07/01/2017 04:00 AM
Current Obsessions: July by Design
Remodelista editors are in New Hampshire, Maine, the Cape, and Portugal for the holiday weekend. Here’s how we’re celebrating. Just in time for vacation: how to pack a suitcase. Meredith is coveting this clever light by an Italian designer. Alexa is spending the weekend in Brooklyn with an episode of Abstract: The Art of Design featuring one of our […]
06/30/2017 08:00 AM
Trending on Gardenista: Holiday Weekend
Heading into Fourth of July weekend, the Gardenista editors visited a dairy farm on Martha’s Vineyard and lined up several long-weekend DIYs. Here’s a look. In search of summer garden advice—or just inspiration? Don’t miss these posts: Can This Garden Be Saved: We Have Nowhere to Sit Garden Tools: Which Trowel or Weeder Is Best for You? […]
06/30/2017 06:00 AM
Envelope: An Online Superstore for Japanese Goods
When we find a quick and easy path to accessing esoteric Japanese housewares, we take note. A new favorite is Envelope, an online Japanese superstore with product descriptions in English (rare among Japanese sites) and worldwide shipping. Envelope started as a brick-and-mortar store called the Linen Bird, located in an alley of Futakotamagawa, a south suburb of […]
06/30/2017 04:00 AM
Dinner on the Moors: A Rustic, Off-the-Grid Cottage in the Scottish Highlands
Our London friend Nell Card clued us in to what must be the most spectacular location for a dinner party we’ve seen yet: An off-the-grid wood cabin that’s one with the moors in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park. Culardoch Shieling (named for Culardoch, the mountain above, and the Gaelic word for “hut”) was recently designed by London- and Aberdeenshire-based […]
06/29/2017 08:00 AM
Decoding BTUs: How Much Cooking Power Do You Really Need?
The last time I bought a new gas range was over a decade ago. I was lured (and somewhat intimidated) by the upper echelon of professional-style ranges with their 12,000 BTUs of cooking power. Fast forward to today, and those would be considered training wheels for the new generation of high-powered stoves with burners that […]
06/29/2017 06:30 AM
Kitchen of the Week: A Greek Architect’s Ode to Minimalism
From the Remodelista editors’ favorites archive: The all-concrete kitchen in architect Theodore Zoumboulakis‘s retreat on the Greek isle of Hydra is a celebration of simplicity without being at all ascetic—and looks entirely of the moment (though it’s actually 13 years old). When we think of modern Mediterranean design, it’s one of our exemplars. Zoumboulakis designed the house for himself and […]
06/29/2017 06:00 AM
Simple, Honest Furniture from Woodchuck in the Netherlands
Woodworker Rutger de Ruiter and stylist Tinta Luhrman “love nature, Japan, simplicity, beach, surfing, yoga,” as they say. The couple joined forces in 2017 to create a furniture and interior design studio called Woodchuck. “While we love simplicity, our creations always radiate warmth,” they say. “Woodchuck shows that minimalism can be attractive.” (The couple also offers color […]
06/28/2017 08:00 AM
A London Hotel with a Sense of Joie de Vivre
There are certain things you can expect to find in a Dorothée Meilichzon–created hotel: A charmingly tipsy mix of materials and design references. Unexpected color choices. And some of the most memorable headboards around. Meilichzon runs her own Paris firm, Chzon, and to date has performed top-to-bottom designs for four Paris hotels (go to Affordable Chic […]
06/28/2017 06:00 AM
Ikea Storage Solutions for Minimalists on a Budget
Ikea’s done it again: This time we’re admiring a line of storage furniture that checks all the boxes: small, clean, practical, customizable, and budget priced. Designed by Eva Lilja Löwenhielm, the Mackapär Series is tailored for entryways and small spaces, and offers a number of clever solutions for wrangling shoes, coats, umbrellas, and keys. Here’s a look at […]
06/28/2017 04:00 AM
10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Microwaves
If a built-in microwave isn’t in your future, a countertop model will do the trick (especially when paired with strategies for hiding the microwave). Most of them heat food and function as expected. Few of them are attractive. In the middle of the Venn diagram of attractive and functional, we’ve found 10 we like, use, or have […]
07/01/2017 12:30 AM
Stalking leftovers


Hello my name is Jo and I'm a real estate addict. I stalk listings hoping to find the perfect property I can't afford anyway. Oh well a girl can dream. There is one problem though. I'm fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can't quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding "yes". This week I've found my usual old houses with expansive extensions, an artist's house, a mid century home that needs a new owner and some TLC, houses for sale and those already sold. Click on the photos to go to the listings. Via Domain and realestate.com.au.

06/30/2017 02:12 PM
Distilled luxury in white

Happy almost 150th birthday Canada! Preparations are well underway here in Ottawa for the biggest party of maybe the century and I will be one of the few federal government employees venturing to work today (we've been told to work from home given all of the road closures and general chaos). And on that note, I figured today was the perfect day to feature the work of a fellow Canadian. Peter Wilds' spaces have been showcased here before several times (like here, here, here, here and here) but we haven't shared this beauty yet. He calls it "Distilled Luxury". Elegance and simplicity in white. Simply gorgeous.  

06/30/2017 08:00 AM
A house by Hoyt

From the exterior it is almost austere. Simple lines, almost like a child's drawing of a house. Nothing extraneous. Inside, though, the simple clean lines of concrete, steel and glass are softened by layers of wood and textiles. What seems disciplined, almost spartan on the outside is a warm family home inside. House I in Amsterdam North by Hoyt

06/30/2017 12:30 AM
Modern (circa 1725) Saltbox

Modern living in a house that is almost 300 years old. Living simply, living well but not excessively, respecting the past, embracing the moment, finding the beauty not only in the unusual but also the mundane. Give me this type of luxury any day. Give me this lovely home by Kelly and Co. Design.



06/29/2017 02:01 PM
A reconstructed 16th century home in the Czech Republic

My previous home was built in the early 1900s and I thought that was old, although sadly it lacked any interesting architectural details (we did find a clump of horse air in the walls - does that count for something?). I would like to introduce you to Štajnhaus. This VERY OLD 16th century former home now a hotel located in the town of Mikulov in the Czech Republic was reconstructed (it had partially burnt in a fire in 1926) and maintains much of its original details, which makes it incredibly special. Love the juxtaposition of some of the modern details that have been added. (Thank you Barbora for the link!)

06/26/2017 08:28 AM
Blacktop Driveway Types
DEAR TIM: We need to have a new blacktop driveway installed and I thought it was going to be a simple process of comparing quotes. It turns out it’s somewhat confusing. I didn’t know there were different types of blacktop. What’s more, the contractors don’t seem to agree on the best way to prevent cracks […]
06/20/2017 10:15 AM
June 20, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
In just a few days, I leave on the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Dawn ship for a one-week cruise to Bermuda. WOOT! I've never been on a cruise before. I've been in contact with the NCL public relations department and they're working with me trying to get me into non-public areas of the ship so […]
06/20/2017 08:40 AM
Treated Lumber Rotting
Treated Lumber Rotting TIPS Treated lumber does rot - it's a dirty little secret the industry keeps Preservatives might not be formulated correctly Products are available to minimize water infiltration into treated lumber DECK COLLAPSE VIDEOS - watch them below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: In just a few […]
06/20/2017 07:13 AM
Porch Decking
Porch decking needs to be prepared and installed properly to get a lasting porch. Composite porch decking is not always the best porch decking material. Wood can make a great long-lasting front porch decking.

06/19/2017 09:09 AM
Concrete Stain DIY
Concrete Stain DIY TIPS Multiple ways to change the color of existing concrete Stains work best on steel-troweled smoother concrete and require diligence Best DIY method is easy-to-use concrete resurfacer products - add pigment for color Stenciling concrete with the resurfacers produces the most dramatic look CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! […]
06/19/2017 07:05 AM
Concrete Steps Leaking
Concrete Steps Leaking TIPS Concrete is not waterproof - common misconception Water can enter tiny hairline cracks Special concrete epoxy stops water  WATCH concrete epoxy video below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I live on the upper floor of a converted villa. The access is by a stairway at […]
06/16/2017 06:35 PM
Matching Mortar
Texture and color matching of your mortar to use in a brick or masonry repair job takes a bit of legwork. You will have to determine the size of the sand used in your mortar. Your mortar will also need cement and lime. Bricklayers from your area may be able to direct you to the source of sand used in older homes.
06/16/2017 04:41 PM
Septic Tank Maintenance
Septic tank maintenance is a must. Without proper maintenance, septic tanks can fail. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep the septic system and leach field working for years.
06/14/2017 07:20 AM
Attic Fan Installation
An attic fan can help lower excessive attic temperatures. Solar attic fans are available, but have limitations. Electric powered attic fans are available with thermostats to help conserve energy.  Wind-powered turbine vents are another option, but require Mother Nature to supply the power.
06/13/2017 10:18 AM
June 13, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
I'm in the early stages of a huge project I've been putting off. Decluttering all the storage areas in my house is my new summer project. Besides getting things in order, a secondary positive benefit is that I get to meet interesting people. Just this past Sunday morning, I was out on my driveway talking […]