Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous - from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, furniture and interior design styles. Learn how to get the mid century modern look in your home without paying a fortune.
Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect).
The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.
Summer is just around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to update your backyard for barbecues and outdoor get togethers! If you need a little inspiration or just want to gawk at gorgeous backyards, these 30 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces will make you incredibly jealous.
As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.
To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.
The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. In America, the vehement reaction to the tiny house is to be expected, as Americans love the cleverness of their design and their roguish mission, but at the same time balk at the idea of having less stuff. Of all the editorials against tiny houses, the most common topic of their ire is the thought of tossing out most of their belongings.
However, those who attack the tiny house movement don't understand that the move to live in smaller dwellings is ultimately a good thing, and that their smug editorials do more harm than good to the cause of living more efficiently, with a smaller environmental footprint.
If you're on the look out for good deals and unique finds for your home you should check out your local architectural salvage store or community ReStore. Here are some reasons why...
Tiny home aficionado Derek Diedricksen built this off-the-grid, 8' x '8 "reading" cabin in Vermont for just $300. He was able to keep the price tag so low by using recycled parts. The front deck was made using an abandoned
This small barn located in Flanders, Belgium has been transformed into a dreamy office space, courtesy of Studio Farris Architects. The project utilizes "an autonomous piece of furniture" made of stacked wood beans that not only creates individual workspaces but also a
Helen Rowell's tiny West Village apartment is one of the tiniest I've ever seen. At just 78 inches wide, it's smaller than a queen-size bed is long. But it IS in the West Village and her rent is only $775 a month. Helen's become quite adept at getting rid of stuff, which she says is
Author Ransom Riggs, of
A perfect example of not judging a book by its cover, or, in this case, a house by its exterior, is this Beverly Hills, CA cottage. The owner had it built across the street from his home as an 'architectural folly.' (We should all be so lucky.) The construction was inspired by none other than the Gamble House by Greene and Greene. As far
Having an entire room in your home dedicated to office space is a luxury for most people. But the 14 tiny work spaces in this roundup prove that big offices aren't all that. As a matter of a fact, these teeny offices are so dreamy, they'll make people with the full-size counterparts consider downsizing !
This slot of an office has everything you'd want and more:
For $1000 Sara converted a closet in her living room into a fabulous little office space:
Even tinier and just as fabulous is Martina's hall coat closet turned office:
This little alcove off a dining area is put to good use, and blends in nicely with it's surroundings:
This little space could have been an alcove or a closet. Either way, the built-ins make it look like it's always been there:
File storage, printer, desk, overhead lighting...this little space has it all:
Tiny? This sweet little space is more like micro:
A far cry from Harry Potter's cupboard under the stairs, this space looks like it serves as a family's command center. (Note the antique the corded phone and CRT. Yeah, the pic is probably old, but the space's function is as current as ever.)
Although this alcove happens to be part of a 'kid's den,' its use is so very charming, and those windows??? Swoon.
An underutilized coat closet in a dining room (a coat closet in a dining room?) underwent a major facelift, as the homeowners opened it up, made it bigger...
and turned it into an office:
Tricia's closet looked like it already functioned as an office of sorts, but she turned it into something you'd want to hide...
into something you'd want to show off:
Another alcove, this time with a delightful pop of color and tons of character:
This nook might be hidden away, but in no way does that mean it's in a dark location. On the contrary, it's full of light:
For our finale, this set up where the closet in question serves as a credenza of sorts. The disco ball rockets this pick to squeal-worthy status. Love.
I know what you're thinking. "What genius felt the need to make over a mid-century gem like this?" Actually it was a team of geniuses, and you won't believe how they made it over. Are you ready? (You might want to take a deep breath before you click the Continue Reading thingy.)
Every year REALTOR Magazine puts out a report called Cost vs. Value in which they advise homeowners* which remodeling projects will net the biggest turn on investment. The 2015 report can be summed up simply: less
Tiny homes may be tiny, but the cost of the pre-designed plans to build them are not, as they can cost anywhere between $500 and $800 dollars. But, I found a website that offers 11 free tiny house plans that range from charming to squeal-worthy. To make it even better, there's no registration
Three hundred and twenty square feet have never looked so good. As a matter of fact, they look better than most houses ten times the size. Why? For one, bigger is not always better, and two, this petite home is practically surrounded in
Wanna tax your design skills? Move into a tiny space and see what happens. Already in a tiny space? Then you know all the challenges designing such a space entails. It's also why you might be much better at being organized than your McMansion counterparts. You need to be tidy if you want to maximize your space! Much as the occupants of these postage stamp places who have perfected tiny living that enables them to live large.