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How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a DIY Modern Bird Feeder

If I were a pet owner...buddy, my guys would be living in style. Mod dog houses, pet beds, Eames dot collars, you name it. After all, they'd have to go in my house, which doesn't contain a lick of traditional nor country.

But, I'm not a pet owner. I have quite strong allergies to most any creature, and so, my only option is to share the modernism with the little guys who live outside my house. And since there's no way I'm doing anything kind to the squirrels and bunnies who snatch at my veggies, I'm looking to give some style to the birds.

So, I made a nice, low-slung mod bird feeder that echoes the long, low houses of Eichler-era California modernism, and you should too! Here's how:  

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

by Bruno Bornsztein

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

UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

created at: 04/11/2011
This month we're exploring modern design, in all its incarnations. We're also selling our excellent Mid-Century modern DIY manual for only $5 (find out about that here). On top of that, this week we're giving away TWENTY free copies of the PDF version of the book to lucky readers! Yep, that's right, two-zero, twenty people will win a free copy of our PDF. Read on to learn how to win.

   

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DIY: Mid-Century Modern Clock Magnets

by Capree K

DIY: Mid-Century Modern Clock Magnets

You've probably seen bottle cap magnets before or maybe even made a few yourself.  (I have one of a Miniature Schnauzer on my fridge that my nephew lovingly picked out for me from the local craft fair.  It's awesome.)  But, have you seen MCM-inspired bottle cap magnets??  Yeah, that's what I thought!  

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Five Eames Chairs that Aren't Just for Seating

by Craftmel

 

Five Eames Chairs that Aren't Just for Seating

In my opinion, the most loved and easily recognized and furniture designers of the Mid-Century are Charles and Ray Eames.  Together, they had the Midas touch when it came to home furnishings; if the Eames' designed it, it became a classic. 

If you aren't lucky enough to own an actual Eames Chair of any variety, how about using their images as decor?   

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How To: Make Modern Paper Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

The DIY paper ornaments have been a hit at our family gatherings for years. They're quick, simple, and practically free to make. Read on to find out how! 

DIY modern paper ornaments for Christmas

Having completed yards of modern paper holiday garland, I wanted to create some more paper decorations to maintain the look and colors throughout my home. I tried making paper snowflakes from the colored cardstock, but they didn't really work. Then I recalled an old trick I learned in...

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1950's Kitchen Tour

by DIY Maven

1950's Kitchen Tour

Syliva takes us on a pictorial tour of her 1950's kitchen. A REAL kitchen that has some trouble spots, but that's what gives it its authenticity. Not to mention the honest to goodness vintage appliances. So cute and homey!

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Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

by Capree K

Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  I am dying to get a...

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Make a Mid-Century-Inspired Dove Wreath

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Make a Mid-Century-Inspired Dove Wreath

Breaking my own "No Christmas before Thanksgiving" rule, I had to resurrect this mod wreath project from from the archives. Not my archives, but a project by Mid Century Modern Utah. As any fan of modern design knows, it can be a challenge to come up with a mod wreath. Maybe because wreaths just drip "traditional?"  But it is the season, and it seems timely to share this fantastic DIY, unusual, MCM design. Here's what I need from Michael's: (Don't forget the coupon.)

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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes


If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

created at: 10/26/2010

I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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Dramatic Mid-Century Makeover

by DIY Maven

SDC11348  Before & After a Dramatic Mid-Century Modern Renovation!

Dramatic, stunning, excellent, awesome...pick your adjective and be prepared for it to fall short of describing the makeover of this mid-century modern home located in Atlanta, GA. A lot of very bad things happened to its interior since its birth, but in the right hands, she's back

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Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes

by Alicia Lacy

Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes


When David and Christiane Erwin remodeled their 1951 cottage a few years ago, they wanted to restore the home to its original, mid-century modern look and feel. Along the way, they ran into a problem ... they couldn't find a period-appropriate front door. They turned this problem into an amazing thing, a company called Crestview Doors

created at: 07/11/2010

After making a replica of a neighbor's door to fit their own front door frame, the Erwins started building...

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

Curbly is very pleased to announce our latest giveaway: a $300 giftcard to CrestviewDoors.com, makers of mid-century doors and kits to match your atomic-age home.

created at: 07/19/2010

We've always been big fans of David and Christine's family-owned business. We wrote about them a few years ago, and are happy their continuing to grow and produce great do-it-yourself Doorlite kits to add geometric windows to an existing door. Learn more about this awesome...

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