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Thursday July 31st, 2014

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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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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 17th, 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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