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
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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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
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
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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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
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
'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
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")
flat head wood or sheet metal screws
Drill bit (for making pilot holes)
Phillips head screwdriver
Contrasting color paint
Sealer or furniture wax and rags
Decorative knobs and screws Continue Reading