House Tour: The Deaners' Fresh Start in Little Rhody

Providence, RI

Name: Joshua, Amanda, Julian + Chloe (cat)
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Size: 1950 square feet, foursquare single family home, built 1914
Years lived in: Owned 6 months; Moved from Brooklyn, New York

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After 7 great but grueling years in New York, this little family of three decided to pack things up and make a fresh start in a more laid back locale. We covered their efficient 3-month makeover back in February and now, with another 3 months logged, we’re thrilled to show you more of their lovely space as they continue to settle in and make their new, old house a home...

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Our initial impression of the Deaners' makeover was one of awe considering how much they were able to accomplish with so little and in such a short time! Most of their improvements have been simple paint, wallpaper and material upgrades — no major demo involved. We love seeing folks content to live lightly in older homes, using what exists whenever possible and taking their time to live in and understand the space. We've found that in these situations, the home and homeowners develop a natural dialogue that ultimately creates a true, unique aesthetic.

We love color but something about the single wall paint used throughout the house, in conjunction with the old wood floors, creates a wonderfully cohesive space, perfect for showcasing this couple's amazing art collection and eclectic taste in furniture. Really lovely job, guys!

Apartment Therapy Survey
Our style: Mid-Century modern with an eclectic blend of art and design
Inspiration: Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, my friends, found objects, flea markets, boutique hotels, simple clean design, and apartmenttherapy.com
Favorite Element: Quiet living with an open layout and outdoor spaces
Biggest Challenge: Renovating the entire home while still living and working in New York and sticking to a small budget
What Friends Say: “When are you moving back to New York??”
Biggest Embarrassment: Tiny closets which forced us to use large wardrobes
Proudest DIY: Design of washroom door
Biggest Indulgence: Our collection of artwork including original prints by Roger Ballen, Edward Curtis, and E.J. Bellocq
Best advice: “Less is more”
Dream source: AMEX black card

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Appliances: Bosch range and dishwasher, Amana refrigerator
Hardware: Cleaned/repainted existing, EBAY, and New England Demolition and Salvage
Furniture: RePOP (Brooklyn, NY), The Future Perfect (Brooklyn, NY), Design Within Reach, IKEA, trash nights in Boston and New York
Accessories: MOSS, CB2, flea markets, craigslist
Lighting: Lendy Electric Bowery Street NY, Rejuvenation lighting, thrift stores
Rugs and Carpets: ABC Carpet & Home (NY)
Tiles and Stone: Master bathroom: Ascotii Grey 8” X 20” tiles (wall), 1” hexagon marble tiles (floor), CaesarStone blizzard (countertop); Washroom: white penny round tiles (floor); Kitchen: Carrera marble
Window Treatments: BLIND KING (Providence, RI)
Beds: a free gift from a friend and IKEA
Artwork: Mostly by me (Joshua Deaner), Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Aperture Foundation (New York, NY)
Paint: Iced cube silver 2121-50 Benjamin Moore
Flooring: As found

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(Images: Joshua Deaner)

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Before & After: Rhode Island Renovation
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