After 25 years in a self-remodeled 1870s village home, Sarah fell in love with a mid century home just outside of Syracuse, New York, built by Charles Umbrecht. An architect and quality craftsman with a substantial following, Umbrect is known for beautiful mouldings, fireplaces, and native limestone floors.
“We took a leap of faith and decided to move to the country. We wanted to update, without ruining, this Umbrecht home,” Sarah says. “With the exception of appliances, the kitchen had not been updated since it was built in 1957.” She describes the remodel as a “gut-to-the-studs” job.
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As hard as I try, my nightstand always overflows. This small, but oh-so-functional piece of furniture holds the iHome, my stack of nighttime reading, a notepad and pen, plus a lamp. Then I spotted this blog post by Brooke Christen over on Nesting with Grace. Brass wall sconces not only free up space on the night stand, but they offer an elegant statement in Brooke’s master bedroom.
“Our bedroom is on the smallish side,” Brooke says. “It measures about 11′ x 12′ without much room for night stands.” Brooke has lived in her 1950s-era Connecticut home for almost two years. Although the room was painted almost immediately, it... Read More
Last week we visited with Kirsten Grove, of the blog Simply Grove, as she revealed the transformation of her living room that included a Downtown Minimalist Brass Adjustable Wall Sconce near the fireplace. Today, Kirsten shares the remodel of her master bedroom where a modern brass chandelier adds interest to the mostly white space.
“When we first walked into this room, it felt dark and lonely,” Kirsten says. “I wanted to make the room come to life so naturally we painted everything white and textured the ceiling to get rid of the popcorn.” The house has strong bones and is a mid-century masterpiece, and Kirsten plans to stay true to the... Read More
Dawn is a farm girl at heart.
“I grew up around lots of grain bins and working on the farm so I enjoy old tin and anything with a bit of an industrial or rustic feel,” she says. It’s no surprise that the remodel of her kitchen and dining room features a back splash made from roof flashing, a bar covered in upcycled corrugated tin, and some retro schoolhouse lighting.
Combining the kitchen and dining room meant tearing out a wall in the mid-century home. Dawn rents the home from her parents so she was conscious of the budget as she looked for lighting.
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When Brooke Christen first moved into her new home, she was amazed at the size of the master bedroom. But unlike most people who would have happily started planning where to position the bed and other furniture, Brooke saw the potential for a different use of the space.
“I knew I couldn’t take a large room like this for our master bedroom,” Brooke explained in a post on her blog Nesting with Grace. With some odd angles and wall space that didn’t really lend itself well to a bedroom, Brooke decided to transform this space into a guest room and play room for her kids. She chose a neutral palette but added a touch of bling to the ceiling with a... Read More
When thinking about a full-gut remodel — especially in a busy space like the kitchen — planning is critical. Lisa, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, spent about two years online looking at kitchen plans and gathering ideas before demolition began in her 1950’s-era kitchen. The space needed major work to bring it forward at least half a century.
“I was going for a modern, open feel with an industrial vibe,” Lisa says. “We opened up the space by removing the top cabinets on one side and a built-in soffit over the sink.” During one of her many online searches, Lisa discovered the Barn Light Electric collection of Rustic... Read More