Design, Decoded: The Eames Plastic Shell Chair

#designdecoded Eames Plastic Shell Chair

This post is part of a new series of history quickies, bite-sized looks at the minds & times behind famous designed objects. Each week a new iconic design piece will be highlighted, and I’ll show you where you can get it on the cheap.  Read the full series. If you missed last week’s post on Harry Bertoia, never fear!  There were some truly gorgeous shots of Bertoia

The Ugly Side of DIY (Project Curb Appeal)

The Ugly Side of DIY: Project Curb Appeal, Week 2

Last week I shared my plans for increasing our mid-century curb appeal before we list our home at the end of the month. My plans weren’t too grand, consisting of mostly paint and new accessories, but as usual my little side project has morphed into….well, a bit more. First: the house numbers. I thought I’d be able to make this little DIY for free using

The 10 Prettiest Leather DIY Projects

Roundup: The Prettiest Leather DIY Projects

There’s no doubt that leather is “on trend.” Know why? Because it’s AWESOME.  It also doesn’t hurt that its warm colors, texture, and organic quality fits in so perfectly with mid-century modern design. I must admit working with leather is still quite daunting to me–I’m probably never going to make a full-on tote or clutch or anything that involves a lot of stitching, stamping, etc.  There are some

Design, Decoded: Harry Bertoia and His Side Chair

Design History 101: Harry Bertoia and His Side Chair

Exciting news you guys! Some of you may not know I have a background in history, specifically in the decorative arts. I’ve written a few posts on design history already, but I’ve decided to make a new series of history quickies to help peel back the veil between high design and the rest of us lowly earthlings. I like to think of it as design,