Inspiring Archives: House and Garden Magazines from 1959-1964

By: Chrisjob Dec 12, 2007

Amy Shutt from Day-Lab DIY shares her recent find: mid-century issues of House and Garden Magazine.

"[I pick up] older issues when I come across them at an affordable price and in reading condition:

This particular group contains magazines from 1959 through 1965. And even though I have only had time to flip through them and just scan articles...I am already in love.

Articles can be found on:

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DIY Mid-Century Modern Tree Ornament (for under $1.00!)

By: Chrisjob Dec 03, 2007

I came across these charming ceramic ornaments a few weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love with there playful spacey-ness and simple elegance. $35 for the pair isn't prohibitively expensive, but as usual, I reckoned a DIY attempt was worth a shot.

Total cost: $0.73, plus a bit of spray paint.


  • Ping pong ball
  • Small nail and scrap wood or cardboard
  • Electric drill or drill press
  • Varying drill bits
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Adventures from the Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale

By: Chrisjob Nov 10, 2007

Every four months or so, modern classic purveyors Design Within Reach offer DWR Warehouse and Sample Sales at their four warehouse locations across the country. (San Francisco; Secaucus, New Jersey; Estero, Florida; and Cincinnati/No. Kentucky)

The DWR storage facilities are filled with overstocked and discontinued items, customer returns, and damaged pieces and opened to the public. My mom recently moved to Northern Kentucky, and asContinue Reading

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Mod Nesting Tables.

By: Chrisjob Nov 10, 2007

It's a love/hate sorta thing: I've enamored with the look of these Bonnie and Clyde nesting tables, but bumming cause I know I can never make them on my own. "BONNIE AND CLYDE nesting tables transform themselves in new surroundings and situations, from tabletop to table base, from basket to shelving." Made from cold-formed mahogany, rubber, plywood, and designed by Anna Thomas.



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Get the 50s and 60s Scandinavian Look for Your Ikea Furnishings!

By: Chrisjob Oct 24, 2007

The Bemz Metropolis Collection are Scandanavian modern furniture covers designed specifically for Ikea products.

Scandanavian Modern? "Warm, luminous gold tones and cool, winter hues of blue and green are paired with earth neutral colours to evoke memories of classic Scandinavian design during the 1950/60´s. Bemz´s new Prisma Stripe in Moss Green is the signature design for the Metropolis collection which invigorates the retro, moody atmosphereContinue Reading

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Modern Classics Alphabet.

By: Chrisjob Oct 22, 2007

It's never too soon to educate on the brilliance of modern design...

Here's Blue Ant Studio's Modern Classics Alphabet, milestones in modern architecture and furniture from Aalto to Zeisel.


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Big Easy Chaise.

By: Chrisjob Oct 16, 2007

A comfortable, modern Chaise lounge, "The 'Big Easy' Chaise Loungers offer the ideal seating solution for relaxation and comfort. An ergonomic wave shape typifies the uncomplicated designs in this range and the high shine silver finish of the elegant metal frames sets off any choice of upholstery beautifully, choose from the vast range of textiles and leather available."


Via RetroToGo 



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Vintage Halloween Deliciousness.

By: Chrisjob Oct 16, 2007

Here's a free downloadable, vintage "scary sounds" album "Sounds To Make You Shiver"

Via RetroThing 

Some scarily awesome animation Mad Monster Party: The Mummy

Some Space Age Halloween Decor and Costumes from

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Please help me name this manufacturer.

By: Chrisjob Jul 11, 2007

I used to know this, but it's totally slipped my mind...

Who's the designer/manufacturer of this pattern? I know it's a woman's name, and I'm pretty sure the first name is two syllables, and the last is one syllable.... And I think the first name is Katherine, but my searches aren't yeilding results.

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Intro to Hipster Houseplants.

By: Chrisjob May 10, 2007

I'd be cool if I never saw another African violet in my life, but that certain doesn't mean I don't love a little in-home foliage. None of the species below cost much, and all can be grow large enough to fill the grandest of empty space

Dracaena Marginata. “Dracaena.” It’s leaves explode like fireworks, and are a must have in your tiki-themed patio.  Keep in bright, but not direct, sunlight; mist leaves regularly, and keep soil moist. (PhotoContinue Reading
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Check out: Mid-Century Mania!

By: Chrisjob Mar 04, 2007

Scour your local library for a (VHS-only) copy of Mid-Century Mania, an entry from A&E’s series, House Beautiful. This 50-minute docu-showcase looks as if it was completed in the late 90’s (was that REALLY 8 years ago!?), and includes a bit of the basic cable non-fiction cheese and a generic blonde hostess, but the footage makes it more than bearable.

Highlights Include:

Profile of Case Study House #22, "Stahl House":

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Build A Mid-Century, Noguchi-ish, Spaceship Table

By: Chrisjob Feb 13, 2007


With very minimal woodworking know-how, I built a mid-century-ish, Isamu Noguchi-inspired “spaceship” table for under $80. The top is similar to Noguchi’s 1948 “Noguchi Table” and the legs are inspired by Noguchi’s Akari series of table and floor lamps.

[When I first made the table, there was no, so I didn’t think to take step-by-step photos. However, I decided to remake the legs to adjust to the height of myContinue Reading

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