11
Dec 17

Before & After: Exciting Upgrades for a Very Boring Bathroom — Sweeten

In its previous iteration, the bathroom in Meredith and Jason’s Chelsea home was the epitome of late ’90s truck stop chic. A fancy truck stop, mind you, with a stone countertop, fancy mirror, and mud-colored shower tiles in a staggered configuration. But it just wasn’t working for them. In addition to its questionable aesthetics, the room also had questionable functionality: the plumbing was malfunctioning, and the drawers in the bulky medicine cabinet would hit the radiator when you pulled them out. An upgrade was definitely in order.

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10
Dec 17

Dreaming of Renovating an Old Building? Read This First

If you spend much time puttering around the DIY/home decor/renovation parts of the internet, you are probably familiar with the work of Mandi, from Vintage Revivals. Pretty much everything she touches turns to gold, as evidenced by her work on The Nugget, a down-on-its-luck travel trailer turned inspiring, DIY-filled small space. Currently, Mandi is in the midst of an even more daunting project, converting a 90-year-old mercantile store/filling station into a home for her family. It’s her biggest project to date, and one she’s learned a lot from. Gamely, she agreed to share some of her insights with us.

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09
Dec 17

8 Outrageous '80s Kitchens You Might Love, But Will Probably Totally Hate

Eighties design is a fascinating subject of study because of the peculiar arc it’s taken recently: from despised and reviled to avant-garde cool, all within the space of a very short period of time. But with all the love for Memphis and weird ’80s graphics, there’s one particular aspect of this design era I haven’t heard much about: the ’80s kitchen. Is it as terrible as we remember? Has the time for a renaissance finally come? Let’s take a look.

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01
Dec 17

Is Joanna Gaines' Favorite Feature Disappearing from Bathrooms?

Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate chip cookies and milk, and Joanna Gaines and freestanding bathtubs. (For once, we’re not talking about shiplap).

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27
Nov 17

Before and After: A Remarkable Whole-House Renovation, Room by Room

This is a very special treat: a whole house renovation! Since the entire home has been transformed, we’re going to speed right through, room by room, so you can check out all of the highlights of this incredible home.

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26
Nov 17

Why Laminate Countertops Are Making a Big Comeback

Laminate is making a comeback! While some of us may cringe when we think of this countertop choice for the kitchen, it’s changed a lot over the years. Now, you have tons of pattern and edge options to choose from, so you get the look you want really want, but still at a fraction of the price of other materials.

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25
Nov 17

Before & After: This Kitchen Lost The Layout, But Kept All the Character

This kitchen had issues, to say the least. We’ll gloss over the linoleum floor (not horrible, but not great) and the counter top, which sagged where it shouldn’t (never a good thing when you need a functional surface). Instead, we’re going to jump right on over to the stove, which had to be plugged in with an extension cord! Combine that with a fridge that was eating up floor space, and you know it’s time to rethink the kitchen layout.

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21
Nov 17

Why Wet Rooms Might Be Better Than Traditional American Bathrooms

Bathrooms are a little bit different all over the world. Bathrooms in Europe often have a hand sprayer but no showerhead. Many Japanese bathrooms have a tub inside the shower. In Pittsburgh, some houses have toilets in the basement, right out in the open. And in other countries, there is a particular style of bathroom known as the wet room.

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20
Nov 17

Love It or Hate It, This Design Trend is Back in Bathrooms

It was absolutely everywhere in the early 2000s — tiny square tiles, often in mosaics of varying shades, with a bit of an iridescent sheen. Those same tiles were big in the ’70s and ’80s, too, although then you were more likely to see them in shades of white or beige. And since almost everything that once falls out of fashion will eventually cycle back, I’m starting to see those tiny tiles crop up once again.

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19
Nov 17

HGTV's "Rehab Crazy" Stars On What It Takes to Turn An Old House Around — HGTV's "Rehab Crazy" Stars On Turning an Old House Around

Cathy, and her husband Garrett, are just two design lovers living a “quiet, country life” (her words) in Washington state. Here are a few things that that quiet country life entails: rehabbing a 105-year-old farmhouse into their family home, flipping a 117-year-old house, and working on an HGTV pilot. Cathy also maintains her own blog, The Grit & Polish. So they’re busy, but not too busy to sit down with us (virtually!) and share a few insights about what it takes to refurbish, and flip, old, down-on-their-luck houses. Cathy’s experiences provide a unique look into the unexpected challenges of renovating older properties, but also a glimpse of the rewards that can be found along the way. Here’s what you can expect.

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