Room of the Day: Custom Storage & Furnishings Rock Soho Living Room

via Megan Grehl Design

A space-savvy cabinet, bench and shelving unit near the entry help a busy New York family stay organized

Danielle and Stephen Krupa love all the fast-paced activity that New York City has to offer, especially the live music. The living room of their Soho loft needed to better accommodate their family’s get-up-and-go lifestyle. Originally built in 1895, the once-commercial fourth-story loft was converted to residential space in 2001. After they bought it, the Krupas undertook a major renovation with Stephen’s sister, architect Julia Krupa.

The addition of two daughters to their family created the need for more and better-designed storage near the entry. They also wanted to update some of the living room’s stylistic elements. Designer Megan Grehl maximized the space’s storage while keeping the look in line with the Krupas’ fun-loving “rocker” aesthetic.

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Room of the Day: Ferraris, Fossils and Bubbles Inspire a Bath Update

A pink 1950s bathroom decimated by black mold is brought back to life with color and loads of artistic touches designed by the homeowner

Psychologist Jan Ferris knows what she likes and what rubs her the wrong way. She disliked her 1954 pink bathroom, but it wasn’t until two difficult life events struck — the death of her father and a leak that destroyed her bathroom — that she decided to finally tackle some upgrades. Ferris tapped into her former practice as an artist and embraced her love of color to create a cheerful new bathroom that also helped her heal.

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Room of the Day: See a 30-Day Makeover of a Manhattan Living Room

This rental unit in a newly renovated Garment District building gets dressed for success in a New York minute

While still under construction, a new condo building in a prime location caught the eye of a financial executive and his 25-year-old daughter. Close to his work and full of light, a brand-new condo in New York’s Garment District was too much to pass up, so he jumped at the chance to rent a unit.

But the all-white open-plan living room needed some life pumped into it before the family could move in the following month. Pressed for time, designer Rose Praino of YDC Design worked to find in-stock furnishings and accessories to reflect the father and daughter’s different interests, personalities and needs.

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A Spacious New Home Marries Classic and Contemporary Design

In Houston, large rooms with high ceilings are decorated with custom furnishings in a neutral palette

Few places offer space to spread out like Texas. This Houston couple took full advantage of that with a spacious new home built in the city’s famed museum district. Classic-meets-contemporary materials and furnishings fill large rooms, giving the stately home an intimate feel. Meanwhile, large windows and an inset porch off the kitchen offer deep connections to the outdoors.

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Kitchen of the Week: Open and Gray Save the Day

A workhorse island replaces an awkward storage tower, and a neutral palette brings a balance of cool and warm tones

Kitchen islands increase storage and work surface. But the original island in this kitchen got only half that formula right. Sure, the stacked wall of cabinets offered plenty of storage, but its near floor-to-ceiling configuration meant you couldn’t see over it, and it didn’t provide space for prep work or serving meals.

Designer Lauren O’Connor of Sanctuary Design completely reconfigured the kitchen layout, with priority given to opening up the space and spreading out the storage through a workhorse island and even tucking in a new work desk.

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Room of the Day: A Handsome Master Bath for Him

A spacious second master bathroom is overhauled with functional farmhouse style

Sometimes a house divided can stand — at least when it comes to having separate bathrooms. That’s what this husband and wife discovered when they chose to create two distinct master bathrooms, one for her on the first floor, the other for him on the second.

The existing bathroom for him wasn’t short on space, but its vanilla, builder-grade appearance and boxy layout needed spicing up. The couple tapped designer Bethany Van Hecke for help, and she developed zoning for optimum function, storage and a new elegant-yet-handsome look that features the work of local artisans.

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Room of the Day: A Sunroom Shines Bright in a Renovated 1970s Home

 A Dallas family takes the plunge with a large renovation, gaining a dazzling sunroom with views to the newly built front-yard pool

Most homeowners looking to add more living space turn their attention to their backyard. But with a pie slice-shaped lot in which the home backed up to the narrow point, these Dallas homeowners didn’t have that option.

Instead, they plowed forward, turning their mostly unused front yard into a more activity-rich spot that includes a gorgeous new sunroom with an artsy style that rivals the views to a new above-ground swimming pool.

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Kitchen of the Week: Raising the Roof in a Former Barn

A historic Cape Cod-style kitchen gets a facelift that adds light and storage

Cold and drafty in the winter and sweltering in the summer are hardly attributes anyone would want in a kitchen. And that’s not all that was wrong with the top-floor kitchen in this 150-year-old former barn.

A few small windows above the sink and a low, slanted roof made the room cramped and unable to accommodate upper cabinets. Raising the roof opened things up and allowed for large windows, while a new pantry closet tackled the storage needs.

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Room of the Day: Elegant New Dining Room Pulls Off a Collected Look

via James Michael Howard

The formal space mixes custom details to create an exquisite style bridging past and present

This formal dining room might look like it was lovingly looked after by several generations, but it’s actually part of a newly built home. The collected look was all part of the plan.

To hit the mark just right, interior designer James Michael Howard coordinated the room dimensions with architect Peter Block to ensure the proportions would suit the furnishings that were to follow.

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Kitchen of the Week: Crisp White Cabinets and Room for Family

A Victorian home near Chicago gets an updated kitchen to improve brightness, beauty, function and flow

Although roomy, this kitchen inside a century-old Victorian home needed updates to cabinets, countertops and appliances.

Because the family members cook and bake almost all their meals at home from scratch due to dietary restrictions, they wanted to make the kitchen functional for multiple cooks, with several appliances and enjoyable for anyone who wanted to watch.

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