Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Five Free Copies of Make It! Mid-Century Modern

By: Chrisjob Jan 28, 2010

All it takes is two quick mouse clicks... Don't miss out! The deadline is Sunday, January 31st, at 11:59 pm.

First, read what folks are saying about Make It! Mid-Century Modern.

Then, enter yourself to win one of five free copies!

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Mid-Century Modern Blog of the Week: The Vintage Life.

By: Chrisjob Jan 25, 2010

Dave and Rebecca from The Vintage Life started the blog, in their own words, to "share our passion for living the vintage lifestyle. From the home we own and fill with 1950 and 1960s items to our vintage camper and boat, we are proud to be vintage through and through. Join us on our vintage journey, so far it has been a great ride."

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Over the last few days, they've been featuring a series of vintage postcards they found in an now-closed antique store in Columbus, WI.

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Please Welcome Guest Blogger: Tyler Goodro

By: Chrisjob Jan 25, 2010

In honor of Mid-Century Modern Month, we've invited modernist Tyler Goodro of to share his thoughts on how contemporary movements in design can help you love where you live. Tyler will be with us the whole week, of January 25 - 31, so check out his thoughts and feel free to comment and exchange ideas, then head over to Plastolux to see the goodies he's been posting there for the last few years.

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Curbly Giveaway : Win a Free Copy of Make It! Mid-Century Modern

By: Chrisjob Jan 23, 2010

Friends of Curbly - We're giving away five free copies of our latest publication - Make It! Mid-Century Modern.
Make It! is our new series of how-to print/PDF manuals! In our first issue we show you how to make your own mid-century modern design masterpieces. These twelve of the MCM-inspired how-to projects will show you how to make a Calderiffic Mobile, Eames-embroidered napkins, a fantastic Girard-ish ottoman and more!.

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The Tulip Table with a Twist!

By: Chrisjob Jan 21, 2010


There's a whole heap of Tulip tables copies out there, but this one adds...well, a twist.

"The organic contour of the Twist Stem dining table finished in an alluring yet practical black high gloss and is large enough to seat 6-8 people. The graceful curve of the table’s support is more than just a decorative feature. Beginning with a broad footprint and rising to a fine stem, it provides a firm, stable base with plenty of legroom. So, for a dining table with a twist, try this imaginative and beautifully designed piece of furniture."   Continue Reading

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The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 20, 2010

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Photo: ApartmentTherapy

This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.

One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill! Continue Reading

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How to Make a Kitchen Banquette with Storage

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 20, 2010
Upper Eastside Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Not long ago, banquettes were being torn out of kitchens to make room for lots of spindly legged chairs. Not anymore, my friend. The longing for practicality and all things retro has many homeowners rethinking the banquette. Modern or traditional, they add tons of storage, extra seating, cozy seating, texture, and a touch of the unusual in the kitchen. A DIY-er with basic carpentry skills should have no trouble with this project.
TIP: If you're adding a back to your banquette, angle it 6 degrees for a more comfortable seat. 

Here's all you need to get started:
  • measuring tape
  • birch veneer plywood
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw,
  • 2 x 4's
  • nails
  • hammer
  • portable drill with a phillips head screwdriver bit
  • screws
  • piano hinge

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Salt & Pepper Bots

By: Chrisjob Jan 18, 2010

"Hey, Chris, can you please pass the salt?"

"Why, of course. Just allow me to wind it up for you."

At least, that's what I WOULD say, if I snagged myself a pair of these Salt & Pepper Bots. "[These] condiments have come to life! They will waddle wherever you tell them to,so the next time someone wants the pepper, wind up the key, and pepper they shallhave! Mercilessly marching towards them like the terminator, more of a threat to dull

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Plan 59 - Retro Illustration Resource

By: Chrisjob Jan 18, 2010

Plan 59 is an online museum and gift shop of mid-century illustrations and art. Full of vintage advertising images, sales literature, and just plain old retro art, it's the kind of place in which you can get lost for hours. They even have a collection entitled "Decor" where you can resource and get inspiration for your own mid-century spaces.


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West Elm's New 2 x 2 Collection

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2010

2 X 2 Dining Table

West Elm's new 2 x 2 Collection is clean, simple and completely affordable. The 2 x 2 dining table ($269), featured above, is as fresh as the first day of spring.Continue Reading

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A very mid-century modern Valentine.

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2010

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Hearts. How very country, no? No. In fact, hearts were very big in the mid-century. Even Alexander Girard jumped on the peace train and took inspiration from the folksy heart and gave it a bold and playful mid-mod twist. You can add some Girard love to your space with the help of Urban Outfitters. The International Love Pillow (pictured above) features the word for 'love' in 19 different languages and measures a generous 17" square. Continue Reading

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How To Make a Diffuser for Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 14, 2010

created at: 2010/01/14

Photo Images: Zach Dobson Photography

Who wouldn't love these authentic Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights? They really MOD-ify a room, especially in orange. Big drawback -  they are uni-directional spotlights and may cause your partying house guests to either go blind or confess to a crime they didn't commit.  My friend Baz, MCM aficionado Continue Reading

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Retro-Styled Armchairs from Bo Concept

By: Chrisjob Jan 14, 2010

Amish-made gliding rocking chairs are super comfortable, will last years, and no matter how hard you try, will never match any contemporary decor.

But rocking is fun, even for modernists! For a softer version than the standard Eames Rocker, check out this one from Bo Concept:


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