A Colonial Revival home in New Jersey gets a sleek, contemporary renovation

A 7,000 sq ft Colonial Revival home in Mendham, New Jersey, has undergone a stunning contemporary renovation by interior designer Valerie Grant, architect Dan Encin and kitchen designer Jim Dove.

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The former family home was transformed for a couple – whose sons recently flew the nest – into a contemporary, open property with spaces to pursue their various interests such as cooking, entertaining and cars.


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Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of this project was that, rather than look for another house better suited to their new lifestyle, the owners chose to completely remodel their existing home.

Overall, the emphasis of the renovation was to focus on quality materials and craftsmanship as well as calm colors which would enhance the natural beauty of the property.

Kitchen and pantry

A complete renovation of the first floor allowed for a larger kitchen and butler’s pantry area and this space is, in many ways, the centerpiece of the house. 

Designed in collaboration with award-winning Dove Design Studio, the kitchen very much reflects the couple’s desire to have a comfortable and welcoming open-plan layout with a relaxed and

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Inside Summer Thornton Design’s Chicago Renovation

Given carte blanche by a trusting client, designer Summer Thornton transforms a dreary Gold Coast co-op into a modern second home with serious wow factor.

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Living Room
An eye-catching bamboo silk lapis rug from The Rug Company adds stylish pop to the living room.


Aiming to create a chic pied-à-terre downtown to enjoy with their two young sons, a successful pair of entrepreneurs in their mid-30s turned to star designer Summer Thornton to create a modern take on a classic co-op.

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Boys RoomThe sons’ bedroom is a vision of verdant green thanks to upholstery and Raphaël wallpaper by Scalamandré and carpeting by Stark.


“They wanted something urban, chic and more colorful than what they live with in their primary residence—a design fantasy,” notes Thornton. “They allowed us to take that and translate what that meant.”

Summer Thornton Drake Tower Kitchen“I’m obsessed with the kitchen,” raves interior designer Summer Thornton, noting its incredible spaciousness and daring lacquered red inset cabinets and crimson range.


The kitchen’s original location—smack in the middle of the apartment—meant a lost opportunity to capture the space’s stunning lake view. Thornton’s solution? Moving the kitchen to the front of the apartment, more than tripling its size and opening

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Inside Gogglebox stars Stephen and Daniel’s chic Brighton home as they share before and after pics of kitchen renovation

GOGGLEBOX star Stephen Webb and his husband Daniel have shown off their incredible Brighton home after undergoing a kitchen renovation.

Stephen proudly showed off before and after pictures of the transformation on his Instagram Story, admitting that they couldn’t be happier with the final look.

Stephen and Daniel have proudly shown off their new kitchen


Stephen and Daniel have proudly shown off their new kitchen Credit: Instagram

Their original kitchen was painted dark grey and had a simplistic design with a plain black counter top and pine wood cupboard doors, which the couple were happy to see the back of.

The finished look was much more chic, with trendy white tiles replacing the paint, and a grey concrete-look counter added atop blue cupboards.

Eye-catching shelves with luxe black detailing were also installed on the walls, offering a spot for the pair to display their drinks, spices, and pans.

Posting the snaps on social media, Stephen quipped: “You’ll always find us in the kitchen at parties.”

They have upgraded their previously simplistic space


They have upgraded their previously simplistic spaceCredit: Instagram
The finished look is incredibly chic


The finished look is incredibly chicCredit: Instagram
The couple live together in Brighton


The couple live together in Brighton Credit: Instagram

He later added: “We are so pleased with our kitchen.

“Thanks to everyone @Wickes, it was

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This Brooklyn Brownstone Renovation Is Filled With Tucked Away Storage

Camilla Gale and Zach Aarons had never lived in a stand-alone house before 2007. So when the two Manhattan-born then-20-somethings—who had grown up in apartment buildings their entire lives—made the move to Brooklyn and bought a brownstone, a renovation was the last thing on their minds. “We needed to really spend some time to understand how we would be living here,” explains Aarons. 

The couple was content with the fact that their 19th-century Italianate house was a block from Fort Greene Park and a short walk from Gale’s former fashion boutique, Thistle & Clover. Fast-forward to having a few kids (Rhyse, 9, Wes, 5, and Margot, 2) and, suddenly, the pokey downstairs layout and lack of storage or natural light no longer made sense. Not to mention that a painting made out of bubblegum, a gift from Aarons’s mother that hung on the top floor under a skylight, had melted in the summer heat. If nothing else, they urgently needed central air. 

A Secret Water Closet

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Tara Faucet: Dornbracht.

The couple tasked Alan Barlis and Liza Paredes of BarlisWedlick with the remodel and, from the moment they first walked in, one thing was clear: The powder room that blocked

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She does the design; he handles space planning as Uptown couple manages their own major renovation | Home/Garden

When Margaret and Reese Williamson bought their Uptown camelback shotgun in 2016, they knew it was a fixer-upper. The couple, a florist and a tax attorney, respectively, appreciated the price tag and creative control the project afforded them.

They flipped the home’s floor plan, moving the kitchen from the rear to the front of the house and removing walls and a crumbling brick chimney to create an open living area. Soaked in natural light that bounces from floor-to-ceiling windows to a crystal glassware-topped bar cart, the space feels party-ready yet serene. In the rear of the house, by the stairs, a navy-hued den serves as a cozy retreat and place to watch movies.

The end result is exactly what the couple envisioned, but they weren’t prepared for how extensive the renovations would be. The century-old, multigenerational home had been subject to DIY additions and repairs over the years that weren’t up to code, including a hallway less than 2 feet wide.

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The long front of the house is broke up into sections.

“The plumbing was bad, the foundation was bad, the siding was bad. The stairs were only 5 inches wide, so you had to step on

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Breaking down our obsession with home renovation TV

When This Old House started airing on PBS in 1979, it unknowingly gave birth to a monster. A pretty monster, with open-concept sight lines and teeth like subway tiles, but a monster all the same. The show, which was first hosted by Bob Vila, drew back the curtain on home construction, design, and financing, giving viewers a sense that, though Vila and his crew were professionals, if they just watched enough home renovation on television, maybe they could learn to do the dang thing themselves.

Fast forward 41 years, and we not only have entire networks devoted to all things home buying, home renovating, and gracious living, but bonafide stars in the DIY TV space, like Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott and Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. (According to some sources, the Scott brothers are together worth a reported $250 million and counting.) Those stars also have furniture and rug lines, eponymous magazines, and even, in the Gaines’ case, a new TV network all their own.

Undoubtedly, the current television hub of all things home renovation is HGTV, which started with a $25 million budget in 1993 and was bought by

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