How to Go to the Movies for Less This Summer

How to get cheap movies tickets and save money this summer

It's summertime, which means bonus free time, if you're lucky. Going to the movies is a classic way to stay out of the sun while still having fun – the only issue is that outlandish price tag! I had quit going to the movies a few years back, because the cost of admission was higher than I was comfortable with. However, after learning different ways to obtain cheap movie tickets, and figuring out how to keep my costs low, I'm back to seeing flicks on the big screen. Continue Reading

Curbly’s Wall Art Shopping Guide: 20 Design-y Prints for Film and TV Buffs

created at: 05/29/2012

As a lover of film and TV, this might be my favorite wall art shopping guide so far! It was also really, really, really hard to narrow it down to a mere 20 prints. My suggestion?? Hit up your favorite online marketplace (Etsy, Society6, Cargoh, Supermarket, etc.) and do a search for the shows you love the most. It’ll blow your mind. Meanwhile, here are my picks for awesome movie- and TV-inspired prints!    Continue Reading

How To: Custom Window Films.


My, my…how paint pens have grown. What used to put out splotchy, oily messes can apparently now produce thin, clean, consistent lines. A beautiful case-in-point: these custom window films from Kate at Design*Sponge. “In our home we needed some window films to provide privacy, but we also
wanted them to let light through. using contact paper and a white paint
pen, i’ve created some decorative window films that are easy to change,
replace, move, etc.” Continue Reading

5 Things You Can Make Out of a Film Canister

Film is so last century, which means the canister it comes in possesses a nostalgic quality. Embrace your love of the past–and of film–with these 5 clever projects from Photojojo. Each idea requires some basic equipment to disassemble the canisters to get you started, which includes:

  • empty 35mm film canisters
  • a bottle opener
  • work gloves (optional)
  • mallet (optional, but always fun to use)
  • scissors or tin snips
  • sandpaper

And now for the projects!!

The Ring:

The Dog Tag:

The Earrings:

The Belt Buckle:

The Key Chain:

For the projects’ tutorials, go to jojo. Continue Reading

Box Office Decor: Taking Design Cues from the Cinema



The first time I saw A Clockwork Orange (at 13), I was way too young: too young for the content, too young to understand the themes, or even the intricacies of the plot, and too young to recognize it as fine piece of filmmaking (with a remarkable Moog soundtrack). In fact, the only thing I could really appreciate was the insane postmodern interiors of the set décor…From the Korova Milk Bar to the internal shots of the homes to the wildly psychedelic record store, the extreme wall treatments have always stuck with me as much as the social commentary on sex and violence. Continue Reading

Check out: Mid-Century Mania!

Scour your local library for a (VHS-only) copy of Mid-Century Mania, an entry from A&E’s series, House Beautiful. This 50-minute docu-showcase looks as if it was completed in the late 90’s (was that REALLY 8 years ago!?), and includes a bit of the basic cable non-fiction cheese and a generic blonde hostess, but the footage makes it more than bearable.

Highlights Include:

Profile of Case Study House #22, “Stahl House”:

  • Interview of original architect Pierre Koenig
  •  Interview with then-homeowner, horror film producer Dan Cracchiolo, whom was regrettably killed in a motorcycle accident in 2004

Mid-Century Furniture Primer

  • Commentary by Sam Kaufman from Modernica, and Carla Nora from Carla’s Antiques
  • Spotlight on:
  • Eames Fiberglass Chair and Molded Plywood Chair
  • Saarinen Tulip Table and Womb Chair
  • Nelson Coconut Chair
  • Jacobsen Swan Chair

Profile of Kaufman Desert House, architect: Richard Neutra

  • Explores current owners Beth and Brent Harris’ six year rehab project









Short Bibliography, including:


Are their other mid-century or design “documentaries” worth checking out?   Continue Reading