How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 23, 2009

created at: 2009-04-22

Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and  a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.Continue Reading

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Upholster a Modern Rocket Chair

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 09, 2009

created at: 2009-04-09

It seems like a good time to share my Mid-Century-Modern Rocket Chair Reupolstery Project. There are numerous photos that tell the story, so I'll make the instructions brief.

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Julius Shulman: Architectural Photographer

By: Diy maven Mar 26, 2009

Julius Shulman is more than a photographer of architecture. His images of Los Angeles of the 50's and 60's have become the paradigm for Hollywood movie designers. If you saw Iron Man, you'll see Mr. Shulman's influence in the hero's ultra-sleek hillside abode. If you haven't seen that particular movie, then perhaps his Case Study House No. 22, shown above, is familiar. Taken back in 1960, the Hollywood Hills home was designed by Pierre Koenig and has become an iconic representation of life in Southern California in the 1950's.Continue Reading

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Layered Lighting

By: Diy maven Mar 26, 2009

A while back I wrote an article about 'light layering', which outlined the practice of using various types of lighting fixtures to illuminate a room properly. 'Light layers', in the context of this post, are much more literal. From Ylighting, add one of these fixtures to any room for instant texture.

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Bundt Pan Wall

By: Diy maven Mar 19, 2009

2modern spotted this charming bundt pan wall on flickr. It's a perfect example of typical 'folksy' items displayed in a fresh, new way. 2modern suggests making over old, less colorful  bundt pans with spray paint. Great idea!

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Summer Camp

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 13, 2009

created at: 2009-03-13

Riah Buchanan. 2008

Oh, to be a kid again! If I could only squeeze way back into the 13-18 year old age bracket, I'd be begging my parents to send me to summer camp at Continue Reading

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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
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

 created on: 01/15/09

 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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