Before: Mid Century Modern chairs from Goodwill for $8.99 per chair. One had a broken stretcher that had to be repaired. … Continue Reading
It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia. Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity. And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and… Continue Reading
For a vintage little Christmas, you might want to make a few of these adorable Marshmallow Snowmen. A perfect project with the kids on a blustery weekend!
What you need to make one Marshmallow Man:
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… Continue Reading
Ordering a home out of a catalog might seem odd, but back in the day, it was a very popular practice. After perusing Sears’s on-line archives of homes offered by mail-order from 1908 to 1940, complete with floor plans, I think Sears should resurrect the catalog home. Of course, their advertized prices would be a bit higher. For instance, Model No. 187 (circa 1913) pictured above sold for $1,273, which included, according to the… Continue Reading
Stencil-Library, has a forthcoming Vintage Range stencil collection. They’re previewing some of the designs on their on-line exclusives. The quality of detail is quite remarkable, and their price tags reflect that.
Chanteuse, 8.5" h x 8" w, $53
Spacemen, 22" h x 16" w, $116
Jane Goes Bowling, 11" h x 7.5" w, $35
Dick Goes Bowling, 10.5" h x 7" w, $116
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Why gas up to drive around looking for vintage modern furniture and art when www.lushpad.com is right at your fingertips. I feel like I've just been on a little jaunt downtown to my favorite vintage furniture stores and I never left my well-worn computer chair. Owner Melanie Carlson has brought together a design gallery, auction house and design magazine, all in one. She saw the need for an… Continue Reading
There have been gobs of juicy good finds at Goodwill in the past couple of weeks. Maybe it's hot August doldrums and people feel like purging, but I've been hitting the jackpot on every visit. Since my garage is overflowing with all kinds of recyclable furniture, I decided to focus on accessory items for crafting and design for my weekly DIY newspaper column. A few photos and some ideas are… Continue Reading
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Vintage Roadside celebrates the American roadside and ‘the incredible history and advertising graphics from mom and pop businesses of the 1930s through the early 1960s.’ The website also provides a little history of the people and places associated with these colorful spots. Visit their gift shop to peruse their t-shirts, whose graphics are of the authentic vintage variety popular during that era. With a purchase of a $20… Continue Reading
Years ago I used some cute upholstery fabric to wrap a baby shower gift, it only seemed natural. I tied it and made a bow out of real ball fringe or something darling. As I remember, it was very difficult to figure out a way to make the wrapping say put. Happily, the wrapping got more applause than the gift (justifiably, if I do say so myself).