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Thursday December 22nd, 2011

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before & after: multi-drawer media console

There’s a soft spot in my heart for all mismatched furniture pieces, be it dining sets, cabinets, seating, etc. Naturally, this multi-drawer media console by Kara Paslay ranks on that list. By building white MDF boxes to surround each individual drawer, Kara and her husband, Tim, were able to stack the drawers in whatever formation…

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Thursday December 15th, 2011

Thursday December 8th, 2011

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before & after: pretty painted furniture part I

I know that painting or drawing on wood continues to attract controversy, but today I’m excited to share two* of the prettiest painted furniture pieces I’ve come across recently. First up is this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired table by Jesse Dresbach, owner of the furniture-restoration shop Nine Red. We’ve featured some of Jesse’s skilled restoration work in…

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Thursday October 27th, 2011

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before & after: design studio showroom

Jean and Oliver Pelle, the duo behind PELLE design, just opened this brand new showroom at 390 Van Brunt St., only a few blocks from their studio in Red Hook. I love the airy, open, dramatic space they’ve created — it’s the perfect backdrop for their chic, minimalist designs. Since all PELLE pieces feel like…

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Thursday October 20th, 2011

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before & after: elegant dresser redo

Furniture pieces like this dresser redo make me think there are tons of you out there who could live double lives running successful furniture design or restoration businesses. I’m still sort of amazed that Renee saw the “before” dresser above and had the vision to create the stunning two-tone piece below. I adore that dark…

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before & after: nursery makeover

I remember watching my friend’s baby as she was starting to observe the world, and it was awesome to see her eyes travel over everything with utter fascination, particularly prints. It’s not as easy as some might think to successfully mix prints and patterns. What I like most about this charming nursery makeover from Tim…

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Thursday October 13th, 2011

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before & after: lofty living room makeover

I like to consider myself a big-picture thinker, and if I had the chance to makeover a room, I’d like to think I would consider all possibilities and think creatively about the space. But I can honestly say that I usually just assume the ceilings are non-negotiable. Whoops. Projects like this living room redesign by…

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Thursday October 6th, 2011

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before & after: repurposed living room

This Before & After is so exciting because it really makes you think twice about utilizing interior space. The Hive — a group of creative professionals working in Alexandria, Virginia — decided to lease the upstairs of their row house and transform the front room into a curated paper goods shop called Fifteen/Eleven. The space…

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