This Old Tool Belt
by Thomas Baker on August 23, 2019 at 6:26 PM
Tom Silva has been joined at the hip with McGuire-Nicholas full-grain leather tool belts for more than 40 years; this is the third one TOH ’s general contractor has owned. Tom says his fondness for this model comes down to two features: its easy-to-adjust, quick-release buckle and its five relatively small pockets. “They’re just the right size for the things I need, and can’t be overloaded with extra stuff.” Here’s what they typically hold
This Old House Cast Reflect on 40 Years of Life Lessons and Home Renovations
by Bruce Irving on August 22, 2019 at 6:09 PM
We sat down with TOH master carpenter Norm Abram, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, host Kevin O’Connor, and show creator Russ Morash—those familiar faces shown here—to share memories, find out what they’ve learned over the years, and get an idea of what keeps the hits coming
Fans’ Favorites from Four Decades of This Old House
by Kate Wood on August 15, 2019 at 3:36 PM
We asked, and boy, did you answer! From our TOH Insiders to our website users and Facebook followers, loyal This Old House fans eagerly weighed in with what they’ve loved most from the past 40 years. As Kathy Warner of Marietta, GA, told us: “It may be called This Old House, but it never gets old.&rdquo
2019 Idea House | Making Progress
on August 14, 2019 at 7:48 PM
We’re getting closer to the finish line here at the TOH 2019 Idea House in New Canaan. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s been going on at the job site.
Tracking 40 Years of History in the This Old House Timeline
by Deborah Baldwin on August 12, 2019 at 8:02 PM
From that initial renovation of a derelict house in a struggling urban area, This Old House has stood apart as the original home-improvement TV show—and continues to be the genre’s most groundbreaking
Current Obsessions: Fall Forecast
by Remodelista Team on August 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM
As summer winds down, fall schedules are filling up. What’s on our radar: Margot and Julie are planning a visit to the Fattobene Pop-Up Shop at the MoMA Design Shop in Soho, on display until September 29. Founded by Anna Lagorio and Alex Carnevali in 2015, Fattobene is a line of rediscovered “everyday archetypes that
A Modest Beach Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard Goes from “Bad Seventies” to “Good Seventies”
by Meredith Swinehart on August 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM
When NYC interior designer Ellen Hamilton recently undertook the renovation of a 1970s beach cottage in Chilmark, Massachusetts, she knew it would be neither the biggest project she’d ever undertake, nor the most dramatic transformation—but its modesty is exactly what appealed to her. Chilmark is a town on Martha’s Vineyard, a small island near Cape
On Our Radar: 4 Up-and-Coming Ceramicists to Watch in Maine
by Kristina Hacker on August 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM
We’ve written about ceramics and the talented ceramicists who create them from all corners of the globe—from Portugal to London to North Carolina—so it only made sense to highlight a few from Maine, a place where the artisan spirit is not only alive, but flourishing (in fact, we’re celebrating it all week). On our radar:
Made in the Mediterranean: Timeless Tile Designs by an Italian Collective
by Remodelista Brand Team on August 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM
Here’s proof that tile has stood the test of time: It dates from thousands of years ago (about 9,000 BCE, to be exact), yet year after year it ranks among the top design trends (in 2019, it’s porcelain-tile countertops and the rise of zellige). It’s with that heritage in mind that Ceramics of Italy, the
Kitchen of the Week: Hudson Valley Farmhouse Kitchen Reborn
by Justine Hand on August 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM
A while back we dropped in on artist Dunja Von Stoddard’s 1880s farmhouse in Rhinebeck, New York, and especially admired the kitchen. Dunja recently tweaked the space, so on a trip to the Hudson Valley, I stopped by to take another look. The kitchen may appear to be historic (exposed beams, wide-plank floors, soapstone counters), but
How We Organized Our Beach House Shed (& Two Tips That Helped A Ton)
by John Petersik on August 21, 2019 at 5:32 PM
Earlier this summer we shared how we made over our beach house backyard in one giant post that covered the entire year-long process of taking it from a gnarly jungle to compact-yet-relaxing little oasis. It’s a very small space, so we worked really hard to squeeze lots of function out of it – more on that here – and back when we shared that post, many of you asked for photos of the inside of our pink shed along with details about what we store there. So today all of your shed-poking-around dreams are about to come true. When we shared that backyard before & after fest, I confessed that the inside of the shed was a “disaster pile” – but we were able to turn that around about a week later in under 5 hours, without purchasing anything beyond some basic lumber and a few hooks. Continue reading How We Organized Our Beach House Shed (& Two Tips That Helped A Ton) at Young House Love.
Our DIY “Stained Glass” Window (That Hangs On The Wall)
by Sherry Petersik on August 14, 2019 at 10:04 PM
We had a totally different post planned for today, but then a super fun/random project fell into our laps on Monday night. We weren’t sure how things would turn out (we were kinda making up a DIY technique as we went along), but to say that we’re pleasantly surprised is a giant understatement. This might be my favorite under $10 project in the history of my life. And it could easily be repeated with any window you find at a thrift store, architectural salvage shop, or even at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. SAVE ALL THE GORGEOUS OLD WINDOWS, GUYS! Or you could just wander the streets hoping to be in the right place at the right time – because that is actually how my tale of inheriting this window begins. If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you may have heard me gleefully tell The Fateful Tale Of The Old Diamond Window, wherein I randomly took a longer route on my evening walk and it resulted in me coming down our street about 10 minutes later than I usually do, and at that exact moment I bumped into our neighbors as they were loading an old diamond-paned window into their truck to take it to the dump. Continue reading Our DIY “Stained Glass” Window (That Hangs On The Wall) at Young House Love.
Our Second Tiny House Makeover (Aka, Dollhouse Number Two)
by Sherry Petersik on August 7, 2019 at 7:25 PM
Since you guys have been asking how this large scale (but also, small scale – ha!) renovation has been going, I thought I’d share our second dollhouse progress. And if you missed our first tiny house makeover, you can check it out here. Yes, this dollhouse totally reminds all of us of our own house, which has been especially fun. And our nine-year-old daughter has been acting as the general contractor, the interior designer, and the architect, which has also been a blast. From helping with painting and art to choosing colors, arranging the furniture and brainstorming future project ideas – she has been at the helm… WHICH HAS BEEN SO ENJOYABLE FOR MY HOUSE-LOVING HEART TO SEE (I’m also very happy to play the role of the dutiful assistant / budget realist – ha!). This house will probably be in progress for the next few years as we add more furniture, and lights that really work, and maybe even a spiral staircase that leads up to the attic (squeeee!). Continue reading Our Second Tiny House Makeover (Aka, Dollhouse Number Two) at Young House Love.
Before & Afters Of Our Beach House: Upstairs
by Sherry Petersik on July 24, 2019 at 4:43 PM
Many moons ago John shared the beach house before & after photos from downstairs (tons of never before seen angles!) right here in this post. And it has taken us a while (how has it been eight months?!) to get the upstairs before & afters all together so you can see all of those comparisons, and browse the entire second floor of our project, which we are thrilled came together (it was looking ROUGH at the start). So let’s pop upstairs & look around, shall we? Because the transformations were just as big up there… UPSTAIRS HALL & OFFICE Here’s the upstairs hall as you face the front room that we converted into a mini storage room & office. There was tons of water damage, mold, and termite damage throughout the entire top floor. This is the same angle now, with smooth walls and a non cracking ceiling! Continue reading Before & Afters Of Our Beach House: Upstairs at Young House Love.
How To Make Decorative Oars (And How To Not Almost Ruin Them Like I Did)
by John Petersik on July 17, 2019 at 5:26 PM
When we shared the duplex backyard makeovers last month, I promised more details about how we made the decorative oars that hang on each shed. So today I’ve got a detailed tutorial for you (including how NOT to screw up your attempts to make them outdoor friendly) along with a few other “hacks” you guys asked about. The oars actually were not part of our original plans. But after the sheds were built we nixed our plans to run electricity to them (for cost reasons – and because they really don’t need it). But the empty space where we’d planned to hang a light above the door needed… something. That something became oars after a trip to HomeGoods where we stumbled upon a decorative surfboard. Cape Charles isn’t really a surfing town, but there is plenty of kayaking and paddle boarding, so oars felt a bit more applicable for our little beach town. Continue reading How To Make Decorative Oars (And How To Not Almost Ruin Them Like I Did) at Young House Love.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (a.k.a The Best Summer Ever)
by Emily on August 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Summer, 2019. This was the last summer before Charlie, 5 years old, starts real school—kindergarten—where we aren’t in control of our own lives/time as much. It’s the last summer before other, older kids have more influence on him, and perhaps the last summer that he is absolutely obsessed with his parents (although hopefully not). I... Read More … The post How I Spent My Summer Vacation (a.k.a The Best Summer Ever) appeared first on Emily Henderson.
Reveal: How We Brightened Up a Room (and Some Deserving Lives) with Velux Skylights
by Julie Rose on August 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Today’s reveal is my favorite type of “work” and why I feel like the luckiest person on the planet that this is my job. Velux skylights approached me about doing a makeover for a family that could use some “brightening up,” and I said “yes” very quickly. When your job is helping others through design... Read More … The post Reveal: How We Brightened Up a Room (and Some Deserving Lives) with Velux Skylights appeared first on Emily Henderson.
Our (New-ish) Super Fast, Super Useful Design Process (for Non-Designers and Beginning Designers)
by Arlyn Hernandez on August 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM
You can’t have “fast, cheap and good” in design. We all know that. At best, you get two out of the three and rarely is “fast” one of them. Often the design process truly is expensive and good, and layering in the word “slow” makes it even more expensive when you are working with a... Read More … The post Our (New-ish) Super Fast, Super Useful Design Process (for Non-Designers and Beginning Designers) appeared first on Emily Henderson.
In Defense of the Comfy Sectional—A Friend’s Almost-Finished Family Room
by Jess Bunge on August 21, 2019 at 9:00 AM
My friends have cool houses and good taste. You may be thinking to yourself that this room looks familiar like, “it belongs in a house I’ve seen and loved before.” It’s the same house owned by my friends Corbett and Leigh of whom have this entry, this living room, this dining room, the Master bedroom... Read More … The post In Defense of the Comfy Sectional—A Friend’s Almost-Finished Family Room appeared first on Emily Henderson.
All Our Favorite 2019 Decor Trends (& What We Think Will and Won’t Last)
by Jess Bunge on August 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Trends, trends, trends. A term we love to hate but also can’t wait to see what crazy idea is up next in the ever elusive zeitgeist. And if we are honest, we love reporting on them because there are few things (design-wise) more fun than discussing with you a beautiful and/or whacky trend on the come... Read More … The post All Our Favorite 2019 Decor Trends (& What We Think Will and Won’t Last) appeared first on Emily Henderson.