The 7 Best Home Renovation Blogs
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- Previous Next2 of 8Courtesy of Katy Elliott
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This Old House1 of 8
By Rebecca Thienes
We love a good before-and-after home transformation, but remodeling projects aren't for the faint of heart. For inspiration, we found the best renovation blogs that let you indulge your demolition fantasies, without the hassles of unexpected delays and dwindling funds.
Katy Elliott2 of 8
A former editor at House & Garden and Domino magazines, Katy Elliot currently works as a freelance online editor while restoring a 262-year-old house in Marblehead, Mass. On her blog, Katy Elliot, she details the respectful renovation, including her careful selection of paint colors. This isn't a quick turnaround, however. The overall renovation process, started in 2008, is expected to take five to seven years.
Little Green Notebook3 of 8
Jenny Komenda, an interior designer, remodeled her brownstone in Brooklyn with tons of cool DIY projects and heaps of impeccable taste. Her kitchen makeover, for instance, began with dated oak-grain cabinets. Komenda painted them and added new hardware (even providing a tip about making a hardware template with painter's tape for easy installation), and the results are stunning. Now the fearless blogger behind Little Green Notebook is relocating to Phoenix, Ariz. and will take on a 1980s house project, top-to-bottom.
Door Sixteen4 of 8
Sixteen is the house number of the Victorian home that Anna Dorfman moved to in Newburgh, N.Y., when she left New York City in 2006. She recently completed an impressive backyard renovation, transforming a forgotten, under-designed lot of land into a calm space for gardening and relaxing in the great outdoors. We can't wait for the next project—Door Sixteen is cataloging a kitchen renovation in the planning stages now.
A Goode House5 of 8
Stacey and Richard Haynes set out to restore a midcentury modern Beaumont, Texas, house designed by architect Rex Goode and built in 1958. A Goode House records how the the couple are renovating it all themselves while they work 9-to-5 jobs. A recent project shows the couple renovating the galley kitchen and turning it into an open and airy space.
Design Crisis6 of 8
Erin Williamson, an Austin, Texas-based blogger with a great eye for color and scale, pulls together swanky decor projects with clipart-style collages she makes prior to executing her design. Her posts on Design Crisis offer options and ask for reader feedback. Her master bedroom mixes warm polished brass and cool gray walls with rather sexy results.
47 Park Avenue7 of 8
At 47 Park Avenue in Yorkshire, England, a space fit for a granny gets a major makeover from Michael Minns and Jonathan King. The drool-worthy, larger-than-life master bedroom en suite is just one example of how visually gratifying renovation and design plans can be. Graphic prints and unexpected elements (taxidermy near the tub and chandeliers dangling from plumbing pipe) make this ongoing renovation refreshingly fun.
Cabin Fervor8 of 8
Four and a half years ago, Emily Love and her husband purchased a foreclosed log home in Baltimore, Md., and they recently finished renovating the exterior. Love's blog, Cabin Fervor, shows how they transformed the 19th-century house, previously clad in ho-hum siding, with exposed board-and-batten siding painted in a bright barn red.