How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and  a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.

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Barbie's Mid-Century Ranch HomeTour

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Barbie's Mid-Century Ranch HomeTour

Barbie turned 50 this week which got me thinking about the endless childhood days I spent 'playing Barbies' with friends, dressing and redressing my curvaceously perfect plastic Barbie and her auburn- haired sidekick, Midge. Then one day it all changed when my bargain shopping mom negotiated a good price on a used, but still intact, Barbie's Mid-Century (Atomic Ranch-like) Dream House, completely furnished with colorful cardboard furniture. See room-by-room photos after the jump.

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DIY: Real Simple Centerpiece Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/17/08

Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving.  Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree.  This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.

What you need:

  • large shallow bowl
  • river rocks
  • ...

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Plasticland's Cool Retro-Styled Christmas Cards.

by Chris Gardner

Plasticland's Cool Retro-Styled Christmas Cards.

If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.

And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.

So, if you're like me, you'll dig these retro-styled Christmas cards...

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Techhie Trade Show or Mid-Mod Chat Station

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/26/08

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 tell if...

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How To Buy and Sell Mid-Century Furniture Online

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/13/08

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 online secondary market for designer furniture...

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Modern Furniture Plans.

by Chris Gardner

Modern Furniture Plans.

A new blog's a-brewing...Modern Furniture Plans. So states their "About" page: "This blog is devoted to finding modern furniture plans. The key is to find designs that appeal, that are easy to build, that don’t break the bank, and that are more unique than anything you can find in any store." So far, there's just a few entries, but its one to throw in ye ole feed reader for when the time is right.

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Mid-Century Modern Light Fixture: Needed

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/30/07

Hallelujah!  My husband was changing a bulb that was stuck in the socket of this UGLY fixture and he broke it!!!  Now I can look for a new fixture.  I'm looking for a new fixture or, better yet, a mid-century fixture that gives off enough light.  I'm looking for interesting ideas.  The table is staying but the chairs will be replaced.  I'm still working on what to do with the greenhouse view.

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Mid-Century Birdhouses.

by Chris Gardner

You may never get to live in an actual Case Study house, but that doesn't mean you can't look at one every day. "At Modern Birdhouses..., they've released a series inspired by architects of the Case Study Houses Program--specifically J.R. Davidson, Richard Neutra, and Ralph Rapson. They're made of SmartWood oiled teak, with floating aluminum roofs in three signature modern silhouettes, and they ship preassembled, so you don't have to be as gifted...

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Mid-Century Furniture Magnets.

by Chris Gardner

 

Mid-Century Furniture Magnets.

Snowden Flood knows how much you'd love to own all those classic mid-century furniture pieces like an Eames rocker, Arne Jacobsen swan chair, or a Eerio Saarinen pedestal Tulip chair. And they recognize how much it'd cost to buy each of them. Even those mini-versions from Vitra cost over $100.

So they've offerend a different option: Mid-century fridge magnets. They offer each of the designs mentioned above, plus a 3 legged table that sort looks...

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Modernist Bird Houses.

by Chris Gardner

Switched On Set states:

"Never mind some bread and nuts, if you really want to treat the birds in your garden, get them the ultimate in stylish living - scaled replicas of great architectural homes for birds.

That's what German design company Raumhochrosen is now offering. There's a range of homes including 60s gems like the  Gunter Wratzfeld's House Watzenegg in Dornbirn (1963) and Rudolf Wäger's Dice House in Götzis (1965) through to more...

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