30 Modern Valentine's Gifts for Under $50.

By: Chrisjob Jan 27, 2009

Creede from Grassroots Modern has outdone himself. He's gathered 30 mod and pop Valentine's Day gifts that anyone with fine taste would be happy to give OR recieve. Check 'em out here! Lovely.


Top Row, left to right: Josh Jakus Wine Pocket, Fauna Pico Pillow, 2d:3d Letter Holder, Hybrid-Home Print, Heath Ceramics Bud Vase
Bottom Row, left to right: Giclee Print by Jenn Ski, Cupcake Canisters, Clocky, QUEUE 2-tone Stick Lighter, HugContinue Reading

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A Stay at The Custom Hotel

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 15, 2009

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 A stay in LA can get rather expensive, so the frugal Mr. Mod found The Custom Hotel right near the airport for a very reasonable nightly rate. I'm still trying to figure out the place. It's billed as a boutique hotel. The grazing, stuffed sheep in the lobby, the painted black hallways and the oversized photobooth faces in the elevator just kept me wondering...what's the… Continue Reading

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Apartment Decorating Inspiration

By: Diy maven Jan 08, 2009

These apartment interiors by Ozhan Hazirlar are so perfect, they almost look fake. Which is probably why I like them. Bright, minimal, linear. Doesn’t get much better than that. Note the repeat of the curvy lozenge (and half-lozenge) shape from room to room.Continue Reading

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Before and After: Danish Modern Wood Repair and Reupholstery

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 01, 2009

created on: 01/01/09

Before: Mid Century Modern chairs from Goodwill for $8.99 per chair. One had a broken stretcher that had to be repaired. … Continue Reading

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A Mid-Century Merry Christmas to All!

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 24, 2008

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Where did Santa find that fab… Continue Reading

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Curbly Recession Busters: Make Your Own Modern Area Rug

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 18, 2008

created on: 12/18/08

If you're in a pinch for a fresh, modern looking area rug, and are feeling frustrated by your choices at the local home improvement outlets, just make your own and and… Continue Reading

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How To Make a No-Sew Holiday Dog Bed

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 17, 2008

created on: 12/17/08

While you've got your materials handy for these hand printed fleece scarves, it will only take you about an hour to put together this well-deserved holiday gift for your hard working canine… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2008

created on: 12/14/08

This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their… Continue Reading

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An Environmentally Conscious Christmas tree.

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

This tree and the company, Cloud Gate Design LLC,  that designed it gets major props for environmentalism. First, the very modern tree and its packaging are made from recycled cardboard which is also 100% recyclable. In addition, a portion of the profit from the sale of each cardboard tree is being donated to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America. And to top it off, The Cardboard Tree’s website is delightful; just… Continue Reading

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How To: Whip Up a Minimalist Christmas Star

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 08, 2008

created on: 12/09/08

It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia.  Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity.  And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and… Continue Reading

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Affordable Modern Gift Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Dec 05, 2008

Really, I'm with the skeptics: it truly is quite wasteful to buy someone a gift they don't need, and then spend a whole 'nother bunch of resources hiding it under your tree. But, admittingly, my mouth waters when I see some finely designed gift wrap...i.e. that with zero cartoon snowmen and bold, graphic designs that just scream season's greetings. Then I see that it's $17/sq. yd. and I go back to skepticism.

But, what if some creative souls decided to make some affordable options? Well, then they might look something like this:

House Industries Holiday Wrap: $10 for 5 25 x 39" sheets. (vContinue Reading

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Gingerbread, MCM-Style

By: Lilybee Nov 30, 2008

created on: 11/30/08

The clean lines, the lovely roof, the oval windows. Sigh. I'm moving in.

Yumsugar has a tutorial for this Delicious MCM abode, to make it you'll need

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Make A Personalised House Of Cards

By: Lilybee Nov 28, 2008

The Eames House Of Cards is a series of interlocking cards depicting what Charles called 'The good stuff',

created on: 11/28/08

first produced in 1952, they're still available today, find them at the Curiosity Shoppe for $35. If you have an MCM lover on you list they're pretty much perfect.

OR you could make some depicting your very own good stuff. There's a tutorial over at Design*Sponge to do just that.

You'll need:

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Fake Trees Go MCM

By: Lilybee Nov 24, 2008


I am a big fan of real Christmas trees (see here for an article about real V fake) but I could be swayed by something that looks like this:

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Charles Eames' Chair Leg Christmas tree (check out the man himself hanging out beside it) the picture's from here.

Or this fellow, The Possibilitree, by Richard Babcock is $360 (yikes) from DWR.

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They beat green plastic any day!


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How To: Get Intimate With Your Kitchen

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 23, 2008

created on: 11/23/08

One way to experience intimacy with your kitchen is to patch holes, prime and paint.  It's the only time your head is literally up in the corner of the walls and ceiling and skimming the floor while you do the painting cut-in work down at the baseboards.  There's no getting around the familiarity after discovering the waves and warps of drywall, hairline cracks at the ceiling line and a little too much gap between the baseboard and wallboard. You discover these endearing qualities of your kitchen after spending long hours together.  Once you know its strengths and weaknesses, you know you'll be able to bring out the best in your… Continue Reading

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