge of the fabric. Use the iron to adhere the tape. It takes 2-3 seconds of pressure for the hem tape to stick. Once the hem tape has cooled, remove the paper backing.

      Step

      Iron-on hem tape makes this DIY hanging tapestry a breeze to make!

      Fold the selvedge edge down 1/2 inch, and iron the fold down on the tape. It will take 5-7 seconds for the hem tape to adhere to the back of the fold. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the opposite side of the fabric, creating two hems down the sides of the tapestry.

      Step

      Making large-scale wall art can be easy... and cheap!

      Once the stained wood has completely dried, screw in two eye hooks to the top of one of the wood slats.

      Step

      Using a staple gun, wooden slats, and fabric, you can make large-scale wall art at an affordable price.

      Lay one of the non-hemmed edges of the fabric across the back of one of the wooden slats. Fold down the raw edge of the fabric, and staple in place across the back of the wooden slat. Repeat the process for the opposite end of the fabric on the second wooden slat.

      Step

      Want to fill the walls in your home but don't want to spend a bunch of money? Try this DIY large-scale wall hanging.

      Tie a piece of twine to the eye hooks to hang. Done!

      DIY Large-Scale Tapestry Wall Hanging - fabric: P Kaufmann Longrock Fiesta from Fabric.com
      Easy DIY Wall Tapestry. Fabric: P Kaufmann Longrock Fiesta

       

      DIY Large-Scale Tapestry Wall Hanging

      DIY Large-Scale Tapestry Wall Hanging

       

      Thinking about trying this project later? Pin it to Pinterest! You know? Pinterest?

      DIY Large-Scale Tapestry Wall Art - P Kaufmann Longrock Fiesta fabric from Fabric.com

       

      This post was sponsored by Fabric.com. Thank for supporting the brands that support Curbly!

       

       

       

       

       

       


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