Add Character to Your Home With the Appearance of Age

Distressed finishes are applied to wood surfaces to make them look older than they actually are. A faux aged surface is reached in a variety of ways from light sanding to hitting it with a hammer. The beauty of those unnaturally worn finishes is they’re very forgiving and they can add loads of charm and personality to your home, like antiques do. Following is a list of some things to think about when selecting finishes.

Tracery Interiors

How much distressing? These painted walls seem to have been scraped to resemble peeling paint. It’s very dramatic inside this minimally furnished room and looks like walls I imagine you might see in an old home in Europe.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

Worn corners and edges. Creamy painted cabinets using a cherry glaze look like they’ve existed for decades, thanks to the worn edges on the corners and edges. This appearance would be acceptable for just about any conventional kitchen where a warm and casual style is desired.

Goforth Gill Architects

Top and undercoat colours. There are usually two colours of paint in debilitating: the shirt and undercoats. In this country kitchen, the grim topcoat of those cabinets was lightly sanded to reveal a lighter gold toned undercoat beneath it. Notice how well it matches with the countertop. The chicken wire from the doors is a wonderful touch.

Top glaze. These gray-green kitchen cabinets have a dark glaze on top to mimic years of accumulated dirt, giving this distance Old-World appeal.

KuDa Photography

Barn worn. Do not these red planks look like they were reclaimed in the old barn? The flatness of this wood works well in his kitchen that is modern.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

How will it be utilized? If your face is a desk you use daily, make sure it is smooth enough to clean and that it has a protective coating on top. This distressed kitchen dining table is eye-catching in turquoise, the color of the Hawaiian waters beyond the home.

Van Wicklen Design

Add just one distressed piece, like this wall cupboard, to attract charm to an otherwise new bath. Distressed black furniture is remarkably popular now.

Zuniga Interiors

Dings and scratches. This lovely chesthas manydings and dents, however, the shiny polished finish prevents it from appearing rustic. A great way to hide imperfections? Add more dings!

Dreamy Whites

French farmhouse. Maria out of Dreamy Whites generates beautiful rooms apparently effortlessly using white, linen and weather-worn items. Though she describes her style as French farmhouse motivated, because the rooms are feminine, some may call her style shabby chic. See more of her home

Palmer Todd

Coastal. Replace the romantic accessories with beach-themed ones for a coastal appearance. Ensure that the paint has been gently chipped or scraped to attain that weathered appearance.

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Tech in Design: Where to Put Your Flat-Screen TV

It has been a month since I heard this will be the final season of Desperate Housewives, and I am still not finished it. After having suffered the loss of Monk, 24, Lie To Me, along with Brothers and Sisters, I was consoling myself with the fact that shortly it would be the time for Desperate Housewives, House, Modern Family — and oh , Castle. Now DH is going away, and I do not intend to miss a single minute of it.

In honor of this new TV season, I have all sorts of great info on where your wellbeing should proceed, how large it should be and how to not miss as much as an eyebrow lift from your favourite TV personality.

Hey, do not touch that dial! Read on for more ways to get your TV placement right.

Quezada Architecture

For optimal viewing, where if you place the TV?

Place the TV in eye-level. For the best viewing angle, then place the TV low to ensure if you are seated, your head is even with the middle of the screen. You’ll be comfortable if you can sit straight ahead, rather than up or down in the monitor.

If the TV go over the fireplace?

Not if you can help it, however, here’s what to do if you can not. I admit to completely hating the current trend of placing TV niches over the fireplace. Hate it, hate it, hate it. However, if you are stuck and that’s the only place your TV can proceed, place the TV on a wall mount or stand that will allow you to angle down the screen. That’s because the screen is best viewed straight on rather than from an angle.

If you are remodeling or building and still feel you must place your TV over the fireplace, consider a narrow, rectangular terrace positioned very near the ground, such as the one in the photograph above. It will allow you to have lower and much better positioning than placing your TV over a tall fireplace using a tall mantel.

Witt Construction

Will Not the TV be in a bad angle if it is to the side of the fireplace?

Not if it’s possible to angle it toward the audiences. The TV cupboard to the left of the fireplace provides more of a straight-on view.

Contemporary house architects

Give yourself some adjustability to get the best viewing angle. This little TV shelf slides forward, and I bet they could angle the TV toward the center of this space.

Lindy Donnelly

There are all sorts of mounting brackets for slender, flat panel TVs. You won’t miss a minute of your favorite show when you can angle the TV straight into a fantastic area, then turn it toward the dining area. If you’re going to eat and watch TV anyway, you can at least sit in the table rather than eating on the sofa.

See more of this house (and what’s behind this TV screen)

Elad Gonen

How large should the TV screen be?

Larger is better — pretty much.
Lots of people say they wish they had a larger TV, but have you ever heard anyone complain that their screen is too large? I didn’t think so.

The ideal size for your TV depends on how large the space is, what you are viewing (high def or not), just how far off you’re going to be sitting, and what you are able to afford. Add personal taste to the mixture and there’s no easy answer.

Here is a loose guideline on seeing distances I pulled together from several sources. The best distance for you and your TV may vary:

Display sizes and Basic viewing distances:
26″ screen = 3 to 5.5 feet32″ screen = 4 to 6.5 feet37″ screen = 4.5 to 7.5 feet40″ screen = 5 to 8.5 feet46″ screen = 6 to 9.5 feet52″ screen = 6.5 to 11 feet58″ screen = 7 to 12 feet65″ screen = 8 to 13.5 feet70″ screen = 9 to 15 ft

Gramophone

What’s the best seating arrangement for my home theater?

Place as many seats as possible looking straight at the screen, rather than fanning seats out to the sides.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

This home theater was wide enough to add more seats to the side, but we left another row instead. At the pictures, everyone wants to sit at the center for the best opinion, and it is the same for TV.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

We constructed a custom riser that curves around the rear of the front row so that the people in the spine can see above the heads of the front. The window is coated with black curtains with room-darkening lining.

Hint: Don’t forget the popcorn! That is a real popcorn machine within this home theater.

Amoroso Design

What if I do about windows?

Contemplate your window treatments carefully.
Notice how in the photograph above, we could view warmth from the window onto the TV screen. Notice also that they have fine, opaque and possibly room-darkening lined curtains to pay for the window. (Pulling the curtains closed also keeps nosy neighbors from understanding how many hours of TV you really watch.)

Avoid placing your TV in front of a window, or reverse a west-facing window. Glare or the difference in light from the windows and your screen can cause eye strain. The outfits they wear on Desperate Housewives cause sufficient eye strain by themselves!

Seura

If you adore night soaps, you know that in a split second, a sneaky sideways glance will tell you the two characters are having an affair, or even a tiny cough lets you know that someone has suddenly become terminally ill.

So what do you do in case you do not wish to miss a single minute?
Not an issue! Even a small flat panel TV could be built into a little niche in your cupboard so that you don’t miss anything when you are cooking.

Seura

Or, it can go in the backsplash so that you don’t miss out while rinsing a dish.

More ways to add a TV to your kitchen

Witt Construction

Or over the refrigerator so getting up to find a snack doesn’t leave you in the dark about the most recent plot twist.

Seura

Stay informed about the show while you’re cleaning your teeth or shaving.

Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc. (CKD, CBD, CR)

Don’t miss a single romantic moment on The Bachelor while you soak in a bubble bath with candles, champagne and rose petals.

Seura

Watch Dancing With the Stars while you’re under the Actual stars!

Deep River Partners

Got you covered at bedtime.

La Scala

Are you currently an action enthusiast? Don’t miss a single explosion, car chase, or gun fight with numerous displays! The more actions the better!

Alright, I hope this helped you get all set up for the new shows for autumn along with your favorites that are coming backagain.

Inform usWhat show are you really excited to see, and where are you going to be seeing?

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Houzz Tour: Kay Loves Vintage

If the thought of living on the outskirts of Amsterdam, collecting gorgeous Mid-Century furniture and (in my head at least) pedaling around on a bike with a basket full of tulips sounds nice for you, then this Houzz Tour ought to be right up your alley. Okay, so I don’t really know if bike rides and freshly-picked flowers are routine at the life span of Kay from the blog Kaylovesvintage, but the furniture and location gathering most definitely are. She offered us a peek into the enchanting house she shares with her husband, daughter and four cats.

Kaylovesvintage

The two-bedroom house the family shares was constructed in 1901 and sits at a little village a few kilometers outside of Amsterdam. Both Kay and her husband are avid Mid-Century Modern collectors, so naturally their little home is filled with treasures in the period.

Kaylovesvintage

Kay works as a personal vintage and classic shopper (dream job!) , and on the side conducts an Etsy shop selling many of the pieces she finds on her hunts.

Kaylovesvintage

Because space is at a premium in the family’s house, they attempt to stick to a single principle:”For every item that comes in, something else must go.”

Kaylovesvintage

Kaylovesvintage

They also now attempt to concentrate their collecting smaller things in the’50s and’60s, rather than large furniture.

Kaylovesvintage

Kay has the ideal idea: She places her favorite finds in the living space, as it’s where the family spends all their time.

Kaylovesvintage

The collection continues out with retro patio seats and servingware.

Kaylovesvintage

In addition to scouring flea markets and yard sales, the family travels to England, Denmark and Germany once or twice a year to search for interesting pieces.

Kaylovesvintage

A classic Ericofon peeks out from behind the family’s modern media installment.

Kaylovesvintage

Interested in starting your own MCM collection? Kay has some good advice. Most significant,”If you don’t enjoy the hunt, don’t start collecting unless you’ve got a massive budget.” Furniture in the’50s and’60s is very popular right now, so you have got to actually put in the sweat work to find something you like at a fantastic cost.

Kaylovesvintage

Getting a good cost works twofold: Not only is it easy in your pocket, but if your tastes change down the street, you will probably be able to market it for what you’ve have it for.

Kaylovesvintage

You may need to wait some time to get what you’re looking for in your budget. As Kay points out, “. . .you will always find an item for the ideal price if you’re patient enough. Realize that rates are moving up and down quickly. Some hot thing that’ll cost you a fortune could be rather cheap in a couple of years “

Kaylovesvintage

Kay now has her eye out for a radio — preferably a Tesla 308U Talisman or even Nordmende Transita. Her husband? A CH28 sawhorse chair by Hans Wegner.

Kaylovesvintage

“Also, learn about the big MCM designers and the things they created,” she says. “We spent hours reading books and browsing the web for information. This is also great for creating your taste in design.”

Kaylovesvintage

An assortment of hyacinth vases and classic cameras.

Kaylovesvintage

Kay stores many of her pieces upstairs, but daughter Nila’s area is available for a view. An Eames rocker retains court close to a wall of modern prints.

Kaylovesvintage

A vintage garden bench in the 1950s makes for a cozy spot to enjoy the garden.

Kaylovesvintage

Thank you for giving us a peek in your house, Kay!

You can follow Kay’s collecting adventures at her blog, Kaylovesvintage.

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Layout Dilemmas: 5 Questions for Design Stars

Houzzers, are you up to this question of solving this week’s query roundup? Please share your information about that pesky space above the kitchen cabinets and creating the perfect cozy vacation cottage — or assist user jdevine decide whether or not to make a deal on a house. Read on, then click away to discuss your design information that is savvy.

Post your design issue here!

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1. How do I enhance the landscape because of my terraced front lawn?
“We only bought this house and have been renovating indoors. It needs some serious work for curb appeal. It had completely overgrown junipers and we took them out, but we do not know what to do . I’m debating painting the door but I’m scared. Please assist!” Click here to answer.

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2. How do I add personality to a suburban tract house?
“My husband and I are thinking about placing an offer on the house. If it weren’t for the awesome neighborhood and large backyard I likely wouldn’t look at this house double. It has no curb appeal at all.

My issue is, what do we do to make this house look pretty? I’m thinking French, with large black urns filled with blossoms. Any other thoughts? What about in the winter when there aren’t any flowers? The house is stucco. Thank you!” Click here to answer.

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3. How should I decorate above my kitchen cabinets?
“I’ve floating cabinets in my kitchen and want to add decoration to the top. I’m not into imitation plants, plates or roosters. Any hints?” Click here to answer.

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4. How do we provide our home the expression of a Northeast cabin?
“We are renovating a cabin with four households and are working on choosing colors for the living/kitchen location. We finally have a totally empty space, but have selected organic hickory kitchen cabinets, pine for the cathedral ceiling and a moderate pine for the floor.

Any hints for colours for walls, counters, backsplash? We are trying to get that”upnorth cabin” feel. Thanks.” Click here to answer.

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5. What colours match dark cherry floors and black appliances?
“I’ve recently purchased dark cherry laminate floors with black weave throughout and have black appliances. What color cabinet wood would be complementary, and what color paint and granite countertop and backsplash? Our kitchen is 26 x 10 ft. Any help, please? We are compromised! Attached picture is of the older kitchen.” Click here to answer.

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Houzz Interview: Rebekah’s Weekend Farmhouse Retreat

Rebekah Zaveloff is now the principle designer of Kitchenlab, in addition to the co-founder of Style at a Bag.com, but the path she followed to wind up where she is today was a small fun zig-zagged one. In the same way, a serendipitous missed twist and a U-turn led her and her husband to their beloved weekend escape, a farmhouse at Michigan. In the her career and finding this house, timing, adventures along the way along with a convergence of conditions have all been crucial to where they have landed. You can discover more about Rebekah on her profile on Houzz and on her site.

Please tell us about how you found your beautiful farmhouse. What was your first meeting with the house like?

This is a hilarious marriage story! So my husband, that NEVER gets lost…if he’s been to any town after , he knows his way round. Columbus where I grew up. NY, London, several towns in France, Seattle, does not matter — it is beyond annoying for someone to be right this much! That being said, we’re on our way to a buddy a of friend’s house for dinner out in Michigan…and he has been there just once, years ago. He drives past their road and strikes a T at another road and decides to turn around, imagining we passed the turnoff. We pass a”for sale by owner” sign — I freak out, never one for subtlety…and write down the number. Mind you, we’ve looked at around 50 homes this summer alone, the majority of which we anticipated by first sight to be near our budget and are frighteningly NOT. I predict the following day, and that I swoon once I hear that the owner say a price that is really within our range of’hopeful.’ We go meet her that day, spend 6 seconds in the house and both knew, it had been the one.

What managed to impress you much in these 6 seconds?

The floor plan was amazingly modern for a farmhouse over 100 years old. Amazingly it has 2 baths, but strangely, both have been on the first floor…not that unusual for this era. The house had been surrounded by grapevines on all 4 sides, belying the fact that it had been just 1 acre but felt just like a hundred! There were no neighbors, that had been my husband’s sole requirement. We had been sold. Nevertheless, it was needing some serious love, which we have documented in our”This Old Farmhouse” blog series.

Just how does it differ from your house in the town? How is it different working from the farmhouse and working in town? Is there a change in your mindset or work?

I shoot a large, deep sigh to be able to answer this question…it is so funny, the moment we cross hit on this one depart, Lake Station, off of 90 and back on 94, I sense myself just exhale and release all of this town stress! Everybody I know that resides in both areas feels like this, and it never gets old. I can concentrate in a different way in the country than I can in town. From town it is all cliché hustle and bustle — back to back meetings, planning my day based on neighborhood, traffic, client schedules, client’s child’s naps, customer’s child’s carpools, sports, etc.. I’m so busy bouncing around town that I do not sit down for long — the speed is kind of nuts, but I really like it.

The moment I get to the farmhouse it is a different kind of concentrated intensity. I understand I have a whole day in front of me going to jobsites – to concentrate on drawings, phone calls, orders. I definitely can not get that kind of work done once I’m in town, I’m too tempted to jump in my car and put out the fire du jour, or du moment. Possessing high speed internet access (even in my backyard!) , a fax machine, scanner, and most of my books and magazines make working at the farmhouse dreamy and simple. I can possess un-interrupted calls with clients, and uninterrupted time to draw and design. I’ve made it Fridays are my’office’ day — even if that means my’office’ is sitting in my backyard working in my notebook with the crickets chirping.

What is your favourite place in the house?

The back patio is first — I see this as an extension of the house. But when I had to select a second — it is the kitchen of course! I love being at the kitchen in Michigan because it is the place I’ve time to cook and hang out with my spouse and friends. Throughout the week that he does all of the cooking. I’m a lucky woman.

What was the very first measure of your remodeling/decorating procedure? How did this use at the farmhouse?

Measuring and placing everything into Autocad is always first. I will not even discuss particulars of thoughts with a client on site until I get everything in the pc and begin space preparation. This design phase differs for me than the decorating phase. Finishes for me personally come after, though I have an idea in my head, I find most clients, and myself, find it overwhelming to try and do space planning and picking finishes all at precisely the exact same time. Too much! A good, clean, functional space that addresses the customer’s requirements and the challenges of this room always comes first. Once I’m confident with these decisions and the drawings are all done, we begin taking a look at hard surfaces such as countertops, tile and cabinets, we then move to the finishes such as lighting, furniture, rugs, wall colors.

For our farmhouse…it had been the space planning and layout as well. I measured the whole house before we shut and had everything attracted. Enlarged openings, including windows, relocating doors, and adding the French doors, and designing the kitchen. As chronicled in our blog, our decorating changed and evolved since we moved along.

What was the biggest renovation/decoration challenge you faced?

It is cliché, but doing your own space is your toughest. I tell my clients to help quell their nervousness, and I wonder if they think that it’s me talking them off the cliff, but I truly mean it! It is hard! I have fun and I’m confident in my choices for clients…I agonize over the right combination and the right equilibrium, but in the long run I know that I’ve put at time and I’m usually quite pleased. For my own spaces there’s no boundaries on the criticism…it is like an continually unfinished painting. While I have the time, I always consider things such as’we ought to paint the walls in the living room x’, or’we ought to change the pendants at the kitchen, sconce in the bathroom, rug in the living space, ” — it never finishes. I’ve a sense of closure and satisfaction with customer’s projects that I’ll never have the luxury of feeling with my own house. I pretend so my husband does not divorce me. The majority of these ideas I keep to myself, except for the few that leak out from time to time.

Besides photos and pets, what would you grab in a fire?

After my husband and dog, sadly, my next thought is my notebook. I guess that means I need to back up my files longer. Next, my paintings. After that…When I could carry our sofas from the home (bought off a movie set), and our inherited Eames couch…along with the dining table that was a gift from fabulous boss said above also off a movie set…coffee table that my husband built from old ceiling joists….But really, all that can be replaced, even the photos if I manage to catch my notebook. Dog and husband are the only things that matter.

What is your next house project?

Besides the wonderful projects I’m now working on with Kitchenlab clients, our coach house renovation following a fire we had in April. We’re turning the back attached coach house into a mini urban house. Stay tuned!

What is your favourite resource for home decoration?

I Must select one!!!! ? You are speaking to a recovering collagist here! If I need to select 1, or two it are the last 2 in my list for a stop shopping…. Otherwise, if I can list a few more….Antique shops that are off the beaten path in which I can discover bargains! Antiquing in Michigan’s harbor country — Ipso Facto Antiques, Marco Polo, Alan Robandt, Lakeside Antiques. Rugs from Madeleine Weinrib, textiles from John Robshaw, light from Circa Lighting, tile from Ann Sacks tile, and accessories and furniture from Jayson Home and Garden along with ABC Carpet and Home.

I made a reference earlier to your zig-zagged career path (or perhaps it is more like a lot of rivers converging at a delta? Poet I am not!) Anyhow, you’re a full service designer, but you ended up focusing in kitchens and baths. What fueled your passion for these spaces particularly? How did you wind up here?

Well…truth be told, I think that it’s amazingly cool that all my different passions and pursuits have come to an intersection in what I do today with KitchenLab and Design at a Bag.com since it wasn’t planned like that. I studied fine art throughout high school and college. I really started working in pubs at high school and that is when I became interested in food and cooking as well, but most of my interests were compartmentalized at the time. Design, cooking, traveling, entertaining, set design, graphic design, fine art, rehabbing old buildings, interior design, psychology…it all connects in what I do daily. My time waitressing my way through school in LA and Chicago made me more interested in restaurant design, wine, food, and cooking. I worked in set design for film and television for a while following faculty, and had the absolute best manager in the world in this time who invited my abilities in all their different and unfocused types. Do not underestimate the ability of a boss or mentor that sees your potential and nurtures it it’s a beautiful thing. . .and sadly, the experience was hard to find again. I became disenchanted with this work. I had this gnawing feeling that I wished to make’real’ chambers…not sets anymore. So back to college I moved…and loved it! It had been problem solving at a visual and creative way that I found addictive. I instantly gravitated towards hard surfaces, rather than soft goods like fabrics, and landed my kitchen design job a couple of weeks in my first semester.

I sort of dropped into kitchen design, but I don’t see it as a coincidence at all. I absolutely adore the problem solving side of kitchen design particularly, along with my love of cooking, I get quite into how each client uses their kitchen whether it is as a busy household making sandwiches for 4 kids, or an amateur gourmet. As a designer I’m organic and all about following what I’m attracted to viscerally and cerebrally. I encourage my clients to try and do exactly the same. Within my fine art education, I always concentrated on collage. I dabbled in painting, sculpture, film, but that I was always happiest when I had been working with found object and substances — making them into something brand new. It has also found its way into my design sensibility and how I approach jobs – layering. After years of nurturing KitchenLab’s growth, my husband and I launched Design at a Bag.com last fall. It is all about bringing readymade design recipes for individuals without access designer or designers products for a fraction of the price tag.

Kitchens and baths are catchy, possibly the chambers where designers are most needed – would you please spill a secret or two for individuals attempting to plan out theirs by themselves? If they are on a budget, then where if they splurge and where can they detract a little.

There’s no doubt that a larger volume of your homeowner’s funding will visit those 2 spaces, therefore that they need to be doubly smart! I err toward the classic and classic because the substances I assist my clients select tend to be much more lasting than a sofa, coffee table, pillow or throw, and much more expensive to replace! So, I encourage people to go with classics for your large expensive purchases, and then have fun with the smaller budget items such as light (which may be expensive, or not, but may be changed out in the event that you get tired of it), decorative accessories, hardware, along with tile being the last. Tile backsplashes make a huge impact, and are messy and expensive to tear out and replace, but it is doable if you tire of it! Do not be afraid to invest in this — it will change your whole kitchen! In terms of toilets — prevent moving pipes if you’re able to help it. Look for creative ways to use inexpensive tile in enjoyable ways – a boundary of fancier tile to create character, either on the ground or wall. Do not skimp on wainscot tile, even if it’s basic white, it makes a statement and you can always paint the wall above a stunning and intriguing colour! Think drama and contrast — but be wary of this trendy. You can always change the paint color, but we all understand how those shiny brass fittings and pink tile look to us now — dated!!!!! Think to yourself, what will I enjoy in five years or longer.

In case you have dated cabinets, that are in good shape structurally, and you can not afford an all-purpose remodel, painting your cupboards is large on sweat-equity, low on price, and will offer a huge change to your room. For a number people, awaiting that day once we can afford the all-out remodel may be years off — do what you can do now to make your space more your own. Our online design company, Design at a Bag.com was created so that we could channel what I do daily for those on a budget in places without access to designers and designer resources.

Rebekah, thank you so much for taking the time to talk about your wonderful weekend house, in addition to your story with us! Readers, to keep up with Rebekah and Nick’s remodeling experiences, be sure to follow their blog over at Kitchenlab. There are also some great articles with unbelievable before pictures of this farmhouse.

Rebekah is offering a $50 Style in a bag giftcard to a blessed Houzz reader! Only leave a comment under Wednesday, September 8 2010 to enter.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

This was a missed turn and also a subsequent U-turn that led Rebekah and Nick to this charming farmhouse.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

An eclectic mix of seats helps to keep the air of the house relaxed.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

“I’ve made it Fridays are my’office’ day — even if that means my’office’ is sitting in my backyard working on my notebook with the crickets chirping.”

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah’s country”office”

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The sensation of not having neighbors – CHECK!

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Once they saw the first floor layout, they were sold on the house (in about 6 seconds).

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

The dining room table was a gift from Rebekah’s favourite boss. It was from a movie set.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah was constantly attracted to hard surfaces over fabrics when she was in design school, which led her to specialize in kitchens and baths.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Baths are a natural extension of my passion for hard surfaces, mixing substances, etc.. Bathrooms are sort of the reverse of kitchen emotionally. They invoke thoughts of private spaces, calm, quietude, sanctuaries, etc.. The contrary of this hustle and bustle of a kitchen and a chance to talk about the other side of our personalities.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah’s favorite form of art has always been collage, and you’ll be able to see how this carries through the way she arranges matters.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

I’ve a sense that this workplace is highly neglected during the summertime, when Rebekah can shoot her notebook out to her back patio!

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

“I love being at the kitchen in Michigan because it is the place I’ve time to cook and hang out with my spouse and friends. Throughout the week that he does all of the cooking. I’m a lucky woman.”

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

In your opinion, what is so great about the kitchen? Why do you love it so much?

See above — working in restaurants, being more interested in food and wine. My husband having an amazing cook! And largely, the profound believe that food is the ultimate cultural money….people wish to create spaces where our nearest and dearest need to hang out and spend time with us. The kitchen is where all the action is, where people can assist, take part, feel life happening and be a part of it…even if they don’t understand how to hold a knife! Who cares! Pull up a stool and also help wash veggies, shuck corn, chop herbs, whatever. People want to feel a part of something along with also the kitchen instantly creates a sense of belonging that no other room in the house has the ability to create. “What do I do” function as normal question of anyone who comes around for a dinner party, a cookout, anything.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Can you get a big style pet peeve? If so, please dish!

Symmetry! Period! That’s an easier answer! I think symmetry really kills the humanness, the sense of the individual imprint with just a little insanity and imperfection, in space. I love rooms that have tension, contradictory scale and feel, a little messiness, a little chaos and mismatching, a little clutter. Any room that’s too great and too considered feels stale and neutral.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

It is so important to get a lot of fun books and matches round in a weekend house.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Rebekah’s husband Nick, that has been renovating homes for several years, made the coffee table from old floor joists. Also, see the 2-over-2 windows.

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The best way to Repaint an Aluminum Door

Aluminum is a standard material for screen and storm doors, which are installed before an exterior door. Aluminum is used for some bifold cupboard and closet doors. Even though aluminum can be painted by you exterior -grade spray paint leaves a straight, smooth complete without brush-strokes, plus it dries bonds better and quicker than latex. Unless you’ve chosen reduced- or no- spray-paint that is fume, perform outside or in a garage using the principal door opened. After painting, the door should seem new again.

Remove the hinge and arm screws that are nearer, if any exist, with flat-head or a Phillips screw-driver and take the door down. A pneumatic nearer is a tube shaped equipment, generally on top of a screen or storm door, that closes the door immediately. In the event the do-or sits on a monitor, like a bifold closet door, pull the spring loaded pegs on top of the door from the monitor and raise the door from the bottom monitor. Separate bifold doors in the hinges by by eliminating the screws, after eliminating them from your track.

The location where you are going to paint with a dropcloth or newspapers. Set them on the newspaper or dropcloth in the event that you are using saw-horses.

Lay the door.

Clean the door with an ammonia or cleaner -based cleaner along with a rag. An old tooth-brush aids clear inside places that are restricted. By wiping it using a moist sponge rinse the do-or, should you be working outside or use a hose. Let the do or dry entirely.

Remove the glass or screens, if any exist and whenever they’re detachable, by sliding the panel from its own track or turning the clips. If display or glass isn’t detachable, protect it using newspaper. Trim the newspaper somewhat smaller compared to glass or screened location with scissors, and tape the newspaper round the perimeter with painter’s tape or masking tape. The majority of screens will be stuck to by tape.

Cover any other elements of the do-or that you don’t want to paint, like the handle and weatherstripping, with tape, and trim the edges of the tape using a utility knife. It’s possible for you to remove a few of these items in the event that you want, but it’s more straightforward to to protect them with tape.

Put on a pair of a dirt mask or goggles, protecting security glasses and chemical- .

Sand off any paint having an ultrafine-grit sanding sand-paper or sponge, and wipe-off the sanding dirt using sponge or a rag.

Shake a can of exterior-grade spraypaint to to combine the paint.

The do-or lightly, forth and straight back, over-Lapping the paint strokes to inspire a program that is even. Spray the whole do-or this way. A neater outcome is produced by several light coats of spray-paint than less coats.

Let the paint dry, as recommended from the paint maker to accomplish full-coverage and apply as additional coats.

Let the do-or dry for a T least 2-4 hours before painting the other facet and turning it over.

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The best way to Repair a Fridge Shelf Bracket

Refrigerator shelves can be tempered-glass or wire grills. While under tension from huge load or the help post can snap-off in the slots of the fridge wall refrigerator shelf brackets usually crack. Refrigerator shelves are held in place using a shelf support post, which consists of a peg that fits to the aspect of the fridge. Its a good idea while you fix the shelf bracket to keep your fridge in operating order, to to displace the assistance post.

Shelf Help Post

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The best way to Know In Case Your Walls Are Painted With Oil Paint

It helps to know when it comes time to modify the color-scheme of a space, what kind of paint is presently on the partitions. A house constructed before the 1970 s most probably has walls painted with an oil-based product, which was generally employed at the time. But in the event you are still not certain, a fast check might be all that is required. In the event you determine that the walls are covered in a oil-based paint, you will need to the area therefore a latex- . Continue Reading

The best way to Get a Fridge Upstairs

Moving is never an easy work, particularly in the event that you are relocating up-stairs as well as the appliances, the furniture as well as the containers should be moved one or two flights of stairs up. Additionally, items like the refrigerator need at least a couple to shift the stairs up. Rather than risk damaging your fridge as well as hurting your self, hire an equipment dolly. Dollies are designed for with little wheels, straps as well as a broad base to support the the ice box set up, with this task. Continue Reading

How Would You Paint Metal Folding-Chairs?

Metal folding-chairs, along with the often- card tables, can appreciate lives that are useful and extremely lengthy with care. Most of the time, tables and steel chairs are durable and well-constructed enough to hand down through at least several generations. It is possible to paint them effortlessly with no resources or supplies in the event that you own steel folding chairs that have indications of rust, or in case you you want to to alter their colour. Continue Reading

The best way to Straighten Fins on an HVAC Unit

Every HVAC device has cooling fins for the heat-exchanger part of the method. These fins, similar to the radiator fins on a car radiator, transfer heat in the unit and let it run effectively as possible and as great. Most of the time, foreign objects like balls or branches come in to connection with the fins, dent them and drive them closed. Every property that is marketable become significantly more sellable having an HVAC device that is highly-efficient and correctly functioning. Continue Reading

The best way to Repair a Resin Sink

Solid-surface sinks are usually made of a fiberglass-resin. These sinks are sought after for their toughness, but the sinks may be broken over time. Heavy things dropped in cracks can be caused by the sinks, and gouges can be left by scrubbing with abrasives. Repairing the sink can have it in operating situation overnight and charges significantly less than changing it. An epoxy-based repair package developed for fiberglass-resin repair to resolve your sink. Continue Reading

Instructions for Painting a Basement Floor

Adding a brand new coat of paint to your own basement flooring is a simple, affordable and fairly fast solution to beautify the the area. It lets you improve the general look of your basement without covering your traditional floors with carpet or rugs. Before you start, choose an epoxy paint produced especially for garage floors or basement. Other kinds of paint are also sensitive and won’t offer the toughness you require. Paints designed for for floors dry with an impossible finish that will easily withstand visitors, abrasion, scuffing and heavy blows that were repeated. Continue Reading

The best way to Stop a Trickling Bathroom Tank

Turn the water valve off underneath the toilet tank and flush the toilet. In case your float is connected to the tube move the stop information about an inch down the over flow tube. There are two changes you could make for those who have a ball float.Rotate the rod to which the ball is connected using a pair of pliers the ball is sitting in the tank as well as before the bend in the center is facing. Unscrew the ball to make in the event the rod does not have have a bend. Continue Reading

The best way to Keep Bathrooms Glowing White

Flush the bathroom 2-3 times to completely rinse any residue that is cleaner in the bowl.A bleach or bleach -based cleaning item to any stains. Use up to 1/2 cup of bleach or directed on the package., use a business bathroom cleaner as Allow the cleaner.

Spray the inside of the bowl together with the bottle. In the event that you use baking soda, when the vinegar or juice comes in touch with it, it’s going to begin to fizz. Allow it to set for up to to 2 hrs and at least 15 minutes.The the inside of the bowl using a toilet brush or a stiff-bristled hand scrubber. Continue Reading

The best way to Design a Insulating Curtain

The U.S. Department of Energy states that utilizing the appropriate window therapy can decrease heating and cooling costs by as much as 25%. By knowing the development of curtains her can be both designed by a homeowner be well-informed when dealing using a custom drapery-maker.Choose development technique and the layer specifications. Curtains are usually made of of the decorator material layer, an interior layer of a flannelette- cloth as well as a window-facet layer of black out li ning. Continue Reading

The best way to Install Ground Salt Lake City Anchors to get a Swing Set

Tighten the nut having a wrench.Attach each anchor. Even though most need screws or bolts anchor sets vary in their own attachments. Line up the hole. Insert a washer as well as the bolt through one aspect of the leg and secure it to your own anchor using a washer as well as a nut on another side.

Drive a floor anchor to the floor, adjacent to every leg and at a 45-degree angle, so the very top of the anchor is noticeable. With regards to the type of anchor, you might be in a position to twist it to the floor. Continue Reading

The best way to Remove Outdated Shingles to Install a Metal Roof

Place the container in order to drop the old shingles directly in the roof into it.When you are working cover the shrubs under the the eaves tarps. This makes clean up easier and the crops are protected by it. This process does take a a great deal of of talent, it is just taxing, depending how big the roof is.

Order a trash container big enough to contain the the shingles that are old. One layer of shingles that are light-weight may weigh двести 25 lbs per сто square-feet of area. Continue Reading

The best way to Clean a Garage Flooring Before Installing Tile

Despite the fact that the area may feel dry, oil-can seep to the concrete when you install tile, creating issues that are adhesive. Wear goggles and rubber gloves. Mix 1 ounce of tri-sodium phosphate in a little bucket with 1 cup of water.

Sweep the whole garage floor using a broom. Wipe up dust all dirt and leaves using a dustpan. Vacuum the perimeter of the area using a vacuum hose attachment to remove grime and dirt from edges and corners over the concrete area. Continue Reading

The best way to Install Wireless Closet Lighting

Consider including lights to your closet because you can not see what you’re you are interested in if digging for misplaced things at the back of of your closet is annoying you. Older closets might have a single-light fixture that doesn’t create enough light. The great news is the lights can be updated by you with closet lights that is wireless. With respect to should you be attaching it to dry wall, and the components that included your mild, you can need to tap dry wall anchors in to the pilot holes. Continue Reading

The best way to Protect a Hardwood Flooring Throughout Equipment Installation

Major equipment retailers and home improvement shops generally provide installation solutions and home-delivery utilizing one or two specialists. These experts have instruction on the best way to install appliances without harmful hard-wood floors. Consumers can transport an equipment house utilizing a pickup SUV, truck or utility truck rental. In this scenario, you’re responsible for installing the the applying without denting or scratching your floors. Continue Reading

The best way to Hang Large Crops From Eaves

Flower planters include colour and character to porch, a patio or landscape, letting you add colour above-ground level. Careful thought has to be employed with hanging components can support the weight of large crops and hanging planters to make sure the pot. The eave is underneath of the area of the roof that overhangs the sides of the home. When hanging crops from eaves to avoid injury to the crops and house use heavy-gauge chains and screw hooks.Replace the chains on the hanging basket using the appropriate gauge chain, if required. Continue Reading

The best way to Compare Convection Kerosene Heaters

Particularly an unfinished location just like a garage office, heating a big area, can be difficult using a central heater program that is common; the warmth from duct work stay right up in the rafters a way from your immediate work location or can rapidly escape to the the outside. Convection kerosene heaters really are a useful choice for heating a huge and well-ventilated garage location. Choosing one of various models in the market place needs some analysis of area restrictions and your specific heating.

Wick Dimension

The bulk of kerosene heaters are cylindrical in form having a grill within the the the outside area. It utilizes a kerosene- wick to burn off the gas for heat that is instant to the region. The wick signifies the system level of heat era that is achievable; the broader the wick, the more heat it is going to produce. If you are shopping to get a heater, you need to determine whether a big, medium or little wick is needed for the space. Heaters show heat output and the wick size for the buy decision.

Igniters

In the earlier kerosene heaters needed a match to begin the fuel-burning procedure; these products may be very hazardous to use when bought from a yard sale or auction as a used product. The alternative is a heater that uses a battery powered igniter. These designs use existing electrical engineering to get a gas startup that is risk-free. Since no flame that is lit is required from a match, there’s little possibility of an explosion from fumes.

Shutoff Characteristic

T-AKE notice of any shutoff characteristics while you shop to get a convection kerosene heater. Safe designs have a computerized shutdown perform that initiates when the heater is knocked over or struck firmly on along side it. The device wants to be by hand re set before it could work. This function is really crucial to stop fires that are achievable from a tipped- .

Tank and Wheels

This dimensions offers up to 1 2 hrs of warmth with no refilling of the tank while buying for a heater, look to get a tank that’s approximately 2 gallons in capability. Refilling demands the heater to be moved to the gas offer it self. Because the heater is usually hefty, take to to discover a model that h-AS a strong manage or casters. Lifting the heater having a handle can nevertheless require some type of wheels underneath for example placing the heater for secure travels.

The best way to Install Carpet in a Little Room

In order to reattach it pry it off carefully using a pry bar.Cut and measure tackless strips 1/4 to 1/2 inch away from the perimeter of the partitions. Don’t install them. Specialized resources you could rent, including a knee kicker help simplify the installation procedure.

Take everything from the room. Pull ground Chico heating vents up.

Allow carpet in the doorway before trimming it to cover half of the threshold.Attach a changeover piece in the doorway that’s appropriate for the flooring in the room that is next. Continue Reading

The best way to Install Baseboards Around Air Vents on a Wall

Remeasure the length to the vent to get a check.Cut a piece that is matching from a different little bit of trim. Here is where you’ve got to plan the cutting vigilantly.

You want two factory-completed butt-ends to link up with each other for the most readily useful appearance.Miter the corner end-of the 92- inch piece as regular, and lay the piece in the corner over the wall toward the vent. Nail or brad in to spot.

Add one more bit of trim close to the vent in the event the length involving the corner as well as the side is more than in relation to the amount of the piece. Continue Reading