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: 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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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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Room of the Day: A Luxury Bathroom With a Historic Feel

A Napa, California couple overhaul the only bathroom in their first home to replace a clunky layout and unwelcoming finishes

Having recently bought their first home — a bungalow in Napa’s historic district —Carlisle and Paul Englehardt were eager to renovate the awkward, outdated bathroom. The young couple with an interest in historic preservation wanted the new design to pay homage to the period of the home but also feel like an upscale luxury hotel bathroom.

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Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More

Free up countertop space and keep often-used items handy by making your backsplash more resourceful.

Besides having aesthetic value, backsplashes can also be a useful, easy-to-access storage area.
Hanging frequently used items such as knives, utensils and cookware on wall space in front of you rather than hiding them behind cabinets saves time with food prep and also frees up precious counter space. Adding hanging bars, magnetic strips, shelving and even pot-filling faucets can help make the most of your kitchen backsplash.

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