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Friday
Aug042017

A bright mid-century home 

Bright and mid-century - a winning combination! Brio Interior Design transformed this young globe trotting couple's first house together from a dated fixer-upper to a bright, open and modern mid-century home. Located in Bellevue, WA, the 1960's house came with drab finishes and an awkward kitchen layout with two flanking dining rooms. Brio reworked the floor plan eliminating walls and extending the kitchen into one of the dining spaces. The result is an airy, expansive layout that seamlessly connects the living room, kitchen, and dining room. All new finishes were selected and combined with family heirloom pieces such as the freshly re-upholstered mid-century dining set and grandma's stunning onyx cocktail table. Paired with art and textiles from travels abroad and the husband's time in the Peace Corps, the living space feels collected yet paired down, leaving room for the couple to further leave their imprint on the home in the years to come. The neutral palette combined with warm accents like brass, wood and global textiles results in a fresh, inviting, well traveled space. Photos: Haris Kenjar

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Tuesday
Jul112017

A New York farmhouse by Kara Mann

Kara Mann - always a bit ballsy, and bit dramatic, a bit of glam...even when designing a farmhouse. A little something unexpected here and there that always catches my eye and makes me admire her style that much more. She painted the beautiful floorboards in the kitchen black, and to that I say HELLS YEAH!!! 

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Friday
Jul072017

Tretawn Park residence by Studio Duggan

I am crushing hard on this home designed by London-based Tiffany Duggan of Studio Duggan. It is a eye-catching blend of dark colours, pattern, some pink which always wins me over, and graphic patterned tile. Yes, yes, yes and YES!

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Modern kitchen and bathroom remodel 

It has been quite some time since we featured a project by Dieter Vander Velpen Architects so we were excited when Dieter emailed with some photos of another project. This time it is the remodel of a kitchen and bathroom in a 70's villa near the Belgian town of Leuven. The brief was to create an open, bright kitchen with plenty of workspace and a clutterless look. For the bathroom, the main request was to create a luxurious and calming atmosphere on a limited surface. The kitchen is a modern dream - I ADORE cooking niches like this one, featuring a countertop in polished granite and backsplash in hammered granite. The island is pretty fabulous too where 5 different materials come together: black Zimbabwe granite, dark stained Walnut veneer, polished Calacatta marble, patinated bronze and the black lacquered Vola taps. In the bathroom it is all about beautiful travertine. The results are timeless, modern, understated luxury. (Photos: Thomas De Bruyne)

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Tuesday
Jun202017

Reader's home - Pati's small kitchen renovation

If you love dark spaces then you will remember Pati's home (a rental) that I featured back in March. She recently renovated her very small kitchen and as always, it is DYNAMITE and I begged her to send me photos so I could share it on the blog. She sent along a bit of info as well: Since we moved in we hated our kitchen - it was was rather dated and I had updated it with black tiles and lino flooring 10 years ago as cream tiles and green lino did not go, but I didn't want to do anything to the doors without getting permission first. There were a few options I could try with the existing doors which I will explain in details later (for those of you who do not want to change the doors) but in the end I opted for changing the style of the doors.

Finding a bargain takes some time - so I started my search last year in order to purchase items that I wanted to change at the best price available. I then watched a few tutorials on how to do certain things and decided to do all the work myself to save money and allow me to "have a kitchen earlier" - if you are handy with a drill then there is nothing stopping you - you just have to have a little faith in yourself. (For those wondering why my husband didn't do it for me - my husband is disabled so all DIY around the house falls on me). All in all after selling worktops and doors off I have spent £650 for the whole lot! (tiles and doors included in the total)

Thinking it was a good idea at the time and would be relatively mess free (I forgot that we didn't have doors i could close to stop all the dust settling in the rest of the house)...well let me tell you one thing. Dust was everywhere and a small job turned into a major disaster. When removing old tiles from plasterboard I managed to rip half of the wall with the tiles (must have been a good adhesive!) - fixing the wall wasn't as difficult as I expected it to be (besides the fact that I ran out of screws half way through - planning isnt my strong point ;)).

To keep within my rather small budget I started my search for cheap, reduced or free materials last year. Wall tiles were free because U.K. supermarket Tesco had an offer where I could triple my points I collected onto tile vouchers. I "bought" them last year, worktops were bought a few months later, and the rest were slowly bought whenever I saw something on offer. Storing everything was a bit of a pain in the backside as our home is so small there isn't much space so all tiles were under sofas, tools and tile adhesive under the bed and worktops in the living room waiting for someone to trip over them.

Traditional Shaker style kitchen was always a small dream of mine and since my doors were the wrong style rather than painting them (which I would have loved to do) I opted to replace them. Changing doors was a much cheaper option than replacing a whole unit as all my cabinet carcasses were in pretty good condition. Besides replacing 2 cabinets with one long one and removing one wall unit in order to fit the open shelving, having a door made to measure also allowed me to add a door to a extra narrow space by the cooker - that part (as it's not a unit) was made I think by the people who fitted the kitchen originally as it was too narrow for any narrow door. What helped in this one woman job was watching how-to videos and not being afraid to give it a go. It is far from perfect by any means but at least we have a usable kitchen that we all love. AND I FREAKING LOVE IT TOO!!!