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Make It! A Rain Chain

by DIY Maven

Make It! A Rain Chain

In our second original outdoor decor project for this month, we're going to make a rain chain! Why? Because they've become a very popular alternative to the utilitarian downspout as a way to direct rain from your gutters to the ground. Search 'rain chain' on the google and you'll see that besides being popular, they can be very expensive. My DIY alternative, however, can be assembled in about an hour and costs around 30 bucks.   

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How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

by Chris Gardner

Here's a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

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Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own...

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Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

Head's up, friends. Easter is over, spring has sprung, and we're moving on to a whole new season. First up: Mother's Day, which occurs on May 8th this year. To help you celebrate in style, we've asked our friend Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationery firm based in Portland, Oregon, to share some unique, independently designed and printed cards to share with your cool Mom. Embossed bouquets? No sir.  

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How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

by Chris Gardner

In this post, you'll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways ...

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

by Capree K

How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

Two birds, one stone?  Puh-lease!  You can't throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces.  Maybe more if you're really good.  While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames' textile designs are relatively less-so.  Relatively being the operative word.  While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn't mean those...

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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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How to: Make a Super Simple Spring Planter

by Craftmel

How to: Make a Super Simple Spring Planter

With spring already in full swing here in Arizona (can we even call it spring when it is in the 90s?), and it has been refreshing to see green leaves pop up on the trees outside our place.  It seems that with talk of Easter, spring, and all the new life happening outside, we ought to channel some of that springtime green inside with a simple and modern planter.  

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How To: Give an Inexpensive Door Mat a Welcoming Modern Makeover

by Chris Gardner

How To: Give an Inexpensive Door Mat a Welcoming Modern Makeover

My hardwood floors took a beating this winter. All the in-and-outs with the snow, salt, and drippy boots left a dull, gray haze over the major traffic areas. So, I went to the local home improvement center to get a door mat, and guess what - there wasn't a one that could be considered "contemporary" and certainly not modern. All the nice ones were covered with Celtic designs, and puppy paw prints, and weird flowers...and the plain ones were this terrible chemical-laden black plastic that looked like it was more interested in welcoming folks to a factory rather than as guests to my house.  

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New Use for Old Drawers: A Laundry Room Re-Vamp

by Craftmel

New Use for Old Drawers: A Laundry Room Re-Vamp

We recently moved into a rental condo where, among a bazillion other rules, we can't paint our walls.  Which is unfortunate, because the last tennants "touched up" with flat paint over the existing eggshell finish.  It makes for an interesting pattern on the walls, but I digress.  Our drab laundry room not only was white beyond all sterile imagining, but it had zero shelving or storage.  The solution to our blah laundry room was found in a few castaways.  

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Bathroom Cleaning Check List and Cheat Sheet

by Chris Gardner

Bathroom Cleaning Check List and Cheat Sheet

It's Spring Cleaning and Home Organization month on Curbly, and we're doing our best to make things manageable and easy so you can whip through the process and enjoy your clean home!

Last week, we shared a quick and easy kitchen cleaning cheat sheet and checklist, and we got great responses from our readers. So, this week, we're back with that other tough to keep up space: the bathroom.  

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