Have you noticed that hallways are often overlooked thoroughfares of the common abode? My center hall was forgotten for years, and then a while back we decided to turn it into a 'gallery'. New paint, light fixture and some of my original photographs was all it needed to make it a place in which people now linger versus pass through. In a continued effort to bring awareness to the oft-neglected hallway, take a gander at these simple but oh-so-effective… Continue Reading
What do you think of when you hear the word 'porch?' Wicker? Boston ferns? Porch swings? All are perfectly appropriate for such an environment, but what if the porch-owner has a modern aesthetic? Those traditional porch staples might… Continue Reading
What was once an extravagance for newly built homes of the 1980s and 90s has now become essential to the way contemporary families live: the mud room. A place to keep coats, shoes, pet paraphernalia, backpacks, sort through junk mail, and perhaps even do laundry. A transitional room, a liminal space, if you will, to help translate your home to the rest of your life.
But the high traffic can create a bit of chaos, and the mud room can often become a "junk drawer" for your entire house, creating piles of items that don't have another… Continue Reading
Facing this kind of mess when you come and go would be enough to make you stay away, right? Hallways are like the overworked stepchild of the house; not being a destination room, they tend to suffer from neglect. Cat, author of TheGoldenTouch blog, took charge, decluttered, organized and gave this sliver of her client's space a jolt of electric… Continue Reading
Yes. You read that right. There are STILL places in the U.S. where land is free. And, yes, there is a catch. You have to agree to build a house (or plop a mobile home or, sometimes, a business) on the land. The concept of giving away free land isn't new, as back in the day the… Continue Reading
In these parts, you need to suck every bit of sunlight out of the day to make it through the winter. An hour in the sunroom can do wonders. The homeowners flipped this sunroom from a hideous sidenote to an unbelievably inviting hangout. And, they accomplished this transformation on an itty bitty budget. See, it can be… Continue Reading
In the last edition of the Curbly Make It! library, "Make It! Secondhand Chic", I turned an old sewing table into a laptop table. Since I didn't need a laptop table, I'm now using it as a little table at the landing of my stairs. Restored Style and I were, apparently, on the… Continue Reading
Kathy's porch was looking a little under the weather, so she decided it needed a little doctoring. Although she had a few things to deal with, including peeling paint and cracked concrete, Kathy was undaunted. She collected her… Continue Reading
Looking down onto her front porch, Jennifer had an epiphany. "It's July," she observed, "but that's a Halloween-themed welcome mat." So, she grabbed some paint and got to work.
The results? A fun and playful welcome mat that spans the divide between handmade and standing up to the elements. Using some soft fabric paint, she created a bold border, then used an embroidery pattern to give the whole thing some character. … Continue Reading
This house has problems. From the mind of Jean-Pascal Flavien, the oxymoronically named No Drama House is nothing but...and purposefully so. The intention is to force its occupant to face of series of problems. Like just getting inside the thing, for… Continue Reading