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Friday, May 6, 2016

Recycled Luxury Zen Bathroom for Less Than $2,500


While stalking a recycled kitchen on Green Demolitions this week, I came across some great deals in the bath section. Two never-used Lefroy Brooks deep soaking tubs for under $1,000 — and one is the lovely Zen Tub. (The wooden feet alone retail for more.) Then I saw that the tub would pair really well with an Alape floating vanity, marked down to $950. This got me falling down a designer rabbit hole. Could we kit out a whole dreamy Zen bathroom for under $3k just shopping markdowns at reuse stores? Why, yes, we can! Even less!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sketchup of My Open Concept Kitchen



Inspired by that recycled kitchen I've been stalking on Green Demolitions, I started to reimagine what our home will look like if I open the wall between the kitchen and living room. I mean really look like. Will the living room feel cramped? Can the dining table be relocated to what's now the entry foyer? Will it all flow? This is a job for Sketchup!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This Recycled Kitchen Is Calling My Name!

Since the day I set eyes on our home – when renovations were just a gleam in my iPad – I've been casually stalking recycled kitchens. Today I came across one that might make me pull the trigger on this renovation.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Affordable Midcentury Chairs for the Bedroom

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Iconic furniture designer Mies van der Rohe once said: “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” His Barcelona chair has certainly withstood the test of time, ubiquitous as it is in interior design today. Beautifully spare, it's also surprisingly comfortable.

I'm on the hunt for a pair of chairs for our bedroom that complement the mood and color scheme of the recent makeover, but are also inviting and comfortable to sit in. I'm struck by how very expensive the good ones are, which I suppose is testament to the design challenge a choice chair represents.

Here are some that catch my eye; tell me what you think?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dyeing Mystery Bleach Spots Out of Towels


Has this ever happened to you? You spring for the luxury towels, only to have them pop out of the dryer one day with orange bleach spots — when you don't even use bleach. What was causing this? And could I salvage the towels? Rit dye worked on the chair. Here's what happened when I tried it on the towels.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

CB2 Slice Hack: Floating Nightstands Install



After months of searching fruitlessly for mid-century floating nightstands that we like, I decided to wall-mount two Slice cabinets from CB2 at nightstand height. The install was more challenging than it should have been, due to our plaster-masonry walls, but it all worked out. Here's a step by step of how we did it — including the embarrassing number of holes that I put in our walls trying to find a stud that isn't there.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bedroom Reveal


The bedroom remodel is finished! Well... almost. I installed the floating nightstands today. And what a difference it made. Here is a reminder of how the bedroom looked before we started.