4 Lessons Learned From Renovating Our New York City Apartment

No matter how many hours of HGTV we’d watched (and believe me, there were many), nothing could have entirely prepared us for our home renovation a few years ago. Combining our two-bedroom apartment with the one-bedroom next door – we theorized – would give us enough space to grow our family at a smaller investment than selling and buying a new three-bedroom in our Brooklyn neighborhood. Plus, we could design the home to our liking.

That did prove true, but not without some hard lessons learned.

A wise friend told us prior to starting our project that if you can survive a major home renovation with your partner, you can work through pretty much anything together. She was absolutely right. For an added degree of difficulty, we were raising a 1-year-old baby while combining apartments. We were really in for a test.

Now that hindsight has kicked in and the

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How To Prevent A Home Renovation From Wrecking Your Relationship

You’re plopped down on the couch with your partner getting sucked into yet another HGTV vortex when you receive a sudden and urgent burst of inspiration to renovate or remodel your home. “Cost be damned!” you think. “We must have an open kitchen design!”

Even when home improvement programs show the minor setbacks or disappointments along the way (ugh, there may not be enough room for a farmhouse sink after all), it still often seems like a fairly smooth process for the couple. And, of course, it’s easier when you have money to spare on home improvements and seasoned pros like Chip and Joanna Gaines basically doing the project for you. What you typically don’t see on camera are couples having heated arguments about budget-busting cabinetry and then silently stewing in separate rooms for the rest of the evening.

“Keep in mind that you’re not seeing everything that goes on,

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‘Murder House Flip’ Is A Very Real Home Renovation Show

If you’ve ever wanted to live in a real-life “Haunting of Hill House,” Quibi’s killer new show may be for you.

There’s no ambiguity in the title for the mobile video platform’s new home renovation show: “Murder House Flip.” In each episode, houses where grisly killings took place are renovated for new owners. 

It’s the only show where homeowners might think twice about a house with “good bones.” And the first trailer is full of one-liners to die for.

“To afford to move by the beach, we had to buy a house where a guy chopped his wife up,” says one homeowner. (Hey, story of my life, amirite?)

The show’s log line explains “Murder House Flip” is “an unconventional new home renovation show that takes on the country’s most infamous homes: the ones known for mysterious murders committed behind their walls.” In each episode, home renovation experts Mikel

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50 DIY Home Improvement Projects Under $50

Paint the Front Door


How to Paint a Front Door

Classic Carriage Doors (on the Cheap)

Buy It:

Amazon, $11.68 (Originally $19.99)

Install a Shiplap Accent Wall

Learn How:

How to Install Shiplap

Set the Mood With String Lights

Outdoor Globe Lights:

Amazon, $15.99

DIY “Glass”-Front Cabinets

Upgrade Concrete With a Tile Stencil


Stencil Your Way to a Stunning Cement Tile Tray

Fake the Look of Marble

Learn How:

How to Paint a Faux Marble Tabletop

Try Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

Hide Outdoor Eyesores

Buy It:

Amazon, $38.95

Hang Curtains the Right Way


Do’s + Don’ts of Designer-Worthy Window Treatments

Remove a Popcorn Ceiling


How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

Paint Your Doorknobs

Update Kitchen Cabinet Hardware


Wayfair, $5.55

Add Bling to Closet Doors


Target, $6.99

Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

Swap Your Shower Curtain


JCPenney, $34.99

Fake Fancy

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