Lawrence Karol


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Freelance writer and editor with experience reporting and developing print and digital articles on design, architecture, food, and travel.
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A Kitchen Opens Up for a D.C. Show House

Removing a fieldstone wall helps turn a cooking space from dark and dingy to open and filled with light Full Story
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Kathy Hempel: Countertops are Virginia Soapstone through R. Bratti
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sherrymoeller
When designing the kitchen and wine room/butler's pantry in the #2014DCDesignhouse, Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design, www.aidandesign.com, uncovered and retained the fieldstone walls in the adjacent sitting area and incorporated those walls into her designs by adding a custom wood cap/ledge detail in the sitting area/breakfast family room. The kitchen's burnished cherry cabinets, slate gray floor and soapstone counters as well as the vintage navy cabinets in the wine room pay homage to the history of the home and reflect the colors and textures of the retained stone walls in the adjacent sitting area.
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Michael Walsh
Beautiful Wood-Mode Custom Cabinetry. Especially love the Vintage Navy finish in the butler pantry.
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Designers Get Creative in a D.C. Show House

With a historic home as a canvas and a worthy cause as an incentive, designers pulled out all the stops for the 2014 project Full Story
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boosmama103
Wow! Tough crowd.

This space was creative, beautifully lit, and inspiring, considering so much of what we see in magazines and "featured" articles are "Pottery Barn" cookie cutter-esque homes. So refreshing to see someone break the mold. Amazing the comments people will leave on a blog that is supposed to champion our designing ideas and not bash them. Your home is lovely.
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paddlerchick
Don't kids play outside?
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21st-Century Amenities for an Old-Time Show House Bath

Updated but appropriate features help an old-fashioned bath in the 2014 DC Design House align with modern tastes Full Story
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judithpilling
Gotta admit it, I loved the before BR better, only thing I would change is the mirror and add some vintage sconces ( maybe just a shower curtain, not sure).
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Rebecca
I agree that some elements in this article's bath look like they could have been retained, but at the end of the day, history moves forward, and it depends on who is going to live there.

I just finished two bathrooms in a 1920s home in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the original white subway tile had become cracked and delaminated from wall substrate, too damaged to retain and the tile had been traditionally floated, so absolutely no way to salvage (holds fast to all the mud and breaks upon even careful removal). One benefit: Gave us a chance to properly insulate the walls and remove any knob and tube. The floor hexagon tile had to be demo'd because of structural-related cracks, which required not-optional subfloor repair.

The tub was saved and reglazed. Upon removal for plumbing work, it had the original manufacture date stamped on the bottom. So cool to think that the last time anyone laid eyes in that was 90 years ago!

One owner wanted a more true-to-era remodel, while the other wanted a modern homage (more like this "after", but more of a classic look). Luckily each got what they wanted in their own bathroom.
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April 4, 2014
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