Join our Facebook Chat with Maxwell Ryan


Facebook Chat with Maxwell Ryan

Renovating is tough. Just figuring out where to begin is hard work! So to make it a little easier, we’re bringing design guru from ApartmentTherapy.comMaxwell Ryan, to our “kitchen table” to talk with YOU in a series of Facebook chats.


To kick it off, we’re focusing our first chat on the woes and worries of starting the renovation process and opening it up to any and all of your questions. Is it knowing who to hire and when? Or maybe it’s deciding whether to start your renovation with the floors or the ceiling? Or perhaps you just want to know if gray is really going to look good in your kitchen? Whatever your concerns, now’s your time to tap our expert and get your need-to-know renovation answers. Hope to see you there!


Can’t make the chat? Leave your question in the “Comments” below and we’ll ask Maxwell for you, then post the response afterward!



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5 Responses to “Join our Facebook Chat with Maxwell Ryan”

  1. Hi! I’m wondering if you have some strategies to avoid looking trendy? My renovation needs to stand the test of time and still look good for 20-25 years. How do I keep from getting something that will look very “2013″? Even classic materials like white subway tile and marble counters are so trendy right now, I’m fairly certain they will be “out” in the not too distant future.

  2. HI!

    I am renovating my kitchen and when removing the “backsplash” I found the original hearth. I am really into the look & feel of it, but it is beyond shabby chic and a bit of a crumbling mess. It has been plastered over in parts and has paint on it. We also have a nice stretch of good looking brick on another part of our backsplash area. And another section that we will need to tile. Any ideas on how to unify these 3 materials (plastered over brick that needs paint or some form of tlc, the good quality brick area & the blank area that needs tile)? Do I need to just let go of the brick & tile the entire thing?

  3. My husband and I just moved into our first home. We want to make our home more of an open concept. The two rooms that we would be making into one big room have new flooring that do not match (one has carpet and the other linoleum). When we take out the wall we know we will need to finish the flooring (10inches by 15 feet). What should we do with newly exposed floor? Is either of the two surfaces easier to add to with out looking tacky?

  4. Thanks for all your questions! Below are Maxwell Ryan’s answers. Good luck renovating!

    Christa – Ideally you should NOT be wanting to change your kitchen counters every year, but if you were wanting to repaint your backsplash or swap out a light fixture to keep up with styles that you like, that would be GREAT. There are so many things you can worry about when doing a renovation, but being trendy wouldn’t be the highest on my list! Most people aspire to being somewhat trendy… but, that said, I know a little bit of what you mean. You want your home to express yourself, but there are ways in which we all can be “fashion forward” and take risks and ways in which we’re all a little conservative at heart. When choosing bigger, more expensive elements go more conservative and with smaller, cheaper elements let yourself go a little and take risks. Christa, in addition to what I said below, I would do a lot of browsing of Apartment Therapy kitchens and House Tours to find the style that YOU like which you also feel will last for you. Once you look at enough kitchens you will develop a really good eye for both of these things.

    Tara – Plaster or tile over the whole thing! Sometimes making a space work really well for you trumps novelty.

    Michele – Real wood always trumps everyrthing else in my mind, except that I like carpeting (soft and quiet) in the bedroom and tile (clean and bright) in the bathroom and kitchen. For your main room area, I would uncover the floor, sand and coat it, and then cover it with area rugs for be best, cleanest and most stylish outcome.

  5. Everything is very open with a very clear clarification of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!