A close up detail of the radiator covers in the 25th Avenue project in North Minneapolis. Originally this home featured radiators, but Nicole Curtis had the space converted to a heat system, while deciding to keep the radiator covers.
Nestling a desk against a wall is a smart way to make the most of a low, sloped ceiling — it's just the right height to sit but not stand. The desk is also built around a radiator, a strategy for keeping the old home's original elements in tact. Jewel-toned accents make the teen room feel a little more grown-up.
Anyone seated at this drawing table couldn't ask for better light. The windows were one of the areas the designers paid special attention to: Limestone and fir and pine beams were uncovered under all the windows. And all the original radiator covers were sandblasted and repainted in a handsome black.
On this wall, designers used some of the homeowner's keepsakes (including vintage candleholders) as the starting point for a pretty display. The salvaged shelf on the radiator was sanded, clear coated, then embellished with gold foil. The little glass bottles on top were dipped in white paint, the embellished with gold foil as well.
Swallows swoop through the cloud-covered wallpaper in this wonderland of a kid room. Built-in shelving corrals boots, jackets and more. On the opposite wall, a dry-erase board stands ready for doodles and notes.
California designer Gabriel Shaw used cork flooring for its amazing acoustic-insulating properties in this home office. It is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and tile. Today's cork color options span the color palette and make it more durable than it was in the past.
Amazing grays, indeed! In this traditional living room, the walls are painted a dove gray with crisp white accents for the molding and window frames. The choice helps to soften and add depth to the space.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, the new kitchen is located where the old, small living room previously was. The walls on the first floor have been removed, creating an open modern floor plan with views to both the living room and dining area. Updated kitchen cabinetry, new appliances, a decorative tile backsplash and the elongated central island make the new kitchen the center of life on the first floor. Finally, new window treatments, colorful pillows and updated recessed and pendant lighting give a modern and fun vibe throughout.
With the old rundown kitchen gone in the Rao apartment, the Cousins now have the extra room to to turn the back space into a large colorful bedroom. The large bed backboard was an old wooden mantel that was found in the home during construction. The cousins cleaned it up and painted it blue for a bold graphic addition to the room. As seen on HGTV's Cousins On Call.