Masculine Style: Why this space works!

by Kibwedaisy

Masculine Style: Why this space works!

Photo: OWI.bz

I realized that I didn't say a big HELLO to the Curbly readers.  My name is Kibwe Daisy.  I am in interior designer in Washington, DC and editor of Design For Men.  I am thrilled to be guest blogging this week.  I enjoy designing spaces that have a masculine feel.  And I find guys often don't pay close enough attention to creating a great home environment.  The key to upgrading your home is identify your style by finding the...

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Tip of the Day: Use Outdoor Rugs Inside

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Tip of the Day: Use Outdoor Rugs Inside

We had an authentic oriental rug in our front entry for years. I couldn't help but cringe  every time guests walked in the front door with snowy or wet shoes. Exhausted from policing the foot traffic, I broke down and bought a neutral 8 x 10 patio rug from Lowes for the front hall. The best idea ever!! Now, it's time to take it up a notch.

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Which DIY Projects Haven't You Seen Before?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Which DIY Projects Haven't You Seen Before?

Fellow Curblians, forgive me if these DIY decorating tips from Better Homes & Garden are mere child's play for you. Most of the "get the look for less" projects we see all around are fairly obvious by now. It's getting harder to discover new DIY tricks as everyone with an ounce of creativity is doing it themselves these days. The upside is that it's challenging the old noggin' to be more masterful. In this bedroom project, however, two simple projects caught my eye. Click over to DIY'd version to see which two you think lean towards "Ah! That's a great idea." Here are my picks...

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How To Mix Up Mid Century Modern

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Mix Up Mid Century Modern

 

Mid Century Modern has been my style for about, well, umm...a long, long time. I've learned not everyone shares this passion with me. So, when I saw this post over on ApartmentTherapy, I thought using the word 'upgrade' may cause some commentary controversy since many would deny that Mid Century could even possibly be considered to be an upgrade.

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My Blue Sofa: The New (Cool) Kid on the Block

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

My Blue Sofa: The New (Cool) Kid on the Block

Big Twist Solid Wood End Table

Remember what you thought when you first heard of Etsy, Craigslist, LushPad, and 1st Dibs? Did you wonder how an online marketplace for furniture and home decor could ever gain enough gritty traction to make a go of it? When I inadvertently came across a link to another new kid on the block, MyBlueSofa.com, I couldn't keep my mouth shut, I just had to ask co-founder and CEO, Manuel Garcia, HOW, WHY and WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Read how My Blue Sofa is quickly making a name for itself and why it's the perfect sized pond to buy and sell unique furniture and home decor. No fees.  Seriously.

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Great Show House, Now Where Can I Find That Fabric for Less?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Great Show House, Now Where Can I Find That Fabric for Less?

Last week I walked through Indianapolis' St. Margaret's Guild Decorator's Show House. This year's historic home was purchased by the late author, Booth Tarkington in 1923 and it was there where he wrote many of his novels.

However, I digress. The one non-historic question I walked away with was how I was going to get my hands on some of this magenta and chartreuse Donghia fabric that graced one bee-U-tee-full chair in the morning room. 

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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 3

by DIY Maven

 

My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 3

In this the 3rd and final installment devoted to my recent tour of Room & Board, we consider the living room. If there were any question of the retailers ability to bridge the gap between mid-century with the 21st, these vignettes answers it. That’s because their 21st century designs are presented with the likes of Eames, Noguchi, Nelson and Wegner to name just a few. And on those occasions when the masters’ creations don’t make an appearance in the R & B living room vignettes, their influence is felt. 

The Pierre chair, pictured below

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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 1

by DIY Maven

 

My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 1

Last week I had the opportunity to take a private tour of my local Room & Board, and, I must say, in our mass-produced world, walking through their showroom is always a breath of fresh air. If you haven’t heard of Room & Board, here’s all you need to know: they sell furniture and accessories of timeless design and impeccable quality. The retailer achieves these feats by establishing relationships with family-owned companies who share their commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability. 

Because of the relationships R & B has fostered for more than 25 years, they are able to set a specific aesthetic direction, designing 90 percent of the furnishings they sell, which, as my tour guide Preston put it, are ‘steeped in classic design.’ Their inspiration is Shaker, Asian, Danish Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Arts & Crafts. If that sounds like recipe for an unfocused collection, let me assure you, it is not. It’s the very reason why Room & Board pieces can seamless bridge the gap between centuries, countries and even generations.

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Take the Shaker-inspired dining room pieces pictured above, from the new Adams Collection, for example. The clean lines of the cabinet and extension table pair perfectly with the mid-mod grasscloth pendant lamp and Danish modern Doyle chairs.

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Kitchen Makeover, From Drab to Fab

by DIY Maven

Kitchen Makeover, From Drab to Fab

Cramped, dark and dated. These three words describe a lot of kitchens out there. Like the one pictured above, for example, which overlooks the St. Croix River Valley in beautiful Minnesota. The owners wanted bigger, lighter and contemporary, but they didn't want to add budget-blowing square footage to their home's footprint. Instead, designer Laurie Butler opened it up by taking out the soffits and hanging cabinets. To gain more space, she converted two closets; one became a pantry and the other a recess for two wall ovens.

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