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Friday, August 26, 2016

Barn Light for the Cottage Porch



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. Luckily, Dad loves a good project as much as I. Must be in the genes. (Photo via Ashley Brooks Designs / Barn Lighting)

On our morning bike rides through Orient town, I've been admiring gooseneck fixtures. For such a small change, it has BIG cottage appeal.
Before | After

I ordered the new light from Barn Lighting. It's their classic gooseneck fixture in black. The change was pretty dramatic. You can see now that the fixture we replaced was too small scale for the house.


Plus, the new gooseneck light matches the style of the shed we had built a few years back, which has black hinges and school bell. Once we shingle the back of the house, it will all come together.


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

Streeteasy
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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I *Heart* Mid-Century Telephones


So I'm super-excited to show off my new bedmate. Before you get the wrong idea, I'm talking my vintage mid-century telephone. That works. Like a charm. It takes calls, it dials out, and oh how it rings. I missed that old Ma Bell ringtone! The cat is still recovering under the bed.

Friday, June 3, 2016

To Decant or not to Decant?

Apartment Therapy
I *heart* organization. Systems that wrangle loose cables and cords, make it easy to see things at a glance, and save space give me emoji heart eyes. But I find the trend to decant everything crazy-making. This is my decant rant. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fixer Upper Friday: Linden Court 2BR

Zillow
A Zillow alert caught my eye this morning, because it's exactly the kind of home that I look for when I'm on the hunt for my next fixer upper. It's listed for $335,000, when most two-bedrooms of similar size in this neighborhood list for $450,000-$550,000, depending on the quality of the renovations. Given the price differential, this means the buyer of the fixer upper will have roughly $215,000 to work with to bring it up to market. That's more than ample to do what's needed: skim coat and paint the walls, refinish the floors, update the wiring, and gut renovate both the kitchen and bath. Built in 1919, the home retains some beautiful detail. Let's take a look.