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How To: Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

by Chris Gardner

created at: 05/04/2011

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Foundry House Industries says of...

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Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

by Capree K

created at: 05/04/2011

Did you hear that?  That was the sound of my mind exploding at the awesomeness of these upholstery designs by Eleanor Young.  This UK-based textile artist and upholsterer creates striking contemporary pieces inspired by architecture and fragmented shapes.  I love her bold patterns and color combos, especially!  

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5 Modern Pillow Tutorials to Freshen Up your Decor

by Craftmel

created at: 04/26/2011

I don't know about you, but those winter blues have flown out the window now that warmer weather has set in.  And in my neck of the woods, it is hot weather.  With the changing of the seasons, I feel like my whole condo needs a facelift to change along with the temperature.  With a very limited redecorating budget (the husband says he'd rather eat, phaw!) I figure the best place to start is inexpensive throw pillows like a shag pillow made from recycled t-shirts or knit yardage?  Talk about comfortable!  V&Co shows us how to make it.  Here are a few more fun and modern pillow ideas for you to lean on.  

 

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse (No Woodworking Required)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 04/26/2011

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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Free Download: Icons of Modern Design (PDF booklet and vector art)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Icons of Modern Design Download PDF

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.

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How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

by Capree K

created at: 04/21/2011

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 those...

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

by Chris Gardner

created at: 04/19/2011

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:  

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Modern Bathroom Makeover

by DIY Maven

created at: 04/19/2011

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

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