The pictures above are of the interior of a lovingly-restored 1899 Queen Anne. In 2006, it was engulfed in fire, caused by a renter's cigarette. Instead of demolishing the residence, the couple that owned it decided to restore it for a second time. Their remarkable story
Nothing beats illustrations or photography of original mid-century modern interiors. The grainy pictures, the comic-book quality of the drawings, it's all quite marvelous. Not only are they entertaining to look at, they're also inspirational. And what better way to be inspired to design your MCM home than to look at original images from the period? That being said, I've perused images on the internets for some examples. Here's some juicy ones....
The first time I was faced with a pomegranate, I was like, 'WTF???'. Of course, this happens to a lot of people, as they are confounding fruit. So the buggers never get the best of any of us ever again, check out this entertaining little how-to, complements of emptyage, which begins like this: Find yourself a Pomegranate. Follow this link to get started.
New from Fred & Friends is the totally awesome Cakewich, which, as you can probably guess by its name is a cake that looks like a sandwich. I LOVE the PB & J look, but just imagine what some marzipan could do. Mmmm marzipan bologna!
Uniques Homes launched an 'Ultimate Kitchen' contest in their February/March issue, inviting realtors to submit images and details of the most spectacular kitchens in their most spectacular listings. Some might label them 'state of the art' or 'over the top' or both. Of all the entires they received, they culled them down to 6, using the
I have one of those 'craft' bottle cutters--the kind with the wheel-y cutter and tapper deal. For cutting a straight line on a regular bottle, it works fine. Well not fine, but it does cut. What I wanna do it cut necks of bottles both straight and wonky like the bottles pictured here. These particular examples are from Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje, and
Last week Threads Magazine launched a fabulous new learn-to-sew video series. They discuss everything you need to help you become the seamstress--or seamster?--that you've always wanted to be. Here's the video lineup:
Photo by Jeffery Machtig
I have been a fan of Xenobia's work since the early 90's, I just couldn't believe what she would do with a crochet needle and yarn.
First they were hats and her art work grew into presentations with the enphisis on Funk.
Her journey is not limited to her own funky journey, but she also brings out the funk in everyone.
These photos from the Creativity...
Can't decide on a color or pattern no problem
I've been saying I need a new couch and with lack of funds I thought I would have a cover made. Then I saw these patchwork couches. Great idea, my next step is to talk to an expert upholsterer and see how he/she can recreate this idea for me. I will get back to you if I get this project going.
These inspired seatings from Design Crisis
Loving these Charley Harper dishes, the wonderful artist's work with a distinctive mid century style, has made a recent comeback with the release of a new book and numerous products. Click for more info...
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