Kitchen of the Week: White-and-Wood Stunner on an $8,000 Budget

Low-cost materials used in a design-minded way turn a depressing rental kitchen into a light-filled showstopper

Designer Sidra Gross sensitively rehabs rental properties with high-end, customized attention in mind. She recently transformed a 100-year-old kitchen in one of her rental units on an $8,000 budget, creating an upscale look using lots of her own labor, existing plumbing and many low-cost materials.

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Room of the Day: Cool Grays Replace Beige in a Glam Space

A West Hollywood living room goes from drab to fab to match the lively personality of its owner

After buying a white linen chesterfield sofa in hopes of solving a too-bland vibe and awkward layout in the living room of her West Hollywood townhouse, this homeowner quickly realized she needed expert advice. She hired Lucie Ayres to help turn the room into something upbeat, glamorous and fit for mixing a few cocktails during parties with friends.

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Kitchen of the Week: Updated Colonial Style in Creamy White

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A kitchen in a once-neglected house gets an elegant and roomy overhaul for a growing family

Paul and Danielle O’Connor grew up outside Philadelphia and met in their late twenties. After marrying and having children, they found their small starter home bursting at the seams. They spent two years searching for a bigger home before landing the traditional stone Colonial-style house they’d always dreamed of owning.

But after sitting vacant for many years, the house needed a full head-to-toe renovation before the O’Connors could move in. Here they share details on how they overhauled the kitchen with modern features and a creamy white look while respecting the history of the house.

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Houzz Tour: Brooklyn Townhouse Goes From Fixer to Fantastic

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A designer renovates her family’s 19th-century New York home in an impeccable mix of traditional and modern style

Armed with vision and strong nerves, designer Alison Jennison saw past the faded green paint, wood paneling and fiber ceiling panels like many people had in elementary school to realize the full potential of this three-story Brooklyn townhouse. Her efforts peeled back the decades-old features to reveal hidden charm, to which she applied hip modern furnishings.

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The Remaking of a Queen Anne in Boston

 

A thorough overhaul with soothing hues and modern-day touches celebrates this home’s Victorian roots

These longtime condo owners were looking for a single-family home in which to raise their two young children, and stumbled upon this Queen Anne in a suburb of Boston. While the home offered ample space for their growing family, much of its architectural charm had been stripped away during previous remodels.

This extensive and sensitive renovation was also chronicled in the 36th season of the This Old House TV show. Now, it shows off the home’s Victorian roots, infused with some contemporary design elements for a fresh and elegant look.

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Room of the Day: Sophisticated Schoolhouse Style for a Kids’ Bathroom

Most families aim to create more space during a bathroom renovation. This couple wanted a smaller and simpler space for their four kids.

They hired designer Leigha Heydt of Heydt Designs to reconfigure the chopped-up layout and combine a separate tub and shower for a simplified, open plan that would allow leftover space to be used for a new separate laundry room.

See the transformation from a choppy layout into a smart schoolhouse style bathroom. Read on…

Houzz Tour: From Summer Cottage to Full-Time Home

After the homeowner hung up his skates and retired from professional hockey, he returned to his native Maine with his wife, Tracy, their two children and two black Labs.

But the place they had enjoyed as a summer home for many years needed some TLC to make it work as their new permanent residence. So they embarked on a renovation to update the cottage home, enlarge the kitchen and build an addition with a master suite, a study, a game room, a powder room and an exercise area, all while maintaining the spirit of the original cottage. Click HERE for the full story…

Room of the Day: Custom-Look Kitchen on a Budget

An artistic New York City family enlists the help of a skillful designer to create a customized built-in appearance using Ikea cabinets

Brooklyn residents Bosco Sodi and Lucia Corredor liked the clean lines, no-frills nature and budget-friendliness of Ikea kitchens. But the artistic couple were a bit turned off by the thought of going with a cookie-cutter solution in their new home.

Seeking a European style with lots of storage, they sought out designer Jennifer Levy to create a customized built-in look for their open-plan kitchen. To top it off, Levy modified Ikea butcher block countertop pieces to form a waterfall-edge breakfast bar. Click HERE for the full story…

A Craftsman Living Room Goes From Dim to Delightful

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A Craftsman-style living room gets lightened up, giving a family of five some space to gather and play

The dark living room of this 1913 Craftsman-style bungalow didn’t reflect the vibrancy of its family. The owners’ three kids have a “running circuit” that begins in the kitchen and courses through the living room. And while the space needed to give the little ones room to play during Minnesota winters, it also needed to provide the family with a comfortable seating area in which to gather.

So, as part of a whole house renovation, homeowner and designer Nicole Botsman tackled the living room first, with a goal of turning it into a bright and fun family hangout. Click HERE for the full story…

Crush of the Week: Outside the Box Wallpaper by Porter Teleo

This week seems to have revolved around all things “big”. A big snowstorm hit Denver; a big rainstorm floods Houston; and (like it or not) big wins for presidential candidates at the New York caucus. Here’s another, certainly happier one — Porter Teleo’s Outside the Box wallpaper. It’s this week’s Crush of the Week!

Inspired by artist Mark Rothko’s Color Field paintings, Porter Teleo’s rendition on handmade Japanese paper is boxy and bold. Artist Kelly Porter and interior designer Bridgett Cochran, the duo behind the Porter Teleo line say, “Through the use of simple shapes and unexpected color combinations the pattern explores the elements of balance, depth and composition.  The result is a large scaled statement for the boldest of spaces.”

Aside from an adventurous spirit, you’ll also need a relatively high floor-to-ceiling dimension to make Outside the Box work for your space — at least ten or eleven feet, like shown above.

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The minimum order is three rolls, but here is an illustration showing how the patterning of five rolls will play out.

On the left is “Geranium”, my favorite of three colorways. On the right, artist Kelly Porter hand paints the design using rich pigmented inks onto the paper. The inks are multi-layered and added in various levels opacity and at different stages of drying, resulting in a surface that appears multi-dimensional. The paper background color remains consistent.

Porter Teleo also has several other wallpaper patterns as well as a bespoke hand-painted fabric line. Check the rest of their collection here!