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Continued: Secrets of successful remodeling

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 7, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Q: Some of the projects use Ikea cabinets and curtains. What are other ways to cut costs?

A: Be creative with your sourcing. For fixtures and fittings, look at industrial suppliers such as McMaster-Carr. Schoolhouse supply stores are great for library book carts.

Q: What are some tricks for bringing light into dark spaces?

A: Our first home in San Diego was a dark pine-paneled ranch house. Painting the interiors white made such a difference. Add skylights or transom windows. Put on doors with frosted glass to let light filter through. There’s nothing like natural light.

Q: What are the emerging trends for 2014?

A: L.A. has some of the more refreshing design. There’s a big trend toward a 1960s hippie revival of Bohemian interiors, macrame and hanging spider plants — it’s looser and craftier. But will it filter to the rest of the country? In the kitchen, granite countertops have become identified with McMansions and spec houses. I think Carrera marble has become much more desirable.

Q: What will have the biggest impact on home design and remodeling in the future?

A: Everyone should be thinking about green materials and sustainability. Stay away from plastic, and stick with reclaimed wood and natural stone, and you’ll end up with a better product.

Q: What is the “Remodelista look”?

A: Our editors gravitate toward very classic, streamlined, uncluttered interiors — timeless, not trendy. Our style is warm, livable modern.

Q: Why is it called “A Manual for the Considered Home?”

A: We were inspired by the quote by William Morris, the English Arts and Crafts designer, that you should not bring anything into your house that’s not useful or beautiful. It’s easy to get caught up in the consumer culture and fill your house with clutter. We’ve tried to create a website and book of projects and products that we carefully considered — and keep it pure and focused.

Q: How did actress Julianne Moore come to write the foreword and have a photo spread of her kitchen?

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