Despite the kitchen's laminate counters, sloping floors, drop ceilings, and other quirks, John and Edwaard fell for their home in Columbus' German Village neighborhood. A seven-month gut renovation followed, and the space is completely transformed:
What to do when your place is a total blank space? Kristin overcame the unlimited possibilities of her white-and-concrete living room, and went big and bold with graphic wallpaper. See how it looks now:
With the laundry room in her new home visible from the front door, Tania made fixing it up her first priority. Adding functionality and style, plus a way to close off the space when it was less than company ready, were top of the list:
Our third bedroom is used as a home office/guest room and was in desperate need of a face-lift. It had beige walls, an IKEA desk, a leftover kitchen chair and a butchers rack—a seriously uninspiring space for a home-based creative professional.
If you're in a rental apartment, the last thing you want to do is pay a lot of money to make it livable. Perhaps the only thing worse is pissing off your roommate(s) while you're having loud — ahem — relations, or blasting Gregorian chants from your bedroom on Sunday mornings. Which means you need to find an easy, reversible and affordable solution for privacy, while respecting thy neighbors.
This spring I won all new Moen fixtures for our bathroom. When it came time to install them, I realized they were too nice for our outdated bathroom, so the makeover began. We didn't have the budget for a remodel, so all the major parts of the bathroom stayed intact. Sometimes a makeover has just as big of an impact as a remodel — for much less money!
My husband and I bought our 1920's condo in Chicago because it had a ton of space, and it was essentially a blank canvas. On the one hand, we were excited that it was not super upgraded with a bunch of trendy finishes that were not our style, but on the other, it meant that the place had literally zero historic character because it had been gutted in 2000.