Last week author Jean Nayar’s book, The Happy Home Project (Filipacchi Publishing), was officially released—and to celebrate its publication her friends at Wood-Mode hosted a party at the InHouse Kitchen Bath Home showroom in the New York Design Center, where she was joined by good friends and colleagues, some of whom are pictured here. If you’d like to enter to win a copy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy June!
A year ago yesterday, author Jean Nayar assigned herself an ambitious project that served as the starting point for this blog. She developed a Wish List of home improvements that she’d hoped to undertake over the course of a year. And, after applying the wisdom of experts across many disciplines and taking their ideas for a test drive in her own home, she also hoped to distill a list of key ingredients that contribute to the making of a happy home and write about them here. While some of her dreams were deferred due to substantial unexpected interference—see her post on her adventure in
This newly renovated New York kitchen may be compact, but thanks to a super-efficient space plan by kitchen designer, Dave Burcher, along with the storage-enhancing features of its new cabinets from Brookhaven it’s incredibly functional and beautiful, too. Dave has much to say about the finer points of good-quality cabinets, particularly with respect to making the most of a small kitchen with smart, space-saving solutions. We asked him to share his top small-space, value-added cabinet and storage ideas. Here’s what he had to say: 1. Start by carefully considering layout and construction. This galley kitchen was converted into a U-shaped layout to gain a narrow slice
Eager to triple check what kind of return on investment my husband and I could expect on the home improvements we hope to make, I talked to two other real estate professionals recently to get their views on how best to prioritize my Wish List from a resale value perspective (see my June 15 post for what a host of A&E’s Flip This House had to say). Both agreed that all of the renovations plans we planned would be worth our while, should we ever decide to sell our home in the future—but not without some caveats. Gary Seiden, a