What Goes On Behind the Cameras at Home Makeover Shows?

Some homeowners said they were promised a dream house if a crew remade their homes for TV. The lawsuits they filed later told a different story.

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An Elegant Notting Hill Flat Enlivened By Maximalist Flourishes

It was renovating his home in London that helped Enis Karavil hone his aesthetic and led him to start his own design business.

#antiques, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #london-england

Hudson Felt Too Much Like a City, So It Was Time for a New Upstate Retreat

Anthony D’Argenzio, known for Zio and Sons and This Old Hudson, and his family have a new old house — and it’s not far from their old old house, in Hudson, N.Y.

#home-repairs-and-improvements, #hudson-ny, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Greenwich Village Renovation That Steered Its Owners’ Line in a New Direction

Bessie and Oliver Corral of Arjé started designing home goods at the same time that they were remaking their duplex into a bright and minimalist sanctuary.

#arje-retailer, #design, #furniture, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #springdesign2022

A San Francisco Renovation Inspired by ‘American Gigolo’

When an interior designer and a software engineer set about renovating their new house, they had no idea what it would ultimately involve.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #san-francisco-calif

How to Create a Home Bar That Will Dazzle Your Guests

All it takes is a tiny space — a niche, a shallow closet or even a cabinet — to make a cocktail bar that’s a thing of beauty. Here’s how.

#cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #design, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

It Was Supposed to Be a Spec House. Then the Builder Got Emotionally Involved.

Building a house in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia was a business opportunity — that’s all. But something changed along the way.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

For a Modern ‘Brady Bunch,’ a Modernist Family Home in Seattle

When a music industry veteran and a novelist married, they had six children between them. The challenge was creating a place where everyone would be comfortable.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-wash

OMG, You’ll Never Believe What the Laser Vacuum Revealed

High-tech vacuums and robotic mops are having their moment in a pandemic that has contributed to never-ending messes at home.

#carpets-and-rugs, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #dyson, #home-appliances, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #irobot-corp, #laser-light-amplification-by-stimulated-emission-of-radiation, #product-tests, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics, #vacuum-cleaners

Do I Really Need a Toilet?

And other questions you can’t believe you ask yourself when you’re looking for an apartment in New York.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #content-type-personal-profile, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

They Broke Up With Two Architects Before Finding the Right One

‘It’s like going through bad relationships,’ said an owner of the 1975 Bay Area home. ‘The house needed an architect who wasn’t so driven by ego.’

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #san-francisco-calif

What Designers Have Been Doing at Home During the Pandemic

Here’s what it looks like when the professionals take on D.I.Y. projects. (Don’t feel bad if they put yours to shame.)

#architecture, #design, #do-it-yourself, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Schwarzenegger: Solar Costs Could Rise if California Regulators Get Their Way

Removing incentives to encourage homeowners to install solar panels is a bad idea.

#california, #california-public-utilities-commission, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #politics-and-government, #roofs, #solar-energy, #state-legislatures

They Remodeled Before Covid. Here’s What They Regret Now.

The live-work space in Jersey City, N.J., should have been ideal for lockdown. But hindsight born of a pandemic taught them a few things.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Flea-Infested Former Convent: How Could They Resist?

The 1926 building owned by the Catholic Church looked as if it hadn’t been updated in decades. One Dallas family was charmed.

#dallas-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

How to Design a Home Gym That You’ll Actually Use

As the pandemic rages on, the safest place to work out is at home. Here’s how to create a personal gym you’ll want to spend time in.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

How Much Did That New Kitchen Cost? No One’s Going to Tell You.

Trying to get a ballpark figure for home improvements often leaves us wandering through conversations built on euphemisms.

#home-repairs-and-improvements, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Want Something Done Right? Do It Yourself. These Books Can Help.

From decorating to beauty projects to canine costumes, these how-to guides may inspire you to take matters into your own hands.

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The Architect Who Invited Her Mother to Be Her Next-Door Neighbor

Jess Hinshaw and Kathy Lewis live in a pair of adjoining Brooklyn brownstones that reflect both their individual tastes and their strong familial bond.

#architecture, #brooklyn-nyc, #hinshaw-jess, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Restoring a 1788 House in Charleston, S.C., With a Walled Garden

The stately 1788 home in South Carolina had expansive rooms and a walled garden. But it needed a lot of work — and that would take time and money.

#charleston-sc, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

How to Build a Terrarium, So It’s Always Gardening Season

As winter closes in, there’s at least one place where plants will still grow: a terrarium. Here’s how to get started on yours.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

In Florida, a Gut Renovation in Shades of Grape

The overwrought moldings in their neo-Classical home had begun to feel stuffy, so they redid the whole thing — with an emphasis on food and wine.

#delray-beach-fla, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Your Walls Don’t Have to Be Boring

Faced with a blank wall, most of us think paint or wallpaper. But there are more interesting possibilities to consider.

#adhesives, #berk-bobby-1981, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #murals, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wallpaper, #wood-and-wood-products

The Austin Bungalow Had Charm. But It ‘Needed Everything.’

After noticing a realtor ‘sitting, literally head in hand, on the front steps,’ a Texas couple decided to buy the house. That was two renovations ago.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

The Suburbs Beckoned, but They Found a Way to Stay in the City

When the rowhouse next door came on the market, one couple decided to remain in Washington, D.C., and merge the two houses. It wasn’t easy — or cheap.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-dc

Want to Increase Your Home’s Value? Start With the Entrance.

A few inexpensive changes can boost curb appeal — and your asking price. Here’s where to start.

#architecture, #content-type-service, #design, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Before Renovating, They Had to Get Rid of the Current Occupants: Mice

Some $40,000 later, they could finally start thinking about updating the house they bought in Farmington, Conn.

#farmington-conn, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #rodents

A Derelict Warehouse as a Second Home?

Even his artsy friends were skeptical. But for $70,000, he knew he could find a way to make it work.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-state

The Stress-Free Way to Hang Art

Why does hanging art make many of us so nervous? If you follow a few simple rules, it’s easy.

#art, #content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

How Do You Add On to the Perfect Small House? You Don’t.

They already had the ideal home in Marfa, Texas. So when they needed more space, they built another little house — to hold the bedroom.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #marfa-tex, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

An Elegant Inwood Apartment Designed for Living and Working

The architect Christopher Rawlins moved into his Art Deco Manhattan building in 1999 and has used his space there as a laboratory for creating a sensual sort of Modernism.

#apartment, #architecture, #content-type-personal-profile, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #inwood-manhattan-ny, #modernism, #rawlins-christopher

For Two Designers, a Onetime Collaboration Wasn’t Enough

When they first worked together, renovating a home that had once been a church, they never imagined they’d eventually get married there.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #telluride-colo

It Was a Charming Saltbox in the Hamptons. Now It’s Something Else.

After a two-year gut renovation, just about the only thing that remains is the windmill.

#furniture, #hamptons-ny, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wainscott-ny

Infighting and Poor Planning Leave Condo Sites in Disrepair

Under pressure to keep costs down, many condo boards around the country have little money set aside for big repairs like the ones needed in Surfside, Fla. Some are looking to force a change.

#condominiums, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Why the Best Gardens Have Something Extra

Accessories like garden ornaments, furniture and firepits can make a beautiful landscape even more appealing. Here’s where to start.

#content-type-service, #gardens-and-gardening, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

A Mountain Escape Turned Four-Season Home

They bought the house in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., thinking it would be nice for weekends in the winter. But Covid changed that.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mammoth-lakes-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

The Fantasy of a Cotswolds Country Home Meets Reality in Westchester

The plan was to do a quick cosmetic update. Then a couple found out the plumbing, electrical and septic systems were shot. And the house was sinking.

#content-type-service, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #pound-ridge-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Decluttering for a Renovation

Before the contractor can get started on demolishing my kitchen, I have to clear out the things I don’t need. But everyone needs a melon scooper, right?

#content-type-service, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #new-york-city, #orderliness-and-clutter, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

If You Plan to Visit Aging Parents, Bring a To-Do List

During quarantine, medical, financial and household issues may have cropped up. Preparing before your visit can ease tensions and get to what you really want — a joyful visit.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Aging in Place Comfortably and Stylishly

As more baby boomers move toward retirement, more and more are designing homes that will accommodate their needs even as they grow older and lose mobility.

#baby-boomers, #guilford-conn, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

All He Wanted Was a Surf Shack. He Got a Lot More.

Working in finance in Manhattan made him homesick for the beach in California. So he recreated what he missed on an unlikely site in Amagansett.

#amagansett-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

In Miami, a Sculpture Built to Live In

Christopher Carter, an artist who works with salvaged materials, set out to create his biggest work ever. Now it’s his home, and the subject of a new exhibit.

#carter-christopher, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #miami-fla, #nsu-art-museum, #nsu-art-museum-fort-lauderdale, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #the-carter-project-exhibit

Shopping for Cafe Tables

If you’ve recently acquired some outdoor space, you’ll need to furnish it. Start with this versatile little table.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tables

Should You Renovate the Kitchen Before You Sell?

One outdated room can stand out and hurt a sale. But before you do any last-minute work, set a budget and make sure you finish what you start.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #kitchens, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Renovating Your Kitchen This Summer? Proceed With Caution.

Supply chain problems and labor shortages have made home improvement projects even more complicated.

#content-type-service, #home-appliances, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #kitchens, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

There’s an Art to Making Your Bed

You can start by disregarding thread count. Here’s what else the pros know that you may not.

#beds-and-bedding, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Many Older Adults Lack Even Simple, Helpful Equipment

Railings, grab bars, shower chairs and other inexpensive devices can make it easier to continue living at home, but not enough older people acquire them.

#disabilities, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #medical-devices, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

What Makes a Home ‘Sexy’?

For one Chicago entrepreneur, it was a design that felt as if it had been pulled straight from her unconscious. (And there are lots of chains.)

#chicago-ill, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Curtains Up for the One Percent

While many Americans were stockpiling toilet paper and Clorox, the rich bought houses, sparking a gold rush in the decorating trades.

#beverly-hills-calif, #design, #high-net-worth-individuals, #home-appliances, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #luxury-goods-and-services, #palm-beach-fla, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #san-antonio-tex, #sea-island-ga

Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence

The vice president had been living temporarily in Blair House while Number One Observatory Circle underwent repairs.

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