How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

By: Chrisjob Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/19/2011

If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.

But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.

So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too!… Continue Reading

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From Messed to Impressed: A Total Basement Makeover

By: Capreek Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/19/2011

I'm always a sucker for a good makeover (home related or not), so it's safe to say that this basement renovation is blowing my mind!… Continue Reading

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Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: The Before

By: Erinh Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/13/2011

Since getting married last April (our one-year anniversary is in two weeks!), I've been delighted by all the amazing changes married life has brought. Sadly, the house my husband bought before we met isn't one of them. These "before" photos illustrate our need for an upgrade:

created at: 04/13/2011To call our suburban, split-level, 4-bedroom house a "project" is a serious understatement.It was built in 1975 (remember all the great design from that year?), so it is resplendent with wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings and a basement full of cedar paneled… Continue Reading

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5 DIY Headboards-Turned-Benches to Jump Start Your Tuesday

By: Craftmel Apr 19, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

I sometimes feel like my bedroom gets the most makeovers in our entire house, and it usually starts with a new headboard.  But don't let that old one go curbside; it has another calling in… Continue Reading

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Turn a Secondhand Night Stand into a Snuggly Dog Bed

By: Chrisjob Apr 18, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

Jordan says, "I inherited a bunch of my grandmother's old furniture, but over the years (and several moves) I've ended up giving away or selling most of it. At this point, all I have left is a floral chair that I'm planning on recovering and a clunky side table that I've never found particularly useful (it has no shelves inside, so isn't really good for storing the kinds of small things you keep in bedside tables...and I don't have space for it anywhere else).
I've been planning on replacing it with something a little more practical...but then the other day I saw [a] post on transforming an old side table into a cozy dog bed, and knew I had my next project all lined… Continue Reading

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How-To: Turn a Pallet Into a Vertical Garden

By: Capreek Apr 18, 2011

created at: 04/18/2011

Vertical gardens are all the rage these days, but buying everything you need for a decent looking setup can get quite expensive.  Fortunately, where there's a will there's a way (and a cost-effective DIY version): a space-saving vertical garden is as easy as finding a… Continue Reading

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Make: An Anthropologie Inspired Lampshade

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2011

Palette aside, Autumn's Anthro inspired lampshade looks so much like the original, the retailer should be worried. Very worried. Of course, as DIYers we are delighted the replica is spot on. Just to prove my point,… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY West Elm-Inspired Modern Headboard (for $60)

By: Brittanymauriss Apr 15, 2011

created at: 04/15/2011

I'm genuinely impressed. The folks at Decor and The Dog actually made one of those super nice, fairly pricey ($260), and clearly complicated West Elm modern… Continue Reading

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Make: Fabric Easter Eggs

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2011


Fabric Easter eggs: they don't break, they don't go bad and they're really really colorful! Also, with Retro Mama's handy dandy tutorial, they're super easy to make. Here's what Mama… Continue Reading

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DIY Inspiration: Paint Chip Clocks

By: Capreek Apr 13, 2011

created at: 04/13/2011

Oh, no we didn't!  Just when you thought we couldn't possibly have any more paint chip projects up our sleeves, we go and drop this on… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 5 Totally DIYable Modern Planters

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2011

Planters are not the first things we think of when we're decorating a room. However, the wrong container for that ficus can blow the look we strove so hard to complete. Here's a loverly selection of stylish and DIYable planters that would be at home in an modern or MCM environment.

First up is the Case Study Ceramic Cylinder… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Asterisk Clock (for under $10.00)

By: Chrisjob Apr 12, 2011

created at: 04/12/2011

There's nothing like an iconic mid-century classic to set your home apart. Your home can be as contemporary as can be, but add even one Saarinen or Eames piece to your space, and you've connected with a movement. You've invested in a piece that, fifty or sixty years later, looks as elegant, playful, and amazing as it did when it was first unveiled.

'Cept, here's the deal: these guys can be expensive. While you're paying for comfort and style, you're also paying for the time of some of the most talented artists of the 20th century, quality materials, and, true, some copyright.

So, get creative, and make your own mid-century… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Garage Made for Partying!

By: Capreek Apr 12, 2011

created at: 04/12/2011

The before photo is rather grim, but believe me when I tell you that the after will make you want to party all night… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Plywood Countertops

By: Capreek Apr 11, 2011

created at: 04/11/2011

Like many people living in the 'burbs, our kitchen counters boast that favorite of builder-grade materials: laminate.  We desperately want to replace them with something more in line with our style (and budget) and have tossed around the idea of DIY concrete counters or going the IKEA butcher block route.  But then I saw this: countertops made from… Continue Reading

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How-To: Make Your Own Mini Vase in Under 30 Seconds

By: Capreek Apr 11, 2011

created at: 04/10/2011

Quick!  Can you guess what this tiny bud vase is made from?  I'll give you one clue: with the right moves, it can be turned into an animal*.  Now you're really curious, aren't you?  Read on!… Continue Reading

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