A modern twist
TV personality and designer guru Todd Oldham shares his expertise and flair for refurbishing in Handmade Modern: Mid-Century Inspired Projects for Your Home. Oldham's book is a celebration of nesting and encourages homeowners to update their living spaces in the modernist tradition. Complete with information on major modernist architects and designers of the 20th century, Handmade Modern is as much a reference book as it is a how-to manual. Oldham includes a helpful list of tool box basics and provides step-by-step instructions for each project. With beautiful photographs of each room, Oldham gives do-it-yourselfers the opportunity to update individual pieces or revitalize an entire home. Abby Plesser studies English at Vanderbilt University.