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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Licorice Chandelier

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2008

Actually, the maker, ZNP Creative, calls it a Spaghetti Chandelier, but it looks more like licorice to me. (Maybe I just have Halloween on my mind.) The ‘spaghetti’ is red-coated, electrical wire that is draped over a white, powder-coated metal frame. The draping of the wire is left to the user, making the chandelier’s appearance change as you see fit. Perfect for Count Dracula's castle, circa 2008. Via.

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Eames Rubber Stamps

By: Lilybee Oct 25, 2008

Want 12 Eames classics for $13.57? Done.

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The only catch is that they might be a bit, well, 2-dimensional and OK sure, they're only a few inches tall, but really, aside from that they're perfect in every way. This set, available from Amazon includes all the iconic pieces and the various motifs too. If you were, say, intending to make your own wrapping paper this holiday season you could do worse than a MCM… Continue Reading

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19th Century Terrace House Goes Modern

By: Diy maven Oct 13, 2008

This absolutely spectacular 19th century terrace house is located in Sydney's popular Paddington. The subtle changes to its traditional exterior hints at the modern transformation inside, both of which coexist quite nicely. For more images, visit Desire to Inspire.




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Recycled Plastic Bag Chair

By: Diy maven Oct 07, 2008

South African designer Ryan Frank was inspired by a South African crafted chicken ornament when creating this chair. Named 'Inkuku', which is Zulu for chicken, the chair is 'made entirely from plastic shopping bags combining traditional craft techniques and recycled material.' The structure is made of recycled aluminum as well. To see more of Ryan's designs, visit his website. Via.

Chicken ornament inspiration:


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Ikea Hack: Frosta Stool Shelving.

By: Chrisjob Oct 01, 2008

Shelf brackets from the hardware store run about $7-12 a piece, and you have your choice of twisty faux-Tuscan or industrial drab. This Ikea hack from Apartment Therapy gets your four 'brackets' for twelve dollars, with a much finer bent plywood motif.


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