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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Top 10 Items that Update Instantly

By: Diy maven Mar 16, 2010


Does your dwelling need a little updating? Canadian House & Home suggests 10 items that will freshen up dated interiors instantly. 

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Mid-Century Modern Original Interiors

By: Diy maven Mar 12, 2010

created at: 03/12/2010

Nothing beats illustrations or photography of original mid-century modern interiors. The grainy pictures, the comic-book quality of the drawings, it's all quite marvelous. Not only are they entertaining to look at, they're also inspirational. And what better way to be inspired to design your MCM home than to look at original images from the period? That being said, I've perused images on the internets for some examples. Here's some juicyContinue Reading

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Homes of the (Architectural) Masters

By: Diy maven Mar 10, 2010

frank lloyd wright home and studio oak park msp1 The Personal Homes of Famous Architects: 8 Great Masterworks

'An architect's home is the ultimate self portrait.' Sounds about right, right? I mean, if you were a renowned architect and you had the cash, which I'm guessing you would if you were a renowned architect, and no creative restraint, your residence would be the quintessential outward manifestation of that which is You. That being said, these images of the personal residences Continue Reading

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Sexy Power Houses of Your Fantasies

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 02, 2010

created at: 03/02/2010

This hot number is just one of 36 of the most spectacular, sexy power houses you could ever imagine. Continue Reading

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How To: Handmade Modern Topsy-Turvy Shelf

By: Chrisjob Feb 24, 2010

DIY modern cube shelf

Sick of her standard Billy bookcase from IKEA, Gina sought to create something more interesting. And having found these square cubes at her local craft store, she grabbed her drill and paintbrush, and got to the creatin'.

"With cubes in hand (or in arms), I set out to make my shelf unit. Not a bad end result, if I do say so myself. After I had painted the interiors of the cubes, I realized that I might have loved it even more had I opted for a honey oak-stained exterior instead of white painted. Oh well, maybe next project."

5 - Wooden cubes (13.5" x 13.5" x 11.25")
Wood glue
flat head wood or sheet metal screws
Drill bit (for making pilot holes)
Phillips head screwdriver
Measuring tape
Drop cloth
Primer paint
White paint
Contrasting color paint
Sealer or furniture wax and rags
Painter's tape
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What's the function of this building?

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2010

house madrid2 Breathtaking Compact Single Family House in Madrid by A cero

The forward-thinking headquarters of a new up and coming business? An art gallery? A government building that has produced apoplectic taxpayers? Nope. It's none of those. Follow the pictures for the answer.Continue Reading

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Crazy cool credenza makeover.

By: Diy maven Feb 22, 2010


So Joanne snagged this MCM credenza at a rummage sale for 30 bucks. Some cleaning, possibly sanding, painting and a new wine storage cube later andContinue Reading

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One of the most beautiful homes....ever.

By: Diy maven Feb 22, 2010

Canna Road Residence by Ray Kappe

Okay, great photography doesn't hurt either, but this home located in the Brentwood district of LA is probably one of the most stunning homes I've ever seen. The mid-century residence was 'painstakingly restored to incorporate its original natural elements and evocative form.' It's constructed of wood, concrete and glass...lots and lots and lots of glass. Check itContinue Reading

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Bainbridge Island Modern Stunner

By: Diy maven Feb 17, 2010

created at: 2010/02/17

Located 35 minutes by ferry ride from Seattle lies Bainbridge Island and this modern waterfront home. Built in 2008, the 4000 square foot home was featured in recent AIA exhibit entitled 'New Edge/New Blood'. Inside we find such things as bamboo floors and a concrete staircase, along with an office, meditation room and wine cellar, Continue Reading

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Mr. Modern VALENTINE: Alexander Girard

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 12, 2010

created at: 2010/02/12

Photo Images: Herman Miller

Nobody has done as much for cool, modern heart designs as textile designer, and lover of folkart,  Alexander Girard. I became a huge fan of his furniture and fabric designs when we were entrenched in making the projects for Curbly's book, Make It! MidCentury Modern. I was more than delighted to see Herman Miller's blog tribute posted yesterday about their beloved Master of Textiles. It states,

"In the 1967 Herman Miller catalog the “International Heart” is referred to as “Love Heart” and “A tribute of Love and Friendship to your wife, sweetheart, or customer."  And you could get a 15 1/2 square for a whopping $2.25. Not bad!

See the Master at work, and get a peek into his studio...Continue Reading

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Cupola Fireplace

By: Diy maven Feb 10, 2010


Here's another one of those fabulous fireplaces that cause so much kerfuffle in Curbly comments. The problem is it burns ethanol, which can be bad if you, you know, breathe oxygen. (At least that's what commenters have told me.) The Cupola, from Vauni, appears as if it is a burning wall-mounted art piece. At 59 pounds, it weighs about as much as a 55" flat screen TV. What I'm wonderingContinue Reading

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