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European Home on Love It or List It

For those folks who are not already loyal HGTV viewers the hit show Love it or List it always features homeowners who are looking to either renovate or sell their current homes. Interior designer Hilary Farr works to transform their old, out of date, home while real estate agent David Visentin sets out to find their new dream home.  In the end, the homeowners get to decide if Hilary’s renovation was enough for them to stay in their current home and “Love it” or if David has found their dream property in which case they will “List it.”

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European Home was contacted by the producers of the show, who decided our see-through H Series fireplace would be the perfect compliment to Hillary’s latest design for homeowners Shelly and Zahid. We of course loved the transformation but did they Love it enough to stay?

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Meet Shelly and Zahid…

Shelly and Zahid found their dream house years ago.  They loved the modern architectural design, its spacious interior and the sprawling view. With their 5 year old son Shahzad, they have made this place home.

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The problem? It is totally dated.  Having been built in the 1980’s, it is no surprise that Shelly is ready for some change. She explains, “I feel like I’m living in a bandaged house… patch here, patch there.” She has a laundry list of all that she wants fixed: There’s not enough cabinet space, there’s no place for everyone to sit in the kitchen, you have to go through her closet to find her son’s bedroom… and the list goes on.  She is convinced that the house is no longer a good fit for them, and is ready to list it.  As for Zahid?  He wants to stay.  His infatuation for the pond view from the office is undeniable, and he believes that with the right renovations inside, this can still be the perfect house for them.

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With very specific requests and limited budgets, Designer Hilary, and Real Estate Agent David are being put to the test to find a solution that will make both Shelly and Zahid happy. So first, let’s find out… What will it take to Love it? What will it take to List it? 

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Hilary began by creating all new floor plans that would open up the main level, and optimize their space. Her goal was to keep the integrity of the home, while giving it added function.  She successfully created a plan within budget that met their standards, but ran into one issue — the fireplace and chimney no longer met code.  Eventually Hilary and Shelly agreed a new gas firepleace would be their best option. After lots of research, Hilary ended up going with the 60” H Series linear fireplace by European Home.  Its modern lines and clean look complemented the overall minimalist aesthetic of the redesign, and the fact that it was vent free solved their chimney problem.

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Meanwhile, David was just as determined to find them a new house that would meet all of their precise requirements.  He searched high and low for houses that were modern and open, but also had to accommodate Zahid’s dream of a water view.  After a few tours, the couple was losing faith: these houses weren’t modern enough, the master bedrooms weren’t big enough, and there was still no water.  However, the final house that David found was just what they had been looking for.  With cathedral ceilings, wood floors, a completely open floor plan, and other added features, this home was stunning.

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With two beautiful homes, the couple now had a tough decision to make.  While discussing, the audience can hear them whispering about “the beautiful kitchen, and stunning fireplace.”

To bring more light into the space, Hilary removed the dark cabinetry and outdated chandelier, to add a full wall of windows and the funky new light fixture. She selected a large natural wood table, waterfall counter-tops and soft blue chairs to create a nod to mid-century modern in the dining area. Hilary also added a turquoise area rug, to carry through the featured accent color.

Hilary thought the living room had potential, but the dated black leather couch and shag rug had to go. By bringing in a color palette of contemporary grays, and using pops of turquoise to accessorize, she made the room look much more inviting. The room even felt larger after re-positioning the couch so it no longer closed off the space.

There was once a wall that separated the living and dining rooms, but Hilary decided to knock that down and add a unique fireplace feature, creating a totally open floor-plan perfectly suited for a family home.

The new modern look to the home with warm tones, accents of blue and a clean aesthetic, matched with the functional layout and better use of space was exactly what the couple was looking for.  It is now “the truly modern family dwelling they’ve always dreamed about,” said designer Hilary Farr.

In the final moments of the episode and without hesitation, they decided to…


Photos by: Catherine Nguyen

And thank you to the producers of Love It or List It & HGTV on this collaboration!

Originally Posted By: Jamie Nickerson

Jamie is a Marketing Intern at European Home. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Endicott College. She loves how digital media connects us with so many great designs all across the globe. “I love finding our fireplaces in beautiful places such as Australia, Norway and NYC- all from the comfort of my desk chair!”

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Industrial Modern @ Buggy Works

How a former horse-dawn buggy factory evolved into a chic contemporary hideaway.

There has been something of an industrial design Renaissance happening in the rust belt and across the nation.  Recently, we discovered an old Buggy Works factory in Ohio that has been re-purposed and remodeled into modern condominiums.

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The residents here have embraced the historic nature of this old factory, while adding their own modern touches along the way.

This month we interview Cyndi Collins, take a look at her version of industrial modern design and dive a little into the history of this bygone era buggy factory.

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You’ve never seen anything like this renovated Belgian Home.

In their April 2017 issue, Interior Design Magazine wrote a story about a truly unique renovation out of Belgium, featuring the suspended Bathyscafocus fireplace.

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The architectural firm, B-Architecten, took a 1930s home with good Modernist bones and did something truly remarkable.

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Wood Shed Competition Alaskan Style

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or can you? Recently, The Woodway, the premier hearth retailer in the interior of Alaska, introduced the first ever Wood Shed Competition for residents of Fairbanks, North Pole and neighboring small communities.

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Fairbanks has some of the worst winter time air quality issues in the entire United States. For Kent Severns, owner of The Woodway, proper operation of clean burning stoves and properly seasoned firewood are of paramount importance for improving the air quality. For wood to season properly it must be given the adequate time, protection and air circulation. A good woodshed is a must. Air quality issues center on the importance for wood burners recognizing the need to burn well seasoned fuel and that can only happen when wood is harvested as to allow for long enough periods of drying time and protecting it from the elements.

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What better way to capture the interest of the wood burning community and raise awareness to the need for dry wintertime fuel than to conduct a contest and award prizes, like a new chainsaw or free chimney sweeping or wood splitter rental. All entrants received a free moisture meter as well. This past summer more than 40 individuals submitted pictures of their wood storage sheds and through a process of elimination, the top five entrants had their sheds examined and evaluated by a panel of 3 judges.

Jim Smith with the State of Alaska Forest Service, Chris Neufeld of Blaze King Industries and Jeff LeClaire of ICC Industrial Chimney Company were recruited by Severns (far right) to lend their expertise.

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So exactly what were the judges looking for? The top 5 wood sheds were judged on functionality, aesthetics and structure. With score sheets and moisture meters in hand, the judges set off to visit the homes of the finalists.

Functionality required consideration to orientation for wind and exposure to the sun. Protection from the elements, such as having an overhang to keep rain and snow from access to the stored fuel. Proximity to the home, ease of access and consideration for rotation of fuel from one season to the next. Lastly, method of stacking of the fuel, safety and ground clearance rounded off the consideration. Many of the sheds lacked sufficient overhangs, side or rear protection and with any sort of wind at all, the rain or snow could easily access the stored wood.

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Aesthetic considerations included general appearance, proximity to neighboring homes or property lines, street views, investment or material costs and when applicable the integration of recycled materials. Clear working areas, free of debris and piles of scrap materials which might encourage insects, like carpenter ants are important as well. Of course, no wood shed in Alaska is complete without proper decoration.

Structure parameters centered on construction quality, engineering, choice of materials and workmanship. It is paramount that a properly engineered wood shed can handle the snow load experienced in the interior of Alaska.

So what were some of the highlights of the competition? One wood shed received high marks across the board until you realized the owner had built it with a few feet of his neighbor’s garage, creating a potential safety issue as well as requiring the neighbor to look at the back of a wood shed.

Wood sheds with solid floors, such as ply wood, limited air movement and resulted in moisture accumulation, creating an environment for mold and rot. Floors built with pallets or slat designs allowed for more circulation of air through the wood pile.

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One shed owner scored extra points for reusing trusses from another building project as did another shed owner for recycling the rubber roof removed from a motorhome that was in the process of being parted out.

The ability to store more than one seasons supply and having a detailed rotation system was viewed as a bonus. Building a shed that is 8’ in depth and then only using the front half of the stored wood will result in unnecessary handling of wood in order to rotate oldest wood to the front of the shed.

The eventual first place winner had a wood shed with a divided design, sliding doors, rain gutters with down spouts and excellent air circulation design for all sides, and the floor of the shed.

To see all the actual entries, visit 02003933232463

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Designer Melanie Williams on Her Minimalist Masterpiece: The Tribeca Loft – featuring European Home

Melanie Williams Bespoke Interiors is a London-based architecture and interior design consultancy that mainly works in local high end residential projects. One of their most recent projects took them across the pond and into a New York City [Tribeca] apartment.

Many of their signature design elements such as intricate textures, industrial materials, and subdued color palettes are featured alongside a beautiful 8-foot wide see-through fireplace by Element4. We had the opportunity to ask Melanie a few questions about her own design style, and the inspiration that informs her work.


What was one experience you had as a young professional that changed the way you looked at design?

MW:  Working on my own first home in London was a great experience and it taught me a lot. Designing for my young growing family was a great lesson in designing practical spaces and designing to create impact without blowing the budget. Every project provides its own unique learning as each project we have worked on is so different with different clients with varying needs and wants. This keeps things fresh and is why I love what I do. No day is ever the same.


What are some of your main influences right now?

MW:  My design style always leans towards the more minimalist, clean aesthetic — but having moved to the countryside and now working on a Hamptons weekend house, I am finding that I’m drawn to more natural, rustic influences and materials/textures etc. Some of my current inspiration/influences are nature and the changing seasons. I also admire a lot of Belgian architecture which I am currently finding inspiring — the way old and new are mixed.


Are there any details in this design that you were particularly proud of?  

MW: For me the greatest achievement has been creating an apartment with a great flow of space. All of our projects focus on this first and foremost. One thing that struck me on viewing a number of Tribeca apartments was the lack of an entry hall. It felt wrong to enter the living spaces immediately. There should always be a defined arrival space that can welcome you and that can provide practical elements such as cloakroom, a place to put mail and keys and in this project’s case, a space where strollers and scooters for the young children could be put away out of sight.

We also had to maintain a large open plan space to have the real sense of being in a Tribeca Loft apartment. We used elements such as the 2 sided fireplace to  zone the open plan space so that each area within felt distinct but well connected.


You can’t talk about this space without talking about the interplay of different textures.  I especially like the brick and marble walls “facing-off” in the kitchen.  

MW:  I always think it’s a matter of balance and contrasts. Like the interplay between old and new can be very powerful, so can textures. If there’s the right balance of textures then they all enhance each other. The crisp, clean lines of the mirror glass features against the rough worn original brick and plaster work works really well and makes you appreciate these qualities even more by their juxtaposition. The marble was chosen due to its strong and dynamic veining giving drama and a luxe edge to the kitchen. The brickwork in its own way is a strong material contrasted by the surrounding by the crisp kitchen cabinetry. They frame the kitchen space well.


The palette is so subdued throughout the house it makes the pop of yellow in the nursery look so brilliant and saturated. 

MW: The apartment was designed to allow an organic flow. The colors and tones were generally picked to relate to the original industrial palette of materials, dark bronze, concrete, exposed brick and in some parts we were even able to salvage the original tin ceiling. The kids room was a chance to inject some playfulness and fun and create a space that belonged to the younger residents! Yellow is a gender neutral color which was important to the client and is a bright, happy and positive color that works well with the rest of the apartments palette.

The selection of the wallpaper was also a nod to the property’s location in Manhattan as it features beautiful illustrations of Manhattan’s skyline and streetscape. The wallpaper is called ‘A Morning in Manhattan’ and is by Famille Summerbelle. We were lucky enough to get the last remaining available rolls sent to us from the UK and had just enough to complete this room.

The fireplace is a strong focal point and architectural feature for this open floor plan.  How did you come to choose this specific fire?

MW:  We researched a lot of products to find the right piece for the space. [At 8 feet wide] The size of this dual sided fire was of course one of its biggest appeals for us in designing a dividing wall feature. The wall had to be sized appropriately to suit the space and to provide the right amount of zone separation between living space and dining space whilst still allowing the right amount of space to flow around. The dual sided element is brilliant. It provides a focal point to both the spaces either side.


I love the surround material around the fireplace.  Every detail seems so completely considered.  

MW:  The surround to the fireplace is plastered in a specialist plaster finish to provide a distressed concrete finish. We used a specialist plasterer flown out from London to carry out this work as we could not find an installer who could do this work in NY. The finish is not uniform or flat in its appearance and therefore provides an interesting tactile/textural finish. The side ends are detailed with dark bronze metal panels that conceal storage space for all the AV equipment to control lighting and sound throughout the apartment.



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This space was Designed by Melanie Williams Bespoke Interiors in collaboration with Studio Stigby
Photography by Paul Craig (Instagram: @paullmcraig)
The Tenore 240 fireplace was installed by Westbury Fireplace and Stove in Westbury, NY

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Holly Markham and David Hacin talk: Design | Baked Goods | Modern Fireplaces

Welcome to Flour Bakery in Cambridge, MA.  When you walk through the door your senses are pleasantly lulled into submission by the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls, the sight of reclaimed wood, and the warmth rolling off a 4-sided modern fireplace right in the center of it all.  This space was designed by David Hacin and his team at Hacin + Associates.   In this short interview, David and Holly Markham talk Scandinavian design, Joanne Chang, and modern fireplaces.

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Who are the key players?

Holly Markham: Founder of European Home — a design-forward manufacturer and distributor of modern, luxury fireplaces.  European Home has been a thought-leader and taste-maker in the hearth industry since 1999.

David Hacin, FAIA: Founder of Hacin + Associates — an architecture and design studio located in Boston’s South End.  H+A’s dedicated team of design professionals has built a broad portfolio of projects that have received regional, national and international recognition.

Joanne Chang: Chef and restaurant owner of Flour Bakery.  In 2016 Joanne was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for Most Outstanding Baker.

Holly: We heard about this project about a year ago, and I said Flour, as in Joanne Chang? And without hesitation, we were all on board. Can you tell us a little about the project?

David: The project is a new location for Flour, in Cambridgeport. It is in more of a tech-community part of Cambridge, which was lacking in places to go and hangout. BioMed Realty contacted Joanne Chang of Flour, and us, about creating a new cafe area to serve the community. They had a fantastic space available and we were all really excited about this opportunity. We got to work with Joanne and her partner Christopher Myers to develop a concept of how this space could feel.

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H: What were the iterations along the way for the concept?

D: From the very beginning BioMed Realty was really interested in creating a warm cozy place, in what was generally more of a corporate environment. He was excited about putting a fireplace in to make it almost as if it were a living room for the community, not just a Cafe. We wanted it to be a casual place you could just hang out, spend some time reading a book or on your laptop. Our goal was to make it as much of a community center as it is a Cafe.  As I speak, you can hear voices of kids and coffee all around me. We were very interested in creating a focal point for the space. We worked with not only art consultant groups finding artwork for walls, but finding a fireplace became essential to the idea of making a living room in this area.

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H: I love all of the accessories. The furniture, neutral colors, how did that all come together?

D: It was all part of our design aesthetic. Flour has a particular palette, that I would describe as a little bit Scandinavian. The woods, pale blue, whites — we worked off that to select floor colors, stone colors, the wood wall that surrounds the pastry cabinet and black accents throughout.

Click Here to see a video of the conversation.

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Infinity Canopy at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NEW YORK, NY – This year’s MET roof garden commission, The Theater of Disappearance, by the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, includes Infinity Canopy as an integral part of the exhibit’s visual design, and to provide shade and protection against the elements for the rooftop bar.

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​The 40’x34’ Infinity Canopy featuring Sunbrella Firesist fabric was fabricated and delivered within a week from the order date to meet the deadline for installation and subsequent opening of the exhibit. However, after the canopy was installed, it was discovered that in one area the canopy was two feet short due to a conflict between the submitted plans and the actual trellis size.

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.36.53 PM“Originally, MET museum officials were looking for a cover for their new pergola extension and they were looking for the canopy with the scalloped look,” explained Alan Shargani, founder, Infinity Canopy, Los Angeles. “They had contacted many local companies but when they learned about the modular design of the canopy, which allows it to be modified and re purposed later, and our ability to deliver the canopy to them on time, they selected Infinity Canopy.

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.34.03 PM.png“They love the canopy’s looks,” continued Shargani. “They were thrilled and relieved that we were able to lengthen a canopy that was ordered short by mistake, and do it quickly and easily.”

Visiting the museum this summer? Take pictures, tag @infinitycanopy and post to your social media to receive a special discount. The exhibit will be on display until October. The installation was provided by the local Infinity Canopy dealer, GSS Awning.

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New Collections From South Sea Outdoor Living

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 12.50.56 PMThe NICOLE Collection

The Nicole collection brings together unexpected textures and lines to create a beautifully uncommon look. Nautical nylon rope is wrapped over powder coated, extruded aluminum framing. Sling suspension for each individual seat offers maximum comfort that is equally durable. The Nicole is available in any of the stocked and special order fabrics available at South Sea Outdoor Living. Available in both conventional seating and sectional configurations with coordinating occasional tables.

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The RYAN Collection

The Ryan collection showcases an open and airy aesthetic that is equal parts elegant and bold. The extruded aluminum framing is hand-brushed in a tonal, dark gray finish. A stained concrete veneer on the table tops creates the compelling look of a solid slab without the weight and bulk. All Ryan seating comes with individually wrapped sling suspension under each seat for maximum comfort and durability.

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The FARLOWE Collection

The Farlowe collection marries au courant design with construction quality to uphold its timeless style. The extruded aluminum framing is hand-brushed to create a lightly weathered gray-white finish that is profoundly popular today. Farlowe features individually wrapped sling suspension under each seat for maximum comfort and performance. South Sea offers hundreds of stocked and special order upholstery fabric options for cushions, providing dealers the freedom of options for retail programs.

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