Uninviting Mid Century Modern Living Room Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2009

HGTV's Find Your Style found some needed warmth for this living room. Earthy colors and plushy upholstery seemed to do the trick. A new facade for the fireplace certainly didn't  hurt either.Continue Reading

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Free Papercraft: Mid-Century Christmas Village.

By: Chrisjob Nov 07, 2009

The popularity of Christmas village decorama hit the big time during the mid-century modern craze of the post-war United States, but largely, their motifs didn't explore the sharp geometricism of their contemporary era, but harkened back to a more quaint holiday aesthetic of the Dickens era.

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Scratching Post=Modern Art Piece

By: Diy maven Nov 05, 2009

created at: 2009-11-05

This is Leo, a cat scratching post that looks as lithe as are the fur-people that use it. Made of Zebrawood, it's soft enough to give kitty's claws a workout, but it's hard enough to keep its shape.Continue Reading

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Trailer Living Off the Grid In Style

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 03, 2009

created at: 2009-11-03

Never say never, as in "You'd never catch me dead living in a trailer!" I'd gladly haul this little 350 square foot, fully sustainable vacay home around the country. It would beat timeshares and hotel bills. The only one of its kind ever built, this wind and solar powered trailer is being sold for Continue Reading

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A Very Modern Nativity Set.

By: Chrisjob Nov 02, 2009

'Member all those times you've been curled up under a blanket, fire a-rolling with a warm mug of egg nog in your hand, and you look at your mantle, and remark... "I think the Holy Family could use more Helvetica."minimal nativity setminimal nativity set

Both beautiful and hilarious, these sets are handmade in Germany by Oliver Fabel. Nothing says Merry Christmas like minimalism.


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Montauk Lake House

By: Diy maven Oct 27, 2009

created at: 2009-10-27

This lake house by Murdock Young is a stunner...all 4,500 square feet of it. I especially love the modern elements combined with those New England-y mainstays such as cedar shingles, painted pine board, exposed trusses and drift wood. All that white could feel a little chilly in some climes, but I'd be willing to give it a go! Continue Reading

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Evit's Extraordinary Glass Tiles

By: Diy maven Oct 21, 2009

created at: 2009-10-21

Evit's glass mosaic and tile collection is nothing less than extraordinary. Their intricate shapes and luscious colors are undeniably eye-catching. So much so, their implementation would require a certain amount of pluck. Continue Reading

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Kickin' Back at Dunder Mifflin

By: Modhomeecteacher Oct 21, 2009

created at: 2009-10-21 

Makes me wonder if Darryl has been getting in touch with his inner designer down in the warehouse. This furniture gives minimalism a whole new meaning. But, oh so NOT comfy. However, I am  diggin' the whole minimal thing Swedish Architechtural firm TAF  has going on.  Can you say "thinking outside the box?" 

The website is so chic-ly uber-minimal, it's hard to even discuss their designs. I guess you just have to see design, not explain it.  Continue Reading

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Glass Sink & Countertop Combo

By: Diy maven Oct 20, 2009

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This glass sink and counter top combo from Exence epitomized minimalism. Storage, faucet and plumbing are hidden to the side, putting all the focus on the curvy glass, where it should be. Continue Reading

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Fabulous and Fire Resistant

By: Diy maven Oct 16, 2009

<i>By Barbara Thornburg</i>

Located in Malibu, CA, this weekend get-away was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and fire resistance. Owners and architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner incorporated a 'noncombustible shell' and 'deep-set fire-resistant windows' into its construction. The couple's interest in fire resistance comes from personal experience. In 1993, a wild fire consumed the 4000 sf they were living in at they time. They escaped the fire with 3 carloads of belongings and moved into Cory's parent's house 30 minutes away. A week later, fire destroyed that house too.Continue Reading

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How-To: Spraypainted Wall Art.

By: Chrisjob Oct 06, 2009

Krylon.com offers a great DIY project featuring some of their less Crayolaish colors. A bit of tape, some actual leafs to stencil, and the result? A very fine natural modern print with a bit of glam.



  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Gloss White 
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Semi-Gloss Black 
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Ivy Leaf 
  • Krylon Brushed Metallic - Satin Nickel
  • Krylon WebbingContinue Reading
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The Dino Lounge

By: Diy maven Sep 25, 2009

created at: 2009-09-25

I just stumbled across a very swingin' website that I had to share. It's The Dino Lounge and its motto is 'Coolness Is Timeless'. Can't disagree with that. The entire Rat Pack makes the scene, including Frank, Dino, Joey, Peter (swoon) and Sammy. Continue Reading

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Before and After: $4.99 Goodwill Chair Upholstery Demo

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 24, 2009

created at: 2009-09-24

Remember the stress of doing a demonstration speech in Speech 101? Reupholstering this chair in front of a classroom full of interior design students gave me the opportunity to sweat through this lovely experience one more time. Cutting foam, adding natural cotton batting (very fluffy and clumpy), and upholstering this mod side chair in front of a young, design hungry group made me vow to get better at these demos so I might take this show on the road. See what you think.Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Contemporary Remake in Utah.

By: Chrisjob Sep 17, 2009

created at: 2009-09-17

Friends, the photos speak for themselves...


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This dude's currently for sale.

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Luxury in Whistler, BC

By: Diy maven Sep 17, 2009

created at: 2009-09-17

This property, located in Whistler, BC, is on the market for a cool 7 million bucks. And you know what? Between the architecture, the view and the scent of the fir trees that surround it, it just might be worth every penny. Continue Reading

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