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15 Years of Remodelista: Sleeper Hits, Surprise Cameos, and More


15 Years of Remodelista: Sleeper Hits, Surprise Cameos, and More

December 6, 2023

This past year, Remodelista turned 15 (hard to believe!). We launched in the early days of the Internet (no Instagram, no Pinterest) with a simple idea: four design-minded friends sharing remodeling tips based on a dozen renovation experiences. And we remain a small band of friends trading ideas and obsessing over design details.

We reported in at year 10 with memories from our first decade (two appearances on the Martha Stewart Show! three books! surprise hit post: black toilet paper!). Here, we add a few more:

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Above: The most popular post of the past three years? Remodeling 101: Everything You Need to Know About Limewash Paint. Photograph by Justine Hand of her own bedroom redone in limewash, from DIY Project: Limewashed Walls for Modern Times.


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Above: Remodelista.com makes a cameo on HBO’s High Maintenance…though you’ll be hard pressed to find the post, “Designing a Dream Bathroom,” in our archives, since…it doesn’t exist. Might we suggest Expert Advice: 10 Essential Tips for Designing the Bathroom? (The bathroom shown above is from a Bergen Street Studio project in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.)
  • Spotted in Life & Style, a shout-out from Sandra Bullock: “I get up on Sundays, and I’m literally looking at house listings and Remodelista. It’s my porn.”


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Above: We return to our roots as a small team of friends and freelancers…except instead of gathering around Julie’s dining room table in Mill Valley, we move our headquarters to her Brooklyn Heights flat. We continue to send one another design finds and renovation reports via email, Zoom, Instagram, text, and carrier pigeon from our outposts in Oregon, Maine, Cape Cod, New York, California, and London. Fan takes the helm as the editor in chief of Gardenista.


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Above: Rattan specialists Atelier Vime send a look at where they’re sheltering at home in Brittany, France, featuring a DIY pine branch door surround. See Pine Cones as Decor: Atelier Vime’s DIY Door Surround.
  • Home—a refuge from the world, a place of comfort over consumerism—feels more important than ever. While we all hunker down, we ask some of our favorite creators to send a glimpse of where they are.
  • And Fan first spots the work of rising design star Beata Heuman; we all quickly start following.


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Above: After three years working behind the scenes (and from a distance during the pandemic), we add two new books—Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home and Remodelista in Maine—to our collection of titles, now five strong. Soon after, we spot our Maine book in a home shop in Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland; on a TV spot in the back of an NYC taxi cab; and being read at the gate at Washington Dulles Airport. Photo by Justine Hand.
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Above: The Washington Post calls Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home “a handbook for living beautifully while minimizing your impact on the environment” and invites Fan and Margot to answer reader queries (how to compost without a garden? what to use in lieu of ziplock bags? linseed paints: yay or nay?). Photo by Justine Hand.


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Above: Saving (and Splurging) with Style: Hollywood House Flippers Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen in Upstate NY is the top post this year.
  • Annie starts as editor in chief of Remodelista, and cloth lights, checks, and fish—yes, fish—are the surprise trends of 2023.
  • We’ve traveled—virtually—to 36 countries for our Design Travel guides, which span from France to Japan to Morocco to Romania.
  • We hit 12,561 posts published, and 862 weekly issues, since our very first dispatch. (The first few concerned oilcloths, Agas, and dressed-up dressers.)

Thanks for following along all these years—it’s our discerning readers who make it all worthwhile.

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