Friday, July 31, 2009

redone: beverly hills residence

when i received before + after photos from william hefner architecture & interiors, i shrieked with such excitement i startled not only tyler, but the pups too. ty thought i had a scratch-off lottery ticket hidden away and had scratched us a jackpot, but when i showed him the photos he agreed that the reward was just as golden!
founded in los angeles in 1989 by william himself, the firm has had continued success due to their small size and tight knit client relationships. their design methodology of working from the inside to the outside of a building is crystal clear in this beverly hills residence. after drooling over this beauty, i vow to one day have a pergola half as nice and a living room with soft mint accents because they look oh so refreshing.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

redone: san francisco edwardian

this san francisco classic edwardian home is a stunner! michael merrill design studio transformed this once problematic residence into the most modern, elegant home ever. before michael merrill stepped in, the bathroom opened into the kitchen (eww!), the hallway was way too narrow, and the place was storage-less.
after waving his magic design wand and demolishing the walls, bathroom, and kitchen, the new and improved floor plan was created to allow the space to flow smoothly. a tiny coat closet was converted into a full stretch of storage hidden behind sliding barn doors, and the kitchen has been outfitted with modern professional grade appliances, a wine storage area, a breakfast nook, and custom cabinetry providing additional storage. i wish i could hop on a plane to san fran and veg out in the space.

i'd especially like to thank mariko at michael merrill design studio for taking the time to send me photos and stories about their projects. i'd also like to give a shout-out to john sutton photography for shooting their afters, oh so fabulously.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

redone: bonnie crawford baths

bonnie crawford of bonnie crawford interior design group is the master of the bathroom makeover. based in seattle, she is able to transform the scariest of lavatories into a bathing sanctuary. her before + afters are of the breed that make you shout "wait, this was THAT"? in fact, while blow drying my hair this morning in my muggy non-air-conditioned bathroom i caught myself daydreaming of a bonnie crawford bath redo of my very own.

Monday, July 27, 2009

design star: episode two

episode two (the dreaded kitchen challenge) was a blast to watch because i had the pleasure of viewing it with nathan galui! fifteen of us huddled together in our friend's lovely philadelphia apartment, snacking on chocolate covered strawberries clad with design stars while we watched the kitchen challenge unfold. we whooped with excitement when nate received the team leader star and booed with displeasure when antonio critiqued his leadership skills.
the challenge was high stress. can you imagine demolishing, designing, and constructing an entire kitchen in just hours, and with four practical strangers? nate led a team that created the kitchen of their client's dreams, her very own italian moroccan paradise. they transformed her bland mismatched kitchen into a warm cohesive family oasis by installing rich wooden cabinets and floors, dark granite countertops, and a faux hammered metal backsplash. rose bouchar exclaimed that it was unbelievable and gorgeous. and the fact that their team finished the job was a huge design star plus, it must have been the skills of the team leader. way to go team nathan!

next week: individual white wall challenge

Thursday, July 23, 2009

redone: hancock park residence

i love neutrals. to me, there is nothing better than a subdued palette with subtle pops of color. that is why i love mark langos interior design. mark is the master of introducing color into the perfect neutral palette, allowing them to build the perfect scheme. based in los angeles, mark recently designed the quintessential hancock park residence. soft hues complement the home's simple 1920's spanish architecture while the furniture fits the space perfectly. check out these before + afters. i think everyone needs a little mark langos in their life!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

redone: 718 south street

brian leahy, designer extraordinaire, just completed a total redesign of 718 south street, philadelphia. for those of you non-philadelphians, south street is a bohemian paradise, filled with takeout eateries, art stores, small music venues, and hip retail shops.
previously the home of the eclectic home furnishings store, american pie abode, brian transformed the space (with the help of dustin almon, fellow drexel grad) into the modern german eatery, brauhaus schmitz. his goal was to showcase traditional elements in a contemporary open space. and showcase he did!
brian worked closely with an architectural salvage company, exchanging the ceiling and furniture from the original space for wood and church pews for brauhaus schmitz. that is what i love most about the design; it is so very restorative. plaster was removed so the original brick could breathe, the existing wooden floors were refinished, vintage travel posters from germany were framed; it's as simple as that. filled with cozy millwork and soft lighting, the interior puts you at ease, encouraging you to slug down beer and devour wiener schnitzel. wunderbar!


be sure to check out brian's flickr, he has many more great shots of brauhaus schmitz!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

design star: episode one

design star kicked off on sunday evening and i’m elated! first of all, nathan galui looked cuter than ever; i just wanted to reach right through the television screen and squeeze him!
as for the interiors, the designers were presented with the challenge of redesigning rooms in a famous hollywood mansion. nate paired up with dan vickery to revamp the dining room and revamp they did! their first smart choice was using day one of the four day contest to plan rather than haphazardly throw paint on the wall. they spent the following three days cool, calm, and collected. nate created a striking graphic that he freehanded on the walls and floor while dan fashioned and shopped for minimalistic furniture that offset the graphic. they incorporated warm wooden accents and wall paneling that played of the coolness of the space so well the room actually hums. candice olson proclaimed that it was absolutely awesome and i couldn’t agree with her more!


next week: kitchens! (and nate will be in philly so i get to watch the show with him)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

framed: everything reminds me of my dog

susan of 29blackstreet is not only a talented artist but also a full time nice lady. i purchased this cut paper and ink collage from her on etsy to give to tyler as a faux-a-versary (our made up anniversary) gift. needless to say he loved it and i loved giving it! one of the things i enjoy most about it is the transformation that occurred when i had it framed. actually this always happens when i get things framed. i take a piece that i totally adore, frame and matte it, and bam! i feel as if i painted the mona lisa. so here it is featured in our living room constantly reminding us of our pups.


want to show off a piece you've framed? email me with photos and your story and i'd be happy to display your masterpiece on raenovate!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

redone: birch fabrics

as i mentioned on the revived: chair post, fabricworm on etsy is an incredible source for modern home decorating fabrics. cynthia (of fabricworm) has done such a great job selecting lines and designers to represent, in fact she’s done so well that on july 1 she unveiled the most darling fabric shop ever. located in paso robles california and branded as birch, cynthia has opened the doors to a modern, eclectic, fabric haven. not only does birch have amazing fabrics, but it also boasts an amazing interior. look below to see how she transformed a large barren space into an intimate designing paradise. i am so ready for a vacay in paso robles!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

revived: chair

while out on a walk with the pups ty and i passed this gem, noted the address, and came back later incognito with the car. it sat for awhile (conveniently in tyler's closet, who doesn't love a rusty trash picked chair in their closet) waiting for me to find the perfect fabric. fortunately i stumbled upon fabricworm on etsy and found the most amazing collection of fabrics including amy butler's lotus/sand/tree peony. at last, i had found it! 
it was finally time to get down and dirty with the frame, and let me tell you, if you're ever looking for a new arm workout, strip rust from a chair, my biceps were schwarzenegger size by the time she was rust free and gleaming. after removing the mustard vinyl and a few hundred rusty staples i oh so carefully reupholstered the seat and back (another killer arm workout) and she was finished! i feel like a proud mama, i tell random strangers about her, show them photos of her on my phone, i call her her.