Interiors & Renovation

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We wanted to make sure that everyone saw this fireplace that is being offered on Craigslist for $1,000. The scavengers at Apartment Therapy highlighted it yesterday, so we don’t know if it’s still available, but $1,000 is about a good a price as you find for this type of thing. If this one’s gone, Build It Green may still have one left for
the same price.
Antique Fireplace Mantel [Craigslist]
Scavenger [Apartment Therapy]
Two Marble Fireplaces for Sale at BIG [Brownstoner]

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We’ve been keeping an eye out for a lamp post that would work in our front yard, but have yet to come across one at any of the local architectural salvage spots we frequent. To better define what would be appropriate, we photographed several within a block of our house. Another option that has surfaced is using an old newel as the post and attaching a lantern to the top of it. Does anyone know if you need Landmarks approval to put one of these in?

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Well, folks, better late than never. We finally got our act together and got the new floorplans up on the Renovation blog along with a brief synopsis that includes some of the rationale driving the layout decisions. We hope that this new context will make all the daily posts we do about the renovation much more interesting. We’ll be interested to see what everyone thinks, but it’s too late now to change anything!
We’ve made our bed and hopefully soon
we’ll be able to lie in it.
Floorplans [Renovation Blog]

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Here’s a shot of the salvaged parquet we are laying down in what will be our “Music Room”. (All that really means is that it’s where our upright piano and record collection will live, conveniently located between the living room and dining room.) We’re pretty pleased with how it’s looking so far but won’t really be able to tell until all the floors are sanded and refinished. Check it.
Laying Salvaged Parquet [Renovation Blog]

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When we mentioned on the Renovation Blog that we were going to be installing Toto toilets, one reader had a particularly negative reaction, going as far as calling them “the worst kind of hype-y junk.” Now we consider ourselves open-minded and we don’t profess to have any special knowledge about this most necessary of all plumbing fixtures, so we thought we’d appeal to our benevolent readership. Plus, Apartment Therapy had the Smallest Apartment contest and Curbed is running a contest to rename neighborhoods, so we figured we’d have our own contest of a sort: Pick Brownstoner’s Throne. That’s right. Help us figure out the best crapper in the land for our hard earned dollars and win [insert cheap laugh here] our everlasting gratitude.
Vintage Sink for Rental Bathroom [Renovation Blog]

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While this is a little off-topic, the creativity and DIY attitude of architect Olle Lundgren is pure Brownstoner goodness. Though we like nothing more than to spend our Saturday’s trolling salvage yards in search of that inexpensive yet perfect find, we are admittedly complete amateurs. Lundgren is a pro. The repurposed ferry boat that he and his wife now live on in San Francisco’s Mission Bay is also a good example of the kind of modern design we tend to like: Old bones with strong, clean modern elements like the glass garage door. And the wooden water tank that Lundgren turned into a pool at his weekend house is pure genius in our opinion. Do others share our enthusiasm?
Scavenger’s Guide to Galaxy [NY Times]

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We were out visiting our friends at Build It Green in Astoria (where we scored this vintage china sink for our rental bathroom) on Saturday when we noticed these two marble fireplaces that had just arrived. Given that they’d come from a Brooklyn brownstone, we thought they might appeal to our readers. (They’re not broken, just in pieces, we’re told.) They’re asking $1,000 apiece, which is a good deal less than you would pay at Olde Good Things or Demolition Depot. If interested, give Justin a call at 718-777-0132. We’d love to hear where they end up!
Homepage [Build It Green! NYC]
Vintage Sink for Rental [Renovation Blog]