A Geo Tile DIY Project

Marble and granite DIY tile art

Today’s DIY project is an adaptation of our original marble tile art project. Kate here, and my kitchen was in desperate need of some ’80s Modern style. Especially since the kitchen has many ’80s features already (the house was built in ’81). What a perfect opportunity for a DIY project! Many of you know about my obsession with marble tile. I’m a regular at Floor & Decor, where I’m constantly picking up tiles of all sizes to use in art projects. Today I thought we’d get a little crazy…with granite! Still with me?–ha!

Mirror80 July Favorites

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On this second to last day of July, we’re looking back at our favorite posts from the past month. Kate here, and I’m happy to report that it’s been a month of creative inspiration, DIY projects and little trips to beachy locations. Not to mention, we celebrated our favorite television series of the summer with a viewing party concept that involves plenty of ’80s tech style. Join us as we reminisce…

An ’80s-Style DIY Still Life

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This weekend I filled my $50 IKEA display case with still life vignettes! It’s a project I’ve been dreaming of creating for quite some time. There is a TON of still life inspiration to draw from, as ’80s-influenced still life photography has experienced a huge revival in recent years, thanks to photographers such as Richie Talboy and design studios like Ladies & Gentlemen. And don’t get me started on the slew of still life images on Pinterest! Read on for all the project details…

Wild Palms

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Happy Friday! I spent yesterday in San Antonio, Texas, and I couldn’t stop myself from snapping pics of mall and restaurant landscaping—of the tropical variety. And then I couldn’t stop myself from over-processing the photos. Kinda ridiculous, but too much fun! Thought these images might help you sail into the weekend. Enjoy…

’80s Tumblr Inspiration: Simple and Sleek

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Hi Everyone! Today we begin a new series that celebrates the myriad of ’80s design images featured on our favorite Tumblrs. So many photos, so little time! It’s our goal to curate an amazing collection of interior design pics that can teach us about getting the ’80s look at home. Today’s theme: simple and sleek.

A South Padre Saturday

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This weekend I enjoyed a sunny Saturday with family in South Padre, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast. Whenever I visit a beach town, I have my camera ready to snap photos of sea and surf, tropical accents, and of course, souvenirs of the neon variety. And speaking of souvenirs, we found ourselves at Bobz World in Los Fresnos (on the way to South Padre). It’s impossible to describe this retail outlet, which also features a jungle-style garden, an arcade, and black light mini golf and mini bowl opportunities. So I’ll paint a picture with photos. Rad-tastic photos!!!

A Geo Necklace DIY Project

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Today I’m excited to share Mirror80′s latest project: a DIY geo necklace. The popularity of necklaces that celebrate simple geo forms can’t be denied. The materials of choice are often wood and metal beads suspended on a chain or a leather cord. I decided to make my own geo creation using a few wooden beads, as well as some necklace remnants from my jewelry box. When it comes to geo necklaces, the possibilities are endless!

The ’80s Connection: Rick Shithouse

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Today we shine the spotlight on Rick Shithouse, who caught our attention when he launched Synthetix.FM, a blog that covers 80s-inspired Synth Wave, OutRun and Dream Wave synth music. Not to mention, Rick is a photographer, a writer, a sculptor, a garage kit builder, a curator of collections, and an 80s design enthusiast. For Rick Shithouse, the true magic of the 1980s can be found in offbeat niches and interesting details. He takes the time to explore every facet of this decade and revel in its most unique elements. Read on to learn more about Rick’s original work, as well as his knack for curating the work of others, both past and present.

Summer Weekends

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Happy Monday, Everyone! This has been the busiest summer I’ve had in a long time, but it’s also been one of the best. Lots of friends and family visiting from out of town, and lots of lazy nights outside. But not too lazy–there are always side projects in the works, like new endeavors for Mirror80. My ideal weekend involves a healthy blend of relaxation and creativity. This past weekend was just that. Today I’m sharing a few snapshots…

’80s Music Video Land: “A Forest” by The Cure

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Welcome to our 5th installment of ’80s Music Video Land, a series that explores the look and feel of our favorite videos from The Decade of Decadence. Today’s featured video: “A Forest” by The Cure. There’s something about early Cure videos that takes us to another place. If you haven’t yet checked out selections like “Let’s Go to Bed” and “The Walk,” do yourself a favor and give them a look.