Remarkable Modern Dollhouse

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2010

Its 'architect', Tim Boyle. Its name, Emerson House. Its size, 30" x 21" x 18". Available through brinka dada, the doll house does not have an asking price, but here is its listing info:

Newly listed, the Emerson House is the perfect home for the modern family. The home has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child's bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Emerson House enjoys year-round sunlight. The modern house features many extras includingContinue Reading

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Modern-Looking Scrap Wood Walls

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 31, 2010

created at: 03/31/2010

Image: LumberJocks

If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.Continue Reading

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Barbie Does Mid-Century Modern, Mad Men Style

By: Diy maven Mar 31, 2010

created at: 03/31/2010

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

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The Kaufmann House: The Reason for Mid-Century Modern Resurgence

By: Diy maven Mar 30, 2010

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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George Nelson Lego Bench

By: Diy maven Mar 24, 2010

created at: 03/24/2010

A love of a George Nelson Platform Bench ($700) and approximately 1,400 Legos gets you one too-cool-for-words George Nelson Lego Bench (actually, coffee table). The maker is the husband of a Casa Sugar community member and half-ownerContinue Reading

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Meathead Toothpick Man

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 24, 2010


created at: 03/24/2010

Photo Image: Home Interior Design Themes

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

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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
Decorative knobs and screws  Continue Reading

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