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A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look

by Kate Wagner
Drawing of a Suburban House from a 1953 issue of House + Home
Photo from the archives of the author.

Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous - from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, as well as some tips on how to get the mid-century look in your home without paying a fortune. 

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Not Just For Hipsters: In Defense of Tiny Houses

by Kate Wagner

 

Photo: StudioBuell Photography

As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.

To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.

The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. In America, the vehement reaction to the tiny house is to be expected, as Americans love the cleverness of their design and their roguish mission, but at the same time balk at the idea of having less stuff. Of all the editorials against tiny houses, the most common topic of their ire is the thought of tossing out most of their belongings.

However, those who attack the tiny house movement don't understand that the move to live in smaller dwellings is ultimately a good thing, and that their smug editorials do more harm than good to the cause of living more efficiently, with a smaller environmental footprint.

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New York City's 15 Ugliest Buildings

by DIY Maven
NYC Skyline
Photo: NYC skyline via Pixabay

My memories of NYC are wonderful. Plus, I live about 1200 miles west of the city, so I have no skin in this fight, but New Yorkers certainly do. When Curbed NY asked its readers to chime in on NYC's ugliest buildings they didn't disappoint. Here are just a few that made the list. After checking these out, visit the original list to see what other buildings made the list (#10 might shock you)...

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Unbelievable 50's Rambler Makeover

by DIY Maven
Photo: Star Tribune

I know what you're thinking. "What genius felt the need to make over a mid-century gem like this?" Actually it was a team of geniuses, and you won't believe how they made it over. Are you ready? (You might want to take a deep breath before you click the Continue Reading thingy.) 

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Eye Candy: Beautifully Designed Tiny Homes and Apartments

by DIY Maven

Wanna tax your design skills? Move into a tiny space and see what happens. Already in a tiny space? Then you know all  the challenges designing such a space entails. It's also why you might be much better at being organized than your McMansion counterparts. You need to be tidy if you want to maximize your space! Much as the occupants of these postage stamp places who have perfected tiny living that enables them to live large.

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