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5 Favorite Finds from J.Crew’s New Home Decor Collection

J.Crew is just the latest in a slew of fashion-focused retailers expanding into the home space (we’re looking at you, Zara and H&M). When we heard the news, we took a look at the offerings and were pleased to find that in addition to carrying products from some perennial Remodelista favorites like Coyuchi, Best Made Co., and Danish tech company Kreafunk (whose headphones I can personally endorse as the urbanite’s best friend), the new collection offers a small selection of  exclusive-to-J.Crew home accessories. Here, five things we wouldn’t mind adding to our own homes: Above: The Linen Pillow with Velvet…

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A Flood-Proofed Brooklyn Rebuild on a Budget, Ikea Kitchen Included

Unless you’ve tried to secure funding under NYC’s post-Hurricane Sandy Build It Back program, it’s hard to fathom all that the team behind this Brooklyn remodel went through from start to (ongoing) finish. Back in 2012, Sandy sent 8.5-feet of water surging into the basement and ground floor of the century-old, three-story Red Hook townhouse, leaving it partially collapsed and in need of an extreme flood-proofed makeover. The couple who own it, a writer-artist and a garden designer with two kids, moved their belongings into storage and took temporary shelter in Upstate New York—for several years. But they were determined…

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Norm Abram’s Best Tricks of the Trade VII

From Mar/Apr 2018QSome wood trim needs to be replaced on my shed. Should I prime and paint the new pieces on all four sides, or just the exposed side, to let the back side “breathe”?—Jean Heaton, Burlington, NJ AYou should definitely prime all six sides of wood trim used outside—including the ends. It’s an inexpensive way to add extra life to the wood. Even so, many people don’t bother priming the back side because of the time it takes to dry. With these homemade paint stands, however, there’s no waiting. Just prime one face, then set that face down on…

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10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting a Room White

The most iconic house in the U.S. is, you guessed it, white, and it takes quite a bit of paint to keep it looking fresh year after year. (The color? It’s reportedly Duron’s “Whisper White,” now made by Sherwin-Williams.) 6. What looks good to you now might look yellow to you later. Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista, from The Soulful Side of Old Cape Cod: Justine’s Family Cottage. In her latest column for The Wall Street Journal, Michelle reveals that our perception of color changes over time: “Our physical sense of color, smell and touch changes as we get older, which means…

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10 Easy Pieces: Modern Wood Frame Sofas

We’re fans of the wood frame sofa, by Børge Mogensen to Donald Judd. There are plenty of lookalikes and modern renditions that make the cut as well. Here are our 10 favorites. Above: The actual Donald Judd-designed furniture is available through the Judd Foundation. The Single Day Bed 32 comes in a range of wood options and fits a twin mattress; $11,850. Above: From the new sofa company called Common, the Mooner Sofa by Studio David Thulstrup is available in four different upholstery fabrics and made with an oak frame; €3,200 at Common. Above: Australian designer Mark Tuckey makes the…

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Top DIY Design Ideas of the Year

Top DIY Design Ideas of the Year 1 × Make a Drop-Cloth Throw Rug Make a Drop-Cloth Throw Rug Photo by Ellen McDermott Published in Jan/Feb 2018 With a little DIY handiwork, a canvas designed to protect surfaces from paint spatters can become the basis for some latex magic of its own. Customize it with a pattern and paint colors of your choosing for an affordable floor covering you can toss in the washer. A spray-on stain-resistant finish helps it stand up to any hardworking space like an entryway or kitchen. Available in rug-friendly sizes (like 6x9, 9x12, and 12x15),…

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