In diy kitchen redesign remodeling

Case of the disappearing water heater

Spring is finally here! Along with with the blooming trees and flowers comes the sweet smell of spring cleaning and redesigning. The big goal of the summer is to redo the kitchen in my apartment. The kitchen has great bones and quirks; large built in, nice size pantry, colorful flooring, large windows, new white appliances, and a large retro sink.

I plan on coyly persuading my landlord to let me paint and tile, and with new window treatments this kitchen will be dynomite!! That is with the exception of the huge, unattractive water heater in the middle of the room. Being that this is an older building there is a slim chance the landlord is going to do any remodeling, at least not right now. With this in mind a simple, yet creative, solution has to be made to camouflage the water heater.

Help! Send any of your suggestions to hide this monstrosity!!!

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Design shows: Clean House VS Clean Sweep



Being that I have been on leave for 6 weeks I have been able to work on my blogs and watch a mind numbing amount of hours of HGTV, StyleTv and TLC. I have even called Comcast and hexed their homes when they screwed up and took away my channels by accident. (Don't worry, the hexes have since been removed.) There are shows that I have been enjoying the most such as Color Splash, Curb Appeal, Deserving Design, Clean House, Designed to Sell and on occasion, Myles of Style. I then became hooked on the show Clean House because it is a hour long and it's on almost all day. I had my reservations at first but a show that goes to someones junk-filled home and helps the homeowner to rid the clutter and in turn start them fresh with newly painted and designed rooms is just so sweet. Grant it the families are putting all of their business out for the world to see, we are watching major life changing events right in front of our eyes!

On another morning, while blogging at dawn, I started watching TLC and Clean Sweep came on. It has been a long time since I've seen this show, but I remembered why it was such a success. It was a simple, yet meaningful show. A show about going into a families junk-filled home, helping the family clean and sort the clutter and in turn giving them newly painted...wait a minute....why does this sound so familiar??

Back in the beginning of the design show epidemic, there were big hits like Trading Spaces and Designers Challenge. And then there was Clean Sweep, the show to help homeowners clean out certain room, then they'd rummage the piles and sort them into three piles: toss, sell, keep. Essentially they would have a yard sell, keep the proceeds and the items in the "keep" pile would be worked back in the home. Some of the casts members went on to big and better things- the organization specialist, Peter Walsh, has been working with Oprah and featured on her show plenty of times. The main designer, Angelo Surmelis, has other shows that he does such as 24 Hour Design and Rate My Space. But why did this show fail and Clean House succeed?

When I first saw Clean House, I was thrown as to why Neice Nash from Reno 911 was the host. Isn't she a comedian? Is she a closet interior designer?? Well come to find out that no one in the current cast have any real design background- with exception to Mark Runez who is the shows interior designer. Now this show has been on a for a few years now and originally started off with a real "Go-To Guy" who made real things, and a real "Yard Sale Diva" who was experienced in organization. Now they the show is filled with comedians whose only expertise is to hammer and hang clothes almost as if the only qualification was if they've taken a shop class...in high school...and got at least a "C". Now a cast full of comedians does make for a very entertaining show, but I can only question if they are truly in this for the love of design or if it is just a paycheck, and I'm sticking with the latter. Clean House does host an annual show called the Worlds Messiest Home (those blogs to come as well)

While the shows are incredibly similar, there are a few exceptions being Clean Sweep created separate piles for the homeowners to sort through and the family kept the money from the yard sales vs Clean House where they match the proceeds from the yard sale up to $1000 and use it in the house. But why did one show make it and the other one fail?? I am going to go with Peter Walsh moving on to big and better things and the comedic genius of Clean House

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Bright idea


The Brazilian industrial designer Rafael Morgan's creation The Light Drop is not only a cool and industrial light fixture but is supposed to represent water as a form energy therefore lighting our lives....genius!

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Questions??????


Do you have any questions about something you want resourced or have thoughts about previous blogs? Email us at Designtology@gmail.com or comment! You can also comment on our Facebook page!

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In diy gold leaf rocks

Gold Rocks


There are many rock projects as well as gold leafing projects, and this is a feature of those two blended together to make for cool little designed rocks. These gold-leafed river rocks are a simple DIY project that leave a huge impact.




Check out the blog from Design*Sponge

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Small Space, Big Design #2

To follow up on the 1st blog about small spaces, this one is about small space literature. To stay inspired there are some books that I've acquired that are great reads. Here is a small list of a few books and the links to Amazon.


Small Apartments

Small Spaces for Modern Living



Small Lofts

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Design Event: Dream Home- Chicago


It's that time again! The Merchandise Mart is hosting the annual opening of DreamHome. DreamHome is the gathering of some of the most talented interior designers who create custom rooms using high end materials and furniture. The Preview Gala is hosted inside the DreamHome rooms and serves as the first opportunity to not only experience the spaces , and to meet the designers, but all of the proceeds from the benefit go to University of Chicago Cancer Research
Foundation (UCCRF) Women's Board.

While the tickets for the Preview Gala are for a good cause, they range from $110 for an individual to $750 for a group. The good news is that DreamHome will be in the Merchandise Mart until December 18th.

Dream Home/ Merchandise Mart, Chicago April 16th-December 18th April 16th Private Gala event- $110/person April 17th-December 18th- $5 Suggested Donation
Go here for more info about the event!

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Tile Designs a New Trend

Tile isn't just for bathrooms or kitchen back splash any longer! It can easily spice up a wall and floor in any living space to add some texture and, shall we say, pizazz? Trend, a company based out of Italy, has exhibited this by creating a large assortment of organic, traditional and natural designs.

Go here for more.



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In baby Ducduc furniture modern

Modern baby furniture


OK so I'm on a baby kick since I've had my son. After designing my son's room my landlord came to visit and said it wasn't traditional like she expected because I didn't use Pooh bear or trucks and hammers but geometric shapes and carpet tiles and framed pictures of stuffed animals. Well I love the though of breaking the mold on tradition, especially regarding baby rooms. Why not try something different, something more retro and modern for the modern day parents or single moms like myself?

So while looking for more baby furniture I came across this website called ducduc. Ducduc is based out of New York and have a great selection of modern furniture for kids. Not only do they have great collections, all of their furniture is made from Eco-friendly materials.

Here are some pieces from their collections:




This room features the Cabana collection and uses black and white white accents of pink.

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Spring sale- Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel can be a little on the pricey side, but right now they are offering some great spring sales right now from bowls to cookie cutters. Check out these great sales here.







Cheers Wine glass- $1.95/each




Napkin rings- $1.95/each











Egg candles- $5.95/set of four





Katy vases- $3.95/each


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Facebook reference: Double Jeopardy








This was referenced by one of our friends on Facebook, Angelica. It is a modern design of two student lounges located in Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. The lounges are located on opposite ends of the building and are meant to mirror each other by using the same acrylic pieces but different layouts and separate functions (one is for small groups and the other is for larger ones.

For more info go here.

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