How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

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 vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Continue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Round-Up

Photo: Holly Wade

If Christmas gifts consisted only of stockings and the goodies therein, I'd be one very happy gal. While I absolutely adore the tradition of gift-giving, I find gathering the little things most exciting. Below is my list of favorite stocking stuffer gifts, and they're arranged into the following categories:    

 

Stocking Stuffers For Ladies

Sara Happ

 

1. Sara Happ Lip Slip: Give her something super luxe this year! This stuff is incredible… no more dry lips, and it has a lovely sheen that she'll love. Continue Reading

How to Repair the Webbing on a Vintage Mid-Century Chair

Replace Old Rubber Webbing Mid Century Chair

A vintage mid-century chair is always a great find. Unfortunately, the affordable ones are usually in bad condition, and they get passed up by many buyers because it's intimidating to figure out where or how to fix them. Last winter I bought a mid-century chair at an estate sale for $15, with broken webbing, and worn-out cushions. But the structure of the chair was in excellent condition. If you find one like this, don't pass it up! Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Asterisk Clock (for under $10.00)

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There’s nothing like an iconic mid-century classic to set your home apart. Your home can be as contemporary as can be, but add even one Saarinen or Eames piece to your space, and you’ve connected with a movement. You’ve invested in a piece that, fifty or sixty years later, looks as elegant, playful, and amazing as it did when it was first unveiled.

‘Cept, here’s the deal: these guys can be expensive. While you’re paying for comfort and style, you’re also paying for the time of some of the most talented artists of the 20th century, quality materials, and, true, some copyright. Continue Reading

Make It! Mid-Century Modern

This week, we’re diving down deep into mid-century modern love on Curbly and we’re re-sharing our “Make It! Mid-Century Modern” eBook. It’s full of mid-century inspired masterpieces you can make at home. 

 

The book features twelve MCM-inspired how-to projects will show you how to make a Calderiffic MobileEames-embroidered napkins, a fantastic Girard-ish ottoman and more!.

Each article includes background on the designer who inspired it, a materials and tools list, and detailed step-by-step instructions with high-res photos. Continue Reading

Before & After: A Mod Ottoman Makeover!

created at: 04/09/2012

This little vintage ottoman had great bones and a charming profile, but its beige-y blahness just wasn’t cutting it. That’s nothing a fab shower curtain couldn’t fix, though! Yes, I said “shower curtain”. Read on!   

 

 

created at: 04/09/2012

This may be one of the most clever and budget-friendly ideas ever! Jill Browning kept the costs low and the style high by reupholstering this ottoman with a boldly patterned shower curtain from Target. Genius, right?? Check out more right here! Continue Reading

How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

created at: 12/07/2011

It’s not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I’ve grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket…in that order.

So, it’s always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I’ve never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it. This holiday season, it was the papier-mache cone. Continue Reading

Design Blogger Wish List: Tyler Goodro of Plastolux

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created at: 12/07/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they’d like to receive this year. Today, we’re excited to welcome Tyler Goodro, an excellent graphic designer and founder of the awesome design blog, Plastolux.

To me a wish list is just that, a wish. In my mind it would be items that most likely, I would not be able to afford, but maybe some day. Continue Reading

How to: Make DIY Cathrineholm Candle Holders

created at: 12/05/2011

I don’t know about you, but whenever I go thrifting, I keep my eyes open for a Cathrineholm enamelware ANYTHING.  I love it, but sadly have never scored such a find.  That’s why I had a “DUH” moment when I saw this DIY project with the coveted Lotus likeness.   Using paper, tape, and a craft knife, this DIY candle holder is super easy and would catch the eye of any mid-century fan.  It is a fun way to pay homage to the designer look without paying through the nose! Continue Reading