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Before & After: A Boring Garage Becomes A Brilliant Dining Room

There’s something exciting about garages—those tiny limbo-like appendages that store cars, bikes, tools, and piles of retired crap—something that seems to imply possibility. Indeed, these spaces offer more than just storage options—they are (with a little sprucing up, of course) a refuge, a second living room, a creative launchpad, a band-practice studio. For Stacia and Phil Samartan, the…

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014

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Before & After: A Broken-down Bungalow Gets Beautified

Midcentury suburban bungalows don’t tend to get a whole lot of love from the “design” community, their straightforward and simple forms oftentimes written off as prosaic or commonplace. This is a real shame. Given the right treatment and contextualization, every home style—even the “little boxes” that have dotted the American landscape since the 1920s— has the possibility and potential to be…

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Before & After: An Industrial Space Becomes A Warm, Welcoming Studio

For creative types, a blank canvas can be both liberating and terrifying. While there is endless possibility that accompanies the empty page, the unexposed film, the uncut stone—the task of filling such voids is a formidable one, riddled with uncertainty, insecurity and self-doubt. If Jeff Downie and Katie Downie, the husband/wife duo behind Downie Photography, encountered any…

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Before & After: A Craigslist Credenza Gets Dressed Up

If there is one type of furniture that often gets the short end of the stick, landing forlorn and forgotten on the curb long before its expiration date, it is most certainly office furniture. With functionality rather than personal preference guiding most workplace purchases, office furniture hardly ever gets the chance to work its way into our hearts, forming the connections…

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