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Before & After: A Modern Kitchen Update with Vintage Charm — Sweeten

When they decided to start a family, interior designer Meredith and her husband realized that their one-bedroom duplex (with the bedroom accessed by a dizzying spiral staircase) was just not going to cut it anymore. After being outbid on four different houses, they finally found their perfect place: a charming Tudor townhouse in Brooklyn’s Kensington neighborhood, with an apricot tree in the front yard and even — an amenity almost unheard of in New York — a garage.

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Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Clever Ways to Use those Small, Awkward Spaces in Your Kitchen

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If you’ve ever priced a kitchen renovation, you probably know that custom cabinets are very, very expensive. Which leaves most people working with cabinets in standard sizes, which can be a bit of a problem because kitchen sizes are not standardized at all. So what do you do when you have just a few inches at the end of a cabinet run? The traditional approach to these little gaps that are too small for the smallest cabinet is just to block them out, but if you hate the idea of letting that space go to waste, there are options. Here are a few ways you can make those tiny slivers of kitchen space work for you.

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Posted on Jul 23, 2017

Before & After: A Dark and Dated Kitchen Gets Open and Airy

Claire’s kitchen was dark and dated, with an office-style ceiling and a tiny little rodent problem. Claire set about repurposing the kitchen and rebuilding an extension to create a kitchen and living area, perfect for hosting. Now the kitchen is bright and dance party-ready.

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Posted on Jul 22, 2017

Before & After: A Renovation Makes the Most of a Small Kitchen — Sweeten

House-hunting in New York is a notoriously harrowing process. After months of searching, Nikki and Chris thought they had found the perfect apartment in Astoria. It was beautiful, had all the features they wanted, and was within their budget. But after a few weeks, the deal fell through. Incredibly discouraged, Nikki and Chris wondered if they would ever be able to find a place that felt like home. Two days later, they were putting in an offer on another place.

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Posted on Jul 21, 2017

Get the Look: Design Recipe for a Luxe “Modern Farmhouse” Kitchen

The “modern farmhouse” look is the most popular design trend of the moment. One of the draws is that its most common elements evoke a warm, simpler lifestyle, which is lovely. But, if you fear that too many rustic details will make for an overly casual, leaning toward cliche look, you might want to take notes from this kitchen’s design. It’s absolutely a little bit country, but its got a good dose of contemporary high-end style and absolutely rocks the role of Luxe Modern Farmhouse.

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Posted on Jul 21, 2017

Two Savvy Solutions for Ugly Rental Kitchen Lights

Considering the amount of spectacularly hideous light fixtures in rental kitchens around the country, it’s almost as if installing the ugliest, most unflattering light fixture was at one time the law. That’s of course not true, but for anyone who’s ever walked into their rental kitchen, looked up at their light fixture and wondered “why that?”, this post’s for you.

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Posted on Jul 20, 2017

Before & After: This Co-op Renovation is a Book Lover’s Dream

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For almost ten years, John lived in his Hell’s Kitchen co-op while it slowly crumbled around him. The apartment, built in 1923, was definitely showing signs of its age: plaster was falling off the walls, moldings were caked with years of paint, and the kitchen cabinets, which had been replaced sometime in the 90s, were starting to fall apart. Faced with all this, and with the prospect of his partner, Katherine, moving in with him soon, John decided it was time for some big changes.

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Posted on Jul 16, 2017

Before & After: A Brooklyn Kitchen Opens Up — Sweeten

Dating in New York is notoriously brutal, and so is buying real estate, which lends itself to a robust market for fixer-uppers. After living for six years in a rented apartment in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, Jill and Aaron were ready to buy — but everything they could find in their desired neighborhoods, within their price range, was less than appealing. Finally they found a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, with a space that they could convert into a den, in a building three blocks from Prospect Park. The kitchen and bathroom, untouched since the ’60s, were definitely in need of a little TLC, but after searching for six months, Jill and Aaron felt ready to take the chance.

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Posted on Jul 16, 2017

Before & After: Smart Choices for a Small Kitchen — Sweeten

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One of the biggest challenges of living in a tiny apartment is the tiny kitchen. After purchasing her studio apartment in Brooklyn, Kelly was determined to create her dream kitchen from what was originally a less than dreamy space. Although square footage was limited, lots of smart choices resulted in a kitchen that’s colorful, beautiful, and has the functionality of a kitchen many times its size.

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Posted on Jul 15, 2017

Before & After: A DIY Kitchen Remodel on a 6K Budget

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Sharlene’s ’70s kitchen was vivid green and laced with hard-to-clean linoleum. Instead of living with it or hiring an expensive contractor, this husband and wife team utilized their vacation days, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

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Posted on Jul 8, 2017

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