Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural

by Faith Provencher
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Rustic home décor has become popular lately, and not just in cabins or mountain homes. Natural elements like wood, glass, iron and wool fill these spaces, and with a bit of strategic decorating they can be totally chic and stylish. And while they can have the tendency to be pricey, we've culled through the internet to find some affordable options. Keep reading to check them out.   



Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Neutral colors, plaids, faux furs and cozy knits are the perfect complement to your rustic decor. Here are some less expensive options:


Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Plaid Wool Blanket from Amazon, $68


Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Jute Rug from Rugs USA, $63+


Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Fuzzy Faux Snow Leopard Pillow from Pier 1, $24.95


Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Rustic style furniture often has a wooden element of some kind - sometimes with clean lines and an aged finish, or sometimes with a more natural, organic shape. Here are a few great product ideas:

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Rustic "X" Cabinet from Target, $119.98
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Studio Dove Finish Coffee Table from Overstock, $109
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Wood Slice Coffee Table from World Market, $179.99


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Rustic, cabin-style lighting often utilizes materials such as clear glass, iron and wood, to name a few. Here are two stunning pieces that won't break the bank: 

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Wooden Sconce from World Market, $19.99
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Coastal Recycled Glass Lamp from Pier 1, $49.98

Wall Decor

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Wood is another theme in rustic wall décor, whether it is functional or purely decorative. Are we seeing a trend here?! Check out a couple of cheap yet attractive options: 

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Mountain Wall Art Shelf from Etsy, $48
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Entryway Wall Mount Coat Rack from Overstock, $66.99
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Printable Wooden Fish Wall Art from Etsy, $5


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How To: Make a DIY Asterisk Clock (for under $10.00)

By Chris Gardner

How To: Make a DIY Asterisk Clock (for under $10.00)

There's nothing like an iconic mid-century classic to set your home apart. Your home can be as contemporary as can be, but add even one Saarinen or Eames piece to your space, and you've connected with a movement. You've invested in a piece that, fifty or sixty years later, looks as elegant, playful, and amazing as it did when it was first unveiled.

'Cept, here's the deal: these guys can be expensive. While you're paying for comfort and style, you're also paying for the time of some of the most talented artists of the 20th century, quality materials, and, true, some copyright.

So, get creative, and make your own mid-century classic!  

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Which, if you've tried it, can be a tough thing. Modernism is defined by the use of contemporary materials like bent plywood, molded fiberglass, and curvy steel. It's hard to mimic that look with one-off pieces and without thousands of dollars of equipment. 

But it can be done. Curbly has previously published an eBook on the subject, which you should snag for a cool $5.00, or enter to win a copy this week. And, never one to quit trying to recreate the classics (both out of respect for the design/learning how it was made and cause it's the only way I can afford them), here's a new easy project: a DIY asterisk clock. Inspired by George Nelson's classic design, which retails for $300 at the MOMA, I whipped one up with just a drill, a jigsaw, and about $10.00 of materials.

Materials and tools

  • 1/4" or 3/8" thick hardboard, plywood, masonite, or luan, at least 10x10"
  • Spray adhesive or painter's tape
  • Jigsaw or coping saw
  • Sandpaper or electric sander
  • Electric drill and 5/8" bit
  • Measuring tools and pencil
  • 4" PVC coupler (in the plumbing aisle)
  • Thin basswood or balsa (available at the craft store)
  • Quartz clock movement and accompaning hands
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Spray paint
  • Strong glue: yellow wood glue and E6000
  • Computer, printer, and this downloadable template

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1. I actually made my clock face from a recycled piece of scrap hardboard that I found on the street corner a few weeks ago. It had one white coated surface, which makes me think it served as shower board, or perhaps and old dry erase board. Stylish and recycled. Awesome! If you don't have scraps lying around, head to the craft store or hardware store and grab a fresh, flat piece of 1/4" or 3/8" sheet good like tempered hardboard, plywood, luan, or MDF.

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2. Print out the template at full size, either onto an 11x17" sheet of paper, or spread across two 8.5x11" sheets. Attach it to your clock face material with tape or repositionable spray adhesive. Make sure that the PVC coupler fits on the inside of the center of the shape, and doesn't extend into the "arm space." If you print it at 100% and use standard PVC parts, you shouldn't have any trouble, but it's good to check so you don't have to cut out the shape twice.

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3. Cut out the asterisk shape with a jigsaw. If you don't have one, you can purchase an inexpensive coping saw at the hardware store which works just as well. The wood here is so thin, it wouldn't take long to cut. At under $12.00, a coping saw is definitely a DIY best buy. 

Be sure to cut on the outside of the lines, and then use sandpaper to sand it to the line, keeping everything nice and geometric.

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4. Draw a line through the center of each arm to find the center of the clock. Drill a 5/8" hole through the center to accommodate the clock movement shaft. 

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5. Use the strong glue or epoxy to attach the PVC coupler to the back of your face. This will house the clock movement, and get the whole thing off the wall. I cut mine a little shorter, to around 2". You can do this easily with any handsaw.

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6. While the glue dries, attach the hand templates to very thin balsa or basswood, and cut them out using scissors or a craft knife. Use wood glue to attach the pieces of the minute hand. Make sure your clock hands will fit on the back, trimming them to size if too long or wide. When the glue on the hands and face is dry, spray paint them the colors of your choice.

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7. When the paint is dry, use glue to attach the clock hands to your DIY facades. Let dry, then use a combo of drill bits and a craft knife to carve away the holes that allow the hands to fit on the shaft.

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8. Before you assemble everything, find a way to attach your clock to the wall. The inside of my PVC coupler was very round and smooth, so I couldn't just hang it on a screw/anchor. Use a picture hanger, or do what I did: screw that little metal hanger than come with your clock movement to the PVC. Then, assemble the clock, add the hands, and hang it up.

You know what time it is! Mod time! Err...mid-century time? Um, DIY clock time? I'm trying here, friends.

Good luck! 

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This Curbly post was originally published in April 2011. We're re-sharing it because it's Mid-Century Modern week!

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Get the Look for Less: Mid-Century Modern

by Alicia Lacy

Get the Look for Less: Mid-Century Modern

It's no secret that we at casa Curbly are big lovers of everything mid-century modern (MCM). The classic, clean lines of this style of furniture make it timeless and easy to blend with different styles. But true MCM pieces can be hard to come by, and even harder to afford. We've rounded up some of our favorite MCM looks for a fraction of the price. And, while nothing beats the quality and durability of a classic MCM piece, these doppelganger will work for you while you save your pennies for a vintage Eames lounge chair or original Saarinen Tulip Table.


MCM Style Room
Photo: Chris Nguyen


Flowing, uncomplicated lines or unruly live edges and hairpin legs are the name of the mid-century table game. 







MCM Lighting
Photo: Jeff Herr Photography

Mid-century lighting is sculptural by nature. Sputnik spindles, graceful arcs, and dramatic statements pieces are hallmarks of MCM lighting.

Tripod Mid Century Floor Lamp
Baristo Floor Lamp from All Modern, $137






Mic Century Modern Wicker
Photo: Maven Collective

Simple shapes, nubby wool, sleek wood, and bucket seats are all part of the mid-century seating story. This is an area where you can save money by carefully choosing replicas, but quality is of the utmost importance, and with that the price tags are going to soar a little higher.  


Mid Century Rattan Chair
Cost Plus World Market, $239.98 for 2



Affordable MCM Sofa
Leon Wood Frame Sofa from West Elm, $899




Mid Century Modern Sculpture
Photo: Drew Kelly

Carefully chosen accessories are the glue that will pull a room together and give it a distinctly mid-century feel. Think wooden sculptural pieces, vibrant patterned pillows, and polished brass knick-knacks. 


Mid-Century Brass Sculpture
Geometric Disc Sculpture from West Elm, $59 



Turned Wood Leg Standing Planter, Wide, White
Mid-Century Turned Leg Planter from West Elm, $169


Broadleaf House Plant
Broad Leaf Houseplants, $30 (Fiddle Leaf Fig)



If you have a favorite mid-century look-a-like or a trick for pulling off a MCM-esque room for less, please tell us in the comments below!










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10 DIY Mid-Century Modern Projects to Give Your Home Some Serious Personality

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Mid Century Modern Accessories

Mid-century modern decor is striking, timeless, and a little funky. Here are some DIYs to try to add some MCM flair to your home.    

1.  Popsicle Stick Honeycomb Shelves

These are awesome and so easy. Grab some sticks and glue and this "how-to" to make them.

2. Patterned Cork Coasters

These colorful cork coasters are an easy and fun way to bring in a little mid-century vibe to your decor. Click here for the "how-to".

3. Mid Century Plant Stand

This modern plant stand requires a few tools but it's not too difficult. Here are the instructions.

4. DIY Starburst Wall Clock

Starburst clocks can be expensive, but this DIY version is affordable and looks pretty spot on. Here's the "how-to".

5.  Paul McCobb Wine Rack

This DIY is so much more affordable than the original.


6. DIY Boomerang Coffee Table

I know this technically isn't an accessory, but it's just too awesome to leave out. The table is adorable and looks expensive. Check out the tutorial here.

7.  Mid-century Plant Hanger

All you need is wood and a jigsaw to make this plant hanger happen. 



8. Large Sphere Paper Pendant Light

Remember those fortune tellers you used to fold as a kid? To get this MCM pendant you simply make a ton and glue them to a paper lantern. Here's the full tutorial.

9.  DIY Mid-Mod Drinking Glasses

These glasses might be my favorite of them all. Check out the tutorial here.

10. MCM Candle Holders

These colorful candle holders are so easy to make!

DIY Mid Century Modern Accessories


Want more mid-century? Check out this roundup of handmade MCM gifts and this guide to finding MCM furniture.

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Seriously Awesome Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Accessories You Can Actually Afford

by Jennifer Farley

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

I love buying vintage furniture and I often am asked where to look for affordable mid-century furniture and decor. Today I will share with you all the places I look to shop for vintage and reproductions of great MCM pieces. 


Vintage Mid-Century Sofas:

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

1. Chairish

I always check Chairish for vintage mid century sofas. They have both high-end and affordable options. I like Chairish better than Ebay for all vintage sofas because Chairish has shipping options and most items are returnable. Search Charish for MCM with these sorting options: furniture, sofa, midcentury, and $-$$$.

1.  Vintage Pearsall Sofa - $779 

2. Vintage Black Leather Sofa - $550

3. Vintage McCobb Sofa - $800

4.  Vintage Tufted Sofa - $1,166

Pros: You get great pieces in good condition. You can negotiate price and even shipping.

Cons: Sometimes the lower priced pieces have flaws and need upholstery. You are limited in your color choice.


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

1. Craigslist: The above photo is a sofa in my area. The best finds are from personal sellers not dealers. They often need a little love but at prices like $145 they are steals.

2. Estate Sales: You've got to be patient and go often but they can be found. 

3. Etsy: This option has pricier sofas and usually don't provide shipping. I always look here because if you search your area, you're likely to find local stores who have Etsy shops.

Get it: $285 at SimplyChi


Estate Sale Tip: Look for sales in neighborhoods with homes built in 1970 or earlier. These are the sales where you might find good MCM finds.


Vintage Mid-Century Sofa Reproductions:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

These are my favorite places to look for reproductions. All of these places have different styles of mid-century sofas and a variety of different colors.

2. Joybird: Very true to style.  Preston Sofa - $1,199

2. West Elm: Great options and sales. Peggy Midcentury Sofa - $1,099

3. Article: High quality & good prices. Cirrus Sofa - $999

4. Overstock: Most affordable options. Modway Verve Sofa - $763 


Vintage Mid-Century Chairs:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

Online affordable vintage chairs often need reupholstering. The good news is that the design of a MCM chair typically needs minimal or simple upholstery therefore being much more affordable to recover than a sofa.

1. ChairishSort $-$$$ for affordable options. $225 on Chairish

2. Craigslist: Depends on the area, but worth looking.

3. Ebay: shipping is more affordable on chairs. $300 on Ebay

4. Etsy: more shipping options on accent chairs here. $30 on Etsy

5. Estate Sales: Check out your local sales and be patient. I found the above chairs for $36 a pair, but it took me two years of searching.


Mid-Century Chair Reproductions:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories


Mid-century chair reproductions are everywhere these days. Most major stores are making affordable options available. Here are some of my favorite:

1. Ikea: Mellby Armchair - $279

2. World Market: Xander Armchair - $279 

3. Overstock:  Cruz Mid Century Chair - $324

4. Target:  Sullivan Mid Century Chair - $279  


Vintage Mid-Century Dressers:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

Mid-century vintage dressers are often hard to find affordably online. Here are the three places I check for affordable options.

1. Chairish: The affordable options are limited. $175 Drexel Heritage

2. Craigslist: Search "dresser" instead of mid-century because you don't want to miss the items personal sellers don't know to list as MCM.

3. Estate Sales: I see them often in my area. You need to go on the first day of a sale because these sell faster.


Vintage Mid-Century Dresser Reproductions:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

Brand new MCM-style dressers can be pricey too but here are my favorite affordable options.

1. Overstock: Vilas 4-Drawer Dresser - $294

2. Target: Porter Mid Century Dresser - $429

3. Ikea: Oppland Dresser Series - $249


Vintage Mid-Century Dining Tables:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

The most affordable options for dining tables are local estate sales, Craigslist, and even thrift stores. Vintage dining tables, in good condition, are pricey online. Here were the few I found.

1. Chairish:  Chairish - $349

2. Etsy:  Clark Modern - $600

3. Craigslist: (Picture shown from the midwest area)


Vintage Mid-Century Table Reproductions:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories


Honestly, there are so many reproductions are out there, that this section might be the most affordable option to get the MCM look. Here are some shopping ideas:

1. Article: High quality but a little pricier.  Conan Oval Dining Table - $599

2. World Market: limited options but affordable.  Flynn Hairpin Dining Table - $449 

3. Ikea: There is always a MCM option here.  Nornas Dining Table - $199

4. All Modern: a wide variety of options.  Manon Dining Table - $519



Vintage Mid-Century Accessories:


Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories


The vintage and new MCM accessories are affordable everywhere. Here are places to find them.

1. White Pepper:  Etsy - $74

2. Luola:  Etsy - $68

3. Modcloth:  My favorite vintage accessory shop  Modcloth - $34

4. Urban Outfitters: More updated MCM finds  Urban Outfitters - $98

5. Wise Apple: Etsy - $24

6. Thrift Store and Estate Sales: Here you can find items for less than $5. Where do you think all these Etsy sellers buy their items?

Vintage Buying Tips: Before searching "MCM", "Mid-Century", or "Danish Modern" simply type the item you are searching (ex: "sofa") on Craigslist. Many personal sellers don't know what they have, and you don't want to miss these usually low-priced items.
Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

I hope this helps you find the mid-century piece you're looking for! An even more affordable option for mid-century is DIY. Check out this Roundup of great MCM DIYs on Curbly.

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Small Apartment Bedroom Gets HUGE Kid Makeover

by DIY Maven
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Photo: So Haute Style

Nicole Gibbons was given a tall order when asked to re-do the smaller bedroom in a clients' 2-bedroom NYC apartment. It started as a "big boy room" for their toddler son, but a few months into the project--surprise--the couple learned they were adding another kiddo to the group. Nicole's plan had to change--big time. Now the room had to service a growing toddler AND a new baby, a baby, by the way, whose gender was...

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8 Modern Outdoor Living Spaces That Will Make You Never Want to Go Inside

by Lidy Dipert

Round-Up: 8 Modern Outdoor Living Spaces

Each year, we see the piles of endless outdoor decor stock up in our favorite shops. It can be very overwhelming when these pieces are simply set on shelves showing no personality or potential. A great way to get started is doing a little research before you go in the hunt and decide what style and look you might be wanting to achieve for your outdoor living space this year. Here are 8 modern outdoor living spaces that will surely inspire and...

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How to Organize Your Spice Cabinet Once and For All

by Chris Gardner

diy spice organizer

We like to cook at our house. We'll read cookbooks cover-to-cover as entertainment, subscribe to a nearly ridiculous amount of food magazines and blogs, and think a whole day spent in the kitchen or the grill is a very fine thing to do with a weekend.

And since we like a variety of foods, we have a lot of spices. Like, a lot. Since ground spices only last about six months, we like to buy them in bulk at ethnic markets and toast and grind them as needed. Which means, of course, that our cabinets is full of all kinds of bags and shakers and chip clips and jars and complete insanity.

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Before & After: Traditional Family Room Gets Dramatic Makeover

by DIY Maven


Family Room Before
Photo: Robeson Design

Designer Rebecca Robeson was up against some tricky constraints when designing her client's family room in their Spanish/Mediterranean-style Carlsbad, CA home. Those restraints came in the form of non-negotiables and included an existing red, white, and blue Persian rug, two nautical-themed art pieces, and the family dog Vesper's favorite well-loved leather chair. Oh, yeah, and the client didn't want a nautical...

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How To: Make a Cactus Pincushion & Geometric Planter

by DIY Maven
Cactus pincushion in geometric planter
Photo: Delia Creates

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Today: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter.'s a twofer! First, Delia made the cactus's pot using air-dry clay, which you can see by clicking here. Then, using a high-quality olive green wool felt, she started in on the cactus. The results are sweet, to be sure, but with the addition of a few pins, the cactus looks like it's blooming. Although Delia does admit that her pincushion usually looks like this (still darling):

Cactus Pincushion loaded with pins
Photo: Delia Creates

SO much better than my method of sewing pin corralling--which is an old Altoid tin. Oye. For the entire tutorial for the cactus part of the project, please visit Delia Creates. 

Geometric Cactus Pin Cushion Tutorial [Delia Creates]

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How To: Make a Concrete Mason Jar Lid

by DIY Maven
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Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Once again, I'm super psyched to be able to share the second of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! (For the first project, click here.) Like the hanging air plant planter, this project can also be found in the "Crafts" section of the book. UN-like the last how-to, this one ranks easy on the easy to hard scale...

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