Joy and Ingenuity Change an Oregon Farmhouse

Obbie and Connie Atkinson have spent the past seven years assigning their turn-of-the-century farmhouse in Eastern Oregon. From installing plumbing, tile and drywall to refinishing furniture, flooring and the base, this ascertained and thrifty couple have touched every surface of their property. Their enchanting space is a product of their joyous ingenuity, enthusiasm and happy partnership.

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Who lives here:
Obbie and Connie Atkinson plus a flock of readily excitable quail
Location: Richland, Oregon
Size: 2,500 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
That’s intriguing: There are just five outbuildings on the property: a toolshed, a potting shed, a chicken coop, a storeroom and a barn.

Sarah Greenman

Sarah Greenman: How did you find this home?
Connie Atkinson: We’re traveling through Montana, Idaho and Oregon Searching for a second home. At the time, we lived in California and knew we could not afford anything there. We thought it would be a vacation home.

We had an inventory: paved street, property (although not a lot), not in the hills but at a valley where we can look up in mountains, water near and an airport in hitting distance. We drove into Richland and saw an advertisement in the paper that read “Could once again be queen of this valley” Only considering it we were gobsmacked.

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CA: This shed is the coolest thing. It was leaning way over on the side when we first moved in, and everyone said we ought to bulldoze it. However we loved it the way it was and could not imagine destroying it. We might have straightened it, but we didn’t. We have done a lot of work to restore it and maintain its sweet lean. Everybody who sees it’s shed envy. At this time it’s Obbie’s instrument shop. However, my hope is that in a couple of years it will be my studio.

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SG: How did you realize that this home has been “the one”?
CA: I sat on the front porch and had this overwhelming feeling that it was home. I spent years at a state of chaos, moving from house to house, and in all the time I never felt as though I was at home anywhere. I just had a breakdown. I cried. I felt as though I was home for the very first time in my entire life.

SG: Where’s your favorite spot in the house?
CA: In summer time, it’s out. But in the colder months my favorite place is on the sofa with a cup of coffee overlooking the movie window.

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The central living space is a cool, tranquil mix of white and sage green. The couple plans to rip out the ceilings, which have been dropped sometime in the ’60s to preserve energy and lower heating costs.

SG: What is the condition of the house when you moved in to it?
CA: Pretty sad. It smelled awful, and everything needed to be carried out. The carpet had to go, nasty built-in bookshelves needed to come out windows — everything. The men and women who had lived here were heavy smokers. The first time I came out here I stopped in town and had a refrigerator delivered. I showed up in the house with a refrigerator, a mattress and a bathtub of TSP (trisodium phosphate). I thought, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?”

SG: Tell me about the artwork in this room.
CA: We filled the walls with purposeful artwork. The painting over the sofa is obviously a household member’s home in Paso Robles, California. It was painted by my mother’s friend, Willa Sell. Obbie made the framed buff drawing to the right when he was just 12 years old as a nod to his own Native American origins.

Sofas: Z Gallerie; paint: Olive Sprig, Olympic Ultra; red corner blossom: yard sale

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The dining area is opposite the living area and generally full of morning light. Connie discovered the huge antique German sideboard, which she painted white. She admits, “I stewed about painting it for three decades and then eventually took the plunge.”

SG: What inspires your personal aesthetic?
CA: Sadly, everything inspires me. I have a floundering sense of style. If I see a beach house, I want to come home and do the beach house seem. Same with log cabin, or Native American, or Southwest, or desert or Language B and B. I want to test it all. Since I am at a farmhouse, I sort of have to do a country fashion.

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SG: What is or was your biggest design dilemma?
CA: There is hardly any all-natural light in the kitchen, which really bothers me. Soon we’ll bust out the wall that divides the kitchen and toilet to create a kitchen with views and space to accommodate a farm dining table.

Additionally, the existing toilet was once a space with a sink, bathroom, bathtub, water heater and washing system — all crunched to a hallway. Getting that tub cleared so we can use it was quite a chore. We want to abandon that tub because it’s on the face of the house with the best view.

Flooring: Antique Oak finish, Home Depot; cabinet paint: Shelter Green, Martha Stewart Living

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As with many old farmhouses, the kitchen has a huge root cellar and a huge pantry for storing summer’s harvest. Connie’s brother built the rustic kitchen cabinet in the upcycled window and scrap timber.

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The traditional blue and white master bedroom has a wide bay window that faces the front of the property. Connie chose bedding that matched her mother’s blue and white porcelain pottery.

SG: Where’s your favorite place to search for your property?
CA: Thrift stores and antique places. We’ve got an old place and I enjoy old things. And I really like a deal!

Blue seat: JD Mercantile at Richland; paint: Navigation, True Value; bedding: Tuesday Morning; throw pillow: Ikea

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The upstairs guest room reflects the Western terrain and the colours of the surrounding high desert. A hat rack, woven rugs and a vintage Grand Canyon wall hanging help to create a backcountry ambience.

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The couple calls for the upstairs bedroom the “AARP Dorm.” Several beds can be pushed together to create king-size sleeping arrangements, and there’s a ’70s-era accordion room divider.

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Grandchildren regularly visit and enjoy sharing these cozy quarters, which Connie has equipped with matching twin beds, handmade dolls and a vintage children’s dining table.

CA: One of the main reasons we purchased this home was to ease family gatherings. We wanted a beautiful place where our children could unwind and bring their children.

Bedding: Goal; desk, seat: yard sale

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Connie is always moving her home office from room to room to keep it clear of their newest home improvement project. Its present home is in the upstairs bedroom.

Desk, seat: El Paso Import

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The couple converted a canning porch off the back of the house to a bath, complete with a vintage soaking bathtub and a walk-in shower. Connie found that the garage door at a local yard sale. To conserve space, Obbie mounted it as a sliding barn door.

SG: What are you currently working on next?
CA: Finishing the tub remodel. It was absolutely necessary and ended up being a splurge of time since we did all of the work ourselves. When it’s finished, we’ll eliminate the old tub. Just like most things, we are chewing this one bite at a time.

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The foyer is a bright mix of natural light and wood details. The gallery wall on the staircase is full of watercolors, most of which have been painted by Connie’s mother.

SG: If these walls could speak, what could they say?
CA: I believe they’d say, “Thank God somebody came and saved us. We had tender loving care”

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The Atkinsons purchased the home in 2005 from Dan Forsea, a third-generation rancher. Forsea made a wrought iron sculpture for a present for the Atkinsons, motivated by the hordes of quail that populate the property. It hangs on both sides of Connie’s potting shed alongside an enormous lilac bush.

CA: we’ve created the most amazing friends here in the valley. I feel like they’ve been here all along, just waiting for me to appear and join the gang.

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A yellow vintage rocking bench adorns the east side of the wraparound porch. Connie sewed the throw pillows utilizing vintage tablecloths and handkerchiefs.

CA: We had not planned this to be our full-time home, but it grew on us big time. Each time I sit on the front porch, the house feels like it’s mine. This home is my sanctuary. Obbie and I can’t get enough of this peacefulness here. I sat out here for 20 minutes the other day and didn’t hear one man-made audio. You can do this.

Sarah Greenman

SG: What do you love about gardening?
CA: I didn’t know I enjoyed gardening till I had space to garden. This place is named Richland for a reason. The dirt is wonderful. I started a little perennial garden, and I went crazy and started digging everywhere. I don’t understand anything about gardening, and I didn’t have a plan. I am learning as I go. When a plant does well then it has to stay. Next year, I will attempt more veggies.

Sarah Greenman

There are just five outbuildings on the property, such as a toolshed, a potting shed, a chicken coop, a storeroom and a barn.

CA: I say, “My barn is like the ocean. I really like to look at it, but I do not really need to go in.” Obbie loves it , though. He’s in there all the time.

Sarah Greenman

SG: What was your proudest homeowner moment?
CA: I have it all of the time. It occurs when somebody from the valley sees what we have done with this place. They can’t believe it. It feels really great to give this beautiful home the love and tenderness it deserves.

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Obbie and Connie Atkinson enjoy glasses of wine in a popular nearby overlook.

SG: Any information for homeowners looking for a fixer-upper?
CA: If you’re trying to find a home, sit down and make a list of all of the things you want. And if you come close to the list, you’re doing really well. Once, when we had been frustrated and feeling tired of looking, we almost purchased a home that didn’t meet the listing. I am so glad we didn’t! You’ll manifest what you need if you stick with it.

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Midcentury Austin Home Earns a Makeover

When designer Sharon Radovich was seeking to buy a home, it came down to two properties: a midcentury cottage that needed major work and a four-story condominium that had just new paint and carpet. “I decided to buy the run-down cottage,” she states. “I thought I would fix it up and flip it in three to five years, but 20 years later I’m still here!”

Radovich’s vibrant and modern style comes to life within her work at Panache Interiors, and she brought the exact same elegance to her own home. A boldly darkened living space, a whirlpool bath wall and a glowing pink ceiling assisted give the previously dilapidated cottage a new appearance.

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Who resides: Sharon Radovich
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1,167 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

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Radovich got creative with her small living room space by adding two swivel foldout chairs from Collectic Home. While they provide comfortable seating, in addition they fold to allow for more room.

A framed pastel titled “Victory Series,” by Kay Biggs, sits on top of this fireplace mantel. The surround is a polished absolute black granite, added by Radovich during the house’s first renovation.

Mirror: Lights Fantastic

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Deciding whether or not to tear the house down and start all over was Radovich’s initial design dilemma. Although she’d have loved a small, contemporary house with walls of windows, she ended up maintaining the existing house and renovating in two stages.

Her initial phase was refinishing the floors. Almost a decade later, she restored her kitchen, adding new tile, appliances and flooring.

A wall unit from Four Hands serves as the ideal place for keys when she gets home. Art by Austin artist Maxine Price frames the TV.

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This cozy sitting room with a leather loveseat from Four Hands sits just off the kitchen. Cheerful yellow horizontal stripes provide a background for an artfully centered painting by artist John Siebels. The contemporary pendant lighting is from Besa Lighting.

Painted stripes: Creamy and Torchlight, Sherwin-Williams; coffee table: Canton Flea Market

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The stripes wrap around the whole space, serving as a background for a wallpapered door comprising a Komar photomural embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Swivel leather seat: Austin Furniture Depot

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The home office features patterned wallpaper. Radovich and three of her Panache Interiors workers work from this office. Currently they’re working on a varied number of jobs, such as custom draperies, a Zen bathroom remodel plus a Moroccan-inspired formal living area.

Wallpaper: Gear Guild Productions SBK13601 by Como; Roman shades: Allen+Roth thermal blackout, Lowe’s; lamp: Ikea

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Next to the design group’s office is a guest room with a full size pullout sofabed. It gives a cozy place for Radovich’s nephews to stay when they visit. Over the sofa hangs a framed painting in the night market in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sofa: Collectic Home America; Paint: Dorian Gray, Sherwin-Williams; curtains: West Elm

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Radovich kept the original oak floors throughout the house and afterwards stained them a dark walnut. She painted the master bedroom ceiling a glowing pink to bring a female and fun signature. Radovich’s mother made the comforter that was bold that was vibrant.

Bed framework: O’Asian Furniture; side tables: Four Hands; lamp: purchased from customers; ceiling paint: Heart’s Desire, Porter Paints

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Along with the kitchen, Radovich renovated the house’s only toilet, adding new floors, a new dressing table from Ikeaand mosaic tile to give life to the room. Radovich prefers an all-white bathroom since it has a resort-like feel.

Shower curtain: Bed Bath & Beyond; floors: American Tile Stone Peak Touch Series, Snow; accent lighting: DAL Tile

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Radovich designed and studded this toilet wall, adding interest and pattern to an otherwise blank canvas. “I really like the drama of outsized graphics and picked a German-inspired pattern for this project,” she states. “Once the layout was applied to the wall, then I desired more impact than paint would provide.” Radovich summarized the pattern in chrome figurines to add dimension, texture and a bit of bling.

Silver pebble wallpaper: exclusive to Panache Interiors

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Radovich sits in her table when enjoying a book on design and a glass of wine. “My style is more expressive, artful and relaxed,” she states. “I design lavish yet livable spaces to get a sense of style and grace in everyday life.”

Chandelier: West Elm; window panels: Ikea; dining chairs: crocodile vinyl, Four Hands; table: Storehouse

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Posh 1930s Family Farmhouse in Ohio

Would you want to stay on your childhood home? Six decades ago, Mark and Elisabeth Yutzy were given the chance to rent the house Mark grew up in, a 1930s farmhouse in Ohio, and decided to give it a try. Mark’s parents purchased the house in the early 1950s, and it was in the family ever since.

As well as the house in the 1970s added more room; besides that, the home was Mark recalled it. The couple brought their vibrant characters into the space with reworked classic furniture and a great deal of DIY touches. “Living here helps bring back memories of my youth,” he states. “Not a lot of people get that chance.”

at a Glance
Who lives here: Mark and Elisabeth Yutzy
Location: Madison County, Ohio
Size: 3,000 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
That’s intriguing: The original 1930s wallpaper still hangs in the stairwell and upstairs hall.

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An inviting table place with a classic tablecloth and Elisabeth’s Fiesta dinnerware sits on the front porch. A collection of classic watering cans infused together speaks to her love of gardening.

Elisabeth found the table and chairs at a garage sale, repainted them and re-covered the chairs.

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In the kitchen, a cabinet located at a garage sale sits adjacent to the cooker. The item adds much-needed storage in addition to character.

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A”New Eggs” signal, also a flea market find, is a nod to the farmhouse background of the house. Vintage Dove brand milk-glass spice containers were given to the couple by Mark’s sister.

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This Hoosier-style cabinet was seen by Mark and bought for just $25. “We did not have to do something for this,” Elisabeth says.

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This cabinet is just one of Mark’s finds and holds treasures from Elisabeth’s mother and grandmother, along with other vintage finds.

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In the living room, a bold red sofa and a patterned armchair make a cozy gathering place. The doorway to the right leads upstairs. Mark recalls coming home after curfew if he was younger and trying to be silent,”but the staircase would constantly squeak and wake up Mother,” he states.

Seat and chair: Smith Brothers

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This primitive-style cabinet was bought at a flea market and is just one of Elisabeth’s beloved pieces. Framed family photographs adorn the walls.

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A sitting room in Elisabeth’s art and sewing room provides a place to unwind. The dresser was bought at an auction and painted mint green. The ticking wallpaper, beadboard ceiling and firkin boxes all pay tribute to the home’s roots.

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Elisabeth framed pages from 1950s magazines, including Life and Ladies’ Home Journal, as artwork. A generous stranger gave her dresser for a gift.

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According to Elisabeth, this seat was in poor shape when it was picked up from the garbage. She also gave it new life by minding it and adding colorful fabric bands for a bright and joyous touch.

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This view reveals the original 1930s wallpaper in the upstairs hall, combined with Elisabeth’s mother’s Amish bonnet displayed on the bedside table.

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This bedroom, lined with wallpaper in the 1970s, was shared by Mark as a child with three of his brothers. “Once a year we shifted the straw in the bed,” he quips.

Mark and Elisabeth rescued the full-length mirror after a neighbor lost it. They repaired the frame and replaced with the mirror.

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Dried hydrangeas and a classic quilt match the classic dresser picked up at an auction. The seat is a unique find from Mark and Elisabeth’s youth church.

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Elisabeth’s style proceeds into the flower bed. Here, a spray painted seat and table sit in a bed of vinca. One of Elisabeth’s recent projects was to drill holes in used paint cans, spray paint them bright colors and plant some of her favourite flowers in them.

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Boxwood planted in pots become instant garden boundaries and can readily be moved. A basket of petunias and lobelia sit beneath a large maple tree trunk. Purple sage and spider wort offer color and variety close to the bench. A classic tricycle bought for $1 could be observed behind the shrub.

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The upgraded Adirondack-style glider is constructed of a durable polylumber comprising recycled milk jugs. Elisabeth painted a classic wooden ironing board and placed it in their front porch to hold decorative things and freshly cut flowers in milk bottles. The “No Dumping” sign was a flea market find.

Glider: Holmes Crafted Furniture

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The front of the 1930s farmhouse remains structurally the same. The 1970s addition could be seen in the far right of the photo. Because the few rents, they are limited to what renovations they could do. While they’ve embraced the quirks that include an old house, there are plenty of things they would still love to change.

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Indonesia-Inspired California Home

Having spent decades as a child living in Malibu, California, Deborah Call dreamed of owning her own home near the sea. She discovered it around 90 miles south. “Despite the green-shag-carpeted kitchen, it was love at first sight,” she states. Just blocks from the sand, Telephone loves her tranquil residence and surrounds herself with personal items and decor mainly from Indonesia, where she has made several trips as a textile designer.

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Who lives here: Deborah Call along with her kitty, Cleopatra
Location: Dana Point, California
Size: 1,456 square feet; two bedrooms, 2 baths
That’s intriguing: A storm in December 2010 bombarded the home so badly, it needed a total overhaul to make it habitable.

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As a textile designer, Telephone respects and admires artists, designers and creative thinkers of all kinds. “I am particularly inspired by authentic craftsmanship and people who dedicate themselves to a skill or trade that works on a degree independent of mass production,” she states.

Call adores hand-me-downs and Craigslist finds, and has been fortunate enough to get beautiful hand-crafted presents from gifted buddies. Some of her favorite designers are out of the world of style, and she sees a lot of crossover between interiors and style. Also, natural materials such as stones and timber bring a sense of groundedness for Telephone. “I like to create a mood over that I like to create a look,” she states.

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A closer look in Call’s custom designed xeriscape garden. More to come later.

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This 1950s classic ikat wall hanging out of Sumba, Indonesia, is extremely dear to Phone. Her old boss bought it from a girl who paddled him out in a kayak when he was surfing the outer atolls of Indonesia.

Beside the ikat are two stylized wooden figurines from Bali representing women walking in succession whilst praying.

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The intentional white walls show off the handpicked furniture and personal art items representing who Phone is and where she has been. The earthy colour palette, timber furniture and Mexican Saltillo tiles bring warmth to the room. An antique quilt from Phone’s great-grandmother drapes over the timber chair.

Beautifully hand-crafted from classic canoe prows, a cupboard from Bali hides electronic equipment.

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Call crafted and designed this mosaic mantel and hearth made of marble and artificial granite chips. A Day of the Dead candelabra created by friend and ceramic artist Susie Ketchum adorns the mantel.

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An ikat woven textile drapes the coffee table, and on top is a publication on textiles and a wooden bare figure from the Philippines that is certainly a nutcracker.

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A funerary kayak and hand-dyed orchid-vine”skirt” hanging in the attic draws up the eye and creates visual impact. Since buying Indonesia is no longer the standard for Telephone, she turns to David Alan at Solana Beach. The tall classic hand-hewn cupboard from Java, Indonesia, has been bought there. One of Call’s most recent splurges is this leather sofa from Restoration Hardware.

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Call loves quiet meditation and incense burning while stretched out on her leopard-covered”Cleopatra lounge” off the atrium. This is only one of her favorite spots in the home, as it is filled with a great deal of sunlight.

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Shortly after moving to the home in 1989, Telephone and her ceramicist friend Susie Ketchum tiled the kitchen countertops and backsplash. The mosaic critters add vibrant personality to the white cabinetry and walls.

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From the home office, file cabinets out of Staples along with a door from Home Depot create a functional and affordable alternative to a traditional desk.

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Natural light fills the master bedroom, showing off a distinctive hand-carved headboard bought from a shop in Bali.

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What Phone loves about this headboard is its outdated appearance and muted colors from natural weathering over time. “It doesn’t have that garish appearance and bright paint that many of the new bits have,” she states. Call considers it might have been part of a entryway at one time.

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More hand-carved furniture from Bali is employed in the restroom as storage and a vanity. A bold white contemporary sink with brushed chrome fittings is a wonderful contrast to detailing at the mirror and cabinets.

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This guest room features a bold, picture, teal Tahitian bedspread that’s a garage sale locate; the good walnut headboard is out of Craigslist.

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After a storm in 2010 ruined Call’s home, she decided it was time to get rid of her backyard’s grass and messy vines, and transform it into a peaceful xeriscape garden. Since her neighborhood has water use restrictions, it was an easy choice to go drought tolerant. Telephone hired Scott Ward of White Sage Gardening to style her yard to reflect her love of the desert and decomposed granite and rocks. She states,”It was an wonderful experience working with Scott as an artist. He brought a lot of his own artistic to the undertaking and moved on things in a extremely organized and thoughtful way.”

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Ward wanted a substance that would be a stark contrast between the backyard and the trail. What is apparently sand is called DG (brief for decomposed granite); it compacts over time. The substance appears natural, such as the desert Phone enjoys.

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The aloe camperi in bloom displays stunning orange and yellow bursts of colour.

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This agave hybrid attributes intriguing leaf prints. The embossed effect is the consequence of the plant’s being tightly wrapped before it enlarged.

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Ward designed the garden to allow colour, repeat and also a variety in texture shine through. The firestick plant (euphorbia tirucalli), also known as the pencil tree, provides lots of visual attention, but the milky sap is very toxic and may be blinding.

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The Echeveria’Afterglow’ is really a beautiful and vigorous succulent that has pinkish-lavender leaves.

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Phone worked together with craftsperson Erik Vader to create this custom-made African mahogany timber entrance. Potted aloe ferox line the driveway and are backlit for added play and ambience.

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Telephone says,”Spending money on your home in a meaningful way increases not only the value of your house but also the experience of your life.” She learned this to be authentic after attaining deep into her pockets to create her home livable again following the flooding; with this significant investment came a new sense of pride and enjoyment.

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Cheery Massachusetts Beach Getaway

This home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, is the first house on the sea side throughout the causeway from the town’s beautiful Marblehead Neck neighborhood. “It’s a house everyone understands,” says designer Dee Elms.

Her Boston-based clients desired a summer and weekend home that would completely embrace its waterfront location. Elms and her staff at Terrat Elms Interior Design worked with them in their remodel, making an ocean-inspired, low-maintenance house full of natural light and happy doses of colour.

at a Glance
Location: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Who lives here: A busy Boston household during weekends and holidays
Size: 5,300 square feet; four bedrooms

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Windows facing the water line the rear of the home. The eyebrow window near the peak of the great room adds additional all-natural light. “That made such a massive difference to the interior and exterior,” says Elms.

TV console: Hudson; window seat fabric: Dalston, Cowtan & Tout

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Elms relied on the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom for plush upholstery and also chose Sunbrella fabrics to keep the furniture comfortable and easy to keep. Backgrounds and accent fabrics came mostly from China Seas. “The scale and colours just went flawlessly with the house,” says Elms.

Rug: Faber’s Rug Co.; java table: Brickmaker’s table, Hudson; white sofas, rattan chairs, glass table lamps, linen chair, dining table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

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Grass fabric wallcovering and wide moldings from the entryway set the tone for a warm, coastal-inspired house. The home was owned by three families, each of whom left developments. “The improvements actually didn’t speak to each other,” says Elms. “Our job was to take what we had and set a cohesiveness that was missing.”

Background: China Seas

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Among those clients loves red and can’t get enough of it. “Whenever we had a meeting, she’d even be wearing red,” says Elms. “We chose to use the colour in particular spots around the house.” The kitchen was a great area. Overscale gingham-style fabric covers upholstered benches in a connected casual dining area.

Bench fabric: Sun Check, Ralph Lauren; barstools: Brewster Barstools, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; dining table: Big Sur Dining Table, Crate & Barrel; chairs: Kiki slipcovered chair, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

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The front part of the house does not let in as much light as the back and can feel really exposed to the road. Elms had plantation shutters installed all the front windows for solitude and left the rear windows uncovered.

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The kitchen design was created with plenty of counter space for food prep, serving and eating. Calacatta marble counters sit at a low height for convenient baking and cooking. The large bar counter is constructed of Caesarstone. Custom made cabinetry and neutral backsplash tile work nicely with the vivid walls.

High counter: Lagos Blue, Caesarstone; Elson; cabinetry: Brookhaven; backsplash: Hudson Brazil Nut, Stone Source; wall colour: Poppy, Benjamin Moore

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A cheerful green Chippendale chair from Hudson accents a built-in desk region and message centre beside the fridge.

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An indoor/outdoor cabana room toward the rear of the house has a massive slider that opens up to the backyard. Elms Lay the walls with white fabric for a tropical feel.

White couch, black side table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; pink and taupe chairs: Clementine, Verellen; trunk: classic

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A deep red bedroom reflects the customer’s love of the colour. A traditional white bedspread with subtle traces of blue in a decorative pillow retains the palette from going overboard.

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“When we didn’t use red, we used derivatives of it such as pink, which she also loved,” says Elms. Pink China Seas background in the master bath gives the space a light, feminine feel.

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A wine storage and tasting area filled with custom walnut wine racks is nestled to the bottom floor. A Caesarstone pub and luxury barstool offers the ideal spot to enjoy a glass out of a favorite bottle.

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Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Contemporary Kitchen

It can be challenging to distinguish between modern and modern, and for good reason. Many spaces are both modern and modern, and people frequently use the terms interchangeably, but there are gaps in look and terminology. “Contemporary” normally means of the moment or present, the plan of appropriate now. “Modern” refersto a particular design style from the early to mid 20th centurythat broke with the conventional styles of those days before the Industrial Revolution.

“Modern” may be a tricky term because sometimes it’s used to refer to something that’s the reverse of conventional, which varies based on the period of time. The choice of women in the 1920s to swap corsets to get flapper dresses was contemporary at the moment, but today these clothing are now antiques.

Once I think of contemporary kitchen designs, I think about frameless cabinets, sleek and simple hardware, strong horizontal lines and a lack of ornamentation, together with all the natural elegance of the substances shining through.

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1. Flat-panel door style. This is sometimes referred to as a slab-door style and can be a signature part of contemporary kitchen design. You may observe a contemporary kitchen employing a Shaker door style, but frequently falls into transitional rather than contemporary — which is not to say it can not be utilized; it’s simply not a purist’s perspective.

2. Frameless, full-overlay cupboard construction. A lot of terms are thrown around to describe this kind of cabinet construction: frameless, Euro frameless, overlay, full overlay. They mean the same thing, the doorway overlays the cupboard box. This style is the most frequently utilized in contemporary kitchens since it’s sleeker than the usual flush-inset cupboard, which is frequently associated with more conventional kitchen, cabinet and furniture design.

In an actual frameless cabinet you won’t see a face framework at all, and you’ll receive consistent spacing between all of the drawers and doors, even between two closets. In what’s known as a framed overlay, you will still have a face frame and varying distance between doors and cabinets.

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VÄRDE Glass-door wall cupboard – $199

If the doors are closed on a mirrored cupboard, you can not see the framework whatsoever except for approximately a ⅛-inch shadow line between cabinets.

Cary Bernstein Architect

3. Sleek and simple hardware. In contemporary kitchens you will most often see C-channel hardware that’s integrated into the cupboard, in addition to tubular pulls or flat linear pulls. A great deal of times the horizontal lines of the cabinets will be highlighted by cabinet hardware running the full length of the doors and drawers.

Webber + Studio, Architects

4. Lack of ornamentation. Always a touch of contemporary, this is often where modern and contemporary stop being comparable. Sometime you may see patterned tile shapes or multiple substances with texture, colour and patina in a modern kitchen, then you won’t see much of this in a contemporary kitchen. Flat-panel door designs and sleek hardware are combined here with a simple full-height glass backsplash and countertops with no pattern or veining.

Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC

5. Reliance on the beauty of natural materials. It’s not to say that contemporary kitchens can not have a little bit of ornamentation, but if they do they get it from the natural features in a substance, such as the horizontal grain of oak when it’s rift cut or the natural beauty and veining of marble.

Jennifer Weiss Architecture

The grain of the walnut on this island is this contemporary kitchen needs in terms of ornamentation.

David Wilkes Builders

6. Emphasis on lines that are horizontal. You may not notice at first, but a lot of contemporary kitchens discuss a tendency toward the horizontal: long, wide lines, stacks of drawer cabinets lined in a row, hardware place horizontal and long to accentuate the lines of the drawers. In this kitchen the floating panel of the rear wall and the cutout highlight the horizontal theme.

These cabinets have horizontal grooves in addition to the grain being horizontal on all the cabinet fronts. In a conventional kitchen the grain may be run vertically on doorways or center panels using a vertical orientation.

Mal Corboy Design

In this kitchen the island makes a strong statement that is horizontal.

Croma Design Inc

In this kitchen the tile’s natural grain is like rift-cut timber, and also the tiles are set and stacked on a horizontal grid.

Melissa Miranda Interior Design

Even in a kitchen which skews toward transitional, a conventional 3-by-6 Cararra marble set in a stacked pattern as opposed to a brick layout can make it even more contemporary.

Amitzi Architects

7. Consistency in style of accent pieces. Accents such as lighting, tables, chairs and bar stools have to be considered when designing a kitchen. In a contemporary kitchen these elements will remain consistent rather than deviate as if you would see in an eclectic kitchen. The bits here reveal simple, clean lines and lack of ornamentation.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Sleek bar stools and pendant lights are consistent with contemporary style, but this contemporary kitchen is in a Victorian home complete with leaded glass windows and arches with columns. There is no rule that says the architecture and the kitchen have to be contemporary — hundreds of century-old flats and farmhouses with contemporary kitchens in Italy, France and Spain can attest to this.

Cre8tive Interior Designs

There is nothing to say that colour can not be introduced into a contemporary kitchen, while it’s from the accents or the cabinets.

Elad Gonen

8. Industrial elements. There is something about the unadorned elements of industrial details which are instantly contemporary. This natural and untreated concrete wall includes a visual interest and also patina all of its own and is equally as intriguing as patterned wallpaper for your modernist. What resembles epoxy-painted concrete flooring as well as the complete lack of ornamentation on the cabinets complete the look of the modern kitchen.

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12 Amazing Reuses for Quirky Vintage Things

I started out the year like I always do, inspired to shake things up, move items around, save money and workout some smart repurposing projects. I shared them and created a few posts for inspiration. After finishing a few projects like this nightmare, I ran out of steam around late February.

Therefore, it’s time for a new round of inspiration. This time around, consider a number of these exceptional vintage items which are enjoying a second career around the house. Even in the event that you don’t find these specific things, then I expect they’ll open your mind to new ways to use a number of the old stuff you find next time you clean out the attic. Heck, I hope it pushes us all to clean out our attics.

WA Design Architects

What is it? A metallic ballot box.

What’s it doing in its new life? Called a nightstand that offers plenty of storage. And hopefully it’s not filled with uncounted ballots and dimpled chads.

Requirements: locating a ballot box or creating a”General Ballots” sign on the pc and sticking it onto a classic metallic backward.

Louise Lakier

What is it? A pair of old wrenches.

What’s it doing in its new life? Serving as a gate handle and hauled outside the home of 2 Seattle artists.

Requirements: Wrenches are easy enough to find, but you’ll need to know how to weld.

Lisa Tharp Design

What is it? A classic glass pie screen case (right side of photo).

What’s it doing in its new life? Acting as an elegant side table from The Concord Green House.

Requirements: A trip to the flea market or an Internet search, and being very careful with the glass sheets when hauling it.

Becky Cunningham Home

What is it? A nesting corner for birds.

What’s it doing in its new life? Providing a nest for candies classic pitchers and jars inside the house.

Requirements: Lots of elbow grease to make sure it’s clean and sanitary; someone who knows how to hang something level and discover studs; 2 individuals to hang it.

What is it? A classic metal file stand alone.

What’s it doing in its new life? Called a patinated dish rack in The Old Painted Cottage.

Requirements: A bit of a search; eliminating surplus rust with a wire brush.

What is it? An industrial cart.

What’s it doing in its new life? Being an industrial-chic coffee table.

Requirements: All these can be found prepared to go as coffee tables from many retailers, such as this one.

Desire to Inspire

What is it? A pile of magazines.

What’s it doing in its new life? Serving as a plant stand rather than taking up precious storage space.

Requirements: Magazine hoarding tendencies.

What is it? A bunch of former Mother jeans from the’90s.

What’s it doing in its new life? The varied amounts of evaporating create entertaining denim stripes on those throw pillows at The Upward Bound House.

Requirements: A pile of unflattering jeans you would not be caught dead in anymore and also the most elementary knowledge of sewing. If you ever took home ec and can thread a machine, you are good to go.

The Locker

What is it? Classic suitcases.

What’s it doing today? Serving as storage and as a table in Etsy artist Lockette’s studio. She uses them to transport and display her products in displays.

Requirements: I promise you that someone in your loved ones, regardless of having employed a bag with wheels for years, has a pile of those collecting dust somewhere. Clean the musty odor by throwing a dryer sheet inside each for a couple of days, then airing them out outdoors.

Shannon Malone

What is it? A pile of old teacups and other china pieces.

What’s it doing in its new life? Serving as a Special and stylish floor lamp at a Victorian house in Santa Cruz.

Requirements:A wiring kit, superglue, um… if you want to put holes at the china to run a wire down the center, then that is outside my DIY ability set. Otherwise, it is possible to attach the cable down the back of the lamp and stick it in a corner, and nobody will be the wiser.

Gardens by Gabriel, Inc..

What is it? A classic cattle feeder

What’s it doing in its new life? Serving as a container for succulents.

Requirements: Finding a classic cattle feeder (or buying a new galvanized tub at a hardware store; it has a similar appearance and is extremely cheap ), poking holes at the bottom, spreading some gravel, filling it with soil and incorporating plants.

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What is it? A group of classic ceramics.

What’s it doing in its new life? Adding style and fun to a desk when corralling office provides.

Requirements: Trips to the thrift store, a look on eBay or a look through your cabinets to select find pieces like this for a tune.

Inform us: Do you have some creative repurposing happening in your home? By sharing them please motivate us.

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Top 10 Reasons to Give Your House Some Sparkle

Shiny things, like my chunky, glittery peep-toe pumps, are one of those little luxuries I can’t live without. And I cannot imagine my home without some shiny décor. Whether you’ve got an appreciation for ultratraditional or ultramodern style, a little glitter and a little gleam can raise the glam factor of almost any space. It’ll bring in brightness and interest. I’ve listed my top 10 reasons to add sparkle to a room — but the truth is you never need a reason to glow.

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

1. Shiny particulars in a space kick the word’workspace’ into the curb. Reflective, glitzy décor provides any space, including a workspace, an inviting divine feel. Do not allow the word”home office” or”kitchen” dictate the way you decorate it. Yes, you have to contemplate work first, but coating your work surfaces and the walls with lovely, shining accents to make a stunning setting. Would not you like to walk in your home office and feel like the king or queen of it?

Sparkle not just looks grand, but it also keeps the eye from focusing on other things, like a cluttered desk. Try tall lamps in groups of two with a glow on the lamp base so there will be a good deal of light reflecting off of them. Pick a chair with nail heads, and pick up interesting glitzy accents from any regional retail store to put on the corner of the desk or on a bookshelf.

Contemporary Serving Trays – $49.95

For the counter or desk: Maintain mail or”to-do” items in a silver tray like this one even regular business tools become glamorous.

The Couture Rooms

2. Large-scale glow removes the need for expensive wall moldings. If you’re trying to add character and drama to a wall, then try a huge mirror with a reflective metallic frame, rather than a wood finish. A round shape can be very glamorous, or set a bunch of smaller mirrors.

LORRAINE G VALE, Allied ASID

3. Shiny details may make a”wow” moment even in a little space. Distract from just how little a space is with shiny particulars. Change the mirror out at a powder room with a single with a framework that sparkles, use background with a shiny texture or change out fixtures to glitzier ones.

Eclectic Wallpaper – $70

Here’s a gentle silver metallic background which would look great in a toilet, layered with a silver mirror. I will also view it in a living space, along with a grey modern sofa and a plush shag rug.

Enviable Designs Inc..

4. It can make an affordable toilet makeover. Some fresh paint onto the walls and simple changes like fresh silver or gold framed mirrors, new light fixtures and fixtures may function as remodel your toilet needs without the cost of major remodel. Lots of glow in a toilet produces a brighter space and gives it life.

Amoroso Design

5. It is possible to turn eating into a dining experience. Permit your dining room or kitchen glow all night and day by means of reflective accents.

Searching for an easy inexpensive DIY makeover to find this look? If you’ve got a dining place, maintain the classic table and use spray paint from the regional hardware or craft store in your seats to get a silver appearance. (See how to paint seats here.)

On top of a buffet or counter tops, include numerous silver vases in varying heights, widths and shapes (they do not even have to be exactly the exact same silver, some could be antiqued, by way of example, since when grouped together they will make a sparkly cohesive structure ).

Next, change out your window rod to a one-inch silver one, and do not neglect to use a shiny chandelier.

Heather Garrett Design

6. An area may signify the VIP in you. Can you have one space in your home that makes you feel uniquely elegant? I can envision hosting many VIP nights in a space similar to this. From the glam overhead pendant to the big shiny mirror, sconces and vases, all representing beautifully off deep gray-toned walls; it has all the bells and whistles of a roped-off personal celebration.

Brian Watford Interiors

7. Shiny touches can make a romantic elegance. Add silky curtains, a shiny overhead light or lamps and even throw pillows with sequins or a metallic appearance to add romance to any room.

Tiffany Eastman Interiors, LLC

8. Shiny surfaces produce the illusion of more space. Mirrored furniture isn’t just Hollywood glam to look at however, since it’s reflective, it does not feel heavy in a space and is perfect for narrow spaces. Silver finishes are also excellent additions to neutral spaces since they add interest without colour.

Cary Bernstein Architect

9. Stainless steel produces a kitchen feel contemporary. If you want a modern appearance, pull stainless steel appliances, backsplash, accents and hardware, and select silver finishes for your seating.

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Jamie Young St Charles Mercury Glass Pendant Chandelier | LampsPlus.com – $149.91

All these mercury-glass pendants would look fabulous paired or tripled within an island. Create even more sparkle by employing silver island stools beneath.

Jennifer Brouwer (Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc)

10. Shiny accents dancing in a neutral colour. If you want to maintain a space soft and calm, you might choose to use a neutral palette. Shiny finishes on décor elements allow you to bring in interest and also a luxury feel without colour.

West Elm

Faceted Mirror Side Table – $199

This little stool is magnificent in person and also the faceted mirror bits remind me of diamond cuts.

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