Elvis's mid-mod digs is a far cry from Graceland. Located in Las Vegas, the home was actually owned by the International Hotel (later The Hilton Hotel). It was the rest stop for entertainers that frequented the strip. Entertainers like Dean Martin and, yes, Elvis. Because of the King's occupation, the house became known as 'The Elvis House'. A few years back, when the houseContinue Reading
WHAT, you might ask, does a mid-century artist of Mondrian's magnitude have to do with a 70's sit-com? Well, the Partridge family bus just happened to be painted in the unmistakeable Mondrian style. As far as this unlikely union producing an afghan offspring, that Becky's doing. She started with a pattern at Lion Brand, changed some colors and sizes, and then got busy crocheting. Done in the Tunisian stitch, the outcome is quite remarkable. Continue Reading
I was at my local craft store the other day looking of retro scrapbook paper. They had one. ONE. A search of the internets, however, uncovered Apple Scrapbook, which has a dozen darling retro scrapbook papers you can download for free. Perfect for virtual scrap-booking, of course, but also great for craft projects.Continue Reading
Anne Ditmeyer over at design*sponge recently interviewed Mad Men's Adam Rowe, an art assistant on the show. As you can imagine, recreating the mid-century in such detail is a challenge, but from how Adam describes it, it's also a blast! Continue Reading
When we think of Ikea, we probably think modern, affordable, flat-packed furniture. Of course not everything Ikea sells is flatly packed and some of it evokes a modern of the mid-century variety. Here's a couple of cases in point. Pictured above is the Docksta Dining Table ($149) and below is Eero Saarinen's white laminate Tulip Table ($1,543.00).
Most people don't think about their mailboxes much. And why should they? Mostly they're just repositories for unwarranted credit card applications and announcements for rug cleaning services. On the other hand, whether the box is the kind that hangs next to your front door or, like mine, it's on a post at the end of the drive, mailboxes are often the first thing that greets visitors to your home. If it's time to reassess your postbox presentation, you might want to start with some of these offerings, which have a very Palm Beach circa 1950's feel. (Each are made in New Zealand, but can be shipped anywhere in the world.)Continue Reading
Nothing says mid-century than that silver bullet travel trailer, the Airstream. MWT and I have a dream to procure a smaller '60's or '70's model and give it the once-over, kind of like what Deb did. But if you don't have the temerity to jump into a house-on-wheels makeover, you can buy a new Airstream International, which architect Chirstopher Deam has infused with contemporary styling that harkens back to the mid-century (see below). Continue Reading
A while back Martha sat down with antiques dealer and mid-century modern aficionado Alan Moss for a chat about MCM furniture. It's a quintessential "Martha" interview, culminating in the perfect blend of information and yummy window shopping. And the best part is, you can watch it in its entirety on marthastewart.com.
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And, to deck out your own home in all sorts of Mid-Century Modern goodness, check out Curbly's new eBook - Make It! Mid-Century Modern.
When the Curbly Team put our collective heads together and decided we'd write our own craft book, we kicked around ideas for a 'theme'. After some brainstorming, we all jumped on the mid-century modern train. That, as it turned out, was the easy part. The hard part was to determine just what projects we might want to tackle to put in its pages. As for me, I went straight to the masters. The artists and designers who define(d) theContinue Reading
If you haven't heard, Make It! Mid-Century Modern, fresh from the Curbly Library, is ready for hassle-free download. It would make a great stocking stuffer for that MCM fan on your Christmas list, or send a link to the purchase page to your mom, dad, significant other or best friend for a last minute hint.
After it's in your hot little hands you can get crackin' on these projects featured in the book: Eames-inspired embroidered napkinsContinue Reading
Apparently, it can be done. From Materialicious: "HOME humidifiers are appearing with many new features and stylish designs as seen by the seven shown on this link. It's important to maintain a healthy balance of moisture and the hot dry air found in most homes during the winter months. The humidifier pictured is by Rocca."
I post not because I am completely enamored with the design, though I am. I'm more interested in the trend overContinue Reading
Houston, Texas - based architecture firm Hometta are getting into the spirit of giving this year.
The plans are based on a readymade gingerbread house kit from Whole Foods, so it'll be easy to grab all the goodies you'll need, withoutContinue Reading