How To Make a No-Sew Holiday Dog Bed

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 17, 2008

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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',

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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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It's hip to be square...

By: Diy maven Nov 20, 2008

if you're a wreath, that is. From Williams-Sonoma, the boxwood (get it? BOXwood??) wreath measures 18" square and comes with a red ribbon. A little pricey at $59, but it is a lovely, modern take on the traditional round variety. Via.

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DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 17, 2008

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

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The Modern Side of Sears

By: Diy maven Nov 11, 2008

Whether you’re a fan of Ty Pennington or not, his relationship with Sears has brought a much-needed modern breath to the retailer. To illustrate, here are some vignettes using Ty Pennington Style furniture collections.

The Laguna Bedroom Collection features items currently starting as little as $79.99 for the mirror to $399.99 for the 6 drawer dresser.
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Pieces from the Costa de Mar Collection start at 59.99 for the dining chair, which… Continue Reading

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A Modern White House

By: Diy maven Nov 07, 2008

Check out this gallery spotted at The dwelling is tagged 'Villa F', a single family house located in Stockholm Nasbypark by RB Arkitekture.







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Plasticland's Cool Retro-Styled Christmas Cards.

By: Chrisjob Nov 06, 2008

If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.

And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.

So, if you're like me, you'll dig these retro-styledContinue Reading

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M & M Sofa

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2008

The Tantisassi sofa kind of looks like my favorite melt-in-your-mouth-not-in-your-hand candies. Designed by Matteo Thun for Rossi di Albizzate, the sofa consists of 'strategically positioned' foam cushions over a steel frame. The cushions come with removable wool covers. If you're more of a Mentos fan, it comes in white too. Via.

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