Friday, January 27, 2012

brooklyn's in the house

my best friend lives in brooklyn in a super rad apartment with her super rad boyfriend and while i think they really enjoy being renters, i have bigger plans for them. i’d like for them to buy a beater and hire brooklyn’s brightest architect, ben herzog, to fix it up, just as he did with today’s landmarked 25-foot wide brooklyn heights brownstone. with designer elizabeth cooke-king’s eye for detail, she and ben joined forces to create a 2-story addition for the back of the brownstone. the top level of the addition became a large, bright kitchen with azul macauba countertops and an artistic tile celestial starry blue mosaic backsplash; while the lower level is home to a new nursery and lounge. top it all off with a back courtyard made for entertaining and you’ve got yourself a brooklyn beauty. i’ve gotta split, i have some real estate postings that i need to strategically email my bf. have a great weekend!

i would especially like to thank ben herzog of ben herzog architect, pc for granting me the permission to borrow photos from his portfolio. the after photos were captured by the great michael lee.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


LA based designer, jenn feldman is my kind of woman. she’s made her place in the design world by mixing flea market finds with custom pieces and target bargains with cherished family antiques. in a recent beverly hills home rehaul she showcased this great skill like a peacock strutting its stuff, plumage and all. the existing 90210 interior had clearly once been a dazzler, but years later, after the trends had dissolved, it was in major need of a tweaking. gone are the days of the totally tan palette. feldman introduced a modern scheme filled with bright neutrals and deep pops of color. she’s also a space planning master; instead of an unnecessary cabinet nook in the kitchen’s corner, jenn had a multifunctional dining banquette installed, perfect for chowing down, family projects, and storage. simply put, jenn feldman turns houses into a homes.

huge thanks to jenn feldman of jenn feldman designs for submitting photos of her LA redesigns. for more inspiration check out jenn’s website and twitter feed.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

druid hills home

as you may know i’ve recently become obsessed with the town of decatur, georgia. it’s charming, the homes are showstoppers, and best of all its designers are wildly talented. architect, karen soorikian of soorikian architecture is my latest decatur discovery and her recent redo of a druid hills home perfectly demonstrates my undying love for the decatur area.
with an underutilized 1.22 acre lot and a large family keen on gathering, soorikian’s main goal was to create indoor and outdoor spaces suited for family time. in order to accomplish this, the architect moved the kitchen closer to the rear of the home, placed a large butler’s pantry and walk-pantry where the kitchen had been located, added an eat-in space, a large screened porch, a pool, and a new carriage house with a garage below and in-law suite above. the breathtaking carriage house also features an outdoor covered porch with a fireplace, and a pool house bathroom, all of which are connected to the main home via a covered connector. i hope karen’s clients realize that i too cherish indoor/outdoor family time and come springtime i will be joining them poolside.

big thanks to karen soorikian of soorikian architecture for submitting photos of her atlanta redesigns. for more inspiration check out karen’s website and facebook page.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

the office of jennasue design co.

fresh from alt my mind is brimming with inspirational mantras like “if you don’t bet on yourself, nobody else will”. the conference not only provides pointers on how to blog, but instills and encourages independent thinking. although jenna diermann wasn’t an attendee, her life embodies what alt is all about. jenna and her husband recently left their life in california to start a new life in florida and an even newer business. from her florida home jenna acts as the woman behind the print shop, jennasue design co.
you may remember her foyer? well besides her home’s entryway, fixing up her office was just as important. in here she outfitted the closet with organizational tools and glidden’s pistachio ice cream paint, added a rug from urban, decked the walls with her prints, installed hardwood floors, and setup up a slammin’ ikea desk. jenna sue diermann means business, much like all 500 of alt’s attendees.

i would especially like to thank jenna diermann of jennasue design co. for granting me the permission to borrow photos from her blog, jennasue. she snapped all of the photos too!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

alt design summit

once a year the nation’s hottest, wildest, and most creative social media design junkies storm salt lake city for the altitude design summit; i'm lucky enough to be going for the second year in a row! best described as pinterest in person, my three days there in 2011 were life changing and i believe 2012 guarantees the same. before + afters will resume on monday january 23 and are sure to be filled with content, inspiration and wisdom that i didn't even know existed until this week. let the fun and learning begin!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

alexandra berlin baths

for the last two years chicagoan alexandra berlin has been blogging about her favorite 'things that sparkle'; and in june she started designing some sparklers herself. today's featured bathroom beauties come from berlin's first professionally completed project. while the bathrooms had great bones and even finishes, they were lacking personality and pizzazz. fortunately, berlin poured it on. a chevron wall and mint palette transform the master bath while a black wall-covering brings a whole new level of sophistication to the guest bath. sparkle city!

i would especially like to thank alexandra berlin of alexandra berlin design for granting me the permission to borrow photos from her jazzy blog, things that sparkle. the after photos were captured by the great andrea mandel.

Monday, January 16, 2012

our bathroom's bonus storage!

around this time last year we completed the renovation of our bathroom. amongst all that we did we ripped out the nasty linen closet and left the space open, with plans to add a cabinet in the future, and leave us with a bit more open floor space.

12 months later, the cabinet is in!

tyler used cabinet grade plywood for the box and 3/4" pine for door. we painted the structure to match the trim with benjamin moore's decorator's white. the back wall of the cabinet is martha stewart's zinc, just like the hallway outside the bathroom. hello, bonus storage!