Mega Roundup: 20 Modern Gardens to Delight and Inspire!

by Capree K

Mega Roundup: 20 Modern Gardens to Delight and Inspire!

It's 95 degrees today and all I can think about is retreating to a lush garden with a cold drink and a good book.  If that garden happens to have a pool, all the better.  Instead, the reality of my yard is a rectangle of semi-alive grass surrounded by vinyl fencing.  It's boring and drab, but after drooling over these modern gardens, I'm starting to see some serious potential.  If your yard is in a similar state, it's time to hop on board the inspiration train!  Here are over 20 modern gardens that are sure to delight the eye and get those creative juices flowing.  

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How To: Make a Mod Dot Headboard

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Mod Dot Headboard

Our friend Miki has ideas that just won't stop. Wanting a headboard, but not something heavy and permanent, she came up with this brilliant, textural, tone-on-tone solution that, literally, pops off the wall.

Any guesses as to how she pulled it off. (Hint: they're super inexpensive and quite easy to use.)  

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Felt Wall Tiles: Crazy or Cool?

by Capree K

Felt Wall Tiles: Crazy or Cool?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed the wool felt craze that's been going on the last year or two.  People are using it to make pretty much everything imaginable, from simple circular coasters to laser-cut rugs and now: geometric wall tiles!    

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The MadMen Effect: The TV Show's Mid-Century Impact on Home Decor

by Chris Gardner

The MadMen Effect: The TV Show's Mid-Century Impact on Home Decor

As AMC's Mad Men emerged as one of television's most beloved and well-recieved dramas, its stylish, 1960s aesthetic crept into our lives in other ways: women's dresses moved towards the high-waisted, eyeglasses became fuller and more austere, and many developed a new interest in the classic cocktails and high-balls from the two-martini lunch era.

And of course, the wonderful set dressing and styling has had quite the impact onto trends in home decor.   

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How To: Make DIY Mod Storage Pods

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make DIY Mod Storage Pods

Every home needs a "landing strip": that place near the door to put your keys, sunglasses, phone, mail, purses, things you need to take with you, and all the other important stuff that comes in and out of your home everyday. A basket is a great idea, or a storage bench, or a small shelf. 

OR...You could make these mod, space-y storage pods from a household staple! Guess what it is!

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Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

by Capree K

Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

Did you hear that?  That was the sound of my mind exploding at the awesomeness of these upholstery designs by Eleanor Young.  This UK-based textile artist and upholsterer creates striking contemporary pieces inspired by architecture and fragmented shapes.  I love her bold patterns and color combos, especially!  

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5 Modern Pillow Tutorials to Freshen Up your Decor

by Craftmel

5 Modern Pillow Tutorials to Freshen Up your Decor

I don't know about you, but those winter blues have flown out the window now that warmer weather has set in.  And in my neck of the woods, it is hot weather.  With the changing of the seasons, I feel like my whole condo needs a facelift to change along with the temperature.  With a very limited redecorating budget (the husband says he'd rather eat, phaw!) I figure the best place to start is inexpensive throw pillows like a shag pillow made from recycled t-shirts or knit yardage?  Talk about comfortable!  V&Co shows us how to make it.  Here are a few more fun and modern pillow ideas for you to lean on.  

 

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Free Download: Icons of Modern Design (PDF booklet and vector art)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Icons of Modern Design Download PDF

It's Modernism month on Curbly, and we're exploring what it means to talk about modern design for the home. This week, we're offering a really cool booklet of twenty-four iconic modern design silhouettes, along with the vector files we used to make them! We chose all our favorite designs by Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, and the best of the mid-century designers. Read on to see how to download the files.

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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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Modern Bathroom Makeover

by DIY Maven

Modern Bathroom Makeover

Located in Las Vegas, this bathroom needed a some punch. Designer Gina De Pasquale paid tribute to the home's mid century modern architecture while simultaneously bringing it into the 21st century. 

I especially find admirable Gina's choice to mix 'high- and low-priced fixtures and accessories'. For example, the tile was

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