Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Plan and Inspiration Board

By: Erinh Apr 20, 2011

created at: 04/13/2011
When setting out to redo our master bedroom I was looking to take it from "hot mess" to simply hot. When gathering inspiration I was constantly drawn to saturated colors, prints and patterns, and layers of personal touches.  

Here's the inspiration board I put together to serve as the starting point for our makeover:  

created at: 04/11/2011

I grabbed these images from various blogs and magazines I like. If you're doing an inspiration board, I recommend using something like Curbly's "clippings" feature to keep your ideas organized (another good service is PContinue Reading

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Inspiration: Plywood Floors (How-to Included)

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2011

plywood floors

A few years ago, I went to a party held in the home of a former Minneapolis Institute of Arts dean. We guests gathered in his studio for the night's merriment. I'm always thrilled when entering such spaces as they invariably provide a creative jolt. In this instance, however, I wasn't only inspired by the art displayed throughout the space but also the flooring of the dean's studio. It… Continue Reading

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How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2011

Choosing a paint color

We all know that the most cost effective way to change the look of a room is changing the wall color. Picking the wrong color and then having to change it because it doesn't 'work'? Not so cost effective! To make sure we choose wisely the first time, all we need to do is… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern Doll House

By: Craftmel Apr 20, 2011

created at: 04/20/2011

Let's face it, we don't all want a huge, pink plastic Dreamhouse gracing our playrooms.  While some people thrive on the modern dollhouse hobby, for playtime, modern dollhouses are hard to find and expensive to boot, a combination I'd never let my kids near.  Erin at Sutton Grace solved this dilema by making her kids their own mod doll house, and you can… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

By: Chrisjob Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/19/2011

If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.

But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.

So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too!… Continue Reading

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From Messed to Impressed: A Total Basement Makeover

By: Capreek Apr 19, 2011

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I'm always a sucker for a good makeover (home related or not), so it's safe to say that this basement renovation is blowing my mind!… Continue Reading

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

By: Erinh Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/13/2011

Since getting married last April (our one-year anniversary is in two weeks!), I've been delighted by all the amazing changes married life has brought. Sadly, the house my husband bought before we met isn't one of them. These "before" photos illustrate our need for an upgrade:

created at: 04/13/2011To call our suburban, split-level, 4-bedroom house a "project" is a serious understatement.It was built in 1975 (remember all the great design from that year?), so it is resplendent with wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings and a basement full of cedar paneled… Continue Reading

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5 DIY Headboards-Turned-Benches to Jump Start Your Tuesday

By: Craftmel Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

I sometimes feel like my bedroom gets the most makeovers in our entire house, and it usually starts with a new headboard.  But don't let that old one go curbside; it has another calling in… Continue Reading

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Turn a Secondhand Night Stand into a Snuggly Dog Bed

By: Chrisjob Apr 18, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

Jordan says, "I inherited a bunch of my grandmother's old furniture, but over the years (and several moves) I've ended up giving away or selling most of it. At this point, all I have left is a floral chair that I'm planning on recovering and a clunky side table that I've never found particularly useful (it has no shelves inside, so isn't really good for storing the kinds of small things you keep in bedside tables...and I don't have space for it anywhere else).
I've been planning on replacing it with something a little more practical...but then the other day I saw [a] post on transforming an old side table into a cozy dog bed, and knew I had my next project all lined… Continue Reading

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How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Vertical Garden

By: Capreek Apr 18, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

Vertical gardens are all the rage these days, but buying everything you need for a decent looking setup can get quite expensive.  Fortunately, where there's a will there's a way (and a cost-effective DIY version): a space-saving vertical garden is as easy as finding a… Continue Reading

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Make: An Anthropologie Inspired Lampshade

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2011

Palette aside, Autumn's Anthro inspired lampshade looks so much like the original, the retailer should be worried. Very worried. Of course, as DIYers we are delighted the replica is spot on. Just to prove my point,… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY West Elm-Inspired Modern Headboard (for $60)

By: Brittanymauriss Apr 15, 2011

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I'm genuinely impressed. The folks at Decor and The Dog actually made one of those super nice, fairly pricey ($260), and clearly complicated West Elm modern… Continue Reading

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Make: Fabric Easter Eggs

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2011


Fabric Easter eggs: they don't break, they don't go bad and they're really really colorful! Also, with Retro Mama's handy dandy tutorial, they're super easy to make. Here's what Mama… Continue Reading

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DIY Inspiration: Paint Chip Clocks

By: Capreek Apr 13, 2011

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Oh, no we didn't!  Just when you thought we couldn't possibly have any more paint chip projects up our sleeves, we go and drop this on… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Totally DIYable Modern Planters

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2011

Planters are not the first things we think of when we're decorating a room. However, the wrong container for that ficus can blow the look we strove so hard to complete. Here's a loverly selection of stylish and DIYable planters that would be at home in an modern or MCM environment.

First up is the Case Study Ceramic Cylinder… Continue Reading

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