The Ultimate Retro Kitchen Appliances

By: Diy maven May 14, 2010

Here’s a great retro cottage kitchen with a new retro dishwasher

For retro kitchen enthusiasts, Big Chill is the holy grail. Their stoves, range hoods, refrigerators and dishwashers look as if they've just rolled off a 1950's assembly line. They have all the character of vintage pieces Continue Reading

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Dumpy Garage Turns Into a Slick Modern Studio

By: Modhomeecteacher May 03, 2010

created at: 05/03/2010

Kitchen and bathroom makeovers sort of grab my attention, but  garage, basement and shed makeovers stop me dead in my surfing tracks. In fact, this detached two car garage turned studio/office has me looking at my "dumpy" garage with new hope. After the conversion, the remodel increased the garage to include a bathroom, a loft and a roof deck. See the slick and modern results.  Continue Reading

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Rescue and Redesign of a Broken Arne Jacobsen Chair

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 28, 2010

created at: 04/28/2010

When Instructables Pro, Kathleenhenri, spied this broken Arne Jacobsen chair lying in a pile of trash bags at the college where she works, she swooped in for the rescue. Right away she had to "stop the bleeding", so to speak, by gluing and clamping the splintering plywood at the break. She resourcefully proceeded to patch, cut, and paint a redesigned masterpiece.Continue Reading

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How to Make a Hubcap Clock

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 20, 2010

created at: 04/20/2010

Photo: StevenShaverDesigns

Speaking of Secondhand Chic, can you get any more chic than a Mercedes hubcap clock? This particular hubcap might be a scarce commodity at a flea market, but if you do come across one, by all means grab it up. Hubcap art isn't especially my taste, but this Mercedes clock is smart! I especially like it that the artist used the open circle, mod hands which tie in nicely to the cutout edge of the hubcap. Here's all you need to make your own hubcap clock:Continue Reading

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How to Successfully Reupholster a Curvaceous Modern Chair with a Sweater

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 19, 2010

created at: 04/19/2010

The Indy Thrift Score Social Club has it's first event this Saturday. Yes, I've found a group of enablers and we're gathering in the morning for a Tour de' Junk. I've been told that the terms secondhand, thrift, or secondary market would be more appropriate. Anyway, we're hitting downtown Indianapolis for our greedy little secondhand fix. Most of the scouts are mid century modern fans and that's where things can get sticky. Chances are that if anyone comes across a tattered chair of the MCM kind, it usually has beautiful soft curves and reupholstering this treasure becomes a dilemma since woven fabrics don't generally cooperate with soft round curves. So, how do you reupholster such a modern marvel?

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Remarkable Modern Dollhouse

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2010

Its 'architect', Tim Boyle. Its name, Emerson House. Its size, 30" x 21" x 18". Available through brinka dada, the doll house does not have an asking price, but here is its listing info:

Newly listed, the Emerson House is the perfect home for the modern family. The home has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child's bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Emerson House enjoys year-round sunlight. The modern house features many extras includingContinue Reading

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Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 31, 2010

created at: 03/31/2010

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.Continue Reading

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Barbie Does Mid-Century Modern, Mad Men Style

By: Diy maven Mar 31, 2010

created at: 03/31/2010

Last night when I cracked open my season 3 dvd collection of Mad Men, I was presented with a sketch of Betty Draper as Barbie. "What the what?!" was my first reaction. I jumped on the Google to get further details, and I found out it gets even better!!! Not only is Mattel making a Betty Barbie, they're also making a Continue Reading

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The Kaufmann House: The Reason for Mid-Century Modern Resurgence

By: Diy maven Mar 30, 2010

If you've ever wondered why mid-century modern design and architecture has become so popular as of late, it's not because of the success of Mad Men. Well, maybe Jon Hamm's baby blues did have a little to do with it, but if you'd ask an architect, she'd probably say it's because of The Kaufmann House. The 1946 Richard Neutra glass, stone and steel work of art was commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., the same gentleman who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Falling Water about 10 years earlier. Continue Reading

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George Nelson Lego Bench

By: Diy maven Mar 24, 2010

created at: 03/24/2010

A love of a George Nelson Platform Bench ($700) and approximately 1,400 Legos gets you one too-cool-for-words George Nelson Lego Bench (actually, coffee table). The maker is the husband of a Casa Sugar community member and half-ownerContinue Reading

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Meathead Toothpick Man

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 24, 2010


created at: 03/24/2010

Photo Image: Home Interior Design Themes

If you can't beat 'em...

So your meathead man likes to pick his teeth after a hearty meal, let it go. Instead of hounding him about his uncooth behavior, make the best of it by presenting him with his very own modern little weightlifting toothpick man. Fun design elements tell your guests you just don't take yourself too seriously. That can be just the thing that makes them love hanging out with you. Available onlineContinue Reading

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Mod Porch Rockin'

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 22, 2010

created at: 03/22/2010

I just woke up this morning with natural wood on the brain. One thing led to another and Pow! I found a blog I've never seen called I (heart shape) Wood. A blog magazine devoted to all things wood. Well, combine that with an itch to get outside and do some front porch lollygaggin' and I found all shapes, sizes and styles of modern wooden rockers to dream of.  I don't care what anyone says, you think more creatively in a rocking chair and you look better doing it MODERN. Take a look at the collection of rockers and...Continue Reading

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Alien Food Pod

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 19, 2010

created at: 03/19/2010

It's not really called the Alien Food Pod, but it looks very alien. It's simply the Food Pod, available through A + R, an all-in-one cooker, blancher, drainer made out of silicone. Our good friends at ShelterPop Continue Reading

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Someday, I Will Own an Authentic Eames Lounge...Until Then, This Will Do Just Fine.

By: Chrisjob Mar 18, 2010

created at: 03/18/2010

The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, not only the most iconic piece of mid-century design, but the most perfect piece of furniture. Ever. And a new one in cherry or walnut start at $3,000, and a 50th anniversary chair in Santos Palisander rosewood starts at about $4,500, with authentic vintage chairs fetching that much or more.

My new-to-me Frank Doerner copy, on the other hand, cost me just overContinue Reading

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Create a Vanity Stool from Used Parts

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 17, 2010

created at: 03/16/2010

Photo Image: The Indianapolis Star

The houndstooth check is the only new material in this stool and it was even a leftover piece I had in my fabric stash. So it turns out that the entire stool was made from used and found materials that came together in this new design. Check out my DIY Journal at Continue Reading

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