Considering kitchen soffits in the MCM home.

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2009


Have you noticed how many people are complaining about their kitchen soffits these days? Some think they're just an aesthetic issue and start demolition only to discover the soffits are hiding mechanical stuff like wiring and plumbing. Homeowners might also find that the ceiling above the soffit isn't finished, or it might even be textured with some sort of asbestos-containing material. (Horror!) So why remove them?… Continue Reading

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Alexander Girard Nativity Set.

By: Chrisjob Nov 25, 2009


The new Curbly "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" publication features a fun how-to to create Alexander Girard-inspired wooden characters. Since it's the holidays, go grab a copy, and then apply the technique to something a little more seasonal, like this Nativity Set by Girard. "It's a new design based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house and in homage to man who apparently amassed a huge collection of nativities in his later years...The set has 13  solid maple (and non-toxic) pieces, ranging from 1-inch to 7.75-inch tall, along with an 11.75-inch stable and a special reusable storage box."

I know what I'm doing this four-day weekend.

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #2

By: Diy maven Nov 24, 2009

Update: Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for contest winner announcement, and a new contest starting this week!

The release of "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" (a mid-century-modern how-to manual), is fast approaching! And here at Curbly, we continue to celebrate its imminent arrival with another fantastic giveaway. This time the prize is everything you need to make Chris’s Atomic Ball Clock and a free download of “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT "Make It! Mid-Century Modern"

created at: 2009/11/23Chris pays homage to George Nelson with this contribution to “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”, which is just one of twelve MCM how-to projects you’ll find within its pages.

To win the materials needed to make an Atomic Ball Clock and a copy of “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”:

- Leave a comment below saying where and how you would use the clock.

- INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by including in your comments a link to a tweet or blog post you make telling people about this contest (must link to this page).

Sunday at midnight (CT) — that’s November 29th, 2009 — we’ll gather all the entries, including those in the comments here AND those on your blogs and in your tweets and pick a winner. So go forth and comment, blog and tweet, tweet, TWEET! And, once again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #1

By: Diy maven Nov 16, 2009

To celebrate the upcoming release of Make It! Mid-Century Modern (a mid-century-modern how-to manual), we’re starting three weeks of fabulous giveaways! This, the first giveaway of the series, is my very own Mondrian Pillow, which is just one of twelve fabulous DIY projects featured in Make It! Mid-Century Modern.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT "Make It! Mid-Century Modern"

created at: 2009/11/16Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s Composition with… Continue Reading

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How to make a Drinking Straw Pendant Light

By: Diy maven Nov 16, 2009


Seriously...a pendant light made out of drinking straws. Lots of them. And the best part? It looks great! Addicted 2 Decorating tells us that 40 bucks should buy the supplies to make one. What… Continue Reading

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How To: Host a Mod Christmas Party

By: Chrisjob Nov 15, 2009

Love the sound of the jingle bells and the vibraphone playing bossa nova Christmas carols? Love swanky retro decor in colors other than red and green? Perhaps a tiki mug full of a candy cane martini?

Then, my friend, you're primed to host a mod Christmas… Continue Reading

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Can you guess what this is?

By: Diy maven Nov 09, 2009


Here's a hint:

It goes through but never comes out.… Continue Reading

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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… 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… 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… 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… 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 explaContinue Reading

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