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A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look

by Kate Wagner
Mid century modern guide to furniture, architecture and design
Drawing of a Suburban House from a 1953 issue of House + Home
Photo from the archives of the author.

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. 

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Thinking of Buying an Old Home? Here are 13 Questions You Need to Ask Before Making an Offer

by Jennifer Farley

13 questions to ask yourself before making an offer on an old house.

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.    

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Not Just For Hipsters: In Defense of Tiny Houses

by Kate Wagner

 

Not Just For Hipsters: In Defense of Tiny Houses
Photo: StudioBuell Photography

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.

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Apartment Tour: 90 Square Feet in NYC

by DIY Maven
Apartment Tour: 90 Square Feet in NYC
Photo: Curbed

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

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Dreamy and Teeny: 13 Impromptu Office Spaces

by DIY Maven
Dreamy and Teeny: 13 Impromptu Office Spaces

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:

Photo: Transform Home

For $1000 Sara converted a closet in her living room into a fabulous little office space:

Photo: Sunset

Even tinier and just as fabulous is Martina's hall coat closet turned office:

Photo: Offbeat Home

This little alcove off a dining area is put to good use, and blends in nicely with it's surroundings:

Photo: Home Stories A to Z

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:

Photo: Pinterest

File storage, printer, desk, overhead lighting...this little space has it all:

Photo: A Passion for Home

Tiny? This sweet little space is more like micro:

Photo: Domino

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.)

Photo: Pinterest

Although this alcove happens to be part of a 'kid's den,' its use is so very charming, and those windows??? Swoon.

Photo: Sarah Richardson Design

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...

Photo: Home Talk

and turned it into an office:

Photo: Home Talk

Tricia's closet looked like it already functioned as an office of sorts, but she turned it into something you'd want to hide...

Photo: Simplicity in The South

into something you'd want to show off:

Photo: Simplicity in The South

Another alcove, this time with a delightful pop of color and tons of character:

Photo: NYT

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:

Photo: Prifx

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.

Photo: Pinterest

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Unbelievable 50's Rambler Makeover

by DIY Maven
Unbelievable 50's Rambler Makeover
Photo: Star Tribune

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.) 

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Eye Candy: Beautifully Designed Tiny Homes and Apartments

by DIY Maven

Eye Candy: Beautifully Designed Tiny Homes and Apartments

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.

This tiny...

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