It's Modernism month on Curbly, and we're exploring what it means to talk about modern design for the home. This week, we're offering a really cool booklet of twenty-four iconic modern design silhouettes, along with the vector files we used to make them! We chose all our favorite designs by Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, and the best of the mid-century designers. Read on to see how to download the files.
Two birds, one stone? Puh-lease! You can't throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces. Maybe more if you're really good. While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames' textile designs are relatively less-so. Relatively being the operative word. While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn't mean...
Let's face it, we don't all want a huge, pink plastic Dreamhouse gracing our playrooms. While some people thrive on the modern dollhouse hobby, for playtime, modern dollhouses are hard to find and expensive to boot, a combination I'd never let my kids near. Erin at Sutton Grace solved this dilema by making her kids their own mod doll house, and you can too.
If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.
But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.
So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too! Here's how:
Located in Las Vegas, this bathroom needed a some punch. Designer Gina De Pasquale paid tribute to the home's mid century modern architecture while simultaneously bringing it into the 21st century.
I especially find admirable Gina's choice to mix 'high- and low-priced fixtures and accessories'. For example, the tile was
This lilac-hued dining room was lacking personality and a defined style, but with a few key furniture swaps and a bucket of paint, it's now a perfect reflection of the homeowner's modern taste!
I'm genuinely impressed. The folks at Decor and The Dog actually made one of those super nice, fairly pricey ($260), and clearly complicated West Elm modern headboards.
Need some ideas for setting your table for the upcoming holiday? Check these babies out. (Note: There will be a quiz at the end.)
Loving the way the table runners are used in
I don't know what it's like where you live, but the weather here has been utterly schizophrenic lately. Take yesterday for example: highs in the 60s during the middle of the day, then snow by 8pm! Madness. To make it through Winter's last desperate attempts to bring me down, I'm focusing my thoughts on all the sunny days of Summer that lie ahead. And, what could be more suitable for such a daydream than a roundup of 5 totally gorgeous, modern swimming pools? Not much.
So a Chevron rug walks into a bar. He is at once taken by the beauty of Miss Modern Color Palette, who, with her deep navy blues and soothing slate grays, is simply oozing contemporary charm.
AirBnB.com is a service that helps connect people who have homes, apartments, or spare rooms to rent. On principle, I love the idea (why bother with hotels when you can stay in a real person's house?), but in practice, I have to admin results are mixed. We used AirBnB for a trip to New York City last year, and the place wasn't nearly as nice as the pictures made it out to be.
Still, if you just want to window shop, AirBnB is one of the best places on the Web to get tours of amazing living spaces around the world. Here are some of my recent, modern-ish favorites:
Planters are not the first things we think of when we're decorating a room. However, the wrong container for that ficus can blow the look we strove so hard to complete. Here's a loverly selection of stylish and DIYable planters that would be at home in an modern or MCM environment.
First up is the Case Study Ceramic Cylinder Planter
It is no secret that the "ranch" was the go-to architectural style of the 1950's. Check out how this family decided to update their Ranch home for an eclectic, modern feel.
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