Renovation 101 / By Jennifer Malise / June 29, 2017
Sweeten’s Greatest Hits
Welcome to our “double issue” to celebrate the long holiday weekend! Below, you will find posts that represent our greatest home renovation hits featuring some of our readers’ most favorite kitchen, bathroom and entire home renos on our blog and on Instagram. Each homeowner came to Sweeten for help and after the project was complete took the time to share their renovation journeys with us—and you. We’re out scouting new projects next week, and will be back in full swing with the next newsletter the following week. Have a great 4th!
SWEETEN KITCHEN: MOST READ POST ON THE BLOG
Sam and Sean’s kitchen
Sam and Sean’s transformation of an outdated, cookie-cutter kitchen in their Clinton Hill home got a lot of attention on our blog. Taking down a few walls opened up the space, making the room feel larger and brighter. Mix-and-match countertops create a customized look, pairing Caesarstone in Frosty Carrina with butcher block for the top of the peninsula. Plus, graphite cabinets are a welcome departure from more neutral shades with bronze knobs for contrast. We also think our readers loved this post because Sam finished the renovation while pregnant with child number three!
SWEETEN KITCHEN: MOST LIKES ON INSTAGRAM
Tina and Fletcher’s kitchen got 4,104 likes and 17 comments
Tina, who happens to be an architect, drew up a new future for her kitchen; taking down walls, expanding storage, and devising a color scheme that would really pop. New cabinets were painted in Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore, a bold move that adds character and charm. For a striking contrast, the white subway tile backsplash and countertops—another appearance of Frosty Carrina quartz by Caesarstone—keep the space feeling bright and make it easy to understand why it was such a hit with our followers!
SWEETEN BATHROOM: MOST READ POST ON THE BLOG
Rima’s renovation made her home feel like a different world altogether with a unique take on the modern bath that resonated with our readers. Needing serious updates, her bath received a new toilet, tub, sink, fixtures, vanity, tiles, and flooring. Porcelain floor tile with a faux-wood finish adds warmth and character while white subway tile lends a classic look. Rima wanted the bathroom to feel modern and have plenty of storage made possible by a two-drawer vanity, plus wall and medicine cabinets.
SWEETEN BATHROOM: MOST LIKES ON INSTAGRAM
Ellen and Ben’s bathroom got 4,783 likes and 25 comments
Ellen and Ben wanted a fresh and modern bath—like so many of our followers—so they planned on keeping it minimalist. A black hexagon floor tile with bright white grout adds a lot of visual interest while an inventive side-table-turned-vanity brings a touch of warmth and rustic charm. Plus, double medicine cabinets provide lots of sleek storage.
SWEETEN ENTIRE HOME: MOST READ POST ON THE BLOG
Lauren’s studio apartment
Lauren’s impossibly charming studio is a marriage of modern and cozy and garnered the attention of our readers as well as The New York Times. Looking to create a clean, fresh, and calm feel, Lauren set out on a complete home renovation. The studio apartment especially needed help with storage since the larger closet had been converted into a small office by the previous tenant. Our favorite update: two closet makeovers that allowed Lauren to optimize her storage, making plenty of room for a serious shoe collection. Plus, refinished wood floors got a darker shade that changed the tone of the room, adding richness and a level of sophistication.
SWEETEN ENTIRE HOME: MOST LIKES ON INSTAGRAM
Christine’s bedroom got 4,371 likes and 18 comments
Christine had all the floors painted white in her apartment, boosting the brightness of her space and drawing the attention of our followers. The white in the bedroom is balanced by exposed brick and wood tones, amping up the coziness factor. A slim corner sink and medicine cabinet in the bathroom, plus white subway tile, transform a once dark and cramped space into a relaxing retreat. In the living room, a collection plants placed in front of another brick wall inspired by Moroccan riads—a traditional house with an interior garden—create a soothing vibe. See the full makeover here.
For more of our favorite renovations, check out this #TBT Sweeten’s Staff Picks: Best of 2016.
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