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D-House Urban Sandwich Renovates An Aging Polish Home With A Sky Garden Oasis

D-House-zalewski1 urban rooftop garden

My husband never sees a house he likes and I am the opposite. My imagination can yield great ideas, but it can also gets in the way of realistic goals. For example, I see a house on a busy street, I think "let's just plant hedgerows (like this rehabbed home in Poland)." Old kitchen? Refaced cabinets, open shelving--there are so many ways to remake something to your liking. But beware the looming trap of a money pit house--those things that just can't be styled/designed away, like persistant water problems. I'm getting better at spotting the houses with "good bones" and avoiding the sad sack houses that maybe never should have been built in the first place. Let's be honest--some things just can't be fixed.

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Read more about the house pictured here...

(Excerpted from Inhabitat.com)

Poland’s Zalewski Architecture Group took on the challenge of designing a modern renovation for a 1930s-era urban house, and gave it a striking, green sustainable update. Located in the dense city of Zabrze, D House—Urban Sandwich, is a single family home that provides in its upward expansion a more intimate space for the family to live. The top of the new design is capped with a lush green oasis, a terrace hidden by thick foliage that grows two story’s above ground level.

Shopping for Inspiration at IKEA


metal medical chests at ikea ikea kitchen  organizing

Every shopping trip doesn't have to be about spending money. I get so many ideas from a visit to IKEA that inspire me I can leave without buying a single item. Probably not what the store wishes for, but they should know that leaving empty handed is a rarity for me. Last week a rainy day sent us to the closest IKEA in Paramus, NJ. I found some pretty kitchen decor and a few new furniture items to admire. Tell me if you like these ideas as much as I did.

All Roads Lead To Martha: Those medical cabinets aren't anything new for me--I first saw them in Martha's Attic in East Hampton more thann 13 years ago--she'd salvaged them from a flea market and subsequently had them rehabbed and put to use in her kitchen.

Small Space Inspiration: Bunk Beds & Lofts | Apartment Therapy

Bunk Beds

via www.apartmenttherapy.com

I've only had bunk beds once in my life, and that was so long ago I can't even remember if I liked them or not. I did have a slide from the top bunk which was super cool. My four year old has his heart set on bunk beds, but I worry he'll grow out of them and then we'll have to get rid of them. I'd rather get him a bed he won't grow out of. I wonder what it is about bunk beds that makes them so appealing to little kids. Besides the obvious hijinks, like jumping off the top bunk, hanging down and bugging the guy sleeping on the bottom bunk, what is it? Have you ever had bunkbeds? Do your kids have them?