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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Easy Upgrades for Summer Houses

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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Easy Upgrades for Summer Houses

June 1, 2018

From a coat of “nervy paint” to a faucet upgrade, this week the Remodelista editors discovered easy upgrades to make a summerhouse feel fresh. Here are five of their favorite design ideas.

Eclectic Furnishings

Colonial architecture enjoys a jolt from midcentury modern furnishings and &#8\2\20;nervy&#8\2\2\1; paint colors, writes Alexa. Photograph by Jonathan Hokklo for Remodelista, styling by Alexa Hotz.
Above: Colonial architecture enjoys a jolt from midcentury modern furnishings and “nervy” paint colors, writes Alexa. Photograph by Jonathan Hokklo for Remodelista, styling by Alexa Hotz.

See more ideas in Steal This Look: An Idiosyncratic French Mod Bedroom in Bellport, New York.

Kitchen Faucets

&#8\2\20;After completing more than a dozen remodels among us, we’ve narrowed our kitchen faucet selections to a handful of tried-and-true stalwarts,&#8\2\2\1; writes Remodelista cofounder Janet Hall (including Jaclo&#8\2\17;s wall-mounted Steam Valve Original); \$97\1.\25 at Quality Bath.
Above: “After completing more than a dozen remodels among us, we’ve narrowed our kitchen faucet selections to a handful of tried-and-true stalwarts,” writes Remodelista cofounder Janet Hall (including Jaclo’s wall-mounted Steam Valve Original); $971.25 at Quality Bath.
See the full list in this week’s 10 Easy Pieces post.

Disappearing Walls

Above: A wall disappears to connect garden to kitchen in A Modern Indoor/Outdoor Barn for a Landscape Architect and Family in Sydney.

See more of this garden in Downsizing a House to Expand the Garden: At Home with Landscape Architect William Dangar.

Disposable Dishes

In search of disposable tableware that feels &#8\2\20;more design-forward than the standard Dixie cups and white paper plates,&#8\2\2\1; Annie discovers 5 Favorite Sources for Disposable Plates and Cups.
Above: In search of disposable tableware that feels “more design-forward than the standard Dixie cups and white paper plates,” Annie discovers 5 Favorite Sources for Disposable Plates and Cups.

Painted Floors

In a Cape Cod cottage, painted wood floors have a practical high-gloss finish, which also brightens the space. For more, see A Shipshape Cape Cod Cottage Inspired by Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic’.
Above: In a Cape Cod cottage, painted wood floors have a practical high-gloss finish, which also brightens the space. For more, see A Shipshape Cape Cod Cottage Inspired by Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic’.

Painted wood floors are “grounded in New England practicality: They’re cost-effective, brilliantly conceal summer debris like sand and dirt, and need only another coat of paint when they wear,” writes Annie. “They’re also wholly charming and evocative of the carefree summerhouse.” See more in New England Practical: The Case for Painted Wood Floors in the Summer Cottage.

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