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

room

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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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 2

by DIY Maven

 

created at: 2010/02/10

In part one of this series devoted to my recent tour of Room & Board, we were introduced to the retailer’s ‘livable modern’ aesthetic. The same quality and craftsmanship we discussed yesterday travels with us today as we move from the dining room into the bedroom. This time we’re going to start with the ground up, or, more accurately, the mattress up.

created at: 2010/02/10

You won’t find any box springs on the Room & Board showroom floor, as all their bed...

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Unusual Uses: Five Fresh Ideas for Christmas Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Friends, it's 2009, and wrapping your holiday lights around a tree trunk and a few lower branches has simply been done.

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Twinkling Lights

So, if you're into trying something new, check out these five ideas assembled by Diane Rixon at DIYLife. The best part is - you probably already have most of what you need to try them out.

1. Paper Doily Wreath.

2. Cascade of lights.

3. Glowing hanging baskets.

4. Winter topiary.

5. Bright birds.

 

Check out the list here.

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Fresh Christmas Decorating Ideas

by DIY Maven

 

If you've reached your limit with Santa, reindeers and poinsettias, do not fret. There is a way to decorate for Christmas that doesn't conflict with your modern decor sensibilities. Canadian House and Home has assembled a jam-packed slideshow that will provide you with just about all

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Vintage Typewriters in Design

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-21

Photo Image: LuphiaLoves

Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters?  They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best.  Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...

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Black and White House

by DIY Maven

created at: 2009-10-14

This house exists in the small English town of Tetbury. It's decorated in black and white with gray making an appearance every now and then. Peppered with iconic modern pieces but also blinged out with crystal chandeliers, it's quite the statement. I just have one question...could you live in a black and white house?

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