Martha Does Mid-Century Modern

By: Diy maven Jan 06, 2010

created at: 2010/01/06

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

For more ideas on how to use Mid-Century Modern inspired design in your own home, check out Curbly's MCM how-to manual, Make It! Mid-CenturyContinue Reading

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Home Tour: Staris Vicky's Mid-Century Masterpiece.

By: Chrisjob Dec 30, 2009

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These are the sorts of the things that make humankind drool...

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mid century modern interiors design

And, to deck out your own home in all sorts of Mid-Century Modern goodness, check out Curbly's new eBook - Make It!Continue Reading

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Inspiration

By: Diy maven Dec 30, 2009

created at: 2009/12/30

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) the… Continue Reading

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A peek inside Make It! Mid-Century Modern

By: Diy maven Dec 22, 2009

created at: 2009/12/22

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 napkins… Continue Reading

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Modern Home Humidifiers - a Move Towards Stylish Home Necessities

By: Chrisjob Dec 17, 2009

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 over… Continue Reading

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Free Modern Gingerbread House Plans.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2009

Houston, Texas - based architecture firm Hometta are getting into the spirit of giving this year.

They're offering free buliding plans to make your own very contemporary gingerbread home. Their plan is "a small-scale version of the Draft House by Hometta’s own, award-winning HouMinn Practice."

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,Continue Reading

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From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Mid-Century Modern Ornament for Under $1.00.

By: Chrisjob Dec 14, 2009

Try translating all those MCM tricks you learned from the new Curby MCM e-book into something a little more seasonal. Originally from December 2007:

I came across these charming ceramic ornaments a few weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love with there playful spacey-ness and simple elegance. $35 for the pair isn't prohibitively expensive, but as usual, I reckoned a DIY attempt was worth a shot.

Total cost: $0.73, plus a bit of spray paint.

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2009

created at: 2009/11/30

There's something about elegantly cut white paper that simply captures the holidays.

So this season, grab your scissors and hang up some comfort and joy with this retro-inspired, mod paper snowflake garland. You could wrap it around your tree, drape across your mantle, or simple let it flow on a wall or from the ceiling. In the spirit of giving, we're offering a free, downloadable and infinitely printable pattern to enable… Continue Reading

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Now Available: Make It! Mid-Century Modern

By: Bruno Dec 07, 2009

"Make It! Mid-Century Modern", Curbly's mid-century how-to manual, is finally here! You can buy it right now in PDF or print format ($9.99 and $18, respectively)

I'm really proud of this publication, and our writers (DIY-Maven, ChrisJob, and ModHomeEcTeacher) have done a fantastic job putting it together. We sweated every detail in every paragraph and photograph in this book, and I think it shows.

Hopefully, you'll think so too, and… Continue Reading

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Kid Made Modern

By: Diy maven Dec 03, 2009

created at: 2009/12/03

Make it a mid-century modern Christmas for all with a copy of Make It! Mid-Century Modern for you and a copy of Todd Oldham's new Kid Made Modern for the half-pints on your shopping listBoth feature how-to projects by such artists as Alexander Calder, Charles & Rae Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson--among others. The kids will have as much fun with their book as you will with… Continue Reading

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #3

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2009

In this, the final and grand-daddiest giveaway of our “Make It! Mid-Century Modern” release party, we’re giving away an Alexandar Girard-inspired ottoman. That’s right – an ottoman! This beauty was hand-made by ModHomeEcTeacher especially for the book, and now you have a chance to own it. She describes it like this:

created at: 2009/11/30

The 24” round ottoman stands 15" high on sturdy shiny chrome legs. Constructed from reclaimed wooden circles and rescued new foam being disposed of by a furniture company, this five button ottoman covers all the bases with mid century style and modernContinue Reading

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Modern Wooden Sinks

By: Diy maven Dec 01, 2009

UWD (Unique Wood Designs) took all they knew about building boats and started making gorgeous, and unusual, sinks and… Continue Reading

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Considering kitchen soffits in the MCM home.

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2009


Have you noticed how many people are complaining about their kitchen soffits these days? Some think they're just an aesthetic issue and start demolition only to discover the soffits are hiding mechanical stuff like wiring and plumbing. Homeowners might also find that the ceiling above the soffit isn't finished, or it might even be textured with some sort of asbestos-containing material. (Horror!) So why remove them?… Continue Reading

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Alexander Girard Nativity Set.

By: Chrisjob Nov 25, 2009


The new Curbly "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" publication features a fun how-to to create Alexander Girard-inspired wooden characters. Since it's the holidays, go grab a copy, and then apply the technique to something a little more seasonal, like this Nativity Set by Girard. "It's a new design based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house and in homage to man who apparently amassed a huge collection of nativities in his later years...The set has 13  solid maple (and non-toxic) pieces, ranging from 1-inch to 7.75-inch tall, along with an 11.75-inch stable and a special reusable storage box."

I know what I'm doing this four-day weekend.

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #2

By: Diy maven Nov 24, 2009

Update: Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for contest winner announcement, and a new contest starting this week!

The release of "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" (a mid-century-modern how-to manual), is fast approaching! And here at Curbly, we continue to celebrate its imminent arrival with another fantastic giveaway. This time the prize is everything you need to make Chris’s Atomic Ball Clock and a free download of “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT "Make It! Mid-Century Modern"

created at: 2009/11/23Chris pays homage to George Nelson with this contribution to “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”, which is just one of twelve MCM how-to projects you’ll find within its pages.

To win the materials needed to make an Atomic Ball Clock and a copy of “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”:

- Leave a comment below saying where and how you would use the clock.

- INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by including in your comments a link to a tweet or blog post you make telling people about this contest (must link to this page).

Sunday at midnight (CT) — that’s November 29th, 2009 — we’ll gather all the entries, including those in the comments here AND those on your blogs and in your tweets and pick a winner. So go forth and comment, blog and tweet, tweet, TWEET! And, once again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Update: Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for contest winner announcement, and aContinue Reading

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