First-time homeowners Jill and Aaron landed a sunlit co-op (with parking!) in Prospect Heights. The downside seemed daunting: a faux-wood-and-laminate-counter combo in the 1960s kitchen and thick gray tile throughout the small bathroom. With no idea where to start and trepidation about finding a contractor online, Jill came to Sweeten to hire a team who could re-think their galley kitchen and gut the old bathroom. Read on for Jill’s take on their bright new space!

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Guest post by Jill in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (more…)

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Project: Renovate a dark master bathroom in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Contractor: Sweeten Expert Nicky (more…)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Semi-custom cabinet doors (via Reform)

– You’ve probably heard of Semihandmade…but here’s an alternative called Reform, a Danish company that offers hyper-modern, architect-designed cabinet fronts. They have a Brooklyn address and are open for business in the US!

– Brizo is using teak on faucet handles in a new collection. It’s an unusual material choice for a sink fixture, but could work equally well in a spa bath or a modern bachelor pad.

– Sweeten finds: built-in security door sensors from Pella.

– Is a french door stove preferable to a conventional one? Viking launches a new double set with hi-tech functions. Does this make peeking in easier or harder?

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Domino Magazine calls Sweeten a “renovation game-changer” and featured Maria and Eric’s Scandinavian chic renovation! Read more and weigh in on the renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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When advertising executives Lia Wollen and Chris Wollen made the leap to homeownership, they didn’t have to go far. A waterfront condo, just four blocks from their Williamsburg rental, called to them with bridge views and appealing amenities. After envisioning the possibility of a townhouse, square footage in the two-bedroom was a concern, but with a stunning kitchen and bathroom renovation, plus strategic spending and saving in a few key spots, Sweeten helped them make this home their own (with time to spare for the arrival of a new baby this winter!). Read on for Lia’s take on this beautiful project.

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Guest post by Williamsburg homeowner Lia Wollen (more…)

We love love love the annual designer showcase Holiday House—this year, it made a big move downtown to SoHo, adorning two new townhouses at 40-50 Sullivan Street. A few of our favorite design picks from the mix of 20+ established and rising design talents:

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

8 Thanksgiving-Ready Kitchen Design Details

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We’re thankful for the many families who have welcomed us into their homes throughout the year, sharing personal styles and lessons learned during major renovations. The kitchens we’ve toured have much in common—variations on tile, stone, cabinetry, and appliances all with a universal goal of creating a daily space for food and family and friends. In celebration of the room that gets your Thanksgiving dinner on the table, here are a few kitchens with all the trimmings that found stand-out ways to welcome, create, and clean up.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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Lauren’s sweetened platform bed (via The New York Times)

– Sweeten was featured in The New York Times TWICE last weekend! We are so very flattered. Check out NYT’s take on a Sweeten staircase bar and small space organization.

– This transformable table is just a few days away from getting its Kickstarter greenlight!

– Sweeten finds: Three dimensional tile made to mimic terracotta and designed by Patricia Urquiola.

– Bring texture to your renovation with an elegant herringbone pattern.

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Apartment Therapy commenters debate the dark gray grout in this sweetened bath. Read more and weigh in on the renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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Racing to line up an ambitious renovation before closing on a dated co-op in Woodside, Queens, Maria, a financial reporting director at a major media company, and Eric, the owner and Creative Director at broadcast design studio General Idea, expected “pain and horror” as first-time renovators. They’d linked up with an architectural designer and came to Sweeten to find a general contractor to overhaul all 850 square feet of their new two-bedroom apartment.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sweeten Weekend Reading Roundup

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KROFT dining table (via KROFT)

– These handcrafted dining tables with rounded legs are most excellent.

– Interesting to see the Anthropologie catalog put so many eggs in the moody floral wallpaper basket. Do these work in smaller urban apartments?

– Sweeten finds: we love a good Kickstarter campaign. Looks like the ECLIPSE USB hub from Native Union is killing it.

– The White House may have gone red, but there is plenty of blue kitchen inspiration to go around (see how Nikki’s sweetened blue kitchen sets a fun and modern look and feel!)

– In case you missed it #ICYMI, Apartment Therapy commenters love the pop of red the vanity brings in Laura and Matthew’s sweetened bathroom! Read more about the renovation and product sources here.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.

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With an entire townhouse to renovate and a baby boy on the way, a Brooklyn designer took on broken windows and fire hazards with “completely nuts-o” patterns and prints and an Airstream-inspired kitchen. Read on to see what happens when you give a designer the keys to a total fixer-upper.

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Guest post by Kensington homeowner and interior designer Meredith (more…)