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Looking Ahead, Looking Back: 10 Years of Remodelista


Looking Ahead, Looking Back: 10 Years of Remodelista

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year from Remodelista! This year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary; here’s a look back at some highlights from the decade.


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Above: Julie’s Mill Valley, California, dining room. Photograph by Matthew Williams, styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.
  • Remodelista launches with a simple idea: four design-minded friends sharing remodeling tips based on a dozen renovation experiences. The original team—Julie Carlson, Francesca Connolly, Janet Hall, and Sarah Lonsdale—meets weekly around Julie’s Mill Valley dining table. Read our original mission statement here.
  • Our top post of the year is on sliding barn doors.
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Above: Sliding barn doors in Before/After: A Stable to Work Studio Conversion in Kirkland, Washington.



  • We launch our by-invitation Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory (Steve Delahoyd writes in Adweek: “The site highlights the best of the best (and if you’re familiar with Remodelista, you know their filtering abilities can often range from pretty amazing to downright otherworldly).”
  • Remodelista’s Janet Hall makes an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show to discuss organizing solutions (two years later Julie Carlson makes a repeat visit to discuss biergarten style).
  • In December, we host our first Remodelista Holiday Market at the Summer House in Mill Valley (we know it’s a success when dozens of readers line up in the torrential rain to gain entrance before the doors open at 10 a.m.).
  • A surprise hit: Our post on black toilet paper.


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Above: 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks.


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Above: Spotted (and admired) in the showroom of Chairloom in Philadelphia: rough-hewn factory floors embellished with dramatic stencils; the photo goes viral on Pinterest.


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Above: Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home is available from Amazon; it was named the Best Book of the Year in Home Improvement & Design.



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Above: We publish our second book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces.
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Above: One of our all-time-favorite kitchens is Plain English’s Osea Kitchen installed in a North London house. Another popular post: 15 Storage Ideas to Steal from High-End Kitchens. Annie Quigley joins the team.


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Above: Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Ideas for All Over the House is available from Amazon.
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Above: One of our most popular Kitchen of the Week posts is Aya Brackett’s Hippie House Update in Oakland.

Happy 2018, everyone, and thanks for a great decade at Remodelista. To help us in our future planning, we’d love to hear about your all-time favorite posts; let us know in the Comments section (and see Michelle’s highlights at Looking Ahead, Looking Back: 5 Years of Gardenista).

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