Friday, April 27, 2012

rancher remodel

as much as i love carpeted bathrooms, fruity wallpaper borders, vertical blinds and mirrored walls, i understand where interior designer, susan wintersteen of savvy interiors was coming from when she emptied today’s redone rancher of these elements. stuck in the southwest 80s, susan worked closely with the project’s contractor to modernize the home and fill it with the southern california flair she’s known for.
new airy additions include the roof, plantation siding, white subway tile, tongue and groove ceilings, hardwood flooring, high-end cabinetry, carrera marble, and so much more…

i would especially like to thank john wintersteen of savvy interiors for providing us with the goods for today’s makeover. not only does savvy interiors have a striking website, but you can also follow their work on facebook and houzz!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

cherry hill kitchen

there is nothing more satisfying than working with my husband. the fact that i envision something and he makes it come to life, thrills me every time. our latest collaboration was at the home of our good friend, an all-around nice guy and eligible bachelor. he bought his condo last year and while high-end design is not at the top of his priority list, a functional, good looking kitchen is.
the existing space was filled with the cabinets that every american student had in their college apartment kitchen, a top mount sink, and a peach polished-stone backsplash, they clearly all had to go. the existing floor and appliances, however, were in great shape, so we worked around them. without dramatically altering our client’s checking account, or the kitchen’s layout, a new bright cookery was born. we used home depot’s stock white cabinetry, martha stewart’s dolphin wall paint, a stainless rectangular undermount sink, silestone countertop in grey expo, new fixtures, and my personal favorite, a ceramic tile back-splash in indigo blue with white grout lines. if i was a bachelorette and saw this bachelor’s kitchen, it might just seal the deal ;)

i would especially like to thank my husband, tyler grace, for bringing my designs to life and capturing these before and after photos courtesy of trg home concepts.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

newton carpenter gothic renovation

the wildly talented LDa architecture & interiors team has done it again. after providing us with one of raenovate’s most popular transformation posts of all time, i’ve been stalking them for more. and boy have they delivered! located in the boston suburb of newton massachusetts , LDa renovated the 200 year-old carpenter gothic home, with a concentration on the kitchen/garage wing. working almost exclusively within the existing footprint, the kitchen was redesigned around the most amazing sink of all time, and the garage was converted into a family and guest room. this area of the home had been added in the early 20th century and in order to help it to flow seamlessly, LDa enhanced its connection the original structure with a new rear stairway and accompanying tower. be still my historical house loving heart.

i would especially like to thank ms. amanda hanley at LDa architecture & interiors for submitting their awe-inspiring renovations. the after photos were shot by the accomplished photographer, greg premru.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


along with my obvious obsession for before + afters, i have an affinity for architectural details. and while i love including architectural facts here on raenovate, i’ve found an additional outlet to really delve into what piques my interest; i’m now contributing twice weekly on houzz! focusing on renovation details that i’d like to implement in my home, i have the good fortune of categorizing photos from houzz’s wildly talented designers into featured ideabooks. my topics range from dissecting the tapered craftsman column,

to ogling the diagonal cross balustrade,

to waxing poetic about the five-panel interior door.

this doesn’t mean the raenovate before + afters are coming to an end, it simply means there’s going to be more of rachel grace on the world wide web. photo sources, from top to bottom, brennan + company architects, paul finkel for van wicklen design, and paul s. bartholomew for richard bubnowski design llc.

Monday, April 9, 2012

gone dancing!

i'll be taking this week off as tyler and i are headed to the dominican republic for his brother's wedding! i look forward to long walks on the beach, icy drinks, napping and poolside bananagrams; but most of all i can't wait to dance with my new sister-in-law, just as she danced with me on my wedding day...

Friday, April 6, 2012

waterfront maine cottage

if you haven't visited the state of maine, today's transformation will push you there and make it so that you never want to leave. portland's whitten architects recently revived a foursquare waterfront cottage built in 1915. while the existing home was inherently beautiful because of its location and original design, over the years it received some unfortunate "renovations". whitten's goal was to revive the character of the cottage and bring it back to its glory days for year-round living.
the ill-considered additions were removed, the porches opened up and reconstructed, and an upper level balcony was added. after disposing of the existing vinyl it was replaced with high performance, clad wood windows and cedar shingle siding. a back porch now leads to a mudroom and the new open kitchen which boasts views of the water, porches, and outside play spaces, making the home the most quintessential boothbay harbor cottage. what i would give for an afternoon on its porches!

i would especially like to thank russ tyson of whitten architects for sharing this project with us! the team of talented professionals responsible for this breathtaking makeover includes, rob whitten of whitten architects, designer betsy mccue train, general contractor boothbay home builders and photographer rob karosis.