SALE: Three Make It! eBooks for the Price of Two

Bruno Bornsztein

Make It! eBook Sale (3 for the price of 2!)
Now through June 30th, you can buy all three of our Make It! how-to manuals for just $20 (that's three for the price of two). That's Make It! Mid-Century Modern, Hardware Store Decor, and Secondhand Chic for just $20! 


Each book includes a bunch of detailed, beautifully-photographed projects created by your favorite Curbly writers. And it's a high-res download, so you can print them out at home!(You can always buy the print version,...

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SALE: Three Make It! eBooks for the price of two!

Bruno Bornsztein

Get all three Curbly Make It! eBooks for $20 (through July 31st)
Now through July 31st, you can buy all three of our Make It! how-to manuals for just $20 (that's three for the price of two). That's Make It! Mid-Century Modern, Hardware Store Decor, and Secondhand Chic for just $20! 


Each book includes a bunch of detailed, beautifully-photographed projects created by your favorite Curbly writers. And it's a high-res download, so you can print them out at home!(You can always buy the print version,...

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SALE: Make It! eBook Package - A Great Gift For the DIYer

Bruno Bornsztein

Get all three Curbly Make It! eBooks for $20 (through December 31st)
Now through December 31st, you can buy all three of our Make It! how-to manuals for just $20 (that's three for the price of two). That's Make It! Mid-Century Modern, Hardware Store Decor, and Secondhand Chic for just $20!

Each book includes a bunch of detailed, beautifully-photographed projects created by your favorite Curbly writers. And it's a high-res download, so you can print them out at home and wrap them up with some of Chris'...

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Modern Doll Houses

Alicia Lacy

created at: 11/21/2010

Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning. 

The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in...

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The Kaufmann House: The Reason for Mid-Century Modern Resurgence

Diy Maven

If you've ever wondered why mid-century modern design and architecture has become so popular as of late, it's not because of the success of Mad Men. Well, maybe Jon Hamm's baby blues did have a little to do with it, but if you'd ask an architect, she'd probably say it's because of The Kaufmann House. The 1946 Richard Neutra glass, stone and steel work of art was commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., the same gentleman who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Falling Water about 10 years earlier.

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Mid-Century Modern Original Interiors

Diy Maven

created at: 03/12/2010

Nothing beats illustrations or photography of original mid-century modern interiors. The grainy pictures, the comic-book quality of the drawings, it's all quite marvelous. Not only are they entertaining to look at, they're also inspirational. And what better way to be inspired to design your MCM home than to look at original images from the period? That being said, I've perused images on the internets for some examples. Here's some juicy...

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One of the most beautiful homes....ever.

Diy Maven

Canna Road Residence by Ray Kappe

Okay, great photography doesn't hurt either, but this home located in the Brentwood district of LA is probably one of the most stunning homes I've ever seen. The mid-century residence was 'painstakingly restored to incorporate its original natural elements and evocative form.' It's constructed of wood, concrete and glass...lots and lots and lots of glass. Check it

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Make an Alexander Girard 'Heart' Valentine

Diy Maven

created at: 2010/02/01

Show the mid-mod lover in your life how much you love them with my Girard-inspired Valentine! Here's what you'll need to make one:

  • black card stock and white card stock (my card is 4.25" x 5.5", when folded)
  • red light-weight card stock or construction paper
  • cutting mat
  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • adhesive of your choice

First,

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Read what people are saying about Make It! Mid-Century Modern!

Diy Maven

created at: 2010/01/28

Our first addition to the Curbly Libary, Make It! Mid-Century Modern, is only a few months old, but it's made a serious impression in the on-line crafting community and to those highly intelligent individuals who've purchased copies. And here's the proof:

The Sunday Times Market is showing Make It! MCM mad love.

SF Gate, home of the San Francisco Chronicle, couldn't be more complimentary.

CraftyPod gives our very first ebook...

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Very Modern Mailboxes

Diy Maven

created at: 2010/01/07

Most people don't think about their mailboxes much. And why should they? Mostly they're just repositories for unwarranted credit card applications and announcements for rug cleaning services. On the other hand, whether the box is the kind that hangs next to your front door or, like mine, it's on a post at the end of the drive, mailboxes are often the first thing that greets visitors to your home. If it's time to reassess your postbox presentation, you might want to start with some of these offerings, which have a very Palm Beach circa 1950's feel. (Each are made in New Zealand, but can be shipped anywhere in the world.)

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Airstream Dreams

Diy Maven

created at: 2010/01/06

Nothing says mid-century than that silver bullet travel trailer, the Airstream. MWT and I have a dream to procure a smaller '60's or '70's model and give it the once-over, kind of like what Deb did. But if you don't have the temerity to jump into a house-on-wheels makeover, you can buy a new Airstream International, which architect Chirstopher Deam has infused with contemporary styling that harkens back to the mid-century (see below).

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Martha Does Mid-Century Modern

Diy Maven

created at: 2010/01/06

A while back Martha sat down with antiques dealer and mid-century modern aficionado Alan Moss for a chat about MCM furniture. It's a quintessential "Martha" interview, culminating in the perfect blend of information and yummy window shopping. And the best part is, you can watch it in its entirety on marthastewart.com.

For more ideas on how to use Mid-Century Modern inspired design in your own home, check out Curbly's MCM how-to manual, Make It! Mid-Century Modern.

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Kid Made Modern

Diy Maven

created at: 2009/12/03

Make it a mid-century modern Christmas for all with a copy of Make It! Mid-Century Modern for you and a copy of Todd Oldham's new Kid Made Modern for the half-pints on your shopping listBoth feature how-to projects by such artists as Alexander Calder, Charles & Rae Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson--among others. The kids will have as much fun with their book as you will with yours.

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Considering kitchen soffits in the MCM home.

Diy Maven

1950s-kitchen-yellow-soffits

Have you noticed how many people are complaining about their kitchen soffits these days? Some think they're just an aesthetic issue and start demolition only to discover the soffits are hiding mechanical stuff like wiring and plumbing. Homeowners might also find that the ceiling above the soffit isn't finished, or it might even be textured with some sort of asbestos-containing material. (Horror!) So why remove them?

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #1

Diy Maven

To celebrate the upcoming release of Make It! Mid-Century Modern (a mid-century-modern how-to manual), we’re starting three weeks of fabulous giveaways! This, the first giveaway of the series, is my very own Mondrian Pillow, which is just one of twelve fabulous DIY projects featured in Make It! Mid-Century Modern.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT "Make It! Mid-Century Modern"

created at: 2009/11/16
Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Blue...

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