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Spacious east Louisville home featured on 2022 Tour of Remodeled Homes

  • August 4, 2022

A Louisville couple and their dogs were comfortable in their previous home — but they just wanted more land.

“I told my husband I wanted some acreage for our dogs,” the homeowner, who asked not to be named, told The Courier Journal. “We looked at 100 acres, we looked at 60 acres, we looked at everything — acreage everywhere, from Shelbyville to Louisville.”

One day, she was driving down a street and saw a for sale sign in front of a 5,000-square-foot, traditional-style home in east Louisville that had just enough land. Soon enough, she and her husband were moving in, and about three years ago, they decided it was time for a renovation.

“We really concentrated on being able to see from through (from the front to the back), like a southern house,” she said of the remodel.

Enlisting expert help

A screened-in porch on the back of this recently renovated home in eastern Louisville. It will be featured on the 2022 Tour of Remodeled Homes. July 19, 2022

The homeowner and her husband knew just who to call, as they had hired Karen McKechnie and the rest of the Stonehenge Construction team to renovate their previous home. In addition to reconfiguring the space for a clean view, the homeowners also worked with McKechnie to move the laundry room to the second floor, convert the attic into a main suite, and add an elevator, among other changes.

“I (also) told Karen we’ve got to have a screened-in porch,” the homeowner said. “And it just turned out outstanding. Better than I ever thought it would.”

What used to be just a deck is now a large screened-in porch that boasts a fireplace, a flat-screen TV, and a view out toward the massive yard and a fence lined with Norway Spruce trees. It also features a railing that McKechnie designed specifically to prevent the homeowners’ three dogs from breaking through the screen.

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Jimmy Fallon, Cara Delevingne’s Tonight Show Home-Decor Chat

  • August 3, 2022

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Instead of converting it into a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cara Delevingne has chosen to live in the $10.8 million questionably decorated Gramercy Park triplex she bought from Jimmy Fallon. As she told Fallon on The Tonight Show this week, she loves the decor — basically the Overlook Hotel in The Shining with a maximalist color palette. “I’ve kept it all. It’s creepy,” she said. “I tried to design my house in L.A. basically like that without knowing that house.”

Delevingne is telling the truth! She has described her L.A. home — an English-country-style mansion built in 1941 for the founders of the Vons supermarket chain — as an “adult playhouse” and it lives up to the reputation: There’s a costume dress-up room, a Lynchian poker room, and, naturally, a ball pit. She cites escape rooms and Hugh Hefner as influences, both of which are conceptually fused in a hidden lounge she calls the “pussy palace.”

Since her new Gramercy apartment is a triplex, it will be a bit more difficult to Razor-scooter from place to place as she did in her Open Door tour. (“If you’re bored, you’re boring,” she said. Okay!) I do wonder, though, if Delevingne will install another “rotisserie-chicken thing” in Fallon’s relatively tame kitchen, even if she’ll never use it.

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Coastal Grandmother Style Is A Breezy Decor Trend You Can Use Anywhere :: WRAL.com

  • August 1, 2022

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You don’t have to have grandchildren or even live on the shore to dive into a popular style of home decor called coastal grandmother. Although both aesthetics have similar origins, coastal grandmother is not as nostalgic or stuffy as the grandmillennial home decorating trend that found popularity a couple of years ago.

So what is coastal grandmother style? According to Lex Nicoleta, the social media influencer who coined the term, if you love Nancy Meyers movies, coastal vibes, Ina Garten and cozy interiors, you might just be a coastal grandmother — no matter your age, situation or location.

“I would describe it as very neutral, classic staples in light shades … it’s very crisp, very clean,” New York City-based personal stylist Samantha Brown told “Today.” “It’s sort of like a nod to this timeless, moneyed — but not flashy — coastal grandma.”

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If you aspire for a home that looks elegant and fashionable yet cozy and lived in, coastal grandmother might be for you. Keep reading to find out more about the defining aspects of this trending style.

Coastal Grandmother Colors And Textures

A palette of shades of white makes the ideal background for a room in the coastal grandmother decorating style. Neutral, seashore shades like beige and taupe along with blue, gray and green that remind you of the sea tie up the color scheme.

“Defined by the use of natural light, high–quality natural materials, a soft color palette and an abundance of foliage and flowers, coastal grandmother creates an inviting, effortlessly elegant and livable interior that feels like

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2022 Interior Design Styles and How to Get Them

  • July 31, 2022

If, like most people, you’re your own interior designer, you’ve probably accumulated a fair amount of decor over the years. You like it all — okay, most of it — and, sure, it pulls from similar styles (think minimalist and mid-century modern) for a result that makes sense. But it might stop just short of cohesive. What you really want is a space worthy of a viral TikTok, and to get that, it helps to know the elements of the interior design style you’re aiming for.

With the help of the pros at Pacaso, we decoded eight interior design styles popular right now and created a quick cheat sheet for how to recreate them at home. Whether you want to go big and bold with a maximalist or eclectic style, keep it calm with coastal or cottage, or finally achieve the Scandinavian dream, you can find a quick overview for each aesthetic below, plus a few tips for creating each one.


Cottage

Quaint is the vibe this traditional yet unpretentious style evokes. It dates back to 18th-century Germany where textiles were homespun and furniture was handmade. Get the look today with rustic wood floors, wood furniture with clean lines, and a neutral color palette. Keep curtains airy and minimal — cottage style is all about the interplay of light and texture — and lighting soft and abundant.

Maximalism

After years of living in stark shades of minimalism, maximalism is the outburst we needed in 2022. Here, art is free to take up a whole wall, bookshelves can overflow with trinkets and tchotchkes, and color is always the answer. The trick is to tie it all together with a through line — like the color red in the room above — and aim for a 50-50 space-to-stuff ratio.

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Average Cost of a Basement Remodel

  • July 31, 2022
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Once considered gloomy spaces void of much glamor, basements are now being pushed to the spotlight as an opportunity to reclaim space. 

The popularity of having a finished basement is a side effect of the pandemic, says Jamil Damji, co-star of the A&E series “Triple Digit Flip” and a wholesale real estate expert based in Phoenix. “When we were cooped up during the quarantines, we became very aware of how small some of our spaces were,” Damji says. “That led people to add space or remodel their homes.”

Basement remodels may cost more than you have in cash reserves, though. The average cost of a basement remodel is $21,632, according to HomeAdvisor. As with most home remodeling projects, that figure varies widely, depending on factors like the scope of the project, the square footage of your basement, the quality of the materials you use, and the cost of labor in your area. 

That can be an expensive project, and many homeowners don’t have tens of thousands of dollars sitting in savings. There are ways to finance a basement remodel, including home equity loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), and other options.

Here’s a breakdown of the average cost of a basement remodel, with how to save money and finance the work toward that perfect finished basement.  

How Much Does a Typical Basement Remodel Cost?

On the cheaper end, a basement remodel starts around $9,000 for a 700-square-foot area. Remodeling a space twice that size puts the price range around $21,000 to $112,500. You can

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In Seoul, Watchmaking With Subtlety

  • July 30, 2022

SEOUL — Minhoon Yoo doesn’t think of himself as a workaholic. But his cluttered studio — which contains a 100-year-old watchmaker’s lathe machine purchased on eBay, a bevy of old-school tools and a skateboard tucked in a corner — is a second home to this 31-year-old, who has been called a rising star in independent watchmaking in South Korea.

And despite the frenetic work schedule he has kept up to fill the orders he received since unveiling his first watch on Instagram in February, he has been thinking about his next design and pondering his own ideas of what defines a South Korean watchmaker.

“People seem to expect Korean themes from Korean artists, and I’ve seen many artists paint certain traditional patterns, but I wanted to do something more subtle,” he said in a recent interview from his studio in the Seongdong area of central Seoul. “For my first watches, I added an old design element called swallowtails from the hinges of old Korean furniture.”

That abstract approach played out in his Carved Piece, a 37-millimeter manually wound watch priced at the equivalent of about $18,000 (he has sold nine and plans to deliver the first one in September or October). The swallowtails are delicately placed around the nameplate, which reads simply Minhoon Yoo, and on the serial number plate at the bottom of the dial. But the motif is most prominent on the buckle, adding a touch of sophistication to the strap.

It’s a flourish some viewers might miss, but that’s part of the point for Mr. Yoo. He is interested in details and what each person sees in his work.

“The phrase ‘the more ambiguity there is, the more rich is the conversation’ inspired me when I read that in a book in 2011,” he said,

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Coastal Grandmother Style Is A Breezy Decor Trend

  • July 30, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Simplemost may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer’s website.

You don’t have to have grandchildren or even live on the shore to dive into a popular style of home decor called coastal grandmother. Although both aesthetics have similar origins, coastal grandmother is not as nostalgic or stuffy as the grandmillennial home decorating trend that found popularity a couple of years ago.

So what is coastal grandmother style? According to Lex Nicoleta, the social media influencer who coined the term, if you love Nancy Meyers movies, coastal vibes, Ina Garten and cozy interiors, you might just be a coastal grandmother — no matter your age, situation or location.

“I would describe it as very neutral, classic staples in light shades … it’s very crisp, very clean,” New York City-based personal stylist Samantha Brown told “Today.” “It’s sort of like a nod to this timeless, moneyed — but not flashy — coastal grandma.”

Adobe

If you aspire for a home that looks elegant and fashionable yet cozy and lived in, coastal grandmother might be for you. Keep reading to find out more about the defining aspects of this trending style.

Coastal Grandmother Colors And Textures

A palette of shades of white makes the ideal background for a room in the coastal grandmother decorating style. Neutral, seashore shades like beige and taupe along with blue, gray and green that remind you of the sea tie up the color scheme.

“Defined by the use of natural light, high–quality natural materials, a soft color palette and an abundance of foliage and flowers, coastal grandmother creates an inviting, effortlessly elegant and livable interior that feels like home,”

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Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers receives excellence award for outdoor living remodel

  • July 30, 2022

From kitchens and bathrooms to decks and entire homes, the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) celebrated the best in remodeling at the 2022 Excellence in Remodeling Awards June 6.

A highlight of the association’s summer board meeting, the awards recognized the top remodelers across 25 different categories. Winners faced fierce competition, with 57 entries vying for the top 25 awards. Members from six local home-building associations battled it out for top honors.

To identify the winners of the 2022 Excellence in Remodeling Awards, industry experts reviewed and scored each project based on several criteria. Criteria included: aesthetics, special or unique design solutions, quality craftsmanship, appropriate building materials, budgetary considerations and the challenges the project’s design requirements faced.

Joseph and Melissa Irons of Irons Brothers Construction were at the event and were honored to take home an award for their company’s project, “Biophilic Influenced Backyard.” With this outdoor living addition –including a gas fireplace, TV and screening — this family in Lake Forest Park now can enjoy their backyard oasis year-round.

The addition built onto the back of their home is adjacent to their kitchen and family room and includes a new patio door. With a focus on biophilic design, material selections and architectural details were selected to complement the existing roofline and not block the upstairs bedroom windows.

The ceiling was crafted with 6-inch-wide, tongue-and-groove clear cedar and the structure is surrounded by exposed framing and posts painted the home’s trim color. Skylights provide natural lighting throughout the seasons while the chandelier finishes off the ambiance.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top remodeler and design-build firm in Washington state by the BIAW,” said Melissa Irons, the company’s marketing and operations manager, during her award acceptance speech. “Each project is a success when we work as

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The 10 Best Headboards for Every Style of 2022

  • July 29, 2022

Who it’s for: People who want options when it comes to material, color, and even tufting style.

Who it isn’t for: People who want a splashy headboard.

It’s not often you get to pick the tufting style when you buy a headboard, but that’s exactly the chance you have here with West Elm’s Emmett Headboard. It’s available in five different tufting styles—vertical, horizontal, grid, border, and diamond—as well as a non-tufted version that’s just regular upholstery. What’s more, nearly every other aspect of the headboard is customizable, too. For instance, there are tons of different fabrics, from mauve velvet to frost gray chenille tweed. You can also choose between two heights for the headboard, either standard (46 inches) or tall (58 inches).

Unlike most headboards, this one doesn’t have two long legs. Instead, it extends nearly all the way to the ground, with just two small feet supporting the structure. It still, however, mounts to bed frames. Rather than unwieldy brackets, it has straightforward mounting holes, which are set at five fixed heights: 13.25 inches, 10.75 inches, 8.25 inches, 6.75 inches, and 5.75 inches. While those heights should cover most bed frames, you should still double-check to make sure you’ll be able to attach this headboard to the frame you own.

Product Details:

  • Material: Polyester, velvet, linen, chenille, twill, boucle
  • Assembly Required: Yes
  • Adjustable: Yes
  • Sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, California king

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This $5.5 million Toronto home is a stellar 60s time capsule

  • July 29, 2022

It’s funny: If you wait long enough, everything comes back in style – like low-rise jeans.

It’s the cyclical nature of fashion and interior design. 

But unlike low-rise jeans, this original 1968 home is actually cool. 

The stairs leading up to the family room. 

“It’s the original 1968 home built by the builder for his own family,” realtor Michele Rosen, Harvey Kalles Real Estate, told blogTO.  2 Royal Oak Drive Toronto

The foyer. 

The home, which has remained in the same family for the last 54 years, boasts three bedrooms, five bathrooms and tons of retro, mid-century charm. 

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The retro family room. 

Throughout the home you’ll notice beautiful teak wood accents, clean simple lines and lots of natural light. 

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The kitchen with some of the original appliances. 

Probably the most unique room in the house is the truly-vintage kitchen, complete with mod, custom cabinetry that has arched wood features. 

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The wood detalling on the walls and cabinets are a funky bespoke look. 

“At the time it was built this was very uniquely elegant and beautiful decor,” noted Rosen.

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An aerial shot of the surrounding neighbourhood. 

But even if you’re not into late-60s homes, this home is situated in the prestigious and iconic Bridle Path. Yes, before you ask, the same neighbourhood Drake lives in. 

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The backyard. 

And as it’s a corner lot with a 130-by-135 footprint, you can easily add on to the home without sacrificing lawn space. 

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The living room with floor-to-ceiling windows. 

“Today’s buyer will of course want to redesign and remodel the existing home or start fresh and build their own dream home,” added Rosen.

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The dining room off the kitchen. 

“Either way, this coveted beautiful lot lends itself to anything the buyer can imagine in this perfect location.”

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An aerial view of the property. 

And if you’re looking

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