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Thursday April 24th, 2014

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Before & After: A Studio Apartment Is Brought To Life With Color

Like many things in life, a studio apartment can be both awesome and horrible—it really all depends on your perspective. On one hand, studios are a relatively affordable route that provide numerous design options for the creatively-minded. On the other hand, they can be cramped, ill-equipped and awkward—all things that, at such a confined scale, can become glaringly obvious. There are steps…

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Thursday April 3rd, 2014

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An outdated kitchen gets a head-to-toe makeover

Photography by Anna M. Campbell When architect Michael Howells was commissioned to redesign the kitchen in Magda Gianola and Holly Hinson’s Portland home, he faced something of a conundrum. The house, on one hand, was a stately 1908 Victorian. The couple’s furniture was mid-century Modern. The kitchen, unfortunately, was neither. Previously renovated during that sad,…

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Before & After: A Kitschy Midcentury Fireplace Goes From Shabby to Chic

Although in design parlance, the term “midcentury” oftentimes connotes thoughtfully designed Modernist homes and furniture, the fact of the matter is that there was a ton of really ugly stuff in the mid-twentieth century, too. From cheaply assembled suburban homes to gaudy urban bachelor pads, the era of modern construction contains a few things that “Modernism”…

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Before & After: Gold Leaf Chair Upgrade

I love gold leaf because it creates a surface that has texture and dimension you just can’t get any other way. When I spotted this vintage chair in the corner of my local thrift store I knew immediately that its crescent-shape back was the perfect spot for a little goal-leaf embellishment! Even though the finish…

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