Wagon Crib and More Unexpected Brazilian Decor You'll Want to DIY

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

This 300 square foot apartment of São Paulo design boutique owner is undoubtedly a testament to well planned space.  After thoroughly gawking and appreciating the floor to ceiling curved bookcase walls, do yourself a favor and feast your eyes on some of the unexpected decor elements that can easily and successfully be DIY'd.  Like the crib wagon, these are simply brilliant turns of ordinary materials. DIY Disasters--my foot!!

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How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these, but they all...

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Roundup: Modern Holiday Decor

by Jill W

The holidays are approaching, but many of us haven't even found the time to dust off the old classics from our basements and attics, let alone research the latest in contemporary holiday decor. But as always, Curbly is here to help. Here are plenty of options that'll add a modern touch to the traditional holiday season. 


Credit: Urban Outftters [http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18973388&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS]

"Love" is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and first exhibited as a sculpture in New York City in 1970. Here is a miniature version of the modern sculpture sold as an ornament from Urban Outfitters.   

Credit: CB2 [http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=581&f=5274]

We like these Mod ornaments made of a combo of polished/brushed metal from CB2.  

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Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

by Capree K

created at: 12/01/2010

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  I am dying to get a...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Our Table Setting

by Alicia Lacy

This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our awesome Thanksgiving table setting

Last week we featured a fantastic Pier 1 Giveaway, and this week the good folks at Pier 1 were kind enough to invite us in to do a little shopping. We were so excited to visit the store and get inspired to do our holiday entertaining .

The store is full of treasures - floral pieces, candles galore, table runners, serving platters, pillows, lamps, and the list goes on...

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Get Nested: Meg Answers Your Questions, Round #2

by Meg Allan Cole
created at: 11/16/2010

Hi everyone, and welcome to round two of our question and answer series on Get Nested. Thank you to everyone who sent in questions, I hope my answers are helpful! Stay tuned tomorrow, as we'll have one more round of answers coming up!

Luisa asked: I have recently moved out the flat I used to share with my uni mates to my first very own tiny flat! I'm quite happy with most of the things in the new house although there's still some painting...

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Get Nested: Meg Answers Your Questions, Round #1

by Meg Allan Cole

Get Nested Q&A: Meg's Answers
I asked you to send in your nesting dilemmas, and have really enjoyed reading them. Now I will start answering them as best as I can. I hope it helps!

Anonymous sent in this great inquiry: "How necessary do you think headboards are in the bedroom? I can't decide, but think it may just be because I haven't found an idea I really like.  Do you have any good, simple, fun, creative, cheap ideas?"

created at: 11/11/2010

In my humble opion, there are no rules in home...

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Get Nested: Ask About Your Decor Dilemmas (and get free stuff)!

by Meg Allan Cole


created at: 11/02/2010

Dear Friends,

My big how-to video will be posted on Thursday and I'm so excited to share it with you. Until then, I personally invite you to hit me with you nesting dilemmas. Are there any home decor issues you need a little helping hand with? I'd love to hear and will answer your questions next week.

Feel free to ask about a particular room, color scheme, shopping advice, etc. We'd love to see a photo of the space in question, so please...

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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
created at: 10/26/2010

If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

created at: 10/26/2010

I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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Living in the movies

by DIY Maven

If you've never seen design*sponge's ongoing series "living in" you're missing out on some really inspirational and fun posts. In the series, Amy Merrick turns a critical eye to some classic movies and picks out all the luscious design details of the sets and costumes. She then assembles a roundup of items that you can purchase that will transport you into the movie itself. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It is.

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Use Your Antiques as Sculptural Art

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

First, let me start by saying that the word 'antiques' makes me feel all claustrophobic and cluttered. Maybe it's because the people I know who love antiques can never walk by an antique that's for sale without lugging it home and stuffing it in an overcrowded house. But, as illustrated in Elle Decor, it IS possible to use antiques sparingly so that each one stands out as a unique piece of sculptural art.

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Red, White, and Blue Decor Done Well

by Mod Home Ec Teacher


This week, we're cherishing the all-american red, white and blue. So much so, that some uber patriots may decide to do an entire room in this color trio. In my home tour experience and opinion, most rooms themed with this color combo tend to look very, shall I say, fragmented? So, I was thrilled to come across photos of Brooke Gianetti's office re-do for a client over on Velvet & Linen.

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IKEA Breaks Loose

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 05/27/2010

Yup! IKEA has gone all Anthropologie on us. Not surprising. If you pull back a bit and see the natural ebb and flow of design trends, we all saw this coming. The beauty of reading the design blogs is that you get to see the front edge of a trend about two years before it hits stores. In this case, it's hard to tell whether the Artsy crowd influenced Anthropologie, or the other way around. Anthropologie was on the scene, like, immediately! Now that IKEA's making the switch, you may want to see shades of things to come. IKEA's stylist, Lo Bjurulf set up some fab photos for the new catalogue, take a look at The LOOK...

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My Blue Sofa: The New (Cool) Kid on the Block

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 05/19/2010

Big Twist Solid Wood End Table

Remember what you thought when you first heard of Etsy, Craigslist, LushPad, and 1st Dibs? Did you wonder how an online marketplace for furniture and home decor could ever gain enough gritty traction to make a go of it? When I inadvertently came across a link to another new kid on the block, MyBlueSofa.com, I couldn't keep my mouth shut, I just had to ask co-founder and CEO, Manuel Garcia, HOW, WHY and WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Read how My Blue Sofa is quickly making a name for itself and why it's the perfect sized pond to buy and sell unique furniture and home decor. No fees.  Seriously.

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