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Current Obsessions: Treading Lightly

The countdown is on: Our latest book, Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home, comes out in just a few days, on Tuesday, October 4. Head here to order, and scroll down for a peek inside plus more design news on our radar:Above: “Our mantra is repurpose, reuse, scavenge, buy local,” writes Julie, and thus was born Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home, three years in the making. It’s filled with simple swaps, our favorite vintage and repurposed products for every room, and living quarters that are as stylish as they are sustainable, like this Catskills cabin by architecture firm TBo. Photograph by Matthew Williams…

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Long Time Coming: Inside the West Roxbury Victorian Project

This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. From the moment we stepped into this house, I was redesigning everything,” says architect Derek Rubinoff, who, along with his wife, Robyn Marder, loved their home’s Victorian character but knew the house needed an overhaul. Its history as a two-family home had left behind some significant layout dysfunctions, including a bare-bones kitchen with its sink in the pantry and unattached lower and upper cabinets sitting on the floor. Homeowners Derek Rubinoff and Robyn Marder, with teens Zach and Aria, on…

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Before & After: Perking Up a Plain Façade

This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. The ‘before’ was very plain; there was nothing memorable about it,” says Beth Anne Wilhelm, who owns this 1923 home in Cabin John, MD, with Matt Canter. In fact, the builder-grade exterior finishes were so forgettable, she says, “when all the demo was done, neighbors walked by and asked what it looked like prior—no one could remember!” Enter architectural designers Anthony Wilder and Maria Fanjul, who reworked the porch with a gabled roof, paired columns on plinths, and open trusswork…

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Remodeling 101: The Case for Unstained Wood Floors, from a Stealth Design Nerd

Editor’s note:  This is the first in a series of posts by Sally Kohn— journalist and CNN political commentator, TED talk giver, and design aficionado—chronicling her adventures in remodeling.Above: Escape from Brooklyn: Sally Kohn with her wife, Sarah Hansen, an environmental justice advocate, in front of their new Bucks County house, which they share with their daughter.It started with too much dark wood. The house we bought—a late 1700s bank barn which had been converted into a house in the 1950s with the help of famous woodworker Wharton Esherick—had, as you might imagine, a lot of dark wood. Dark wood…

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Coaster’s Chance: A 1760s Sea Captain’s Cottage in a Moody Palette

Lately I’ve been poring over Coaster’s Chance, a 1760s captain’s cottage on the coast of Maine, north of Acadia. The house is the newest project of Rhode Island-based Moore House Design—and their first Downeast. Available to rent, the interiors have been redone in moody hues befitting the palette of pine, rocks, and seaweed outside the front door.Join us for a look around:Photography by Erin McGinn, courtesy of Moore House Design.Above: The cottage, called Coaster’s Chance, sits on the end of a private road on Cutler Harbor and has been in the Moore family for 30 years.Above: The newly redone kitchen…

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The 10 Best Online Mattresses You Can Find on the Web

Whether it’s the lack of traffic jams or salesman runarounds, the convenience of shopping for a mattress online has become a gift for many consumers. Although some of us still imagine jumping from bed to bed at a shop, hoping to land on the perfect mattress, directly purchasing a bed from its manufacturer can lead to exceptional deals not found at your local shop. Furthermore, online mattresses come with generous trials and warranties that can ease the stress of potentially making the wrong choice. With so many online beds out there today, and with the help of our sleep specialists,…

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