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10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting Floors

For maximum transformation on minimum budget, you can’t beat paint. A new color on the walls can change the mood of a room, but it doesn’t stop there: a few coats can change up a piece of furniture or transform an entire kitchen. So when Fan asked, in a recent editorial meeting, what to do about the unloved flooring in her guest bath, Julie’s answer was, of course: paint it. Painted wood floors are most often associated with seaside cottages, where they originated for their no-fuss practicality ...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, Navy, Toronto, Paint, Brooklyn, Walls, Cape, Benjamin Moore, Jackson Pollock, Julie, Justine, Scott Scott, Bellport, Palette & Paints, Remodelista


Mill Valley Makeover: A “Ship-in-a-Bottle” Approach to a Historic California House

Eli and Allison Cohen weren’t looking to move. But when the old shingled house on their jogging route came up for sale, they succumbed to its surroundings—redwood forests, views of Mount Tamalpais, just two blocks from downtown Mill Valley, CA—and its future promise. “The place itself was charming but in tough shape,” Eli tells us. “The interior had been chopped up over the years, the floors sloped, there were funky stairwells all over, and almost none of the rooms took in The View.” On the up s...
Tags: Books, California, La, Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Carrera, Signal, Benjamin Moore, House Tour, Wolf, Michelle, Cohen, Parsons, Martinez, Mill Valley, Richardson


L.A. Story: A Budget Kitchen Makeover, DIY Countertop Hack Included

Last week, we received an email from Jessica Bunge, senior market editor at Emily Henderson Design, that grabbed our attention. She had recently renovated the small kitchen in her 363-square-foot apartment in Los Angeles. Among her design inspirations? The kitchen of Sarah Lonsdale, one of Remodelista’s founding team members. Would we like to see her remodeled space, she wondered. One look at the before/after pictures, and it was clear that we needed to write about it. From the chic built-in bre...
Tags: Books, Budget, Los Angeles, Sarah, Kitchens, Plywood, Jessica, Santa Ana, Emily Henderson, DIY & Remodeling, Kitchen Design, Remodelista, Farrow Ball, Kitchen of the Week, Eat-in Kitchens, Wood Countertops


Small-Space Ideas to Steal: 7 Clever Twists on Room Dividers

If you have a roommate, live in a small studio, or want to break up a large open area, you might wish for walls where there are none. But unless you’re doing a big remodel, this isn’t always possible. Enter the clever room divider, which can be opened, closed, or rearranged on a whim—a particularly handy feature in rentals, and in spaces that need to serve more than one purpose. We like these 7 easy-to-replicate twists on the usual screens and curtains. 1. Partitions on Wheels Above: An inv...
Tags: Books, New York, Matthew Williams, Brooklyn, Apartments, Auckland, Walls, Valentin, Soho New York, Small-Space Living, Remodelista, Brian Ferry, Cobble Hill Brooklyn, DIY Ideas, Windows & Floors, Alexa Hotz


Current Obsessions: L’Amour

On our radar this long (and extended-Valentine’s-Day) weekend: a Spanish housewares shop, now online, a pretty restaurant in Paris, and more. Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams of one of our all-time favorite hotels in Paris: Hotel Amour. On our radar: a new furniture collection from Remodelista friend (and fellow design blogger) Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay. Margot stopped into this tiny housewares store in Madrid last spring and was enchanted; she’s happy to report they now have ...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, Paris, Madrid, Marfa, Donald Judd, Design News, Current Obsessions, Gardenista, Remodelista, Victoria Smith, Il Buco Vita, L'Amour, Bay Margot


16 Favorite Solid Kitchen Marble Backsplashes for Maximum Drama

We’re not into drama, but when it comes to kitchen designs featuring dramatic, solid marble backsplashes, we’re on board 110 percent. Here are a few of our favorite marble-clad kitchens pulled from our archives and beyond. Above: This British inspired kitchen has counters topped with Carrara marble that continue as a backsplash. For more, see Plain English in Brooklyn Heights: A Very Proper Elizabeth Roberts Townhouse Remodel. Photograph by Dustin Aksland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Archit...
Tags: Books, London, Matthew Williams, Brooklyn, Paris, Melbourne, Vermont, north London, Victor, Kitchens, Marble, Brooklyn Heights, Jersey City, Calcutta, Elizabeth Roberts, Dustin Aksland


16 Favorite Solid Marble Kitchen Backsplashes, for Maximum Drama

We’re not into drama, but when it comes to kitchen designs featuring dramatic, solid marble backsplashes, we’re on board 110 percent. Here are a few of our favorite marble-clad kitchens pulled from our archives and beyond. Above: This British inspired kitchen has counters topped with Carrara marble that continue as a backsplash. For more, see Plain English in Brooklyn Heights: A Very Proper Elizabeth Roberts Townhouse Remodel. Photograph by Dustin Aksland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Archit...
Tags: Books, London, Matthew Williams, Brooklyn, Paris, Melbourne, Vermont, north London, Victor, Kitchens, Marble, Brooklyn Heights, Jersey City, Elizabeth Roberts, Dustin Aksland, Carrara


Remodeling Hack: An Easy (and Affordable) Way to Update Your Basement

This content was produced as advertising by Remodelista in collaboration with Armstrong Ceilings. A finished basement is kind of magical. It manages to add extra square footage and bonus living space to a home (without expanding its footprint) and seems to lend itself to almost any purpose. Growing up in the suburbs, I experienced basements of all kinds, from in-law suites to echo-y playrooms to the dive-bar-inspired setup in our own house (dartboard and pool table included). But there was one t...
Tags: Books, Sponsored Post, Lowe, Woodhaven, DIY & Remodeling, Remodelista, Wood Ceilings, Basements, Painted Ceilings, Armstrong Ceilings


5 Things to Consider When Buying New Appliances

This content was produced as advertising by Remodelista in collaboration with Appliances Connection. One of the most exciting parts of a remodel is the chance to invest in a new suite of state-of-the-art appliances to complement your home’s new look. But, it can be one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the process too—you’re committing to expensive equipment that will be expected to last many years, so the stakes are high to make sure that you’ll be happy with your choices in the long term. ...
Tags: Books, Appliances, Sponsored Post, Remodelista, Kitchen Appliances, Budget Budget


10 Easy Pieces: Best Canister Vacuums for Small Spaces

The beauty of the canister vacuum? If you have, say, 20 inches of storage space, you can keep your dust-busting, allergen-eliminating machine well out of sight. While the upright vacuum is another option (see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Upright Vacuums for Small Spaces), most of us at Remodelista prefer the canister style for the sake of storability. Here are our 10 favorites; just in time for that New Year/New You spring cleaning job. Above: The Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Vacuum is d...
Tags: Amazon, Cleaning, Books, UK, John Lewis, Walmart, Eu, Appliances, Dyson, Vacuums, Bosch, Miele, Brandon, Electrolux, 10 Easy Pieces, Remodelista


‘The Simple Truth’: An Architect’s Historically Respectful Retreat in Provincetown

Built in 1802, the classic gable-front cottage in the Provincetown, MA, had everything Ezra Block and Jimmy Hung were looking for in a seaside retreat: an off-the-beaten-path location (down a quaint oyster-shell-paved lane), a generous flower and vegetable garden, and a free-standing shed large enough to host summer parties. Most important, the home offered unspoiled New England charm. “Shortly after we moved in,” Ezra recalled, “Jimmy remarked on how our little house was so ‘unique.’ As an arch...
Tags: Books, Ebay, Virginia, Toronto, Maine, White, New England, Benjamin Moore, House Tour, Nantucket, Loveland, Ezra, Jimmy, Provincetown, Schoolhouse Electric, Farrow


What to Read in This Week’s Holidays Around the World Issue

This week, in celebration of the holidays and the last week of 2018, we’re taking a look at the year past and revisiting our greatest hits. Here are TK reasons to keep Remodelista cued up this week.. Above: Photograph by Anson Smart from Christmas in Burgundy: At Home with the Expat Family Behind the Cook’s Atelier. The greatest, most eco-friendly cleaning tool we discovered this year Take a look inside chefs’ kitchens, and note a few ideas to steal The one thing you shouldn’t include in ...
Tags: Books, Cook, London, Belgium, Copenhagen, Table Of Contents, Remodelista, Anson Smart


10 Things Nobody Tells You About Shiplap

Here at Remodelista we’ve been nursing a healthy obsession with shiplap for the last few years. But there are a surprising amount of misconceptions about shiplap: as one craftsman pointed out, the kind of cladding that’s been popularized over the last few years by shows like Fixer Upper isn’t, in fact, true shiplap. (Or, as he put it: “No, Joanna; that’s not shiplap.”) Here’s what you need to know to separate shiplap fact from fiction: 1. How to tell if it’s shiplap? Mind the gap. Above: Tr...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, Brooklyn, Walls, Austin Texas, Justine, Joanna, Josephine, Provincetown, Joanna Gaines, Remodeling 101, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation, Remodelista, Wood Paneling, Windows & Floors


14 Women Ceramicists with Cult Followings

When we started Remodelista a decade ago, the ceramics boom was just getting going; 10 years later, a new crop of ceramicists (mostly women, for some reason) has changed the way we think about dinnerware. Here’s a roundup of 14 women ceramicists we’ve covered over the years, in no particular order. N.B.: Their work sells out quickly, so it’s wise to add yourself to their mailing lists if you want to be informed when new batches come out of the kiln. Tracie Hervy Above: We’ve admired Tracie ...
Tags: Books, La, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Maine, Portland, Seattle, Ceramics, Hudson, Ceramic, Bay Area, Northern California, PHOENIX Arizona, Miró, South Los Angeles, Vancouver British Columbia


Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 14 Gifts for the Zero Waster

Here at Remodelista, none of us can claim to be leading a truly zero-waste life. But it’s our goal. We all try to consume consciously—to favor natural, sustainable materials over plastics, avoid single-use disposables, and curb excess trash. To that end, these well-designed finds, large and small, are for the people on your list who are committed to the movement—and for those looking for a way in. Pantry Makeover Above: In addition to offering shopping and pantry kits, Wiebke Liu of Blissha...
Tags: Books, La, US, Brooklyn, Kingston, Oakland, Gift Guides, Sri Lanka, Sustainable Design, Bay Area, Moma, Berkey, Julie, Tom Colicchio, James Beard Foundation, Gardenista


An Arts and Crafts Icon Reborn in the Catskills by Jersey Ice Cream Co.

As owners of Hayfield, one of the Catskills’ premier wedding venues, Christiana Mavromatis and Scott Arnold know a thing or two about love. So when the couple first laid eyes on Minwawa, a grand Arts and Crafts home in Tannerville, NY, they knew it was a match made in heaven. Not only was the couple attracted to the stunning views overlooking a mountain valley in Catskill State Park, they were also drawn in by the home’s sense of history, which was palpable in every nook and cranky. Designed by ...
Tags: Books, Texas, Maine, PERCY, Jack, Benjamin Moore, House Tour, Cle, Scott, Upstate New York, Christiana, Bradbury, Tara, Brimfield, Jenny Lind, Scott Arnold


Editors’ Picks: 9 Enduring Ikea Furniture Classics for the Long Haul, Tried and Tested Edition

Ikea’s not known for the longevity of its wares, as a rule. Here are nine well-made, long-lasting pieces we’ve all used (and can endorse) at Remodelista: Above: Fan swears by the Norraker dining table, which is made of solid birch “and has held up really well”; it’s $279. Above: Several of us at Remodelista own the Raskog Utility Cart (we also featured it in our book Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House). Above: I’ve had a collect...
Tags: Books, House, Ikea, Vancouver, Julie, Terje, Francesca, Remodelista, Flat-Pack Furniture, Raskog Utility Cart, Industrielle Bench, Gladom


Continued Disruption: The New and Improved Wave by Casper

This content was produced as advertising by Remodelista in collaboration with Casper. What in your life do you use more than your mattress? It’s where you begin and end each day, which is why we at Remodelista think mattresses are one of (if not the most) investment-worthy pieces you’ll buy for your home. And, in keeping with our ethos, we believe in investing in something that will last for years, uses eco-friendly materials, and is design-worthy to boot. Which brings us to Casper’s new and imp...
Tags: Books, Usa, California, Casper, Beds, Sponsored Post, Bedroom Furniture, Remodelista, Mattresses, American Chiropractic Association, Casper Labs


10 Easy Pieces: Remodelista Editors’ Favorite French Cleaning Tools

This past summer I spent a month in France unearthing all sorts of French secrets: What region makes the best butter? Where do the Provencal buy their pétanque sets? What do the Parisian’s use to clean their parquet floors? Where is everyone getting their shoes? Some questions were left unanswered; others I got to the bottom of. Some of my best discoveries, turns out, were found in the most typical of hardware and sundries stores. When it comes to cleaning, the French aren’t wielding harsh chemi...
Tags: Amazon, Cleaning, Books, France, Marseille, Paris, Laundry, Editors' Picks, Annie, Brushes, Michelle, Julie, Justine, Margot, 10 Easy Pieces, Remodelista


Current Obsessions: The Londoners

From a new London townhouse available for stays to a look inside the rooms of writers: here are 10 things that crossed our radar this week. Above: Photograph from this week’s Upstairs-Downstairs Living in a Historical Building in Norfolk. New in London: Redchurch Townhouse, the latest lodgings from Soho House, in the city’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. Now open in Amagansett: a new shop from Finnish stylist turned shop-owner (and longtime Remodelista favorite) Tiina Laakkonen (and it’s...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Instagram, Harry, Annie, Norfolk, West Coast, Shoreditch, Palm Springs, Michelle, Soho House, Justine, Margot, Amagansett, MEGHAN MARKLE


Kitchen of the Week: A ‘Dreamiest Dream Kitchen’ in Yorkshire, England

Back when Laura Jones and I shared an apartment on First Avenue and First Street in New York’s East Village, we had two tiny bedrooms off an open living space. The only time we ventured into its stove/sink/fridge corner triangle was to make coffee or grab a bowl of cereal or maybe steam broccoli. We vowed to be eternal roommates and never dreamed of learning to cook. If you had shown us photos of Laura’s current kitchen in Yorkshire, England, we would have been agog to put it mildly—and thrilled...
Tags: Books, UK, England, New York, London, Downton Abbey, Instagram, Chicago, Bradford, Brussels, Huddersfield, Richard, Btc, Richmond, Ball, Dorset


Welsh Coast: Traditional Wool Blankets in Unexpected Palettes from Melin Tregwynt

Are woven wool blankets from yesteryear having a moment? We hope so. We first posted on Melin Tregwynt, the Welsh woven tapestry blankets woven in a “small white-washed woolen mill” on the Pembrokeshire coast, way back in Remodelista’s first year (see Accessories: Melin Tregwynt Welsh Tapestry Blankets). But it seems the blankets might be having a renaissance: we’ve spotted them in the fall collections of several online purveyors, from English shops Another Country and Rowen & Wren to CB2. Thoug...
Tags: Autumn, Books, Wales, Color, United Kingdom, Patagonia, South America, Pembrokeshire, Wool, Bedding, Pine, Antiques & Vintage, Remodelista, Blankets & Throws, Another Country, Rowen Wren


Remodeling 101: Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Kitchen Countertops

Serving as both kitchen workhorse and showpiece, today’s countertops play a demanding role. Site of all food preparation, they’re expected to be durable (stain-proof, scratch-proof, and heat-proof), beautiful, and (best-case scenario) economical. No wonder choosing a countertop material is such a daunting decision. But it needn’t be so tricky. Instead of getting seduced or intimidated by the endless options in the marketplace, begin by asking yourself the right questions and setting your priorit...
Tags: Books, London, Sydney, Kitchens, Bedford, Sydney Australia, Venice California, Carrara, David Gilbert, Remodeling 101, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation, Remodelista, Juliette Arent, Sarah Jane Pyke, Countertops


Modern Makers Fair: New Exhibitors at This Weekend’s Field + Supply in Kingston, NY

This Columbus Day weekend, for the fifth year running, NY designer and tastemaker Brad Ford is hosting his must-visit modern makers fair, Field + Supply, in Kingston, NY, at the spectacular Hutton Brickyards, located on the banks of the Hudson River. What to expect: offerings from a curated selection of artisans, live music, design workshops, children’s activities, a silent auction for a Blackcreek Mercantile dining table, food and drink booths, and book signings (we’ll be there, signing Remodel...
Tags: Books, UK, NYC, Brooklyn, Maine, Denmark, Kingston, North Carolina, Catskills, Merida, Design News, Gardenista, Wallpaper Magazine, Remodelista, Julie Carlson, Blackcreek Mercantile


Trending on Gardenista: Home Sweet Homestead

Remodelista’s Homestead week was echoed over on Gardenista, where the editors found ideas to steal, products to covet, and more. Here’s a look. Above: “Install weathervane technology,” writes Michelle. “A weathered copper weathervane adds vintage appeal and is more accurate than your iPhone at tracking wind currents.” See more in 11 Garden Ideas to Steal from Hipster Homesteaders. Photograph by Joe Fletcher, courtesy of General Assembly. Above: Will you rake your yard this fall? Fan fin...
Tags: Books, General Assembly, Michelle, Trending on Gardenista, Gardenista, Remodelista, Indoor/Outdoor Living, Joe Fletcher, John Merkl, Outdoor & Gardens, Stucco House


Remodeling 101: How to Light Your Home Office

--> When setting up a home office, most people focus on the big-purchase items—the desk, chair, and filing system. Lighting often comes as an afterthought—and yet, poor lighting can cause eyestrain and headaches, and is definitely not a mood enhancer. Attention, fellow workaholics: Considering the high percentage of time we spend toiling, it makes sense to create a setting with optimal lighting. Here’s what you need to know. Above: The bright home office of designer Michaela Scherrer; for mor...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, Manhattan, Copenhagen, Offices, Workspaces, Lighting, Task Lighting, Julie, Erin Boyle, Andrew Wood, Remodeling 101, Home Offices, Remodelista, Michaela Scherrer, LA Designer Michaela Scherrer Photograph


Current Obsessions: Golden Hour

Somehow it’s Labor Day—and the countdown to the last days of summer. In the spirit of savoring every last ounce, here’s what we’re reading and admiring, this last long weekend. Above: Photograph by Brian W. Ferry for Remodelista, from The Wood House: A Midcentury Work in Progress in Westchester. The New York–based Remodelista editors are longtime frequenters of Via Carota … and we’re anxiously awaiting the newest in the collection, Pisellino, set to open in the West Village this fall. A f...
Tags: Books, London, Mayfair, Annie, Seoul, West Village, Margot, Rhinebeck, Design News, Current Obsessions, Remodelista, Wood House, Midcentury Work, Brian W Ferry, Värmland Sweden, New Craftsmen


Editors’ Picks: 10 Summer Tabletop Finds for Under $25

No need to get fancy. Here are some low-commitment life enhancers for entertaining indoors and out. Above: Ikea’s new Egendom Enamel Plates are $3.99 each. (For a slightly more upscale version, we also like the Falcon enamelware Plate Set; $37.50 for a set of four.) Go to our Enamelware dossier for more ideas. Above: Julie’s favorite Ikea discovery of late: The clear glass 365+ Pitcher with Cork Lid; $7.99. Another easy way to serve drinks: Sarah keeps a stash of clear-glass wine bottles...
Tags: Books, London, Etsy, India, Portugal, Ikea, Sarah, Glassware, Tabletop, Tableware, Michelle, Julie, Beach Style, Remodelista, Indoor/Outdoor Living, Tiina


Best Amateur Bath: Craftsman Bungalow Guest Bathroom Remodel by Conway Brackett

The winner of the 2018 Remodelista Considered Design Awards Best Amateur Bath is Conway Brackett, for her project Craftsman Bungalow Guest Bathroom Remodel in Decatur, Georgia. The project was chosen as a finalist by editor in chief Julie Carlson, who says: “Bold blue painted paneling and Shaker peg rails make this bathroom both practical and punchy; we also like the use of black and white tiling and brass plumbing fixtures.” N.B.: This is the fifth of six posts spotlighting the winners of the 2...
Tags: Books, Color, Atlanta, Ikea, Bathrooms, Oakhurst, Shaker, Decatur Georgia, Schoolhouse Electric, Gardenista, Remodelista, Julie Carlson, Atlanta Beltline, Jersey Ice Cream Co, Considered Design Award Winners, Peg Rails


Current Obsessions: Snapshots of Summer

At the end of our first-ever Maine issue, we’re soaking up the last vestiges of summer (and wondering how it went so fast). Here are 11 things on our radar. Above: An outtake from our recent photo shoot at High Ridge Farm in Maine: a summer breeze, captured. Photograph by Greta Rybus for Remodelista. Spotted on Emily Henderson’s blog: a rave review of Remodelista. “I think I can say with all my confidence that Remodelista is my #1 source of digital design porn on a daily basis,” she write...
Tags: Books, China, Brooklyn, Maine, Emily Henderson, Greta Rybus, Design News, Current Obsessions, Gardenista, Remodelista, Heath Ceramics, Michelle Slatella, New York Times Recently