Barbie's Mid-Century Ranch HomeTour

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 12, 2009

created at: 2009-03-12

Barbie turned 50 this week which got me thinking about the endless childhood days I spent 'playing Barbies' with friends, dressing and redressing my curvaceously perfect plastic Barbie and her auburn- haired sidekick, Midge. Then one day it all changed when my bargain shopping mom negotiated a good price on a used, but still intact, Barbie's Mid-Century (Atomic Ranch-like) Dream House, completely furnished with colorful cardboard furniture. See room-by-room photos after the jump.

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Super Easy Cup & Bucket Artwork

By: Diy maven Mar 10, 2009

The lovely pieces of art seen in the pic above were made with a bucket and a plastic cup. Seriously.

To make one for your own, you'll need:Continue Reading

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For Sale: The LuxPod

By: Diy maven Mar 03, 2009

It's 140 square feet of pure luxury and it can be all yours for about $245K. Located in Gloucester Road, South Kensington, SW7, the teeny, tiny property boasts an 'open-plan kitchen and state-of-the-art fixtures'. The bedroom is a 9' x 4'9 loft. Interested? Visit for more information and to see more interior pictures visit the LuxPod's website. Yes, it has it's own website. Via.Continue Reading

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The Naked Sideboard, and Other Stuff Spotted at the MIA

By: Diy maven Mar 03, 2009

A couple weeks ago while visiting the Minnesota Institute of Arts, MWT said, "Look, a naked sideboard" as he pointed to Gerrit Rietveld & Gerard A van de Groenekan's 'Sideboard'. Located in the museum's Modernism Collection, the piece measures 41 1/4" x 78 3/4" x 17 1/2". Constructed primarily of beachwood, the sideboard was designed in 1919 but created in 1959. It elevates the hidden mechanics that we don't always consider when facedContinue Reading

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Customized Eames Shell Chairs.

By: Chrisjob Feb 26, 2009

For my money, there is nothing better than an Eames fiberglass (now plastic) shell chair. Eiffel base, with/without arms... I'd take them all.

But, sometimes, vintage versions have seen better days. So rather than let these stained and worn masterpieces remain untouchable, artists and otherwise creative folk have transformed them into something new. Apartment Therapy has gathered a few:

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The Ikea StyleMeter.

By: Chrisjob Jan 31, 2009

The fabulous flatpackers at Ikea are here to help you. With nine 'choose your fave' categories, they're offering to declare your design taste with the least in the three 'styles' they claim to provide. Apparently, I'm 80% Scandanavian, 20% Modern, and not a darn bit country. So, limited, yes, but fun, none the less. I wonder how "Stylemeter" translates from Swedish...

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How To: Reupholster An Ottoman With a Vintage Pleated Plaid Skirt

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

Being socked in today inspired me to finish my oval ottoman. The VIBRANT plaid was gleaned from a huge vintage pleated skirt. Once the waistband and pleats were removed, there was a piece of fabric measuring 6 yards by 36". Before the transformation, the red striped ottoman had clunky legs and the fabric had been stained.Continue Reading

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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
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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 deal? 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. Via.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.  And......Continue Reading

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A Mid-Century Merry Christmas to All!

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 24, 2008

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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 save $$$...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 companion. Continue Reading

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

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2008

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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 closet.

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