Actress Bitsie Tulloch's House Came Together with the Help of DIY Art
Actress Bitsie Tulloch had to start from scratch when it came to furnishing the new house she bought with her husband, actor David Giuntoli.
Feb 19, 2021
Andi’s Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal
Before: The kitchen, although graced with beautiful large windows, left a little something to be desired. After: A new kitchen from the studs inward, including a new Kohler sink and industrial task lighting above the windows for more functionality.From Andi: Possibly the most luxurious thing is the increased square footage (we went from 95 to 170 square feet).
Jul 17, 2020
Claire & Jeffrey’s Kitchen: The Big Reveal
For all of us who have been following along with Claire and Jeffrey’s renovation, the ultimate moment has finally arrived. That’s right — the kitchen is finally complete, and it’s time for the big reveal. Before: The space viewed from the living room entry. After: Now, the kitchen is wide open, with an uninterrupted view of the window to the backyard.From Claire:We spend all of our free time in this room.
Jul 17, 2020
Mike & Sandie’s Foyer: The Big Reveal
Name: Mike and Sandie Type of Project: Foyer renovation Location: Saskatoon; Saskatchewan, Canada Type of building: 2 1/2 story single-family home, built in 1919 The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.
Jul 16, 2020
Meg and Josh’s Mudroom: The Big Reveal
Name: Meg and Josh Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel Location: Chinook, Washington Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet For all of you good people who have been following along with Meg and Josh’s mudroom renovation, the big moment has finally come: all the work is complete, and it’s time to take a look at the finished space! From Meg: Any renovation project is special, but there’s something extra special about a DIY renovation project.
Jul 16, 2020
Jennifer’s Small Space Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal
Name: Jennifer Pade Type of Project: Kitchen remodel Location: West Village, New York, New York Type of building: 300 square foot apartment in a co-op building For those of you who have been following along with Jennifer’s NYC kitchen remodel, and who saw the truly dire state of her original kitchen, this reveal will be especially satisfying. The work is done, the dust has cleared, and now it’s time to take a look at the finished product.
Jul 16, 2020
Dan’s Kitchen: The Big Reveal
Name: Dan Bailey Type of Project: Kitchen remodel Location: East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts Type of building: 2nd Floor Condo in a Greek-Revival Row House At times, it may have seemed like the Kitchen Renovation That Would Never End. In fact, Dan had the dubious honor of edging out Christine and Pierre for Longest Renovation Diary Project to Date — but through all the setbacks and pitfalls and I-had-no-idea-this-would-take-so-longs, Dan stayed strong.
Jun 26, 2019
How to Make Modern Cement Planters
I started making these eco planters for gifts a year ago and haven’t stopped. They are simple, stylish and downright lovable. Each pot is unique and has an organic, handmade feel. It is not an instant gratification project and you will have to commit, but the results are well worth it. I like to make about six at a time.
May 7, 2019
How To Make Tea-Stained Towels
Welcome to Rikkianne who’s trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!Tea dying is a natural dying process that leaves a beautifully subtle color wash onto fabric. Dip dying is becoming a popular trend with soft furnishings. It not only provides a natural, handmade look; it is actually very simple to do yourself. I have made a set of three towels in two shades of tea. Black and raspberry transform natural, unbleached tea towels into soft, warm, and functional accents.
May 6, 2019
Jennifer’s Kitchen Renovation: What It Really Cost – A Budget Breakdown
Name: Jennifer Pade Type of Project: Kitchen remodel Location: West Village, New York, New York Type of building: 300 square foot apartment in a co-op building Jennifer’s kitchen renovation is finished, and it is beautiful. Some of you are probably wondering: how much does it cost to transform a broken-down NYC apartment kitchen with falling-apart walls into a dreamy space like this? Let’s break it down.
May 5, 2014
Sandra & Justin’s Kitchen: Finishing Touches
Shelves above the sink.The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.We are so, so close to done. We’re just putting in the final installations this week: pendants lights above the counter bar and dining room table, the reclaimed wood shelves on the wall in the kitchen, and the hood above the range.
Aug 20, 2013
Seth & Allison’s Kitchen Renovation: What it Really Cost – A Budget Breakdown
For everyone who’s been following along with Seth and Allison’s kitchen renovation, last week was an exciting week, as we unveiled their beautiful, spacious new kitchen. This week, we’re digging a little deeper into the project’s budget, comparing  the final numbers with Seth and Allison’s projections. What cost less than they thought it would? What cost more? Find out below.
Apr 30, 2013
Pamela’s Blank Canvas Goes Bold
Name: Pamela BeecroftLocation: Washington, DCSize: 800 square feetYears lived in: 4 months (at the time of the tour); Rented When the owner of her rental apartment suddenly decided to move back in, Pam found herself scrambling to find a new place to live. With few options (it was winter…not a lot of available apartments) and very little time to search, she was forced to move from a smaller space with plenty of soul and character to a larger and more impersonal place.
Nov 6, 2012
Andrew & Rebecca’s Modern Vintage Country Home
Name: Rebecca Proctor, Andrew Wightman and baby WrenLocation: Bude, Cornwall, UKSize: 780 square feetYears lived in: 4 years; Owned Moving to the Cornish countryside from London four years ago, Andrew and Rebecca embraced a major design challenge. “We knew that we wanted to create a home that would feel cosy but not cluttered. Moving to the countryside was all about living a simple life and we wanted the house to reflect that.
Sep 10, 2012
Craig’s Tiki Hut
Name: Craig ShimalaLocation: River West, Chicago, IllinoisSize: 990 square feetYears lived in: 3 years; Owned Most people tend to shy away from labeling themselves as hoarders, but Craig has made the fact that he “doesn’t throw anything out” a central part of his aesthetic. Showcasing an impressive collection of vintage nautical-themed knick-knacks, Craig’s cozy Chicago apartment manages to embrace the collector within, while managing to remain uncluttered without.
Aug 28, 2012
Holly & Joe’s Finally Forever Home
Name: Holly & JoeLocation: Portland, ORSize: 2,000 square feetYears lived in: 8 months; Owned Three cross country moves in three years is enough to test even the most solid of relationships, but newlyweds Holly and Joe are convinced it just made theirs stronger. They recently decided to put down roots in Portland and plan to let those roots go deep before they consider another move any time soon.
Aug 17, 2012
Claes & Melinda’s Natural (& Beautiful) Chaos
Name: Claes & Melinda Bergman Location: Phoenix, Arizona Size: 1,400 square feet including studio Years lived in: 7 years; owned The incredible thing about Melinda and Claes Bergman’s beautiful home is that they’ve done virtually everything themselves. Remodeled kitchen and bathroom? Check. Flooring? Check. Paint? Check. There isn’t a corner of their Mid-Century modern house they haven’t put some serious and impressive DIY into.
Jul 6, 2012
How To Start Seeds In Eggshells
You can start seeds in almost anything these days… peat pots, seed trays, toilet paper rolls, newspaper rolls, paper towels, or even that good old-fashioned thing called the ground. But have you tried to start seeds in eggshells? It almost seems like an urban myth, with rumors that it’s possible, but little proof of people who have actually done it successfully. Well, I can say with absolute certainty that it works, it’s ridiculously easy, and yes, it’s even practical.
Apr 10, 2012
5 Ways to Stay (Financially) Organized
You know how that rack next to the door finally solved your family’s problem of draping their coats all over the kitchen chairs? Or how that toy bin in your five-year-olds’ room allows you to hide his mess away in about two minutes when someone pops by unannounced? What if you could do this same kind of thing for your finances — create simple solutions that help you stay organized, permanently? Actually, you can.
Apr 10, 2012
Trend Watch: The Campaign Chest
Campaign furniture, as implied by its name, is portable furniture that was designed for use in military campaigns. Its origins can be traced back to the Romans, but its use peaked during the Georgian and Victorian periods (1714-1901). Designed to be easily transported during military operations, campaign furniture included folding seats, small chests, and case furniture that could be dismantled and carried with ease.
Oct 18, 2011
How To Make a Cushion Cover From a Button-Up Shirt
Welcome to Jody Lee, who’s trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!My boyfriend’s closet is like my own little fabric store. When I’m in the mood for playing with a needle and thread, I let him know, and he throws me a ripped pair of jeans, an old T-shirt or a worn sweater. Today I inherited a button-up shirt with a torn sleeve and a lone red sock…The shirt was slightly wider than a square cushion (approx. 16″) — perfect for a new cushion cover.
Aug 2, 2011
Bradley & Jonya’s Sparse But Artsy Modern
Name:Bradley & Jonya and 15-month-old Julian GreyLocation: Beaverton, Oregon When Bradley and Jonya Streeper found a midcentury Rummer for sale just outside Portland, they left their loft in San Francisco and headed for the Pacific Northwest. Both have backgrounds in the arts—Bradley as a gilder and painter, Jonya in art history—and knew that the house, a developer’s knockoff of an iconic Eichler, would perfectly showcase their revolving collection of furniture and artwork.
Mar 30, 2011
How To Start a Home Worm Composting System
It all begins with the soil. Worms are the great transformers of landscape through eating and digesting. They can consume a patch of stones and over time turn it into a fertile field. Worms continually pass soil through their intestinal canals, keep anything they can use for food, and then “cast” the rest. With indoor worm composters, these creatures can take your coffee grinds, lettuce scraps and apple cores and turn them into fertilizer castings that your plants will love.
Jan 31, 2011
Lindsay & Jeremy’s Mindfully Merged Space
Name: Lindsay & JeremyLocation: Capitol Hill — Washington, DCSize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1 As anyone who’s ever lived with a significant other can tell you, there’s an art to compromise. When Lindsay and Jeremy moved in together four years ago, they found themselves confronted with the challenge of creating a space that reflected their mutual interests (books, movies, music) without losing sight of their individual aesthetics (geek chic for him, granny chic for her).
Aug 16, 2010
Reena & Priscilla’s Loft-Like Ohio Home
Name: Reena & PriscillaLocation: Tremont— Cleveland, Ohio Moving into a new neighborhood can a tricky and intimidating process, but Reena Samaan was one of the lucky ones who didn’t have to search long before she fell in love. After finding the loft-like duplex and signing a lease, her next move was figuring out something to do with all the space!Step one: find a roommate. Step two: Tackle the job of decorating the open space while maintaining a sense of intimacy and interest.
Aug 4, 2010
How To Grow an Indoor Salad Greens Windowbox Garden
Salad greens are very easy to start by seed and can be grown indoors near a sunny window or outdoors on a small balcony since they don’t require pollination. You can either start seeds in small pots and transfer them to a larger container when they are ready, or just plant them right in to the soil. The latter is the easiest way for small space indoor gardening.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Plant and Keep an Indoor Lemon Tree
When winter comes to Italy, the lemon trees potted in terra cotta get moved indoors. Every large estate has a sunny, ventilated room to store their lemons, known as a limonaia. Winter is when the trees bloom, and I’ve always imagined a room full of these as exquisite to the point of intoxicating. Worried about cold snaps, I’ve brought my Meyer lemon tree indoor and the smell of blossoms on just one tree greet me every time I walk in the house.
Feb 16, 2010
Layla & Kevin’s Country Coastal Cottage
Name: Layla and Kevin PalmerLocation: Prattville, AlabamaSize: 1,910 square feetYears lived in: 2 years Documenting their journey of home renovation, Layla and Kevin Palmer have set out on a mission to create a beautiful, functional, comfortable and inspiring home. Located in Prattville, Alabama this home perfectly blends antique/flea market finds with a subtle nautical style all under a neutral color palette.
Sep 11, 2009