Renter-Friendly Backsplash Ideas that Look like a Million Bucks

Hunting for a rental apartment is just about the worst thing about modern urban life. Not only do you have to contend with application fees and sketchy brokers, compete with other prospective tenants, and traipse through one messy, half-packed living room after another; but once you finally find a place that you can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls — you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income. Continue Reading

Before & After: A Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover!

created at: 01/23/2012

When Mike and Trina Burke bought this 1920s farmhouse in the country it was falling apart and in desperate need of some TLC.  Fast forward a few years (and many, many hours of hard work) and they’re sitting pretty in a bucolic, picture-perfect farmhouse complete with the classiest country kitchen I’ve ever seen!   


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A few more before photos to whet your appetite…

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Aaaaand the after!  Pretty impressive, right?  Check out more of Mike and Trina’s gorgeous farmhouse home over on A Country Farmhouse! Continue Reading

Bright, Cheery Glam Details to Make Your Kitchen Pop

created at: 2009-10-08

Photo Images: Kevin Oreck, Architect Inc.

It’s all in the details. Yesterday CocoCozy, my west coast go-to blog, featured knock out photos by her buddy, L.A. architect Kevin Oreck in her Architect’s Tour of a Hollywood Regency Home. Decked out cabinet door trim makes these cabinets supremely cool, the three simple white bowls with red fruit add a colorful splash of friction (other subtle red accents below) and that green upholstery on those Regency chairs…lovely!! Continue Reading

How To Paint Laminate Cabinets and Countertops

created at: 2009-05-04

photo: 248designcenter

One surefire way to jazz up a cookie cutter kitchen is to paint the kitchen cabinets a bold color to reflect your individuality. If you live in a neighborhood full of uninteresting kitchen cabinet choices that don’t accurately represent your style, don’t even hesitate – paint them! created at: 2009-05-04


The Washington Post ran an article a while back that provides a comprehensive guide to painting  laminate cabinets as well as laminate countertops. In the article, Jeanne Huber covered all aspects of formica and laminate painting. Continue Reading