Holiday How-To: Tiny White Tree.

by Chris Gardner

Sweet Paul (Paul Lowe) is a food and prop stylist who, by the look of his collaborative's site, has created some amazing works for magazine photos.

Luckily, Paul is generous enough to share many of his trade tricks with the world, and I'm in love with this tiny wood rail tree.

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As Paui remarks, "It looks complicated, but its quite easy." Apparently, it's dowels glued atop one another, then handpainted white."

Read the full instructions here.

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Gingerbread Architecture.

by Chris Gardner


There's nothing like edible architecture and helping the poor that gets my holiday heart beating.

Creative Room, a Vancouver design collection, is hosting a design contest for eleven progressive architecture firms to help raise money for the Architecture for Humanity charity. The only catch?

The buildings are tabletop-sized and edible.

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Tactile Side of a Home

by Marvin Windows

Several years ago, my wife and I were searching for a new home to raise our ever-expanding family. We were living in Chicago, near Wrigley Field, and had renovated our home top to bottom -- but it was small. Our first thought was to move to a nearby suburb, where homes and lots were a little bigger and where the schools offered more, as well.

About this time, my wife’s Aunt Mary told us about a home in her northwest Chicago neighborhood that was...

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Ikea Hack Mashup: Enzo Mari Table that Allows Everyone to Judge Production with a Critical Eye.

by Chris Gardner

Ikea x Enzo Mari Mashup Table

Ikea Hack, n. a reconstitution of Ikea product supplies or parts to create an object different in use or design.

Mash Up, n. a work of art or process which recombines and modifies existing  works to create a derivative but original work.

Ikea Hack Mash Up, n. Awesome.

Greg has spent the last two years combining these two fantastic ideas. "An EFFE table based on a 1974 design by Enzo Mari, but made entirely from unfinished pine components of...

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Now Available: Make It! Mid-Century Modern

by Bruno Bornsztein

"Make It! Mid-Century Modern", Curbly's mid-century how-to manual, is finally here! You can buy it right now in PDF or print format ($9.99 and $18, respectively)

I'm really proud of this publication, and our writers (DIY-Maven, ChrisJob, and ModHomeEcTeacher) have done a fantastic job putting it together. We sweated every detail in every paragraph and photograph in this book, and I think it shows.

Hopefully, you'll think so too, and...

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