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...

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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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Crepe Paper Wall Stripe.

by Chris Gardner

Matt had a blank wall. And, so, he decided to do something about it.

"I wanted a solution that was cheap and easier than painting. Then it came to me—common crepe paper party streamers. They come in a variety of colors and cost as little as five bucks for a 500-foot roll. The only other thing needed is a little double sided tape to hold them in place at the top and bottom."

Super cheap, and super effect. Visit Readymade for Matt's technique and...

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