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Ask This Old House Studio | Workshop Wonders

“The Ask workshop is our clubhouse, our family room, our garage. Sure, we film a lot of  TV there, but it’s also a home base where we can let our hair down and be ourselves.”—Kevin O’Connor, This Old House hostThe crew area is decked out with memorabilia from the show—like the autographed photo of NASA astronaut Captain Mike Foreman, who visited the loft during Season 15—as well as some personal photos of the guys. They’re on pages from an album put together for a segment in Season 10. The basketball and football pics are of Roger; Richard’s senior yearbook write-up…


Kitchen of the Week: A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen in SF (Before and After)

For three years, tech execs Brian Jackson and Thomas Ranese devoted their weekends to real estate hunting. The couple were looking for a house close to Google’s downtown San Francisco office, where they both work, that would serve as “a bit of peace in the middle of the city” and a place to cook and entertain together. What they eventually found was a well-situated 1871 Victorian that over the decades had had the charm renovated out of it. SF architect Malcolm Davis, a longstanding member of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory, took a look at the existing kitchen with its adjacent sliver of…


10 Easy Pieces: Traditional Pot Filler Faucets

10 Top Traditional Pot Filler Faucets for the Kitchen RemodelIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a…


Steal This Look: A Beach Cottage Kitchen, Starring Ikea

“I had never worked with a blue palette before,” says Glenn Ban, a designer better known for neutrals and organic pieces. But, inspired by the blues and whites in Tiina Laakkonen’s shop in Amagansett, New York, he decided to branch out and try ocean hues for his cottage in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Sourcing from P-Town shops, antique dealers, and Ikea, Ban created the perfect blue, white, and breezy kitchen. Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson, from A Beach Cottage in Provincetown, Styled for Budget-Minded Summer Living. Above: The Ikea kitchen features wood Karlby countertops and a Grundtal stainless steel rack, now discontinued. (Scroll down for…


Paving Perfect Outdoor Spaces

Paving Perfect Outdoor Spaces 7 × Add Old-World Elegance Add Old-World Elegance Photo courtesy of Unilock A sweeping, curved driveway lends a grand air of welcoming. And polished cobblestone-style pavers are an effective way to introduce timeless charm. Shown here, Unilock's Courtstone® paver's strength makes it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas. Watch how it performs compared with standard pavers in a muriatic acid test.  10 × Enjoy Your Outdoors Enjoy Your Outdoors Photo courtesy of unilock Designing a new outdoor space is an exciting prospect, but it can also feel overwhelming. To help, Unilock has compiled some great tips…


Paint Random-Width Stripes

Alongside a lush Technicolor garden, an alfresco hangout spot can look a little lackluster. Not so this open-sided extension on a house in Suffern, NY, where beadboard walls are striped up and down with unexpected color.“The house is very traditional, and the contemporariness of the stripes adds some freshness,” says designer Thomas Jayne, author of the recently published Classical Principles of Modern Design. Jayne matched the colors to hues used inside the home for a seamless transition between indoors and out, and tasked Manhattan-based painter Chuck Hettinger with brightening the beadboard in Roman stripes—irregular in width, with colors randomly repeating. “It’s…

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