Charles and Ray Eames Videos.

By: Chrisjob Jul 07, 2008

Even casual fans of modern design know American superstar couple Charles and Ray Eames. Grassroots Modern has compiled a fantastic collection of film clips featuring the Eameses and their brilliant furniture and architectural creations. From the debut of the Eames Lounge on NBC in 1956 to a full collection of interviews, this is fine way to spend an hour...I just did.

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: Upholstered Seats

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 03, 2008

created on: 07/04/08

Finally, the last step of this project - the seats.  The snaps and the backs were more entailed, these  are standard, boxed, no cord, with top stitching. 

Take apart the seat tops and boxing, lay it out on your new fabric and cut out the pieces. 

1.  Check out the condition of the foam.  If it has become compressed, try using a steamer to refresh the old foam.  This foam bounced right back.

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Mid Century Modern Makeover: The Back Cushions

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 03, 2008

created on: 07/03/08

Making the back cushions was the only complicated part of this project.  Once I figured out the length of the tabs and how to set the snaps, it was a breeze.

1. The first thing I did was take apart the old back cushion and trace it on the new fabric.

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2.  Make the snap tabs using the old pattern.

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3.  Cut bias strip 1 3/4" wide for welt cord.  See my welt cord tutorial.

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DIY:Ten Minute Snap Workshop

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 02, 2008

created on: 07/02/08

You thought the DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop was easy, this makes that look like Rocket Science. Oftentimes you'll come across something that needs a snap added or replaced.  Snaps are...well, a snap.  A snap tool and components are available at fabric stores and they are work fine. 

The only trick here is to remember which parts go where.  For simplicity sake, I will call the top of the snap Top A and its… Continue Reading

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DIY: Mid Century Modern Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 02, 2008

created on: 07/01/08

If this modern chrome upholstered combo was mine, I know just where I'd put it.  Well, it isn't.  I did do a makeover on it for a friend and a mid century aficionado.  She used to own the most unbelieveable little store called ModPod.  Now she makes handmade, modern, clay pet urns for the cremains of beloved pets. 

This makeover has a few components which I'll cover in three parts. First will be the snap… Continue Reading

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Snickarper Doors From Sweden.

By: Chrisjob Jun 26, 2008

Absolutely. Freaking. Incredible.


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The New Charles and Ray Eames Postage Stamps

By: Diy maven Jun 20, 2008

On Tuesday of this week, the U.S. Postal Service issued 42-cent stamps honoring the work of Charles and Ray Eames. The 16 stamp sheet was designed by Derry Noyes and depicts all aspects of the Eames’s creative vision including architecture, furniture, film and exhibits. Your local post office should have these commemorative stamps; if they do not, you can order them from

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Hunter’s Historically-Inspired Portable Fans

By: Diy maven Jun 19, 2008

When you think of Hunter Fans, you probably think of ceiling fans. However, Hunter also makes portable fans, all with a distinctly vintage look. This weekend we picked up the Classic model # 90017 (pictured above) at Target for about 50 bucks. That might sound like a lot of cash for a 12" portable fan, but if you’re looking for a whisper quiet and stylish portable fan, it’s well worth it. This particular model is finished in… Continue Reading

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Unique and beautiful uses for Velcro

By: Diy maven Jun 16, 2008

Although Velcro is generally thought of as a utilitarian–albeit noisy–fastener, Luis Eslava saw the hook and loop as a sort of art medium. In vibrant red, it makes a gorgeous lampshade.

In classic white, it makes one interesting room divider.


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DIY Modern Birdbath.

By: Chrisjob Jun 15, 2008

Here's a great DIY project that allows you to create a contemporary (no Doric columns here) birdbath with only $20 in materials from your local hardware store. It seems quite large as well, and won't break your back when moving or restyling your patio.


  • 1/2" galvanized pipe
  • 1/2" galvanized floor flange
  • Recycled glass bowl
  • Plumbers epoxy
  • Scrap wood
  • Large, heavy hammer

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Not Your Grandfather’s Grandfather Clock

By: Diy maven Jun 09, 2008

created on: 06/09/08
New from Uncommon Goods is this sliver of a Grandfather Clock ($120). Made of pine and finished in a dark walnut stain, the concept puts a modern spin on a traditional–and bulky–piece.

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Minimalist Outlets by Bocci.

By: Chrisjob May 21, 2008

These are my favorite entries from the ICFF coverage about the blogosphere. These contemporary electrical outlets by Bocci aim to "radically change the aesthetics of room interiors." If they become available, they're probably right.

Check out this video:


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An Acid Green Kitchen.

By: Chrisjob May 19, 2008

I think it's absolutely fantastic, but only works with all the glass. Your thoughts?

Via Remodelista.


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Shredded Paper Furniture

By: Diy maven May 14, 2008

Jens Praet takes shredded paper, mixes it with resin and then compresses the fusion into molds and pops out furniture, which he describes as useful objects with ‘a new dignity.’

One Day Paper Waste - Table, made of shredded confidential documents, resin, hardened glass plate.

One Day Paper Waste - Cabinet, made of shredded confidential documents, resin and aluminum handles.

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Retro Modern Step Ladders

By: Diy maven May 09, 2008

Calling these designs from Retro Modern step ladders doesn’t do them justice. Oh sure, they’re beautiful, but they're no Little Giants.

The Upper Folding Step Ladder, available in citron yellow, cobalt, crystal clear and orange red, measures 18" x 23" x 24" and will set you back $380.

Flow Step Ladder is make of anodized aluminum, is available in anthracite and orange, measures 19.75" x 4" deep x 36.5" high when closed and… Continue Reading

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