This weekend kicked off Richmond’s latest tour of new model homes. The “Dream Home Tour” is March’s answer to last October’s “Parade of Homes,” which we covered last fall. This one was much smaller (60 homes vs. 158) but it still a great opportunity to check out the latest design ideas featured in brandy new homes just hitting the market. Between dozens of cookie-cutter houses, we were happy to spot some unique, interesting and inspiring designs in the bunch. There were even some beautiful exteriors, like the swank Craftsman-inspired home above. (Sherry was so in love with this one I practically had to drag her out of the front yard). Here are some of the
A couple of weeks ago, kokokara reader (and former Richmonder) Jennifer W. tipped us off to a great local source for junk – er, architectural salvage. She described Caravati’s as a paradise for old windows, doors and other historic home goodies. With our curiosity sufficiently piqued, we paid Caravati’s a visit as soon as we got the chance. Their huge warehouse is in a quiet, industrial part of town- you could miss it if it weren’t for the crowd of cars outside. And the inside is just as crowded… with rows and rows of any and every type of architectural detail: fireplaces, mantles, doors, archways, stained glass inserts, toilets, windows, railings, columns, metal
Ever since we first posted about our vent-tastic Arietta hood back in October, it’s been one of the most asked about items in our home. Does it work? Does it really look that good? Is it too good to be true? We had to dodge those questions for months while the hood just sat on the floor waiting for its friends, the cabinets. But now it’s been up for a few weeks and we’ve been able to put it to the test. So let’s put all the speculation to rest. Yes, it works. Yes, it looks pretty darn fine. And no, it’s not too good to be true. For all of you out there who
Every good movie has a sequel (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, anyone?) so it’s about time we debuted the follow-up to last fall’s partial-house tour. Sherry’s back in her starring role as “tour guide” and I’m directing again, but the set is much improved this time around. Not only do we have a completed kitchen to share, but this time we take you through the bedrooms, the other bathroom, and even let you a peek inside our fridge. As you’ll see, a lot can change in five months. So grab some popcorn, silence your cell phones and enjoy. (Also, please excuse Sherry’s blurry face in the very beginning. The censored look wasn’t intentional.)
A while back we promised another post about wall art, so here it is. Being sentimental- and on a budget- we’ve had to get creative in the art department. So until we can afford that original Warhol piece we have our eye on (yeah right), we’ll stick to providing interesting art alternatives. For example, take this vintage map project that Sherry surprised me with this Christmas. She found this amazing map (from 1907!) on eBay for around ten dollars, picked up a white frame at Ikea, and then removed the glass and added some cork backing and pinned the map in place. Then she stuck more pins (actually called “map pins” from Office Depot) into
We promised more photos of our two guest bedrooms sporting their new crown molding, so here they are. First, we bring you the second bedroom, with crisp white three inch molding to swank things up: And the third bedroom (also known as our old converted dining room) looks mighty fine with the same polished white molding adding some architecture: But the real transformation took place in the master bedroom, with the addition of an 8 inch plank of wood that makes the wardrobes look like custom built ins. Stay tuned for the juicy reveal tomorrow. We can hardly wait…
When this Sunday lived up to its name (and brought us beautiful weather in the mid 60s) we contemplated several parks that we could visit to take little Burger for a long walk. In the end, our love for Richmond’s old neighborhoods won out and we ended up hitting up Park Ave instead. Richmond’s Park Avenue slices right through The Fan, one of the coolest and most historic parts of the city (and former home to our cousin Erin). There’s no shortage of homes to admire, so we’re glad we remembered the camera. Here’s a sense of what the colorful streetscapes look like: Did you see Burger and me in action in that last shot?
After our big kitchen reveal yesterday, it seems like the million dollar question still lingers: how much did it cost? (Hint: It wasn’t millions… and it was WAY below the national average spent on a major kitchen remodel, which is $44,000 according to realtor.org) After crunching some numbers last night we figured out exactly how much our wallets really bled during this project and (thankfully) how much we managed to save in the process. And we’re talking start to finish- wider doors, new floors, electrical, lighting, appliances, etc, etc. This wasn’t just your average cabinet and countertop update. Here’s the breakdown: Demo & Construction: $1,400 (negotiated down from $2,400) A local contractor and mason removed
Between the numerous pieces of Swedish named furniture I’ve owned (or still own) and my collection of complimentary allen wrenches, there have been plenty of times in my life when I felt like I practically lived in IKEA. I’m sure plenty of you can relate. Especially if your name is Mark Malkoff. On January 7th, Mark took this notion to the extreme and literally moved into everyone’s favorite meatball-servin’ furniture store. As the comedian documents on his website, he was granted permission to live in an IKEA in Paramus, NJ for six days while his New York City apartment was fumigated for roaches. And this is apparently not his first PR stunt, he’s also known
Our new and improved granite slabs moseyed into town this week and, unlike our last visit to the stoneyard, it was definitely love at first sight. Here’s Sherry gettin’ friendly with our two hunks of Pashmina before they go in for cutting. The best news of the day was that our beautiful new counters are coming home on Tuesday. Score! That means our Home Depot installer can come back on Wednesday to hook up the plumbing and – dare I say it? – our new kitchen will be COMPLETE. ‘Til then, you’ll find us drooling over this photo we snapped of our soon-to-be countertop.