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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Modern Chair for the Bedroom (Update)

The bedroom makeover has dragged on, while I search for the right mid-century style bedroom chairs and rug. But I'm one step closer this week. The rug I'd been stalking at West Elm was just reduced half price, so I snapped it up. The Margo Selby Zig-Zag Stripe Kilim Rug ($299) makes a big color statement and that's going to help decide the chair. Possibilities include a surprising newcomer — a lounge chair ($250) from the new Target + Dwell collaboration. What do you think? Does it beat out gorgeous red Blu Dot chair (that's 4x the cost)? I'd love to hear opinions!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Folding Clothes Into Origami

If anyone had foretold I'd be folding my sweaters, jeans, and, yes, even undies into origami in a quest for a more organized home, I'd not have believed it. Yet, here I am. Remember last year's breakout book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? It prompted a slew of riveting "clutter" photos all across the web and spawned the hashtag #KonMari — now a verb, as in "I KonMari'd my closets." But does it really work? I put it to the test. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Float Mount Frame Hack for Large Canvas Paintings

You know how some people have good parking karma — a spot always opens up for them just when they need it. Well, I have good artwork karma. I've been collecting art for most of my life and have had some unbelievably good large-scale canvases fall into my lap. Though I've acquired many large canvases for free, framing them can be costly, so I'm excited to share with you this easy DIY hack to create a simple float mount frame.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Barn Light for the Cottage Porch

Ashley Brooks Designs / Barn Lighting
I've been taking time off to spend with my folks at the cottage, but that doesn't mean we don't have a few projects up our sleeves. I've long been wanting to replace the rear porch light on the deck, and with Dad the electrician on premises, now seemed as good a time as any.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mood Board for a Black and White Bathroom

One of the first things I like to do when I'm designing a bathroom is bring all of the elements into Pixlr as layers and move them around without worrying a lot about distortion and proportion. It's fun, and it's often surprising what I discover. Take the black and white bath we're working on...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Factory Doors and Encaustic Tiles Make a Strong Statement in the Bath

The Bower Birds

I'm advising a friend on a design for a master shower in her new home, and so much has changed since I designed our own bathroom just three years ago, I can't wait to share some exciting finds. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Is IKEA Hacking Itself? Sneak Preview of the 2017 Catalog!

There’s lots for an inveterate hacker to love in the new 2017 IKEA Catalog. While images reflect a new urban-industrial vibe, with a muted color palette to match, what hasn't changed is the utilitarian design and affordable prices. There's a new herringbone wood countertop, Cadovius-inspired storage system and free-standing minimalist kitchen to name just a few.  (Photos via IKEA)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fixer Upper Friday: 35-45 82nd Street 2BR

Hey, I'm back with another installment of Fixer Upper Friday. Seeing what I see in this home at 35-45 82nd Street in Jackson Heights is going to take a bit of imagination on your part. There's not a lot of history of past sales in the building on Streeteasy, so I don't have any "after" photos to show you of similar units on other floors, the way I like to do. But several things pique my Renov8or interest:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 4th at the Beach Cottage

First Time Mini Led the Parade (2008)
Happy Independence Day weekend, Ya'll! I've been taking a break from renovations and projects to enjoy the three B's — biking, beach and BBQ. We've had guests every weekend since summer began and the guest rooms are booking up fast for July and August. It's been great fun biking, kayaking, and beaching it by day and cooking, eating, and drinking as the evening cools. I've been taking lots of photos, especially when we're biking through Orient State Park, winding through Orient town, then down through the backroads of lavender farm, but I've had little time to post to the blog. So, prepare yourself... photobomb up ahead. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Old Orchard Cottage Circa 1925

When we bought the cottage in 2007, the former owners handed down a photo album with pictures of the cottage dating back to the year it was built in 1925. There have only been three families who owned it in all that time, including ourselves. Looking through this photo album is like stepping in a time machine — so much is the same and yet so different.