17 Ways to Introduce this Trending Pattern into Your Home

by M.E. Gray
Selection from the Unmagic Eye Exhibition by Spencer Harrison and Billie Justice Thomson; Photo by Bri Hammond
Selection from the Unmagic Eye Exhibition by Spencer Harrison and Billie Justice Thomson; Photo by Bri Hammond

The home decor world is operating mostly in throwback-mode right now. What used to be tacky is now tasteful, and looking dated doesn't matter as much. Walk into any big box store like Target, West Elm, or CB2, and you'll see interpretations of designs and color schemes that originally surfaced over 30-40 years ago. From the resurgence of treatments like terrazzo to the re-introduction of wicker, what's old is new again. If you're like me, you've noticed a familiar pattern pop up. And if you're like me, it's making you gleefully reminiscent. I'm talking about the bold and bright world of Memphis design, and its colorful impact on the 80s and 90s.                 

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Countertops with Personality

by DIY Maven

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If you read my blog post (and resulting comments from my fellow Curbliers) about granite countertops, you've discovered several reasons why a lot of people hate them. High on the list were coldness, chipping and its 'busy pattern.' I'm going to throw out another reason not to like it: It's not FUN. What would constitute a fun countertop? How about these very retro solid surface specimens:

 Pictured above, with

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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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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes


If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

created at: 10/26/2010

I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $300 Giftcard from Crestview Doors

Curbly is very pleased to announce our latest giveaway: a $300 giftcard to CrestviewDoors.com, makers of mid-century doors and kits to match your atomic-age home.

created at: 07/19/2010

We've always been big fans of David and Christine's family-owned business. We wrote about them a few years ago, and are happy their continuing to grow and produce great do-it-yourself Doorlite kits to add geometric windows to an existing door. Learn more about this awesome...

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Getting Mid-Century Right

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Forget about your original Eames chair and Wormley sofa for a minute. If your design goal is authentic mid century modern, you need to start with the available color palettes of the day. Today, we tend to take modern liberties with our interpretation of retro. If you're a mid-century purist, or simply curious about what colors were offered, RetroRenovation has found original advertisements for the modern homeowner of the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970's from Motorola, Eichler Homes, Kohler, and St. Charles kitchen cabinets.

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Mid-Century Modern Blog of the Week: The Vintage Life.

by Chris Gardner

Dave and Rebecca from The Vintage Life started the blog, in their own words, to "share our passion for living the vintage lifestyle. From the home we own and fill with 1950 and 1960s items to our vintage camper and boat, we are proud to be vintage through and through. Join us on our vintage journey, so far it has been a great ride."

Mid-Century Modern Blog of the Week: The Vintage Life.

Over the last few days, they've been featuring a series of vintage postcards they found in an now-closed antique store in Columbus, WI.

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The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

Photo: ApartmentTherapy

This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.

One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill! 

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How to Make a Kitchen Banquette with Storage

by Mod Home Ec Teacher
Upper Eastside Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Not long ago, banquettes were being torn out of kitchens to make room for lots of spindly legged chairs. Not anymore, my friend. The longing for practicality and all things retro has many homeowners rethinking the banquette. Modern or traditional, they add tons of storage, extra seating, cozy seating, texture, and a touch of the unusual in the kitchen. A DIY-er with basic carpentry skills should have no trouble with this project.
TIP: If you're adding a back to your banquette, angle it 6 degrees for a more comfortable seat. 

Here's all you need to get started:
  • measuring tape
  • birch veneer plywood
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw,
  • 2 x 4's
  • nails
  • hammer
  • portable drill with a phillips head screwdriver bit
  • screws
  • piano hinge

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Download FREE Retro Scrapbook Paper

by DIY Maven

Download FREE Retro Scrapbook Paper

I was at my local craft store the other day looking of retro scrapbook paper. They had one. ONE. A search of the internets, however, uncovered Apple Scrapbook, which has a dozen darling retro scrapbook papers you can download for free. Perfect for virtual scrap-booking, of course, but also great for craft projects.

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