Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Cozy D.C. Condo Is a Modern Plant-Filled First Home — House Call

Name: Anna Johnston, My partner and our Maine Coon cat
Location: Washington, D.C.
Size: 680 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Our condo building is directly across from Union Station in Washington DC so we can actually hear the trains from inside. The building is aptly named Pullman Place after the historic Pullman train cars. The building itself is brand new and has about 40 different units. We live on the second floor and we are lucky enough to have one of the few units with a balcony. Our favorite part about our condo is all the light! The windows are huge. It’s pretty small, but perfect for two people and a cat. The outside of the building gives a bit of an industrial-modern vibe, but the inside is very modern with European kitchens, sleek white cabinets, light gray walls, huge windows, and wide plank gray/brown hardwood floors.

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20 Things in Your Kitchen You Can Purge Right Now — September Sweep

Kitchen clutter is like a gas: It’ll expand to fit the space allowed.

If you have a small kitchen, you probably feel like there’s never enough space for your stuff. Well guess what? Big kitchen people have that same problem, too. No matter how many cabinets you have, or whether your countertop is better measured in inches or acres, your kitchen can probably use a little slimdown.

So that’s what we’re going to do today.

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7 Design Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Your House Plans

Designing your own custom home means getting ultimate control over your abode. Whether your wish list is a mile long or you’re looking to downsize, the design process should yield exactly what you want. Of course, if this is your first time designing a custom home, your enthusiasm can override experience and result in major mistakes. Since years of enjoyment and your investment is on the line, it’s important that you don’t get swept away in the excitement of designing your own place. Be on the lookout for these common design mistakes that almost everyone makes their first time around.

Skipping Storage

Storage might be more important than you think. Image: Bloedorn Lumber

Hey, it’s understandable that you’d be more excited about your dream master bath than you are a linen closet. But don’t underestimate the power of closets in your home design. Not only will they increase your home’s resale value, they’ll also help keep your showpiece rooms much cleaner and more organized. Think of storage as the supporting cast in your dream design and you’ll have a better idea of where closets, cabinets and cubbies will come in handy.

Ignoring Secondary Bedrooms

Give guest rooms some attention. Image: Crescent Homes

When it comes to home design, master bedrooms are definitely one of the more exciting rooms to create. You probably want a zen oasis where you can kick back and really love your home. But don’t spend so much time designing the master bedroom that you completely forget about secondary bedrooms. If those bedrooms are too small, have an awkward layout or are far from a bathroom, they could negatively affect the way you live in your home. Give secondary bedrooms a little love and you’ll love your place even more.

Putting the Plan Before the Land

Buy your lot before you design. Image: Bick Company

It okay to look around and see what plans and layouts you like, but designing your dream home before you purchase a lot could set you back. Things like lot size and view could turn your plan upside-down, resulting in a complete redesign. Save yourself the time and wait to start on the design until you’ve chosen your lot and know how to position, size and plan your home.

Forgetting to Define Needs and Wants

Defining your top needs helps you design a better home. Image: Kitchens by Eileen

Unless you have an unlimited budget, you’ll need to make some compromises as you work on the design of your home. Defining the difference between wants and needs can stop you from getting caught up in all of the ideas, features and finishes available for your home.

Not sure where to draw the line? Try writing down five things that you would need to purchase an existing home. Then, write down five things that would be nice to have. Reminding yourself that it’s okay to settle and compromise if it gives you the things you really want could be the key to sticking to your budget and coming up with the right design.

Forgetting the Flow

Halls play a big part in good design. Image: J. Bay Cabinet Company

A well-designed home has what architects call “flow.” It’s the ease with which you can move from room to room. It might seem like a little thing (and maybe even a little like architecture mumbo-jumbo), but flow really affects the way you live in your home. Think about it: if your guests have to walk up a flight of stairs and down a hall to use the bathroom, could that affect entertaining? If your master bedroom is so close to the front of the home that you hear every noise on the street, will it be as relaxing? How will you, your family and your guests move around and live in your home? It’s an idea that definitely requires some thought.

Leaving Undefined Spaces

Use flooring to define spaces. Image: Lumber Liquidators

Everyone loves an open concept home, and why not? These houses are perfect for entertaining and just the right mix of bright and casual. But while you’re designing an open concept space, take care that you don’t forget to define spaces altogether. When spaces are left undefined, the end result can seem messy and leave you with areas that are underutilized.

Keep an open concept home airy and casual by using flooring, furniture and cabinetry to create distinctions between the kitchen, living areas and bathroom. That way, you preserve the flow while making sure each room really shines.

Ignoring Your Designer

Utilize your designer’s experience. Image: Dream Finders Homes

You know exactly what you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best option. You’ll work with a designer to come up with your perfect floor plan, so it’s important to utilize your designer’s expertise. If he or she expresses concern over a design element or floor plan feature, take the time to hear out your designer and make an informed decision. Let your designer’s years of experience and creative eye help polish up your plan and make sure it’s the best it can be.

The design phase is arguably one of the most fun components of building your own custom home. But don’t let your excitement get ahead of you. Taking a little extra time to avoid mistakes and think things through will give you somewhere you’re proud to call home.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Your Future Hotel Room Might Be A Solar-Powered Vehicle

Remember when all the gadgets featured in the Back to the Future universe seemed totally far-fetched? But over 30 years later, here we are with our video calling devices and fingerprint recognition technology that defied what we thought was conceivable.

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An Artsy Compact Chicago Mini Loft — House Tour

Name: Jaime Pérez-Pineda
Location: Pilsen — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 2.5 years

After leaving the ‘burbs of Chicago for college and grad school, Jaime returned to his home base nearly three years ago and settled into the vibrant, lower west side neighborhood of Pilsen. His loft is a fitting reflection of the neighborhood’s offbeat vintage yet youthful vibe. Even at just 400 square feet, he’s managed to create a chic space that takes advantage of the natural light that it’s blessed with, compounded by warm and inviting pieces.

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Everything You Thought You Knew About Burning Candles Is Wrong

I consider myself something of a candle connoisseur. I’ve smelled a ton over the years and lit plenty, from Diptyque to Yankee and everything in between. Tapers, votives, you name it—there’s some kind of candle in practically every room of my home. But I’ve never given much thought to my burning technique, that is, until a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Turns out the country music capital also knows a thing or two about getting (candles) lit.

Paddywax, a candle manufacturer that makes a bunch of cute styles you’ve probably seen at stores like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, is headquartered down in Nashville, and their employees hand-pour about 10,000 candles a day in their factory. That’s a lot of wax, people! They’ve also recently opened two retail locations of The Candle Bar, a boutique-meets-workshop concept where, after choosing a vessel and scent, you can pour your own custom candle. Maybe it’s not as legendary as the Opry, but The Candle Bar is a cool place to visit should you find yourself in town. While sipping on BYOB rosé and hanging with friends, I took their candle-making class and got schooled on all things candle burning by store manager Kelly Heyen. I’ve never met anyone who knew more about candles. Turns out you’re probably lighting yours (and doing a whole bunch of other things) wrong. I was. So if you want to get the most burn for your buck, read on for the common mistakes Heyen sees over and over.

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What It's Like to Have Kitchen Drawers Instead of Cabinets, According to People Who Know

A few weeks ago, we made a big stink about why you should replace all of your lower kitchen cabinets with drawers. (See: Why You Should Replace All of Your Kitchen Cabinets with Drawers.) A lot of you agreed, saying you had a similar setup or desperately wanted one. And then we spoke to Sherry and John Petersik, the bloggers behind Young House Love, only to find out that they have drawers instead of lower cabinets and consider it the best decision they made during their most recent home renovation.

Keep reading to find out, first-hand, what’s so great about the setup.

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