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Graphic Confetti Poppers

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
Graphic Confetti Poppers

An occasion for dispensing confetti doesn’t present itself too often, so why not do it with appropriate aplomb? As if we didn’t already know that black-and-white, bold graphics, and a dash of sparkle are a surefire route to a memorably festive visual statement, along come these confetti poppers—a DIY project — Continue reading

A Jewel of a DIY Holiday Project

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
A Jewel of a DIY Holiday Project

Talk about a gem of a DIY project! This shimmering, beautifully faceted holiday ornament, which we discovered on the unfailingly industrious site, A Beautiful Mess, was fashioned at home with the help of standard craft staples: balsa wood, X-Acto knife, gold paint—and, yes, a dose of motivation which (we admit) — Continue reading

A Virtual Christmas Tree Brought to Life

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
A Virtual Christmas Tree Brought to Life

We were immediately struck by the moody prettiness of this Christmas tree, only to find that we were fooled by a terrific home-made optical illusion—and the most artful no-fuss tree we’ve seen in a while. As illustrated on Almost Makes Perfect, the beauty of opting for this tree is that — Continue reading

Headline Grabbing Menus

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
Headline Grabbing Menus

No one appreciates a novel idea—or newspapers—more than we do, and this menu design from Sunday Suppers, the Brooklyn establishment that characterizes itself as a “communal cooking center” that also oversees private events, is both memorable and great looking. For an event with a New York-centric theme, an enchantingly beautiful — Continue reading

A DIY Project, Unfolded

Categories: DIY + How To, Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
A DIY Project, Unfolded

Few things are as drearily generic (and as devoid of aesthetic value) as that staple of school auditoriums and recreational halls: the tubular metal folding chair. Which is why this DIY project over on Design for Mankind got our attention immediately. Ordinary materials, a dose of determination, and a finely — Continue reading

Smart Idea: Word Search Wrapping Paper

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Decor + Objects
Smart Idea: Word Search Wrapping Paper

Here’s a terrific gift wrapping idea for anyone who has a soft corner for design, language, or word search puzzles: gift wrapping paper laden with words relating to most any occasion, allowing the giver to simply highlight whichever word or phrase applies to the occasion or recipient. We’re particularly besotted — Continue reading

Modern/Easy DIY: Rorschach Place Mats

Categories: DIY + How To
Modern/Easy DIY: Rorschach Place Mats

Tell me…what do you see when you look at this post? If you answer “an awesome and affordable DIY project for my modern home” we’ll diagnose you with an awesome case of knowing a great DIY project when you see it. Spotted first on Dismount Creative but taken from the — Continue reading

DIY Modern PlayHive for Kids

Categories: DIY + How To, Kids + Baby
DIY Modern PlayHive for Kids

The PlayHive is a backyard play structure that just about anyone can make for their kids pretty quickly, to get to the squeals of joy coming from them quicker. All you need is some basic carpentry skills, some 2x4s, screws and common tools (like a chop-saw, a sander and a — Continue reading

DIY: Banish the Blues This Winter with White

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, DIY + How To
DIY: Banish the Blues This Winter with White

White doesn’t have to bring to mind chilly swirls of snow and the hectic holiday season. Decorating in light neutral tones can be just as warm and inviting year-round as darker shades, while still maintaining a sleek, modern feel. The key is to incorporate interesting pieces that will give character — Continue reading

DIY on the Cheap: Simplify & Paint Black

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, DIY + How To
DIY on the Cheap: Simplify & Paint Black

Got a piece of furniture you don’t LOVE? Or an accessory that is almost right but just not quite right? Before you donate it to your local thrift store or try to sell it on Craiglist, why not enact a super simple, potentially Scandinavian-inspired, cheap and easy-to-do makeover? Simplify and — Continue reading

DIY: 3-Tiered Modern Plate Planter

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY: 3-Tiered Modern Plate Planter

When we first spotted a photo of this project, we thought it’d be very complicated, involved and require a lot of skills and power tools we just don’t have. Weren’t we just delighted to know that’s just not true. Since one modern planter full of succulents is good looking, surely — Continue reading

Don’t Paint a Whole Wall

Categories: DIY + How To
Don’t Paint a Whole Wall

We mean, you want a punch of color, sure. It would seem logical to paint an entire room — or heck — even just an accent wall. But friends, that’s simply not the level of dedication you have to put into a can of paint to successfully infuse a space — Continue reading

Spotted: Kind-of DNA-Looking DIY Mobile

Categories: DIY + How To
Spotted: Kind-of DNA-Looking DIY Mobile

We’re not sure what the original design intentions of this kid’s mobile hanging over a bed spotted in the online blog Weekday Carnival was. Whether the goal was always a sort of abstract, minimal, hanging DNA strand or not is hard to say, but we can only say our science-loving — Continue reading

The Best of 2012′s DIY Projects

Categories: DIY + How To
The Best of 2012′s DIY Projects

Boy y’all are all so creative out there. 2012 was so full of amazing, affordable, easy, and satisfying DIY projects for the home. And better than ever — these projects have a peppy, modern aesthetic perfect for almost any home. From functional items like planters and furniture to just-for-fun options — Continue reading

Last Minute Happy-Inducing DIY Gift Ideas

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
Last Minute Happy-Inducing DIY Gift Ideas

Boy this last week before Christmas sure snuck up on us, didn’t it? The BIG day is literally only days away, and if you still need a gift or two for someone, don’t face the holiday shopping crowds, grab a few materials, carve out a few hours and make some — Continue reading

DIY Adorable Neon-Tipped Pine Cones

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DIY Adorable Neon-Tipped Pine Cones

Spotted over at the precious and informative Camille Styles’ blog, pine cones are painted ever so slightly with a bit of hot pink, and in this case, used adorably as place holders for a holiday meal. While we’d certainly like to use these just the way they’ve been used — — Continue reading

DIY Geometric Patchwork Wall Art

Categories: DIY + How To
DIY Geometric Patchwork Wall Art

Loving the simple yet crafty and modern DIY paper project we spotted on The Red Thread. While it looks to take some time to put it all together, the effect would be well worth any sweat put into it: you could have a pretty affordable paper patchwork art piece that — Continue reading

Holiday Garlands for Criminally Late Decorators

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
Holiday Garlands for Criminally Late Decorators

Oh man, it’s here. It’s the week before Christmas. Is your tree up? Your wreath? Your lights? Hardly anything? We feel you — we’re busy too. If you haven’t had a chance to really decorate for the holidays yet but don’t want to look like a complete grinch (or if you’re — Continue reading

Bold Color Inspiration: Top Half Blue

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Bold Color Inspiration: Top Half Blue

Spotted in the We Hostel in San Paolo, this bathroom utilizes a very fresh, very modern but very simple color idea: got a whole tile bathroom? Paint the top half a bold color! Could also work if you painted the bottom half a bold color, but you’d have to paint — Continue reading

Genius DIY: Plywood Tree Card Holder

Categories: DIY + How To, Modern Holiday Ideas
Genius DIY: Plywood Tree Card Holder

Just love a deceptively simple DIY idea — and with the holidays both sucking up more money and time than anyone can really spare, to find a holiday DIY project that is both easy to do and affordable is quite the Chrismas miracle! Spotted on the blog Ambrosia Creative, this — Continue reading