Did you see the feature on John Derian's house in The New York Times a couple of weeks back? It was called the Makeunder. Derian is all about preserving and in many cases exulting what many people would call the downfalls of the apartment. The cigarette smoke stained walls, the creaky floorboards, and chipped paint are all features Derian chose to maintain when "renovating" his latest home. As he says, "I don't want to lose the look of the place - I want that patina." I often dream of stripping back my own home - removing all the layers and layers of paint to reveal the natural wood, taking the floors down to the sub level, and restoring the old wood windows. Of course that's not really a reality with two kids and a full time job! But one day...maybe one day.
In the bedroom the original subfloor is brought back to life infusing the room with character.
In the kitchen, Derian installed an old sink and countertop that looks like it has been there for decades.
The bathroom is all new but the white subway tiles and hexagon floor with dark grout make it look part of the past.
Derian painted the floors in the living room and removed some questionable lighting but otherwise this room looks very much the same as when he bought it.
Another view of the living room.
To see more photos from John Derian's house including the before photos check out The New York Times story.
Do you think you could live in this kind of stripped back style? Would the crumbling paint and squeaky floors drive you crazy or would you feel right at home?Image credits: William Abranowicz