The Modern Side of Sears

By: Diy maven Nov 11, 2008

Whether you’re a fan of Ty Pennington or not, his relationship with Sears has brought a much-needed modern breath to the retailer. To illustrate, here are some vignettes using Ty Pennington Style furniture collections.

The Laguna Bedroom Collection features items currently starting as little as $79.99 for the mirror to $399.99 for the 6 drawer dresser.
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Pieces from the Costa de Mar Collection start at 59.99 for the dining chair, which isContinue Reading

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 10, 2008

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  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends willContinue Reading

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Using Goodwill Materials in Your Handmade Holiday Gifts

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 09, 2008

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There are no hard and fast rules on re-gifting Goodwill treasures or merely using "gently used" materials as building blocks for your handmade, made with love, tremendously creative holiday gifts. Most people aren't tickled to have your  oodwill bargain passed along to them, however, if you've commited to giving HANDMADE this season AND you are the one hand making the gifts, where you buy your materials is up to you. You canContinue Reading

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How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 06, 2008

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My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

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Bicycle Wheel Chandelier

By: Diy maven Nov 05, 2008

I justed stumbled across a website that gives me tingles: Junk Market Style. I have a feeling I'll be visiting it often in the future, but for now, take a gander at this bicycle wheel chandelier. Contributor Georgia Terrell used a lamp kit to wire the wheel and then tied plumbing chain to the spokes with clear filiment. To add bling, she wired crystal beads to the ends of the chains. All in all, she used about 50 feet of chain and 100Continue Reading

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From YMCA Gym to Apartment

By: Diy maven Nov 03, 2008

Interior design firm The Apartment turned a 7,000 square foot YMCA into a 5-bedroom apartment that also includes an interior garden and a 12 person theater. Original elements include the girders which were restored and painted to blend seamlessly with the contemporary--and extraordinary–make over. The lower level of the structure is the apartment while the upper region was left as a showcase for the agency's work. Via.


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Use What You Have: 5 Things to Do With Placemats

By: Lilybee Oct 21, 2008
As discussed earlier, this time of year makes me feel like the only way to set a table is with a tablecloth and napkins.... napkins made of fabric (as opposed to wodges of paper towel). Which means I have a heap of placemats lurking in my kitchen linen drawer (the swine, they confuse and enrage me by pretending to be tea towels)
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Here are a few things to do with placemats that aren't well, using them as placemats...
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Curbly Recession Busters: Inside an Energy Audit

By: Diy maven Oct 21, 2008

created on: 10/21/08

House feeling as drafty as your 401K lately? No worries, an energy audit can help with both of them. ENERGY STAR defines an energy audit as an assessment of your energy uses, thereby uncovering ‘measures you can take to improve efficency.’ You can consult a professional auditor, or you can do a quick do-it-yourself with the help of ENERGY STAR and their Home Energy Yardsticks. To use the on-line audit, you’ll need to provide someContinue Reading

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How To Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh With Proper Storage

By: Chrisjob Oct 20, 2008

So...apparently its not as simple as putting things you want to be crisp in the 'crisper' wonder my SoySnaps keep getting soggy.

Buying fresh produce is essential to not only a healthful, but tasty, lifestyle. But unlike their frozen, or (blech!) canned varieties, fresh fruits and vegetables can become spoiled if not used quickly enough. Divine Caroline offers this handy chart and other storage tips to protect your investment andContinue Reading

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The Money Saving Alarm Clock

By: Diy maven Oct 08, 2008

We’ve had alarm clocks that make you chase them down to turn them off, like this one or this one. Our latest entry into the interactive alarm clock is the BanClock. To turn off its alarm, you need to feed it a coin. It will take any currency and any type of coin, but testing confirms that it will hold about $25 worth of quarters before it’ll need to be emptied. The perfect 10" square clock is available at Audiocubes for about 60 bucks (or 2 ½Continue Reading

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Belt Up... Things To Do With Old Belts

By: Lilybee Sep 26, 2008

Holding up pants is honorable work but it's possible that your belt is actually aspiring towards some other job, like organising jewellery, or being a handle on a storage box or even forming the seat of a sassy little stool. Readymade Magazine has the know-how to put your belt on a different career path.

Box Handles:

Add flair to basic storage boxes—and make them easier to pull down from your shelves—withContinue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn an old window into illuminated wall art.

By: Diy maven Aug 27, 2008

created on: 08/27/08

I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.

What we used:

an old barn sash window
scrap 1" x 3" pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
Contact paper
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.

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Techhie Trade Show or Mid-Mod Chat Station

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 26, 2008

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Donnie Deutsch always says "Look at what everyone is doing, and do the opposite."  That's what Mr. ModHomeEc got when he asked me to help him with booth decor at a medical techhie trade show he's doing.  Once I saw all the dark blues, silvers, tech signs and graphics, I knew his booth would stand out, good or bad, I have yet to hear.  The vintage living-room-like setting already attracted many customers, just during set up.  Time will tellContinue Reading

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Turn vintage suitcases into side tables.

By: Diy maven Aug 26, 2008

You know how sometimes you see an idea on the internets and think, ‘of course!’? Well...this is one of those times. Not only do these old suitcases make adorable and interesting side tables, they also provide storage for magazines, books, remotes and all that other flotsam and jetsam that  clutter our lives. They couldn’t be too hard to make either. Four legs and perhaps a plywood base–for added structure–onto which you attach the suitcaseContinue Reading

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How to turn old socks into groovy potholders.

By: Diy maven Jul 29, 2008

Here’s a superb way to make use of leftover socks bereft of their mates: turn them into potholders! All you need is one of those old school potholder weaving looms and a bunch of lonely cotton socks cut into 1/4" thick loops. Jen at Re-nester bought her loom at a craft store, but she suggests you could make your own by nailing some brads spaced 1/4" apart into a scrap piece of wood that’s the size of an average potholder. For an explanation ofContinue Reading

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